Meet Thomas Tull - the billionaire movie mogul, Slash collaborator and guitar aficionado

Classic Tull: Ghost Hounds' Thomas Tull with a vintage Gibson Les Paul (Image credit: Alba Tull)

Thomas Tull launched the blockbuster film company Legendary Entertainment and is part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s been behind Jurassic World, The Dark Knight and the Hangover film series as well as the 2008 Jimmy Page/the Edge/Jack White documentary It Might Get Loud. But Tull’s real passion is his first one: the guitar.

Of course, he’s got a seriously impressive collection of '50s Les Pauls, Teles and Strats, but Tull is no mere collector or dilettante. He’s a skilled player who puts his classic instruments to good use, cranking out riffs from the Rolling Stones/Led Zeppelin/Aerosmith school of rock in his band, Ghost Hounds, teaming with lead player Johnny Baab to create interwoven, crunchy guitar parts.

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Alan Paul

Alan Paul is the author of three books, Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan, One Way Way Out: The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers Band – which were both New  York Times bestsellers – and Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues and Becoming a Star in Beijing, a memoir about raising a family in Beijing and forming a Chinese blues band that toured the nation. He’s been associated with Guitar World for 30 years, serving as Managing Editor from 1991-96. He plays in two bands: Big in China and Friends of the Brothers, with Guitar World’s Andy Aledort.