THE ROAD IS a magical place in the imaginations of aspiring rock stars. Piling into a van with your friends, spending your days traveling to new cities and your nights playing in front of adoring crowds, all fueled by nothing more than cheap beer, cheaper food and whatever illicit substances you can scrounge together? Who needs frat parties when you can live that life while getting paid literally dozens of dollars every single night?
Of course, that’s just fantasy. Touring is a complicated business, where creature comforts can be few and far between, finances are tight and every great show can be canceled out by a night playing to just the bartender. All that while trying to keep your rig in working condition can drive a guitarist insane.
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HOW THE ROOTS GUITARIST AND FALLON VETERAN HELPED TURN THE “UNDERREPRESENTED” SG INTO A JACK OF ALL TRADES
THIS VAN'S A-ROCKIN' ON THE NEW VAN WEEZER.
WEEZER’S RIVERS CUOMO OPENS UP A “PANDORA’S BOX OF EVIL GUITAR TOOLS” AND GOES CRAZY. BELOW, HE DISCUSSES HIS POST-EDDIE VAN HALEN SHRED INFLUENCES, EIGHTIES HAIR METAL AND WHY OZZY OSBOURNE HAD TO APPROVE ONE OF WEEZER’S NEW SONGS
WITH HER NEW BAND, FORMER CALPURNIA GUITARIST (AND WEEZER MUSIC VIDEO STAR) AYLA TESLER-MABE HEADS FOR UNDERSTATED, GROOVE-FORWARD WATERS
WITH LEAD GUITARIST OL DRAKE NOW MANNING THE MIC, ENGLAND’S EVILE RETURN TO UNLEASH VINTAGE THRASH METAL HELL WITH THEIR LATEST ALBUM
THE WILD TIMES, FINAL DAYS and LAST RECORDINGS of ALEXI LAIHO 1979-2020
FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH HIS BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT BANDMATES DANIEL FREYBERG AND MITJA TOIVONEN, PLUS FORMER CHILDREN OF BODOM GUITARIST ROOPE LATVALA.
The Ides Have It
MYLES KENNEDY — THE MAN WHO ONCE AUDITIONED FOR LED ZEPPELIN — TALKS US THROUGH THE BLISTERING PENTATONICS AND VINTAGE GEAR HEARD ON HIS SECOND SOLO ALBUM, THE IDES OF MARCH
INQUIRER GEORGE THOROGOOD
LONESOME GEORGE TALKS ROOTS, HIS FIRST GUITAR AND THE WONDERS OF THE ES-125
THE TALKBOX-TOTING GUITAR LEGEND TALKS NEW COVERS ALBUM, MODDED MARSHALLS AND BEING REUNITED WITH HIS PRIZED LES PAUL CUSTOM AFTER 30 YEARS
ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ELECTRIC WARRIOR, PRODUCER TONY VISCONTI DISCUSSES THE GENIUS OF T. REX GUITARIST MARC BOLAN
ALL HALL THE KING OF SKA GUITAR
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JAMAICAN GUITAR LEGEND ERNEST RANGLIN
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