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Interview: Matt Baird Discusses New Spoken Album, 'Illusion'

It’s been a long process for Matt Baird, but the Spoken vocalist is glad the band’s new album, Illusion is finally out. After fulfilling their obligation with Tooth and Nail records in 2007, the band decided to play the field to build momentum and see what fate had in store for them. Over the next few years, the band continued to tour and was able to find time between shows to start writing.

Erik Martensson Discusses ‘Rise Up,’ the New W.E.T. Album with Jeff Scott Soto and Robert Säll

In 2008, Frontiers Records asked guitarist and producer Erik Martensson (Eclipse) to write six songs for an album project with Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman) on vocals. At the same time, keyboardist/guitarist Robert Säll (Work Of Art) was also asked to contribute six songs to the project.

Interview: Former Vixen Bassist Share Ross Is Ready to Rev It Up Again with JSRG

In a world where males seem to dominate most of the guitar spectrum, Share Ross continues to break down walls. Whether it’s her bass prowess, songwriting skills or the fact that she's held her own performing alongside Michael Schenker and Tracii Guns, the beautiful blonde who once ruled the '80s as bassist for Vixen is still proving she’s more than capable of running with the big boys.

Interview: Guitarist Dave Amato Talks Les Pauls, Touring and REO Speedwagon

If you’re a child of the '80s and '90s, chances are you’ve heard the work of guitarist Dave Amato. Amato's six-string prowess is a major part of songs by REO Speedwagon, and his impressive resume includes stints with Ted Nugent, Richie Sambora, Cher and Latoya Jackson. Amato, a self-professed gear head, has amassed a collection of more than 100 guitars and a dozen Marshall stacks over the course of his career.

Interview: Paul Gilbert Discusses This Summer's Great Guitar Escape and His Approach to Teaching

Paul Gilbert’s second annual Great Guitar Escape will take place July 8 to 12 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. The camp, which will be hosted by the Mr. Big and Racer X guitarist and other instructors, invites guitar players of all ages, levels and styles to immerse themselves in the instrument and hone their craft. Full-day activities are planned with evenings culminating in intimate jam sessions.

Interview: Gunnar Nelson Discusses His Father’s Legacy, James Burton and the "Scrap Metal" Project

Consider a world where Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and the Eagles were all regular visitors to your house. A world where George Harrison was "Uncle George" who lived next door, and one where Mama Cass Elliott was your babysitter. Now consider guitarist Gunnar Nelson and his brother Matthew, because that's the world they grew up in. The sons of the legendary Ricky Nelson were privy to music royalty nearly every single day of their childhood.

Interview: Bassist Billy Sheehan Talks Jimi Hendrix, Steve Vai and New NIACIN Album, 'Krush'

From his days with Talas and David Lee Roth to his time spent with Mr. Big and Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan has performed and recorded with some gigantic names in rock. But no other outlet allows Sheehan to flex his bass muscle quite like NIACIN. After a seven-year hiatus, the band — which features Sheehan on bass plus keyboardist John Novello (Chick Corea, Ritchie Cole) and drummer Dennis Chambers (Santana, Parliament) — is back with a new album, KRUSH, a tour de force of sonic blues goodness.

Interview: Joe Bonamassa Discusses Guitar Center's Blues Masters Challenge and More

Guitar Center’s Blues Masters competition, launched recently through a partnership with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, is offering 10 musicians the chance to perform in Los Angeles backed by Bonamassa’s band. It also will provide one until-now-undiscovered blues guitarist with an opportunity for development and exposure under the tutelage of one of the biggest names in blues rock.

Interview: Warrant Bassist Jerry Dixon Discusses the Band’s Legacy and Summer Plans

From his early days playing the LA club circuit, bassist Jerry Dixon saw something in a young, up-and-coming band that piqued his interest. A late-night discussion with the band’s guitarist, Erik Turner, would kick off a partnership and plant the seed for one of the most successful pop metal bands of all time. With the addition of Joey Allen (guitars), Steven Sweet (drums) and singer/songwriter Jani Lane, Warrant was on the road to stardom.

'Second Coming': Stryper's Michael Sweet Discusses New Albums, Book and Tour

Michael Sweet may just be the busiest guy on the planet. For this year alone, the Stryper frontman has plans for no fewer than three albums, two tours and an autobiography. The revival officially begins March 26, when Stryper release the appropriately titled Second Coming, a 16-song collection of classic Stryper re-recordings as well as two new tracks.