Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Peter Luha: BOSS Loop Contest 2011

BOSS Loop Contest 2011 - Peter Luha - Am loop impro :)

Carl Verheyen: Summer NAMM 2011 Breakfast Sessions

Summer NAMM 2011 Breakfast Sessions w/ Carl Verheyen

Dhalif: DiMarzio Liquifire and Crunchlab

So today i did an electronics overhaul on my Musicman Silhouette...

Keeping in mind that my silhouette is made out of Solid alder body with full maple neck including maple fretboard..

Parts changed :
1 x Dimarzio Liquifire
1 x Dimarzio Crunchlab
2 x Dimarzio 500k pots
1 x Orange drop cap 0.22mF

Dimarzio Liquifire and Crunchlab

Rob Chappers: MonkeyFest 2011 - The Movie

A short teaser for the MonkeyFest 2011 Movie, which will be published on Rob Chapman's channel shortly.
Filmed and edited by Andy McCreeth

MonkeyFest 2011 - The Movie?

Eddie Van Halen: The definitive visual history of early Eddie Van Halen!

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This title has not yet been released. Pre-order now to reserve your copy, signed by author Neil Zlozower, to be shipped upon it's Oct. 12th release. Your credit card will not be charged until it ships in October. If additional items are ordered, those items will be charged and shipped immediately, and the book will ship in October, at no additional shipping charge.

The definitive visual history of early Eddie Van Halen! This hardcover coffee table photo book is jam packed with classic and never before published photos! A MUST HAVE for Van Halen fans and guitarists alike!

One of the most revolutionary and influential players ever to pick up a guitar, Eddie Van Halen's music and technique continue to energize legions of fans and guitarists around the world. This book of photographs and text focuses on the innovative early years of the band Van Halen, when Eddie burst on the scene and changed the face of electric guitar-playing and melodic hard rock. Nearly 200 images of Eddie in action--both classic and never before seen--are complemented by text and testimony from famous guitarists, music writers, and many others. Also featuring a foreword by guitar legend Slash, this is the definitive visual history of classic Eddie Van Halen. (Note that all of the text and nearly all of the photos are exclusive to this book!)

Famous guitarists who contributed text: Angus Young, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Les Paul, Stave Vai, Joe Satriani, Nuno Bettencourt, Ritchie Blackmore, Gilby Clarke, Phil Collen, Billy Gibbons, Peter Frampton, Paul Gilbert, Allan Holdsworth, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Steve Lukather, Mick Mars, Ronnie Montrose, Gary Moore, Tom Morello, Dave Navarro, Rick Nielsen, Ted Nugent, Paul Stanley, Nancy Wilson, Zakk Wylde, Dweezil Zappa, and many others.

Van Halen insiders who contributed text: Eddie Anderson (director of security 1980-84), Pete Angelus (creative consultant, production/lighting designer), Marshall Berle (personal manager 1977-78), Bill Gazzarri (owner: Gazzarri's nighclub), Michael Karlin (Van Halen business manager, 1978-present), Jas Obrecht (editor: Guitar Player magazine), Patrick Whitley (production manager 1978-84) and Michael Anthony.

Neil Zlozower's rock photography spans more than 40 years and includes work with The Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Motorhead, Tom Waits, Slipknot, and many others. From 1978 to 1984, Zlozower was the "fifth member of Van Halen," touring with and capturing images of the band during the David Lee Roth era.

Hardcover, 176 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, Over 200 color and b/w photographs.

Reserve your autographed copy of this amazing collectible today!

Sharon Isbin,Steve Vai, Nancy Wilson: Guitar Passions

Music and interviews with Sharon and Steve Vai; in studio with Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Stanley Jordan; previews with Steve Morse, Paul Winter, Rosa Passos, Romero Lubambo, and Thiago de Mello
August 30, 2011 CD release on SONY Classical. buy

Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions - with Steve Vai, Nancy Wilson (Heart), and More

Jean Paul Agnesod: previews new Cosmic Supernova CD

Jean Paul Agnesod Guitar New Demo Preview music CD " Doomsday " Cosmic Supernova CD \m/

Jean Paul Agnesod Guitar Demo stream preview - Doomsday - Cosmic Supernova CD

Jonas Tamas,Mats Haugen: Circus Maximus guitarist added to upcoming CD

Circus Maximus guitarist Mats Haugen completes all-star guest player lineup on the forthcoming album of Jonas Tamas

United States. Australia. England. Sweden. Germany. The Netherlands. Estonia. It seems that the best players of the whole world have joined forces to form one of the best possible guest player lineups.

The list sounds like a Hall of Fame of the rock/metal music: Troy Stetina. Brett Garsed. Andy James. Mattias IA Eklundh. Thorsten Koehne. Mischa Mang. Marcel Coenen. Sergey Boykov. They all liked what Jonas Tamas had to offer on his upcoming second instrumental album 'Timeless Hour', and they all were kind enough to not only contribute to the album, but they all have come up with amazingly inspired pieces of music.

But a country was still missing from the list. A remarkable country in the metal scene, with tons of great bands. This country is Norwegia.

And yes, it was missing only because we have saved the good news for last. Now, within only a few weeks of releasing the album 'Timeless Hour', it is high time to announce one of the best players of a whole genre. And he is from Norwegia, from Oslo to be more precise. So without further ado...

Norwegian guitar virtuoso Mats Haugen, songwriter and guitar player of the progressive metal bandCircus Maximus completes the all-star guest player lineup on the forthcoming album of Jonas Tamas. Mats has recorded a mindblowing solo for the song 'Borderline' in his trademark style, combining soaring melodies with intense chops, in a perfect balance.

This song contains a 'guitar conversation' between Mats Haugen and Andy James. Andy is starting the solo section and as he finishes his part with a stellar run and a soaring bend, Mats takes it over seamlessly, and continues the lead with style and finesse. This section is without a doubt one of the highlights of the album, culminating in a virtuoso keyboard solo by Sergey Boykov from the bandShadow Cry.

Circus Maximus is a Norwegian progressive metal quintet from Oslo. They employ the use of symphonic, power and glam metal influences in their vocals along with synthesizers and occasional keyboards. As of 2011, they have released two albums, The 1st Chapter in 2005 and Isolate in 2007 and are planning to release a new album soon.

With other influences varying from pop/rock through classical progressive rock to heavy metal and death metal, their music synergized into a mixture of melodic and groovy sound with lots of heavy riffs and odd time-signatures. In the musical press their sound has been compared to Dream Theater, Symphony X, Queensrÿche, TNT, Shadow Gallery, Pretty Maids, Helloween and the like.

If you haven't heard Circus Maximus yet, then be sure to check them out straight away, it might be one of your great discoveries. They create a whole world with full of contrasts and excitement, at the same time being as catchy and groovy as anyone can get.

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News: Drummers - 3 Drumming Boot Camps

Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp
TLDBC Hosts Exclusive 3-day Camps in Italy, Finland and Switzerland
(August 31st, 2011 Los Angeles, CA) World-renowned drumming superstar, author and instructional DVD creator Thomas Lang takes his wildly successful drumming boot camps to three new European destinations!!

October 21st - 23rd, 2011, Lahti, Finland at Sokos Hotel Seurahuone
October 31st November 2nd Milan, Italy at Percussion Village
November 4th 6th in Brig, CH at Wellness Hotel Olympica.

The Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp is a traveling, multi-day, intensive educational drum camp that has been hosted in various international locations including: London, Vienna, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York among others.

The 3-day Thomas Lang Drumming Boot Camp will offer a limited number of students the chance to play with and learn from Thomas Lang in an ultra intensive classroom setting. The camp has previously been hosted in various international locations including: Los Angeles, New York, London, Vienna and Berlin among others.

Thomas Lang is a highly respected drummer who has toured the world as a performer and educator -- earning numerous awards for his superb drumming skills, clinics and for his wildly popular educational books and DVDs,Creative Control and Creative Coordination. Lang has been named, The Worlds Best Drummer by Rhythmmagazine readers, Best All Around Drummer by DRUM! magazine and Best Clinician by Modern Drummermagazine. In addition, he has won numerous other awards for his playing, signature products, best selling books and DVDs.

TLDBC sponsors include: DW Drums, Meinl, Roland, Audix, Vic Firth, Gibraltar, HansenFutz, Drum4Fun and Percussion Village.

For more information please visit: to register for the Thomas Lang Drum Camps, please visit

Dave Martone, Glen Drover: worldwide webcast - book a date in your diaries!

from bravewords
On Sunday September 25th at 3PM EDT, Magna Carta Recording artists DAVE MARTONE and former KING DIAMOND/MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover will take part in an historic performance that will be webcast worldwide as part of the Live At Metalworks series from Mississauga, Canada. The webcast can be seen at

Magna Carta has long been known for being a leading independent label producing and distributing some of the best talent on the contemporary music scene with an emphasis on musical virtuosity. Both Dave Martone and Glen Drover have produced critically acclaimed albums for the label, showcasing their world class talents as guitarists and composers. Dave and Glen individually have developed fans and followers throughout the world who have been impressed with both their technical abilities and emotional depth as artists. Both guitarists will be backed by their own group of outstanding musicians making this both a showcase of amazing talent and an informal “clinic” for musicians around the globe.

Now Magna Carta will break ground by presenting both artists in a manner in which very few independent label artists have been seen: live webcasting with superior audio and video capabilities at no cost to the audience who will be able to receive the webcast worldwide. One of the foremost webcasting companies in this field, Orchard TV, will be providing these technological services.

Live At Metalworks refers to the Metalworks group of companies including award-winning Metalworks Studios the most renowned and recognized recording facility in Canada for more than 30 years. The September 25 webcast of Dave Martone and Glen Drover will be presented from the facility's newly completed North Auditorium.

The webcast will also be available as an archive on the Magna Carta website as well as clips being available on YouTube after the live webcast.

Peter Morticelli, President of Magna Carta, says “With Dave Martone from Vancouver and Glen Drover from Toronto, we not only have two of the greatest guitar talents that Canada has ever produced but we have two musicians that have made their mark internationally. The September 25 webcast will allow both of these great players to showcase their abilities to the world via the internet. Magna Carta is proud to be able to present a milestone event such as this.”

Worldwide webcast times:
- 12 Noon - Los Angeles, USA
- 3 PM - Toronto, Canada/ New York, USA
- 8 PM - London, UK
- 9 PM - Paris, France
- 4 AM - Monday -Tokyo, Japan

Devin Townsend: more tour dates

Dates are as follows:

12 - Sound Stage - Baltimore, MD
13 - The Note - Philadelphia, PA
14 - Rock And Shock - Worcester, MA
15 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY
16 - The Altar - Pittsburgh, PA
17 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
18 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
19 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
21 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
22 - Marquis - Denver, CO
24 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA
25 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
27 - Hawthorne - Portland, OR
28 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
29 - Commodore Theater - Vancouver, BC

10 - Union Chapel - London, UK
11 - University of London Union - London, UK
12 - University of London Union - London, UK
13 - Union Chapel - London, UK

Akira Takasaki: Loudness new CD details

Loudness are set to release of their new album, Eve To Dawn, on September 14th 2011.

Eve to Dawn

A light in the dark
The power of truth
Come alive again
Keep you burning
Gonna do it my way
Hang tough
Comes the dawn
Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!

Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian: Black Country Communion DVD Trailer

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News: I'm done with relative tuning... I'm gonna get me one of these babies!

Korg PC-1 Pitchclip Clip-On Tuner

Niko Tsonev: exciting new EP on the way

Niko Tsonev
Mastering the new up and coming EP with the one and only Jon Astley (Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, The Who etc.) Shooting a video for the pilot in mid-September. Should be out in early October. More news soon!

Scott Henderson,Jeff Berlin,Mike Clark: announce US tour dates as Jazz-Fusion All-Star Trio

Jazz-Fusion All-Star Trio Scott Henderson Jeff Berlin Mike Clark To Tour The US

Clearwater, FL - One of the most highly anticipated tours of 2011 featuring jazz-fusion legends Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin and Mike Clark will commence on Sept 14th. The power trio promises to deliver an evening full of depth-defying virtuosic performances guaranteed to thrill and inspire all that attend.

Henderson Berlin Clark tour dates:

City: Sellersville, PA
Venue: Sellersville Theater ST94
Venue address: 24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, PA 18960-2342 * (215) 257-5808

City: Newton, NJ
Venue: Newton Theatre
Venue address: 234 Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860

City: New York, NY
Venue: Iridium
Show times: 8 & 10 pm
Venue address: 1650 Broadway, New York - (212) 582-2121

Jeff Berlin Clinic
25 W. 14th Street
Manhattan, NY 10011
(212) 463-7500

City: Northampton, MA
Venue: The Iron Horse
Venue address: 76 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060-3709 * (413) 586-5858

City: Somerville/Boston, MA
Venue: Johnny D's
Venue address: 17 Holland St., Somerville, MA 02144 * 617-776-2004

City: Schenectady, NY
Venue: Van Dyck
Show times: 7:00 & 9:30pm
Venue address: 237 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 * (518) 348-7999

City: Buffalo, NY
Venue: Tralf Music Hall
Venue address: 622 Main Street #2, Buffalo, NY 14202-1914 * (716) 852-2860

City: Ferndale, Detroit
Venue: Magic Bag
Venue address: 22920 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220 * (248) 544-3030

City: Cleveland, OH
Venue: The Winchester
Venue address: 12112 Madison Ave, Lakewood/Cleveland, Ohio 44107 * 216-226-5681

City: Pittsburgh, PA
Venue: Diesel Club & Lounge
Venue address: 1601 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA - (412) 431-8800

City: Dayton, OH
Venue: Gilly's Jazz
Venue address: 132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton, OH 45402 * 937-228-8414

City: Chicago, IL
Venue: Martyr's
Venue address: 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60613 * (773) 404-9869

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Tour booked by Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Records & Management
Press Inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart: Rush joins RoadRunner! Hurrah!!!

Rush is on the move. The prog rock legends behind "Tom Sawyer," "Fly By Night" and "The Spirit of Radio" have partnered up with Roadrunner Records after being doggedly pursued by the rock-heavy imprint.

"After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky [President, Lipsky Music LLC] presented a deal that worked and the timing was right," Rush manager Ray Danniels said in an announcement. "We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre -- and that's Roadrunner."

Since 1989, the Canadian trio -- Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart -- has released six studio albums through Atlantic, beginning with "Presto" and most recently, 2007's "Snakes & Arrows," which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Before that, the band was at Mercury.

The group's next full-length studio album, a long-gestating work titled "Clockwork Angels," will be released in 2012 on Roadrunner. The delay -- a lead single, "Caravan," was released in June 2010 -- was due to the success of their Time Machine Tour, which just wrapped.

A first Roadrunner release will actually be a live album culled from the blockbuster tour. According to the label, details will be revealed in the coming weeks. Anthem/Universal Music will continue to release their music in Canada only.

Roadrunner is understandably excited to bag a band that has sold more than 40 million records and -- thanks to their doc "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" and the Rush-heavy comedy film "I Love You, Man" -- is enjoying heightened attention and accolades across generations.

"In another life I worked with Rush and their great management team more than 30 years ago and to have Rush finally on the Roadrunner label is a dream come true," said Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman.

Lipsky, who brokered the deal, remarked that Rush has a "tradition of excellence and independence, both in the studio and on the live stage, and they remain as prolific today as at any point in their career. We are excited to be their label partners." more


Andee Blacksugar: This Music Has No Feelings

The indulgence, whimsy and aural mischief keep coming, but this time the guitar gymnastics are bathed in an almost unreasonably generous dose of mel-OH-dee. Could it be that even regular people (that includes females and non-guitar aficionados) will find something musically edifying in This Music Has No Feelings??!

The only way to find out is to listen. go hit that PLAY button.

**buy the album and get four hidden bonus tracks ("Birthers", "Pacer recaP", "Roger & Me" and "Inverted V")!!

Reviews of Volume 1: Crop Circles:

"A precision-fingered assemblage of daredevil works...its exotic geometries will be impressed in the fertile fields of your musical mind" - FRACTAL AUDIO

"Like early Steve Vai with Rob Zombie producing. Really clever compositions and soundscapes...the best guitar album I've heard in years!" - ANDY WOOD, Down From Up

When Andee Blacksugar is not busy helming his "highly destructive dance-rock" outfit Black Sugar Transmission, touring the world with Acey Slade and the Dark Party or tending to his hair, he records stacks and stacks of stream-of-consciousness instrumentals like those featured on this, his fourth official instrumental release under the Sheer Velocity moniker.

The purpose is to explore concepts on the guitar and stretch the limits of his instrumental abilities, but Sheer Velocity is also a creative palette-cleansing, which drains off the more bizarre and indulgent musical notions that rattle around in this songwriter's head.

Each piece is conceived, written, recorded and mixed in one sitting. During particularly prolific periods, as many as two or three of these are finished in a day's time. An avid pop music fanatic who writes catchy electro-rock songs by day, Andee uses these sessions to exorcise the darker, more warped and decidedly anti-pop tendencies of his musical persona. Oh, and to shred gratuitously on his Stratocaster. He played and programmed all of the parts you hear, and records exclusively in his Brooklyn apartment under the influence of copious amounts of hubris.

Generally bored by most instrumental guitar music, Andee is nonetheless quite taken by the work of Jeff Beck and Marty Friedman, among a few others.

Andee has collaborated with artists as diverse as Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Dug Pinnick and Jerry Gaskill (King's X), Boy George and Scissor Sisters. And he loves talking about himself in the third person.

Sheer Velocity videos:

Joe Bonamassa,Beth Hart: two intimate UK concerts in November

Following the September 26th release of Beth Hart’s “Don’t Explain” album - a soul covers collaboration with guitarist Joe Bonamassa – she’ll perform two intimate UK concerts in November. The first date will be The Flowerpot, Derby on Monday 28th November, followed by London Dingwalls on Tuesday 29th November. Tickets for both concerts are available from 0845 413 4444,, and Further press information for Beth’s UK concerts is available here
Already a platinum selling solo artist across mainland Europe, Beth’s collaboration with Bonamassa on the Gil Scott-Heron classic, “I’ll Take Care Of You”, was recently BBC Radio 2’s “Record of the Week” and has since been added to the playlist; the “Don’t Explain” album also recently reached #5 on the Amazon UK pre-order chart. 
Compared vocally to the likes of Janis Joplin and Etta James, Beth Hart’s November UK concerts will showcase tracks from the new album, including a brilliant rendition of Tom Wait’s “Chocolate Jesus”, as well as songs from her back catalogue such as the emotionally moving “LA Song”. 
Produced by Kevin Shirley (John Hiatt, The Black Crowes, Black Country Communion), “Don't Explain” combines Hart's raspy and soulful vocals against Bonamassa's signature guitar sound. The pair collaborate on a stunning collection of hand-picked soul classics from the likes of Delaney & Bonnie, Billie Holiday, and Aretha Franklin. Read the official “Don’t Explain” press release here.

Massimo Izzizzari: Electrifying new CD details

Massimo Izzizzari's second album is now available. "Electrifying" distribuited by Lion Music on the most important online channels ITUNES and AMAZON and many others.

Here are the details:

01. High Tension.
02. Lithosphere.
03. Attraction.
04. Sweet Memories.
05. Plastic Theater.
06. Funny Walk.
07. Romance.
08. Little Hero.
09. Natural Evolution.

Massimo Izzizzari - All Guitar, Keyboards, Loops, Sound fx.
Azeglio Izzizzari - Drums.
Mario Mazzenga - Bass.

Gianpaolo Venditti and Massimo Izzizzari - Keyboards on "Plastic theater", “Little hero” and “Natural evolution”.

Massimo Izzizzari - High Tension by LionMusicRecordLabel

Fabrizio Chiruzzi: tribute to George Bellas

Here is a cover of the song "Destiny" by one of my favorite guitar players: George Bellas. From the album Mind Over Matter. I had not a precise transcription of this song so it could maybe sounds slightly different. The backing track was taken by a MIDI file, rhythm and second guitars was recorded by using Guitar Rig 4, the lead guitar recorded with Peavey Revalver. The wonderful mix was made by my great friend Giovanni Giaccone. Hope you'll enjoy. Check out my web site for further info.

fabrizio chiruzzi - destiny ( george bellas cover)

Pedro Molina: Tom Anderson Classic Hollow Drop Top Demonstration


Chowy Fernandez: tributes to Mattias IA Eklundh

Fletch theme - Mattias ia eklundh cover by Chowy fernandez

Minor Swing - Mattias ia Eklundh cover by Chowy Fernandez

TJ Morrison: Two hands for Hufschmid Guitars Competition

Hufschmid Guitars Competition

Another Minuet with a Twist

Two Part Invention in D - J. S. Bach

Rick Graham: anglewood TW40 O AN E Acoustic Guitar Review Rick Graham Reviews the Tanglewood TW40 O AN E Acoustic guitar. The
FULL review is available by heading to
This beautiful Tanglewood acoustic is modelled on a 1930's 1940's guitar.
The body is solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides, Rose Wood for the Fingerboard & Bridge, a one piece mahogany neck.
For more info on this guitar head to:
Tanglewood TW40 O AN E Acoustic Guitar Review With Rick Graham - Guitar Interactive Magazine

Daniele Gottardo: three views of two hands

Shred circus-You Tube

Daniele Gottardo plays Frudua Carved Pro guitar - Der Suchende

Daniele Gottardo plays Frudua GFF - Lovin Sophia

Come and see Daniele Gottardo play in Amsterdam sure to be a cracking show!

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Jimi Mitchell: The Intimidator new CD features a host of neo classical players

Jimi Mitchell Get a copy of my Neoclassical Metal album for your Ipod today \m/ New album recording in progress and it will feature guest solos by Joe Stump, Matthew Mills, Mike Kerr and Alex Malmstrom \m/ Coming in early 2012 \m/ Mitchell - Download Jimi Mitchell Music on
Preview and download songs by Jimi Mitchell on iTunes. Songs by Jimi Mitchell start at just $0.99 each.

Chris Feener, Travis Montgomery: Threat Signal new CD release date announced

"Threat Signal" will be released on October 7 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was recorded at Planet Z studios in Hadley, Massachusetts with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris.
"Threat Signal" track listing:

01. Uncensored
02. Comatose
03. New World Order
04. Trust In None
05. Face The Day
06. Fallen Disciples
07. Disposition
08. Death Before Dishonor
09. Buried Alive
10. Resistance (bonus track)

THREAT SIGNAL - 2011 Studio Update # 2 - Guitars

tour dates:
Sep 16 The Atria Oshawa, Canada
Sep 17 KOI Music Festival Kitchener, Canada Tickets
Sep 22 The Stubborn Mule Sarnia, Canada
Sep 24 Live Summer Fest 2011 Azores, Portugal

Richie Kotzen: 24 Hours new CD release details

Richie Kotzen is back to unleash his new album, "24 Hours", due on November 11 via Headroom-Inc.

"24 Hours" reflects the guitar style that has defined Kotzen's career as a virtuoso, while taking it to another level.

"I feel like I have reached a new level of soloing on the opening track '24 Hours'," explains Kotzen. "I stopped using a guitar pick on electric a few years ago and my playing has evolved in a different way. Some of the solo lines I play on the song '24 Hours', and others as well, are lines I would have never been able to play with a guitar pick. So I would say the solos on this CD are at a different level than previous recordings." more

John 5: sixth new CD on the way

John 5's instrumental cover version of "Beat It" can be purchased at Amazon. The track will appear on John 5's sixth solo studio instrumental album, "God Told Me To", tentatively due before the end of the year.

André Niéri: Palmer Junction Guitar Contest

Palmer Junction Guitar Contest

Dave Martone, Kim Mitchell: now that's Canuck guitar fire power right there

Dave Martone
Kim Mitchell.... aka... Max Webster... Man... Kim was the first concert I ever saw in my entire life! Grade 9 at Denis Morris High St Catherines Ontario... What a blast to hang out!!!!

Dave Martone and Kim Mitchell

News: Gibson responds to Fed Raid!

Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., has responded to the August 24 raid of Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis by the Federal Government. In a press release, Juszkiewicz said: "Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence."

Click here to read the full response:

Gibson Guitar Corp. Responds to Federal Raid

Lorenzo Venza: improvisation over Greg Howe's sunny

Lorenzo Venza - improvisation over Sunny (Greg Howe B.T.)

Lorenzo Venza - Seconds (performed by LSD)