Last in Line at Record Store Day 2017: A Triumphant Tale

Last in Line at Record Store Day 2017: A Triumphant Tale

  This is a first. I don’t queue up for stuff often, unless beer’s involved. This Record Store Day however, I’ve got the fever. Doing due diligence the day before, I determine that The Sound Garden, Baltimore’s finest record store, would be the sage bet. As I called around, most stores were helpful with information. […]

Phil Collen of Def Leppard – The Interview

Phil Collen of Def Leppard – The Interview

Exploding onto the music scene with a ferocious sound blending primal riffs with a melodic smartness thanks to massive radio hits like “Photograph,” “Rock Of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Animal,” “Love Bites”, Def Leppard etched their permanent mark on hard rock music. Masters in the recording studio, Def Leppard also continue to be […]

GIVEAWAY: Enter for a Chance to Win a Pair of Tickets and Meet Def Leppard on their Upcoming Tour with Poison and Tesla!

GIVEAWAY: Enter for a Chance to Win a Pair of Tickets and Meet Def Leppard on their Upcoming Tour with Poison and Tesla!

Legendary English rock band Def Leppard are about to head out on an 11-week North American tour with special guests Poison and Tesla—and we’d like to hook one lucky reader up with some tickets and a chance to meet Def Leppard! (And be sure to read our new feature interview with guitarist Phil Collen, too.) […]

Vivian Campbell: A Life in Rock with Dio, Def Leppard and Last in Line (Q&A)

Vivian Campbell: A Life in Rock with Dio, Def Leppard and Last in Line (Q&A)

Decades after the release of Dio’s early ’80s albums, in particular, Holy Diver and The Last In Line, those recordings are widely recognized by music fans and critics alike as towering achievements in ’80s hard rock. Helping carve out the metallic fury of those landmark alums was Northern Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose tough and strident playing and fierce acrobatic solos […]

Gene Simmons Q&A: Career Endurance, KISS’ Legacy and Paul McCartney’s Influence

Gene Simmons Q&A: Career Endurance, KISS’ Legacy and Paul McCartney’s Influence

Outspoken and brash, arrogant and opinionated, profane and vulgar, supremely narcissistic and sexist, are among the colorful descriptions both the public and media foist at KISS’ founding member Gene Simmons. Acutely aware of how he is perceived, Simmons even named his last solo album Asshole. When meeting with the “God of Thunder,” one will notice […]

Behind the Curtain: Steve Vai

Behind the Curtain: Steve Vai

I have interviewed Steve Vai probably 10 times over the course of the past 30 years or so. Each and every time he has been nothing less than engaged, bright, articulate and totally willing to immerse himself in the moment. That is, when he was sitting there with you his mind wasn’t somewhere else though […]