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Jethro Tull Guitarist Martin Barre Talks Guitars, Jimi Hendrix and "Aqualung"

He’s a first-rate prog-rock guitarist who plays second fiddle to a flute. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is...

Rudy Sarzo on Randy Rhoads' Mentoring, Quiet Riot's Documentary and the Joys of "Fitting In"

For example, when I played in Blue Öyster Cult from 2007 to 2012, I researched their history inside and out. The band sent me a list of nearly 40 songs, and I carefully studied the original recordings so that I would fit in seamlessly. People have told me that I’m a nice guy, but there are a lot of good musicians who are nice guys that aren’t getting a lot of gigs. I’m fortunate to be blessed that people want to work with me.

Dear Guitar Hero: Richard Williams Discusses Kansas' History, Versatility and Lasting Influence

It was a time of unrestricted experimentation. In addition to pop-music groups, there were bands that stuck out of the box, and it was allowed by the record companies. But the music business squashed that a long time ago. Bands are still playing challenging stuff, but in the popular world of music most of them are never going to see the light of day.

Inquirer with Alex Lifeson of Rush: "When I Sit Down and Play Guitar, I Melt Into the Instrument"

The Beach Boys had a really cool guitar sound. I also liked the guitarists in the Searchers and the Dave Clark Five. Then Jimi Hendrix and Pete Townshend hit, and it turned the guitar world on its ear. The more I got into playing guitar, the more I enjoyed music and the broader my listening became. The instrument itself became important to me, and I started messing around with classical guitar and took classical lessons.

Ultimate Mix Tape: Aerosmith's Joe Perry Lists 60 Minutes of Music That's Closest to His Heart

Through the late Sixties and Early Seventies, the great English bands had a virtual monopoly on blues and r&b-based hard rock. But with the arrival of Aerosmith's self-titled debut in 1973, America finally had a rock band that could equal the Stones and Led Zeppelin.

60 Minutes: Dimebag Darrell Compiles His Ultimate Compilation CD

"The hour of music that rocks my world..." featuring the late, great Dimebag Darrell.

Zakk Attack: Zakk Wylde Discusses Working with Ozzy Osbourne in 1989 Guitar World Interview

He could easily be intimidated, following in the footsteps of guitarists with names like Iommi, Rhoads and Lee. But Ozzy Osbourne’s Zakk Wylde is his own man … and already proving it. Much has happened to Zakk Wylde during the past year. Besides co-writing all eight tunes on his vinyl debut and touring the world behind it, the young New Jersey hotshot established a tight bond and rapport with vocalist Ozzy Osbourne that is sure to boost his performance the next time they record.

Power Groover: Dimebag Darrell Makes His First Guitar World Appearance in the December 1990 Issue

The following article from the December 1990 issue represents the very first time Dimebag Darrell appeared in the pages of Guitar World magazine. In the 14 years that followed, Dime was featured on our cover seven times, participated in countless exclusive features and lessons, and churned out his beloved Riffer Madness columns by the dozen. The Guitar World family is deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend and colleague.


Yngwie J. Malmsteen: Mr. Softy

Yngwie Malmsteen shows his sensitive side on the mostly acoustic Angels of Love.


Yngwie J. Malmsteen: King's Diamonds

In this album overview, Yngwie reveals the untold stories behind his crowning achievements.