“My jokes were funnier – I was suddenly better looking”: Duff McKagan recalls how sudden Guns N’ Roses fame felt “lonely”
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by Rachel Roberts
14h ago
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan says the band’s sudden rise to fame felt “kind of lonely” to him, as he began noticing that people were responding to him differently. Being a famous artist is a complex ordeal – while most people dream of such a life, there’s no denying that being in the public eye on such a huge scale has its challenges. Back in the band’s Appetite For Destruction era, McKagan remembers how “crazy” it was to “break through”. READ MORE: Bumblefoot says he got “hundreds” of death threats after Guns N’ Roses solo mishap Appearing on the Broken Record Podcast, he says ..read more
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“EVH’s tones are always the most sought-after”: Fender on getting EVH’s endorsement for the Tone Master Pro
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by Adam England
14h ago
Fender Executive Vice President Justin Norvell has been explaining just how significant the endorsement by the EVH brand of the Tone Master Pro was for the company in a new interview, describing it as a “very big thing.” READ MORE: The Guitar Show 2024 will feature its “biggest ever showcase of international brands” Until the Fender Tone Master Pro arrived last year, the EVH brand – operated by Wolfgang Van Halen and his partner in the brand, Matt Bruck – hadn’t endorsed any licensed models of its amps to use with software or modellers, and Justin emphasises that the endorsement was ne ..read more
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KK Downing: “The guitar dynamic in Judas Priest was lopsided – but in KK’s Priest it’s the way I always envisaged it”
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by Rachel Roberts
15h ago
KK Downing says that his guitar dynamic with KK’s Priest’s AJ Mills is “split down the middle” and is “the way it was always meant to be”. Downing is still proud of the trade-off guitar technique he developed alongside Glenn Tipton when he first joined Judas Priest, and now feels this is continuing to be played out “exactly” how he had “always envisaged” with Mills. READ MORE: “I hold him on such a pedestal”: John 5 shares admiration for his Mötley Crüe predecessor Mick Mars KK’s Priest released their most recent album, The Sinner Rides Again, back in September, and are continuing to play a ..read more
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“Not being able to shape my fingers into a chord… that’s when it hit me”: Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley on how being unable to play guitar led him to give up alcohol
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by Rachel Roberts
19h ago
Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley found himself unable to play guitar after he was hospitalised with severe kidney and liver damage due to alcohol addiction back in 2014, a time he describes as one of the “scariest” things he’s ever been through. The vocalist and guitarist has opened up on his struggle a decade on as the band prepare to release their eighth and final album, Heaven :x: Hell this March. READ MORE: “That gift is so powerful and so strong he doesn’t know how to cope with it”: Jenny Boyd reveals why Eric Clapton became an alcoholic Speaking to Guitar World, Whibley explains, “The men ..read more
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The Martin Artist Showcase highlights “the stars of tomorrow”
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by Adam England
19h ago
Martin has announced the Martin Artist Showcase, an annual program which is “dedicated to amplifying breakthrough songwriters and changemakers”. The program features six musicians across the US spanning genres from country to pop to soul. According to Martin, we can “explore their songs and stories, follow along on our social media platforms, and gain backstage access with exclusive content, event appearances, merch giveaways, and more as we showcase the stars of tomorrow.” READ MORE: The Guitar Show 2024 will feature its “biggest ever showcase of international brands” The artists involved ..read more
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Ukraine’s Roman Bulakhov on balancing jazz and rock, working with D’Angelico and making music in the face of an invasion
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by Cillian Breathnach
21h ago
Roman Bulakhov isn’t afraid to mix genres. It’s not surprising, really, as he leads a bit of a musical double-life, having both established himself as a leading presence in Ukraine’s jazz scene and a powerhouse rock guitarist in the band Nervy. His work as a rock guitarist is infused with jazzy leads and out-there chord progressions, and his solo material fuses firebrand instrumental jazz with rock and hip-hop production. READ MORE: Squirrel Flower on why dynamics matter: “I don’t like guitar music that’s just loud the whole time” Born in Severodonetsk to a family of musicians, Bulakhov alw ..read more
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“We are unlocking the potential of the Marshall brand”: Marshall Group boasts $389m revenue following Zound Industries takeover
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by Adam England
2d ago
The Marshall Group has had its best year yet with revenue reaching almost $389m (over £306m) in 2023, according to the company, an increase of 29% compared to the previous year. It saw growth across product categories, channels, and regions, and hit double-digit growth and profitability in all four quarters of the year. Last year, Sweden’s Zound Industries bought Marshall Amplification, and rebranded itself as the Marshall Group thereafter. And going by newly released figures, the takeover looks to have been a success. READ MORE: The Gear Used by Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin II CEO Jeremy de ..read more
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“That gift is so powerful and so strong he doesn’t know how to cope with it”: Jenny Boyd reveals why Eric Clapton became an alcoholic
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by Adam England
2d ago
Eric Clapton‘s former sister-in-law, Jenny Boyd, has some comments to make about the guitarist’s alcoholism in a new interview. READ MORE: “Do you still love your husband?”: Model Pattie Boyd reveals love triangle letters from Eric Clapton and George Harrison – and they’re going up for auction The former model, who was also married to Fleetwood Mac‘s Mick Fleetwood and King Crimson‘s Ian Wallace, tells Fox News Digital of a time in the 1990s when she had to sit down with Clapton, saying, “It was about giving over to a higher power knowing that, in the past, you probably tried to stop drinki ..read more
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“I hold him on such a pedestal”: John 5 shares admiration for his Mötley Crüe predecessor Mick Mars
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by Adam England
2d ago
 Mötley Crüe‘s guitarist John 5 has spoken out in admiration of Mick Mars, who he replaced in the group for their 2022 tour. There’s been a lot of drama between Mars and the band he co-founded, with Mars suing them in April last year, alleging that they were trying to remove him from the band following his retirement from touring a year prior. READ MORE: Mick Mars: Reconciling with Mötley Crüe is “past impossible” In response, a statement from Mötley Crüe the same day denied that they’d fired him, and he was still a member but had simply quit touring. And a couple of weeks later, bassi ..read more
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“Do you still love your husband?”: Model Pattie Boyd reveals love triangle letters from Eric Clapton and George Harrison – and they’re going up for auction
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by Adam England
2d ago
Pattie Boyd is selling letters from Eric Clapton and George Harrison that give an insight into her love triangle with both musicians. The inspiration for songs like Clapton’s Layla and Wonderful Tonight and Harrison’s Something, the model, now 79, was a muse to both Clapton and Harrison in the ’60s and ’70s. She was married to Harrison from 1966 until their divorce in 1977, and then to Clapton from 1979 to 1989. READ MORE: Jimmy Page, Brian May, Tony Iommi, and James Bay celebrate launch of Gibson Garage London: “It’s a new era in rock – and the Twang is still the Thang!” Clapton and Harris ..read more
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