Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Matias Kupiainen: stratovarius us tour dates announced

Stratovarius will return to North America for a short tour this fall. Tickets for all shows are on sale via EnterTheVault.com exclusively until March 20 at which point they will become available through all normal ticketing outlets.

STRATOVARIUS North American tour dates:
Sep. 16 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
Sep. 18 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Sep. 19 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
Sep. 20 - Montreal, QC - Medley
Sep. 21 - Boston, MA - Middle East
Sep. 23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sep. 24 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Sep. 25 - Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
Sep. 27 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
Sep. 28 - Regina, SK - The Riddell at University
Sep. 29 - Calgary, AB - Warehouse
Sep. 30 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
Oct. 02 - Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club
Oct. 03 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
Oct. 04 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 06 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency
Oct. 07 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

Kiko Loureiro: namm 2009

Kiko Loureiro rippin it at the Sansom Booth at Winter NAMM.

Kiko Loureiro, Winter NAMM 09 #2

Kiko Loureiro Getting Down at Samson Booth, Winter NAMM 09

Reece Fullwood: and chris prema joins ex outworld band eumeria


Bobby Williamson (keyboards) has joined forces with bassist Shawn Kascak (OUTWORLD), vocalist Jonny Tatum (TIMEFALL), drummer Adam Sagan (COLDERA, INTO ETERNITY), and guitarists Reece Fullwood and Chris Prema to launch a new progressive/power/melodic metal band called EUMERIA. Formed in 2008, EUMERIA is currently working on material for its debut CD, slated for a June 2009 release. Accordign to a press release, "EUMERIA should be of interest to fans of bands such as SYMPHONY X, DREAM THEATER, CIRCUS MAXIMUS, and the like."

You can check out two songs — "The Key" and "Heirs of Peril" — along with more information at www.myspace.com/eumeria.

Jeyson Zimerer: guitar idol 2009 heat 2

We are up to 241 videos in this HEAT 2... Jeyson Zimerer has added his entry:
this recording was done at the JZrecords guitar studio, and shows some of the best jazz/fusion performances by me.the guitar used was a custom made scalloped strat, and all effects used was “fuhrmann pedals”, a company that endorse me.the strings was 0.9 fenison guitar strings.

JEYSON ZÍMERER...funk fusion lines...

Julian Puttins: petruccifever time over... may be not?!

Julian Puttins says... this global time thingy is difficult...
ATTENTION: Due to different time zones and the announcement to close the contest on February 10th, it´s still possible to enter UNTIL: 12 a.m./midnight, CET/GMT+1. Entries that will be posted later WON´T be recognized! Please check back after the deadline to find the complete list!

Check out the 119 videos posted to date: http://www.youtube.com/video_response_view_all?v=uWjZsY0Rcdo

Paul Gilbert: mr big re-union tour dates


[HD] MR.BIG 再結成 MT 20090210

Tour dates
Friday, June 5 Hall, Sapporo, Hokkaido pension
Sunday, June 7 Sendai ZEPP SENDAI6
Tuesday, June 9 Hall, Kanazawa, Ishikawa pension
Wednesday, June 10 ZEPP NAGOYA Nagoya
Friday, June 12 ZEPP FUKUOKA Fukuoka
Monday, June 15, Osaka Grand Cube Osaka
Wednesday, June 17 Hiroshima ALSOK Hall
Thursday, June 18, Osaka, Osaka Welfare Pension Hall, Great Hall
Saturday, June 20 Budokan, Tokyo

News: guitarnoize is twittering... fire... please help australia!

Just got a twitter from Jon over at guitarnoize: http://twitter.com/guitarnoize... Afer the terrible fires in Australia, Jon asks for help if you can. Jon says:
Being an Australia resident I didn’t want to ignore what is going on when I might be able to help out a little. I have already donated my month’s advertising income to the Red Cross which isn’t much but I figured every dollar counts in this tragic time. For those of you who would like to help out those affected by the terrible bushfires that have ravaged parts of Victoria in some cases wiping out entires communities you can donate on the Red Cross site.

The 2009 Victorian Bushfire Fund to assist individuals and communities affected by devastating bushfires in Victoria has been launched by the Premier John Brumby in partnership with Red Cross and the Federal Government. As at 9.00pm on the 10th February, the Fund had received $31.2 million from over 176,000 website and phone donations, with governments including the Victorian and Federal Governments, and corporates pledging additional sums. Donations are still continuing to flow in.
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News: as heat 2 closes some of the awesome prizes are announced

A guitar idol news update:

To all heat 2 entrants, there is not much time left to get your votes in, or to get your entries in if you have not already done so. Heat 2 closes on February 15th 2009 5pm (GMT). And remember, the judges will be picking 20 contestants from outside the Top 20 as voted for by the public. There are some outstanding entrants here, so best of luck to everyone!! Also, please do come and look at our sponsors page - http://www.guitaridol.tv/sponsors , and the amazing prizes we have on offer - http://www.guitaridol.tv/prizes There will be more prizes added soon. Please make sure entrants advertise their songs on myspace, youtube, facebook, and any other social networking sites and forums Guitar Idol Team

Ernie Ball Music Man Silhouette
Mayones Regius 7 Guitar Idol Custom Model... Check out the custom inlay!
Polish guitar makers Mayones have supplied Guitar Idol 2009 with a very special prize for one of our finalists – a custom one-off Regius 7 with Guitar Idol inlay. Currently under construction by the highly regarded guitar makers, the custom model features a very special Guitar Idol inlay in addition to the world class hardware and stunning finish and playability. This guitar has a value of €2489, approx £2200 or $3200 USD!

Blackstar HT-5S Amp

More major prizes from Marshall, PRS and other sponsors to follow soon...

John 5: joins fender university.


Fender® University Announces All-Star Rock & Roll Faculty for March Session! This includes sessions by John 5. Register http://www.fender.com/university/

Fender University is an exclusive new music education program for guitar enthusiasts worldwide. The program offers exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Fender’s manufacturing headquarters and world renowned Fender Custom Shop, in addition to a series of music workshops, hands-on educational experiences, performance opportunities and special guest appearances. Enrollment is limited to 25 guitar and bass scholars worldwide and is open to players of all skill levels and musical styles over the age of 21. Join us in this exciting and unique opportunity to share in the legacy of Fender through a hands-on, direct experience with our products and our people by enrolling now…

Take-on Yamaguchi: progressive instrumental jazz

Progressive Instrumental jazz/rock Group. Live at "Shilver Elephant", Livehouse in Tokyo Japan. Not so famous but very cool band "Take-on". http://www.take-on.jp/ plus Progressive Rock Band Poodles.

Guitar Play 1

"She's Gone" Progressive Instrumental JazzRock Band Take-on

"Boxer" Take-on Progressive Instrumental JazzRock Band

Greg Howe: if you look close enough

You might need your microscope for this... solo starts at 4:03

T.I.feat Justin Timberlake - Dead & Gone 2009 Grammy Awards Live Performances

Ethan Brosh: new cd promo live at namm

Ethan Brosh says: T
his is a preview of my debut album "Out of Oblivion", out on Magna Carta Records March 24th, 2009. Also featuring George Lynch, Greg Howe, Mike Mangini, Joe Stump, and the artwork of Derek Riggs. On the album version, Greg Howe and I trade solos on this tune.

Ethan Brosh - Blade Runner NAMM 2009 (NADY Booth) Please watch in high quality!

Steve Vai: extends italian master classes

Steve Vai has added another date to Steve's Italian Master Class Schedule:

April 29th - La Spezia - Centro Culturale Dialma Ruggiero - 9.00 pm

Paul Gilbert: mr big scoop


metallichicka hunt down the scoop on the Mr Big Reunion tour and CD. Full details

A new album will be released, and on 4/22 a poll will be added to the Warner Music Japan site, which will let fans vote on which album to be released. (or something of that nature).The fans will apparently be voting on these albums:


… and also on April 22, fans can send messages to Mr. Big. So, why should you send a fan message to Mr. Big? 20 fans will be picked at random from those who send messages, and these people will get free prizes and be allowed to see a special free show from Mr. Big

Michael Angelo Batio: i hear guitar interview


Michael Angelo Batio says:
I wanted to be different. I wanted to be unique. Not to be better than other guitar players, but really, I play different, I came up with different things live, I just wanted to be unique and have my own voice. Dean came up with the ML shape. That’s the baddest-ass metal shape there is! And it’s a Dean! I like Gibson Les Pauls, I like Strats, but I mean, you’ve got Angus Young playing an SG, you’ve got Page playing a Les Paul, you’ve got Jimi Hendrix playing a Strat, and I wanted to play something different. Dimebag felt the same way. So that’s how I started using Dean: Their shapes were really cool, they’re high-quality USA, and they came up with this – it was called a blueburst, this dark blue into light blue burst finish, and that guitar just freaked me out. I looked at it on the wall when I was teaching guitar at a music store in my home town of Chicago, and “I gotta have that guitar, man!” So that’s how it started.

Full interview

News: win an esp guitar


KAMELOT have issued the following:
"Win a new ESP/LTD guitar and 2 free tickets to see Kamelot live during their spring UK tour.

The ESP/LTD Horizon M200-FM is the cutting edge guitar built for metal. Check out the details of this awesome axe at www.espguitars.com.

The winner will also get 2 free tickets to see Kamelot live so you must also be able to attend the gig to qualify. The guitar will be presented to you backstage after the gig.

For more details about this contest please visit emp-online.co.uk/competitions.

Stay tuned for a similar contest with Large.nl!!"

Upcoming Kamelot live dates include:

20 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 (SOLD OUT)
21 - Köln, Germany - Essigfabrik
24 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
25 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
27 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Cathouse (NEW DATE)
28 - Leeds, UK - Rio's
29 - London, UK - Carling Academy Islington
31 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7

1 - Toulouse, France - Havana Café
3 - Barcelona, Spain - TBA
4 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Heineken
5 - Alicante, Spain - Nave 8