Thursday, 11 November 2010

Nick Meares: Live4Guitar competition 2 - super solo!

2nd LIVE4GUITAR competition - Nick Meares

Live4Guitar competition

Nick Meares: Blue bug competition - super solo!

Blue Bug Competition by Milan Polak & T-Rex - Nick Meares

Enter: Milan Polak: Blue Bug Competition

Dave Ireland: Fusion solo competition

Dorian Mode Improvisation (Take 1)

Enter: Guitar Fusion Competition

News: Guitar Nation 2010 site map and inside details.

Site Map

Seminar line up

Live Stage Line Up

Sunday information
Guitar Nation: 13 - 14 November Olympia London

Steve Lukather: UK live dates!

Following the release of his brilliant new album “All’s Well That Ends Well”, guitarist, vocalist, composer and producer Steve Lukather will play 3 rare UK concerts next week:

Thursday 18th November - O2 Islington Academy, London
Tickets: £25 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000 /

Friday 19th November - The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £23/£25 / Box Office: 01902 401211 /

Saturday 20th November - The Brook, Southampton
Tickets: £23/£25 / Box Office: 023 80555366 /

For VIP tickets, click here -

For over 30 years Lukather has been known as one of the founding members of the multi-million selling band Toto. He’s played guitar on hundreds of albums with the biggest artists including Van Halen, Whitney Houston, Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart and also played guitar on Michael Jackson’s multi-million selling milestone album ‘Thriller’.

Click here to read the official online press release announcement –

Symphony X, Nevermore: US tour dates

SYMPHONY X will embark on a North American headlining tour in April/May 2011. Support on the trek will come from Seattle's NEVERMORE, Sweden's SOILWORK, Boston's POWERGLOVE and Montreal's BLACKGUARD. The trek will launch on April 21 in Philadelphia and wrap on May 22 in West Springfield, Virginia.

The dates are as follows:

Apr. 21 - The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 22 - Best Buy Theatre - New York, NY
Apr. 23 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Apr. 25 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC - CANADA
Apr. 26 - Salle Albert Rosseau - Quebec City, QC - CANADA
Apr. 27 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Apr. 29 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Apr. 30 - Blondie's - Detroit, MI
May 01 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
May 02 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
May 04 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
May 06 - Showbox - Seattle, WA
May 07 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
May 08 - The Grand Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
May 10 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA
May 11 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
May 13 - Trees - Dallas, TX
May 14 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
May 15 - Backstage Live - San Antonio, TX
May 17 - The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
May 18 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 19 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
May 20 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
May 21 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
May 22 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA

Exclusive pre-sale tickets are available now at VIP tickets/packages are available for select shows and will include early entry and a meet-and-greet. After December 1, tickets can be purchased via regular ticketing outlets.

Yngwie Malmsteen: sonic excess interview

SE: Looking back on your career, would you do anything differently?

MALMSTEEN: No, because if I made a mistake, there was a lesson to be learned. So, no. Let me tell you, I have made a lot of mistakes (laughs). I got ripped off blind for years, but I learned my lesson. So, I know exactly what’s going on. Every time you do something, there has to be a lesson. If you make the same mistake more than once, then it’s bad more

Jeff Loomis: loves Gypsy Jazz

And whether he’s teaching or performing, he’ll continue to expand his sonic horizons by studying the playing styles of modern gypsy guitarists such as Stochelo Rosenberg and Joscho Stephan. “These guys are insane as far as right-hand technique and picking goes,” Loomis says. “I see a lot of this gypsy jazz stuff being the new style of heavy metal lead guitar playing, because it’s so much more interesting. I just purchased a gypsy jazz guitar and I’m really excited to learn those styles and advance my guitar playing even more. That’s the great thing about playing the guitar: there’s always more to learn.” more

Ronni Lé Tekrø: new CD details

TNT will release their new album, "A Farewell To Arms", in Japan on December 15 via Avalon/Marquee. The CD will be issued in Norway at the end of December.

"A Farewell To Arms" track listing:

01. Engine
02. Refugee
03. Ship In The Night
04. Take It Like A Man - Woman!
05. Come
06. Barracuda
07. A Signature On A Demon's Self-Portrait
08. Don't Misunderstand Me
09. A Farewell To Arms
10. Someone Else
11. God Natt, Marie
12. Not Only Lonely (bonus track for Japan)

TNT's British vocalist Tony Mills (ex-SHY) suffered a heart attack at Oslo airport on August 28 on his way to a gig with the rest of the band. more

Andrew Danso: New EP, Blue² released end of November

New EP, Blue² released end of November

I've still to confirm the actual date, but Blue² will finally be live and kicking by the end of this month. Updates to come, and thanks again for your emails. Hurray!

Burke Shelley: Budgie bassist seriously ill

Fingers crossed for the welsh legend!

"Burke Shelley was admitted to hospital after complaining of pains in his abdomen on Tuesday, November 9 in Wejherowo. A team of surgeons was quickly assembled to operate on the singer and bassist who was diagnosed as having a 6cm aneurism of the aorta. Tests revealed that Burke's aorta was leaking blood into the outer wall of the aneurism which could have burst at any time. He underwent a two-hour, 40-minute operation in the evening and he is being kept in the intensive care ward." more