Many years ago, the legendary Jake E Lee quietly rode off into the sunset after an amazing career with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands, preferring to live a life out of the spotlight.
Now, with a new band – Red Dragon Cartel – and a new white Charvel signature guitar, Lee is back. Twenty years was certainly a long time to wait, but perhaps that’s what made Thursday night’s debut concert at Whisky A Go Go so special.
Fans packed the Hollywood landmark eager to see the wild-haired guitarist do his thing, with the crowd growing after each opening act completed their brief sets.
By the time the clock struck 11, Eddie Trunk, the influential hard rock and heavy metal radio personality (and host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show), walked out on stage to introduce Lee. Trunk told the story of how he worked for years to not only seek out Lee, but also book him on That Metal Show, first as guest guitarist, and finally as a member of the rock-talk roundtable.
Eventually, around 11:30 p.m., it was time. Descending the Whisky’s stairs from the dressing room to wild applause, Lee unbound the topknot in his long hair, acknowledged the audience with an appreciative grin and picked up his trademark weapon. (more…)
Currently on tour with Letlive and Code Orange Kids, Andy Williams of Every Time I Die has been hard at work igniting sold-out crowds with his searing fretwork.
The Buffalo, N.Y., native has been doing it for a long time, too. Founding the metalcore band in 1998, Williams marvels at the fact that Every Time I Die continues to chug along 16 years later.
Charvel.com recently caught up with Williams to chat about the guitar he’s taking on the road with him and the secret to keeping a band together.
Charvel.com: What drew you to Charvel guitars originally?
Williams: I’m not really into guitars with a Floyd Rose on it, but I noticd that Joe [Duplantier] of Gojira has a stop tail piece on his. I thought, “Holy shit, they have stop tails, hard tails. This is going to work.” I’m a guy that has always loved Strats, and so what I ended up using is one of the super Strats, the Pro Mod San Dimas with a hard tail. It’s what I’ll bring out with me on the road.
Gojira has released a new video for the track “The Gift of Guilt” from their 2012 album L’Enfant Sauvage, and while the live footage might not be as amazing as seeing the French metallers in person, it certainly captures the heaviness of their show.
In addition, Gojira has a new split EP out with Roadrunner Records labelmates Kvelertak that is available for free. Each band contributed three songs to the EP, including Gojira’s “The Gift of Guilt.”
Charvel is proud to welcome U.K. guitarist Guthrie Govan to the family. A highly-respected and in-demand virtuoso guitarist, Govan travels the world as both a performer and clinician. Govan is currently splitting time between his rock/fusion trio, The Aristocrats, and touring the world with Steven Wilson’s band, promoting Wilson’s Alan Parsons-produced album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories).
Govan made a name for himself in 1993, winning Guitarist Magazine’s “Guitarist of the Year” competition: he subsequently worked as a regular transcriber for U.K. magazine Guitar Techniques. He has since appeared with Asia, GPS, Dizzee Rascal and The Young Punx. His diverse playing style ranges from classic shred to jazz-fusion to blues-rock, all of which are clearly evident on his solo album Erotic Cakes and throughout his numerous other musical projects.
“These guitars sound great, and the necks are just ridiculous,” said Govan. “The good people at Charvel are encouragingly keen to hear all my feedback about their instruments. Whenever I share an idea with them, it feels like they’re really listening – so I’m very excited to be working with these guys and I look forward to seeing what we can do together in the future.”
“Guthrie Govan is one of the best performers playing today, and we’re proud to welcome him to the Charvel ‘family,’” said Michael McGregor, product manager for Charvel Guitars. “He is currently road-testing a few Charvel models, and we are in the research and development phase of some possible future Charvel guitars.”
Visit the Aristocrats’ official website to check out their recently-released album Culture Clash and a list of upcoming tour dates.