Eddie Van Halen didn't even get a mention on Michael Jackson's mega-smash album 'Thriller,' which celebrates it's 31 year anniversary today (Nov. 30), despite having a heavy hand in the success of the third radio single. The guitarist says he did the solo on 'Beat It' for free -- and even wound up re-arranging the song while Jackson was out of the room.
Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is always quick to celebrate the importance of Berry Oakley's contributions to the legendary southern rock band. Before Oakley died on Nov. 11, 1972, he was responsible for some of the most iconic Allman riffs, including the opening of 'Whipping Post.' He's remembered for the way he died more often than the way he lived, and Betts works to fix that.
Former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick took time today to remember a moment that almost became the next great rock tragedy. Ten years ago (Oct. 16, 2003) Kulick was walking with a friend on Sunset Blvd. when two stray bullets struck him in the leg and head. A couple of inches -- or less -- either way and Kulick says he could have been killed.
One Bon Jovi fan made it her mission to convince Jon Bon Jovi to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, and it worked! The singer showed up to escort Branka Delic to her groom during a ceremony at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on Saturday. The singer offered picture proof of the accident.
The Ronnie Wood Band's finale at BluesFest in London next month will include an appearance by Mick Taylor, who held down the guitar-player role in the Rolling Stone before Wood replaced him in 1975. Wood and group will pay tribute to the late Jimmy Reed during their Nov. 1 set at the Royal Albert Hall, where BluesFest runs from Oct. 29-Nov. 1.
This kid comes from Gainesville, Fla., having started his first band in the early-'60s with a future famous rocker. In fact the names to come from that small metropolis are legendary. They all worked together, teaching each other licks and in some cases, how to play their instruments. Later this young man would be featured in a band from California. Do you think you know which classic rocker this is?