For Something Beautiful, the first Oleander album in eight years, guitarist Rich Mouser wanted an aggressive combination of hard-edged guitars and layered vocals. Judging by the evidence presented, his idea of a dense production meets both requirements — and more.
Circa Zero — a new band featuring guitarist Andy Summers (the Police), singer/bassist/guitarist Rob Giles (the Rescues) and Canadian drummer Emmanuelle Caplette — got together after a mutual friend invited Summers to Giles' shows with the Rescues.
Are the Winery Dogs a supergroup? Well, yes. With guitarist Ricthie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison), bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob) in the fold, how could they be called anything else?
In an age when most new albums begin with the tracking of instruments in home studios and emailing files back and forth cross-country, it’s refreshing when a band comes along that still likes to do things the old-fashioned way. It's a method similar to what early '70s blues/rock pioneers did when recording: They get in a studio and let the creative process take control.
For guitarist Tom Keifer, The Way Life Goes is an appropriate title for his first solo album. The Cinderella frontman has had to endure many personal and emotional struggles over the years, including being diagnosed with a partially paralyzed vocal cord and being told he'd likely never sing again.
Whether he's performing as part of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages or jetting around the country for Night Ranger recording sessions and shows, Joel Hoekstra is easily one the hardest-working guitarists you're likely to meet. In addition to his aforementioned commitments, Hoekstra finds time to tour every fall with Trans Siberian Orchestra, and he even records video lessons that reveal the secrets of his guitar prowess.
Ever since Queensrÿche cleaved in two last year, its members have found themselves in separate camps. On the one side there’s founding singer Geoff Tate. On the other are three founding musicians — guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield — who are joined by guitarist Parker Lundgren and former Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre on vocals.
Thirty years ago, Night Ranger were transformed from an opening act to a headliner with the release of their album Midnight Madness. The 1983 record became a smash hit within months of its October release, thanks to tracks like “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America” and “When You Close Your Eyes.”
Tonight, Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde will pay tribute to a six-string innovator — Les Paul — at New York City's Iridium Jazz Club, aka "The Home of Les Paul." Wylde, who is known for his six-string skill, serious work ethic and custom bullseye-painted Gibson Les Paul, was recently invited to take part in the club's ongoing 98th-birthday celebration for the late guitarist and inventor, who died in 2009.
Her solo career has yielded six albums that have topped the Contemporary Jazz charts, along with producing 10 No. 1 radio singles. But saxophonist Mindi Abair is definitely no stranger when it comes to rock and roll. A product of the public school music program, Abair has shared the stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Duran Duran.