Author Archives: Ward Meeker

Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda

The Un-twisted Tale of Stay Hungry
Jay Jay French and Eddie Ojeda

Step back with us, please, to 1984; Paul McCartney gets dinged for possession of cannibis in Barbados, Carl Lewis collects four Olympic gold medals, Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman to receive a major-party nomination for Vice President, and late that spring, glam-rockers Twisted Sister released their watershed album, Stay Hungry. The band had been […]

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Andy Fraser, Co-Founder of Free, Passes


Andy Fraser,  founding member of the rock band Free, died March 16 at his home in Temecula, California. He was 62 and had at times battled cancer and Aids, though a cause of death is under investigation. Fraser was born in London and started (more…)

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Bassist Mike Porcaro Passes


Veteran bassist Mike Porcaro, 59, passed away March 15 following a decade-long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was primarily known for his work with Toto, along with his brothers Jeff (1954-1992) on drums and Steve on keyboards. Porcaro was interviewed in the November 2000 issue of Vintage Guitar. […]

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Joe Satriani

Creativity and Chaos

Calling any player “the hardest working guitarist in the business” is rather like referring to one as the “best guitarist” – do it, and you’re just asking for trouble. But if output equates to effort, there’s no doubt Joe Satriani works his as… err, fingers off! The rock shredder has been doing what he does […]

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Standard in Custom

Schecter’s Custom Shop Marks 35 Years

Riding high after 35 years with an array of original instruments, an impressive artist roster that started early with Pete Townshend and Mark Knopfler, and a line of high-gain amplifiers, Schecter Guitars has come full circle. Established as Schecter Guitar Research by David Schecter in 1976, the company began repairing guitars and selling parts to […]

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Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller

Two for T(-Birds)

Every fan of blues music is familiar with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Founded in 1974 by two guys who would go on to become Texas musical legends, guitarist Jimmie Vaughan and vocalist/harpist/front man Kim Wilson, the band spent its first decade building momentum around the south before tasting international stardom in 1986, when their first album […]

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Levy’s Offers Cracked-Leather Straps


Levy’s Leather’s cracked-leather straps have a distressed treatment and are lined with soft suede. They have an applique with the shape of a guitar, cross, or star. Check them out at www.LevysLeathers.com. (more…)

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Neil Giraldo

Road Routine
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The hard-driving husband-and-wife rock act that hits the stage as Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo is responsible for more than a handful of stalwart classic-rock jams. For the past 15 years, Benatar and husband/guitarist/producer/co-writer Giraldo have spent many of their summers touring, then scratching (more…)

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Billy Squier

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Much has been written and said about Billy Squier and how his 1981 album, Don’t Say No, provided the spark in the gap between 1970s hard rock and ’80s heavy metal. Indeed, when he rose to fame in the early 1980s on the strength of “The Stroke,” his mega-hit ode to glad-handing record executies, Squier […]

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Warren Haynes

G-Mule Shout!

Gov’t Mule’s blues-based rock has never followed a formula, opting instead for an improvisational modus operandi that gives its music unique breadth and scope – a fact supremely illustrated in its new album, Shout! An 11-song outing and the band’s first studio album in four years, the (more…)

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