Jimmy Page: Number One

I was talking with a couple friends of mine the other day about riff Gods. In specific, I mentioned Jimmy Page as the top riffster, at which I paused, and then partially recanted as Keith Richards came to mind. They’re both quite able at writing the hook and hits but it was Page I aligned […]

Randy Rhoads: Jackson Rhoads

“All aboard, ha, ha, ha” Dun-nah…. Dun-nah, dun-nah, dun-nah “Ai, ai, ai”. That refrain, called out by John Michael Osbourne, also known as Ozzy, was my first exposure to the diminutive Randy Rhoads way back in the summer of 1981. I remember exactly where I was, in my friend Howie’s house, listening on a little, […]

Gibson: In Depth

There’s David, then there’s Goliath. Gibson is a bit of a Goliath. The absolute monstrosity that is Gibson reaches back through the advent of American pop culture, 2 world wars (and several regional), prohibition and McCarthyism. Fueling every genre of music, from folk to djent and everything in between, Gibson, along with Fender, were, hell, […]

David Gilmour: The Black Stratocaster

Quick question, do you know what the longest lasting album on the Billboard Top 200 is? What if I told you that this album has spent a total of 917 (as of November of 2015) weeks on the chart? Can you guess? The closest competitor is Bob Marley and the Wailers for the Legend greatest […]

Angus Young: 1968 Gibson SG

It was five days until my eighth birthday when AC/DC released their first album. I still lived in Maine, my parents hadn’t yet divorced and the USA was preparing the bicentennial with the tall ships in Boston in just 2 months. I remember gas was 20 cents a gallon and there weren’t any video games […]

Rory Gallagher: Off the Handle

To quote the song I took the title of this post from, “I fly off the handle, a little too quick, some say, I’m an angry man.” Those words couldn’t have been farther from Rory Gallagher, an incredible blues guitarist and singer from Ireland. Fellow guitarists Brian May, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, the Edge, Joe Bonamassa, Slash […]

Joan Jett: the Melody Maker

Joan Jett is a rock and roll baddass. She’s raw, unadulterated, kick you in the teeth, pull your shirt over your head and pound you into oblivion rock and roll any way you slice her. But they call her a punk, the Godmother of Punk actually but simultaneously, she’s the Queen of Rock and Roll. […]