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Joe Perry on His New Memoir, His Famous Les Paul, and the Elements of a Great Riff
Hard to believe, but nearly a half-century has passed since Joe Perry partnered with Steven Tyler to form the songwriting core of Aerosmith. Forty-four years later, the group has lost none of its edge, as evidenced by its recently wrapped “Let Rock Rule” tour.
Five Rocking Football Anthems
The football season is finally under way! In time for week six we present a list of some of the coolest rock songs dedicated to America’s greatest game. Looking at the list, it’s pretty amazing to see how many of rock’s top acts have taken the time to dedicate a song to their favorite football team, and in some instances completely tailored the lyrics to their team of choice. The play-offs are still far away so now’s your chance to cheer on your favorite team - maybe some heavy riffing is exactly what they need to win!
Five Ways I was Wrong About Automatic Tuning
I first became seriously involved with Gibson because of the HD.6X Pro hex guitar, and even put a two-piece band together based on it. Then one day Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson’s Chairman and CEO, called to say if I liked the HD.6X Pro, I was really going to like Gibson’s latest development—the Robot Guitar. “Craig, it’s a guitar that tunes itself!”
Gibson Pickups 101
There are many facets to any electric guitar – woods, design, weight, color, dimensions, neck profile, frets and tuners
. But ultimately there is only one component that makes a guitar an “electric” guitar. A pickup. Or two. Or three...
Les Paul — A Centennial Celebration
Next year marks the Centennial celebration of Les Paul — truly a great American artist, inventor, entrepreneur and spirit. Let’s take a look at the life and nature of the man who was born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915.
Guitar Talk with Eric Church’s Guitarist, Jeff Cease
Country rocker Eric Church is probably one of the only musicians who can hang with George Strait and Metallica alike. With that kind of variety, Church needs a solid band—one that can swing between genres and not falter.
The Gibson interview: Brian Ray on The Bayonets, Paul McCartney and his Favorite Gibsons
“I'm a guitar nerd. I know I am,” laughs Brian Ray. “And I'm unrepentant!” That's three good-enough reasons for Gibson.com to speak to Brian Ray, but there are many others. Brian Ray plays guitar (and sometimes bass) in Paul McCartney's band for a start, which is a helluva gig. Brian was musical director of the late, great Etta James. And now, he fronts The Bayonets when he has “downtime” from playing with Paul McCartney.
Slash Returns to the Sunset Strip
When Guns N’ Roses started out in the mid-eighties, they were a mainstay at many of the bars and clubs on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. By constant exposure and gig after gig Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler built a strong and loyal following that helped them expand their fan base to other US cities as well. Some thirty years later, Slash returned to the Strip for three sold out shows together with his band Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators as part of Guitar Centers 50th Anniversary celebration.
Life on the Road with Trivium’s Matt Heafy
Florida metallers Trivium were signed to Roadrunner Records a decade ago, and since that time they’ve toured the world countless times, played to what’s gotta be over a million people at this point, and released an ever-evolving series of albums that tell a story - not a literal or literary story, but a musical story of a band finding and refining their own voice.
1991: Nirvana and Metallica Change Rock Forever
It's generally held that 1967 was a landmark year for rock music. Jimi Hendrix's
Are You Experienced
, The Beatles'
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- all of those albums were released that year and they all had an instant and jarring effect on music history, with particular impact on guitarists. A similar impact was felt around the world in 1991 with the release of several extremely influential albums – U2’s
, Red Hot Chili Peppers’
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
, Pearl Jam’s
, My Bloody Valentine’s
, Primal Scream’s
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