Thursday, 7 May 2009

George Lynch: David Iozzia interview


Dave: What approach did you take during the process of writing and recording "Let the Truth Be Known"?

George: It was a strange and convaluted process. It was the exact opposite of getting a band together, going into the studio, and writing some songs. It was done ass-backwards or back ass-wards, however you want to say it. It started out many projects ago as something completely different. I finally got to a point where I had to put a cap on it. I had to bring all the various elements together and write some new stuff. Having vocalist London LeGrand come back to work with me was what glued it all together. He and I had a previous project that we started called Microdot. He left that project to do "Brides of Destruction" with Tracii Guns and Nikki Sixx. Now that London is back, we basically finished something that we had already started. It was a do it yourself approach because we had no funding, no record label, and no producer. It was gratifying to do the record that way. You have to find inventive ways to get things done. Fortunately, I have a lot of friends in the music industry who respect me and like what I can do. To be quite honest, I got a lot of help. I was more involved in every aspect of the process from beginning to end, more than on any other record that I've done. It was both painful and rewarding. The record was self-funded so I spent quite a bit of money on it. That's kind of scary because you don't know what's going to happen. I'm not equating this record to "Apocalypse Now," but I feel like Francis Ford Coppola or any other filmmaker who had to put up his house to get the film made. "Let the Truth Be Known" is my version of that. I went through many valleys and mountains, and there was always something else around the corner. I'm invested emotionally with this record quite a bit. I think it's the best record I've done, but I think that about every record. I think every artist does. I've tried to distance myself from it as best as I can. I know it isn't all things to all people. I know there are disappointing moments on the record, even for me, but as a whole and when looking at the big picture, I'm very happy with "Let the Truth Be Known."
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Joe Stump: holyhell cd on the way


May 7, 2009 - HolyHell Saves The Best For Summer!
Currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their debut album, HolyHell is poised for its release on the Magic Circle Music label in the Summer of 2009! Already prominent players in the metal scene, their EP "Apocalypse" entered the German Top 100 chart selling over 6 thousand copies in a matter of weeks by virtue of their live performances alone. Motivated by the response from metal fans worldwide, HolyHell went back into the studio and committed to delivering the best their multifaceted talents could produce for their first complete album. In addition to Eclipse, Apocalypse, Last Vision and Resurrection, it will contain 9 new tracks of incredibly powerful music guaranteed to please the most discerning metal fans.

Consisting of new female vocal sensation, Maria Breon, a classically trained singer possessing a unique and powerful voice; Shred Lord, Joe Stump, an acclaimed heavy metal guitar virtuoso who has already made his mark in the world of power metal; Francisco Palomo, the newest keyboard prodigy on the rock and metal scene; bassist Jay Rigney, one of the Boston area's top studio musicians and ex-MANOWAR drummer, Rhino; HolyHell mixes elements of classic metal and hard rock with orchestral arrangements and haunting gothic melodies, making HolyHell a tour de force of powerful, heavy music. For those eagerly awaiting its release, the debut album will not disappoint.
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Chris Impellitteri: california warm up show


Chris Impellitteri will play a special "warm-up" show on May 15 at Paladino's in Tarzana, California. This will be your chance to watch the band run through songs from their latest album,"Wicked Maiden", and older classics before they hit the bigger venues.

Alexandre Bicudo: more tv coverage for guitar idol


Alexandre Bicudo just posted this link to a TV broadcast featuring his guitar playing talents for the final on line round for guitar idol. The video is in Spanish... but the guitar playing is in music... video

Russ Parrish: steel panther shredder interviewed

Premier guitar interviews Satchel... aka Russ Parrish from Steel Panther.

What’s your main guitar?

Right now I’m playing a Kramer Pacer. I have a couple of those and I’m diggin’ them. They were made a long time ago, and they’re just awesome. Totally vintage! I don’t know what kind of wood they use, balsa or basswood, but it sounds awesome—killer tone, sounds awesome, looks great and it’s got a Floyd Rose on it. They got the tone. It’s rad. I’ve got a Gibson Explorer that’s really nice too, but the Kramer is the main one I’m using now.

You have a lot of stylistic information on Feel The Steel. Who were your guitar influences?

I started out listening to guys like Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath and Ritchie Blackmore. One of my favorite guitar players of all time is Buck Dharma from Blue Oyster Cult. He’s one of the greatest rock guitar players that ever lived. His phrasing is impeccable. His note choices are phenomenal. There are other obvious guys, like Eddie Van Halen. He was great. Alex Lifeson from Rush is insanely great and underrated at the same time. I was inspired when Yngwie first came out. He had so much fire and feel. He was awesome.

I hear a little of that neo-classical style on “Asian Hooker.”

Yeah, there’s a little bit of Yngwie going on, but obviously Yngwie got a lot of that from Ritchie Blackmore. I’m classically influenced. I like Paganini even though I don’t think his hair was as cool as it could have been.
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Steve Vai: shredding spinal tap


Alien Guitar Secrets @ Meinl Guitar Festival - Germany
Tickets are now on sale for Steve's Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class at the Meinl Guitar Festival in Germany on June 27. There are only 70 tickets available for this event - so don't miss out! Click here to get tickets.

In addition to the master class, Steve will join Andy Timmons for an "All Star Jam" on the Meinl Guitar Festival main stage.

Alien Music Secrets - Stockbridge, MA
Steve will bring a special version of his master class to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health on October 18-21. For more information on this event, visit the Kripalu website.

Steve on new Spinal Tap CD
Steve appears on the forthcoming Spinal Tap album Back From The Dead - to be released on June 16, 2009. The album includes 19 songs and an hour-long DVD.

On Back From the Dead, Tap members David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls unearth their long-self-suppressed studio versions of the classic songs from the movie "This is Spinal Tap," as well as six new additional songs, and an exclusive hour long accompanying DVD featuring a track-by-track video commentary by the band. Back From The Dead also features guest appearances by Phil Collen, Keith Emerson, John Mayer and Steve Vai. "This album title says it all. We're back from the dead. But we weren't dead. But we definitely are back," proclaimed Hubbins.

Read the entire press release and discuss on his forum

he Back From The Dead deluxe CD/DVD package is being distributed completely outside of the traditional major label infrastructure. Retail distribution and marketing of physical CDs will be handled by Artist2Market (A2M) while digital marketing and distribution will be serviced by INgrooves.

Track List
Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
Back From The Dead
(Funky) Sex Farm
Rock 'n' Roll Creation
Jazz Oddyssey I
Gimme Some Money
Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
Heavy Duty
Jazz Oddyssey II
(Listen to the) Flower People (Reggae Stylee)
Hell Hole
Big Bottom
Celtics Blues
Jazz Oddyssey III
Warmer Than Hell
Short and Sweet
Cups and Cakes

In addition to the above 19 songs, fans of SPINAL TAP can find a free download for the previously unreleased 'Saucy Jack' from Hubbins' unfinished musical about Jack the Ripper on the band's website There are also rumors that there will be exclusive versions of 'Sex Farm' and '(Listen to the) Flower People' available on certain digital outlets – stay tuned.

Jeff Loomis: ask me about protone pedals!


Pro Tone Pedals Round Table w/ Jeff Loomis
Got a question for Rusty Cooley, Jeff Loomis, Richie Kotzen, John 5, or Jason Becker? Send it to Pro Tone Pedals!

Pro Tone Pedals will be conducting a 'round table' discussion for an upcoming Pro Tone podcast with the dream team of shred: Jason Becker, Jeff Loomis, John 5, Richie Kotzen, and Rusty Cooley!

Submit your questions to: ASK@PROTONEPEDALS.COM

Stay tuned for more details.

Jeff Beck: win a blu ray dvd


Jeff Beck - Big Block (Performing this week...Live at Ronnie Scott's)

I’m excited to announce that I have three (3) copies of the Blu-Ray version of Jeff Beck’s recently released video Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s to give away!

To Enter The Contest:

Send me your e-mail address by filling out the contact form using the subject “Jeff Beck”, and indicate in the message that you want to be entered into the contest.* That’s all you have to do! I’ll randomly select the winners and notify them via e-mail. All entries must be received by May 17, 2009. I’ll pick and notify the winners on May 18, 2009. Unfortunately, with apologies to my International friends, the contest is limited to only readers in the United States.

* NOTE: Your e-mail address will be used only to notify you if you are the winner. I will not use your e-mail address for any other purpose.
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Marcos De Ros: cool jam 6

Marcos De Ros says:
I just downloaded some lessons of Marlowe and jam over it. He is an amazing bass player and provides a solid background to play over! Thanks Marlowe!!!

Marcos De Ros & MarloweDK Jam 6.

News: A new mile stone 400,000 visitors... they can't all be wrong!

It's been a while coming, but I have finally breached the 400,000 visitors, 655,633 page views... thanks to all the guitar players who made this possible, all the guitar fans, and everyone whose taken a positive view on the work done on this blog! Keep on Shredding!


Total 400,000
Average Per Day 762
Average Visit Length 1:59
Last Hour 42
Today 591
This Week 5,337


Total 655,633
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Average Per Visit 1.6
Last Hour 64
Today 923
This Week 8,274

Carlo Losavio: tribute to Ennio Morricone

Carlo Losavio says:
Chi Mai ( Ennio Morricone ) from the movie Le Professionnel , this is my version and my interpretation, thank you very much for watching my video, Best regards!

CHI MAI ( Ennio Morricone ) from the movie Le Professionnel By Carlo Losavio

Jeff Beck: nadia

Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, England) is an English rock guitarist. He was one of the three noted guitarists — the others being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page — to have recorded with the band The Yardbirds. He was ranked the 14th on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Jeff Beck isnt your typical guitar legend. His goal, in fact, is to make you forget that he plays guitar.

I dont understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound, says Beck. Finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before is truly what gets me off. I love it when people hear my music but cant figure out what instrument Im playing. What a cool compliment.

Jeff Beck - Nadia

Guthrie Govan: ciro manna special live date


14/05/2009 Ciro Manna Quartet w/special guest Guthrie Govan live @ Max & Play
Cardito (NA) via Biagio Castello 11/17
Show starts at 21:30.
Admission 10 euro.
For info and bookings please contact me on payment by PayPal or Postepay accepted