October 2016

Classic Rock

Electric Etudes: Clapton’s “Cream” Years

January 11, 2014
Get deep into Clapton’s early years and investigate his bluesy soloing style.
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Interview: James Williamson - Return to the Raw

June 25, 2013
Punk pioneer James Williamson discusses the Stooges seminal years and why, after a 30-year hiatus, he dusted off his Les Paul Custom, left his Silicon Valley career, and helped his old friends bring new life to the band—including on their latest LP, "Ready to Die."
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Interview: Dave Davies - Pure Spirit

June 19, 2013
The former Kinks lead guitarist talks about changing the course of guitar history with “You Really Got Me,” what he thinks of Van Halen’s version, and what it would take to bridge the cataclysmic rift between him and brother Ray.
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Interview: Nancy Wilson - Goddess of Rhythm

June 4, 2013
Heart’s Nancy Wilson talks about the jitters of performing for Led Zeppelin and the President of the United States, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and how her journey to the pantheon of rock gods started when she and sister Ann saw the Beatles in 1966.
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Forgotten Heroes: Terry Kath

May 11, 2013
A founding member of Chicago—one of the first rock bands to incorporate a horn section—Kath helped forge a path for this band that included eight platinum albums in as many years.
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“Hey Jude” Revisited

April 15, 2013
I experienced something in this track that made the song brand new to me. I heard Paul McCartney drop the F-bomb mid-song.
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Interview: Dave Kilminster - Rock Revisited

March 11, 2013
U.K. guitar hero Dave Kilminster talks about the ups and downs of solo albums, explains why he shuns most effects, and reveals how an unusual altered tuning is the centerpiece of his next album.
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J.D. Simo: The Bandstand and The Bible of Classic Rock

February 4, 2013
Photo by Sean Marshall Studios Nashville’s JD Simo is a graduate of the Don Kelley school of honky-tonk, proving ground for some of the world’s best pickers. Other alumni
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Forgotten Heroes: Big Jim Sullivan

January 9, 2013
We pay tribute to a fretboard legend who came of age alongside a young Jimmy Page, and wound up supporting Tom Jones for many years in Vegas.
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Rig Rundown - Journey's Neal Schon

December 19, 2012

PG's Rebecca Dirks is on location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she catches up with Journey's Neal Schon. In this segment, Schon discusses his upcoming PRS signature guitars, how he uses his Axe-FX Ultra, and answers your Facebook questions.


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Interview: Neal Schon on "The Calling"

December 18, 2012
Premier Guitar caught up with Schon to get the details of making this album and talk about what gear he’s into these days.
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Rig Rundown - Blondie's Chris Stein and Tommy Kessler

November 14, 2012

PG's Tessa Jeffers is on location in Chicago, IL, at the Chicago Theatre where she catches up with Blondie's Chris Stein and Tommy Kessler.


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Rig Rundown - Lindsey Buckingham

October 10, 2012

PG Jason Shadrick is on location checking out the gear that Lindsey Buckingham brings out on the road, including his #1 Turner Model One that he has used since the '70s.


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Rig Rundown - Cheap Trick

September 26, 2012
PG's Shawn Hammond is on location checking out Cheap Trick's live rigs.
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Rig Rundown - Ted Nugent

August 31, 2012
PG's Tessa Jeffers is on location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where she catches up with Motor City Madman Ted Nugent. In this segment, Nugent talks about his beloved Gibson Byrdlands, using the Peavey 6505 heads, and the few stompboxes from Jim Dunlop and Boss that he's currently using on tour.
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Rig Rundown: Roger Waters' The Wall Live

July 18, 2012
We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon behind the bricks of Roger Waters'' The Wall Live, chatting with guitarists Dave Kilminster, G.E. Smith, and Snowy White, along with techs Tim Myer and Colin Lyon.
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Rig Rundown - Guns N' Roses Richard Fortus

March 6, 2012
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where he catches up with Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus. In this segment, we get to see what Fortus is currently using for guitars, amps, effects, and cabinets during the most recent GN'R US tour in early 2012.
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Rig Rundown - Guns N' Roses Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal

March 6, 2012
PG's Jason Shadrick is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where he catches up with Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal who shows and discusses all the guitars, amps, and effects pedals he's been using on the US Tour in early 2012.
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Rig Rundown - Guns N' Roses DJ Ashba

March 6, 2012
PG's Tessa Jeffers is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where she meets up with Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba who gives us the scoop on all his touring guitars, amps, and effects that he's using on the current US tour in 2012.
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Beyond Blues: Roots Rock Primer

February 10, 2012
A few Americana-influenced blues licks that you will be able to get under your fingers quickly and use on the next Tuesday night blues jam.
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