Nineteen hundred and seventy-two is one of those rare years -- like, say, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1991 -- that saw the release of several seminal rock albums. As we wrote last year in our 1971 story, "even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the 'classic rock' era, it was a particularly classic year."
Yes, who canceled the last three shows of their European tour in December due to the illness of lead singer Benoit David, have named Jon Davison as David's replacement for their upcoming Australian tour.
The 2012 list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees includes Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Small Faces (and Faces), Donovan, Beastie Boys, Freddie King, Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd -- a few others. That's nice for them, of course -- but who else seriously deserves to be inducted into the Hall?
Epic Ink recently unveiled The Guitar Collection, a lavishly over-sized tome showcasing the most culturally important, historically significant and visually stunning guitars ever made, from Billy Gibbons’ “Pearly Gates” 1959 Gibson Les Paul, to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Number One” 1962 Fender Stratocaster, to Eric Clapton’s “Crossroads” 1964 Gibson ES-335TDC.
We were making Tales from Topographic Oceans, and we were in a studio called Morgon. It was the first 24 track-studio in London, and we were there for four months. When we got in the studio, being post-hippie, we needed to make it a bit friendly. Jon said, "I'd like a bathroom to sing in." So he had three walls brought in, tiled, and he sung in a booth with three walls of tiles so it sounded like his bathroom. Jon and I were having a lot of fun.
Nineteen hundred and seventy-one. Even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the "classic rock" era, it was a particularly classic year. It was the year of Who's Next, Sticky Fingers and Fragile, albums that are so renowned that we don't have to name the bands that created them (But, just in case, it was The Who, The Rolling Stones and Yes).
Every year around this time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its list of nominees for the following year's class, an announcement that always brings with it a slew of "Yeah, but does it really matter if ______ isn't in the Hall of Fame?" and "_____!? They're not even a rock band!" type comments.
I recently made some hand-to-neck contact with Steve Howe's famous 1964 Gibson ES-175. He brought it with him when he visited Guitar World for a photo shoot and a "Dear Guitar Hero" feature -- which you'll see soon in the pages of Guitar World magazine.