From an early age, Richie Kotzen was tagged as a virtuoso, a guitar hero, a shredder. All true, of course, but with time, Kotzen proved to be so much more — a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who can play at the speed of light one minute and then do a complete turnaround with an acoustic guitar and ballad.
It’s not often that a Latin jazz/flamenco/samba guitarist generates millions of views on YouTube with short instrumental pieces, but Lawson Rollins is used to defying expectations. As a teenager in the 1980s, he took a liking to the stylings of classical guitarist Andrés Segovia instead of the hair metal and synth-pop groups of the day, and to this day, he still hasn’t mastered what many beginners learn to use at their first lesson: the pick.
Fact: Kim Shattuck is one of the coolest chicks in rock 'n' roll. After cutting her teeth as the bass player in the all female LA band The Pandoras in the '80s, she switched over to guitar and formed the bold-angsty-sarcastic-funny-witty-angry pop punk band The Muffs in 1991. Shattuck's catchy pop tunes might even be described as "cute," if it weren't for her famous bone-shaking roar that could ignite a match from 10 feet away.
Despite their similar attire, Iommi and Hetfield' s demeanors provide sharp studies in contrast. Iommi, with his dark eyes, meticulously groomed moustache and soft English accent, has the dignified bearing of a British noble man. The blond, gravel-voiced, sharp-tongued Hetfield, on the other hand, has the guarded, hulking aspect of an urban street-fighting man.
In 2007, after a five-year roller coaster that zipped out two multi-platinum studio albums, a live album, a string of tours and band lineup changes, Amy Lee decided to give her band, Evanescence, a break. So for nearly three years, Lee spent time with her husband, Josh Hartzler, fixed up her New York home and experienced life.
One of the pioneers of the legendary New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement of the late '70s and early '80s, Saxon have been consistently unleashing one solid album after another and have played a major role in keeping the spirit of traditional metal alive over the years.
If Holy Grail's music doesn't make you bang your head and raise your fists, I doubt anything else ever will. The Pasadena-based traditional metal quintet started out in late 2008 and released their debut EP, Improper Burial, in 2009. With this EP alone, they simply blew me away and turned into one of my favorite bands.