Ted McKenna is no longer with us. He died today at the age of 68. The famous Scottish drummer had played with the following acts: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, Michael Schenker Group, Ian Gillan etc. Most recently, he toured and recorded with Gerry McAvoy, Marcel Scherpenzeel and Davy Knowles in Band of Friends, a celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher, and Michael Schenker Fest, which reunited the legendary German guitarist with three former MSG singers, Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley.

Some first reactions to McKenna's passing:

"Awoke this morning to the terrible news that our beloved brother Ted has left us. Seemingly he passed away during complications with his operation for his hernia. My most heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family... Just can't believe it." - Chris Glen

"I just heard the tragic news today that my dear friend Ted McKenna passed away this morning. A fabulous musician and one of the all-time greats who inspired so many rock drummers across generations he was a truly legendary stick man who graced so many kits behind so many world-famous bands. I had the enormous pleasure of not only working in the studio with him but also sharing stages in various incarnations over the years. He was a monster drummer with endless energies who played with so much soul and passion and drove songs with a power and grace like no other.

"But it wasn't only his playing that made him such a legend. He was a beautiful man who could drift from the comic to the serious, abound with stories and anecdotes, a perpetual smile despite all the difficulties he encountered and suffered over the years with never a bad word to say about anyone. I loved his bear hugs and his enthusiasm for everything. Always positive and always there for you if you needed him. He was a man's man and I am honoured to have had him as a true friend.

"My heart goes out to his family and his friends, of which he had so many and to all the people he touched with the music over his long years with us. He will be deeply missed and never replaced.

"Love you, Ted. RIP brother." - Fish

"Completely shocked by the very sad news of the sudden death of drummer Ted McKenna (SAHB, Michael Schenker, Rory Gallagher and many others) who I spent time with only three weeks ago at the Cozy Powell Birthday Bash. A lovely guy and great drummer who will be much missed." - Neil Murray

MusicRadar.com organized a poll for the best rock guitarists of 2018 and we present you here the results. The nominees were what MusicRadar.com considered to be the guitarists and guitar gear that have excelled in 2018 and an amazing number of 126,000 people voted. So, the 15 best guitarists in rock music in 2018 are:

15. Rich Robinson (The Magpie Salute)
14. Michael Schenker
13. Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard)
12. Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jeff Schroeder (The Smashing Pumpkins)
11. Tim Sult, Neil Fallon (Clutch)

And from 10 to 1 we have:

10. Jerry Cantrell, William DuVall (Alice In Chains)

9. Lzzy Hale, Joe Hottinger (Halestorm)

8. Chris Robertson, Ben Wells (Black Stone Cherry)

7. Tom Morello

6. Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins (The Darkness)

5. Slash

4. Joe Satriani

3. Paul Gilbert

2. Richie Kotzen

And the winners are:

1. Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)

 

   

Loudersound.com asked former Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison, to name his favourite drummers of all time. Here you can see what Jordison answered:

John Bohnam (Led Zeppelin)

Neal Peart (Rush)

Keith Moon (The Who)

Bill Ward (Black Sababth)

Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

Charlie Benante (Anthrax)

Brann Dailor (Mastodon)

Danny Heifetz (Mr. Bungle)

Hellhammer (Mayhem)

and Dave Lombardo (Slayer, etc).

 

 

 

 

 

Dee Snider's latest official video is out now.

The founder of Twisted Sister commented: "For The Love of Metal" (the song and the new video) is a love letter from me to the music and fans that have lifted me up and been my life for the last 45 years. To still be able to perform for audiences like the 40,000 plus at Forcefest in Mexico (shown in the video) is truly an honor and a privilege. I thank you all! Heavy metal forever!"

 

 

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