Monday, 9 January 2012

Eddie Van Halen: US tour dates and VIP tickets

Date City Venue On Sale Date
2/18/12 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center January 16
2/20/12 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills January 14
2/22/12 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse January 14
2/24/12 Chicago, IL United Center January 14
2/28/12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden January 14
3/1/12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden January 14
3/3/12 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena January 14
3/5/12 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center January 14
3/9/12 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center January 14
3/11/12 Boston, MA TD Garden January 14
3/15/12 Montreal, QC Bell Centre January 14
3/17/12 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre January 14
3/21/12 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place January 14
3/24/12 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall TBA
3/28/12 Washington, DC Verizon Center January 14
3/30/12 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center January 14
4/1/12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena January 14
4/10/12 Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center TBA
4/12/12 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum TBA
4/14/12 Orlando, FL Amway Arena TBA
4/16/12 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Arena TBA
4/19/12 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena TBA
4/21/12 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum TBA
4/25/12 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena TBA
4/27/12 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena TBA
5/1/12 Tulsa, OK BOK Center TBA
5/5/12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome TBA
5/7/12 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena TBA
5/9/12 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome TBA
5/11/12 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place TBA
5/17/12 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre TBA
5/19/12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center TBA
5/22/12 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center TBA
5/24/12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center TBA
5/27/12 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena TBA
6/1/12 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center TBA
6/3/12 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena TBA
6/5/12 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion TBA
6/12/12 Anaheim, CA Honda Center TBA
6/14/12 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena TBA
6/16/12 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center TBA
6/20/12 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center TBA
6/22/12 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center TBA
6/24/12 Houston, TX Toyota Center TBA
6/26/12 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena TBA

VIP tickets

Billy Sheehan,Warren DeMartini: Rotosound NAMM appearances

Rotosound are at the Winter NAMM 2012 with a select group of endorsees making an appearance on their booth on Saturday 21st January.

Joining them fresh from his European tour with Loaded is the legendary metal bass player Duff McKagan at 1pm. Famed for his roles in Guns ‘n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, Duff has had a busy year what with the tour, new album and a book.

Next is the virtuoso veteran bass player, Billy Sheehan will be signing at 3pm. He is responsible for shaping a whole new generation of bassists with his fret board pyrotechnics. Again he has had a busy year with a USA tour and new album with Mr. Big.

Then back at the Rotosound booth for another year will be guitar legend Warren DeMartini at 4pm.

For further information and to see the latest new products visit Rotosound Booth ♯5596, Hall B see

News: Orange Amplification re-introduce OR50H

Orange Amplification celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008 with the issue of an extremely limited amp: the OR50H. Due to overwhelming public demand, Orange Amplification has decided to re-introduce it.

In 1972 Orange launched an amp that defined their sound. It was dubbed the ‘Pics Only’ due to the absence of any text, instead using pictures only on the face plate of the amp. The OR50H owes more than a nod to this vintage legend; from the method of its construction, the blues and rock tone, even the cosmetics.

Featuring a traditional single channel with a three stage gain section, the real weapon in the OR50's arsenal is the HF Drive control. This is two controls in one! As you turn the control clockwise you will hear the power amp presence increase while adding an extra dimension of power amp gain. Along with a foot-switchable master volume, this is truly one of the most versatile single channel amps ever created. The new OR15H offers an alternative specification for those looking for a 15 watt Class A guitar amp, still delivering the vintage Orange tone and for the first time offering the Pics only styling in a smaller package.

Specifications OR50H
Single Channel
Foot Switchable Master Volume/Attenuator
Three Band EQ
HF Drive Control with Boost
3 Stage Gain section
Classic 2 x EL34 valve configuration
3 x 12AX7
50 Watts RMS
Chassis mounted hand wired power valve sockets Specifications OR15H
Single Channel
Three Band EQ
4 Stage Gain section
Classic 2 x EL84 class A valve configuration
3 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AT7
15 Watts RMS

With incredible vintage tone and unmatched versatility, once heard you will be hooked on the OR series amplifiers for life!

To take a look at these and all the other Orange Amps go to Orange Music Booth 4890 Hall C. Scan the “Powered by Doppler” QR codes featured on every Orange product this year to enhance your experience with audio clips and video!

Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar: Chickenfoot - "Different Devil"

Chickenfoot - "Different Devil" single

Bruno Palma: winner of the Santo Angelo competition

1° LUGAR - Concurso Cultural Vinheta Santo Angelo - Bruno Palma

Lyle Watt,Adam Ironside,Ben Wilshire,Matt Harnett: Chapman Guitars Artists Jam

In celebration of another amazing year for Chapman Guitars, the Chapman Artists put together a jam.
This will happen each year as we grow.
Nick and Rocco joined the ranks just as this was finished, but you will see them in action soon ;-)
A huge thanks to:
Lyle Watt - Ironside - Wilshire - Harnett -

Chapman Guitars Artists Jam

Steve Smyth: B.C. Rich S.S. SBO

B.C. Rich S.S. SBO Steve Smyth Signature Bich

Diego Budicin: Lost In A Dream Live in Apeldoorn

Lost In A Dream Live in Apeldoorn NL

John Petrucci: Samson CT20 Clip-On Tuner

Sound Service: John Petrucci of Dream Theater with his Samson CT20 Clip-On Tuner.flv

Denny Ilett: Southville Shuffle

Denny Ilett is back with 3 Blues Grooves. This package contains three amazing blues tracks to get your creative juices flowing!
Southville Shuffle is just one of the three tracks and we have decided to show it to you in FULL! Please's a real treat!
Denny Ilett - Southville Shuffle (FULL)

Benjamin Woods,Luis Villegas: iphone duet

Benjamin Woods (left) and Luis Villegas (right)

We recorded this with the iPhone (using the iRig adaptor). In our own separate homes, we plugged the guitar straight into the iPhone and started recording video

This is just a preview of one of the many Flamenco-Metal tracks that will soon be available on "Heavy Mellow Volumes I & II"

You can see us playing on the Monsters of Rock Cruise this Feb.2012!

"Over the Mountain"(OZZY) Flamenco style duet

Marco Minnemann: Evil Smiles Of Beauty/Sound Of Crime - new double CD

The new Marco Minnemann 2CD Set “Evil Smiles Of Beauty/Sound Of Crime”
The new 2CD set “Evil Smiles Of Beauty/Sound Of Crime”. Composed, performed and recorded by MARCO MINNEMANN. An album inspired by robots, wolves, love, the evil and the beautiful ones.

Fabrizio Leo: special clinic show this week

Thursday 12th January special clinic show with the maestro of melodic guitar

Richie Kotzen,Uli Jon Roth: live in Milan 2008

live in Milano 05-12-08

ULI JON ROTH - with Richie Kotzen

ULI JON ROTH - with Richie Kotzen

Andy James: talks about Jason Becker and ALS

Andy James about ALS and Jason Becker (

Eric Czar: "Mitigating Me" for two 7 string basses

"Mitigating Me" for two 7 string basses by Eric Czar

Tony MacAlpine: VIP masterclasses and soundcheck meet and greet packages

Limited to 7 participants per show. VIP Package #1 upgrades a regular ticket (purchased separately through venue or local outlets) allowing you to participate in the following:
A 45 minute guitar master class with Tony
Early access to the venue to watch soundcheck
Meet and greet/photo op with Tony
Tour of Tony’s guitar setup
VIP T-shirt (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Collectable VIP laminate with free song/content download
Autographed poster

PACKAGE #2: VIP SOUNDCHECK MEET & GREET – US$55 (Est. start time: 4:30pm)
VIP Package #2 upgrades a regular ticket (purchased separately through venue or local outlets) allowing you the following:
Early access to the venue to watch soundcheck
Meet and greet/photo op with Tony
Tour of Tony’s guitar setup
VIP T-shirt (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Collectable VIP laminate with free song/content download
Autographed poster

VIP Packages for the Dream Mechanism Tour 2012 will only be available through the ticket store and will be on sale later this week.

Please note: Both the VIP Soundcheck Meet & Greet and VIP Guitar Master Class upgrade packages do not include a ticket to the concert. Tickets should be purchased separately through venue or local ticket outlets. You need a ticket to the concert in addition to the upgrade packages to gain entry.
T-shirt, poster and laminate will be given to you on the afternoon of the show. If you purchase the VIP Guitar Master Class package, you will need to arrive at the venue at 3:30pm (1530h). If you purchase the VIP Soundcheck Package you will need to arrive at the venue at 4:30pm (1630h).
Please note: The times listed above may change slightly from venue to venue. We will send any updates/changes about VIP package arrival times to you via email. You should also keep checking News page for updates and information on the Master Class and Soundcheck Packages in case you do not receive an email notification.
When you come to the show, please bring photo ID, and a printout of your purchase confirmation from our Topspin ticket store.
General Policies:
No video cameras or recording devices
No flash photography
All sales are final
Passes are not transferable
Persons who appear drunk or intoxicated will be denied entry
Age Policies:
No babes in arms
No children under 12
Please observe venue policy for age restrictions. If a venue is 18+ and you are younger than 18, you will not be able to come to the show or the Guitar Masterclass or Soundcheck. This is very important.

Ticket Sales Policies:
All sales are final: There are no cancellations or exchanges and all sales are final.
Event Postponement: If an event is rescheduled, your tickets will be good for the rescheduled performance.
Event Cancellation: If an event is completely cancelled, a refund will be issued.
Packages are non-transferable: Packages/laminates may not be resold whole or in part for any reason.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to arrive early?
Yes. If you purchase the VIP Master Class Package, you will need to arrive at the venue at 3:30pm (1530h). If you purchase the VIP Soundcheck Package you will need to arrive at the venue at 4:30pm (1630h). Please be on time.
What do I need to bring with me in order to collect my Masterclass or Soundcheck passes?
You will need to bring valid photo ID, and a printout of your Topspin Ticket Store purchase confirmation.
Do I also need to buy a ticket to the show?

Yes – for both upgrade packages you need to purchase a regular ticket to the show separately through the venue or local ticket outlets.
When will I receive the t-shirt, poster and laminate in the package?
You will receive the merchandise and laminate on the day of the show.
What happens after soundcheck?
After soundcheck you will need to leave the venue. You will only be given access to the venue again after doors have opened, and via the usual entrance procedure with your valid show ticket.
Can I resell my passes?
No. The original purchaser must show identification. Substitutions will not be allowed into the venue.
How do I cancel if I can’t attend?

Sorry, but we cannot accept cancellations.
Is flash photography OK?

It’s okay if you want to take photos with small cameras, but please do not use a flash during soundcheck or the concert. No professional gear without a photo pass.
Can I take video/recording of the masterclass, soundcheck, or concert?

No. Please leave recording devices and video cameras at home.
Does either VIP package get me backstage after the show?

No. The backstage area is strictly for band and crew only.
Can Tony autograph my guitar, CD etc.?

Sure – Tony is happy to autograph CDs, vinyl, and guitars, however you are responsible for the items you bring to the venue. You should only bring a couple of items at most. Please do not bring your entire CD collection with you. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.
Please note that while you can bring a guitar or CDs/vinyl to the master class/soundcheck, some venues may not let you bring large items such as guitars into the concert, so you may have to put these items in your car or other safe location before doors open for the show. If you have questions please contact us or post on Tony’s Facebook Page.

Stéphan Forté: time to practice being awesome... job done!

Stéphan Forté:
Some of you requested some practicing videos, so here it is ! Rehearsing "De Praestigiis Daemonum" from "The Shadows Compendium" :))

Stéphan Forté - Practicing

Lee Ritenour, Muriel Anderson, Mike Stern: Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night

Great to see a number of Truth In Shredding stars amongst the line up for this NAMM event.

Particularly Bryan Aspey. In 2009, Bryan won 1st Place in the first international Truth in Shredding “Shred This” guitar competition

All Star Guitar Night is a unique, guitar-centric event bringing together talented musicians for a night of both acoustic and electric music. The finest pickers on the planet assemble on stage to amaze standing-room-only audiences. The event typically features an acoustic and an electric set, featuring artists with household names as well as up-and-coming musicians.
While the evening celebrates the guitar and entertains audiences, it also raises money and awareness for a very important cause – music education for children. The artists donate their time and talent and the sponsors generously fund this event so that disadvantaged children can have access to instruments and music instruction in their schools. Muriel Anderson founded the Music for Life Alliance, which is the beneficiary of the event and works with non-profits disseminating instruments, funds & research nationwide.
Every event is unique and filled with memorable and unforgettable performances. Join us if you can!
Convention Center Lobby - full details
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night
Anaheim Marriott Platinum Ballroom
Featuring Lee Ritenour, Muriel Anderson, Mike Stern, Nokie Edwards, Frank Vignola, Carl Verheyen, Seymour Duncan, Vicki Genfan, Bryan Aspey, Carl Tosten, Fredrik Halland, Shaun Hopper, Gil Parris, Mark Kroos & Jude Gold with Special Guest Bernie Williams—Presented by Yamaha Guitars and Benefiting the Music for Life Alliance

Tony Iommi: diagnosed with Cancer

Black Sabbath guitarist 63-year-old Tony Iommi is to undergo treatment for cancer after being diagnosed with lymphoma. Truth In Shredding sends it's best wishes for a speedy recovery more

Stephen Ross : 2012 deserves an intense guitar solo!

Intense Guitar Solo Stephen Ross 2012

Uli Jon Roth, Mitch Perry: Marquee 15 NAMM date

Alexander Löfstedt: Guitar Solo for original tune

Alexander Löfstedt : Guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programing
music composed, recorded & performed by Alexander Löfstedt

Alexander Löfstedt - Guitar Solo

Steve Stevens,John 5,Dave Martone: Red Monkey NAMM date

4598 (Hall C)
ARTIST SIGNING: Steve Stevens from Billy Idol and John 5 from Rob Zombie will be signing at our booth.
ARTIST SIGNING: Kerry King from Slayer will be signing at our booth.

Dave Martone playting too

Frank Gambale: NAMM diary date

3190 (Hall D)
Sat 21/1 12:00pm
Autograph signing with Frank Gambale

Gilbert Morales: extracts from performance DVD

GILBERT MORALES[high level guitar]dvd video performances 2011..

Ayman Mokdad: Shred off 2012

Pump up the volume :)
I'm using my MO guitar plugged in a whammy pedal and then into an axe-fx ultra with two different sounds slightly panned left and right

AYMAN - Shred off 2012

Godeva: Paranormal guitar activity... 2010 demo

Paranormal 2010 demo

Miguel Gil, Diego Godoy: Chameleon Jam

Miguel Gil & Diego Godoy - Chameleon Jam

Muris Varajic, Diego Budicin, Damjan Pejcinoski, : Extreme Neoclassical

Written by Muris Varajic, three flavours of the same thing.

GMC Lesson Extreme NeoClassic

Diego Budicin - Extreme Neoclassical by Muris Varajic 150 BPM

Damjan Pejcinoski - "Extreme Neoclassical" by Muris Varajic

Greg Howe,Jude Gold,Billy Sheehan,Marco Minnemann: DiMarzio Day 2010 - brilliant videos

Excerpts from the DiMarzio Day clinic at Musicians Institute. Greg Howe talks about linear tapping and other techniques. Greg plays "Pepper Shake" and "Jump Start" live with Marco Minnemann, Jude Gold and Billy Sheehan.

DiMarzio Day at Musicians Institute featuring Greg Howe and Billy Sheehan

Excerpts from the DiMarzio Day clinic at Musicians Institute. Billy Sheehan talks about his tone and set up. Greg Howe plays "Kick It All Over" and "Proto Cosmos" live with Marco Minnemann, Jude Gold and Billy Sheehan.

DiMarzio Day at Musicians Institute featuring Billy Sheehan and Greg Howe