Wednesday, 18 April 2012

David Maxim Micic: Bilo 2.0

Just a short one to keep you ladies warm up for some crazy split screen action that will be up in a few weeks from now!!!
- David Maxim Micic
FB: http://www.facebook.com/davidmaximmicicmusic
- My Band *Destiny Potato*
FB: http://www.facebook.com/destinypotatoYT: http://www.youtube.com/DestinyPotato
Bilo 2.0 is almost here!!
One of many videos just to keep you impatient until May 2012!!

More videos and updates are on the way!!
David Maxim Micic - Bilo 2.0 (Short Teaser)

Brett Garsed: Guitar On Sky interview's the fusion master!


Some people said that you’re a foster son of Allan Holdsworth in music. How’d you response this?

That's pretty funny! I'll say this right now…Allan is a legitimate musical genius with one of the most unique visions of how music is created that the world will probably ever see. I'm a guy mucking around on a guitar trying to have some fun who is heavily influenced by Allan so there's no comparison. It was very natural for me to be a legato player as that's how I initially approached the instrument. When I was about 17 I heard about Allan from an interview with Eddie Van Halen so I bought the UK album. It was at this time that I was being judged by a lot of people because I didn't pick all the notes and they questioned my ability as a musician. When I heard Allan I recognised the legato sound immediately and also his incredibly original sound and approach so in an instant his playing made me realise it's important to firstly, follow your own vision as to what kind of musician you want to be and secondly, try to develop a unique voice on your instrument, above and beyond technique. Allan is a gift to the musical world and I'm grateful for what his music has meant to me in my life even though I'm nowhere near a good enough musician to ever understand it at a deeper level than that fact that I enjoy it. I consider that proof that his music can reach everyone and it not "just for musicians".






You’re name is now spread everywhere on this planet. If there’s a fusion-guitar discussion, your name would become the most mentioned name during it. I bet that it was not easy to gain the popularity on this level when you started the journey in music career. What difficulties you often faced when searching for record deals and professional contracts at that time?

See, I just don't really agree with that. It's been my experience lately that I'm still largely unknown in the guitar world, let alone the general world of music. I can't even get a review or interview in my own country of Australia for my latest album. There are 2 guitar magazines in this country and neither of them have given me any press at all so I have to put that down to just not being popular enough. Compared to Greg Howe or Guthrie Govan, I'm a complete unknown so I'm not sure how to react to that question. I've been doing this at a professional level for a long time so it hasn't been from a lack of trying. My first appearance on an album was John Farnham's "Whispering Jack" in 1986 and it's the highest-selling album in Australian history but despite that I'm largely unknown except to a few guitar players that have directly heard my music. I don't mind as I'm happy that I'm able to play music and make somewhat of a living from it so no complaints. From what I've seen of high level fame I'm not sure I'd be too happy with it anyway!

Artur Kalinowski: TC Electronic Competition

Artur Kalinowski - TC Electronic Competition

Jack Thammarat: Guitar On Sky Shred competition



1. Download the backing track as the platform of playing (download it here)

2. Start to produce and record a soloing video (also note that shredding is not everything, consider that the harmonic composition is more valuable)

3. Upload your live performance video on Youtube (full appearance)

4. Join the guitaronsky facebook page by clicking here

5. Send the link of the video to this post (on the comment box). Also note that I only approve the link after you liked the guitaronsky facebook page

6. Share the Youtube video and get the like thumbs as many as you can (videos views won't count, and dislikes have no impact on the counting process)

7. Submission is allowed during this period: 15th April 2012-25th June 2012 (GMT-7)

8. There will be Three Videos only at the final

9. Announcement will be published on 28th June 2012

10. The winners should send the data details for the shipping stuffs max. 2 days after the winner announcement is being released

11. Visit guitaronsky.com regularly for the updated info and news of Guitaronsky Shredding Contest

The Jury:

Conrad Schrenk
Jack Thammarat
Laurie Monk
Edwin Mclean


Prizes
Winner
Artec Twin Head Guitar Effect

Runner Up 
 Ponco Satrio Album CD's and Guitaronsky Custom Picks

Third Place
Guitar Lesson Compilation DVD’s and Guitaronsky Custom Picks

Szymon Chudy: My Way - Acoustic - original

MY WAY (The First Story) by Szymon Chudy

Timothy Reid: Performance videos from New CD


Timothy Reid: Electric Zen 
Timothy Reid playing 'Enigmas & Riddles' 2011


Goodbye For Now by Timothy Reid

Martin Goulding: Guitar World extensive guitar lessons from a master






Yngwie Malmsteen, Jennifer Batten: Ultimate World Guitar Exhibition: Live in Bologna

Ultimate World Guitar Exhibition: Live in Bologna - series


Derek Sherinian at keyboards, all guitarists playin (yes, ALL: Stef Burns, Jennifer Batten, Doug Aldrich, George Lynch, Timo Tolkki, Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen: Miami Music Television

Miami Music Television Yngwie Malmsteen


he Fender® custom Shop Yngwie Malmsteen tribute Stratocaster® guitar (a.k.a. the "play loud" guitar) is a meticulous reproduction of Malmsteen's beloved instrument. Produced in limited edition it is authentic in every detail, including the famous "play loud" sticker on the upper horn and, of course, the distinctive scalloped maple fingerboard.

Like the original, it features DiMarzio® HS-3 pickups in the bridge and neck positions and a standard Fender '70s-era middle pickup, with a standard Fender bridge, a large headstock, and a battered Olympic white finish expertly treated to mirror each of the original guitar's many battle scars—the nicks, dings, scratches, burns, and worn finish spots from decades of heavy use and abuse in Malmsteen's masterful hands.

Yngwie Malmsteen new signature guitar "PLAY LOUD"

Darius Wave: Fretless Madness - classy original

Fretless Madness: DAVID & GOLIATH :: original song :: Darius Wave

Yngwie Malmsteen: you think you have chops?

Incredible Performance Yngwie Malmsteen HD 1/2 Priest of The Unholy


Incredible Performance Yngwie Malmsteen HD 2/2 Death Dealer

Igor Lyashenko: tribute to Guthrie Govan - Fives

Fives. Guthrie Govan cover. Igor Lyashenko


Hard Rock Song. Igor Lyashenk

Glenn Proudfoot: Sick Licks No: 1

quick and to the point...

Glenn Proudfoot - Sick Licks No: 1

Timothy Marconett: The Institute Awards 2012 Guitar Scholarships worth over £8,000

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, in partnership with their industry sponsors, held a series of scholarship live finals last week in which places worth over £30,000 were awarded for the Institute’s renowned Higher Diploma course.
For the Guitar Scholarship, sponsored by Yamaha and Total Guitar magazine, each finalist had an interview with a panel of judges followed by a five minute live performance with their fellow finalists and guests in the audience. The Institute is now delighted to announce that the award of the 2012 Guitar Scholarship has been made Timothy Marconett.
Timothy impressed the judges with his stylistic versatility and commitment to his instrument. Judge on the day and Institute guitar tutor Jay Stapley had this to say: ‘’We felt that his technical abilities as a guitarist were set in a context of musicality and he showed the entrepreneurial spirit that is son important a part of the modern musician’s skillset.’’

Timothy will now receive a full scholarship onto the Institute’s Higher Diploma guitar course starting in September, worth £5,450, with runner-up Henry Cook receiving a partial scholarship worth £2,500.

For more information on this event or courses at the Institute, contact us directly
­ www.icmp.co.uk
­ 02073280222
­ enquiries@icmp.co.uk

Danny Gill: jam with Joe Bonamassa lessons

Lick Library’s Jam With Joe Bonamassa shows you how to get that unique mix of seventies hard rock and British pure electric blues rock with a double DVD set of guitar lessons.

The track lessons are by Danny Gill, former Joe Satriani pupil and teacher at MI Hollywood. Jam With Joe Bonamassa (£27.99) breaks down the classic blues-rock of Bridge To Better Days and Joe’s interpretation of the Led Zeppelin track Tea For One. Danny than takes a look at the upbeat electric rave up that is Sloe Gin, the hard rocking Story Of A Quarryman and sparklingly vibrant guitar notes of The Ballard Of Joe Henry with its zepplinesque rhythm. The last two tracks are more recent covers of Bobby Parker’s Steal Your Heart Away with a solo to make you weep and Jeff Beck’s Spanish Boots, which Joe Bonamassa has transformed with his excellent arrangement skills.

If you want to learn more about playing in the style of Joe Bonamassa, check out the Quick Licks Joe Bonamassa DVD, which is full of up-tempo blues riffs in the key of G. Both of these DVDs are available http://www.licklibrary.com/store/danny-gill/26654/jam-with-joe-bonamassa

Neal Nagaoka: Curse Of Tutankhamen

This is an instrumental guitar song from my 3rd CD Transition called Curse Of Tutankhamen.

Neal Nagaoka: Curse Of Tutankhamen

Andy James: talks guitar gear


Andy JamesOkay, i seem to be getting alot of peeps asking what gear they should get, mainly guitars. All i can say is, the way i set my guitars is different from probably wot most people like, so is subjective. I like ESP because they fit me perfectly with the way I play but ive had a long road to get to that point. Even now, i change my pick everyday because im an inconsistant nincanpoop who likes to moan and groan about my playing lol and tone, so like 99% of gits players, im the same. Never happy lol :))

Andy James Nah, low action is horrible. No tone, tones of timing issues loadsa noise. Great for tapping but anything forget it lol (for me i mean) i have the action on my 7 at a reasonable action but my 6's are always higher, much higher really. Only other i've played who has it like i do is Martin Miller. Glass picks? Ive not heard of this! Any good?

Andy James Ultex jazz 3 was something i tried, if only they made it more like Paul Gilbert Ibanez size but not jazz 3 XL size, i reckon that would work :)

Fred Brum: Guitar Candy - Toolshed Jaden Rose JHM 7

My album Atonement is available (along with a free downloadable track athttp://fredbrum.com/atonement/ - please give it a listen. :)
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/FredtheShredBrumOfficial site - http://www.fredbrum.com
I went to Belgium for the launch of Ola Englund's signature model from Strictly 7 Guitars, the Solar. The event was held at Guitar Candy, a fantastic little shop with excellent gear, owned by my friend Bart, who made sure Ola and I felt welcome at all times.
This track is Toolshed, off my album Atonement, and I used the Kemper straight to the PA here (I did use the Invader later on as a power amp for the Kemper, through the monitor out).

Guitar is one of my Jaden Rose JHM 7's, which I love to bits and, throughout the showcases, I also used my new Blackat Leon 8 (NGD vid soon) and a rather pretty white Solar 7.


I hope you enjoy the vid! :)

Fred Brum @Guitar Candy - Toolshed

Bartek Beben: Palmer PDI-03 vs SM57

Palmer PDI-03/PGA-04 or SM57 which way is better to record at home ?

Laney GH50L settings:

Palmer - Deep & normal - amp master volume on 7,
SM57 - Marshall 1936, Celestion G12-75T - amp master volume on 1,

Resonance On,
Presence 3.5
Bas 6.5, Mid 4, Treble 5.5,,
Gain Max, Drive 4,

guitar used is a Gibson BFG stock p-90 & Merlin Sabotage pickups,

Find me on:
http://www.facebook.com/drumbART
http://bartekbeben.posterous.com
http://twitter.com/bartekbeben

@ 2012 by Bartek Beben [drumbART]


Palmer PDI-03 vs SM57

Gil Manoel: BATTLE WG - tasteful playing

BATTLE WG - Lagrimas - Gil Manoel

Thorsten Koehne: Eden's Curse Merchandise 25% discount


As a post PPM Fest and pre Dokkem Open Air Tour sale we have 25% off all Eden's Cursemerchandise at the Official Online Store until the end of the month :-

http://www.edenscurse.com/edensstore/index.php

We have also added the FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the brand new Eden's Curse single TIME TO BREATHE featuring the recorded debut of new vocalist Marco Sandron.

Also, we have numerous Autographed specials over at our Official eBay Site too.

Be sure to check them out :-
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/edenscurse/m.html?hash=item4164e3dbf7&item=280865528823&pt=UK_Music_Music_Memorabilia_LE&_trksid=p4340.l2562


ComScore

Zakk Wylde: The Nervous Breakdown Interview


You make a good point with Guns N’ Roses. They have all the reasons in the world to get back together, but they don’t. As someone who’s been around as long as you have, what’s the one thing a musician can do to thoroughly and brilliantly fuck up their career?

Lemme put it this way: it’s already enough of an ass-plowing to begin with. It’s like I said in the book, if you’re in Alice in Chains–if you’re Jerry Cantrell–and that’s the music you love and that’s what naturally comes out of you and you love playing that stuff, that’s what you gotta do. It’s a long road whether you’re in Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Boston or any band. The whole thing is that you might as well be playing what you dig playing, rather than being in some band where you’re like, “Dude, I can’t stand playing this.” Then what are you doing it for, man? You know what I mean? Nothing for nothing, but whether me and you work in a McDonald’s, there are still gonna be jerk-offs that are there that we can’t stand, you know what I mean? You might as well pick something you really love doing.

more http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/jdaly/2012/04/zakk-wylde-on-the-music-industry-tweeting-and-his-new-book-on-world-tour-domination/

Tony MacAlpine, Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Derek Sherinian: Europe and Asian tour dates

PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, MACALPINE, SHERINIAN - EUROPEAN AND ASIAN TOUR 2012

Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian will join forces this fall embarking on an extended tour of Europe and Asia.
The virtuoso band will play an all-instrumental set consisting of material from each of their solo records and their previous collaborations as well as classic instrumental covers and extended solo spots.

Mike Portnoy formed the lineup to perfom at two drum events at the NAMM show last January. Due to overwhelming response that band has decided to take their show on tour. 

"I knew when assembling this lineup that it would be a magical musical experience that would be a blast for us as well as the fans! I can't wait to play again with these tremendous musicians and share the experience with you all at these special shows!" says Portnoy.


OCTOBER

17 - Opole, Poland
18 - Wroclaw, Poland
20 - Bucarest, Romania - Jukebox Club 
21 - Zoetermeer, Holland - Boerderij
25 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Reading 3
26 - Kiev,Ukraine - Bingo Club
27 - Moscow, Russia - Izvestia Hall
28 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glav Club
31 - Beijing, China

NOVEMBER

2 - Shanghai, China
4 - Taipei, Taiwan
6 - Manila, Philippines
8 - Bangkok, Thailand
10 - Fort Gate, Singapore

Tom Hess: How To Turn 7 String Guitar Into A Powerful Tool For Musical Creativity


How To Turn 7 String Guitar Into A Powerful Tool For Musical Creativity

By Tom Hess

Are you struggling with musical creativity on 7 string guitar? If so, don’t worry…This is actually a very common issue for most 7 string guitarists. This is especially the case if the majority of your time has been spent playing on a 6 string guitar. Even though there are many similarities between 7 and 6 string guitar, 7 string guitar brings many new things to the table in terms of its physical feel and potential for creative musical expression.

To become an excellent 7 string guitar player, you will need to fully understand how to overcome any challenges that arise with your new instrument. It is also necessary for you to become aware of all the new guitar playing possibilities that will help you express yourself better in your music. As you continue reading the rest of this article, I will show you many new ideas to help you express yourself creatively in your 7 string guitar playing.

Integrate The Low B String Into Your Lead Guitar Playing

Since a 7 string guitar essentially adds a bass string onto the guitar, many guitarists consider the instrument to be primarily used for rhythm. However, this is only a single piece of the puzzle. In fact, 7 string guitar is unique because it gives you a great opportunity to extend your lead guitar playing into the lower range as well. To get the most from this instrument, extend the scale and arpeggio patterns you know from 6 string guitar onto the low B string. This will help you to expand the pitch range of your lead guitar phrases to make it more similar to piano. If you don’t know how to do this yourself, find a guitar teacher who knows how to effectively teach these 7 string guitar playing concepts.

Discover And Build Unique Chord Patterns

The 7 string guitar can be used to create many interesting chords that are not possible on a 6 string guitar. In most cases, musicians will use the 7 string guitar to play in a metal style; however, you are not limited to this style alone. The 7 string guitar can be played in a wide variety of different musical genres. With the addition of the extra seventh string, you can give basic guitar chords a much more interesting sound. The coolest part of this is that you can use the low B string to essentially play standard guitar and bass guitar simultaneously!

To demonstrate this, I am going to show you an exercise. First, turn off any distortion settings you have and play through a clean channel on your amp. For this exercise, you will be experimenting with various guitar chords that you may have already learned on 6 string guitar. First, create some chords using only the fifth, fourth, and third strings. Then, combine these chords with the low B string. Next, try this same idea, but use the third, second, and first strings. While you are experimenting with this exercise, pay attention to how different it feels when you are playing the strings closer (in pitch) vs. the strings that are farther apart in pitch. Which one of these do you think sounds more pleasing overall? Once you have decided this, you can begin using this idea in your own 7 string guitar music.

Learn To Use The Entire Range Of The Instrument

In most cases, guitarists are introduced to 7 string guitar through heavy metal riffs played by their favorite bands. This influences them to purchase a 7 string guitar for themselves. As soon as they pick up this instrument, they focus all their energy into creating heavy riffs or rhythms on the low B string. This is certainly one of the most unique features that a 7 string guitar has to offer, however if you spend too much time on the same string, your music will quickly become stale and uninteresting.

For instance, let’s say that you are going to create a song. In this song, you have a wide variety of instruments to choose from such as guitar, piano, bass, keyboard, drums, etc. However, while writing this composition, you decide to create the music by ONLY using the lowest pitch ranges that can be played on each instrument…for the entire duration of the song! I’m willing to bet that your listeners will become bored after the first 30 seconds. After this amount of time, your audience would likely be listening to the music while saying to themselves: “Are you going to ever play some higher notes??”

This is exactly what happens when many people play 7 string guitar. By spending all your time on the low B string, your guitar playing will lack variety. In order to fix this, focus on incorporating the other strings into your rhythm guitar playing. This will balance things out, and keep your music more interesting.

If you would like to be more creative on 7 string guitar, it is essential that you understand and apply this concept. When I show my own guitar students how to compose songs, I train them how to master this idea of balance in their music. To find out more about balancing pitch range on 7 string guitar, check out this lesson for improving 7 string guitar playing.

Combine Rhythm Guitar Chords With Lead Guitar Melodies

One of the signs that you are becoming a truly great 7 string guitar player is when you are able to cleanly and accurately shift between rhythm and lead guitar parts while still playing in time. When playing 7 string guitar, this skill becomes more challenging due to the wider guitar neck that makes it harder to jump from lower range notes to higher range notes.

To get better at combining rhythm and lead guitar together, you will need to not only be able to play both parts flawlessly ‘on their own’, but you also must practice the specific moment of ‘transition’ from one part to the next. To make quick improvement in this area of your guitar playing, focus on playing each part without mistakes (and with good timing), then slowly integrate the two. For additional help, record yourself playing these parts together. By recording yourself, you will be able to hear any mistakes you make with much more clarity.

Minimize All Unwanted String Noises

For most guitar players, it is very tough in the beginning to eliminate excess guitar noise coming from any strings that are not being played. This is due in part to the significant change in the physical ‘feel’ of a 7 string guitar compared to 6 string guitar. This change comes not only from the additional string, but also from a wider guitar neck. This will take some time for you to get used to. If you want to make your guitar playing cleaner, you need to make it a priority to fix any string noise problems in your technique. Listen closely as you play guitar so that you can hear any extra noise that occurs. Then, use guitar string muting techniques to minimize the noise until only the notes you want to hear remain. To get more help with cleaning up your guitar playing, read this article on how to eliminate guitar string noise. If you have a lot of trouble playing guitar cleanly, seek out a great guitar teacher who can help you effectively solve this problem.

Final Thoughts…

Most likely you have not found the ideas in this article to be too difficult to understand. Unfortunately, most 7 string guitar players do not take ACTION to use these ideas for improving their guitar playing. As a result, their progress is very slow. By simply focusing on mastering the ideas described above, you will be able to get much more from playing a 7 string guitar as well as greatly enhance your musical creativity in a shorter period of time.

Learn how to play 7 string guitar more creatively in this lesson about improving 7 string guitar playing.

Learn how to clean up your guitar playing in this article about how to eliminate guitar string noise.


About The Author:
Tom Hess is a successful professional guitar player, composer and the guitarist of the band Rhapsody Of Fire. He also trains musicians to reach their guitar playing goals in his rock guitar lessons online. Visit his website, tomhess.net to read more articles about guitar playing, get free guitar tips and guitar playing resources.

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart: Rush US and Canada


Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart: RUSH tour dates
Sep. 07 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena
Sep. 09 - Washington, DC - Jiffy Lube Live
Sep. 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
Sep. 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center
Sep. 15 - Chicago, IL - United Center
Sep. 18 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
Sep. 20 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena
Sep. 22 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
Sep. 24 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
Sep. 26 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
Sep. 28 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Center
Sep. 30 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Oct. 10 - Bridgeport, CT - Webster Bank Arena
Oct. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
Oct. 14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center
Oct. 18 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
Oct. 20 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
Oct. 22 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
Oct. 24 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
Oct. 26 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagra Center
Oct. 28 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 30 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
Nov. 01 - Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
Nov. 03 - Tampa, FL - 1-800-ASK-GARY Ampitheater
Nov. 13 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
Nov. 15 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavillion
Nov. 17 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
Nov. 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Ampitheater
Nov. 23 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand
Nov. 25 - Phoeniz, AZ - US Airways Center
Nov. 28 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
Nov. 30 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
Dec. 02 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

Michael Brown: Tracer UK tour details



TRACER are pleased to confirm the release of their new single “Spaces In Between” onMonday April 23. The single coincides with TRACER’S first headline tour of the UK, that starts at London’s Islington O2 Academy on Tuesday 24th April. Tickets are £8 (except London at £9). Tickets: 0844 478 0898,www.thegigcartel.com.

UK tour dates as follows:

Tuesday 24 April London Islington O2 Academy
Wednesday 25 April Bristol The Tunnels
Thursday 26 April Manchester Academy 3
Friday 27 April York The Duchess
Saturday 28 April Sheffield The Plug

On Monday 23 April, TRACER will be in London and available for face to face interviews.


TRACER was recently voted third place in Planet Rock listeners’ “Best New Band” poll. Classic Rock magazine recently deemed TRACER “New Band of the Month”, while Total Guitar, Rock Sound, Guitarist, Fireworks and Powerplay rated the album 4 stars. Hailing from Adelaide, Australia, TRACER resonates a sledgehammer sound steeped in thunderous guitar riffs and raw, uncompromising vocals in the tradition of Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin and Queens of the Stone Age.



Read the official online press announcement here – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/tracer/tour.htm

Jimmy Earl,Frank Gambale, Dave Weckl: Digitally re-mastered CD available




Jimmy Earl - Jimmy Earl




Digitally re-mastered from the original analog tapes, this album features Frank Gambale, Dave Weckl, Steve Tavaglione, Gary Novak.

Also : Jimmy Earl Stratosphere

Wilko Johnson: official autobiography details



Wilko Johnson will released his official autobiography “Looking Back On Me” on Wednesday May 30th, 2012. Hailed as a unique, vibrant and hotly anticipated autobiography of the former Dr Feelgood guitarist, British R&B legend and proto-punk pioneer, the autobiography is written and collated with acclaimed music writer ZoĆ« Howe.

Fascinating, funny, deeply personal and visually compelling, Looking Back At Me is a fascinating rock 'n' roll scrapbook and oral history, and genuine treasure trove, marking the first time Wilko has told his story, no holds barred. The book can be pre-ordered online from Cadiz Music here.

Within these colourful pages, the Canvey Island raised guitarist shares his recollections on everything from his Essex childhood and his Indian odyssey as a hippy, to the wild, turbulent days of Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury and The Blockheads, to his current band featuring Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Dylan Howe (drums). Wilko also expands on his love for astronomy, art, literature, clouds, poetry, sci-fi, and Shakespeare; making him the ultimate Renaissance man of rock.

Amid the twists, turns and tangents, the autobiography features many previously unseen images of Wilko from throughout his life, as well as an array of ephemera and anecdotes from notable Wilko fans including Robert Plant, Alison Moyet, JJ Burnel, Keith Levene, Gavin Martin and Whispering Bob Harris. The book also features a foreword by Mick Farren.

Wilko will appear at an exclusive book signing at Rough Trade East at 6pm on Wednesday May 30th. The signing will be following by a Q&A and a half hour set featuring Wilko and his band. Rough Trade East is located at Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.

Read the official press release and download the autobiography artwork here - www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/wilkojohnson/autobiography.htm.

Wilko is currently in the middle of a UK tour that continues at the Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatretonight. Click here for the April UK tour dates - http://bit.ly/us9EIT.

Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Neil Peart: Headlong Flight

"Headlong Flight," the first single from Rush's 20th studio album Clockwork Angels, is one of the trio's most hard-charging numbers in recent years. "'Headlong Flight' was one of those songs that was a joy to write and record from beginning to end," says frontman Geddy Lee. "Alex [Lifeson] and I had blast jamming in my home studio one day before the second leg of the Time Machine tour, and I did not revisit that jam until a year later. Alex and I assembled the song to be an instrumental and its original title was 'Take That Lampshade Off Yo Head!," but once we saw the lyrics Neil [Peart] had written, I knew that the spirit of the lyrics matched the instrumental perfectly and it was just a matter of making them fit and writing the melodies."

Clockwork Angels, which was produced by the band and Nick Raskulinecz, will be in stores on June 12th, but you can preview "Headlong Flight" here today. Listen to the track: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-stream-rush-return-with-heavy-headlong-flight-20120418


Rush - Caravan (Clockwork Angels)

Thomas Blug: Musikmesse series

Thomas Blug: Musikmesse series