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Actor/Musician Drake Bell Discusses 'Ready Steady Go!,' His New Album with Brian Setzer

This is the music I grew up on. My first guitar was a Gretsch 6120, and I just loved listening to artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry and Stray Cats. But when I wanted to go make records, it was hard. I couldn't really be on the show [Drake & Josh] and then go in and do a three-piece rockabilly-type record of Fifties music.

Dog Camp: Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy Discuss the Winery Dogs' Immersive New Camp for Musicians

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with three of rocks' most talented musicians, here’s your opportunity.
Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy — better known as the Winery Dogs — have announced Dog Camp, their first-ever immersive program for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels. The event is set for July 21 to 25, 2014, at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York.

Voices Carry: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Discuss Their New Band and Album, 'The Both'

Aimee Mann is an Oscar nominated singer/songwriter and bassist who’s scored huge hits both as a solo artist (Save Me) and with her band ‘Til Tuesday (Voices Carry). Guitarist Ted Leo is a mid-western punk rocker who’s established his own reputation for musical genius as a solo act and with his band, The Pharmacists. Collaboratively, Mann and Leo have now joined forces to become The Both.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Guitarist Neal Casal Talks Gear and New Album, 'Phosphorescent Harvest'

Phosphorescent Harvest is the third studio release from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood (CRB). The album features the former Black Crowes vocalist/guitarist along with guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, drummer George Sluppick and bassist Mark Dutton and is a treasure trove of soul that advances the band's bluesy, kaleidoscopic sound.

Guitarist Dave Meniketti Discusses Y&T’s 40th Anniversary

You'd think a band that's been around for 40 years might just be going through the motions at this point. But for Dave Meniketti and Y&T, that's hardly the case. The band's current lineup — Dave Meniketti (guitar/vocals), John Nymann (guitar), Brad Lang (bass) and Mike Vanderhule (drums) — continues to bring its own unique blend of hard rock to legions of fans around the world.

I Am the Fire: Gus G Discusses Debut Solo Album and Working with Ozzy Osbourne

Guitarist Gus G has spent the better part of the last decade solidifying his place as one of metal’s reigning guitar virtuosos. He’s recorded more than a dozen studio albums and performed around the world as a member of Arch Enemy, Dream Evil and Firewind. And let's not forget he was handpicked by Ozzy Osbourne in 2009 to become his new guitarist.

Better Days Comin': Reb Beach Talks Guitars, New Winger Album and More

After forming in the late Eighties, Winger soared to success with their debut self-titled release, the platinum-selling disc that included the songs "Madalaine," “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak." Their followup album, 1990's In The Heart Of The Young, kept things moving right along with the successful singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away."

Original MTV VJs Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood Talk New Book, Van Halen, Ozzy and the Eighties

Viewers would regularly host their own MTV parties, tune in for Friday Night video fights and experience unprecedented musical events such as Live Aid. The MTV phenomenon was so big that Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler referenced the channel, incorporating its "I want my MTV" slogan in the band’s massive 1985 hit, "Money For Nothing.”

Metal Method's Doug Marks Talks "Speed and Accuracy for Lead Guitar"

Since its beginnings in 1982, Doug Marks’ Metal Method has become one of the most successful rock guitar courses of all time. What started out as a supplement to help him achieve his own dreams of rock stardom, Marks’ lessons have taught guitarists everything from the foundational shapes and barre chords to improvising leads and even writing songs.

Til Death Do Us Part: Tony West Discusses Life, Death and Blacklist Union

Blacklist Union’s Tony West has seen more than his share of tragedy over the course of his lifetime. After an abusive childhood and running away to Hollywood at age 13, West had to overcome personal adversity, drug abuse and more in order to rise to the top.