Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Joe Satriani: truth in shredding spike

Thanks for those who visited today... a new peak.. I'll see tomorrow what the root cause was... but most likely the Joe Satriani and Chickenfoot tour dates... which seem to have been blogged all over the net... these guys must have a good street team!

Michael Anthony VHND Interview, part 1, "Chickenfoot"

Tony Smotherman: conversations with rock house


Tony Smotherman:
My clinics are called “Licks of the Absurd”. The clinic is based on creating other worldly sounds out of your guitar. I show how to create the sound of a harmonizer without any effects pedals or any of that stuff, the sound just comes straight from your amp. How to mimic a Sitar, neat Japanese instruments and all kinds of weird stuff but just with no effects pedals. This is created by how you attack the strings, the notes that you play, where you play the notes at and all the applications for that stuff. I also teach about exotic scales and of course normal guitar techniques but more modern techniques like how to tap without really tapping. People are really getting into that. I spend a lot of time just trying to figure new things out.

part 1

Tony Smotherman:
As far as guitar players there are some guitarist that are doing some really interesting things on the guitar. I would totally say that Mattias Eklundh is an amazing guitar player. His playing is like a lot of peoples I’ve heard. It’s so home grown ya know, and that’s what I really like. I like guys that can the instrument and really create new sounds. Bumblefoot is another highlight guitarist, who approaches the guitar from such a different direction that it’s impossible to sound like him if you wanted to. But probably the biggest influence for me today is the music of India. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking in a blues sense or rock sense, it has nothing to do with the style. I’m influenced by the approach of Indian musicians to their instruments because, that style of music is based upon making your instrument talk. It’s about emoting a sad felling or happy feeling depending on the raga. If you can get the basic concept of how a raga works and what it’s supposed to do. You see an Indian musician or a singer will wake up to different ragas of the day. For instance if you’re an early riser, like 5 AM then you have a particular raga that you start on to start your day and it emotes a particular feeling of inspiration or happiness. If you’re a guy that’s up late, if you’re a night owl then you have your own special raga for yourself. That would be a raga of artistry, a raga of approaching the day in a creative way because you are up late and you are sleeping the part of the day that the whole world is going. Those things influence me, the sounds of those ragas I find really inspiring on the guitar because you can approach that from the blues and from rock and from any other style of music. That to me is the biggest inspiration.

part 2

Kleber K Shima: preludium picking performance


Kleber K. Shima - Preludium II

max Oye 6

Anatoly Yaroshenko: blues

Anatoly Yaroshenko, Blues... yes blues... you know I can do it... I can post blues music too! LOL

Anatoly Yaroshenko - "Blues"

Allan Holdsworth: at de boerderij

Allan Holdsworth Trio playing @ De Boerderij March 17th, this was the last song they played (as an encore).

Allan Holdsworth Trio @ De Boerderij

Greg Howe: live at de boerderij

Greg Howe playing Morning View (off of his latest album, Sound Proof) @ De Boerderij, November 6th 2008

Greg Howe @ De Boerderij

Paul Gilbert: mr big japan tv interview

Wild World - MR.BIG LIVE @ 2009.2.09 HRC Tokyo & Japan TV interview  Eric Martin(Vo),Paul Gilbert(G),Billy Sheehan(B),Pat Torpey( Dr).

Reb Beach: ful video list... honestly


Pointed out that I only post 8 video... so here's 16... or may be not... more research into playlists obviously required.

Winger: full

Alex Machacek: trio live dates

Kudos to Rich Murray

Alex Machacek Trio dates:
Before heading to Japan to play with UKZ in June, Alex Machacek (along with Marco Minnemann on drums, and Kai Eckhardt on bass) will play the following gigs this May for you lucky Southern Californians:

May 22 The Baked Potato - Studio City, CA
May 23 Alvas - San Pedro, CA
May 29 Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA

UKZ will play the following dates in Japan this coming June:

June 8 Tokyo - Kudan Kaikan
June 9 Nagoya - Bottom Line
June 10 Osaka - Big Cat
June 11 Tokyo - STB139

Shawn Lane: overload... more time with the maven

Shawn Lane... more incredible footage in this series of videos of one of the greatest guitar players ever!

Shawn Lane: overload

Russ Parrish: steel panther r rated... death to all but metal

Steel Panther "Death to All But Metal - UNCENSORED". New album, "FEEL THE STEEL" available everywhere 6.9.2009. Visit

Steel Panther "Death to All But Metal - UNCENSORED"

Steel Panther Behind the Music

more r rated nonsense

Valentines Day with Steel Panther

Ian Crichton: saga back on the road


Ian Crichton and saga to tour! samples

The Human Condition Tour 2009 dates:

16 - Worpswede, Germany - Music Hall
17 - Worpswede, Germany - Music Hall
18 - Uden, Netherlands - De Pul
19 - Purmerend, Netherlands - P3
22 - Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik
23 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
24 - Hildesheim, Germany - Berghoelzchen
25 - Geseke, Germany - Stadthalle
26 - Aalen, Germany - Stadthalle
28 - Woerg, Austria - Komma
29 - Remchingen, Germany - Kulturhalle
30 - Metzingen, Germany - Stadthalle
1 - Speyer, Germany - Halle 101
2 - St. Wendel, Germany - Stadthalle
3 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
5 - Augsburg, Germany - Spectrum
6 - Nürnberg, Germany - Hirsch
7 - Giessen, Germany - Hessenhalle
8 - Eich, Germany - Altrheinhalle
9 - Bonn, Germany - Brückenforum
12 - Appeldorn, Netherlands - Gigant
13 - Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
15 - Rottweil, Germany - Stadthalle
16 - Schweinfurt, Germany - Stadthalle
17 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Garden Club
20 - Ulm, Germany - Ulmer Zelt

3 - Bad Arolsen, Germany - Outback
4 - Mössingen, Germany - Mössingen Rockt Open Air

Ian Crichton (Saga) - Trust - Guitar

Stephan Forte: archangels visit musikmesse


Franck (Hermanny, bass) and Stéphan (Forte, guitars) will be at Frankfurt Musikmesse this year from April 1st - 4th.

Stéphan will introduce his new signature model and do signing sessions and clinics at Lag: Hall 4.2, Walkway E, Stand 56, Korg and More: Hall 3.0, Walkway B, Stand 78

Franck will do clinics for Mark Bass amps at Mark Bass: Hall 4.0, Walkway E, Stand 82."

Stephan Forté playing Ravel's Tzigane

Alex Lifeson: retrospective 3


VH1 Classic began airing a one-hour RUSH "Retrospective 3" box set special this past Saturday, March 21. The special features several RUSH music videos from the "Retrospective 3" DVD and many that were not included on the DVD. Interspersed throughout the program are interview segments where bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee talks about the particular songs and their accompanying videos. full interview with Geddy Lee

Andres Ludmer: berlin bar clinic

Andres Ludmer says:
Wednesday, April 8 in Berlin, we will be giving a clinic / recitals. guitar, I (Andres Ludmer) on bass, and drummer Juan Pablo Mariño, alvaro Manzanero). let's play some violent fusion of themes and explain some things to each instrument.

Estimated Start: 20:30 pm

Location: berlin bar - passenger zabala 1128 (miter between Tucumán and Catamarca)

Lucky Singh: guitar idol 2009, heat 3

Lucky says:
This peice of music was actually written for GI08 and was entered as an Mp3 as i didnt get around to filming a performance, as i have been filming videos of me performing peices from my recent instrumental release i thought since i now have the chance to it would be nice to film “Sorrow”. Hope you enjoy ;-)

Lucky Singh - Sorrow - Guitar Idol 2009 Entry

Kosta Vreto: guitar idol 2009, heat 3

With just a few days to go, some killer tracks have been posted... check out this guys incredible hybrid / classical finger picking technique... warning severe amount of fusion rippage ahead! vote

Guitar jam- Kosta Vreto

Jeff Beck: gets rock immortal!


An awesome new website called Rock Immortal where fans of the artists being inducted this year (including Jeff Beck) can help to create a digital monument for the artists. The site also has all the latest info about the events leading to the ceremony! Add your own tributes to Jeff Beck too!

You can check out Rock Immortal at:

Paul Gilbert: guitar zeus reissue


CARMAINE APPICE: Guitar Zeus [Cardboard Sleeve] [SHM-CD] [Limited Release] order

Cardboard sleeve reissue from Carmine Appice featuring the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players). Part of a two-album Carmine Appice cardboard sleeve reissue series features "Guitar Zeus" and "Guitar Zeus Vol.2 Channel Mind Radio."

Yngwie Malmsteen
Paul Gilbert
Steve Morse
Brian May

Joe Satriani: chickenfoot live dates and cd release dates announced!


Chickenfoot”; the new rock supergroup comprised of drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), bassist Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen), guitarist Joe Satriani and vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), today announced the global release of their debut album “Chickenfoot”. The album will be released by earMUSIC in Germany on June 5th and in the UK on Monday June 8th. The album will be released by Best Buy in the U.S. on Sunday June 7th.

The album, hailed as the most intense rock’n’roll album since Led Zeppelin, coincides with a European tour that will consist of outdoor festivals, including Montreaux, Switzerland, and Bospop, Holland, plus various intimate indoor rock shows including the London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on June 25th.

Tickets for the London 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert go on sale at 9am on Friday March 27th. This will be Chickenfoot’s only UK date on the European tour. 24 Hour Credit Card Hotline: 0844 576 5483, Box Office: 08444 77 2000, Book Online -

Click here for the full European tour dates and more info -

The debut album will be packaged in heat sensitive artwork, which means when you put hour hand on the CD inlay, photos of the band members will be revealed behind the Chickenfoot band logo. “People have this idea of what this band is about, or what Sammy Hagar is about as a lyricist and a vocalist,” says Joe Satriani. “We manage to get each guy to up his game in a non-confrontational way. When I play with Chickenfoot, I want to give them more all the time, and I don’t hold anything back. I think the rest of the guys feel the same way.”

“Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is from Detroit and he can play the hell out of funk, but he’s a rocker,” says Sammy Hagar. “He plays hard and he’s balanced. Chickenfoot wouldn’t exist without his groove.”

Track list
1. Avenida Revolution
2. Soap on a Rope
3. Sexy Little Thing
4. Oh Yeah
5. Runnin' Out
6. Get It Up
7. Down the Drain
8. My Kinda Girl
9. Learning to Fall
10. Turnin' Left
11. Future in the Past

Tour dates:
Saturday June 20 AUSTRIA Nova Rock Festival
Tuesday June 23 CORK, IRELAND: Live at the Marquee
Thursday June 25 LONDON Shepherd's Bush Empire
Friday June 26 HOLLAND: Heerhugowaard
Sunday June 28 BELGIUM Graspop Metal Meeting Festival
With Marylyn Manson, Nightwish, Disturbed, Chickenfoot
Monday June 29 PARIS: Olympia
Wednesday July 1 MADRID (venue tbc)
Friday July 3 PISTOIA, ITALY: Blues Festival (line-up TBA)
Saturday July 4 MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND: Stravinski Hall
Featuring Steely Dan, Dave Matthews, Chickenfoot
Sunday July 5 UDINE, ITALY: Lignano Sbbiadoro
Tuesday July 7 HAMBURG: Grosse Freiheit
Wednesday July 8 COPENHAGEN: Vega
Friday July 10 KILAFORS, SWEDEN: Rockweekend Festival
Sunday July 12 WEERT, HOLLAND: Bospop Festival
Featuring Bryan Adams, Journey and Chickenfoot