Miksang Williams


Pink Floyd had a clear vision every time they entered the studio. Their approach was all about crafting immersive experiences, not just settling for average songs. Richard Wright noted that Roger Waters pushed the boundaries too far on The Final Cut.

Waters had taken charge since Syd Barrett‘s departure, with David Gilmour contributing stellar guitar work and songs. However, Waters was driving every aspect of their projects, culminating in The Wall.

But Waters couldn’t let go of that concept. He wanted to revisit it, resulting in an album that felt like scenes from an unfinished play. Even Gilmour questioned the inclusion of songs that seemed better suited for deletion.

While Gilmour had issues with the songs, Wright’s struggle was more personal. He felt sidelined during The Final Cut, playing parts assigned by others. “I didn’t like it, but I might be biased due to my situation,” he admitted.

Wright believed Waters’ ego had grown too large, leading to conflicts and ultimately Waters leaving the band. The power imbalance caused lasting rifts.

Despite criticism, The Final Cut didn’t end Pink Floyd; The Wall did. Waters’ dominance led to a fractured band dynamic they never fully recovered from.

While Gilmour’s albums had highlights, they lacked Waters’ lyrical depth. Even Wright’s contributions felt incomplete without Waters.

Even today, Gilmour and Waters clash over the Pink Floyd name, politics, and song usage. Their best work happened when they worked together, but their post-split bitterness remains palpable.

Trent Reznor recently talked about his first thoughts on Johnny Cash‘s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ in an interview with GQ.

‘Hurt’ originally appeared on the band’s 1994 album ‘The Downward Spiral.’ Cash’s rendition came out in 2002 on ‘American IV: The Man Comes Around,’ after producer Rick Rubin got Reznor’s approval. Reznor shared:

“Rick Rubin, who’s a friend, asked if they could try this song. I said, ‘Sure!’ It felt odd, like they might be trying lots of songs.”

When he heard the recording later, it hit him differently: “That’s my song! It felt strange. I was working on ‘The Fragile’ and thought, ‘I’m not ready to process this right now. It’s cool, though.'”

The NIN Frontman Admired Cash’s Version

Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ video won awards at the Grammy and CMA Awards in 2004. Reznor grew to appreciate it after seeing the video:

“The song, something so personal, connecting to someone with a huge personality, then becoming a kind of farewell for him, filmed by an amazing director—it shows music’s power and importance.”

Cash passed away six months post-release. ‘American IV’ became his last studio album due to his declining health and hospitalizations during recording.

Despite Cash’s health struggles, ‘Hurt’ got six MTV VMA nods in 2003, winning for best cinematography. Reznor later said to Alternative Press that the song “isn’t just mine anymore.”

Dave Mustaine recently had a lively chat with Matheus Ulliana from Rádio Kiss FM, where they delved into Brazilian music and MEGADETH’s lineup dynamics.

When asked about Brazilian songs, Mustaine chuckled and admitted, “I only know one Brazilian song, and if I tell you, you might think I’m nuts.” He then playfully hummed a bit of “Mas, Que Nada!” without knowing its title. He shared a humorous anecdote about Kiko Loureiro, MEGADETH’s former guitarist, who was their Brazilian music aficionado. Mustaine confessed that besides Kiko, he didn’t know much about Brazilian artists, although he acknowledged SEPULTURA’s talent.

Transitioning to MEGADETH’s musical journey, Mustaine discussed the recent change in their lineup. Teemu Mäntysaari stepped in as the new guitarist while Kiko took a break to be with his family. Mustaine praised Teemu as a great addition to the band, fitting in seamlessly. However, the conversation shifted to the possibility of Kiko rejoining MEGADETH in the future.

Mustaine expressed understanding and respect for Kiko’s decision to prioritize family, highlighting the importance of family over career. He mentioned that while Kiko’s return isn’t on the immediate horizon, he remains open to the idea if circumstances align. Mustaine’s recent collaboration with former guitarist Marty Friedman at a few shows showcased his openness to different lineup configurations, emphasizing his commitment to maintaining musical excellence within MEGADETH.

In a recent chat with Ultimate Guitar, Zakk Wylde got into the nitty-gritty of why he’s hitting the road with a revamped PANTERA crew.

This new PANTERA gang, featuring Phil Anselmo on vocals, Rex Brown on bass, Zakk Wylde shredding the guitar, and Charlie Benante pounding the drums, is all set to rock big stages across North America, South America, and Europe. They’re not just headlining major festivals but also doing their solo gigs and teaming up with METALLICA for a colossal stadium tour in 2024. It’s a massive deal for die-hard PANTERA fans, marking the first time in over twenty years that the surviving band members are jamming live together.

Zakk opened up about feeling the presence of his late buddy Dimebag Darrell throughout this journey. He mentioned how signs—like seeing the number “333” (Dimebag’s lucky number) on license plates or random encounters with Dime-related stuff—kept popping up during rehearsals and even recently at Madison Square Garden. These little nudges felt like Dime’s way of pushing them forward, almost like he’s saying, “Hey, notice me, guys!”

On “The Metallica Report,” Phil and Rex dove deeper into PANTERA’s comeback. Phil expressed the empowerment and love they feel onstage now compared to their warlike younger days. Singing the songs without the anger is a relief for him, while Rex marveled at Charlie’s spot-on drumming, reminiscent of Vinnie Paul’s style.

They also gave props to Charlie and Zakk for their enthusiasm and unique legacies, acknowledging them as valuable additions to the PANTERA family. Rex even got a bit emotional hearing Charlie nail Vinnie’s drum parts so perfectly, feeling like the foundation was solid.

When asked about carrying Vinnie and Dime’s spirit, Phil believed that the old crew would cheer them on from above, wanting their legacy to thrive.

Billboard reports that the lineup got the nod from Vinnie and Dime’s estates, along with Rex, who initially wasn’t keen on touring with Zakk but evidently had a change of heart.

Brian May, the co-founder and guitarist of Queen, grew up in an era deeply shaped by The Beatles’ musical revolution. Their debut album 1963 marked a turning point in music history, sparking a movement Brian witnessed as a teenager. In 1970, as The Beatles disbanded, Brian embarked on his own musical journey with Queen.

Despite The Beatles primarily featuring John Lennon and Paul McCartney as songwriters, George Harrison’s contributions were notable. Brian May, a huge admirer of Harrison’s work, revealed his favorite Harrison song: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” This track, from The Beatles’ “white album,” showcases Harrison’s songwriting prowess and emotional depth.

Harrison’s talent extended beyond The Beatles, earning acclaim for his solo career. Brian May, deeply inspired by Harrison’s courage and gentle approach, considers him an inspiration in the music world.

In 2013, Brian May and singer Kerry Ellis released a live album titled “Acoustic by Candlelight,” featuring covers and original songs. Their rendition of “Something,” another classic by George Harrison, highlighted May’s admiration for Harrison’s quiet yet profound contributions to music.

Despite his admiration for The Beatles, Brian May never had the opportunity to see them live. His parents, viewing pop concerts skeptically, never allowed him to attend, a regret he shares but also acknowledges the magical influence The Beatles had on his teenage years and the music of the ’60s.

Eddie Van Halen stands as a guitar legend, a rare talent in a league of his own. Back in the era dominated by Jimi Hendrix’s legacy, Eddie emerged as a unique force, crafting guitar licks that seemed to invent a new language on the instrument. His mastery of scale shapes, especially the blues scale, formed the basis of his iconic style, later enhanced by his groundbreaking tapping techniques.

This innovation shook the music world, inspiring awe and, at times, frustration as imitators sought to replicate his genius. Amidst this fervor, Joe Satriani, already a guitar virtuoso in his own right, stood out. Teaching in California and shaping future talents like Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Satriani’s prowess was undeniable.

When the opportunity arose, Satriani joined forces with Sammy Hagar to form the supergroup Chickenfoot. Despite the whimsical name, their musical prowess was no joke, with Satriani’s blazing leads complementing Hagar’s vocals and Chad Smith’s rock-solid grooves.

Hagar, no stranger to guitar legends having worked with Van Halen, praised Satriani as possibly the world’s best guitarist and a prolific songwriter. Satriani’s ability to churn out timeless tracks without the backing of a Van Halen or Hagar-like frontman speaks volumes about his talent and creativity.

Satriani’s admiration for Eddie’s influence is evident, even as he expands upon it in pieces like ‘Midnight,’ showcasing his own unique approach to guitar mastery. Yet, Satriani’s reverence for Van Halen’s legacy remains, acknowledging the debt owed to Eddie’s groundbreaking contributions to rock and roll.

Stevie Ray Vaughan, the renowned American musician and singer-songwriter, is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists in rock music history. His influence on subsequent generations of musicians is profound, as they continue to honor his legacy by incorporating his style and contributions into their own music. Unlike many artists who rely on flashy stage antics and appearances, Vaughan’s focus was always on the music itself, driven by his passion and connection to the art form.


One of Vaughan’s standout solos can be found in the song “Tightrope” from his final studio album. Here, he skillfully utilizes silence and timing to evoke intense emotions, complemented by a repeating progression that adds depth and intensity to the piece.

“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”

In his rendition of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” originally by Jimi Hendrix, Vaughan pays homage to the original while infusing his unique precision and style. His ability to hit every note with impeccable timing distinguishes his version and showcases his mastery of the instrument.

“Little Sister”

Even in more straightforward tracks like “Little Sister,” Vaughan’s professionalism shines through. During a live performance where a string broke mid-solo, he seamlessly continued playing, demonstrating his composure and skill under pressure.

“Texas Flood (Live At El Mocambo)”

In “Texas Flood (Live At El Mocambo),” Vaughan delivers an emotionally charged extended solo, showcasing both his technical prowess and heartfelt passion for the music.


One of Vaughan’s most touching compositions, “Lenny,” was inspired by his wife and the meaningful gift of a Fender Stratocaster. This track highlights Vaughan’s versatility, blending gentleness with raw emotion, and reflects his deep connection to his music and loved ones.

Jon Bon Jovi recently spoke about Bruce Springsteen’s crucial role in recovering from vocal cord surgery. After facing vocal issues threatening his career, Bon Jovi underwent surgery to restore his voice. During this challenging time, Springsteen provided not just friendship but also much-needed support.

Bon Jovi’s Battle with Vocal Cord Issues

The Bon Jovi frontman detailed the seriousness of his condition, which left one of his vocal cords significantly smaller, affecting his singing ability. Despite the setback, he remained hopeful about returning to performing. In interviews, he expressed his determination to get back on stage, aiming for extensive tours once his recovery is complete.

A Documentary on Bon Jovi’s Journey

An upcoming docuseries called ‘Thank You, Goodnight’ will delve into Bon Jovi’s recovery journey, starting from his vocal cord surgery. Scheduled for release on April 26, the series promises to shed light on his struggles and resilience during this period.

Springsteen’s Support Through It All

Springsteen’s support during Bon Jovi’s recovery was crucial. Their friendship was evident as Springsteen would visit Bon Jovi regularly, taking him on drives to lift his spirits. Bon Jovi emphasized the emotional strength this support provided during his toughest moments.

Bon Jovi’s Continued Journey

Despite the challenges, Bon Jovi remains focused on his music career. His upcoming album and hit single showcase his determination to keep creating music. With Springsteen’s friendship and encouragement, Bon Jovi is on a path to full recovery and returning to the stage stronger than ever.

American rock icon Bruce Springsteen recently shared his journey battling peptic ulcer disease, a painful condition that affected his ability to perform. Known for hits like ‘Born to Run,’ Springsteen opened up about the challenges he faced and his eventual comeback.

Peptic ulcer disease caused Springsteen intense abdominal pain, making it excruciating to sing from his diaphragm. This led to the postponement of some of his tour dates as he struggled with the physical toll. Even the usual adrenaline rush of live performances couldn’t mask his discomfort.

For months, Springsteen couldn’t sing at all, describing it as a dark period. The uncertainty of whether he would ever recover and perform again weighed heavily on him. However, with reassurance from others and a resolve to push through, he eventually regained his strength.

Springsteen’s return to the stage in Phoenix and Las Vegas marked a triumphant comeback. Despite the setbacks, he delighted fans with his timeless classics and showed that nothing could keep him away from what he loves most. His resilience and passion shine through as he continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

At the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, fans of classic rock got a special surprise from John Paul Jones, the legendary bassist of Led Zeppelin. Jones made a grand entrance by emerging from underneath the stage, captivating the audience with the haunting notes of “Your Time Is Gonna Come” played on the pipe organ. It was a moment that transported everyone back to the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll.

Switching things up, Jones then sat at the piano and delivered a powerful rendition of “No Quarter,” a timeless track from Led Zeppelin’s iconic 1973 album, Houses of the Holy. Throughout the performance, Jones showcased his versatility by seamlessly moving between instruments, giving fans a taste of Led Zeppelin’s diverse sound.

From the twang of the lap steel guitar in “When the Levee Breaks” to the soulful strains of “Since I’ve Been Loving You” on the piano, Jones demonstrated his musical talent with ease. He also delighted the audience with collaborations, including sets with acclaimed cellist Anssi Karttunen and former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore.

Although it had been some time since Jones’s last solo performance, his occasional appearances with Them Crooked Vultures alongside Dave Grohl and Josh Homme had kept fans eagerly anticipating his return to the stage. As the final chords of Led Zeppelin’s classics faded away, the crowd was left buzzing with excitement, once again reminded of Jones’s enduring legacy as a rock icon.