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Interview: Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons Are ‘Built To Last’

In the early 1980s, a few years before Russ Freeman gathered a bunch of his L.A. musician friends together to create the groundbreaking Rippingtons' debut Moonlighting, the multi-talented guitarist and composer spent time on TV sound stages listening to orchestras play.

Interview: Guitarist Lee Ritenour Delivers 'Rhythm Sessions'

In a career that spans five decades and more than 40 albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour has developed a unique balance between the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of youth. Ritenour’s 2010 album, 6 String Theory, focused primarily on guitar and featured the winners of his 2009 guitar competition alongside guest appearances by guitar greats B.B. King, Steve Lukather and Slash, among others.

Interview: George Lynch Discusses T&N and Their New Album, 'Slave to the Empire'

After tracking songs for what was once to become a new Lynch Mob album, drummer Brian Tichy proposed the idea of bringing together George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown (the “Big Three" of Dokken) for a project similar to what Heaven & Hell was to Black Sabbath. The result is T&N, and a new album, Slave to the Empire.

Interview: Guitarist Jim Peterik Talks 'Tiger' and the New Pride of Lions Album, 'Immortal'

Guitarist Jim Peterik still has the "Eye of The Tiger." Whether it’s performing, songwriting, mentoring and developing new talent or hosting his annual World Stage events, the man who penned the No. 1 anthem from Rocky III continues to deliver the goods.

Video: Greg Howe Unveils His New Band, Maragold

Guitarist Greg Howe has unveiled his new band in a new five-minute promotional video.

Interview: Steve Hackett Discusses His New Album, 'Genesis Revisited II'

Although I loved being able to bear witness to the great players from my high school years, I lament not being “around” (or in diapers) during the heyday of some of the influential artists from the '60s and early '70s, particularly The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to experience what it was like for one such great, as guitarist Steve Hackett revisits songs from the era that made the band Genesis kings of the progressive rock movement.

Interview: Duran Duran Bassist John Taylor Discusses His New Autobiography, 'In The Pleasure Groove'

One hundred million records, 14 Top 10 singles on the UK Singles Chart and 21 hits in Billboard's Hot 100. They’ve traveled the world and back many times over and even scored a No. 1 hit for James Bond. Now bassist John Taylor is opening up the vault on Love, Death and Duran Duran.

Interview: Killinger Guitarist Kevin Morin Discusses Tour with Black Label Society and His Other Day Job

This is shaping up to be a healthy year for the band Killinger. The Canadian quartet picked up the People’s Choice trophy at the Edmonton Music Awards and has seen their song “We Are Here” featured as part of FOX Sports MLB programming. The band continues to win over audiences with the huge guitar riffs and catchy melodies heard on their self-titled debut release. It's an album which features a contemporary sound incorporating the best of '80s hard rock and metal.

Written in Blood: In This Moment’s Chris Howorth Discusses New Album

Late last year, In This Moment guitarist Chris Howorth and vocalist Maria Brink received news that original members Blake Bunzel and Jeff Fabb were leaving the group in order to join American Idol alum James Durbin’s touring band.

Going For Broke: Dokken Guitarist Jon Levin Discusses New Album, 'Broken Bones'

Broken Bones is the 11th studio album from Dokken and one that features a refreshing return to the signature sound reminiscent of such albums as Under Lock and Key and Back For The Attack. With songs like “Empire," the title-track and “Burning Tears," Don Dokken’s vocals are stronger than ever and guitarist Jon Levin, now entering his second decade with the band, continues to unleash guitar fury solidifying his place as one of the true metal greats.