Monday, 10 May 2010

Tymon Kruidenier: Exivious bites the dust

What a shame... a great CD and some really progress nu metal fusion will be all that remains from the demise of Exivious.

Tymon Kruidenier : "For the first time since the release of our debut album back in May of 2009, I'm afraid we have to bring some really sad news.

"After careful consideration we decided to officially pull the plug on EXIVIOUS.

"It's not a secret that this band and the album we released last year are very dear to me personally, but also to the rest of the band who put in the best their talent and creativity had to offer to create something really unique. But besides our personal experience, we feel all of you out there who supported us the past year are part of our EXIVIOUS community as well and as such you guys deserve a proper explanation of what's happening.

"We're in a situation right now where we are simply unable to give EXIVIOUS the attention and love we believe it deserves. All four of us are completely consumed by other activities and it doesn't seem like this is going to change anytime soon. So instead of slowly letting our beloved band bleed to death, we rather put it to sleep ourselves.

"In retrospect, we were completely blown away by the overwhelmingly positive response from both our listeners but also the press who reviewed our album. Never did we expect to get such a warm and enthusiastic reaction to our crazy music. With this in mind we'd like to thank all of you who supported us by picking up a copy of our album in the past year!

"As most of you know, we started things off by offering a luxurious limited edition of which we only printed a thousand copies. We're happy to announce we're sold out! The digipack version of our album is still available through our website and a select group of retailers.

"Last but not least, we'd like to end this sad message with some good news.

"For the first time in EXIVIOUS history we're offering a t-shirt in our online shop which features the artwork of our debut album! Pre-orders are available at"

A six-minute preview video for EXIVIOUS's self-titled debut album 

EXIVIOUS - album preview

"Exivious" track listing:

01. Ripple Of A Tear
02. Time And Its Changes
03. Asurim
04. All That Surrounds Pt. 1
05. Waves Of Thought
06. The Path
07. All That Surrounds Pt. 2
08. Embrace The Unknown (feat. Paul Masvidal of CYNIC)
09. An Elusive Need


Tymon (CYNIC) - Guitar
Michel Nienhuis (ex-SENGAIA) - Guitar
Robin Zielhorst (CYNIC, ex-BLUE MAN GROUP) - Bass
Stef Broks (TEXTURES) - Drums

Ivano Gruarin: modern guitar academy in Torino

Rock Guitar Academy, nuova sede a Torino

Hedras Ramos: Halo Custom Guitars' Winter NAMM booth (2010).

Hedras Ramos playing a demo on his Halo Morbus electric guitar. The song is Insanity of the Atoms. Recorded with a camera phone at Halo Custom Guitars' Winter NAMM booth (2010).

Hedras Ramos at Halo Custom Guitars NAMM Booth 2010

Yu En Euro Kim: 14... scary and dangerous!

Yu En Euro Kim is just 14 and from New Zealand... the diet of all black rugby and guitar has delivered this 14 year old with some scary and dangerous licks... enjoy!

♬★Neo Classical Guitar Solo - 14 Year old★♪

♩♪ ★ Trilogy Suite op.5 - 14 Year Old (Yngwie Malmsteen)★♬

♪★ 17th Century Chicken Pickin - 14 Year Old ( Chris Impellitteri ) ★♬

Camila Silva: classical adaptations for solo electric guitar

Camila Silva all the way from Brazil with some light and gentle classical interpretations.

Suite n1 per Violoncello of Bach (hybrid picking) by Camila Silva

As It Is, Infinite of Kiko Loureiro (Fullblast) by Camila Silva

Batuque choro of Ernersto Nazareth by Camila Silva (brazilian music)

Se ela perguntar of Dilermando Reis by Camila Silva

Verano Porteño of Astor Piazolla by Camila Silva

Sergey Golovin: Suhr is another amazing player!!

Wow, another cool guitar player, lots of original ideas and feel... I loved it!

Sergey Golovin plays on Suhr Standard.Frosterica

Sergey Golovin presenting Cornford Roadhouse and Suhr Guitars

Sergey Golovin plays on Suhr standard.Don't forget

Golovin Sergey - 1 place

News: Lick Library – Rick Parfitt Presents Free Live Webcast

It's time to boogie:
Press Release- May 2010: Lick Library – Rick Parfitt Presents Free Live Webcast
Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt, The Wild Old Man of Rock ‘n’ Roll, will be the next presenter in the highly successful Lick Library Live Webcast series. Lick Library will be bringing you this exciting opportunity to interact with Rick in person on 1st June 2010 at 7.00pm (19.00 hrs BST).
Performances from Rick Parfitt’s Rhythm Method DVD have been uploaded by Lick Library on to You Tube to get you “Rockin’ all over the World” and ready for this exciting event. “Just Supposin’” you have any questions you would like to ask Rick, follow the links to register with Lick Library.
A Live Webcast for those of you who are not familiar with this type of broadcast is basically live TV delivered over the internet to your computer, in this case live from the studios. In addition to watching Rick discuss a variety of topics, you will be able to ask Rick questions and interact with other viewers via a live chat feature.
Rick Parfitt (OBE) is one of England’s best known guitarists and his rock solid style has always been the core of that Status Quo sound. If you have seen Quo live then you will recognize the rush you get when Rick steps up to the front and hammers out the intro to “Caroline” or “Paper Plane”. Rick with the classic riff driven Status Quo, has been rocking stadiums around the world for the last 40 years. Recently voted the Hardest Working Band*, Status Quo’s worldwide sales now exceed 118 million units and include 64 British hit singles!
“What Lick Library are Proposing” is that Rick will play a number of tracks live, answer your questions and demonstrate techniques. In fact the webcast will probably contain ”Whatever You Want” to know and more!
So forget “Marguerita Time”, log on the Lick Library and register free to get “Down Down” with Rick Parfitt, “You’ll Come Round” to our way of playing.
Check out Status Quo’s tour dates on
* Status Quo are the hardest-working band in British music, according to a list compiled by the Performing Rights Society (PRS). They performed to more than 250,000 fans at 27 arenas in 2009 - more than any other band.

Rob Chappers: 1989 IBANEZ JEM 777SK

Steve Vai 1989 IBANEZ JEM 777SK Demonstration at World Guitars by Marshal Amps Artist Rob Chappers of Monkey Lord - Marshall JCM800 2203

You can buy this beautiful guitar here:

Steve Vai 1989 IBANEZ JEM 777SK Demonstration at World Guitars - Marshall JCM800 2203

Arkadiy Starodoub: Music-Moscow 2007

Arkadiy Starodoub At Music-Moscow 2007

if you recall this is the video that went viral and now has 2,884,327 views

Hybrid Technics Number 1, Guitar Fusion

Ed DeGenaro: JMP vs. Axe-Fx

wanted to do a direct A/B between a JMP and the Axe-Fx. Signal is hands, V-pick, Rahbek Tele, Axe-Fx, then the path splits to an amp sim on the one side, efx loop block (to send the signal to the JMP and back), then the signals go into a mixer block that has a pan pedal assigned to the levels. Toe forward is the left side, toe back the right side, then the signal is summed through a compressor, cab sim, etc to the Atomic powered wedges. Watch my left foot's toe up/down for a clue which is which

JMP vs. Axe-Fx

News: Gibson and the Wilson Sisters want you to help in the Nashville flood relief operation

Nashville Donation
In the aftermath of the floods, which have devastated Nashville and surrounding areas, peoples spirits remain strong. Gibson Foundation has launched a campaign to aid the victims of this disaster. Nancy Wilson and Ann Wilson of Heart talk about the Gibson Foundation. To donate go to: or call 1-800-444-2766.

Nashville Donation

Uli Tisch-Rottensteiner: rain revisited

"Rain" Uli TiRo *New Version*

Andy Mclaughlan: Improvising Over Jet Black

Andy Mclaughlan provided one of the cool entries for Shred This Too.

Here is (yet another) short improvisation over the Jet Black jam track from Guthrie Govan's Contemporary Series. One in a great series of cool backing tracks! First shot improv so expect them mistakes!!

Improvising Over Jet Black - BluesJamTracks by Andy Mclaughlan

Pascal Vigne: live in Paris

Pascal Vigné, Live in Paris, la Scène Bastille - 05/09/2010

Pascal Vigné, Live

Harry Kapeliaris: K Trio and Harry Kapeliaris live


Richie Kotzen: tour and VIP details

Richie Kotzen:
Hello Friends and Fans,

It's been a crazy month since I last emailed you guys. There's a lot to tell you about! 

First of all, as many of you have already noticed, there is a BRAND NEW!  We've been working really hard on building a new site that is full of exciting content, interactive, and user-friendly.  We've integrated all of our social networks, and they will still be a big part of what we do, but we want this to be the official home for the fan community.  Think of this site as it's own social network for my fans!  This is where you will be able to find all of the most up-to-date information, content and opportunities.  Please check it out and leave your comments.  We are still working out a few kinks here and there, and I appreciate all of you who have commented so far.  The reaction to the site has been great and we will continue to tweak it and develop it in the coming weeks. Check it out here!

The 2010 Peace Sign World tour is off to a great start!  We had an amazing 2 week run in South America with 9 shows in Brazil, Chile and Argentina.  The crowds were insane and it was a lot of fun performing for them.  The new material from PEACE SIGN seemed to go over really well.  I'm incredibly thankful to all of the fans that came out and made us feel so welcome there!  I also wanted to send a big thank you out to all the local promoters and clubs that made it all possible.  You can check out the setlists from every show on the new site, right!

I got to spend a few days at home and then got right back on a plane last night to start my first US tour in many years!   I'm excited to see all of you fans in the US.  The first gig with the band is tomorrow night at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, FL and then we'll work our way up the East Coast.  We hope to announce some West Coast dates for later in the year soon!

I've been getting a lot of requests from you for some clinic dates.  I'm happy to announce that I have added four clinic dates to this upcoming run!  You can catch a clinic at Sam Ash stores in Orlando, FL (May 10), Madison, TN (May 15), King of Prussia, PA (May 20) and NYC (May 24)!  Thanks to Sam Ash, Zoom, and Marshall for helping make these clinics happen!

Wait, did I just say Marshall?  I am very excited to say that I am now a part of the Marshall family!  I will be using Marshall amplifiers exclusively throughout the tour!

A full list of tour dates for the first leg of the tour is below.  Links to ticket sites or more information are included wherever possible.

I've also got a very cool VIP Experience set up for you on this tour that I'm sure you'll love.  Check out the details on the packages below!

VIP Packages are available for almost all US and UK shows through the original point of purchase for tickets (box office/websites, etc.)  

PLEASE NOTE:  There are four US shows that will not be offering VIP Packages through the original point of purchase.  

Club 57 West   Orlando, FL (No advance ticket sales)
Freebird Live   Jacksonville, FL (No advance VIP sales)
The Works    Wyomissing, PA (No advance ticket sales)
Diesel Club     Pittsburgh, PA  (No advance VIP sales)

For these shows, VIP Packages are available NOW through THE NEW!  If you have any trouble finding them, you can send an email to us directly to pre-order them.

Each VIP Experience includes:

1. One (1) VIP ticket with early entry to the venue.  (except where noted)

2. Attend sound check with RICHIE KOTZEN!

3. A meet and greet with RICHIE KOTZEN!   Come meet RIchie, have your photo taken with him and get one personal item signed.

3. An autographed, limited edition RICHIE KOTZEN 2010 Peace SIgn World Tour commemorative poster.  (In addition to your personal item, RIchie will also personalize the poster for you at the meet and greet if you'd like)

4. A RICHIE KOTZEN VIP commemorative laminate. 

5. A
 RICHIE KOTZEN 2010 Peace Sign World Tour T-Shirt

6. A copy of Richie's new CD PEACE SIGN

• You will receive an itinerary a few days before the show with all of the details.
• Soundcheck times will be several hours prior to the show.  Your itinerary will have full details.
• Meet and Greet times may take place either after show or after soundcheck.  Your Itinerary will have full details.

• Merchandise will be given out at the show. 
• Merchandise contents subject to change based on availability.


June 3           Latino Rock                           San Jose, Costa Rica
June 4           Latino Rock                           San Jose, Costa Rica
June 5           Bar Tabacon                          Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
As always, I want to thank you for your support.  It means a great deal to me!

All the best,

Richie Kotzen "Remember" Live in Brazil

Paying Dues (by Richie Kotzen)

John Norum: Play Yard Blues CD

photo credit and copyright Paul Bergen

Mascot Records is pleased to announce the July 5th UK release date of ‘Play Yard Blues’ – the long-awaited new studio album from Europe guitarist John Norum.

Following Europe’s critically acclaimed '09 album Last Look At Eden, ‘Play Yard Blues’ is Norum’s seventh solo release, featuring seven original tracks and three inspired covers, including Thin Lizzy’s “It’s Only Money”, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush’s “Ditch Queen” and Mountain’s “Travellin’ in the Dark”.

The new album sees Norum take his guitar playing in a new direction. While his trademark sound and distinctive style remains, ‘Play Yard Blues’ embodies a bluesy rock vibe and a more soulful approach.

Recorded in Stockholm, ‘Play Yard Blues’ was mixed and produced by John Norum; the album features his long-standing Europe bandmate Mic Michaeli (keyboards).


John Norum
Vocals & Guitars
Tomas Torberg
Bass Guitar
Thomas Bronman
Peer Stappe
Mic Michaeli


Let It Shine
Red Light Green High
It’s Only Money
Got My Eyes On You
When Darkness Falls
Over and Done
Ditch Queen
Travel In The Dark
Born Again
Play Yard Blues