Monday, 20 June 2011

News: another fan posts his top 25 for the Daniele Gottardo competition

Daniele Gottardo Contest - top 25 contestants -Jamming Guitar Sbrego with 565 Super guitar players

Paul Gilbert,Billy Sheehan: Mr Big Dublin

Paul Gilbert,Billy Sheehan: Mr Big Dublin

News: range Amps Launches Tornado Victims Fund-raising ‘Music Aid for Joplin’ Auction

Orange Amps Launches Tornado Victims Fund-raising ‘Music Aid for Joplin’ Auction

Orange Amplifiers, alongside fellow musicians and other people in the music industry, were so very saddened to hear the news about the worst tornado season in more than fifty years in the USA and would like to offer their support. 153 people have been killed in Joplin, Missouri – home of the Glory Days Music Store - and half the town was destroyed including Glory Days itself and the owner’s home.

Orange Amps have decided after hearing the news to set up a fund-raising ‘Music Aid for Joplin’ auction of very special musical equipment from Orange and a number of other manufacturers. CEO Cliff Cooper will be working with Ted Owen, the auction house Fame Bureau's Managing Director, who is recognised as one of the world's leading experts in music equipment and memorabilia.

Orange Amps will donate a rare and valuable (last one of only twenty made) Union Jack half-stack worth at least $6000! Orange have also helped to coordinate support from other musical instrument manufacturers/suppliers and the auction will include a number of very desirable items which are being added to on a daily basis. The list currently includes:
- Sabian Cymbals money-can’t-buy 14” Paragon Crash personally signed by RUSH’s Neil Peart with the Steampunk logo, personalized with the winner's name
- Sabian leather jacket
- Orange CR50BXT bass amp, signed by RUSH’s Geddy Lee, personalized with the winner’s name
- Yamaha Gigmaker 5pc drum set with hardware and Paiste 101 cymbals
- Yamaha New A Series Acoustic/Electric Guitar
- Sierra Guitars Sierra Sunrise Auditorium Acoustic Guitar
- Shure Microphones Super 55
- Guitar World 12-Month Subscription

David Peterson, owner of Glory Days Music Store, commenting on the auction said, 'On hearing about Orange’s plans to raise proceeds through an auction, I was just floored. I didn’t think for one minute that someone would do something like that for me without asking for it. It’s an incredible gesture.'

‘We have seen the heartbreaking tragedy that has taken place in the USA, particularly in Joplin Missouri, ‘ said Cooper, ‘ and we felt that we would like to do something in the spirit of that special relationship that exists between the USA and the UK. The money raised will help the re-establishment of the Glory Days Music Store.’

The American Red Cross in Joplin is providing emergency assistance at five separate locations. This includes first aid and emergency health services, mental health services, distribution of bulk items such as recovery kits, toiletries and items needed for the clean-up such as gloves, rakes, masks, and vital water supplies and snacks.

To assist Orange Amps and its fellow manufacturers to help and support the Joplin community please go to Fame Bureau's website and bid on one of the many items available. The auction begins Monday, July 18th at Auction ends Wednesday, August 24th

Any companies wishing to donate to this worthy cause can contact Orange Amps or the Fame Bureau direct via their website

Kosta Vreto,Steffen Schackinger,Jakub Żytecki,Adrien Moignard: What guitar player is blowing your mind right NOW?

An interesting discussion happening on Petrucci forum the topic: What guitar player is blowing your mind right NOW?

Here's a few of the videos posted.

Adrien Moignard plays Impression on authentic Selmer guitar

Jakub Żytecki Guitar Improvisation 2

Steffen Schackinger - Bulldog Bite - Guitar -

Kosta Vreto - One Way Exit

Nahuel Schiumarini: Central Park West -John Coltrane

Central Park West -John Coltrane by Nahuel Schiumarini

Tommy Emmanuel: talks with David Lowry

* Tuesday June 21st *
* 8pm-9:30pm US Central Daylight Time *
Tommy talks LIVE about his career in music
with host David Lowry and co-host David Bowers.

To listen to the interview online, click the image or link below

News: Department of Virtuosity gets a new home

Dept. of Virtuosity ( moves address and transfes" a half thousand reviews to a new location:

Tommy Bolin: Deep Purple Phoenix Rising DVD gets release date!



On June 28, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Deep Purple’s Phoenix Rising – a two-hour-plus revelatory documentary including 30 minutes of never-before-seen (not even on bootleg) onstage footage from Japan. Phoenix Rising will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, & in a special two-disc DVD/CD package.

The release is cause for celebration amongst Purple fans due to the rarity of material. Extensive interviews with keyboardist Jon Lord and bassist Glenn Hughes tell the tale of a band caught by circumstance into one of its most controversial, extreme and exciting eras of its long career. Ian Gillan and Roger Glover were gone. A young unknown singer by the name of David Coverdale was recruited as was bassist Hughes. The results were the albums Burn and Stormbringer (both released in 1974). But then Ritchie Blackmore left the band. Against all odds, they rocked on, recruiting Tommy Bolin (from Zephyr and The James Gang). The album Come Taste The Band (1975) documents the short-lived Bolin era, an era that all came crashing down when the band announced in July of 1976 that it was breaking up. By December, Bolin would be dead due to a heroin overdose. Nine years of silence would ensue.

The never-before-seen 30 minutes, “Rises Over Japan,” has the Coverdale/Lord/Bolin/Hughes/Paice lineup delivering the goods in 1976 on eight songs: “Burn,” “Getting Tighter,” “Love Child,” “Smoke On The Water,” “Lazy,” “Homeward Strut,” “You Keep On Moving” and “Stormbringer.” (The double-disc package contains these eight songs on CD.) This segment is some of the only video footage that showcases Tommy Bolin performing in Deep Purple.

The 90-minute documentary portion, “Getting Tighter,” recounts the trials and tribulations of a band in turmoil, riding the rock’n’roll roller coaster to total excess. With its live images, backstage footage, never-before-told stories and original video material carefully culled from years of research, it’s a veritable bonanza for Purple fans and fans of Rock History. No stone is left unturned…and sometimes it’s not pretty. Gritty, truthful, wild, this is the story of an era in the 1970s that is simply unforgettable.

Steve Lukather: Toto UK concert details

Internationally renowned rock band TOTO perform their only UK concert this year at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday 26th June, 2011. Ticket Hotline: 0844 888 9991 or 0844 847 1642 . Book Online: or
TOTO will perform all their hits including Hold The Line, Rosanna and Africa. The current line-up features Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards), Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Simon Phillips (drums), and Nathan East (bass guitar).
TOTO will also perform songs from their twelve studio albums including their eponymous debut TOTO (1978), Hydra (1979), Turn Back (1981), Toto IV (1982), Isolation (1984), Fahrenheit (1986), The Seventh One (1988), Kingdom of Desire (1992), Tambu (1995), Mindfields (1999), Through The Looking Glass (2002) and Falling In Between (2006). more

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Alberto Rigoni, Simone Vignola: "the BASStards"

"the BASStards", the new project by bassists Alberto Rigoni & Simone Vignola

Black Cavia Records is proud to announce "The BASStards", a brand new collaboration between the italian bassists Simone Vignola and Alberto Rigoni.

After their first meeting during EuroBassDay 2010 they decided to start a project together focused on the modern development of the electric bass combining different styles and musical backgrounds.
Fat riffs, hard grooves and catchy atmospheres are just some of the elements of this new exciting project. Their first single “Obsession” will be released by Black Cavia Records in July 2011. Meanwhile check out a live video preview at
Artist Website: www.thebasstards.comTwitter: website:
Alberto Rigoni: solo artist, Twin Spirits, Lady & the BASS. After the success of his first solo album “Something Different” (Lion Music 2008) he’s establishing his name around the world with “Rebirth” (Nightmare Records via Sony/RED 2011), the new solo CD featuring Gavin Harrison, Michael Marning, John Macaluso, Yves Carbonne and many others. Alberto uses Dingwall Bass Guitars, Aguilar Amplification, Ernie Ball Strings, HipShot, Evidence Audio Cables, Comfort Strapp, Sonuus, Peterson Tuners.
Simone Vignola: EuroBassDay 2008 winner, BOSS Loop Station Contest 2010 winner (Italian Selection). Simone performed at EuroBassDay, European BassDay, AmsterBASS, NAMM Show sharing the stage with Richard Bona, Billy Sheehan, Scott Henderson, Matthew Garrison, Bobby Vega, Adam Nitti and many others. Simone opened Level 42 concerts during their 2011 Italian Tour. He uses TC Electronic amps,TC Helicon VoiceLive2, ESP power cables, Sonuus and Harvest Bags.

the BASStards (coming soon!)