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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.

Stryper's Michael Sweet Talks New CD/DVD Package, 'Live at the Whisky’

Recorded at a sold-out November 2013 show, the 16-track collection documents the band’s first show in support of their latest album, 2013's No More Hell To Pay. Live at the Whisky features live performances of the some of the band’s classic hits, including “Calling On You,” “Free,” “Always There for You,” “Soldiers Under Command” and “To Hell with the Devil."

‘Rocks’: Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry Talks New Memoir, Guitars and Next Solo Album

Throughout its pages, Perry pulls no punches in detailing the rise, fall and second coming of one of the greatest bands of all time. Speaking candidly about his early love of the wilderness, his conflicts with authority (includung his refusal to cut his hair in school), the drug abuse, dealing with controlling managers and his stormy relationship with Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler.

'Retrogrenade': Gary Cherone Talks New Hurtsmile Album, Extreme and Van Halen

If you follow the career path of frontman extraordinaire Gary Cherone, you can't avoid bumping into some serious guitar-rock royalty. Whether it's his partnership with Nuno Bettencourt in Extreme, fronting the mighty Van Halen or performing with his idols Brian May and Tony Iommi at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert, Cherone has performed with true living legends.

‘Reckless’: Songwriter Jim Vallance Discusses Working with Bryan Adams

Since being introduced by a mutual friend in a music store in 1978, this duo of songwriters have written hits for Adams’ albums You Want It, You Got It, Cuts Like a Knife and the 1984 monster, Reckless, which sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. alone.