Interviews

Mark Tremonti is a busy guy

Mark Tremonti is a busy guy

EVER THE workaholic, Mark Tremonti is releasing two new Tremonti albums this year, separate projects showcasing twenty songs. The first disc, Cauterize, will be available on June 9 via his Fret12 Records label. Dust will follow later. Both albums feature Mark Tremonti on vocals and guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums, and follow the Tremonti project’s 2012 debut, All I Was.  more...
Cancer Bats’ Scott Middleton loves his boutique gear

Cancer Bats’ Scott Middleton loves his boutique gear

CANCER BATS guitarist Scott Middleton likes to go into a new album project with at least one new piece of gear, usually a guitar or pedal, as a point of inspiration in the creative process. Perhaps it has been this prerequisite that has led the Canadian axe man to explore the boutique end of the industry a bit more than the stereotypical heavy rock player. He sees a lot of his band in some of these smaller builders -- grassroots projects, independent and making art... where every sale means something.  more...
Faith No More’s Jon Hudson talks gear, new album

Faith No More’s Jon Hudson talks gear, new album

Faith No More guitarist Jon Hudson is more about foundation than flash... more structure than strut. He has been the guitarist in the Bay Area-based quintet for almost 20 years, yet due to a decade’s long hiatus and the timing of his tenure, he has only appeared on one of the band’s albums -- 1997’s Album Of The Year. Later this year, he will appear on his second. Sol Invictus, due out in late spring, will set the stage for a new tour, which is currently set to roll across the West and East Coasts of the United States starting in April and carrying across the pond to Europe at the beginning of summer.  more...
Forty years and counting for Kansas’ Rich Williams

Forty years and counting for Kansas’ Rich Williams

FOUR DECADES, eight gold albums, three multi-platinum studio albums, a platinum live album, a million-selling single, total record sales in excess of 15 million, sold-out concerts worldwide, and Kansas’ lead guitarist Richard Williams is practicing. All day. He and his bandmates — drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale — are traveling to Mexico tomorrow for two performances, and Williams is determined to be prepared.  more...
Strymon Is More Than Meets The Eye

Strymon Is More Than Meets The Eye

What’s in a name? For the Damage Control crew, a lot... if that name is Strymon. The success of the company’s attractive range of digital effects boxes has blurred the line between its name on paper and its most successful brand. GEARPHORIA visited the California headquarters of Damage Control to talk all things Strymon, including the lowdown on the new Deco pedal, the art of listening and what the future may hold for the company.  more...
The Incomparable Greg Howe

The Incomparable Greg Howe

“VIRTUOSO,” “guitar hero,” “guitar legend,” and of course “shredder” — they’re all tags and titles attached to Greg Howe’s name, and while each may be apt, they neither define nor determine his musical trajectory. Howe has been recording and touring nationally since 1988, when Shrapnel Records released his self-titled debut album. The disc introduced him as part of a group of innovative guitarists who raised the bar on technique, but Howe soon broke away from the niche by venturing into the worlds of jazz fusion, production, session work, and tours with rock and pop artists.  more...
Buzz talks road rig

Buzz talks road rig

THE MELVINS’ Buzz Osborne spent much of 2014 on the road — first on a 90-plus show acoustic tour in support of This Machine Kills Artist, an album recorded mostly on his red white and blue Buck Owens American acoustic, then out for a stretch in autunm with the his bandmates bringing the new Melvins record, Hold It In, to the masses. The latest Melvins effort finds Buzz and Dale Crover (drums) teamed up with Butthole Surfers veterans Paul Leary and JD Pinkus on a 12-cut slab of crunch that also showcases a more jangly, pop influence in spots.  more...
Guitar Idol: The Steve Stevens interview

Guitar Idol: The Steve Stevens interview

IN THIS ERA of social media, where artists can communicate directly with fans via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube video diaries, guitarist Steve Stevens calls himself ‘old school.’ He speaks to the media by telephone and in person because it’s what he’s used to. “When I first started with Billy [Idol], I remember the first press junket,” he says. “We went to England, and Kerrang magazine was the first thing I did. The only way you could do things was to travel to another country. Then we went to Japan and did press, and in Japan they have you do twelve interviews a day. You couldn’t even think at the end of the day, but it makes an impression. Especially now, we have a new record coming out, so there’s something to talk about and we’re excited about it, so why not?”  more...