Premier Guitar's John Bohlinger talks guitars and gear with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell and their respective techs Scott Appleton and Dave Wolff, as well as Rick Savage's tech Roger Veage. For more information and lots of photos, visit the video's accompanying article.
P.O.D. - "On Fire" (Murdered Love, 2012)
I’m really hit or miss with most of P.O.D.’s catalog, The Fundamental Elements of Southtown and Satellite being the two major exceptions. I really like the RATM vibe in the verses, but the “STOP! DROP! ROLL! I’M ON FIRE!” chorus is almost too amateurish even for me.
Steeler - "Cold Day in Hell" (Metal Massacre (LP version, 1st pressing), 1982)
Not sure how I came across this piece of metal history, but I’m pretty sure it was for an early version of Metallica’s “Hit the Lights” with Dave Mustaine or Ron McGovney on lead guitar. This is a reasonably decent song, especially given the time period, and I would probably have dug it had I heard it back in the day. I much prefer this compilation version to the wankfest on the band’s debut album that features Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar.
Metallica - "The Judas Kiss" (Death Magnetic, 2008)
Speaking of Metallica, here’s an 8-minute slab of riffiness from their most recent studio album (no, Lulu most definitely doesn’t count). Geez, is this already six years old?! Personally, I loved Death Magnetic, and despite the furor over the album’s mastering, it never bothered me that much.
Metallic - "Metal Militia" (Kill ‘Em All, 1983)
Geez, iTunes, are you stuck in a rut?! I remember Metallica being one of the heaviest things I had ever heard when this came out, and I really wasn’t too into it. As I look back on it now, I’m really surprised at how melodic much of the album is.
Extreme - "Our Father" (III Sides to Every Story, 1992)
Hmm… I’m not familiar with this one. But it has that funky groove and harmony vocal thing the Beantown boys did so well. And no way Nuno is from this planet.
Imagine being catapulted through a portion of the ’80′s, picking up four fine musicians and then landing around 1966, ’67. That would be my short description of The Empty Hearts, a new band consisting of 4 giants from the ’80′s – Wally Palmar of The Romantics on lead vocals, Elliot Easton of The Cars on lead guitar, Andy Babiuk of The Chesterfield Kings on bass and Clem Burke, the wonder-drummer of Blondie behind the kit. This band has the perfect melding of ’60′s riffage, ’80′s raw cool and modern production quality to help it all along.
This definitely looks like something to check out.