Slash & Brian May in Yardbirds!
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, the Yardbirds' will release their first album of new material in over thirty years next spring. The still-in-progress album will feature guest spots by guitarists Slash, Brian May of Queen, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Steve Vai and Steve Lukather.
"It's eclectic again, because it's a no-rules band," guitarist Chris Dreja says. "It's going to be pretty guitar orientated. The three or four tracks we're putting down at the moment are beginning to happen quite nicely."
"It's sort of the Yardbirds but with a bit extra, something else. I always think all the Yardbirds songs -- take things like 'Shapes of Things,' 'Happenings Ten Years Time Ago' -- there was a sort of philosophy going on within the band. It's not a band that's too lightweight musically and lyrically. It's melancholy but with a whack. Just when you think you know where it will go, something will turn. Like the middle of 'For Your Love.'"
The Yardbirds recorded most of the as-yet-untitled album at Vai's Mothership studio in Hollywood with producer Ken Allerdyce, and they are finishing it in London.
Inspired by the group's 1992 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Yardbirds reformed in the mid-Nineties without any of their three famous guitarists -- Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page -- and now feature a lineup of original members Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty, as well as newcomers Gypie Mayo on lead guitar, Alan Glen on harmonica and John Iden on bass and lead vocals.
"I thought if we could get the right musicians together, I might quite enjoy playing that material again," says Dreja. "I hadn't played it for thirty years. Eventually we got the right musicians together and what a kick-ass band it is, and what kick-ass material it still is!"
Best Metal Album Ever
This is one "greatest albums" list The Beatles did not make. In the world of heavy metal, the genre that allows fans to blow off steam to deafening, bone-crunching music, honors for the greatest album of all time have gone to Guns N' Roses. The short-lived U.S. rock band's 1987 debut release, "Appetite For Destruction," took pole position in Spin magazine's top 40 list, ahead of works by pioneering bands such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Led Zeppelin's untitled 1971 release, commonly known as "Led Zeppelin IV" or "Zoso" was second, followed by Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" (1971), Metallica's "Master of Puppets" (1986) and AC/DC's "Back in Black" (1980), Spin's editors decreed in the magazine's upcoming September issue. "Appetite for Destruction," which includes such hits as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," has sold more than 15 million copies in the United States. Spin said it "sounds like Hollywood at 2 a.m., only genuine and dangerous and absolutely necessary." The Led Zeppelin album was "the defining endeavor for the band and the genre it accidentally created," Spin said. The U.K. quartet's "Led Zeppelin II" (1969) took the No. 7 spot. Fellow Brits Black Sabbath also appeared twice, with 1972's "Vol. 4" at No. 14. Additionally, frontman Ozzy Osbourne's 1980 solo album "Blizzard Of Ozz," recorded after he was fired from the band, came in at No. 26.
Top Guitarists of all time
In a recent study by Total Guitar to find the top 100 guitarist of all time was released today. Top of the top was the whammy bar jamming, mistifying Jimi Hendrix, yes thats right the legend Jimi has been rated 1st. In second place was the amazing Jimmy Page who's well known Stairways To Heaven guitar riffs pleased us all. Eric Clapton with his souful rocking style reflected in his Tears in Heaven and also in Layla was ranked 3rd in the worlds best. Fourth was our main man, Slash, a true riff master, whos style and carisma is reflected in his guitar playing. Famous for his killer solos, Sweet Child O' Mine, Enstranged and many more, and hopefully many more to come! Brain May Queens true asset was ranked the worlds fifth best guitarist. We bow down to your god like talents top five guitarists....\m/
Joe Satriani, Eddie Van Halen, Pink Floyds Dave Gilmour, Metallica's man of steel Kirk Hammet, and speed guitarist Steve Vai all complete the top Ten! We salute you.
GNR fans did you know that "Axl Roses" when rearranged spelt Oral Sex, COOL, The man himself is not just a great singer but also a bit of a comic, Rock on Dude!
While Sweet Child O' Mine was one of Guns N' Roses biggest hits, Slash's acounts of creating the guitar melody in the intro suggest that the riff was actually spawned from a goofy bout of string-skippings
Slash: "Sweet Child O' Mine was a joke. It was a fluke. I was sitting around making funny faces and acting like and idiot and playing that riff. Izzy started playing the chords that i was playing, strumming them, and all of a sudden Axl really liked it I hated the song beacuse it was so stupid (laughs). I hated the guitar part. Now i really like it because ive gotten it to the point where it sounds really good when i play it live, and i'm so used to the song so i like it a lot more. But definately wasn't something I Hummed out of my head. It was more like me fucking around with the guitar"