Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Taiga Motoyoshi,Mikio Fujioka: giant steps

in Pocotan(Yotsuya) Taiga Motoyoshi(L-g) Mikio Fujioka(R-g) Ryouji Orihara(b)
Gaku Hasegawa(d)

Giant Steps / Taiga Motoyoshi 2009.1.17

Rob Chappers: the portrate of an artist as a young man... almost

Rob Chappers:
Hooker was my first real band, we formed in 2002 and in 2005 just before we split up we cut an album (Sold) and a video of the recording was shot... It captured the moment really well, thought I'd share it with you ;-)

All music was written and is owned by Rob Chapman of Monkey Lord. I will be re-releasing the first tune River Thief soon as an acoustic track. The amp in the video that I am using is a Mesa Boogie Studio .22 that my manager Steve gave me..awesome little amp.

Sorry about the low quality.. It's all I have!

Hooker - Vintage Chappers from 2005

Ruggero Robin: gandria gigs

Join us for the first in a series of events. Gandria Jazz Soirées features modern music in the intimate setting of the historic village. “O’live” combines the experience of livemusic with international artists and a local tradition that has been revitalized with the planting of new olive groves.

The Gandria Jazz Soirée is at no charge, but donations are welcome to setting up future events. Parking near the village center is limited. Public transportation by boat or bus, or a scenic walk along the Sentiero di Gandria (40min.) are attractive alternatives. www.viva-gandria.ch
Price: Gratuitamente, Free
Date: Saturday, 12 September 2009
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Location: Chiesa di San Vigilio a Gandria
Town/City: Gandria, Switzerland

News: the guitar swing awards!

Thanks to Ed DeGenaro for the inspiration!

The Vindicators - Guitar Disaster!

Guitar Swing Gone Wrong


and how the professionals do it

Alexi Laiho Mess Up

and when it goes right:

My Signature Guitar Flip

Ron Thal, George Bellas, Kiko Loureiro: on let there be rock radio!

Let there be Rock banner 2 (small 200 x 226)

1 - Steel Panther - Turn out the lights (Feel the steel)

2 - Freakshow - You who wins (Freakshow)

3 - Slayer - Hate worldwide (World painted blood)

4 - Lynch Mob - We will remains (Smoke and mirrors)

Favorite top 3 songs of Mike Matijevic (own performance)

5 - Mike Matijevic - We all die young

6 - SteelHeart - I never let you go (angel eyes)

7 - SteelHeart - Good 2 be alive (heavy version)

8 - Cirrha Niva - The fooling (For moments never done)

9 - Mr. Big - Green tinted sixties mind (Back to Budokan)

10 - Europe - Mojito Girl (Last look at Eden)

11 - Status Minor - Machine (Dialog)

12 - AOR - Waiting in the darkness (Journey to LA)

13 - Spoil Engine - Antimatter (Antimatter)

14 - Sonata Arctica - Flag in the ground (The days of grays)

15 - Delain - Invidia (April Rain)

Favorite top 3 songs of Mike Matijevic of all time

16 - Led Zeppelin - Black Dog

17 - Pink Floyd - Comfortably numb

18 - Led Zeppelin - Stairway to heaven

19 - Bumblefoot - Piranha (Abnormal)

20 - Cirrha Niva - Golan Heigths (For moments never done)

21 - Rammstein - Liebe is fur alle da (Freud & Leid)

22 - Stream of Passion - The art of loss (The flame within)

Next on Let there be Rock:

- September 15: Special Guest is Bumblefoot (Guns 'n Roses) who presents his favorite tracks!

- September 29: Special Guest is George Bellas who presents his favorite tracks!

- October 13: Special Guest is Kiko Loureiro (Angra) who presents his favorite tracks!

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Timo Kaarkoski: temple of sin free cd to download

YJM-Strat. One of my favourites

Timo Kaarkoski:
Im a professional guitarplayer from Helsinki, Finland, currently living in São Paulo, Brasil. Im currently playing with Brasilian band "Temple of Sin" and always interested in professional freelance work, both studio and touring. We have a new cd ready, which should be out within the next few months. All keyboards on forthcoming cd of Temple of Sin were recorded by Joost Van den Broek, who kindly composed and recorded the keyboard parts for us, even he was busy with After Forever. Also Mr Cede Dupont from Symphorce, kindly participated in studio version of OHM. www.templeofsin.com.br www.myspace.com/templeofsin First ever video from Temple of Sin:

Temple of Sin - Knockout

Timo Kaarkoski says:
Hi there. Yes, feel free to download. We dont have any record label telling us how to live our lives, so we could allow people to freely download the cd. If we would sell it, we could easily sell 10 000 copies, but i prefer to let people hear it for free and have 100 000 people listen to it. We are already working on the next cd, which should be out by january. Sometimes too many people try to download at the same time, so it's possible that it's not always available, but in that case, just try again later. And if there's still problems, do tell and i'll send the songs to you as mp3 by e-mail.

Download the album: http://rs738.rapidshare.com/files/213936075/Temple_of_Sin_-_OHM_2008.rar

Rik Emmett: tour dates

Upcoming Concerts:

26 - Montreal, Quebec - Espace Dell' Arte

10 - Jacksonville, Florida - Jacoby Symphony Hall (The Music of Eric Clapton)
16 - Hamilton, Ontario - Studio Theatre at Hamilton Place (autism benefit)
23 - Cleveland, Ohio - Winchester Tavern (Troubs show)
24 - Palatine, Illinois - Durty Nellie's (Troubs show)
29 - Niagara Falls, New York - Bear's Den, Seneca Niagara Casino
30 - Georgetown, Ontario - John Elliott Theatre

3 - Oshawa, Ontario - Little Theatre (Christmas variety show with Sam Reid)
6 - Amagansett, New York - The Stephen Talkhouse (Troubs show)
7 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Tin Angel (Troubs show)
8 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Tin Angel (Troubs show)
20 - Dallas, Texas - Poor David's Pub (Troubs show)

4 - Cambridge, Massachusetts - Club Passim (Troubs show)
5 - Northampton, Massachusetts - Iron Horse Music Hall (Troubs show)
6 - Annapolis, Maryland - Rams Head Onstage (Troubs show)

Reb Beach: winger new album and Europe tour dates!

from bravewords: Frontiers Records proudly announces the release of WINGER’s fifth studio album, entitled Karma, on October 16th in Europe and October 27th in North America.

Winger reunited after more than a decade in 2006 for the release of the successful come back album entitled IV, a record that pushed forward the boundaries of Winger classic sound to new heights. Dealing with the concept of the military life and what it was like to be a soldier, from a soldier’s perspective, leaving politics at the door.

“After Winger IV we toured the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan during which made a live record” says Kip Winger. “When the chance came up to do a new Winger record, I envisioned a upbeat totally rocking record that was a cross between the 1st Winger album and Pull. So Reb and I sat down and wrote all the music in a month or so. I worked for 6 months to finish it in the classic Winger style."

The result is an amazing new record where the four band members: Kip Winger (bass and vocals), Reb Beach (guitars now also in WHITESNAKE), Rod Morgenstein and John Roth shine with an incredible instrumental and vocal prowess at the service of superb hard rock songs but with an uncanny sense of melody.

The title itself, Karma, represents Winger completing its full musical circle as Kip Winger explains, “We were discussing the very interesting path the band has had and we have all been through so much together. So we went for “Karma” as this is a word that truly sums up the experience of being in the band."

Winger's debut album in 1988 on Atlantic achieved platinum status in the United States, and gold in Japan and Canada sporting such hits as 'Madalaine', 'Seventeen' and 'Headed For A Heartbreak'. In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for "Best New Heavy Metal Band". Shortly after, Winger released its second album, In The Heart Of The Young, which went platinum in the US and gold in Japan. The album included Winger's biggest hit, 'Miles Away', which topped at #12 of Billboard charts in the USA. Their third and last studio album, Pull, was recorded in 1992/93 as a three-piece band, following the original keyboard / guitar player Paul Taylor's departure. Produced by Mike Shipley, on the following tour John Roth was called in to replace Paul Taylor.

“Usually Winger fans don’t "expect" anything because they know we do what we feel like doing artistically”, explains Kip. “It is not a commercially driven band. I can say that the songs are very upbeat”.

Reb Beach adds: “It's a very up-tempo riff driven rocking record. It has the elements of vintage Winger from ‘89 but has the blood, sweat and tears of years 20 years of writing, recording and touring!”

Karma will be released with the first pressing in limited digipak edition and includes the following songs: 'Deal With The Devil', 'Stone Cold Killer', 'Big World Away', 'Come A Little Closer', 'Pull Me Under', 'Supernova', 'Always Within Me', 'Feeding Frenzy', 'After All This Time', 'Witness', 'First Ending' (Bonus Track).

Also included there will be an Electronic Press Kit, with footage filmed in the studio during the recording sessions, that is playable on all computers as an interactive bonus.

Winger also announced their forthcoming European tour in support to the new album’s release

20 - Roma, Italy - Crossroads
21 - Pinarella di Cervia (RA), Italy - Rock Planet
22 - Pavia, Italy - Thunder Road
24 - Paris, France - Maroquinerie
25 - Verviers, Belgium - Spirit of '66
26 - Weert, Holland - Bosuil
27 - Moscow, Russia - Plan B
28 - Ufa, Russia - Rock Club
30 - Ioannina, Greece - Venue TBA

1 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin (TBC)
3 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Venue TBA
4 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
6 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
7 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit/tbc
8 - Wien, Austria - Venue TBC
9 - Budapest, Hungary - A38
11 - Worblaufen, Switzerland - Tibis
12 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo y Compas

More dates will follow in 2010 in Europe, North America and elsewhere.

Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan: frontier to release Mr Big bumper package

Frontiers Records will release MR. BIG's reunion live CD and DVD, entitled "Back To Budokan", on October 16 in Europe and October 27 in the USA. The set features footage of the band's June 20, 2009 performance at Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. sound samples

"Back to Budokan" CD will include:


01. Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
02. Take Cover
03. Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
04. Alive and Kickin'
05. Next Time Around
06. Hold Your Head Up
07. Just Take My Heart
08. Temperamental
09. It's For You - Mars
10. Pat Torpey Drum Solo
11. Price You Gotta Pay
12. Stay Together
13. Wild World
14. Goin' Where The Wind Blows
15. Take A Walk


01. Paul Gilbert Guitar Solo
02. Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan Duo
03. Double Human Capo
04. The Whole World's Gonna Know
05. Promise Her The Moon
06. Rock & Roll Over
07. Billy Sheehan Bass Solo
08. Addicted To That Rush
09. To Be With You
10. Colorado Bulldog
11. Smoke On The Water
12. I Love You Japan
13. Baba O'Riley
14. Shyboy
15. Next Time Around *
16. Hold Your Head Up *
17. To Be With You **

* New studio tracks
** Exclusive bonus track - acoustic version

The 2-DVD set will include:

Disc 1 (121 minutes):

Live at Budokan, Tokyo June 20, 2009

01. Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
02. Take Cover
03. Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
04. Alive and Kickin'
05. Next Time Around
06. Hold Your Head Up
07. Just Take My Heart
08. Temperamental
09. It's For You - Mars
10. Pat Torpey Drum Solo
11. Price You Gotta Pay
12. Stay Together
13. Wild World
14. Goin' Where The Wind Blows
15. Take a Walk
16. Paul Gilbert Guitar Solo
17. Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan Duo
18. Double Human Capo
19. The Whole World's Gonna Know
20. Promise Her The Moon
21. Rock & Roll Over
22. Billy Sheehan Bass Solo
23. Addicted To That Rush

Disc 2 (51 minutes):


01. To Be With You
02. Colorado Bulldog
03. Smoke On The Water
04. I Love You Japan
05. Baba O'Riley
06. Shyboy

Bonus footage:

* Next Time Around (videoclip)

Bonus live footage:

* Acoustic Live at Hard Rock Café Tokyo - February 2009

John Norum: new europe video in progress

Europe - Making The Video 'New Love in Town' from Gothenburg Metal TV on Vimeo.

Steve Morse: spanish clinic dates

Spotted by Alex at desafinados: Steve Morse will offer two clinics taking advantage of the imminent arrival of the band Deep Purple to Spain to give two concerts, one in Madrid and one in Barcelona.
Organizers of the clinics are Suprovox and ENGL. In these events the guitar maestro Steve Morse shows his style and technique in addition to their team (ENGL Steve Morse Signature 100 E-656), signing autographs and apparently the odd surprise.

The dates and locations of clinics are:

September 14 Rock & Classics. C / Sepulveda 138, Barcelona (16:00).
September 15, Monster Guitars. Av Camilo Jose Cela 5, Madrid.

George Lynch: two interviews for the price of one!

George Lynch :
It does, yeah. I'm going on 55. And I still wanna be sexy when I'm out there and have the energy to do all these things I want to do. Build guitars, do artwork, do the dojo. Keep three bands going on at the same time...the travel. I work with alot of other musicians writing songs for them. So yeah, it takes alot of time and energy. Plus in my free time I hit the road on my motorcycle and hike, so if I don't get my gym time, I'm lacking in reserves. And you know, you gotta look good. You're in the entertainment business after all.
full mamas fallen angels interview

George Lynch:
I actually just came from a photo shoot earlier today and part of the photo shoot was capturing some of these creations I've been building. Yeah I have my own shop and spray booth at ESP, and I customize my signature ESP's and we also do stuff from the ground up. I surround myself with more proficient tradesman than myself, luthiers and metalworking people, and painters and stuff. I learn from them, but I do all the work myself. The last two guitars I've got on the table, I call them the Headhunters, one is a V, one is a Strat and I basically take the black sections of the tiger, I draw a different kind of tiger graphic on the body, and I want to get it back down to raw wood, and then I take a router and I just start routing between the stripes and once I get it routed out I start using Dremel tools and hand tools and I get it all just how I want it, and then I set the whole thing on fire. (laughs) I burn out all these cavities, and then I start painting on it, and then I've been collecting, I've collected thousands of bones, bones from all over the place, big ones, little ones, everything. I Go to a taxidermist actually and I learned a lot about the processes of hides and snakeskin and bones and I apply all these kinds of elements to the guitar. So I route out cavities and I create kind of a rib and vertebrae effect on the guitar. And then as far as hardware I'll stress all the hardware with different chemical processes. One process I use is I take some of the snakeskin and I wrap the hardware and sometimes the bodies in the snakeskin and bury it in a graveyard for a little while until it does this kind of... all the little animals do their thing on it and it creates this pitted, very organic effect on the surface of whatever it is that I'm treating and then I blowtorch it, acids, use different solutions to sand it and so forth to get it to look 100 years old, and rust it out and everything. Then I wind my own pickups, and then I etch different things into the pickup covers, usually the name of the guitar, so the Headhunter guitar will have "Headhunter" in a Bone font etched on to the pickup cover. And you know, create the necks to my specific dimensions, quarter sawn wide, flat maple necks. For instance this one I have on the table right now I'm putting an old '87 custom wound Seymour Duncan Distortion pickup, taking it out of one of my guitars from my I think Aerosmith tour, and I'm putting that in the guitar and then I have a couple of old, very original Floyd Rose's, the ones that he used to make in his shop, that he had built for Randy Hansen, there all high grade steel machined in his garage, got no fine tuners on them, they're very rare and they sound great, it's amazing. They're not finished very well, but that's the beauty of them, when he first started making them. Very unique, so I carve my name into them down in the pickup cavity and I name them, and all the specs are written in the neck heel. And they come with a letter of authenticity, that also looks100 years old, and I burn and soak it in tobacco juice and do all this Mexican Day of the Dead stampwork on it. Very, very cool. And then it also comes with a DVD of me making the pickups, winding the pickups and making the guitar, sometimes playing it if I play it out live. A labor of love.

full sleazeroxx interview

Simone Fiorletta: true metal interview

Richard - I think that by following your solo discography can feel the gradual maturation of taste, which led you to write pieces sliding increasingly attentive to detail. How do you feel changed as a musician over the last 5 / 6 years?

I became gradually and become increasingly sensitive in all those steps that should be taken into account to come up with a good album, as you say yourself, smoothest tracks and details well cared for. E 'is true, however, that I made my debut as a soloist at the age of 22 years ... after five years is inevitable feeling changes or improvements due also to greater personal maturity, a speech that goes far beyond that of music. As is now well know, my songs are out of my experiences from my life and it is also why at 27 years my works are more mature than at twenty, you know what I mean?

full translated interview

Thiago Trinsi: USA bound!!!!!!... or not!

The mega talented tapper Thiago Trinsi from Brazil, but based in Iceland... well it looks like he's away from Iceland and off to Berklee... This just posted by Thiago Trinsi on Facebook:
Berklee USA Here we go !!!! I cant wait for it !!!!!!
... if it's true... we here at TIS wish him the best of luck on his new adventure!

addendum: Thiago Trinsi says:
Hi guys , I just filed out the Applicationt to study at Berklee I will be studying Orchestration and Arrangment for Film Scoring /TV, as I have high and good grades for guitar andTechnology those credites will help me for the Masters in some how, I hope so !!!
I am very happy with All of it so I came here to share with you guys :)
The reason is also is because I am searching for some thing special for my compositions so Probably I can clear it up after theses courses ..Anyway , I am always Studying Experimenting , now with Berklee it can be a bit more Interesting!!!

So , soon I will came up with more news !.... PS: These courses are Online , so I still be here man!
Looks like Iceland will be the home base!

Tim Miller: Venezuela 2006

Thanks to Anthony Lipari for spotting this one

Janek Gwizdala Project Featuring Randy Brecker - venezuela 2006

Andreas Oberg: guitar universe

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Karl Bourdin: KB makes it to guitar player

Web Hordes: September 2009: buy the album

KB Guitar Project Paris, France “Twelve Ways to Warm Up Your Days”


Here’s a seven-minute collection of melodic shredding, fabulous technique, good tones, wacky samples, strange bloops and bleeps, and tons of fun. Some players get oh-so-serious about their talents, and it kind of mutes the enjoyment factor of their tracks, but KB isn’t afraid to blend killer chops and good humor.
myspace.com/kbguitarproject full post: http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/web-hordes-september/sep-09/100059

Dimitar Nalbantov: party!!!!

Playing at "Marciganica" mountain hostel. Playing with Guitar RIG Kontrol Edition with Laptop PC.

Blues Rock - Live Party

Tom Hess, Zack Uidl, Mike Philippov: at free clinic!

Free Guitar Lesson Clinic at McNeil Music Vestal NY Saturday, September 19,2009

Sydnei Carvalho, Alex Martinho: new dvd pre order

Galera, after two years of production, the DVD is ready. We are very happy with the result and I hope you all enjoy. Can now be ordered pre-sale through the site www.freenote.com.br.
While this will put some videos on our channel on the Net More info. www.doublevisiondvd.com.br

DVD Double Vision Teaser 1

Alex Berserker: infectés champignons

Alex Berserker says:
Hey Whats Up?? Alex Here,I So Freakin Love Infected Mushroom!! So As A Tribute To The Mushrooms,And To celebrate Erez "Birtday" (Yeah Birtday...7/9/09) I Recorded This One!! Added Clean Rythms,a staccato Clean guitar at 1:43,And Solos!!

HeavyWeight Appeared on the 2007 Infected Mushroom Album Vicious Delicious, 5 Out of 5!! That album Has Everything!!!


The Fender Mexican Strat
Boss GT-8
Jazz III Picks
Ableton Live 7
Sony Vegas

Alex Berserker - Heavyweight Solo (Infected Mushroom Cover)

Joe Satriani: in 8 bit

Joe Satriani: Satch Boogie (8-Bit Remix)

Joe Satriani: Surfing With The Alien (8-Bit Remix)

Joe Satriani: Summer Song (8-Bit Remix)

John Petrucci: in 8 bit!

8-Bit Remix 14 - Dream Theater - Wait For Sleep

8-Bit Remix 14 - Dream Theater - Wait For Sleep

8-bit: Pull me Under - Dream Theater

Michael Angelo Batio: new cd features Vinnie Moore,George Bellas amongst others

Michael Angelo Batio "Hands Without Shadows 2 - Voices" CD

Special guests on “HWS 2 - Voices” include Mark Tremonti - Creed, Alter Bridge, Vinnie Moore - UFO, Solo Artist, George Bellas - Solo Artist, Bill Peck - Exit the Ride, David Shankle - DSG and The MAB Forum Shredders!

“Hands Without Shadows 2 - Voices” is an all vocal CD of amazing renditions of some of Michael’s all time favorite songs and artists. The album begins with “Tribute to Dimebag.” This version is so intense and ferocious, you would think that Dime himself played the rhythm guitar tracks. Michael adds his signature lead guitar playing to every song making these renditions truly unique and all his own. Virtuoso drummer Joe Babiak performed on the entire CD as well as new comer Warren Dunlevy, Jr. on vocals. Warren is a truly great singer. When you listen to the record it is hard to imagine that just one singer sang all of the songs. Warren’s voice seems to change to sound like a completely different singer on each song. Some of his vocal highlights are “Symphony of Destruction” where you would swear that Dave Mustaine was singing, or “EVH” where Warren really captures the essence of David Lee Roth. What Michael does on the arrangements is seamlessly weave many different Artists songs into one cohesive and unified track. These are like “MAB style Mashups!” Special guests on “HWS 2 - Voices” include “Creed” and “Alter Bridge” guitarist Mark Tremonti, “UFO” guitarist Vinnie Moore, solo artist George Bellas, “Exit the Ride” guitarist Bill Peck and “DSG”guitarist David Shankle. Michael has 3 Shrapnel Records alumni on this CD. MAB, Vinnie Moore and George Bellas have all been on records released by Shrapnel and all 3 of them are featured on the song ”Symphony of Destruction!” Triple the virtuosity on one track! Michael has also added, as a bonus track, an instrumental song with solos performed by members of the MAB Forum! MAB Forum member Maxwell Carlisle wrote and recorded the track. “I feel that this is a great way to get the fans involved as well as feature new guitar talent” quotes MAB. Michael performs the ending solo on the song. A sincere thanks to Max and all of the MAB Forum members and MAB Forum “shredders” that are on the track.

Track listing in order: 1. Dial in that Frequency 2. Tribute to Dimebag 3. Clapton is God 4. Metallica Rules (featuring Mark Tremonti and Bill Peck) 5. EVH 6. Symphony of Destruction (featuring Vinnie Moore and George Bellas) 7. For Jimi: All Along the Watchtower 8. Tribute to Randy 2: You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll 9. On The Double (featuring David Shankle) 10. MAB Forum Shreddathon (featuring over a dozen MAB Forum Members) order

COMPETITION: Shred this! SLIMERS top 5

As a number of you have been doing... some gentle nudging, cryptic comments, a little IM prompting... OK I get the message... time to hurry up and get on with the short listing... well we're going as fast as we can... I'm still aiming for the end of the week for the final announcement! In the meantime my little 9 year old shredder buddy SLIMER has had his say on the top 5 list!

Slimer says:
My top five are, Bryan aspey, Ricardo Walls, Kevin Peters, Marius Pop, Damjan Pejincinoski. In that order, man what a tough decision. So Many great entries! Thanks again so much for the honor of being in the top 45. Keep Shredding Buddy!