Ex-Guns N' Roses rocker Duff McKagan hit the stage to present the Riff Lord honor -- another new category at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods -- one "for six-string guitar shredders," as McKagan put it. And he was able to present the trophy to his former GN'R bandmate Slash, who beat out a field that included Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society, Scott Ian from Anthrax, Munky from Korn, Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters and Eddie Van Halen from, well, Van Halen.
It was fitting that three members of Slipknot hit the stage to present an honor that's new to the Revolver Golden Gods this year, and an equally fitting name for it -- the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award. Gray was, after all, Slipknot's bassist until his tragic death in May 2010 from a drug overdose, and a very skilled one at that. Bass players are often the unsung hero of the band, but nobody ever overlooked Gray -- during his life or after his passing.
When it comes to amateur rock 'n' roll, talent competitions frequently lack talent, battle of the bands often are a war that nobody wins and bar bands are bar bands for a reason. One thing that is often common to all three is the cover song, which when done well is the perfect way to pay homage to your favorite tune by another group. When don
Seether have announced plans to release 'Remix EP,' a six-track collection featuring fan-created remixes of 'Tonight' and other tunes from their 2011 release, 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray.' The EP will be issued in digital formats only on Feb. 7 through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other music outlets.
In addition to putting together a set list for their upcoming residency in Las Vegas, apparently Motley Crue are busy working on some additional onstage entertainment to accompany their show. The band has previously featured a unicycle-riding, fire-breathing little person onstage at gigs, and Nikki Sixx reveals that they're looking for someone to fill the role in Sin City. His first choice? Godsmack singer Sully Erna.
'I am a hustler,' Perry Farrell sings in the new Jane's Addiction single, 'Undeground,' and wouldn't you know that a hustler like Perry wouldn't quite be content with the "censored" version of the video they recently unveiled for the song. Not quite wild enough, he might say. Thus Jane's are pointing you in the direction of the "explicit" version of the the clip, which has debuted over at the NSFW Internet home of Playboy magazine.
Last week when protests over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) brought about widespread debate on the matter, Duff McKagan stood up on the soapbox that is his his Seattle Weekly column and seemed to voice support for the bills. His opinion was not a popular one, and now the former Guns N' Roses bassist wants to clarify the comments he made.
Have you ever wanted to shred like Lamb of God? The metal mavens sure know their way around a bone-shattering riff or two, and now guitarist Mark Morton wants to share a few of his six-string secrets with you aspiring guitarists out there. To help out, he's put together a video displaying the technical side of how to rock out like a golden God.
Hulk Hogan really rocked it in the ring back in the day, but did you know that the former wrestling champ almost rocked out with Metallica? The Hulkster, who before his professional wrestling career played bass in a Floridian rock band called Ruckus, claims that drummer Lars Ulrich once offered him the opportunity to join Metallica.