As lead guitarist for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts for more than a decade, Byrd’s classic riffs propelled Jett’s best work, including “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” “Talkin’ Bout My Baby” and, of course, “I Love Rock 'n' Roll.” Byrd left the Blackhearts in 1993, a guitar slinger for hire, touring and recording with Roger Daltrey, Southside Johnny and Ian Hunter, among others.
Why should guitarists have all the fun? GuitarWorld.com recently launched a readers poll in partnership with Samson — the Greatest Rock Singers of All Time! We're certain that, even though our core readership is mainly made up of guitarists from different genres, locations and age groups, you — like us — have strong opinions about the skills (or lack thereof) of some of rock's most legendary singers.
Rock stars like Eric Clapton, Slash and Billy Gibbons inspire many custom guitar builders to make instruments, but William Gelvin’s Dice OPS guitar was influenced by an entirely different kind of celebrity: comedian Andrew Dice Clay. “I made a comment to Dice about him being a rock and roll comedian,” Gelvin says.
He’s been called the greatest living guitarist by Eric Clapton, he’s played with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his new double album Rhythm and Blues is a powerhouse set with guest shots by Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart and Keith Urban. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is....
High school was kind of a gray area for me: I was at school physically, but mentally and emotionally I was light-years away. For some reason the principal must have seen something in me, even though I was a complete rebel, and he cut me slack in a lot of ways.
Dimebag Darrell was probably the very first guitarist I got into, which led me to love the guitar through dudes like Tommy Emmanuel, Tom Morello and Mike Einziger. I first heard "Cemetery Gates" when I was 7 in my parents' lounge room. It did something fucked to my brain!
There's only one way to celebrate 40 years of rock, and that's with your friends. Sammy Hagar's new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends is a collection of songs that pay tribute to the Red Rocker's musical success. With contributions by such giants as Joe Satriani, Neal Schon, Nancy Wilson and Michael Anthony (among others), Hagar not only looks back on his solo career, but also his time with Montrose, Van Halen and current bands the Waboritas and Chickenfoot.