Guitar Life

James Hetfield Says Metallica Is “Literally Afraid to Jam with Certain People”

During Metallica’s 35 years as a band, they’ve sold millions of records, played thousands of gigs and become metal’s biggest act. But guitarist James Hetfield says that, despite the success and adulation, he and the guys still have some insecurities. “We’re literally afraid to jam with certain people, ’cause we think we’re not worthy enough,” […]

Kirk Hammett: “I’ve Always Understood Dave Mustaine’s Feelings About Metallica”

Kirk Hammett appeared last week on The World of Wheeler Podcast, where he revealed his feelings about Dave Mustaine, whom he replaced in Metallica some 33 years ago. In the podcast, embedded below, Hammett says he’s always understood Mustaine’s frustration over being fired from Metallica. Mustaine, who went on to form Megadeth, was fired from […]

Cop Writes Apology to Nickelback for Facebook Drunk-Driving Threat

In a November 26 post to its Facebook page, the Kensington Police Service warned holiday revelers that anyone caught driving drunk will be fined, have their license suspended, and be forced to listen to the department’s copy of the Canadian rock group’s 2001 album, Silver Side Up. The post quickly went viral and became international […]

Ritchie Blackmore Says He’ll Tour with Rainbow in 2017

Ritchie Blackmore has announced he will tour with Rainbow in 2017, with four dates planned for the U.K. The tour follows on the guitarist’s sold-out shows in Germany and Birmingham, England, earlier this year. Those were Blackmore’s first rock performances since 1997, when he launched his folk-rock ensemble Blackmore’s Night. The group’s first gig of […]

Dave Mustaine Reviews Metallica’s ‘Hardwired…to Self-Destruct’

What does Dave Mustaine think about Metallica’s latest release, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct? In a new interview with Metal Hammer, the Megadeth frontman shared his thoughts on Metallica’s long-awaited new album, which was released on November 18. Mustaine was a founding member of Metallica and played lead guitar in the group until he was dismissed in 1983 […]

Greg Lake, Who Led Prog-Rock with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Has Died

Greg Lake, a multi-instrumentalist who was a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died yesterday, December 7, at age 69. Lake, who was a singer, songwriter, musician and producer, had been battling cancer for quite some time. His death was confirmed via his official Twitter account by Stewart Young, Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s longtime […]

Kirk Hammett: “The Consequences of Losing My Cell Phone Have Been Immense”

As many will remember, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett misplaced his cell phone while in Denmark in 2015. Lost with the phone were, Hammett reckons, some 250 to 300 riffs that he’d recorded with his phone, never to be heard again. The timing was particularly devastating, as Metallica were soon to begin work on what would become […]

How Dimebag Darrell Was Buried with One of Eddie Van Halen’s Guitars

Twelve years ago today, “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was tragically shot onstage on December 8, 2004, while performing with Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. Months before his death, Dimebag asked one of his idols, Eddie Van Halen, for a black and yellow striped Charvel “Bumblebee,” like the one pictured on the back cover […]

Joe Bonamassa Hits Bouncer with Rare 1951 Fender for Harassing Fan

Joe Bonamassa Hits Bouncer with Rare 1951 Fender for Harassing Fan Blues guitar hero Joe Bonamassa just scored a hit—right on the head of a concert security guard. Bonamassa was performing at the Brady Theater in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on December 9, when he saw a bouncer harassing an audience member. The blues guitarist took his […]