I am amazed that the covers today are basically the same as when I read GP back in the 70's. Same guys. I firmly believe there are young groups today that are making music that is as vital, energetic, and GOOD as any in my lifetime. There are not a lot of shredding leads but there are GREAT leads. While some of my older brothers are still making tremendous music (Alex Lifeson comes to mind) some of my 'new favorite' bands go unsung and uncovered in your fine pages with exception of maybe a paragraph or two. The Used, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Coheed and Cambria, Revelation Theory, Taproot, Another Animal, Death Cab, John Mayor, The Distillers, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Ty Tabor, Tommy Emmanual, Mr. North, Puddle OF Mudd, Seether, Switchfoot (to name but a few) all deserve the coverage today's "established' artists got when they were breaking on to the scene. What I see is a bunch of great guitarists who also hawk the products in the ads... Could it be you buncha old coots (I am 47) have become the (gasp) establishment? Could it be your cover decisions are swayed by the almighty dollar? Could it be your demographics have shifted to old guys like me or are you not attracting our youth by ignoring their generation's greats? Hmmmmm
And please, for goodness sake, knock off all the specific questions about the latest album that I can't even listen to yet. There is more to a great guitarist than his or her latest album. C'mon guys... Git yer MOJO back!