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Steve Stevens


STEVE STEVENS (1959–PRESENT). While a guitarist of many talents, including progressive rock and flamenco, Steve Stevens is without a doubt best known as Billy Idol’s stage and studio foil, where, armed with a Les Paul and a glam rock image borrowed from equal parts Johnny Thunders and Siouxsie Sioux, he has infused the best of the veteran punk rocker’s material with a hard rock edge that helped the two crossover into mainstream success in the 1980s and has continued to drive their career into Read more [...]


STATIC X (1994–PRESENT). Wayne Static (vocals/guitar programming), Koichi Fukuda (guitar/programming, replaced for several years by Tripp Eisen before returning to band), Tony Campos (bass), Ken Jay (drums, now Nick Oshiro). Static X is a fast and heavy band with grindcore and industrial aspects thrown in for good measure. Led by the cleverly coiffed leader/singer/guitarist Wayne Static, who plays a new breed of metal, one that is unceasingly brutal, but in strange ways danceable as well. The Read more [...]
Spread Eagle


SPREAD EAGLE (1989–94). Ray West (vocals), Paul DiBartolo (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass), Tommi Gallo (drums). Featuring a down and dirty streetwise image that was akin to an east coast version of Guns N’ Roses, New York City’s Spread Eagle should have had a chance to rival that band in some of its popularity, but coming late in the game they never quite had the chance to show what they were capable of. Releasing their stellar self-titled debut in 1990, the band stood out with a gritty Read more [...]
Christopher Guest (as Nigel Tufnel) in the hit 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap.


SPINAL TAP (1964–1982-FICTIONAL, 1984, 1992, 2001, 2007, 2009–PRESENT). David St. Hubbins, played by Michael McKean (vocals/guitar), Nigel Tufnel, played by Christopher Guest (guitar), Derek Smalls, played by Harry Shearer (bass), Mick Shrimpton, played by R. J. Parnell (drums, usually Mick Shrimpton, or his brother Rick, many other previous drummers died in accidents, including bizarre gardening accidents, so too many to mention here), Viv Savage, played by David Kaff (keyboards). Spinal Read more [...]