Friday, 27 March 2009

Glen Drover: new cd update


Glen Drover is working on a full-length album of instrumental rock/fusion songs. He says,
"Things are going very well! Me and [keyboardist] Jim Gilmour from SAGA have been collaborating on material and we should have four songs complete by the end of May. There will, of course, be a name for this project, which I will announce soon."

The first track to be completed is a cover version of AL DI MEOLA's "Egyptian Danza", also featuring Chris Sutherland on drums and Paul Yee on bass.

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Matias Kupiainen: stratovarious usa release date

Blabbermouth posts:
Armoury Records (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment) has set a May 26 U.S. release date for "Polaris", the new studio album from Finnish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS. The CD — the group's first since the departure of guitar player and main composer Timo Tolkki — will be made available in Europe on May 21 via the band's new label partner Edel under the new imprint earMUSIC outside of Asia and the band's longtime record company in Asia, JVC.
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BB King: buddy guy rolling stone interview

Rolling Stone interview two of the great blues men.

Bluesmen B.B. King and Buddy Guy recently wrapped up a three-week stretch of shows together at Red Bank, New Jersey’s Count Basie Theatre and Rock Daily was backstage with the two legends as they talked about their craft, reminisced about the old days and their mutual respect for one another. For an intimate look at the two Roll and Roll Hall of Famers, full details and video

Lucky Singh: three of the best


Lucky Singh has been busy with his incredible new web site... and new CD's... I was "Lucky" to catch up with Lucky at last years LIMS show and hopefully will again this year. In the meant time he's completed three projects which are all available from his web site... go on check it out and roll over those images!

After years of writing, producing and performing just about anything and everything, singer/songwriter Lucky Singh has decided to accomplish his ultimate dream (something not many artists if any, have ever considered doing). To write, record and produce three albums set for a triple album release on one single date, ensuring each individual album is of authentic quality and style fitting within separate themes and genres.

The music industry can tend to pigeon-hole artists into a style of, almost being handed a genre of which they really cannot rightfully claim as their own. All music heard here at Lucky Singh Online is without doubt of authentic quality. "7ucky": An instrumental guitar album with technical phrasing but heartfelt compositions."Project 8105": More than a Progressive metal/fusion/pop/rock musical but a concept that covers visual animation and a full comic book. Finally, "Tokyo Rules": a straight pop rock album with hooks catchy enough to have you humming away for weeks.

All of the expressions and emotions felt from the music to the listener are undeniably true, each album owns an identity in looks and sound. Alhough the projects are distinctively different from one another they all fly under the Lucky Singh Banner.

Lucky always dreamt that he would one day produce an instrumental guitar album like those of his idols. An album that more than anything, he would feel proud of. With the experience he has today, there is no better time for this, his debut release, which has finally come to fruition. The debut album from Lucky features 13 songs primarily with the guitar in mind. Every track on this album is diverse in structure and style; each conjuring different emotions and technical elements.

If you are a fan of virtuosity, then this album features great musicianship from each of the players. Or maybe you just love to listen to great, fresh, new music for all your everyday moods. If so then this is most definitely a "must-have" album."We must be sure that all we ever accomplish is integral to our vision."

7: buy
Its My Desire
Hellbound The Eastern Ballad Of The Mysterious Bride And Groom
Foxy's Crazy
Mystic "7"
Off The Cuff
Delta Jam
Letting Go
Oh Father

In a world on the brink of peace, a single co-ordinated Terrorist attack brings about a military conflict which will shatter the lives of everyone.... But all this may not be what it seems. An ancient evil has woken from its slumber and it has its own plans for apocalyptic world domination!

A thrilling, nail-biting, action packed story: Project 8105 is more than just a concept album, more than just a comic book more than just a movie - its all three!

Combining narrative story telling, complex and emotive guitar melody's and technical drumming and set against a thematic orchestration that comes complete with a full comic book! Project 8105 is for fans of music/instrumental music/horror/action & comic book movies.

Project 8105: buy
Euphoria Pt1
Aftermath - Through The Armies Of Darkness
Jakes Luv Note
Piric War - No Resolution & Euphoria Pt2
Music Box
Illusions Pt1
Illusions Pt2
What Lies Within The Dream
Revealed - Through The Shadows Of Darkness
God Is In The Rain

They want to go to Japan...

Tokyo Rules grew from the passion Lucky has for Japanese culture. He wanted to create an album that was his ode to a beautiful country. Having been a fan of the Manga/Anime movies through to the J-Pop music genre, there was no better excuse for him to produce an album that was geared more for the mainstream, music that would be catchy but also straight up fun.

The whole album features 12 original songs that are grouped into clusters of 2-3 songs. Characters and stories have been created for each cluster of songs, however, the album wasn't written with the intention of it being conceptual but it does touch on elements of the Japanese culture. The song topics range from romance through to politics.

You are guaranteed to find yourselves humming along to these songs, Tokyo Rules is commercial music with a much needed facelift!

Tokyo Rules buy

1 Ladyfriend
2 So Long, Im Gone
3 Ja-Ne
4 Dream Girl
5 Relive My Past
6 Chinatsuo
7 I Want To Go To Japan
8 Dreams
9 Memories
10 So Young
11 Super Nova
12 Superhero
13 Tokyo Rules

News: guitar idol gets a few more days!


Ownen Edwards key competition organiser and great guitar player says:
There has been a request from a couple of yet to be announced companies/sponsors to extend the deadline a week - so good news: another week gives more time for loads more fantastic players to enter!



check out awesome entries and vote

Ignazio Di Salvo: deep in the blues

Ignazio Di Salvo says:
"Too much soul and 011 strings....ahi ahi ahi ahiaa!!!"
... I must be weakening.... more blues for youze! Don't forget to vote for Iganzio on guitar idol

Ignazio Di Salvo plays Steve Ray Vaughan's style blues

News: LIMS 2009 ticket deal.

27-03-2009: June, ExCeL London

Book your London International Music Show advance tickets now and get a free set of D'addario guitar strings worth £7.50*

Here is an unbelievable offer... from 11.00am 27th March we will be giving away a set of D'Addario strings worth £7.50 with every ticket transaction. You will receive a voucher together with your ticket(s) with which to claim a set of XL nickle wound 10 gauge electric guitar strings from stand G34. But be quick, there are only 500 sets available.

For four amazing days in June we'll bring you tons of the latest music making gear for you to get your hands on. If you thought last year was good, The London International Music Show 09 is going to blow your mind!

The London International Music Show will bring excitement, celebrities, inspiration and transform ExCeL into the coolest hangout in London! Come and see over 200 stands, ALL the brands, new product launches, the new retail village, celebrity signing's, un-missable recording seminars, free lessons and 2 live stages with performances from the world's finest musicians.

Even Bigger and Even Better!

New for 2009 - The LIMS retail village - get ready to do business with some of the UK's top instrument retailers on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th. Make sure your credit cards are ready for a spanking as there is something to suit every budget.

New for 2009 - The Steve Vai Masterclass - sponsored by Guitarist Magazine, this very exclusive masterclass lasts 3 hours and will set you back £180! But who can put a price on getting up close and personal with a living guitar god? Be quick as there are only 150 places per class (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th) and there is limited spaces left!

New for 2009 - The Sound On Sound Seminars - meet the producers who recorded some of the most famous artists in the world and hear how they did it. There is also a full programme of seminars and discussion panels from the SOS experts and editorial staff.

New for 2009 - The British Builders section - get to see some amazing hand built guitars and drums from the UK's finest builders. Orders can be placed at the show for these bestoke beauties.

New for 2009 - Get expert advice...if you need technical advice or not sure how to play that killer riff or fill, the UK's best music schools and teachers will be on hand to help you find the answers.

Plus! Band competions
Plus! Clinics, seminars and forums
Plus! The acoustic guitar stage
Plus! Beat Street...hit those drums without restriction
Plus! Celebrity stand signings
Plus! The international finals of Guitar Idol

For full show details, go to or call the LIMS box office (during office hours) on +44 (0) 1572 724535

The London International Music Show is one of the world's largest public music shows and promises sheer pleasure for anyone interested in making music, whether a professional musician or complete amateur. LIMS 09 is THE best and ONLY opportunity in the UK to see, touch, and if you choose buy ALL the most desireable music gear brands. Cool or what?

See Live...

Nicko NoBrain, Phil Hilborne (apologies still not retired yet...), Albert Lee and Hogans Heroes, Steve Vai, Nick D'Virgilio, The Swans, Marco Mendoza, Cora Colman Dunham, TM Stevens, Steve Smith, Pete Lockett, Derek McKenzie, Jan Ackerman and many more to be added.