Alex Skolnick discusses the new Budda AS Preceptor and more

Heavy metal thrasher/jazz improviser/world music enthusiast Alex Skolnick is one of the industry's most talented and genre-bending guitarists. Best known for his searing leads with legendary metal act Testament, Skolnick's playing abilities go beyond metal. Way beyond!

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Asking Alexandria's Ben Bruce: Unstoppable

Now that Asking Alexandria has been around the block a few times, they're ready to get serious. Well, not really serious, but perhaps a wee bit more mature. So says lead guitarist and founder, Ben Bruce.

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Dee Snyder Roasted at NAMM 2013

One of the more hilarious events at the 2013 NAMM Show was the Guitar World and Revolver Rock & Roll Roast of Dee Snider. Held at The Grove in Anaheim, CA, on January 24th, the event was lead by Roastmaster Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller illusionist fame.

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Six Things We Learned From Egypt Central

To those who only know Joey Chicago as the bass player in Egypt Central, one of the hardest-hitting bands to emerge on the rock scene in recent years, take note: he's as animated offstage as when he's laying down the low-end in the band's explosive live show.

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RED Hits New Heights on 'Until We Have Faces'

Hard-hitting rockers RED accomplished more of their goals with one album than most bands ever do in their lifetimes. Hit single? Check. Grammy nomination? Got it. Tours with musical heroes? Done.

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Steve Earle: The Eternal Troubadour

Steve Earle has been a lot of things to a lot of people during his life in music. He's been the rock & roll rebel; the country outlaw; and the outspoken folk singer, often all at the same time. But no matter his style, Steve Earle has always been a master storyteller.

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The Devil Wears Prada: A View from the Throne

Guitarist and songwriter Chris Rubey, the mind behind the grinding metalcore riffs of The Devil Wears Prada, has used Peavey® amplifiers to get his crushing tone since the band's early days—or, as longtime fans will remember, before they co-headlined Warped Tour, appeared on magazine covers and rocked millions of iPod playlists.

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Black Veil Brides Set the Music World on Fire

Black Veil Brides' D.I.Y. viral hit "Knives and Pens" seemed to come out of nowhere. And then, suddenly, the video—and the Black Veil Brides—were everywhere.

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Michael Anthony Gets His Buzz On

As a founding member of the juggernaut Van Halen, Michael Anthony's supreme bass fretwork and effects-laden live solos kept the band steady for decades. Now the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer anchors the groove for Chickenfoot, the super-group with Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, and Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith. They released their self-titled debut last summer, and recently released Chickenfoot: Get Your Buzz On Live, a live DVD from their sold-out summer tour.

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Devin Townsend: The Monitor Interview

Devin Townsend is a hard guy to pin down. As soon as you have him in your crosshairs, he wiggles loose. When he's done with a particular musical mood, he just starts a new band, sometimes under a new name. He's released a half-dozen solo albums covering nearly as many styles—and that's not including the side projects.

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Kindred Spirits: Jäger Serves Up Live Music

The digital era hit the music scene like a sucker punch in the late '90s, with file sharing and a decline in music buying changing the music landscape so quickly it took everyone by surprise.

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Gary Rossington - Still Unbroken

The Lynyrd Skynyrd saga is defined by the will to triumph over tragedy, and Gary Rossington is determined to have the last word.

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Rudy Sarzo, Survivorman

Rudy Sarzo's story plays like the first half of a Behind the Music episode. Struggling musician, destitute and virtually homeless, lands the gig of a lifetime in the employ of rock & roll's most infamous madman. Cue the music, the meteoric rise to stardom and the Platinum records.

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Unleashing the Monster

The hard rocking Crüe Fest 2 has teamed with one of the most recognizable brands in the world, Monster® Energy Drink, to bring audiences the new Monster Energy Stage.

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Jason Suecof - Hammer of the Gods

"Wait until you hear this Black Dahlia album, man, it'll blow your face off," raves a fully caffeinated Jason Suecof. "It's their Rust in Peace."

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Duran Duran's John Taylor

As bassist for the poster band of the "new romantic" pop scene in the early '80s, Duran Duran's John Taylor assimilated his love for funk rhythms with progressive pop into a style that defied the expectations of a pop band—while bewildering critics looking to stop new wave in its tracks.

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Preserving the Blues at Ground Zero Blues Club

Clarksdale, Miss., is considered "ground zero" of the blues-music movement, the site where Highway 61 intersects Highway 49 at the fabled Crossroads. Immortalized by blues legend Robert Johnson in his tune "Cross Road Blues," it symbolizes the epic struggle at the heart of blues music—the battle between good and evil and the paths we choose to take.

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