We spoke with Def Leppard's guitarist about 'Pyromania,' 'Hysteria' and the band's future.
The first five records of John Mellencamp's career were recorded under heavy meddling, but after hitting it big with 1982's 'American Fool,' he finally had enough clout to ignore his label and his management. The result was an album that cemented his rock-star status while flashing the fierce populist streak that would come to define his music.
For classic rock fans looking to broaden their horizons a bit, you’re not stepping too far out of the box when it comes to the music of Dream Theater. For one thing, the band itself is veering dangerously close to classic rock territory, as it heads towards the 25-year mark with lead singer James LaBrie at the helm. The band first formed in 1985, which pushes the overall history of the group to a timespan of nearly 30 years.
Many artists claim to possess multiple talents, but it’s not a stretch to say that Queen guitarist Brian May comes closest to actually being a Renaissance Man. Besides being an influential musician, Dr. May -- he’s an astrophysicist who finished his Ph.D. in 2007 -- is also an expert in stereo photography, as evidenced by a new book he’s co-authored, ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell.’
Guitarist Leslie West has been around the block more than a few times. From his glory days with Mountain through the powerhouse trio West, Bruce and Lang, West helped create the template for loud hard-rock guitar bands. Taking cues from Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mountain were the right band at the right time as the '60s turned into the 70s. They played Woodstock and became stars.