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Hello and welcome to issue 64 of Guitar Interactive Magazine! 

Many guitar players these days are labeled as a 'virtuoso' or a 'maestro', however, arguably there are none more deserving of either of these titles than this issue's cover artist, Yngwie Malmsteen. With a brand new album titled 'Blue Lightning' out now and a major U.S. tour about to kick off later this month, Nick Jennison caught up with Swedish guitar giant at Handel & Hendrix in London, the location of Jimi Hendrix's 1960s Mayfair flat.

As if being the lead guitarist of the multimillion-selling rock bands Alter Bridge and Creed weren't enough, Mark Tremonti, is once again active with his solo project, Tremonti. Mark chats exclusively with Guitar Interactive Magazine editor, Jonathan Graham during his recent sold-out show in London in support on the latest Tremonti release, 'A Dying Machine.'

For 17 years, Black Stone Cherry has put forth a new vicious breed of Southern rock, injecting youthful vitality and a myriad of fresh influences into the beloved American rock tradition. To date, the band has released five critically acclaimed albums and one well-received blues EP. Black Stone Cherry has also rocked 12,000-cap arena shows, topped the UK charts, and shared the stage with a diverse roster of superstars, including Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Motörhead, and ZZ Top. Guitar Interactive caught up with the band's frontman Chris Robertson and guitarist Ben Wells on the UK leg of there tour for an exclusive interview and close up look at the bands live rig.

In this issue's Guitar Interactive Tech Session, Jamie Humphries delves deep into the beautifully disturbing guitar world of one of the UK’s most successful bands to emerge for the 90’s alternative rock scene: Radiohead. This exclusive Tech Session is one you won’t want to miss.

As usual, with every issue, we have a whole host of the latest and best gear reviews from around the world of guitar, with our team of world-class gear reviewers offering their unique insight, expertise, and personality which as always, I hope you will enjoy However, if that’s not enough, don’t forget all of our exclusive lessons from Danny Gill, Nick Jennison, Sam Bell, Dan Veall and Giorgio Serci, to keep you busy until issue 65.

Our cover feature this issue is with none other than metal legend, Zakk Wylde. It was as always, a pleasure to catch up with following his incredibly busy last 12 months that include reuniting with Ozzy Osbourne a recording a brand new Black Label Society release, 'Grimmest Hits', that's taking metal fans by storm.

To accompany our cover feature, Nick Jennison offers up a phenomenal Zakk Wylde Tech Session, which you won’t want to miss.

We also chat with German guitar virtuoso, Michael Schenker who is back with an explosive new album 'Resurrection'. Recorded with singers and musicians associated with Michael in previous decades, the aptly-titled new record sees Schenker embracing his past to build something new and exciting, and it is indeed a stellar return to form.

Also in this issue, the Guitar Interactive team visit Norman's Rare Guitars in Tarzana, California and chat with founder, Norman Harris, resident guitar expert, Mark Agnesi, plus we take a closer look at some hidden six-string gems inside the legendary music store.

As usual, with every issue, we have a whole host of the latest and best gear reviews from around the world of guitar. Joining our team of world-class gear reviewers offering their unique expertise is, Danny Gill. As one of the most well-respected tutors for LickLibrary—and former instructor at Musicians Institute's G.I.T—We are sure, you will enjoy his reviews as well as his brand new column.

But if that’s not enough, don’t forget all of our other exclusive lessons from Tom Quayle, Sam Bell, Chris Buck, Giorgio Serci, Joe Pesce and The Collective School of Music in New York City.

Welcome to GI 45, a difficult issue to put together due to the tragic death of Michael Casswell in an accident back in September. We have a tribute to Mike, a great friend of everyone on the magazine and one of our most popular writers, inside this issue. We wondered whether we should run Mike's interview with the amazing Mick Ralphs, who has been a mainstay of straight-ahead Rock guitar since the 1970s. This was the last interview Mike undertook for us and one that I know he greatly enjoyed doing, so it seems only right to run it as intended. Mick Ralphs was one of the driving forces behind Mott The Hoople and went on to found the even more successful Bad Company – I know he and Mike got on really well together, so it seemed right to share it.




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