Steven Adler ‘Done With’ Axl Rose

According to, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler spoke about being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and the fact that the band’s lead singer, Axl Rose, refused to be inducted along with the rest of the classic GN’R lineup.

Said Adler: “It was the greatest way to end that chapter of my life. It couldn’t have gone better. It ended that chapter of my life great, and it’s starting this new chapter of my life, with my new band, even bigger and better. It’s very exciting. It’s f–king exciting. Life is exciting again.”

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He added: “I was hoping that the five of us would have been there to play and show our respect to the fans, but the three of us who really do care about what our fans think and how much they’ve done for us were there, and we showed our love and respect. Slash is really the main person from that band that is really super-duper… they’re all important, but Slash is the most important, because we grew up together, we started the whole thing together, so it was really great ending that chapter with him.”

When asked how if felt playing those songs with Slash and Duff McKagan again, Adler said: “It was great, and Myles Kennedy did a fabulous job… This is the only thing I’m going to say about Axl, and this is the last thing I’m ever going to say, ever, you’re getting it, is I feel blessed and thankful that he was a part of my life for that chapter of my life, but that’s it. That’s it. I have no desire to know him or work with him or do anything with him again. Letting go of that was like a huge weight was lifted off my body. I feel f–king free. Yay!”

“If (the reunion) was going to happen, that’s when it was going to happen, and in Axl’s letter, he showed his true colors to the world. After that, that’s it. Like I said, the main person I wanted to end that chapter with, and I’m going to start a new chapter with, was Slash.”

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Jim Marshall Dies Aged 88

With great sadness, we regret to inform you that Jim Marshall has died aged 88.

Jim founded Marshall Amplification after going into business 50 years ago in 1962. Since then, his cutting-edge amplifier designs have defined the sound of rock music and helped kickstart the 20th century cultural revolution. We all have a lot to thank him for.

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He was born in London in 1923. As a child, he was diagnosed with tubercular bones, resulting in years of hospital treatment which affected his education and capacity for military service.

His legacy is with guitars, but Jim’s early years were centered around a love for drums, thanks to his hero, Gene Krupa. He was soon teaching drum lessons, and by 1949 his students included several musicians who would become legends in their own right, including Mitch Mitchell who later joined the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

With 65 students per week, Jim was earning £5000 per year, equal to £108,000 ($170,000) in today’s money. Jim was rich, and decided to invest it in a new business. He opened a music shop to sell drums, but soon expanded into guitars.

Some of his clients included Pete Townshend (The Who), Jim Sullivan (Tom Jones) and Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple). They kept talking about wanting a better type of amplifier, and Jim saw an opportunity. He recruited a smart young electronics apprentice, Dudley Craven, and Marshall Amplifiers was born in 1962.

Using the Fender Bassman amplifier as a template, they worked on improving the valve guitar amp design. They nailed it on the sixth prototype, where Jim decided to separate the amplifier from the speakers, use higher-gain valves, and include a special filter after the volume control. The result was an amp that was louder, broke into overdrive sooner, and boosted the treble frequencies. The ‘Marshall sound’ was finally born, and music would never be the same again.

By the late 1960s, Marshall amps became the backdrop to a rock revolution. Artists including Jimi Hendrix and The Who rocked in front of Marshall stacks while Jim continued to develop the technology behind his amps. He introduced the first master volume Marshalls in the mid-1970s, allowing for more distortion at lower volumes, and in 1982 the company released the classic JCM800 amp. It was hugely popular, and by 1984 he was honoured with The Queen’s Award For Export in recognition of his outstanding export achievements over the previous three years.

In an obituary posted on the Marshall website, the company revealed more about his personal side:

“In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.

“While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously … the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on.”

Jim will be remembered with the same reverence as the likes of Leo Fender and Les Paul. Each of these men helped define the sound of electronic guitars, and in turn, rock music.

With a heavy heart, Ultimate Guitar would like to pay its respects to Jim Marshall, his family and his company. We have a lot to thank you for, both personally and professionally, and we are sure our readership will agree.

Here is a selection of online tributes to the great man since the news this morning:

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James Hetfield: ‘It’s Come To That Time; We Can’t Be Metallica Anymore’

Update: We hope you all had a happy April Fool’s Day!

Despite the recent talks of a new album and 3D movie, Metallica’s James Hetfield has officially announced that Metallica, the world’s biggest heavy metal band, has called it quits.

In an official statement from Hetfield on behalf of the entire group, Hetfield revealed the factors that contributed to this surprising decision: “We’ve been doing this for 30 years. At a certain point, we all realized we wanted to explore new territories musically. The project with Lou Reed [”Lulu”] seemed to awaken a desire to move onto new musical horizons. It’s come to that time; we can’t be Metallica anymore. But fear not, you’ll be hearing new music from each of us in the future.”

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Plans for said musical projects from each band member remain speculative; however, each member of Metallica has announced tentative plans for what’s in store for them musically in the coming months.

Hetfield, admittedly inspired by his onstage reunion with former Metallica guitarist, Dave Mustaine, has expressed desire to start a new group with the Megadeth frontman. Commenting on this, Dave Mustaine says, “I’ll have to think about it.” No word yet on who would fill in the bass and drum slots. Hetfield has admitted to having a strong respect for keyboardist **** from Children of Bodom, which could be a possibility.

Lars Ulrich, when asked what he plans to do, expressed desires to work alongside Marylin Manson. “I’ve been drawn more to the artistic side of heavy metal – with a guy like Manson, I think I’ll be satisfied artistically. We’ve gotten together a few times and thrown some ideas around.”

Bassist Robert Trujillo has issued some rather undiplomatic statements, calling Lars a “tool” and Hetfield a “control freak.” Trujillo plans on returning to his previous band, Suicidal Tendencies.

This news comes as a surprise to fans eager to hear the follow up to their 2008 return-to-form album, “Death Magnetic.” Although the ill-fated album with the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed seemed to foreshadow a mid-life crisis for the metal giants.

However, Lou Reed still remains in the Metallica circle; it is rumored that Metallica lead guitarist, Kirk Hammet, will team up with Reed for a concept album that explores the dynamic range of his favorite electric guitar effect- the wah pedal. “The wah pedal is pure expression, much like Lou Reed’s voice. Everything on the album – percussion, vocals, guitars, bass – will go through a wah pedal.”

We at UG are certainly surprised to hear of this news. Metallica will always be remembered as one of the most influential metal bands of all time. This is quite the way to begin the month of April…

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