Welcome to GI issue 30! We've two very contrasting players interviewed this time around - Anthrax's Scott Ian, and one of Rock's true veterans - Martin Barre, Jethro Tull's guitarist, now embarked on a solo career. What they both have in common (besides being gifted guitar players) is total professionalism. People who don't know anything about the music industry often think that being a musician is an easy life. Well it isn't. You can be the finest player on earth but if you want a lasting career then even more important than raw talent is application. Both Scott Ian and Martin Barre have it in spades.
Meanwhile, we have three great competitions in this issue, we meet the winner of 2014's International Guitar Idol competition, we have bags of columns, reviews, features - and we're still entirely free!
The next time we meet it will be 2015, so for now, thank you for making 2014 a great year for everyone on the magazine. We hope you'll stay with us next year too and remember to bring your friends - the more readers we have, the better we can make the magazine!