There is no denying that “Space Ace” has a special swagger about him…that certain something that simply makes him special. Ace is both unable and uninterested in reading music and is generally averse to playing by anybody else’s rules but his own. Still, Ace has managed to forge a fifty-year career in music and has seen the wildly unheard-of success that street-walking guys from the Bronx don’t often see.
By the time he received the inevitable phone call in May, Bob Paré was prepared to put everything on hold for an opportunity of a lifetime. The veteran guitarist had been hand-picked to become the newest member of Maryland’s treasured Hard Rock act, KIX.
When it comes to the guitar, speak to me with your playing. Send me a message without actually talking to me. I don’t care how fast you can play, or how many notes you can jam in a 30-second solo. Is that impressive from a technical standpoint? Sure. Does it speak to me personally? Not really.
In early 2021, when veteran Metal outfit, Accept, released their newest effort, Too Mean To Die smack dab in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, they were doing more than just pushing new tunes out into the world. No, they were reminding us that life is a litmus test.
Prior to breaking his silence of more than 30 years to announce his return to the spotlight, Punky Meadows assumed he’d been long forgotten.
You hear a lot about “mood music.” Well for me, the music of KISS is “any mood music.” So, today I’ve done just that. KISS Guitarists Ranked, will run through my personal ranking of the group’s lead guitarists.
Recently, I sat down with veteran lead guitarist Shawn Sonnenschein to discuss, among other things, what he’s been up to during the lockdown, his time in Black ‘N Blue, his passions outside of music, and what he’s looking forward to the most once COVID-19 breaks.
Though heavily influenced by Southern Rock heavyweights ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Allman Brothers as a budding guitarist, Brian Forsythe would tap into his musical prowess over the years, most notably with Maryland-based Hard Rock band Kix.
Like most Rock-influenced teenagers growing up in the 1970s, the source of Chris Hager’s musical roots were Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath. However, it wasn’t until the San Diego-based guitarist connected with singer Stephen Pearcy in 1976, that his vision of assembling a band poised for relevance began to come into focus.
As I’ve said before, the Rock and Metal game has long been dominated by men. These days, there are so many incredible, shredding lead guitarists out there who are females. With hard-rocking players like Courtney Cox in the game, the narrative is changing.