Artists and Bands

Joe Satriani Interview - Instrumental Hero


In conversation with Mike Blackburn from 1998 – This interview was recorded when I met Joe on March 25 1998 and was never published in it’s entirety, although some sections and quotes were used in various issues of ‘Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles’, a Toronto based heavy metal monthly of which I was the ‘riff meister’, interviewing guitarists and reviewing guitar oriented releases.

Dave Martone Interview - Aliens and Stuff


The Dave Martone Interview

Dave Martone is probably Canada’s best guitarist right now and likely the best guitarist you have never heard of. Blossoming out of fruit and wine country (the Niagara Peninsula) in Ontario Canada, Dave initially took the serious studied approach to the instrument before discovering rock music quite late by the standard of any era. Dave’s quest took him through a recording degree and a scholarship at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Edward Box Interview - Melodic Lightning

Ed Box first came to my attention back in 2000 when his track ‘130R’ was featured on the Guitarist magazine CD. Hurrah!

Bernie Marsden Interview - Blues Rock Survivor - Pt 2


Part One of ‘Bernie Marsden – Blues Rock Survivor’ looked at the teenage years and Bernie’s first musical exploits, his first steps as a professional guitarist, touring Europe in the early 70’s and left things just as Bernie arrived back in London in 1974 to find a rather attractive new job maybe on the horizon for him…

Shades Of Purple

Steven Seagal Interview - A Martial Arts Mojo Man


Hollywood action star and martial arts legend Steven Seagal may, at first sight, appear a strange choice of interview to open 2007 with; however he is a very accomplished traditional blues guitarist with a history in this genre stretching back many years. Seagal has graced the stage – and been friends with – such luminaries as Bo Didley, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, John Lee Hooker and BB King amongst many other genuine 20th century blues legends.

Bernie Marsden - Blues Rock Survivor - Pt 1

Bernie Marsden is a true blues rock survivor, with a career stretching back almost 40 years. Primarily known today as a driving force behind what many feel to be Whitesnakes halcyon period, Bernie was the main writer of some of their very biggest hits including ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Fool For Your Loving’. Bernie has also had an exceptionally varied career outside of his time with David Coverdale and the boys.

In this epic three-part interview, Bernie gives AOG the full run down on his career from the nascent Blues Rock scene of the mid 1960’s right up to the present day.

Frank Marino Interview - Still Grinding The Axe


Francesco Antonio Marino was born on November 20, 1954 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. One of five children (Frank is number three, right in the middle) Frank left formal education behind after the 7th grade and a very short stint in military school. “Those years were the middle to late sixties and everyone was into the hippie peace movement and we were so busy getting stoned that we certainly didn’t want to attend school.

Ron Bumblefoot Thal Interview - Altered Reality Guitar


Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York. Early March 2006. Southpaw is an efficiently laid out rock club, quite large for a New York venue. The club is half-empty but the small audience seems excited and full of expectations. The atmosphere is familiar, people seem to know each other, and apart from the usual rock crowd you can find a few children as well as some potential grandparents in the locale.

Rob Harris Interview - Jamiroquai's Funk Maestro


Rob Harris has built up an enviable track record as a consummate professional pop and funk guitarist: an active session player and sideman and also band member of some of the pop world’s biggest names.

Rob is best known as the guitarist in arguably the world’s biggest funk band Jamiroquai; but has also worked on countless sessions with artists spanning the globe, including Kylie Minogue, Take That’s Mark Owen, Gary Numan, Beverly Knight and The Pasedena’s…

Jeff Kollman Interview - The Tone King


Ohio born, and current LA resident, Jeff Kollman is one of the great unsung guitar heroes working today. I make no bones about the fact that he is just about my favourite player, with a sinuous fluididty to his playing and an absolutely amazing tone that never fails to impress fellow guitarists. More than that, his melodic forays also seem to work for the casual non guitarist listener in a way that many virtuosos do not.

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