Guitar World's February 2014 issue rewinds 30 years to the making of Van Halen's masterpiece, 1984. Eddie Van Halen details how how he built his own home studio and took control of his group's musical direction. The result was 1984, the groundbreaking album that established Van Halen as chart-topping superstars.
Blacklist Union’s Tony West has seen more than his share of tragedy over the course of his lifetime. After an abusive childhood and running away to Hollywood at age 13, West had to overcome personal adversity, drug abuse and more in order to rise to the top.
The track, which you can hear below, is a demo performance of "Hammond's Rag," Bloomfield's fingerpicked salute to guitarist Merle Travis. It is included on From His Head to His Heart to His Hands, an impressive, career-spanning box set that will be released February 4 via Sony’s Legacy imprint.
Below, check out the latest photo gallery of Guitar World magazine covers. This time, we "cover" 2008 through the present — 2014. Because we're in a "completist" mood, this photo gallery also includes all the different variations of certain covers, including four different versions of an Eddie Van Halen cover from 2009.
For today's Flashback Friday video, we're dropping in on Yngwie Malmsteen, circa-1984. Fans who got to see Alcatrazz perform in the early to mid-'80s were treated to bits and pieces of Malmsteen's mastery in pretty much every song — but especially when he took his extended solo breaks.