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Rolling Stone’s Top 100 guitarists of all time makes Alex laugh

So Rolling Stone magazine has a new Top 100 out, and it’s about the best guitarists of all time… Now, I do know how hard it must be to put such a top together, you have to take a lot of things into consideration, and no matter what, people will always be disappointed.

But I really think this Top is overall a piece of shit. I’m sorry, nothing against the magazine, but it just makes me laugh.

James Hetfield is ranked 87th. Dimebag is ranked 92nd. You know what Tom Morello is ranked? Fucking 40th.

I mean I got nothing against the guy, but how can the guy who uses every pedal in the goddamn universe rank about 50 places higher than two of the most influential metal guitarists? He’s even four places higher than Mark Knopfler, and that really is an amazing guitarist. Take away all of his pedals, what does Tom have, anyway, when compared to those three?

Kurt Cobain is also ranked higher than Dime and Jaymz.

Now, about the first places, I do agree with them. Jimi Hendrix is, of course, in first place, followed by Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Other wonderful guitarists are very high up, which is another plus for the article — Chuck Berry (7th), Eddie Van Halen (8th), Angus Young (24th) and Tony Iommi (25th).

I do have a problem with Keith Richards getting number four. I mean, I love the Stones, and I think they’re wonderful — they also put an amazing show live. But is Keith really above all those other names? I know it’s probably his writing, not his proficiency, that got him there… But the fourth guitarist of all time? I don’t think so. Are they biased cause they share (almost) the same name as his band?

The whole top is a mess, and metalheads got fucked. Rolling Stone usually has great articles, so how could this happen?

Oh, the guy who plays guitar in Blink-182 was one of the voters. Alongside him, Billy Corgan and a shitload of people I never heard of. Well, with such a roster of amazing talents (such as the dude in Blink), no wonder they screwed it up.

Good job on *most* of the first places, but shame on you for neglecting or underestimating some fine metal guitarists. Hope you redeem yourself, Rolling Stone.

You can read the full article here. Keep in mind that it has that awful image scroller thing, so you can only browse it one name at a time. If you want a headache-free list of the Top 100, make the jump.


Tony Iommi will score a horror film

A few years ago, Tony Iommi and Next Films sighed some papers together for a horror movie named “Black Sabbath.” Guess who’s writing the score…

[I will] either [be] redoing some of the Sabbath stuff in more of a different vein, maybe, and [writing] some new stuff. So it’s open. We haven’t actually gotten to the movie part yet where I can say, ‘Oh, I can see this bit on this.’ And that’s another interesting project for me to have a go out. I like a little bit of a challenge. I might be really crap at it, I don’t know.

Read full article here.

Not the biggest fan of horror movies, but fuck it, I’ll watch this when/if it comes out.

I’m pumped for the reunion, too.


Tony Iommi likes to do webchats

Tony Iommi answered some fan questions on LiveStream. Have I watched the clip? Not really.

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I take ‘lazy’ to a whole new level, fuckers.


Reading material for metalheads

Sabbath’s music was a cornerstone of my existence growing up, so reading Tony Iommi’s autobiography as soon as it came out was a no brainer.

Overall it’s a pretty entertaining read, and I would recommend it to other like minded metalheads, even though in places it has rather scant detail. However, considering the Vast quantity of Charlie consumed by Tony over the years perhaps it’s understandable that his memory is a tad vague.

Obviously we all love the classic lineup, but Tony Martin was in Sabbath for 10 years (the same length of time as Ozzy’s first stint) so it would have been nice to read more about his involvement, unfortunately his tenure in the band coincided with a lot of hassles and even more drug use so I guess from Tony’s perspective what he’s written is all he can recount.

I remember seeing Jasper Carrot singing in a band on a TV clip once, and as the camera panned round I could have sworn I saw Bev Bevan playing drums and Tony on guitar, but the clip ended and I guessed I was imagining it, so it was nice to read in the book that they were indeed in a band (called Belch) and that they did play on TV.

So as the Ayatollah Khomeini said after reviewing The Satanic Verses, “A thundering good read.”

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