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.
Listening to the music of the Black Keys, you have to figure that Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney had at least one Cream album in their record collection growing up. But they probably never guessed that a member of Cream -- and a number of other rock heroes -- would one day pay tribute to their music.
Bertha, Gertrude, Bernice ... these are names one rarely associates with pretty women, but if you keep an open mind you're likely to stumble across a smoking hot Agnes one day. The smartest thing Leslie West did with his duet with Slash is name it 'Mud Flap Mama.' It sets expectations low, which means the song can only surprise us.
After being forced to have his lower right leg amputated as a result of diabetes complications last year, guitar legend Leslie West, 66, was forced to cancel a tour -- not because he was unable to perform, but because he didn't have transportation equipped for a wheelchair.
But now, thanks to an incredibly generous gift from The Vehicle Production Group, those worries are behind him.