For Mojave Desert native Jeff Cotton, working with psych-rock legend Captain Beefheart was a literal gut punch.
In the late ’60s, Jethro Tull was a burgeoning talent shooting to the top of a bustling British rock scene.
While most remember the vivid technicolor burst of explosive light that was Racer X for its legendary lead guitarist, Paul Gilbert, some may also remember his equally effervescent partner in six-string crime, Bruce Bouillet.
White, a player famous for slinging a class ‘57 Gibson Gold-Top, chooses to bask in humble adoration for the simplest things in his musical life. Things like gentle chord changes, easy action up and done the fretboard, and the whimsical follies of blues riffs.
Freidman’s take-no-prisoners approach, coupled with his refusal to conform to the standards of the zeitgeist, allowed the Les Paul-wielding polymath to untether his aerodynamic style unto the masses, hot wiring the brains of a generation to come through his work in both the instrumental guitar and thrash metal arenas.
If you have an audiophile comrade who happens to be one of 20,000 people who purchased this set, get into their man cave and hear this for yourself. Believe me, the Jimi Hendrix UHQR gets you experienced.
Von Johnson’s ascent to prominence began in 2010 when he joined the storied Los Angeles hard rock act Faster Pussycat, playing alongside iconic and charismatic frontman Taime Downe for the next decade. Von Johnson subsequently joined L.A. Guns in 2018, where he continues to showcase his captivating stage presence and serve as the quintessential complement to revered six-stringer Tracii Guns.
Stood alongside chiptoothed, yet effervescent frontman Michael Lee Smith, Ranno provided a maestro-level foil to Smith’s up-front machismo, and non-stop musical necromancy. The synergism was palatable, and in 1976 Starz recorded its self-titled debut record, a watershed album that would influence droves of hard rock and heavy metal bands for decades to come thereafter.
Guitarist Tommy Thayer and frontman Jaime St. James recently treated fans of classic 80s hard rock outfit Black ‘N Blue to a surprise, with the revelation that five unreleased tracks recorded in the late 80s were dusted off, and set to gain their official release as The Lost Tapes on June 3rd, 2022.
On November 7, 1982, at the Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA – the opening night of Aerosmith’s Rock in a Hard Place tour – Paul Lipke and Matt Smith would forge a lifelong friendship in a decisive moment of serendipity.