Inside the latest VG
Published monthly since 1986
126

Category Archives: Artists

Jim Peterik

Of the Bard, Brian Wilson, Buddy Guy and "Butt-Ugly" RDs
 
JIM_PETERIK_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Veteran guitarist/songwriter/vocalist/keyboard player/producer Jim Peterik’s career has taken yet another intriguing turn in its long and ever-active history. The Chicago-area musician first sprang to prominence over three decades ago as the vocalist/guitarist for one-hit-wonder combo the Ides of March (“Vehicle”), and went on to further success in the ’80s with the original lineup of Survivor. […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Comments closed

Neil Giraldo

Road Routine
 
Neil Giraldo Home Main

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 their itch to perform with one-off and weekend gigs throughout […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Dan Auerbach

Black Keys’ Road Map Back to Blues, British Rock
 
AUERBACH_HOME-MAIN-THUMB

Forget about the classic quartet. Forget the power trio. Forget any preconceived shortcomings you may have concerning a rock-and-roll duo. There’s no denying it – the Black Keys crank out impressive noise. As one half of the band – drummer Patrick Carney – once joked, “We’re normally a 12-piece jazz big-band, but the other 10 […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Carl Verheyen

The Tools of Trading 8s
 
VERHEYEN-MAIN-THUMB

Carl Verheyen is a member of that elite (and shrinking) group of musicians known as “session guitarists.” Super-qualified pickers, they’re the hired guns brought in for the most demanding and important recording dates. They command triple-scale fees, but work in a pressure cooker where time is money, where skillsets call for expertise in blues, jazz, […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Neil Giraldo

Guitarist, Producer, Partner
 
GIRALDO_HOME-MAIN-THUMB

Quiz time, guitarheads. What was the second video played on MTV? If you guessed “You Better Run” by Pat Benatar, you win. And, since there was no guitarist in the Buggles’ video for the prophetic track “Video Killed the Radio Star” (the first video aired) that makes Benatar’s longtime bandleader/producer/husband Neil Giraldo the first guitarist […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Comments closed

Johnny Smith

An American Treasure
 

Jazz guitarist Johnny Smith died at his home June 11, two weeks shy of his 91st birthday. Arguably the most respected and revered guitarist of the modern era (1950 to present), Smith was sincerely humble and reserved about his extraordinary talent. In 1999, his peers and friends celebrated his career with a gala at Hunter […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Mark Tremonti

Rock Star, Amp Snob!
 
MARKTREMONTI_HOME-MAIN-BIG

Many of the people we today consider “guitar heroes” – Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a couple – spent more than their fair share of time stowed away in their bedrooms, playing guitar while other kids in the neighborhood played baseball, kick the can, or spin the bottle. Rock guitarist Mark […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged , | 1 Response

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 double disc – recorded at bassist Jorgen Carlsson’s […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

Will Lee

Letter Winner
 
LEE_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Musicians being artists and artists needing to express themselves, it says something that Will Lee’s new album, Love, Gratitude & Other Distractions, is only his second in 20 years (his first was 1993’s Oh!). Mostly, it speaks to the fact that since James Brown is no longer with us, Lee may well now be the […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment

ZZ Top

The First 20 Years, Un-Remixed
 
ZZTOP_HOME_MAIN_THUMB

Usually, the hook with boxed reissues is that they include previously unreleased songs, alternate takes, live material, and maybe some extra tchotchkes like rare photos, revisionist essays, or poster reproductions. Sometimes it’s remixed versions of familiar hits. It’s rare that the main attraction is un-remixed albums the way they came out 40-odd years ago – […]

Posted in Artists | Tagged | Leave a comment