Anne Erickson holds bylines in several Gannett publications as well as Ultimate Classic Rock, Gibson Guitar, Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and beyond. She's also a radio DJ and is currently working on-air on Townsquare Media rock station Banana 101.5-FM and is the programmer and managing editor of Audio Ink Radio. She holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University. Interview highlights: Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins, Ozzy Osbourne, Maynard James Keenan from Tool and A Perfect Circle, Alice Cooper, Skillet, RED, As I Lay Dying, Cake.
Carlos Santana Takes a Shot at Partnering With Tequila Company
Carlos Santana is trading guitar licks for salt licks, as he has become a part owner of Casa Noble Tequila. The legendary guitarist says he is a big fan of the the company's product.
Journey Keyboardist Jonathan Cain: We Reach Out to Steve Perry and ‘We Get Crickets’
Remember the days when Journey would rock 'Don’t Stop Believin'' and 'Open Arms' with Steve Perry on lead vocals? Well, not only are those times long gone, but it seems Perry wants nothing to do with his former bandmates.
Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood Trades Guitar Licks for Gardening
Rolling Stones firebrand Ronnie Wood has latched onto a curious new hobby: gardening. The guitar player -- a former alcoholic, now 16 months clean and sober -- says he delights in tinkering around the "controlled jungle" of his new house, weeding and taking care of the flowers and foliage.
Indie Flick ‘Hesher,’ Featuring Five Metallica Songs, Hits the Small Screen
Get some buddies together, pop up the popcorn and get ready to watch a bona fide, Metallica-approved indie flick, because 'Hesher' -- the new film featuring the music of James Hetfield and company -- is coming to home video.
Jane’s Addiction Announces September 27 Release Date for ‘The Great Escape Artist’
Perry Farrell and the guys of Jane’s Addiction have slowly teased fans with scraps of information about the band's upcoming LP for about a year now. Now, finally, the alternative hard rock group have spilled the release date: ‘The Great Escape Artist’ will reach stores Sept. 27 (Sept. 26 overseas) via Capitol Records.
Metallica, Lou Reed Start Thinking Album Art With Anton Corbijn
For all their fame and fortune, the guys of Metallica still seem like they’d be down-to-earth, cool guys in a jam session. Now, Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed is the one wholeheartedly enjoying his time swapping licks with Metallica.
Ex-Motorhead Guitarist Michael ‘Wurzel’ Burston Passes Away
Former Motorhead guitarist Michael ‘Wurzel’ Burston died yesterday (July 9), according to longtime band bass tech Tim Butcher's Facebook page. The cause of death was ventricular fibrillation, triggered by cardiomyopathy. Wurzel was 61 years old.
The Cars Taken for Ride by Folk Singer Kris Delmhorst
Classically trained singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst is a mega Cars fan, an attraction that started back in 1984 when the then-teenager bought her first cassette from Tower Records, ‘Heartbeat City.' She was instantly “unnerved but fascinated by lead singer punchy warble” and “defenseless against intricate layers of pop hooks,” reads a note on her website.
Rolling Stones Guitarist Ronnie Wood Scores Two Radio Awards
The radio dial seems like a comfy place for rockers to head in their later years and share their tales of decades of hanging with the musicians who embody the playlists. Just look at Alice Cooper and Nikki Sixx, who get heaps of praise for their syndicated rock shows. Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is also getting heady high-fives for his radio program, 'The Ronnie Wood Show,' which airs on the
Sammy Hagar: Chickenfoot ‘Took a Giant Step on This Record’
Indecisiveness isn’t the worst trait for a band, so long as that band is killer enough to be worth the drama. Such is the case with Chickenfoot, who have decided not to call their new album 'IV' as first reported. However, in a previously taped interview, frontman Sammy Hagar explains the non-jokey reasoning behind the discarded title, saying Chickenfoot has progressed so quickly as a band since