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For a while it seemed like the great Jake E. Lee had vanished for good. But now, as the guitarist pursues his Red Dragon Cartel project, current interviews are appearing, including the one conducted by the legendary Martin Popoff for BraveWords. Therein the two discuss the legacy of Jake’s work with Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands as well as who came calling after his first high profile gig:

After Ozzy I got a couple of offers, probably the most notable being Whitesnake. And I turned it down because, well, John (Sykes) had already done the record, and he was a friend of mine, and I didn’t want to jump into another band where I wasn’t part of the initial process. You know, like with Ozzy. I mean, it was Randy Rhoads and then I joined the band.

Read much more at BraveWords.
Right here.

Former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis is set to join Swedish melodic death metal specialists Arch Enemy beginning with the band’s upcoming European tour. Loomis, who replaces departing guitarist Nick Cordle, had this to say, via Revolver:

I’m very excited to be playing with Arch Enemy. (AE founder) Michael Amott and I have stayed in contact over the years since we toured together when I was playing in Nevermore. Not only do I admire his guitar playing and songwriting, but I also consider him a close friend. 2015 is going to be a great year… See you all on tour!

Read more at Revolver.

Right here.

 

That certainly looks like a guitar that Adrian Legg is playing, but I’d swear he plays a different instrument than I do. Bewitching right to the very last chord.

Also: Check out an Adrian Legg Dean Markley ad right here.

Gibson Custom has introduced another signature Les Paul, this time based on one of Robby Krieger’s personal instruments. The guitarist used his 1954 Les Paul Custom, nicknamed “L.A. Woman,” writing and recording classic Doors tracks after acquiring it in 1968. How accurate is the new model? Via Guitar Aficionado:

Notable details include the closely matched dish carve and neck profile carve, the accurate ebony fingerboard with aged pearl block markers, accurate vintage multi-ply binding, after-market Seymour Duncan neck pickup, and painstaking hand aging.

And for added authenticity:

(T)he first 50 guitars—hand aged by Gibson—will also be played, approved and signed by Robby himself.

Read more at GA.
Right here.

Timothy Patrick Kelly | January 13, 1963 – February 5, 1998

Timothy Patrick Kelly | January 13, 1963 – February 5, 1998

Damn—did you know Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly was in a fatal auto accident in 1998?! We here at Pointy Guitar apparently missed that altogether. RIP. When this small ad was running in 1991, Slaughter were at the peak of their success, riding the single “Fly to the Angels” from their multi-platinum debut Stick It To Ya.

Also resting in peace, presumably, is Robin: According to their site, the company stopped producing instruments in 2010. This ad is a veritable time capsule of “gawd, remember them?” type bands. On Robin’s endorser roster one will find 2-4-7 (sic) Sypz , Cry Wolf, Tora Tora, and Sweet F.A., along with John (sic) Butcher, who appears cradling a guitar in a Carvin ad (with name spelled correctly) in this very magazine, Guitar World, May 1991.

Guitar legend Jimmy Page has been busy overseeing a remastering of the Led Zeppelin catalog and the reissue of his photo-heavy autobiography Jimmy Page.  But he hasn’t been on stage in seven years. This may change in 2015, according to an interview The Week conducted with the rock icon:

I’m really starting to get myself enthused and limbered up for putting something together. I’ll play everything, and some new music I’ve got. Next year is the time when I should be seen to be playing live.

Page has yet to assemble a band for any potential trek.

Read more at The Week.

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A pair of American guitar masters, Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, have finally made good on their wish to record a collaborative album: The two are releasing Eclectic on the Heads Up International imprint later this month. Johnson and Stern are also appearing jointly on tour as well as in print at Guitar Aficionado, wherein they discuss the genesis of the project and the material. As Eric Johnson describes the track “Benny Man’s Blues:”

While I was figuring out what to do, I started thinking about some of those old Benny Goodman records where there’s just a couple of chord changes, but it still has that blues vibe.

Read more and listen to a sample at GA.

Right here.

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