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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...
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...
Josh Smith talks new studio

Josh Smith talks new studio

WHEN JOSH Smith bought his house near Reseda north of Los Angeles two years ago there was a plan in place that would see through the fulfillment of a life-long dream. The 1,100 square foot home had a detached garage in back that is currently just three weeks work away from becoming a 1,000 square foot recording studio. Smith has scratched and saved extra cash from gigs and session work to make his dream a reality.  more...
Hail! Hale!: Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

Hail! Hale!: Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale

As far as Lzzy Hale is concerned, there’s no better city for a musician than Nashville. Halestorm — with Hale on vocals and guitar, her brother Arejay on drums, bassist Josh Smith and guitarist Joe Hottinger — relocated a few months ago to begin work on their third release for Atlantic Records. Frequenting venues like 12 South Taproom, and watching A-list guitarists like Kenny Vaughan jamming and playing for tips, is “mind-blowing and inspiring,” she says. “It makes you want to go back and write something new. You want to practice. You want to get better. It still rings very true that if you want to be a better musician, surround yourself with musicians that are better than you. It forces your hand.”  more...
Visual Sound’s Bob Weil: Can You See It?

Visual Sound’s Bob Weil: Can You See It?

Seeing is believing. Bob Weil founded Visual Sound on that simple notion. Looking for a better solution to the existing volume pedals on the market, Weil employed a light meter that would show guitarists how much oomph was passing through the pedal. Things were good... then things got bad. Out of money on the cusp of the release of the company’s flagship Jekyll and Hyde distortion/overdrive pedal, Visual Sound filed for bankruptcy. Weil, accepting but not happy about the defeat, started his search for another job. Not long into the process, an unexpected phone call from overseas changed the game and brought Visual Sound roaring back to life.  more...
Marco Benevento talks new album ‘Swift’

Marco Benevento talks new album ‘Swift’

KEYS GURU Marco Benevento’s secret weapon on his upcoming album Swift can be traced back to his childhood, and the first keyboard he ever owned. When he was eight years old, his parents bought him a Casiotone 8000. It would travel around with him from place to place and eventually reside with the rest of his gear at his new home in Woodstock, New York.  more...
Reb Beach: Better Days Here

Reb Beach: Better Days Here

IN THE 25 years since Winger released their self-titled debut album, everything and nothing has changed for guitarist Reb Beach. He still makes music with the band’s original members, vocalist/bassist Kip Winger and drummer Rod Morgenstein, now joined by guitarist John Roth. He still uses the same Suhr guitar and Marshall amp that he purchased over 20 years ago. He is still, in his words, “an ’80s rock guitarist,” and an in-demand one at that, always busy recording and performing with his bandmates, as a member of Whitesnake, and with his own group, The Reb Beach Project.  more...
Greg Edwards: Failure’s Fantastic Return

Greg Edwards: Failure’s Fantastic Return

GUITARIST/BASSIST Greg Edwards didn’t stand still for long after Failure, his band with Ken Andrews and Kellii Scott broke up in the mid- 1990s. He worked with bands like Lusk, and continues to be the driving force behind Autolux. But when he and Andrews rekindled their friendship a few years back, talks soon swung to a possible Failure reunion. The band ended in a swirl of runaway drug use fol- lowing its most successful and critically acclaimed album, 1996’s Fantastic Planet.  more...