The Big Four. Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeth and Metallica. Not only are they our November cover stars, but it just so happens that today, September 14, they're playing just their second-ever U.S. show at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY.
The accomplishments of U2 and The Edge during the past seven years could be the basis for a success scenario that any band of young hopefuls could follow. Yet they are not content to simply issue Top Ten records every other year and fill concert arenas. That's too easy a goal for a group of musicians that has challenged every cliche in the rock 'n' roll book and managed to take with them a still-growing retinue of followers.
In case you've been living under a rock, the November issue of Guitar World features the members of the Big Four by way of an epic cover shoot that took place in Milan, Italy. Now, you can check out an exclusive gallery of outtakes from one of the most historic GW covers of all time below.
"You can't get more basic and efficient than this," croaks Leslie West as he gestures at his brand-new Les Paul Junior. Gibson has given him the first of their re-issued line, in honor of all he did for that model by playing it to death-his earlier ones literally fell apart from use -- in Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing.
NYC Pedalboards is a company based out New York City (as one might have guessed) that was founded in 2001 by a gigging bassist named Mike Ruskin. He started by building a pedalboard for his band’s guitar player, and the concept took off from there. Since then, the company has grown to include artists like Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne) and Death Cab for Cutie.
Muse guitarist and lead singer Matt Bellamy is one of the last of a dying breed of bona fide rock stars. Bellamy’s credentials include selling out London’s Wembley Arena, smashing a world record 140 guitars during Muse’s Absolution tour, and even getting engaged to Penny Lane (Almost Famous actress Kate Hudson). Pretty rock 'n' roll.