Legendary electric guitar innovator Les Paul would have been 100 today, and his birth is being honored across the U.S. with a series of special events that will include appearances by some of the countless musicians he inspired.
We're used to seeing Metallica rock out live, so it was quite a sight to check out frontman James Hetfield not only without the thunderous backing of his band, but also unplugging for an acoustic benefit. Hetfield was part of an all-star lineup for the 'Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit at San Francisco's Fillmore Thursday night (May 15), where he performed a four-song set and returned for the finale.
The career of guitar whiz Joe Satriani will be the subject of a new box set. On April 22, Sony/Legacy Recordings will release 'Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings,' a retrospective spanning his nearly 30 years as a solo artist.