Thursday, 5 November 2009

Yngwie Malmsteen: AWOL?

Git Buddy says:
Yngwie AWOL from DiMarzio site… hmm…
I’m the proud owner of an Yngwie Malmsteen Signature guitar cable, plus some other normal DiMarzio cables. I love them. I like the cloth braid instead of some nasty rubbber. Yes – I’m shallow – I’ll buy virtually anything with Yngwie’s name on it except the dumb DOD overdrive which I bet he doesn’t even use. Anyway, being a fan of DiMarzio cables I went to the site to see what they had that I could get to connect some stuff to my Boogie’s effect loop.
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Dan Huff: Giant back in the saddle!

Brilliant news... I saw Giant the first time around... Dan Huff is an all round nice guy, great singer... and one helluva guitar player!

Frontiers Records has announced the return of US-based rockers GIANT, for the release of a brand new album in early 2010.


Giant’s debut album is still regarded nowadays as one of the highest points in melodic hard rock of the end of the eighties melting diverse influences such as VAN HALEN, JOURNEY and U2 to create an instantly recognizable sound. After countless tours and live performances in the US and Europe, the band recorded the follow up album Time to Burn in 1991. Slightly more aggressive than it's predecessor, but still magnificent in the production and songwriting departments. this album is also regarded as a main source of influence for many melodic and hard rock bands nowadays.

Soon after the release of Time To Burn, Alan Pasqua decided to quit the band and went back to session work. The band toured once again Europe and US without him, but soon after disbanded. Dann Huff then became one of the most respected producers of our era, working in the rock, pop and country music with countless artists including SHANIA TWAIN, MEGADETH, FAITH HILL and several others. His brother David also started to become more and more involved in the production business and thanks to a mutual friend he was introduced in 1999 to Frontiers Records managers Serafino Perugino and Mario de Riso. This eventually brought to a meeting in Chicago were the label proposed David to bring back the name and the music of such a great band. The III album was released in 2001 with major acclaim in the classic and melodic hard rock community.

However Dann’s busy schedule along with the other members’ commitments, made the reunion impossible to carry on. However the vision of bringing back Giant as a living band unit with a recording and touring line-up and with of course the possibility to carry on the enormous legacy of the music produced so far with the same quality was raised a few times in conversations between David Huff and Frontiers.


David Huff comments: “Yes, we have decided to move forward. But we’re not trying to replace Dann, because that could never be done. We have picked up where we left off and have added a great new flavor. We will always stay close to the original core of what Giant was: a melodic arena rock band based around guitar riffs. We will stay with the same principle of vocals too--great harmonies and melodies. Terry's vocal style is very complimentary to Giant’s core sound--he has tremendous feel (soul) and range along with power. John's guitar playing is very powerful too."

The band has completed the songwriting and according to David: “It feels good to be working on Giant again! In early April we had an incredible week with the new Giant lineup, we have some great new songs and we are working also on some ideas that have been taking dust on the shelf for years. Dann was part of our meeting and has co-written several songs which no doubt have his guitar flavors all over them. He was also very excited and he has agreed to appear in the album playing guitar on two songs”.

It is now possible to hear a sample from the first single, 'Promised Land', here, which will also be the title track of the forthcoming album, that will exclusively appear on the Rock The Bones Vol. 7 sampler that will be on sale from November 7th.

More song titles include: 'Our Love', 'Complicated Man', 'Two Worlds', 'Plenty Of Love', 'I’ll Wait For You' and more.
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David Gilmour: rare unicorn set for release

PINK FLOYD fanatics rejoice with the first time release of two rare DAVID GILMOUR produced albums by UK country rock band UNICORN.

The CDs, Blue Pine Trees and Too Many Crooks, will be released by premier reissue label Renaissance Records in conjunction with on November 11th.

When you think of country rock, band's like FIREFALL, PURE PRAIRE LEAGUE, POCO, FLYING BURRITO BROS. probably come to mind first, but
one band that could well be called the godfathers of the genre actually came from England. The meeting between Unicorn and Pink Floyd's renown guitarist is a curious one.

Early in 1973 Unicorn played at the wedding reception for Transatlantic publicist Ricky Hopper. One of the guests was David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, who at the end of the evening got up and jammed with Unicorn on NEIL YOUNG's 'Heart of Gold'.

Afterwards, Gilmour told the band that he really liked country rock. A week later the Pink Floyd guitarist phoned the band to say that he had just installed a studio at his country retreat and asked if they wanted to demo some songs there. The band immediately accepted.

A few days later they travelled up to Essex to Gilmour's estate. He showed them into the studio and said there was no need to bring any of their gear in from the van. Hanging on the walls was his collection of vintage Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker and Martin guitars and underneath them Fender amplifiers and a Premier drum kit. They recorded three songs and Dave added some Fender Pedal Steel Guitar which he had just brought on his last American tour and was learning to play. They were invited back on several occasions to record.

"Unicorn were playing at the wedding reception of an old friend of mine, Rick Hopper," related David Gilmour, "when I first saw them and while I was impressed by their vocal harmonies, their tightness and the fact that it was the drummer that sang the lead vocals, it was the songs themselves that I liked the best. Ken Baker's songs, while firmly seated in the American country rock genre had a very original and unusual wry English feel in the stories he told. The one that really made me notice was 'Sleep Song', about a trip to the dentist. Not a common subject for the popular song. Largely on the strength of this I invited them to my tiny home studio in Essex to record some demos. This was the start of an association that was to cover two and a half albums over the next couple of years."

Things started to happen from then on when Gilmour offered to put up the money to record an album of Unicorn songs. Unicorn soon signed with Pink Floyds manager Steve O'Rourke's EMKA organization, and Ricky Hopper who had introduced them to Dave became their tour manager. Ricky would later discover Kate Bush, then called Kathy Bush. Pete and Pat from Unicorn played on her first demo recordings at Gilmour's studio. Unicorn's first album was recorded in Olympic Studios in Barnes in London. David Gilmour was producing, by his own admission, for the first time. The performances would wind up as the album Blue Pine Trees and parts of the second album Too Many Crooks. The album was mixed at George Martin's Air Studios in London. The engineer was John Middleton and the tape operators were the sons of Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. Steve O'Rourke took about a week to secure a deal with Charisma Records in the UK, with Capitol Records in the US and EMI International for the rest of the world.

In November 1974 Unicorn set off on their first US tour. At the time Capitol records tour manager, Alan Fry, told them that Blue Pine Trees was number one in the FM action charts (a chart based on the frequency of FM airplay). The first night Unicorn performed at the Whiskey a Go Go on Sunset Strip, where they played in front of what seemed to be the entire Capitol Records staff. Unicorn was the headline band that night and was supported by, a then little known, PATTI SMITH. On that first tour the band supported bands like FLEETWOOD MAC, MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, CLIMAX BLUES BAND, BILLY JOEL, LINDA RONSTADT and DOOBIE BROTHERS.

At the end of their first US tour Unicorn flew home via New York to return to play at the Marquee club in London with the SUTHERLAND BROTHERS and QUIVER with David Gilmour sitting in. The following year, 1975, was mainly spent recording the second album Too Many Crooks (released in America as Unicorn 2). It was recorded in Air Studios at Oxford Circus with some additional tracks at Olympic at Barnes. This album included some of Unicorn's best studio performances. The most notable song was 'No Way Out of Here'. which was later recorded by Dave Gilmour for his first solo album. His version was the most played album track in the US for several weeks.

"Listening to the best of their output from before, during and after my own involvement with the band," says Gilmour, "has reminded me of the many great songs and great moments in the studio that we shared all those years ago. It's been a long time coming, but it has been worth the wait."

Unicorn - Blue Pine Trees, Too Many Crooks'(prod. by David Gilmour), will be available from Amazon, iTunes and your local retailer on November 10th.

Gary Hoey: an infeasibly few days left until Christmas!

Gary Hoey's Christmas tour dates:

20 - Detroit, MI - Blondies
21 - Schaumburg, IL - City Limits
22 - Milwaukee, WI - Vnuks
27 - Des Moines, IA - Prairie Meadows Casino
29 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads

2 - Council Bluffs, IA - Whiskey Roadhouse At Harrah’s
3 - Maryland Heights, MO - Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge
5 - Manchester, NH - Rock 101 Christmas Show
8 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater
11 - Arcadia, CA - Arcadia Blues Club
12 - Riverside, CA - Voodoo Lounge
15 - Exeter, CA - Orange Blossom Junction
16 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
17 - Bakersfield, CA - Fishlips
19 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House

The Ho! Ho! Hoey is more than a Christmas Tour – Hoey has been raising funds for many charities along the way of his holiday travels.

Hoey has released his Christmas CD, Ho! Ho! Hoey! - The Complete Collection. Order the CD through Amazon, link below.

The album features the following tracklisting:

'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree'
'Jingle Bell Rock'
'First Noel'
'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'
'Jingle Bells'
'Little Drummer Boy'
'Twelve Days of Christmas'
'My Favorite Things'
'O Come All Ye Faithful'
'Blue Christmas'
'Christmas Song'
''Twas the Night Before Christmas'
'Silent Night'
'Deck the Halls'
'Silver Bells'
'Joy to the World'
'Ave Maria'
'We Wish You a Merry Christmas'

'Frosty the Snowman'
'Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!'
'Winter Wonderland'
'Carol of the Bells'
'You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch'
'Away in a Manger'
'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus'
'Feliz Navidad'
'White Christmas'
'God Rest'
'I'll Be Home for Christmas'
'Happy Xmas'
'O Little Town of Bethlehem'
'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'
'Ho! Ho! Hoey'
'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear'
'Cookies and Egg Nog'
'Auld Lang Syne'

Chris Poland: OHM and ohmfrey dates

Get out there and check out some of the new OHM: material the guys are playing live. They are getting ready to record the new OHM: cd! This Saturday catch OHM: at ALVA'S SHOWROOM!
Also very excited to have Mike Keneally (Vai, Zappa) and Thomas Leeb ( co-billings on a few of these shows

Happy Holidays from the OHM: Family to Yours!

Steve Bauer
Rep. Chris Poland/ OHM:

11/07/2009 (8:00 PM)

Alva’s Showroom
1417 W. Eighth Street
San Pedro, California 90732
Phone: 1-800-403-3447 (for reservations and info)

11/17/2009 (9:30 PM & 11:30 pm)

The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd West
Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 818-980-1615 (for reservations and info)

11/21/2009 (2:00 PM)

Cascio Interstate Music (Chris Poland Guitar Clinic/ Performance)
13819 West National Ave
New Berlin, Wisconsin 53151
Phone: 1-800-462-2263

12/03/2009 (4:00 PM) – NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC

Musician’s Institute Hollywood (also performing - Thomas Leeb)
6752 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 1-800-255-7529

12/04/2009 (8:00 PM)

Tone Merchants (also performing - Mike Keneally with Kofi Baker’s Cream Tribute)
1521 W. Collins Ave
Orange, California 92867

Contact: or 1-866-795-6808 (for reservations and info)

12/05/2009 (6:00 PM)

Brick By Brick (also performing - Mike Keneally with Kofi Baker’s Cream Tribute)
1130 Buenos Avenue
San Diego, California 92110
Phone: 619-275-LIVE (for reservations and info)

12/09/2009 (9:30 PM & 11:30 PM)

The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd West
Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 818-980-1615

12/15/2009 (10:00 PM)

The Anarchy Library
13250 Woodruff Ave
Downey, California 90242
Phone: 562-803-9134

1/4/10 – OHMPHREY show (1:30 am – 3:30 am)(

JamCruise 2010
Aboard the MSC Poesia
Pool Deck – 13 Bow

1/2010 – TBA (Chris Poland and Robby Pagliari)

NAMM – Anaheim Convention Center
Eminence Speakers Booth Performance

Kostas Karamitroudis: gus g goes Rock House!

Gus G., founding member and driving force behind the band FIREWIND, has joined Rock House’s roster of master instructors. Gus is the guitar wunderkind who recently can be seen performing live with the prince of darkness himself, OZZY OSBOURNE.

“Gus plays with a great sense of melody and when he combines his technical chops and tone, out comes mind blowing riffs,” said Joe Palombo, Executive Director of Rock House. “More than just a shredder, Gus really plays with tremendous amounts of feel. His work with Firewind and DREAM EVIL show his has incredible writing abilities and versatility.”

With production slated to begin in November 2009, details of the programs are still being finalized with Gus; but you can bet that Rock House will take an in-depth look at his technique, how he constructs his leads, how he writes melodies and harmonies, and much more. This new Rock House product featuring Gus G. is scheduled for release in May 2010. Stay tuned to for more details.

Gus’ Rock House instructional product will be available at MI retailers around the world for $24.99. All Rock House instructional products are distributed through Hal Leonard Corp. 1-800-554-0626. Each on of Gus’ DVDs will come with a free tab lesson booklet, iPod ready video and membership to Rock House’s lesson support site at This feature, exclusive to Rock House and its partners, offers students supplementary support for the lessons featured on the DVDs.

Rock House has developed an accelerated yet easy-to-use system of learning that utilizes the functionality of DVD and Print, integrated with the accessibility of the Internet. Aspiring musicians who have a product produced by Rock House receive free membership to for 24-7 lesson support. Students use this fully interactive site along with their product to enhance their learning experience, expand their knowledge, link with instructors, and connect with a community of people around the world who are learning to play music using The Rock House Method.
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Reece Fullwood: Eumeria down one bass player

EUMERIA, the brainchild of former OUTWORLD keyboardist Bobby Williamson, is recording its debut album at Origin Sound in Spring, Texas with producer Craig Douglas (HELSTAR, NECROFAITH, LYCOPHILE). Williamson says, "Due to an unfortunate injury to EUMERIA bassist Shawn Kascak's hand, the band has chosen Derek Blakley (HAJI'S KITCHEN, THOUGHT CHAMBER) to fill in on bass to help finish up the EUMERIA recordings.

"We wanted to wait and see if Shawn's hand would heal fast enough to continue the tracking. However, we felt it wasn't worth the risk of causing more long term issues for him and important to move forward with the production of the album.

"Derek and I were both bandmates in THOUGHT CHAMBER's debut, 'Angular Perceptions', which was released on InsideOut/SPV in 2007. If you listen to that album, you'll realize Derek is quite a beast on the bass.

"Shawn was able to squeeze out two songs bass, so he will indeed be on the album.

"We wish Shawn a speedy recovery, and are confident he'll be with us on the Triton Power Cruise show coming up at the end of April as we'll be a support act for EVERGREY.

"Aside from that, the album is almost finished and we'll be showing it to labels very soon."
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Greg Howe: new CD more details

Ha Ha Yeaha! This from Chris Johnston about Greg Howe:
I thought you knew!

well i got it straight from the man himself........10 new tracks guitar, bass, drums and vocals.........and a completely different vibe.....sounded more pop influenced and John Mayerish, but probably still funky knowing Greg.........he said he was really experimenting with some different tones and was blown away by how good it sounded and came together.......
more news to follow...

Tom Quayle: tq105 going through changes... pop that kettle on!

I was listening to Tom Quayle's demo in the car today... but not knowing it was Tom... I looked down saw the name... and thought... wow this guy really is a top fusion player... This guy has licks and musicality to die for... Enjoy!

Tom Quayle says:
Here's an off the cuff improvisation over the following changes in 3/4 using my Suhr Custom Standard.

Ebmaj7, Db7sus4, F#maj7, B7sus4, Cmaj7, Ebmaj7#11, Bbmaj7, Ab13.

The backing track was done in Logic using Spectrasonics Trillian and Stylus RMX plugins.

Hope you enjoy - I'm trying to be as lyrical as possible and rhythmically interesting here.

To have lessons with me go to

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Changes Improvisation

Vincenzo Grieco,Valerio Mignogna: acoustic jam live 2!

Valerio Mignogna & Vincenzo Grieco Acoustic Guitars Duo - Trailer booklet Dvd+Cd (short version)

Renat Bikchurin: fireworks in the fingers tapping maestro!

This is an old video... but just incredible playing, like an upright bass... but on steroids!

bwv 847

News: Virgin Media broadband woes the return

More lumpy connection than you can shake a stick at... fancy broadband at ultra low speeds that drops off at the drop of a hat? Well Virgin Media can deliver this service for you all for the price of a 20Mb connection! Also have the joy of sitting on a phone line for hours on end with interminable pop pap music in your ear... only for it to ring off after 30 minutes... that was twice last night... before I quit! Just on my first phone session... better see if I can post this before I drop off the net again?!?!?

Jeff Kollm​an: bombastic meatbats new skin beater

November 5, 2009 - L.A. all-stars CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (COSMOSQUAD, GLENN HUGHES), bassist Kevin Chown (UNCLE CRACKER, TED NUGENT), and keyboardist Ed Roth (GLENN HUGHES, RONNIE MONTROSE), have tapped Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) to take over drum duties from Chad Smith for their exclusive appearance at the Gakki Fair in Yokohama, Japan on November 7.

The MEATBATS recently concluded a successful tour of Japan with special guest Kenny Aronoff (JOHN FOGERTY, IOMMI) on drums filling in for co-founder Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, CHICKENFOOT). Several band shots and Tokyo live footage of 'Pig Feet' with Aronoff can be viewed at this location; rehearsal footage of 'Bread Balls' has been posted

Bombastic Meatbats JAPAN Tour 2009 Rehearsal with Kenny Aronoff

CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS' debut album, 'Meet The Meatbats', was released on September 15 via Warrior Records/Universal in North America and October 12 through Edel/earMUSIC in Europe.

For more info visit:

Milan Polak: Strings On Fire... yeaha literally!!!

Ha HA YEAHA! Milan Polak turns up the heat in this buzz saw demo for the "Strings On Fire" contest... remember to subscribe to Milan's youtube channel for lots of cool shredding tips

My quickly recorded entry. It's started to become friggin' cold over here but I still wanted to give it a go...
Check out my channel and subscribe for free lessons, licks of the day and cool competitions!
Milan Polak's albums are available on iTunes, amazon, CDBaby & guitar9. For further order links please visit

"Strings On Fire" Contest - Milan Polak (one of Guitar World's 50 fastest guitarists)

Jan Laurenz: Milan's TRex monster competition

A really nice super fluid solo from Jan Laurenz for Milan's competition... ENJOY!

Jan Laurenz entry for Milan Polak T-rex monster pedal competition

John Petrucci: who's hot!

WHO'S HOT: John Petrucci - Sonic PrecisionWEBXTRA
Within the first minutes of “In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 1,” from Dream Theater’s Systematic Chaos (Roadrunner), John Petrucci fans get a mother lode of everything they love about the 40-year-old guitar wiz: immaculate precision, liquid tone, unbelievable speed, and a merciless attention to detail that can burn the skin right off your face.

Kostas Karamitroudis: guitar xtra style file

STYLE FILE: Gus G - On Fire
When running down the names of the world’s best guitarists, Gus G. will usually make the list. And with his unmistakable tone and incredible chops, it’s no wonder anyone can immediately pick out his playing from the rest of the pack.

Oz Noy: guitar xtra interview

By his teens, the Israeli-born Noy had already internalized the styles of guitar legends Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. By the age of 24, he had firmly established himself as an accomplished session player in his home country.

Since his arrival in New York in 1996, Noy has performed, toured and recorded with the likes of Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Phoebe Snow, and Gavin Degraw, among others

Steve Vai: new york signing

Steve Vai has scheduled a New York City signing session where he will be autographing guitars and copies of the Blu-ray, DVD and CD versions of his latest musical accomplishment, "Where The Wild Things Are."

Meet Steve on Sunday, November 29th at 9:30 PM at Borders located at 2 Penn Plaza in Manhattan. To find out more information about this event, please call Borders at: 212-244-1814.

Before his signing session, Vai wil also be playing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden prior to the Knicks game.
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Carl Verheyen: guitar player daily interview

Carl Verheyen:
The idea first began to develop when a lot of my fans had heard me play that tune “Taxman” live, and they told me I should record that song. I started to think that if I recorded that song it’d be great to have the soloists trade eight-bar sections, instead of the normal two-hundred bar solos from each guy. Each soloist could kick the other guys butt a little bit and really ramp things up.
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Richie Kotzen: remember Roma 22-11-2009

Richie Kotzen - Remember - Roma 22 11 09 - XRoads

Xaxa Portilho: Milan's TRex monster competition

My "T-Rex" 's entry.

I like to play this bend: 0:12

A "3 and half" bend (MI to SI).

Sorry for the light ambience... not too good... and i tried to add "filters/video effects"... but it's still not too good.

"T-Rex Competition" - Xaxá Portilho

Jean-Dominique Leonell: Milan's TRex monster competition

JeanDo says:
I really enjoyed the backing track,thanks a lot Milan!

Solo on a Milan Polak Bt.