Van Halen, Metallica, SRV, Iron Maiden, Rush, Dio, Yngwie, Vai and the greatest guitar albums of 1984 – only in the new Guitar World

May 2024
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Have you ever noticed how many great guitar albums came out in 1984? We have! In this 40th-anniversary celebration, we examine 1984’s greatest releases – going (literally) month by month, classic by classic, interview by interview.

Highlights include...

>>> Chris Gill tells the story of the making of Van Halen's appropriately titled 1984, the band's most successful album – featuring portions of a 2014 interview with Eddie Van Halen.

>>> Alex Lifeson takes you behind the scenes of Rush's Grace Under Pressure

>>> Adrian Smith recalls the making of Iron Maiden's Powerslave

>>> Yngwie Malmsteen talks Rising Force

>>> Steve Vai revisits Flex-Able

>>> Alan Paul – co-author of Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan – details the making of SRV's mighty second album, Couldn't Stand the Weather

>>> Vivian Campbell takes you behind the scenes of Dio's The Last in Line

>>> Vicki Peterson discusses the making of the Bangles' All Over the Place

>>> Adrian Belew revisits King Crimson's Three of a Perfect Pair

>>> We have a new eight-page transcription of Scorpions' Still Loving You, a standout track from 1984's Love at First Sting...

>>> ...and the inside story of Metallica's Ride the Lightning, the album that changed metal forever!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.