Top 10 Big 5 Interviews of 2022
This year’s quick-hit interviews revealed that Phil Collen sees a connection between your vibrato and ego, how a short-scale Strat is rocking Neal Schon’s world, Halestorm hates “Instagram guitar” faces, and Steve Vai’s secret weapon.
10. Lzzy Hale & Joe HottingerPremier Guitar
Plus, which Halestorm guitarist’s custom Explorer is coolest—her baritone or his brand-new Mod Collection buy?
9. Band of Horses' Ben BridwellPremier Guitar
Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell admonishes us (and himself) on how to “get your shit together” and stop annoying bandmates.
8. Dropkick Murphys' James LynchPremier Guitar
Dropkick Murphys’ James Lynch on the cleverly hidden 1/4" jack on his go-to guitar. Plus, the sage advice from his dad that formed the foundation of his success.
7. Kirk FletcherPremier Guitar
Bluesman Kirk Fletcher on his favorite Gibson ES-345 mods, and why we all need to push the soul “button” more.
6. Queensrÿche’s Michael WiltonPremier Guitar
Plus, why the platinum-selling progger has stuck with the same guitar brand for 30+ years.
5. OrianthiPremier Guitar
Plus, how her childhood Hendrix T-shirt figured into her latest signature PRS guitar.
4. Steve CropperPremier Guitar
Plus, the Booker T. & the MG’s legend shares the toughest part of working with other musicians in the studio.
3. Mastodon’s Bill KelliherPremier Guitar
Plus, how he minimizes stress during the riff-writing process.
2. Journey's Neal SchonPremier Guitar
Plus! The Journey legend talks about the short-scale Custom Shop Strat currently rocking his world.
1. Steve VaiPremier Guitar
Plus, what the shred shaman looks for in a guitar, and the surprising solo artist whose catalog he always has on hand.
Neil Young Is “Rubbish, But Brilliant”
The Fixx’s Jamie West-Oram on his unlikely guitar hero, and Albert, B.B. and Freddie King’s “bird song” solos.
“I Saw My SG Get Shot with a Fire Hose”
Cave In’s Adam McGrath on seeing his go-to axe engulfed in flames. Plus, Stephen Brodsky’s best Xmas gift ever.