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Guitarist Joel Hoekstra Talks 'Purple,' Whitesnake's New Deep Purple Tribute Album

Shortly after Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died in 2012, Whitesnake vocalist—and former Deep Purple frontman—David Coverdale reached out to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore about the possibility of working on a project together in Lord’s honor.

Richie Kotzen Talks Tech 21 Signature RK5 Fly Rig, 'Cannibals' and Dog Camp 2015

While Kotzen primarily uses his RK5 live in conjunction with his standard amp rig, this compact unit embodies an entire rig on its own. At its heart is the all-analog SansAmp, which makes it possible to go direct to a PA or mixer. For effects, you have the essentials: a reverb, a delay with tap tempo, a powerful boost and Kotzen’s Signature OMG overdrive.

Guitarist Mick Mars Talks Final Mötley Crüe Shows, New Music and More

Mötley Crüe recently announced the details of their final round of North American dates. The tour—Crüe’s last, ever—will conclude on New Year’s Eve in their hometown of Los Angeles, the same city where they began their career more than 34 years ago.

‘Peace Out’: Guitarist Gunnar Nelson Talks New Nelson Album, Guitars and ‘After the Rain’

Twenty-five years ago, two long-haired blond twins set the world on fire with their debut album, After the Rain. At a time when glam metal was giving way to grunge, Nelson touched a nerve with the album's hook-laden title track and “(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," a Number 1 single.

Moody Blues Bassist John Lodge Talks New Solo Album, '10,000 Light Years Ago'

10,000 Light Years Ago is the superb new studio album by legendary Moody Blues bassist John Lodge. It’s Lodge’s first album of new solo material since 1977's Natural Avenue. The album contains some of Lodge's most personal songs and even features guest performances by former Moody Blues members Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder.

‘A Fool to Care’: Boz Scaggs Discusses His New Album, Working with Duane Allman and More

The album, the follow-up to 2013's Memphis, features a guest appearance by Bonnie Raitt, who duets with Scaggs and adds her characteristic slide guitar to “Hell to Pay.” The song, which Scaggs wrote himself, is a knowing indictment of corruption on a personal and political level.

‘Tech N’ Roll’: Seek Irony Guitarist Alex Campbell Talks New Album and Gear

Seek Irony arose out of Tel Aviv, Israel's burgeoning music scene. But it wasn’t until founding members—and brothers—Kfir and Rom Gov relocated to Austin, Texas, that things really began to change. Shortly after their arrival, the brothers welcomed several new band members, including Berklee-trained guitarist Alex Campbell.

Three Days Grace Guitarist Barry Stock Discusses Gear and New Album, 'Human'

Besides bringing a familiar face to the band, Matt’s arrival heralds a new-found dynamic; Human introduces heavier, darker shades to the band's songwriting and sound. New tracks like “I Am Machine” offer inspired, hook-laden riffs while “Painkiller” tackles more personal topics from a unique point of view.

Spirits of the Western Sky: Justin Hayward Talks PBS Package, Solo Albums and The Moody Blues

Justin Hayward—whose career has spanned a staggering 50 years—has played a huge role in modern music history. Whether it’s his tasteful guitar playing with the Moody Blues or as a solo artist, or his endless catalog of classic songs—including “Nights in White Satin” and “Question"—Hayward is a true living legend.

‘Wolflight’: Steve Hackett Discusses His New Solo Album and Genesis

You could call Steve Hackett’s new album, Wolflight, a rock record, but it’s so much more than that. Besides its healthy doses of rock, R&B and jazz, the album, which will be released April 7, reveals the Influence of 19th-century composers and features some unusual instrumentation, not to mention a healthy dose of Hackett’s inspired guitar work.