Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Tony MacAlpine, Derek Sherinian: planet x euro tour

PLANET X To Kick Off European Tour In September:
With TONY MACALPINE's return to the group, PLANET X will kick off a European Tour in late September/early October with new bass player Doug Shreeve. The band is rounded off by former DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Virgil Donati (RING OF FIRE, SOUL SIRKUS). Venues are still being confirmed for the tour, but the itinerary is as follows:

26 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands
27 - Weert, Netherlands
28 - London, UK
29 - Paris, France

1 - Lubeck, Germany
2 - Aschaffenburg, Germany
3 - Cologne, Germany
4 - Lorsch, Germany
5 - Munich, Germany
5 - Vienna, Austria
7 - Basel, Switzerland
9 - Poland
10 - Poland

An interview with Derek Sherinian http://www.explicitlyintense.com/_product_40202/DEREK_SHERINIAN

Thanks to http://www.bravewords.com/news/115391

Matias Kupiainen, Jens Johansson: discuss stratovarius

Super cool interview by Ultimate Guitar: Stratovarius: 'Keep Fighting In The Face Of Disaster'

Lauri (Porra), our bassist, actually bumped into him in a club I think, where he had conducted some guitar clinic. We discussed what we should do, as we obviously needed to recruit a guitarist. I listened to some videos he had uploaded to Youtube, and was like "Holy fuck. This is really good". He was a really good musician, so we talked a little. Matias seemed to be a nice guy, and then like I said, we went to a cottage to write some songs. Everyone got along pretty nice, so we just decided what we would call the group following that. It wasn't clear that 'Polaris' would be issued under the name Stratovarius. Eventually, the songs possibly turned out to be more progressive, as a lot of the songs that we stopped working on were the more progressive ones.

Will Stratovarius possibly work upon these more progressive songs for future releases?

Could be, yeah. We discussed this yesterday. Some of those songs were really good, I thought. Of course, I'm a little bit of a freak, and like all the weirder material. I'm a big Meshuggah fan. In writing Stratovarius' next album, everyone will know each other better. Like I said, we won't be recording an album under siege. Last time obviously, Tolkki peppered us with statements. He threatened to sue us and so on, until he kind of apologized last month - Tolkki was very hostile towards us. It wasn't completely easy all the time, though I think in writing for our next album, we'll have a clear view of who's in the group. Everyone knows each other better, and Stratovarius also has record company deals, something which we didn't have in recording 'Polaris' of our own accord. Our next album will be very interesting, I think.... Did having new songwriters to contribute to 'Polaris' in the form of Matias Kupiainen and Lauri Porra help?

In the past, Timo Tolkki wrote roughly ninety percent of the material. When he left, there was a songwriting vacuum somewhat. I was very curious to hear what everyone would come up with, and was very happy. That was one of the reasons why I was interested in travelling to Finland during May, or whenever I initially went over. Four people contributed material towards 'Polaris', whereas only one person used to contribute. As a result of that, you obviously attain more diversity, and some of the album's directions are quite interesting I think. I like Matias' material, as like I said, he's slightly more into progressive music too as I am. I wrote some material too, but the material I contributed to 'Polaris' was perhaps slightly more singular than the other songs.

Would you like to write with Matias in future? The songs you wrote for 'Polaris' you wrote alone.

That's usually how I write, though I'm usually quite picky about a lot of aspects, such as general structure and things of that nature. I'm slightly wary, but that'd be great. Let's see. It's possible I think, now that we've cleared the hurdle of what the group will be called, and what's the framework for what we intend to do. We already talked about Stratovarius' next record yesterday, since everyone has written a batch of material. There's way too much material to use, which amounts to roughly thirty songs or something similar. Matias said "I only have two songs, but one of them is thirty minutes long", so I said "Ok. Sounds good already" (laughs). I don't know what will happen, but it certainly sounds interesting.

This is a big interview... check out the full post

Joe Satriani: chickenfoot wlup video interview and peavy gear

Chicago's WLUP-FM 97.9 (Loop 97.9) morning personality Byrd recently conducted an interview with guitarist Joe Satriani and bassist Michael Anthony of CHICKENFOOT.

Byrd interview Chickenfoot!

plus Peavy

Chickenfoot work with Peavey to get definitive electric guitar sound Posted on 9th Jun 2009 11:58 to category Instruments News Rock's latest supergroup Chickenfoot are using specially tailored Peavey amps to get their ideal electric guitar sound, it has been revealed.

Chickenfoot work with Peavey to get definitive electric guitar sound Superb prices on musical instruments According to the guitar amp manufacturer, the band have worked with them to refine their devices in order to get their ideal tone. Guitarist Joe Satriani is well-known for using Peavey amps, but he wanted his new group to offer more than volume. Indeed, he said he wanted to combine aspects of traditional 50-watt amps from the "golden era" with a greater variety of sounds that could aid the gigging musician. "Peavey and I wound up with a really bold, in your face sound," he observed.
Satriani is playing in his new group with former Van Halen stars Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, as well as Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Speaking to Billboard, Hagar described the material they have produced so far as Led Zeppelin-esque.

John Petrucci: dream theater cover zebra track

Wow I can't believe this... although I think I would have preferred Zebra's "Who's behind the door!":

DREAM THEATER's cover version of "Take Your Fingers From My Hair" by ZEBRA is one of six cover songs that are included on the special-edition version of DREAM THEATER's new album, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings".

The DREAM THEATER cover of "Take Your Fingers From My Hair" is now available at iTunes.

Video footage of DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy talking about the band's decision to cover the ZEBRA track can be viewed below.

The six cover songs that are included on the special-edition version of "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" are as follows:

01. Stargazer - RAINBOW
02. Tenement Funster/Flick of the Wrist/Lily of the Valley - QUEEN
03. Odyssey - DIXIE DREGS
04. Take Your Fingers From My Hair - ZEBRA
05. Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part II) - KING CRIMSON
06. To Tame A Land - IRON MAIDEN

"Black Clouds & Silver Linings" is scheduled for release on June 23 via Roadrunner Records.

Herman Li: dragon force tour dates and ibanez guitar gush!

Herman Li loves his new Ibanez guitar: http://ibanez.s3.amazonaws.com/Cms/Bulk/HermanLi_EGEN.swf.

Kudos to DiMario on twitter for this link http://twitter.com/DiMarzioInc

DRAGONFORCE is coming back to the US this fall with special guests Sonata Arctica and Taking Dawn. Want to be the first to get tickets? Members of Soldiers Of The Wasteland can buy tickets right now at soldiersofthewasteland.com! GO HERE for EXCLUSIVE fan club pre-sale

Pre-sale tickets will also be made available to the general public starting at 3 PM tomorrow. GO HERE for general public ticket pre-sale.

06.13.2009 - Download Festival - Donington Park, United Kingdom

06.21.2009 - Hellfest Festival - Clisson, France

09.18.2009 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA

09.19.2009 - Regency Center @ The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
09.20.2009 - Roseland - Portland, OR

09.21.2009 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC Canada

09.23.2009 - Edmonton Events Centre - Edmonton, ALB Canada

09.24.2009 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, ALB Canada

09.25.2009 - Odeon, The - Saskatoon, SAS Canada

09.26.2009 - Burton Cummings Theatre - Winnipeg, MAN Canada

09.28.2009 - The Beaumont - Kansas City, MO

09.29.2009 - Cabooze On The West Bank - Minneapolis, MN

09.30.2009 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL

10.02.2009 - Sound Acadamy - Toronto, ONT Canada

10.03.2009 - Le Medley - Montreal, QUE Canada

10.04.2009 - Theatre Imperial - Quebec City, QUE Canada

10.06.2009 - The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza - New York, NY

10.07.2009 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore, MD
10.09.2009 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA

10.10.2009 - Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY

10.11.2009 - Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA

Frank Solari, Alex Martinho: clinic jams!

Frank Solari - Workshop em Niterói/RJ - Melhores Momentos

Jam - Frank Solari e Alex Martinho - "The Healer"

News: twitter a dawn chorus for truth in shredding!

Truth In Shredding reaches 100 followers on twitter! Keep on shredding!


New: guitar hero 25 tickey giveaway!

I know the Stratoblogster will want to kill me... :
In anticipation for Guitar Hero 5, the folks over at Guitar Hero are offering to send you and four of your friends to 5 concerts of your choice to check out your favorite bands. That's 25 tickets total, which is some pretty good recession time concert going! To enter take the brief Guitar Hero quiz http://gh5.guitarhero.com/ . While taking the quiz make sure to download the new track from Wolfmother "Back Round."

Guitar Hero 25 ticket Give Away: http://gh5.guitarhero.com/

Tommy Ermolli: new twinspirits CD on the way

After a fruitful collaboration started in 2006 and the release of the first full-lenght album "The Music That WIll Heal The World" (Lion Music), Twinspirits part ways with the Danish singer Søren Adamsen. The band recruited the great Swedish talent of Göran Nyström to complete the new lineup.
The recording sessions for Twinspirits new album are currently in progress and the record will be probably released in the first semester of 2009.

The band already played a couple of gigs during summer festivals in Italy, with the new lineup. Some video footage about it can be viewed on YouTube

Russ Parrish: steel panther solo competition announced!

Steel Panther is launching a competition to see if anyone can better Satchel’s guitar solo for ‘Death To All But Metal'. The ultimate winner, as chosen by the band, will have opportunity of performing their winning solo live with Steel Panther at their next London show, one hell of a prize!

Steel Panther Guitar Solo Competition intro from Satchel

Entrants should upload a video of their solo to The Official YouTube Steel Panther contest page where other entrants can view and rate the solos, there may even be a few surprise entries in the coming weeks. Fans will also be able to download a version of ‘Death To All But Metal’ without Satchel’s solo (a ‘solo-less’ version) from iTunes on June 14th so they can record their own solo over the track.

Anyone can enter the competition but the winner will be picked from the UK. Good luck! http://www.youtube.com/steelpantherrocks


Steel Panther will attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for the most number of people playing air guitar simultaneously during their set at Download Festival! All fans coming to Download must tell all their friends about this world record attempt and come to the Tuborg Stage at 5:15pm on the Sunday of the festival to be a part of this world record attempt. Of course they’ll be there to see the hardest rocking band of the festival too!

Steel Panther Air Guitar World Record Attempt at Download Festival

Andrea Cesone: rob chappers meyones solo competition

Upto 194 entries now http://www.youtube.com/video_response_view_all?v=AfeHUNWzVrw

Andrea Cesone Solo for Mayones Guitar Contest

Victor de Andres: soundtrack of summer solo entry

upto 45 entries: http://www.youtube.com/video_response_view_all?v=w4UuPSNMHIU

Victor de Andres Soundtrack of Summer.

Jack Thammarat: guitar idol live finalist tribute to guthrie govan

Jack Thammarat says:
My Favourite Song I like To Improvise on 5/4 and Modes Change.. Backing track Form Bluesjamtracks.com Use Ibanez S2020XAV Marshall JCM900 Head Boss GT-8 and Palmer Speaker Sim.

Guthrie Govan - Fives Cover

Joe Stump: shreds a new demon wing guitar

MC Guitars™
The Joe Stump Signature Demonwing™ Guitar

MC Guitars™ introduces the Joe Stump Signature Demonwing™ Guitar. The perfect combination of the traditional three single coil pickup, alder wood body, bolt on neck layout with a new radical body shape built for those guitarists ready to shred! MC Guitars™ worked closely with world renown and critically acclaimed shredmaster Joe Stump to create the most hellacious looking guitar fusing an impressive new design with all the traditional features of a Stratocaster™. Guitar aficionados often compare Joe Stump’s style to the legendary Ritchie Blackmore.

The Signature Demonwing™ was build to Joe’s own specs while borrowing some unique features from the ‘Black Knight’s’ own Strat™. Master guitar technician and electronics wizard at MC Guitars™, John ‘Dawk’ Stillwell worked with Blackmore at his height and was responsible for the secret master tone circuit that he installed on all of Blackmore’s Strats™, which helped create the Dark Knight’s sound.

The Joe Stump Demonwing™ comes fitted with Dawk’s custom master tone circuit, a set of DiMarzio™ single coil pickups and is custom wired by Dawk Stillwell himself. The Signature Demonwing™ comes standard with a scalloped rosewood fingerboard like Joe’s stage guitar.

The scalloped fingerboard is created by Dawk with specs taken from Blackmore’s actual 1972 Strat™ neck, the very same neck that Dawk owns to this day. Available in standard Jet Black, Blood Red, and Olympic White. The Joe Stump Signature Demonwing™ is a limited edition guitar hand signed and numbered by Joe Stump and comes with a matching numbered certificate and a special HolyHell promo pack signed by Joe Stump.

The Signature Demonwing™ ships with a specially designed deluxe plush lined ATA flight case. All MC Guitars™ are handmade in the USA.

Retail Price $3,495.- USD

Features on the Joe Stump Signature Demonwing™ Guitar

- Bolt on neck construction 25.5 inch scale length
- Alder body and maple ‘72 Strat™ ‘U’ shape neck
- Rosewood dot inlay fingerboard w/ 7.25” radius
- 22 Dunlop 6000 frets / Graphtech – graphite nut
- Neck width 1.650” at the nut
- DiMarzio™ YJM pickups in the neck
- DiMarzio™ Virtual Vintage in the middle / HS3 in lead
- Single volume and two tone with 5-way toggle switch
- Wiring using John ‘Dawk’ Stillwell’s Blackmore master tone circuit
- All black chrome hardware
- Wilkinson vintage tremolo w/ stainless steel block
- Sperzel locking tuners
- High gloss lacquer finish on body and headstock
Product features, specifications and prices are subject to change with out notice.

Demonwing™ is a trademark of the MC Guitars.

MC Guitars™ is a registered trademark of Magic Circle Music.

Fender™, Floyd Rose™, Strat™, Stratocaster™ are registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corp.

Gibson™ is a registered trademark of Gibson Musical Instruments.

Wilkinson™ is a registered trademark of Gotoh.

Kahler™ is a registered trademark of Kahler International.

DiMarzio™ is a registered trademark of DiMarzio, Inc.

Seymour Duncan™ is a registered trademark of Seymour Duncan.

Each MC Guitar has to be handcrafted by our experienced team of professionals. You should expect to receive your guitar in about 6 months. A more accurate estimate will be provided to you once your order is placed. Please remember that your guitar is being built JUST FOR YOU!

Alex Laiho, George Lynch: guitar centre interview

At Guitar Center: Laiho & Lynch, Standing Out

At Guitar Center: Laiho & Lynch, Guitar Heros

At Guitar Center: Laiho & Lynch, Gear and Tone

News: review of the guitar idol finalists

In my opinion, this is some of the the best guitar music I have come across in the last few years, and to all the contestants I wish you all the best, you have all reached the top of your game and deserve all the praise and glory that is out there for your fine contributions and excellent mastery of this most excellent instrument...you are all winners in my view.

To the rest of the contestants who didn`t make it to the final round of 12, all I can say is keep playing those guitars, you all have so much to offer the world of music : Dragianni, Marc Playle, Ivan Zecic, Jimmy Oliveira, Song Chitipat who is only 13 years old, Lucky Singh, man you guys rock !!. You have all provided me with some of the best music in recent years, never stop playing that axe, you are all masters of your instrument.

To the organisers, what an awesome job you have done, please never stop doing this !! It is what the music world needs, real musicians playing real instruments, with so much personality and enthusiasm. This is the core of music, it doesn`t get better than this.!!
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Marcos De Ros: jamming on steve vai...

Marcos De Ros jamming on a Steve Vai song!

Jon Bloomer: infernal name that riff...Aaaaaaaaaghh

Completely went past me this one...
Time for another round of Name That Riff, check GuitarNoize.com for tabs and entry form http://bit.ly/w6acA. Remember to check the other Riffs in Round 1 as the person with the most correct answer wins a prize.

Name That Riff - Round 1 Riff 3

News: ishred for the iphone

Thanks to Gavin for this one:
http://frontierdesign.com/iShred Cranking through a bunch of songs and sounds with the new iShred electric guitar for iPhone. Be sure to watch in high quality to see details of the effects. Visit our website for a complete overview of the features and demos of each effect.

iShred Rocks the iPhone!

even more video

News: firefox king of the browers for shred fans

Firefox king of the hill on Truth In Shredding, Google Chrome overtakes Opera... PS3 gets a look in... (Shred Junior me thinks!)... I must admit I use Firefox for development, but Google Chrome for day to day.

1. Firefox 10,350 44.17%
2. Internet Explorer 8,611 36.75%
3. Safari 2,669 11.39%
4. Chrome 924 3.94%
5. Opera 677 2.89%
6. Mozilla 65 0.28%
7. Mozilla Compatible Agent 52 0.22%
8. Opera Mini27 0.12%
9. Camino 16 0.07%
10. Playstation 3 12 0.05%

Will this figures change now that Google Chrome is coming to the Mac?

IE 8 Issue highlighted - very few visits from users browsing with IE8

1. 7.0 6,202 72.02%
2. 6.0 2,068 24.02%
3. 8.0 338 3.93%
4. 5.5 3 0.03%

Muhammed Suicmez: Ibanez Xiphos reviews


www.ProGuitarShop.com - The Ibanez Xiphos XPT700XH has an extreme look and an even more extreme tone. 27 frets, ripping-fast Wizard II neck and Dimarzio pickups are just a few of its shred-friendly features. The Ibanez Xiphos XPT700XH makes guitar gods of mere mortals.

Ibanez Xiphos

Xiphos 27 Fret