Forbidden 2010
Forbidden 2010

This inaugural column by current FORBIDDEN guitarist & Brighton Institute of Modern Music guitar tutor Steve Smyth marks his return to sharing his wealth of knowledge with Guitar World readers, taking over where his “Merchants of Metal” column with Jeff Loomis of Nevermore left off.


Read up on Steve Smyth’s live rig here.  Fans are encouraged to leave comments on topics they’d like Steve to address in future columns.


FORBIDDEN are currently on a Decibel & headlining tour through North America with Revocation, White Wizzard, and Havok.


Remaining dates are:


06/21/11  Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL

06/22/11  Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH

06/23/11  Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY

06/24/11  Championship Bar and Grill (at The Backstage) – Trenton, NJ

06/25/11  Al Rosa Villa – Columbus, OH

06/26/11  Fubar – St. Louis, MO

06/27/11  The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO

06/29/11  The Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO

06/30/11  Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM

07/01/11  The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ

07/02/11  Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA

07/16/11  Avalon – Santa Clara, CA



FORBIDDEN’s latest album, Omega Wave, debuted at #27 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, #83 on the Billboard Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #92 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart the week following its October 2010 release.

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