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Joe Satriani is a guitarist whose style resembles a modern updating of the classic blues-rock style pioneered by past greats like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore (whom Satriani would at one point replace as lead guitarist for Rainbow). Satriani is unique amongst guitar heroes in that he began his career as a teacher and is able to count the likes of Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and Charlie Hunter among his former students. Satriani’s success in fact followed closely on… Read More
By now, is there anyone alive who doesn’t know Johnny Depp is one of the original partners in what’s become a fast part of L.A. rock ‘n’ roll history? Right in the very heart of lively Sunset Strip, the Viper Room is a good ole fashioned rock ‘n’ roll club with metal or hard rock acts taking the stage, and name rockers sitting… Read More
The first Amoeba Records opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley back in the 1990s. Another store across the Bay on Haight Street soon followed and then in 2001 the independent record store chain expanded southwards, opening their massive Hollywood store. Stepping into Amoeba Hollywood is like entering a temple for music fans. The store is the size of a small airplane hangar and is covered from floor to ceiling in rock posters and other paraphernalia.
With record store… Read More
This is another L.A. deco beauty, and a landmark to boot, the Wiltern Theatre built in 1931 by G. Albert Lansburgh, with incredible decorative plaster and tile and murals on the walls. When it opened, it has the largest pipe organ in the United States—a little-known fact. It’s also in the National Register of Historic Places, and its… Read More
Since his breakthrough success in the late ‘70s, with his band, the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty has established himself as one of the first names in American rock. Hits like “Refugee,” “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “I Won’t Back Down” have made Petty a mainstay on classic rock radio for more than 30 years now. Outside of the Heartbreakers, he has enjoyed a career as a solo artist and as a member of the late ‘80s super-group, the Travelling Wilburys whose membership included the likes of Read More
The Echo and the Echoplex are two of the most important music venues to have sprung up on the eastside of L.A. in the last decade. The clubs are essentially offshoots of the former Club Spaceland, which was widely regarded as the pioneering venue of the eastside rock scene. But while Spaceland was primarily a rock venue, the Echo and the cavernous Echoplex are more diverse in their booking practices.
And while both clubs do feature bands, they also play host… Read More