Friday, 3 February 2012

Allan Holdsworth: Chad Wackerman - Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations

Chad Wackerman: Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations/Featuring Allan Holdsworth

Chad Wackerman (Drums); Allan Holdsworth (Guitar);Jimmy Johnson (Bass);Jim Cox (Keyboards)

Four masters of musical improvisation collaborate on the latest release from esteemed drummer Chad Wackerman. Known for his work with Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth and James Taylor, Wackerman blurs the line between composed and improvised pieces on Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations. The featured musicians: guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, bassist Jimmy Johnson and keyboard player Jim Cox, have all developed a unique musical telepathy with Wackerman over decades, which is allowed to shine on this inventive, adventurous CD.

Ranging from atmospheric to edgy, the music on Dreams, Nightmares and Improvisations showcases four creative musicians at the height of their musical powers. Wackerman has structured the CD so that the interplay between the performers is ever-present. Many of the improvised pieces sound like fully formed compositions, while the written pieces provide ample opportunities for spontaneous flow.

Wackerman’s history with these musicians goes back a long way. He has been playing with Jim Cox since their first gig together in 1979, backing trombonist Bill Watrous. Thanks to Peter Erskine, Wackerman met and started working with Jimmy Johnson in the early 1980’s, a continuing collaboration that both cherish. Wackerman began touring and recording with Allan Holdsworth in 1982, beginning with Holdworth’s well known Road Games release. Listen to the sparks fly as these musical bonds deepen on this incredible new CD.

Track Listings
1. Glass Lullaby
2. A New Day
3. Bent Bayou
4. Star Gazing
5. Edith Street
6. The Fifth
7. Waterways
8. The Billows
9. Monsieur Vintage
10. Rapid Eeye Movement
11. Brain Funk
12. A Spontaneous Story
13. Two For Ya
14. Invisible

Michael Landau: Organic Instrumentals signed copies available

"Michael Landau may not have actually been born holding a guitar but once he
picked it up he never put it down (how does he bathe?). He can lay down a concrete
foundation, hang a mobile in space or light up the flame-thrower and scorch the
rubble. While it has been an honor to have him apply his genius to my music these
many years, Michael shines brightest on his own creation: ultimate chops in the
service of a startling and deep artistic vision. A quiet man with only one avenue of
escape; he is the complete virtuoso."
~ James Taylor

"Michael Landau is one of the finest guitar players/musicians in the
world. If you have not seen him you are missing one of our best.
Make the effort! The music he writes is other worldly and totally as
original as he is. Run, don't walk to hear him".
~ Steve Lukather

Autographed CDs by Mike Landau Available#
Michael Landau (Guitar); Jimmy Haslip (Bass);Chris Cheney (Bass); Teddy Landau (Bass); Andy Hess (Bass); Gary Novak (Drums); Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums); Charlie Drayton (Drums); Larry Goldings (Organ);

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Track 1 Delano
Track 2 Sneaker Wave
Track 3 Spider Time
Track 4 The Big Black Bear
Track 5 Karen Mellow
Track 6 Ghouls And The Goblins
Track 7 Big Sur Howl
Track 8 Woolly Mammoth
Track 9 Smoke
Track 10 The Family Tree

Guitar Powerhouse Michael Landau returns in 2012 with ten smoking tunes featuring musicians from his various trios and quartets that he has performed over the years.

Michael Landau is perhaps the most widely respected session guitarist of all time. On "Organic Instrumentals", he once again proves to be the ultimate connoisseur of taste and tone as he navigates a cinematic assortment of musical landscapes. Landau contrasts some of the most melodically beautiful phrases ever recorded with passion drenched guitar solos, resulting in a guitar tour de force that must be heard to be believed. Acting as both engineer and producer, Landau is a master craftsman, working the recording console with the same artistry with which he approaches playing the guitar.

Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre Live From New York DVD

Joe Bonamassa Beacon Theatre Live from New York DVD Official Trailer
Click here to pre-order your copy today! -
Get your Download of Joe Bonamassa's single "Dust Bowl"

Awarded by Billboard Magazine as the #1 Blues Artist of 2010, watch blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa perform Live at The Beacon Theatre with special guest appearances by Paul Rodgers, John Hiatt and Beth Hart.

His 2011 release Dust Bowl debuted at #1, the 3rd consecutive album by Bonamassa to debut #1 on Billboards Blues Albums, and #37 on Billboard's Top 200, making it his highest-selling and chart-ranking U.S. debut to date.

Joe Bonamassa Beacon Theatre Live From New York DVD OFFICIAL TRAILER

Joe Bonamassa Live At The Beacon Theatre

Frank Gambale: Boca, Soulmine

Frank Gambale Soulmine feat. BOCA. Electronic Press Kit- Large 8.m4v

FORBIDDEN KISS - Frank Gambale - Soulmine feat.

Plus recent NAMM appearance

Frank Gambale & Bunny Brunnel - Carvin NAMM 2012

NAMM 2012: Frank Gambale Rocks Out @ Carvin Booth!

Zakk Wylde: Sharon Osbourne roasting

Sharon Osbourne Roasts Zakk Wylde 1-19-2012

Tracy G: Rockeyez interview

Rockeyez Interview w/Tracy G.1/18/2012

plus Tracy G Interview from Dio
Interviewed by : Jason Saulnier
August 19, 2011

Tracy G Interview : DIO

Vinnie Moore: UFO in depth interview

Uli Jon Roth: Live In Hollywood DVD details

In 2007 Uli Jon Roth conduceted his Sky Academy in Hollywood, CA. Two
concerts highlighted the week long event. Soon after many recordings of the show
surfaced. Combining these sources we were able to capture the magic of one of
these nights. This DVD consists of Uli playing his material from the Scorpions
Solo and Electric Sun.
This is a very limited pressing and only for Uli's US tour in Jan and Feb. Once sold
out it will not be pressed again
This is NTSC only!

"Live In Hollywood" track listing:

01. Intro Jam
02. Firewind
03. Land Of Dawn
04. We'll Burn The Sky
05. Fly To The Rainbow
06. Pictured Life
07. In Trance
08. Polar Nights
09. Going Down
10. Sails Of Charon
11. Catch Your Train

Former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth, playing a Scorps classic with a tasty dose of improvisation, in Milwaukee Wisconsin during 2012.

Uli Jon Roth 2012 Shank Hall Milwaukee

Steve Stevens: live at Iridium NYC 2012

Steve Stevens: live at Iridium NYC 2012

John 5: new album title and cover revealed

John 5's sixth solo studio instrumental album, "God Told Me To", will be released on April 10. The cover art, which features a painting of John 5 by Rob Zombie, can be seen below.

According to John 5, "God Told Me To"will be "half acoustic and half metal and feature music that will blow you away." He has already whetted the fans' appetite by releasing four digital singles from the album: "Beat It" (MICHAEL JACKSON cover), "Welcome To Violence", "Noche Acosador" and "The Castle". more

Gretchen Menn: Interview on GuitarTV

Gretchen Menn Interview on GuitarTV

Jennifer Batten: GuitarTV live at Musicians Institute

Over one hour and forty five minutes of Jennifer Batten.

GuitarTV Presents Jennifer Batten (live at Musicians Institute)

John Petrucci: GuitarTV interview

GuitarTV Presents: Exclusive Interview with John Petrucci

Mike Portnoy: stands in for Bobby Jarzombek on upcoming Fates Warning shows.

FATES WARNING: "We're pleased and excited to announce that Mike Portnoy will be our special guest drummer for our April 14th show in São Paulo, Brazil. We had a great time playing with Mike back in 2005 at the Headway festival in Holland and we're happy that he's able to help us out again. We'd also like to make it clear that Bobby Jarzombek is still the drummer for FATES and will be with us for our European shows in March as well as on the new record we're currently working on. Unfortunately, Bobby committed to another gig on the same day (ironically, in the same city) before this show was planned." more

Jeff Loomis: US tour and new album details

Jeff Loomis has been added to the 24-date, coast-to-coast U.S. tour with PROTEST THE HERO, PERIPHERY, THE SAFETY FIRE and TODAY I CAUGHT THE PLAGUE.

Jeff Loomis has set "Plains Of Oblivion" as the title of his second solo album, to be released on April 10, 2012, in North America (one day earlier in Europe) via Century Media Records. The CD was produced by Aaron Smith (7 HORNS 7 EYES) and features cover artwork by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design, who has previously worked with ALL SHALL PERISH, THE END and XERATH.

"Plains Of Oblivion" track listing:

01. Mercurial (feat. Marty Friedman)
02. The Ultimatum (feat. Tony MacAlpine)
03. Escape Velocity
04. Tragedy And Harmony (feat. Christine Rhoades)
05. Requiem For The Living (feat. Attila Voros)
06. Continuum Drift (feat. Chris Poland)
07. Surrender (feat. Ihsahn)
08. Chosen Time (feat. Christine Rhoades)
09. Rapture
10. Sibylline Origin

The dates are as follows:

Mar. 25 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
Mar. 26 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
Mar. 27 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Mar. 28 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Mar. 30 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine
Mar. 31 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
Apr. 01 – West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
Apr. 02 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
Apr. 03 - Portland, OR - The Branx
Apr. 04 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Apr. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
Apr. 07 - Denver, CO - Summit
Apr. 09 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
Apr. 10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave II
Apr. 11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
Apr. 12 - Columbus, OH - The Outland Ballroom
Apr. 13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Apr. 14 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Apr. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Apr. 17 - Orlando, FL - The Social
Apr. 18 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
Apr. 20 - New York, NY - Gramercy
Apr. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero

Glen Drover, Jim Gilmour: hard at work on new album

Glen Drover has started the initial editing of songs for the next GLEN DROVER BAND album. He says, "We have a bunch of really cool material from Jim [Gilmour, keyboards], Paul [Yee, bass] and myself that I'm very excited about.

"This album will most likely continue down the same path of style as [last year's] 'Metalusion', but will also have more 'metal'-style songs this time around.

"The recording process should start within the next month or two, and hopefully have a new album ready sometime later in the year.. I'm also happy to say that Chris Sutherland is back on drums. We had some personal issues, which led to us deciding that we should part last summer, but just recently, Chris and I met up and had a nice talk (we both teach at MWI in Toronto) and seemed to have ironed out our issues and decided that we really need to get back together and carry on with the next album. It was very clear after seeing a lot of the video footage of the webcast DVD I was telling you about earlier, that we have a really good chemistry and want to forge ahead and see if we can move forward without anything get in our way this time around.

"As far as the recording process, we spent a long time on the last album, not necessarily working consistently on the album, but also doing a lot of reflecting on the songs, making sure the songs were going in the right direction, and would grow on us over a period of time, which they all did. We will probably continue with the same process, as it seemed to work great last time around. more

News: Guitar Master Class Competition

A special thanks to Michael Reser at for this awesome new competition for fans of learning the wondrous art of guitar and fans of Truth In Shredding the home of all guitar.

Truth In Shredding and GMC give you an amazing opportunity to get better at guitar... are you ready?
Enter the competition
This week, we're giving three lucky readers totally free one-year subscriptions to Guitar Master Class (worth $110 each!). submit your answer

If you're not familiar, Guitar Master Class is an online community of over 15,000 musicians. With a database of 2,300+ lessons, Guitar Master Class gives subscribers instructional videos, personal mentoring from expert players, and resources for musicians of all skill levels. Their videos range in genre from shred guitar lessons to country guitar lessons and everything in between.

Are you up for the challenge? Here's how this giveaway will work:  Over the next few days, we'll post a trivia question on the website. The answer to this question will be buried somewhere in Truth In Shredding. It's up to you to dig through the site and find the correct answer. When you do, fill out the form below. Out of the winners that answered the question correctly, I'll randomly select one to win a subscription. You have three opportunities to win! A question will be posted today, Thursday, and Friday.

Today's question:

A while back, we posted a video of Joe Satriani and Grace Potter covering a Neil Young song. Which song did they cover?

Michael Romeo: Guitar World talking about inspirations

With Symphony X kicking off a North American tour with Iced Earth this week, we couldn't think of a better candidate to relaunch our "60 Minutes" feature online with that the band's virtuoso guitarist, Michael Romeo.
For those of you who aren't familiar with one of our longest-running magazine features, the idea is simple: to create your ultimate hour-long playlist of the music that most rocks your world.
When making his "60 Minutes" selections, Romeo decided to stay true to his roots, focusing on the bands and guitarists that helped him become one of the most respected axe-slingers in metal. Given his love of neo-Classical shredders like Yngwie Malmsteen and his penchant for orchestral music, it's no wonder he's given us more than his share of epic music over the years, including the 24-plus-minute "Odyssey" and stellar albums like The Divine Wings of Tragedy and, most recently, Iconoclast.
Symphony X are currently on the road with Iced Earth and Warbringer, and you can get all of the tour dates and info here.
Michaels answers:

Daniele Gottardo, Stéphan Forté,Jason Becker: Jason gets a better view of the Amsterdam show

Guitarist Daniele Gottardo and Adagio’s Stéphan Forté’s ‘post NAMM 2012′ visit with Jason Becker... full series of photos posted by TIS San Francisco cool person of the year  award winner...  Ms An Thrope.

Daniele Gottardo

Stéphan Forté

Rick Graham: Van Halen - Spanish Fly

Back in 2009 this was posted... now up to 500,000 plus views. Get the album Classic solo from Eddie from the Van Halen II album. i've always been a big fan of Mr V.H. and this solo has always blown me away so I decided to have a go at it. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be and I hope you can forgive me crucifying the original ;)

Van Halen - Spanish Fly by Rick Graham

Laurie Monk: Rush just one cable away

Laurie Monk Just one cable away from 7.1 sound... when it's in place first up Rush live Blu Ray... been waiting since Christmas Day.

Joviana Marques, Jason Becker: special painting tribute

Joviana Marques, Jason Becker