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Interview: Godsmack's Sully Erna Talks Solo Albums and New 'Avalon Live' DVD

Last year, Godsmack’s Sully Erna took a creative leap of faith and released Avalon. Godsmack has shown glimpses of Erna’s world and tribal influences most notably with tracks like “Voodoo." Avalon fully immersed the artist into a word of musicians and collaborators that resulted in an album that shows the depth and breadth of Sully’s talents.

Interview: Zakk Wylde Discusses His Signature Edition Guitar Apprentice Instructional DVDs

Zakk Wylde had long been known for his guitar pyrotechnics, signature look and over-the-top personality. Beneath all that, however, lies Zakk Wylde the guitar ambassador. Though his instructional videos, tab books and Guitar World columns, Wylde has made the instrument more approachable, and he never shies away from giving credit to his influences or peers.

Interview: George Lynch Discusses New Lynch Mob EP, 'Sound Mountain Sessions,' T&N and More

"We tried to take a chance with this EP and record in a very non-traditional way, away from how we typically record, away from a larger studio in Hollywood. I think we have better results when we just practice. I thought, "Let’s record that way.'" I knew someone who had a studio up in the mountains north of LA called Sound Mountain. Basically it’s a vacant two-story house equipped with a studio. We went in without any preconceived ideas. We just wanted to see what happened."

Interview: Guitarist Wes Wallace of Texas Hippie Coalition Discusses 'Peacemaker' and Non-Stop Touring

Texas Hippie Coalition released their third studio album, Peacemaker, August 14 through Carved Records. The band — Big Dad Ritch (vocals), John Exall (bass), Wes Wallace (guitar) and Timmy Braun (drums) — blends Pantera-style riffs and energy with vocals that sound a bit like ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.

Interview: Guitarist Tak Matsumoto of B'z Discusses the Band's First English-Language EP and His Signature Edition Gibson

In 1988, guitarist Tak Matsumoto and vocalist Koshi Inaba formed the rock duo B’z. Over the next 24 years, B’z released 18 albums and 50 singles, 46 of which debuted at No. 1 on Japan’s Oricon singles chart. B’z have sold more than 80 million CDs in Japan alone, making them the best-selling artists in that country's history.

Photo Gallery: Kiss Tear It Up in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, September 2

Kiss made a stop at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, Sunday, September 2, as part of their co-headlining tour with Mötley Crüe. Kiss took the stage to a near-capacity crowd and tore through many of their live standards. Sprinkled in with "Shout It Out Loud," "Deuce" and "Love Gun" was their new single, "Hell Or Hallelujah," and "War Machine."

Interview: Eric Johnson Discusses His Dunlop Signature Fuzz Face Pedal

Ask any guitarist to describe Eric Johnson in one word, and you'll likely get one response: “Tone." Johnson took the music world by storm with the release of his 1986 album Tones and the subsequent Ah Via Musicom from 1990. Since that time, he's released a successful DVD, appeared on several G3 and Experience Hendrix tours -- and he's even won a Grammy.

Interview: Jason Myers, Quinn Lukas and Dave Watson of Icarus Witch Discuss New Album, 'Rise'

Although often labeled as a “traditional” metal band, Icarus Witch’s new album, Rise, shows a much broader scope of musical ability. We sat down with Icarus Witch's bassist Jason Myers and guitarists Quinn Lukas and Dave Watson to discuss changes in the band and the new album.

Guitars on Tour: Traveling Exhibit Hints at Possibilities of Permanent National Guitar Museum

You'd be hard pressed to find a guitarist who wouldn't consider the guitar, by its very nature, to be a work of art. The colors, the shapes, the wood and all those little idiosyncrasies make each guitar While many manufacturers have created showcases of their instruments in specific museums, there has yet to be one singular museum in the United States to focus on the guitar word as a whole.

Interview: David Ellefson of Megadeth Discusses His New Signature X Series Basses by Jackson

To say David Ellefson has Jackson is his blood is no exaggeration. Born in the small town of Jackson, Minnesota, Ellefson was drawn to the bass immediately. Over the course of his musical career, Ellefson has inspired many budding musicians to take up the bass guitar.