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Author Archives: Lisa Sharken

Steve Vai

Crafting Musical Illusions
 

Steve Vai photo: Lisa Sharken. Considered one of the most talented musicians on the planet, Steve Vai constantly strives to better himself as a player and musician. He enjoys experimenting with different sounds, instruments, and musical styles, always searching for ways to raise the bar and introduce something unique. VG spoke with Vai about creating […]

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Billy Sheehan

Cosmic Troubadour
 

When it comes to rock bass, few players command the instrument with as much finesse and showmanship as Billy Sheehan. Best known for his work with Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, Niacin, and Steve Vai, Sheehan debuted his solo offerings in 2001 with Compression. VG spoke with Sheehan about the creation of his second […]

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Eric Johnson

Solving The Tonal "Rubik's Cube"
 

Eric Johnson has a reputation for being not only an amazing guitarist, but someone who cares deeply about every aspect of his music. Johnson constantly strives to strengthen his skills to grow as both a player and songwriter, and is dedicated to his tone. He recently spoke with VG about crafting his latest disc, Bloom […]

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Tony Iommi

The Godfather of Metal Guitar Gets Fused
 

Hailed as one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time, Tony Iommi thwarted the obstacles of what might have been a career-ending hand injury to develop a unique technique and distinct tone. With Black Sabbath, Iommi conjured up dark and heavy riffs in a style unlike other music of the time. As a […]

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Eric Sardinas

Hard-rockin' blues
 

By integrating traditional blues with heavier, more flamboyant rock styles, Eric Sardinas has carved a raw, fiery sound, favoring electric and acoustic resonator guitars to deliver the appropriate vibe. Growing up, Sardinas was exposed to everything from early Delta blues to Chicago blues to R&B, soul, and rock artists like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chuck Berry, […]

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Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie's New Attack!!
 

As one of the most fiery players on the planet, Yngwie Malmsteen developed an identifiable style and tone that blends classical music and heavy metal. VG sat with Malmsteen following his stint on the 2003 G3 tour with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, and Malmsteen filled us in on what made the tour so different […]

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Aerosmith

Rockin' on Bobo
 

Although Honkin’ on Bobo was labeled by some as a blues record, Aerosmith views its new release as being a true rock record – and perhaps the most rockin’ record they’ve made in years! Bobo marks a return to the high-energy blues-influenced rock sound that launched the group’s career over 30 years ago. Featuring covers […]

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Marty Friedman

Unleashed in the East
 

Marty Friedman made his mark as one of the foremost shredders of the ’80s when he teamed up with guitarist Jason Becker in Cacophony. He achieved greater celebrity after joining Megadeth in late 1990 as the group’s third lead guitarist. In 10 years with the band, he recorded three albums while continuing his solo work […]

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Billy Sheehan

Big Bottom
 

Bass virtuoso Billy Sheehan made his mark in the rock world as a member of Talas. He left the group in 1985 when he was courted by former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth for his solo band – a chops extravaganza that included guitarist Steve Vai and drummer Gregg Bissonette. In ’89 he joined […]

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Earl Slick

Zig Zag Back To The Top
 

Earl Slick landed his dream gig back in 1974, when a friend referred him for a gig with David Bowie, replacing Mick Ronson. During this period, Slick recorded three monumental albums – David Live At The Tower Philadelphia (1974), Young Americans (1975), and Station To Station (1976). He went on to collaborate with other major […]

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