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'Work': Bon Jovi Tour Photographer David Bergman Discusses New Coffee Table Book

The first concert I ever attended was a Scorpions show in 1984. I remember this event because, at the time, I was excited about checking out the openers, a young, up-and-coming band called Bon Jovi. Little did I know I'd also be bearing witness to what would become one of rock’s biggest juggernauts.

‘Only to Rise’: George Lynch Talks New Album with Michael Sweet, Plus Lynch Mob and Dokken

When someone mentions “super group,” the last combination of artists you might think about would be Michael Sweet of Stryper and George Lynch of Lynch Mob, Shadow Train and Dokken. Yet these two masters of shred have joined forces for Only to Rise, the debut album from Sweet & Lynch that will be released January 27.

Guitarist Tom Kaulitz Discusses New Tokio Hotel Album, 'Kings of Suburbia'

Following the success of Tokio Hotel’s 2005 debut album, Schrei, twins Bill and Tom Kaulitz—along with bassist Georg Listing and drummer Gustav Schafer—became the most successful German rock band of the last 20 years. Tokio Hotel have built a huge fan base and sold more than 7 million albums worldwide.

'Lost in the City': Crash Midnight Guitarist Alex Donaldson Talks New Album and Les Pauls

Fresh off tours with such bands as Sevendust and the Pretty Reckless, Boston-area rockers Crash Midnight are preparing a new sonic assault for the new year. It begins with the release of their debut album, Lost in the City. Songs like "151" (which pays tribute to the notorious high-proof alcohol of the same name) and “Diamond Boulevard” have infectious energy and riffs that conjure memories of classic rock albums of old—but with a modern, 21st-century twist.

Joe Lynn Turner Discusses Rated X and the Possibility of a Rainbow Reunion

Following several unsuccessful attempts at filling the guitarist slot, the band found Karl Cochran, who stepped in to provide some tastefully inspired shredding. With infectious songs like “This Is Who I Am” and “Fire And Ice," Rated X’s self-titled debut sounds like a band that’s worked together for years as a unit.

'The Turn': Live Guitarist Chad Taylor Discusses New Album, Guitars and ‘Throwing Copper’

Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk wanted to focus on a solo career while the band wanted to return to a more ensemble-based format. Unable to resolve their impasse, the band and Kowalczyk decided to go their separate ways. Enter vocalist Chris Shinn, who over the years had developed a strong rapport with members of Live. Now, after a therapeutic three-year soul search, Live are back with a new singer, album and perspective.

Dennis DeYoung and Guitarists Jimmy Leahey and August Zadra Discuss New ‘Music of Styx’ Live Package

Together with a new band dedicated to preserving the legacy of his old one, DeYoung’s new DVD/Blu-ray package, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx: Live In Los Angeles, quickly dispels any notion that he wasn’t a "rock guy" in Styx.

DEC3: Guitarist Jon Haber Talks New Album, the Fulfillment of a Lifelong Dream

It might've been a long time coming, but guitarist Jon Haber has finally managed to achieve a goal he’s had since he was 6. Haber spent much of the early Eighties in a regionally successful band before switching gears to start the successful Alto Music chain. Haber, who never lost his knack for songwriting, finally got back on the other side of the counter as musician, songwriter and producer to release his first album, DEC3 (pronounced "deck three").

‘Rock & Roll Baby’: Guitarist Malina Moye Brings Hendrix Influence and Blues Power to New Album

Guitarist Malina Moye often has been mentioned in the same category as Jimi Hendrix. Although flattered by the comparisons, it’s an honor Moye says she’ll spend the rest of her life trying to attain. There’s a seductive passion and feel in Moye’s playing, as evidenced by her insanely good new EP, Rock & Roll Baby, which was released October 14.

Eric Johnson and Mike Stern Discuss Their ‘Eclectic’ New Album

Recorded at Johnson’s studio in Austin, Texas, Eclectic — which will be released October 27 — is a tasty collection of songs highlighting the strengths of each guitarist. With an infectious rhythm section consisting of drummer Anton Fig (The Late Show with David Letterman) along with Johnson’s regular bassist, Chris Maresh.