interviews:
Skwisgaar Skwigelf: 'I Thinks Somes Players May Be Fasters Den Me but They Makes Less Moneyso There Ams Somes Tradeoffs'
Ultimate-Guitar caught up to the blond riffmaster one recent afternoon when he was doing nothing and asked him some questions.

POSTED: 04/01/2014 - 10:49 am

 
Lee Malia: 'I Stopped Listening to as Much Metal Because I'm Touring With a Metal Band'
Guitarist and co-founder Lee Malia stopped by Epiphone to talk about the band, the tour, and especially his new Epiphone Lee Malia Signature Les Paul.

POSTED: 03/31/2014 - 10:51 am

 
Lamb of God's Willie Adler: 'I Wish I Could Be an Awesome Guitarist'
In this exclusive interview, the band axeman talked about the "As the Palaces Burn" documentary, his friend, his guitar and his love for metal.

POSTED: 03/25/2014 - 10:36 am

 
Killswitch Engage's Joel Stroetzel: 'Obviously I Wasn't Really Sure What I Wanted to Do Out of High School'
Killswitch Engage guitarist talks about the band's history, lineup changes and the Download Festival.

POSTED: 03/19/2014 - 11:46 am

 
Of Mice and Men's Phil Manansala: 'We Wanted to Give 'Em 11 Different Songs That Totally Sound Different Than Anything We've Done'
Metalcore five-piece's axeman talks about working with Bendeth and what a pivotal piece he was in helping the band realize their potential.

POSTED: 03/07/2014 - 08:45 am

 
Motley Crue: 'We Wanna Call It a Day and Be Proud'
Here Motley described what they were feeling and what they expected in the final days of their remarkable career.

POSTED: 02/25/2014 - 07:29 am

 
Zakk Wylde: 'I Remember Seeing Somebody Who Could Really Play, It Was a Whole World Unto Itself'
The iconic axeman was caught by UG to talk about his major influences and the way he writes his stuff.

POSTED: 02/13/2014 - 07:32 am

 
Jim Root: 'Somebody Once Told Me, 'You Can't Play a Strat in Metal' and I Was, 'So What Iron Maiden Isn't Metal?''
Slipknot guitarist has been writing like a madman and says he has tapped into new ways of expressing himself musically. UG has caught the axeman for a few words.

POSTED: 02/06/2014 - 10:22 am

 
Robin Finck: 'I've Been Very Blessed With the Opportunities and I've Enjoyed Saying 'Yes' to Them'
On a rare day off, Finck found an hour to talk about life as Axl Rose's guitar player and what it's been being a Nine Inch Nail.

POSTED: 01/17/2014 - 04:33 am

 
Matt Heafy: 'We Always Push to Change Not Only Formulas and Patterns of Ourselves, But of Music'
Trivium frontman talks touring with his Les Paul Customs and future plans.

POSTED: 01/08/2014 - 06:15 am

 
Sharon den Adel: 'You Can't Make the Same Kind of Music Every Time'
In a transatlantic call to her home in the Netherlands, Within Temptation singer talked about the new album and how the band recorded and conceived the previous five releases.

POSTED: 01/03/2014 - 04:25 am

 
Tenacious D: 'There's Nothing Like a Big Truck to Make You Feel Like a Man'
The band's Kyle Glass and John Konesky sheds some light on the future plans for The D, the demise of Trainwreck, the formation of the Kyle Gass Band, and the current happenings in Kyle Gass' acting career.

POSTED: 12/10/2013 - 10:31 am

 
Gavin Harrisson: 'The Best Place I Can Be Is Relaxed and Concentrated'
Here, he talks about who he is as a player and how he sees the world around him.

POSTED: 11/24/2013 - 06:17 am

 
Myles Kennedy: 'We've Really Worked Hard and It's Nice to See It All Starting to Pay Off'
Alter Bridge frontman found an open window of time to talk about "Fortress," how it was made and how unbelievably good it felt to finally be acknowledged for the music he's made with this band this past decade.

POSTED: 11/13/2013 - 09:29 am

 
Stone Temple Pilots' Dean DeLeo: 'One Day I Just Said, 'Chester Is the Person to Do This''
Back home after a four-week tour to road test the new lineup, guitarist talked about "High Rise" and what it's been like to work with and without Scott Weiland.

POSTED: 10/20/2013 - 06:41 am

 
Rickenbacker's John Hall: 'The Only Way to Compete Against That Is Using Various Forms of Automation and Working Smart'
UG privately talked to John Hall on Rickenbacker's cooperation with the Beatles, the relatonship with Fender and the company's famous endorsees.

POSTED: 10/04/2013 - 11:45 am

 
Korn's James 'Munky' Shaffer Talks to UG Readers
UG readers united to interview the nu metal veterans' axeman - read what did Munky answer here.

POSTED: 09/30/2013 - 02:23 am

 
Zakk Wylde: 'Every Record I've Had, I Have Great Memories Connected With Every One of 'Em That I've Done'
UG had a friendly chat with Black Label Society mainman about "Unblackened" DVD and the challenges of rock band playing mellow songs.

POSTED: 09/23/2013 - 04:29 am

 
Schecter's Michael Ciravolo: 'If You Don't Try Different Things You'll Become a One-Trick Pony'
Schecter's president talks about the art of guitar building and the tactics required in surviving the guitar wars.

POSTED: 09/13/2013 - 12:27 pm

 
Halestorm's Joe Hottinger: 'Now I Can Surround Myself With My Guitars'
In the exclusive UG interview Halestorm axeman talks about band's future plans and takes a deeper look into the Guitar Acquisition Syndrome (GAS).

POSTED: 09/03/2013 - 10:59 am

 
Jason Newsted: 'A Lot of People Can Play but It Doesn't Mean They're Cool'
Legendary bassist had a chat with UG about his way of a musician, his different bands and what "Heavy Metal Music" is really about.

POSTED: 08/23/2013 - 10:26 am

 
Dream Theater's John Petrucci: 'You Don't Have to Be Afraid'
Legendary progressive metal axeman had a chat with UG about the Dream Theater's sound improvement, making the music and his gear.

POSTED: 08/12/2013 - 10:49 am

 
Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook: 'I Just Wanted to Rock'
Five Finger Death Punch axeman sat down with UG to chat about the band's origins, his influences and making of FFDP's most recent album.

POSTED: 08/08/2013 - 10:35 am

 
Phil Anselmo: 'The Brain Is Always Tickin''
Legendary metal frontman chatted with UG about his newest band the Illegals and making their first record "Walk Through Exits Only."

POSTED: 07/29/2013 - 07:46 am

 
Black Dahlia Murder's Brian Eschbach: 'Back Then We Didn't Know Sh-t'
The melodic death metal act's axeman chatted with UG about writing the music, working with different band lineups and, of course, "Everblack."

POSTED: 07/19/2013 - 03:54 am

 
Killswitch Engage's Adam Dutkiewicz 'I'm Jack of All Trades and Master of None'
Killswitch Engage's axeman had a little chat with UG about his various duties and working with some different band lineups.

POSTED: 07/04/2013 - 11:14 am

 
Wes Borland: 'I've Always Enjoyed the Process More Than the Outcome'
Limp Bizkit guitarist sat down with UG to talk about the band albums, his gear and first vocal duties.

POSTED: 06/06/2013 - 08:45 am

 
Clutch Guitarist Tim Sult: 'I Only Have One Guitar on the Road'
Clutch axeman had a talk with UG about his gear, his bandmate Neil Fallon and touring with Lionize and the Bakerton Group.

POSTED: 05/30/2013 - 08:23 am

 
Rob Halford: 'Being in a Band Is Like a Very Fragile Chain'
Iconic Judas Priest singer sat down with UG to talk about the band's legacy, discuss the hard way of a rocker and admire Priest's new axeman Richie Faulkner.

POSTED: 05/16/2013 - 11:53 am

 
Dave Mustaine on Megadeth Anniversary: 'It's Not 30 Years Gone - It's 30 Years in the Bank'
UG caught Megadeth frontman to chat about his improved songwriting skills, "Super Collider" lineup and the upcoming band's anniversary.

POSTED: 05/10/2013 - 11:55 am

 
Volbeat: 'We Made a Killer Album'
Volbeat axemen Michael Poulsen and Rob Caggiano talk to UG about their gear, new album vibe and how they shared guitar duties while recording.

POSTED: 04/26/2013 - 10:36 am

 
Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman: 'We Never Want to Be An Assembly Line of Riffs'
Dillinger Escape Plan's axeman exclusively talks to UG about the band's extraordinary works and collaborations and states that "it's OK to listen to other music."

POSTED: 04/16/2013 - 09:30 am

 
Paul Reed Smith: 'I Didn't Have Enough Money to Buy Guitars - That's Why I Started Making Them'
World famous guitar manufacturer talks to UG about the history of PRS Guitars and what it's like "to be a guitar builder in 2013."

POSTED: 04/08/2013 - 09:09 am

 
Jerry Cantrell: 'If You Can't Play You Shouldn't Be Onstage'
Alice In Chains' guitarist talks to UG about being back in the studio again and back out on the road.

POSTED: 04/01/2013 - 07:46 am

 
Stone Sour's Josh Rand: 'Thrash Metal Is Still My Favorite Style of Music'
In an exclusive interview to UG, Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand discusses the new concept album, "House Of Gold & Bones Parts 1" & "2".

POSTED: 03/21/2013 - 07:15 am

 
Brian Baker: 'I Never Tried Out For Guns N' Roses'
In his exclusive interview to UG, Bad Religion guitarist Brian Baker dispels some long-running internet myths, talks Minor Threat reunion and BR guitar tone.

POSTED: 03/01/2013 - 02:38 am

 
Kim Thayil: 'We Really Kinda Grew Up Together'
Marking Soundgarden's return from 15-year hiatus, guitarist Kim Thayil talked to UG about making the new album and what happened all those years ago.

POSTED: 03/01/2013 - 02:38 am

 
Myles Kennedy: 'Slash Is Cool And His Goals Are The Same As Mine'
Myles Kennedy talks about his earlier projects and working with Slash and Mark Tremonti in the exclusive interview to UG.

POSTED: 03/01/2013 - 02:38 am

 
Nick Oliveri: 'The New QOTSA Record, I Can't Wait For People To Hear It'
Nick Oliveri talks to UG about irreplaceable bond with Josh Homme, his run in with the law and how Dave Grohl makes a man practice.

POSTED: 02/18/2013 - 06:54 am

 
Claudio Sanchez: 'I Let My Life Dictate Or Inspire What The Songs Are'
In an exclusive interview to UG, Claudio Sanchez, lead singer for Coheed And Cambria, talks about the new record and what it took to create it.

POSTED: 02/11/2013 - 02:43 am

 
ESP Guitars: 'Metallica Is Our Largest Driving Marketing Force'
Several ESP executives carved out an hour in their day to talk to UG about the company and what their future looks like.

POSTED: 12/12/2012 - 04:05 am

 
Sonny Sandoval: 'P.O.D. Is Just An Underground Garage Band'
In his interview to UG, POD singer covers topics ranging from changes in the music industry to hypocrisy in the business of religion.

POSTED: 12/03/2012 - 04:12 am

 
Tim Smith: 'Noel Gallagher's Songs Are Great And He's A Great Songwriter'
Tim Smith shares with UG about his unique approach to guitar playing and how limitations in your playing can be a good thing.

POSTED: 11/29/2012 - 06:09 am

 
Rickey Medlocke: 'I Like Sitting Down And Just Playing All The Time'
In his first-ever UG interview, Lynyrd Skynyrd's guitarist reveals his admiration for Jeff Beck and discusses the band's last record.

POSTED: 11/27/2012 - 06:32 am

 
Gojira: 'We're Not Just A Death Metal Band. We Can Do Other Stuff'
Gojira's guitarist Joe Duplantier admits that he's not trying to create something crazy and talks to UG about simplicity in their music.

POSTED: 11/22/2012 - 04:25 am

 
Maroon 5's James Valentine: 'Adam Levine Is An Amazing Lead Player'
Maroon 5's guitarist discusses with UG his role in band, frontman's guitar skills and about working with different producers.

POSTED: 11/20/2012 - 07:05 am

 
Dave Keuning: 'The Killers Started Because I Lost My Job'
The Killers guitarist speaks to UG about the new album and provides some riff insight on the band's hit songs.

POSTED: 11/14/2012 - 06:39 am

 
Val MacCallum: 'I Love Old Guitars'
One of the most sought after session guitarists in California gives exclusive interview to UG.

POSTED: 11/08/2012 - 03:45 am

 
Jeff Loomis: '7-String Is Where It's At For Me'
Jeff Lomis talks to UG about his instrumentals, techniques and relations with fellow shredders.

POSTED: 10/30/2012 - 05:32 am

 
As I Lay Dying: 'Christcore Is A Terrible Label'
UG spoke to guitarist Nick Hipa about recording, Christcore and the end of the world.

POSTED: 10/26/2012 - 05:46 am