Guitar maestro Marty Friedman recently shared ten albums that have shaped his own music. If you’re up on Friedman, it’s no surprise that he points to albums like KISS Alive and Black Sabbath’s Sabotage, but you might not expect a nod to Beach Boys Endless Summer. Here’s his take on that compilation, via Classic Rock:

If you learn all the Beach Boys songs, you’ll get everything you need to know about chord structure and harmony. The most genius thing is write something very complex that sounds totally simple and easy to listen to. Really, this is some of the finest songwriting of all time.

Read about all ten at Classic Rock.

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Third head from the top needs more mids.

Stanley & Paul

When this Marshall ad was running in the November 1996 Guitar Player Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and the rest of Kiss had entered reunion mode following their Grammy appearance earlier in the year. On the horizon was a string of tepidly received albums starting with ’97s Carnival of Souls. 

Bruce Howard Kulick

Bruce Howard Kulick

Aside from serving with KISS 1984-96 and Grand Funk Railroad from 2001 to the present, Bruce Kulick has also recorded with Michael Bolton (that’s the first time he’s been referenced at Pointy Guitar), Billy Squier (misspelled “Squire” here) and the band Union. Their album The Blue Room is cited in this Celestion ad. Scanned from Guitar Player, April 2001.

July 2014 has been an atrocious month for legendary guitarists: On the heels of Johnny Winter’s departure, famed Lou Reed and Alice Cooper collaborator Dick Wagner has died at 71. From The Detroit Free Press:

(Wagner) had famously overcome a series of medical issues during the past decade, retraining himself on guitar after a stroke paralyzed his left arm. He succumbed to respiratory failure at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Medical Center, where he had been in intensive care for the past two weeks following a cardiac procedure.

Aside from his high profile stints with the above, Wagner was also a widely recorded studio player, appearing (with various levels of public credit) on albums by Kiss and Aerosmith.

Read more at the Free Press.

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On the eve of KISS’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction there’s plenty of chatter from former band members. But none from onetime guitarist Vinnie Vincent. He seems to have gone off the grid following years of professional and personal turmoil, possibly culminating in the January 2014 death of his wife Diane Cusano. From a new Rolling Stone article:

Vincent’s fans and former bandmates have different theories about his current whereabouts: He might be in Nashville, with family in Connecticut, or with some sympathetic female Kiss fan. Wherever he’s gone, believes (promoter) Phil Elliott, Vincent will make his presence known once the bills start to pile up. ‘I don’t know how he’s going to stay afloat,’ Elliott says. ‘When he’s desperate enough, he’ll come out of the woodwork.’

Read more of the (somewhat spotty) profile and see a pic of Vincent’s seemingly abandoned house at RS.

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Bob Kulick’s little brother

This ad for SIT strings dates to Bruce Kulick’s stint in Kiss, specifically to the Revenge album. Scanned from Guitar School, July 1992.

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Robben Ford

Blues & jazz veteran Robben Ford has had a long career as a leader as well as being a sideman with the likes of Miles Davis, Charlie Musselwhite, and Joni Mitchell. But did you know his playing is also on the Kiss album Creatures of the Night? Go figure. This Seymour Duncan ad is from Guitar World, May 2002.

From the Rooney Archive.