Friday, 3 August 2012

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Dave Martone, Uli Jon Roth, Greg Howe, Godin Christophe, Kiko Loureiro: all in one show!

Dave Martone
Me, Uli Jon Roth, Greg HoweGodin Christophe, Kiko Loureiro after tonight shows in the Green Room.
The day planned out

post show... Dave meets the Master!

Dave Martone, Uli Jon Roth, Greg Howe, Godin Christophe, Kiko Loureiro

Tosin Abasi,Javier Reyes: The Real Concert King videos 2012


Tosin Abasi,Javier Reyes: The Real Concert King videos 2012

Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes: CAFO - the Thrice and O'Brother out Prank the unprankable

Thrice and O'Brother pulling an end-of-tour prank on Animals As Leaders during CAFO live from Thrice's "Farewell" Tour at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA on June 18, 2012.

Thrice and O'Brother prank Animals As Leaders during CAFO (Live in Santa Ana 6-18-12)

Robert Cray: Nothin But Love new CD details

Robert Cray
The brand new studio album produced by Kevin Shirley UK release date: 27th August 2012
Five-time Grammy award winning legend and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee...

Robert Cray is pleased to announce that his brand new studio album Nothin But
Love will be released in the UK by Provogue Records on Monday August 27th.
Produced by Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes), the
ten-song album includes material written by all four Robert Cray Band members;
Robert Cray (vocals/guitar), Jim Pugh (keyboards), Cray Band co-founder
Richard Cousins (bass) and Tony Braunagel (drums). The new album blends
blues, rock, soul and jazz, with a lyric-sheet that examines the triumphs, fallouts
and follies of love.

Nothin But Love is Cray’s sixteenth studio album and marks the latest milestone
in a career that has produced 15 Grammy award nominations (5 wins), over 12
million record sales worldwide, thousands of sold out concerts across the globe,
and even his own signature line of Fender guitars.

Produced with what Shirley refers to as “the dirt under the fingernails,” Nothin
But Love was recorded live over two-weeks at the Revolver Studios in LA. The
album features the soaring break-up blues of Won’t Be Coming Home, the jazz
chops of I’ll Always Remember You, the soul-drenched ode to repossession that
is Great Big Old House and the frantic ’50s-flavoured rocker Side Dish.

01 – (Won’t Be) Coming Home
02 – Worry
03 – I’ll Always Remember You
04 – Side Dish
05 – A Memo
06 – Blues Get Off My Shoulder
07 – Fix This
08 – I’m Done Cryin’
09 – Great Big Old House
10 - Sadder Days

Since the release of his 1986 break-out album Strong Persuader, Cray has been
Blues rock royalty. He has performed and recorded alongside the best in the
business - from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughn, from Bonnie Raitt to John
Lee Hooker. Cray was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the age of
57; making him the youngest living legend to receive the prestigious honour.
Robert Cray – Official Website
Robert Cray – Official Facebook
Mascot Label Group – Official Website

Tony Iommi: Black Sabbath "Paranoid" May 19, 2012

Black Sabbath "Paranoid" Live in Birmingham - May 19, 2012

Michael Lee Firkins: time to mix the new album

Michael Lee Firkins
Great to hear that this noble giant of guitar is back in the studio and the new album is nearing completion.

Michael Lee Firkins
Today is a good day – I started Mixing my New Album Last Nite at Shabby Road Studios in San Rafael. The Amazing Alan Hertz is Mixing. I started off by mixing my absolute least favorite song. It Still sounds fucking great and I would send it to a radio station right now. Govt' Mules Matt Abts (drums) Andy Hess (Bass) And Rolling Stones Chuck Leavell (Piano, B3) - Michael Lee Firkins (Vocals, Guitar) YEP

Bryan Beller: talks of Guthrie Govan 2.0

Bryan Beller
A PSA for a good friend: Did you know that Guthrie Govan now has an OFFICIAL Facebook page? I didn't, until yesterday. Please check it out and like it - especially those who thought this day would never come!

Al Di Meola: when G3 became G4

The stars aligned and the and the touring schedules of G3 and Al Di Meola made it possible. Thank you to Joe Satriani and G3 for extending an invitation to Al to jam with them in Prague.

G3 Jam with Al Di Meola - "Rockin in the Free World" (Neil Young)

Andy James: the fall and rise of a guitar god?

It looked like the worst of times, Andy James relegated  from his custom Flat 12 Boxer, Porche Carrera  to the old school trusty, crusty BMX. Not even a Paul Wardingham T-Shirt can hide Andy's pain...
Andy James and Corina Minda

but may be things are looking up... as the photo story reveals... Corina must like BMX bikes too! :)

Help Andy stay out of trouble by supporting his cause

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Pledge for a brand new exclusive live EP A brand new live EP recorded with help from you!

Hey guys,

Welcome to our PledgeMusic Page. We want to make a live EP and think we have found a great way to do it and include you guys directly in the process.

We have teamed up with PledgeMusic who help artists to interact with their fans in a brand new exciting way. With the help of PledgeMusic we’re asking you to get involved and help out with the live recording from beginning to end. We will record this in a private facility and we want you all to be there!

You can pledge on a copy of the CD, Signed Guitars, T-Shirts, Jam Sessions, Tickets to the Live show and much more. All your pledges will help to make this live EP become a reality once we hit 100%

Any of the items on the right that you choose from, you will automatically get the live EP on a Digital Download as soon as its available.

By pledging, you’ll unlock access to our pledgers-only ‘Updates’ section where you can check on the progress of the project as we go – we’ll be looking to upload various videos, photos, blogs and audio samples. All of this content will be exclusive to you as pledgers.

A percentage of the proceeds will also be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.

The more people pledge, the quicker we hit our target; the more we can give to charity. It’s simple.

We want to thank you all, Without you guys this wouldn’t be possible!!

Sacred Mother Tongue
Darrin, Lee, Josh & Andy

Plus don't forget... help keep Andy out of Cheddar buy purchasing this damn fine EP and jam tracks

Following on from 2012's biggest selling JTC package so far comes Andy James' Custom Metal Series 2. Andy takes a more 'metal melodic' approach to this series yet still manages to come at it like a steam train with riffs and techniques that will keep you practising for weeks upon weeks.
The series contains 5 tracks which combine a mixture of a more rockier approach, with the occasional bit of funk and ballad thrown in yet always contains some meaty metal and pure emotion.

Time and Time Again is one of the stand out tracks from the series and here it is in all its glory!
Andy James 'Time and Time Again' (Full Length) from Custom Metal Series 2


5 full tracks in MP3
5 backing tracks in MP3
5 extended jam tracks in MP3
5 full length videos in MP4
Complete TAB and Notation in PDF and Powertab formats
Bonus notes from Andy on how to approach each track

Andy James 'Time and Time Again' (Full Length) from Custom Metal Series 2

Reb Beach: Black Magic and Seventeen performance and lesson video
Reb Beach performing Black Magic

How to Play Seventeen by Reb Beach from Winger

Tony McAlpine,Derek Sherinian: Planet X Live in Bulgaria 2001 full show

Planet X - Live in Burgaria
Year: 2001
Guitar: Tony McAlpine
Bass: Kevin Freeby
Keyboards: Derek Sherinian
Drums: Virgil Donati
=Song shortcuts= 00:00 - Clonus 05:30 - Ignotus Per Ignotium 12:52 - Inside Black 19:03 - Atlantis pt. 1 (Apocalypse 1470 B.C) 25:21 - Atlantis pt. 3 (Lost Island) 31:34 - Derek Sherinian (keyboard solo) 35:49 - Warfinger 41:12 - Tony McAlpine (guitar solo) 48:00 - Her Animal 52:42 - Virgil Donati (drum solo)

Planet X @ Live in Bulgaria (2001)

Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine and Derek Sherinian will join forces this fall embarking on an 18 date tour of Europe and Asia.

10/17/12 Opole Filharmonia Opolska Poland
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: Krakowska 24, 46-020. DRUM FEST 2012 Related post.

10/18/12 Wrocław Klub Eter Poland
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: Kazimierza Wielkiego 19 50-001. DRUM FEST 2012 Related post.

10/19/12 Budapest PeCsa Music Hall Hungary
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1146 Budapest, Zichy Mihály út 14. Venue phone: +36-1-343-4327. Related post.

10/20/12 Bucharest Jukebox Club Romania
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: Calea Rahovei 266-368. Related post.

10/21/12 Zoetermeer Boerderij Netherlands
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: Amerikaweg 145. Venue phone: 079 321 1012. Related post.

10/25/12 Tel Aviv Barby Club Israel
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: 52 Kibutz Galuiot. Venue phone: 972 3 5188123. Related post.

10/26/12 Kiev Bingo Club Ukraine
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: пр-т Победы, 112. Related post.

10/27/12 Moscow Известия Hall (Izvestiya Hall) Russian Federation
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: Тверская ул., д. 18. Related post.

10/28/12 St. Petersburg Glav Club Russian Federation
Add Time: 7:00pm. Address: Кременчугская ул., 2,. Related post.

10/31/12 Beijing Venue To Be Announced China
Add Time: 7:00pm. Related post.

11/02/12 Shanghai Venue To Be Announced China
Add Time: 7:00pm. Related post.

11/04/12 Taipei Venue To Be Announced Taiwan
Add Time: 7:00pm. Related post.

11/06/12 Manila SM North Skydome Philippines
Add Time: 9:00pm. Related post. BUY TICKETS

11/08/12 Bangkok Venue To Be Announced Thailan
Add Time: 7:00pm. Related post.

11/10/12 Singapore Fort Canning Park Singapore
Add Time: 7:00pm. Related post.

Tony MacAlpine: Clinic in Krasnodar May 2012

Clinic show from recent tour of Europe in Krasnodar back in May 2012

Tony MacAlpine in Krasnodar, May 2012.mp4

Joe Satriani: Live in New Haven 1990 full show

Originally a bootleg.

Joe Satriani - Live in New Haven, Ct 4-4-90

Tony Macalpine: with Mike Terrana, Ricky Wolking, full show

Tony Macalpine, Mike Terrana, Ricky Wolking

Marty Friedman: with ChthoniC in Fuji Rock 201

ChthoniC in Fuji Rock 2012 -TAKAO-

Mattias IA Eklundh, Jason Becker: Father, one night in Haarlem

Kudos to Franck Ribiere: for the awesome cover
This track is from the album Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet! (Live in Haarlem) and is available for purchase on CD Baby here:

Mastered by Maor Appelbaum Mastering - California - USA
Mixed by Jacek Glowacki & Atma Anur
Produced by Atma Anur
Executive producer Kris Claerhout
Production : Primal Events
Released by: Primal Events
Release date: Jul 22, 2012

Tony MacAlpine: Ukraine clinic video

American guitar virtuoso visited the capital of the master class. Tony McAlpine - American virtuoso guitarist and keyboardist, multiple nominee for the "Grammy Awards", the legendary endorser Ibanez. During his quarter-century career, he produced, wrote and arranged eleven solo albums and four albums with his own fusion project CAB, three albums with the prog-rock team of Planet X, and participated as a guitarist and keyboardist on many recordings of various artists.

Tony MacAlpine в Киеве

Master Class, Tony MacAlpine at the club "Bingo" Kiev, Ukraine

Autograph session Tony MacAlpine in Muztorg Kiev, Ukraine

MegaLepakko: from Coltrane to Sweep, lessons in picking

This one is borrowed from saxophone. Great exercise for fretboard knowledge and alternate picking.

Coltrane V-I Alternate Picking Exercise

Alternate picking lesson. Not playing 3 note per string stuff. Hope you find this interesting. Sorry about the itchy nose!! Couldn't help it.

Advanced Alternate Picking Lesson

Here is how I practise sweeping. You can get them reasonably fast this way. Just remember to keep them clean.

Advanced Sweep Picking Lesson

George Lynch: Lynch Mob, Halfway Jam in Royalton, 2012

Lynch Mob performing "She's So Evil But She's Mine" off of their 1990 debut album, Wicked Sensation and "Into The Fire" off of the 1984 Dokken album, Tooth and Nail, at Halfway Jam in Royalton, MN on Saturday, July 28, 2012.
  • Oni Logan - lead vocals
  • George Lynch - lead guitar
  • Robbie Crane - bass, backing vocals
  • Brian Tichy - drums

Lynch Mob "Into The Fire" Halfway Jam, 07/28/2012, Royalton, MN

Lynch Mob "She's So Evil But She's Mine" Halfway Jam, 07/28/2012, Royalton, MN

David Maxim Micic: : Destiny Potato - Dark Side Of You

Officially formed in the spring of 2011, DESTINY POTATO mastermind

and singer Aleksandra Djelmas have been writing and recording songs together since they were 16. Maxim and Djelmas attended the same high school and both their fathers played in one of Serbia's most popular progressive rock bands, YU GRUPA.

"I officially met Alex in a music class," says Maxim. "We knew our father's played together so we first started talking about that, then we realized we both loved pop music and would get together after school and write lots of piano based tunes with dreams of one day having a number one song on the pop charts."

Following high school, Maxim attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music. It was there a friend introduced him to some heavier sounds, namely the U.K.-based tech metal band, SIKTH. "From there, I just started discovering so much more metal music," he says. "I decided to do a solo album inspired by these bands as well as Serbian and other Eastern European music (Maxim has self released 2 solo albums thus far, the Bilo series, volumes 1.0 and 2.0) though some of the heavier sounds also started to be incorporated into the music Alex and I were working on." more

Destiny Potato - Dark Side Of You.
For more info on Destiny Potato please visit:

Destiny Potato - Dark Side Of You

Jason Becker, Marco Sfogli: new promo track... time to get your copy

This track is from the album Jason Becker's Not Dead Yet! (Live in Haarlem) and is available for purchase on CD Baby here:

Mastered by Maor Appelbaum Mastering - California - USA
Mixed by Jacek Glowacki & Atma Anur
Produced by Atma Anur
Executive producer Kris Claerhout
Production : Primal Events
Released by: Primal Events
Release date: Jul 22, 2012

The first five star review:

Guitar heroes united for Jason Becker
I am very happy that this legendary concert for Jason Becker has been recorded. The festival listed over a dozen of guitar players that dedicated their tunes to Jason Becker and were trying to raise money for his care. Never ever I have seen such great guys together on one stage the same night. Guthrie Govan, Marco Sfogli were the absolute tone masters but guys like Stephan Forte and Andy James blew my mind. What an impressive performance from these guys. The legendary drummer Atma Anur was the person that played the whole night (I think more then 6 hours). I am happy with this CD and I hope a second CD will be released in the near future. Or maybe a DVD?
Long live Jason Becker!

Nuno Bettencourt: Extreme ready to get it on!

Hi Everyone… I know it’s been a while since we have given any updates… I have been touring non-stop for the last few years and finally have some time off! But I wanted to fill you in on everything Extreme. We had a great time performing Pornograffitti in Japan. The shows were very special. It felt good to play some of the deep cuts. We also had a chance to play some new markets this summer such as Russia and China. We didn’t know what to expect but the fans were incredible! Don’t worry Brazil… we did not forget about you…. we are still planning on coming there soon and are just working out the details with the promoter. Lastly, I have been working on a lot of new material for Extreme and we are looking at our schedules now, so hopefully we can start working on the new Extreme record before the end of the year. We will fill you in as things progress. Until than…
full details

Nico Schliemann: absolutely ripping on Martin Miller's Punk-Rock BT

Nico Schliemann is class, watch out for this boy!

Jamming along Martin Millers Punk-Rock Track - Nico Schliemann

In more sedate form on Yellow in Red - Martin Miller BT

Nico Schliemann - Yellow in Red - Martin Miller Jamtrack

Martin Miller Jamtrack series:

Jeff Loomis: Tom Cats West in Fort Worth series

Jeff Loomis at Tom Cats West in Fort Worth Texas 7/28/12

Jeff Loomis: Tom Cats West Fort Worth Texas 2012

Dave Mustaine: VMNT signature electric guitar

Dave Mustaine gets down to basics with us at Guitar Center. In this Metal Mania feature, he discusses his new Dean guitar and what influenced him to create the music that has inspired millions to pick up the guitar.

Dave Mustaine At: Guitar Center

John Norum: Europe - Firebox

EUROPE 'Firebox' from Patric Ullaeus on Vimeo.