On a warm California afternoon in March, John 5 is at his home in the Hollywood Hills, enjoying a day of relaxation, a rare thing in his world. Between his primary job as guitarist in Rob Zombie’s band, solo albums, guest and session appearances, and extracurricular activities like scoring the upcoming Zombie-directed horror flick The Lords of Salem, John 5 is a particularly busy man, busier at the moment, he says, than at any time in his professional life.
Since emerging in the late Nineties from the ashes and smoke of stoner-doom kings Sleep, guitarist Matt Pike has been cutting a furious swath through the heavy music scene with his stoner-thrash trio High on Fire.
On May 23, Paul Gilbert and ArtistWorks launched Rock Guitar School With Paul Gilbert, an online school that enables students of all ages and ability levels to learn directly from the Racer X and Mr. Big guitarist.
Leslie West grew up in New York City and started out as one of the original members of The Vagrants. Of course, he is best known as the guitarist for the hard rock group Mountain, who Rolling Stone once called “a louder version of Cream.” The band gave us classics like “Mississippi Queen” and “Theme from an Imaginary Western” and was credited with helping the development of heavy metal.
Here's the exclusive premiere of "Mason Grace," a new song by Santa Barbara-based rockers Versus The World. The track is off their upcoming album, Drink. Sing. Live. Love., which will be released July 31. The album is available now for pre-order at Interpunk.com.
Here's a mega-photo gallery from the Sasquatch! Music Festival, which took place Memorial Day weekend at The Gorge Amphitheatre in Gorge, Washington. This one features photos of several performers, including Feist, The Shins, Wild Flag, Of Monsters And Men, John C. Reilly and Friends, The Roots, Silversun Pickups, Dum Dum Girls, The War On Drugs and more -- plus a healthy serving of crowd shots.
Here's the exclusive premiere of "Space Mosquito," a new track by Los Straitjackets, aka "America's instrumentalists." "Space Mosquito" is from the band's new guitar-driven album, Jet Set, which will be released August 7 via Yep Roc Records.
“Hmmm, let’s see now...the ’57 Gretsch or the ’58 Goldtop?” Joe Walsh contemplates a bevy of highly collectible vintage guitars strewn in open cases across the floor of a Hollywood photo studio. Broad shouldered and looking fit, he towers over the instruments, meditatively stroking his chin. A Guitar World cover shoot is serious business, and Walsh brings to it consummate professionalism that has guided him through over four and a half decades as a classic-rock guitar legend.
What happens when you want to record an album and you don’t have the funds or the deal to make it happen? Do you give up? Not if you’re The Fabulous Miss Wendy! The shredalicious Wendy Jacobson turned to Kickstarter and is now in the recording studio with Tim Patalan and Vinnie Dombroski from Sponge.
Geoff Achison’s professional career began at age 13 in Malmsbury, Australia. Within a few years, he was recognized as an accomplished blues guitarist and started his own band, The Souldiggers. Taking full control of his career, Achison launched a label, Jupiter Records, in 1994; to this day, he continues recording independently and recently re-mastered and re-released his last studio project, Little Big Men.