His primary gigs as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist and leader of Firewind may both be on hiatus at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that Gus G. is taking it easy. Guitar World catches up with the hotshot Greek shredaholic as he prepares to unleash his second solo album, Brand New Revolution.
On Shockwave Supernova, Joe Satriani taps into his alter ego and unleashes a concept record that sees the instrumental legend taking on swing, samba and blues shuffles alongside his brand of fiery shred licks. Here, the guitarist takes you track by track through his latest release.
Let’s face it: one of the most important parts of a song is its intro. A memorable intro can bring lighters out of pockets, prompt roars of recognition from a crowd and cause freeway drivers to reach for the volume knob.
Below, check out some pro-shot and just plain enjoyable footage of Santana—who was born on this date in 1947—jamming with Stevie Ray Vaughan; Stevie's big brother, Jimmie Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds; and lefty guitarist Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos in October 1988.
"Sorry, my head takes a little while to get into gear,” says Brian May with a little laugh as he begins to mull over the history of Queen. The 63-year-old guitarist speaks gently, endeavoring to answer questions as fully as he can. May’s academic air is understandable.
Guitar World Recommends shines the spotlight on new and noteworthy gear for guitarists. This week, Guitar World recommends the MXR Smart Gate Noise Gate pedal. Tame your hissing high-gain amp or silence your string of stompboxes with this ingenious pedal.
Nineteen hundred and sixty-five was the year where many of rock's titans began to take off creatively, transitioning from brilliant hit makers into true artists who changed the rulebook as they went along.