Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Alvin Lee: Dead at 68 - RIP

Alvin Lee, rock guitarist in the band Ten Years After, dies at 68. His family announced on his official website that he unexpectedly died on 6 March following complications during routine surgery.

Our condolences to the family and friends

Jeff Loomis: Perpetual Burn - killer version!!!

Keith Merrow: Buddy Jeff Loomis does a full cover of Jason Becker's Perpetual Burn.

Signal Chain- Schecter Loomis 7, Kemper Profiling Amp (5150), Pro Tools.

Jeff Loomis- Perpetual Burn (Jason Becker Cover)

Jason Becker Wow, Jeff is a monster! Fantastic version!! What a huge honor for me. Jeff Loomis has to come hang soon. I need some lessons! Please Laurie Sato give him my love and gratitude and much respect.

Jeff Loomis Thanks Jason! Can't wait to finally come see you soon; )))

Keith Merrow This is an amazing day

Pat Becker BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thank you!

plus Andres Ludmer posted that Jeff Loomis had congratulated him on his version of this song in late 2012

Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn by Andrés Ludmer

Salvatore Russo: Tribute To Jeff Beck

Salvatore Russo - Tribute Jeff Beck - Go West Saloon - Roccaforzata (TA) 23/6/11
Drum : Alessandro Napolitano
Guitar : Salvatore Russo
Bass : Luca Alemanno
Keyboard : Fabio Barnaba

Triubuto Jeff Beck - Salvatore Russo - scatterbrain.avi

Triubuto Jeff Beck - Salvatore Russo - Over the rainbow.avi

Triubuto Jeff Beck - Salvatore Russo - El Becko.avi

Paul Gilbert,Brian Sheu: Guitar Death Match

Paul Gilbert and guitar student Brian Sheu duke it out during Brian's lesson with Paul at Musicians Institute, Hollywood, CA, in January 2011. Paul loves to teach guitar lessons and returns to his alma mater, Musicians Institute, regularly to do so. He also teaches online guitar lessons at the Paul Gilbert Online Rock Guitar School. (Google it!)

On the day this video was filmed at Musicians Institute, Paul was encouraging his students to learn how to solo in 12/8 time.

Filmed on an iPhone by Jude Gold
Edited by Steven Odorica

Paul Gilbert Guitar Death Match with Brian Sheu

Paul Gilbert: Vibrato Euro Tour dates and VIP tickets

Upcoming | Local DatesShare:
Mar 13 Razzmatazz2 Barcelona, Spain Tickets RSVP
Mar 14 Sala Custom Seville, Spain Tickets RSVP
Mar 15 Sala Caracol Madrid, Spain Tickets RSVP
Mar 16 SalaCapitol Santiago De Compostela, Spain Tickets RSVP
Mar 17 ESCENARIO SANTANDER Santander, Spain Tickets RSVP
Mar 20 Fleche D'Or Paris, France Tickets RSVP
Mar 22 Dingwalls London, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Mar 23 Manchester NQ Live Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP
Mar 24 Boerderij Zoetermeer, Netherlands Tickets RSVP
Mar 25 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany Tickets RSVP
Mar 26 Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Switzerland Tickets RSVP
Mar 28 Kufa Kufstein, Austria Tickets RSVP
Mar 29 Szene Vienna, Austria Tickets RSVP
Mar 30 A38 Budapest, Hungary Tickets RSVP
Mar 31 Hard Rock Café Bucharest, Romania Tickets RSVP
Apr 01 Sofia Music Club Sofia, Bulgaria Tickets RSVP
Apr 03 Jolly Joker Ankara, Turkey Tickets RSVP
Apr 04 Garajistanbul Istanbul, Turkey Tickets RSVP
Apr 06 Teatro Miela Trieste, Italy Tickets RSVP
Apr 08 Orion Live Rome, Italy Tickets RSVP
Apr 09 Viper Theater Firenze, Italy Tickets RSVP
Apr 10 Rock'n'Roll Arena Romagnano Sesia, Italy Tickets RSVP
Apr 12 Reading 3 Tel Aviv, Israel Tickets RSVP
Apr 17 Jagger Club Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation Tickets RSVP
Apr 18 KZ Moscow Moscow, Russian Federation Tickets RSVP
Apr 19 Nosturi Helsinki, Finland Tickets RSVP
Apr 20 Kolingsborg Stockholm, Sweden Tickets RSVP
Apr 21 Sticky Fingers Gothenburg, Sweden Tickets RSVP

Paul Gilbert's 2013 European Tour!

VIP TICKETS are NOW available!

A VIP TICKET includes: 
* A 75-minute guitar lesson and jam session with Paul
* Autograph and photo with Paul (bring your camera.)
* VIP access to attend soundcheck
* An official tour laminate pass
* A new Paul Gilbert T-shirt, CD, instructional DVD and guitar pick
* And of course, admittance to the show!

Only 6 VIP tickets will be offered for each city, so reserve yours now!

Greg Howe,Bryan Beller,Marco Minnemann: Cat and Clover in Nakhodka

Bryan Beller, Greg Howe, Marco Minnemann. Speech jazz rock in the bar "Cat and Clover" in Nakhodka. Sorry for not recording quality and sound.

Bryen Beller Greg Howe Marco Minnemann

Marco Minnemann, Greg Howe and Bryan Beller Rock in Nakhodka, Russia

Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, Bryan Beller: JazzrockTV Aristocrats with english subtitles

The Aristocrats are a rock/fusion instrumental trio featuring Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums. We met this powerful trio for an interview at a show in Unna, Germany. We also shot some nice clips from the show.

Check out the band website and facebook page for the latest information and tour dates:

News: MoonJune sampler - 60 tunes / 7hrs of music.

This compilation features 60 tunes / 7hrs of music.
$1 minimum suggested donation.
Suggested donation $5-10.
You can pay whatever You like, and as much You can afford.

Hopefully this samples will encourage You to support even more a truly independent label and all hard working musos/artists on the label, – purchasing MoonJune Records' physical product - CDs - , at a very reasonable price and always with free shipping worldwide, or, legally downloading high resolution digital file on
released 18 November 2012

John Etheridge: Soft Machine Legacy - Burden Of Proof

Soft Machine Legacy makes their most powerful statement to date, delivering an album of epic proportions and their first studio output since 2007's Steam. Infectious grooves, undeniably hip vibes and sizzling performances dominate the outing, as the veteran progressive music masters continue to break new ground and offer listeners yet more previously-unseen facets of their dynamic musical persona.

Featuring some intriguingly-inviting new writing, the album is a breath of fresh air for progressive music and a bold furtherance of the true adventurous essence that is the legacy of the great Soft Machine. It doesn't just offer the suggestion of venturing through ground previously untread -- by any of the Soft Machine incarnations -- it levels everything in its path on the way!

Broad in its scope and ambition, but sensitive, probing and playful in its delivery, Burden of Proof provides more than ample evidence that the legends remain at the top of their game, both individually and collectively. The group's two lead voices -- guitarist John Etheridge and saxophonist Theo Travis -- are in exceptionally fine form, whether gracefully enunciating a melody line in the pocket or dancing madly on the fringe.

Also evident is the rock-solid anchoring of drummer John Marshall and bassist Roy Babbington, who keep proceedings tight and flowing throughout. Whether tip-toeing or stampeding, Soft Machine Legacy are as unified, focused and finely-honed as they've ever been -- delivering their crispest, most sparkling new material to date, in an undeniably inspired, unrelenting session.
This is a fabulous, vital effort: a potent, impacting album encompassing the great spirit and aggressive pioneering approach championed by their namesake predecessors. For all fans of progressive music, the Canterbury scene, and the Softs, this superlative studio session is immediately 'essential' -- and easily the Legacy's finest, most high-reaching outing.

TRACKSClick on any highlighted track title to listen to individual audio samples, or listen to them all on the player to the right.

1. Burden Of Proof (5:51)
2. Voyage Beyond Seven (4:54)
3. Kitto (1:51)
4. Pie Chart (5:07)
5. JSP (1:03)
6. Kings & Queens (6:46)
7. Fallout (7:00)
8. Going Somewhere Canorous? (1:14)
9. Black And Crimson (5:05)
10. The Brief (2:28)
11. Pump Room (5:19)
12. Green Cubes (5:33)
13. They Landed On A Hill (3:03)


JOHN ETHERIDGE: electric guitar
ROY BABBINGTON: bass guitar
JOHN MARSHALL: drums and percussion
THEO TRAVIS: tenor sax, flute, Fender Rhodes paino

Marco Iacobini: The Sky There'll Always Be sparkling new album preview!

Marco Iacobini: The Sky There'll Always Be

The album "The Sky There'll Always Be" will be realised the 23 april 2013 by Muso Entertainment, the label record of Thomas and Elizabeth Lang. 

Here the complete list of the musicians:
Marco Iacobini: Guitars
Tony Levin, Stu Hamm, Billy Sheehan, Fabio Trentini: Bass
Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Keith Carlock, Joel Taylor, Mike Terrana, Phil Maturano, Cristiano Micalizzi: Drums
Philippe Saisse, Stefano Sastro: Keys
Special Guests: Carl Verheyen, Bill Bergman

Pre Order

Giacomo Castellano: Cutting Bridges - Remastered


Digital Reissue from Muso Entertainment Features Exclusive Bonus Track 
(March 6, 2013) Combine Steve Lukather and Joe Satriani with just a dash of Brian May and you get noted Italian guitarist/composer/author Giacomo Castellano. His latest release, Cutting Bridges – Version 2.0 Remastered (MUSO Entertainment) offers up nuanced, unexpected and profoundly beautiful music from a sophisticated player whose unmistakable style is deeply rooted in rock/blues with a surprisingly funky modern edge. Originally released in 2004, this remasterd and remastered edition features the bonus track “Naked Sun” featuring Thomas Lang on drums.
In addition to working with such global acts as Depeche Mode and such top Italian artists as Gianna Nannini, Claudio Simonetti, Raf, Irene Grandi, Marco Masini, Elisa, Casco Rossi and Adriano Celentano among others – Castellano served as the musical director for the Queen musical “We Will Rock You.” Widely resected as one of the most talented and versatile guitarists in Europe, Castellano’s playing style ranges from gritty rock heroics -- to delicate nuanced playing.
On the melodic opening track “Gaztambide” Castellano’s playing transitions effortlessly between power chords and chunky riffs to refined bending and whammy bar dynamics. “L.F.L” is a blues-infused rock track with a rootsy sound that you would swear came straight out of the heart of Memphis.
“Music (Part One)” eclectic track featuring rapper Dre Love on vocals and combines an unexpected be-bop horn section with Hendrix-style guitar licks to create a unique blend of sounds that somehow just work – while “The Dream Laying On My Bed” is a moody, slow-burning track featuring sultry vocals from Rossella Ruini and Castellano’s languid, note-bending adds a dreamy majestic quality to the track.
Castellano channels Eric Clapton on the intimate, melancholy track “Garbage” while “Little Elves” is a multi-layered, unconventional track that fuses sparse an ambient, atmospheric, trance with soaring guitars.
“Ariete” showcases the super-heavy side of Castellano’s playing with the menacing heaviness of Led Zepplin or Rage Against the Machine – his de-tuned guitar to creating almost animalistic sounds reminiscent of birds of prey and ferocious wild beasts.  
“Try to Save Yr Song” features of muted trumpets and (insert) to create a minimalistic, jazzy “James Bond meets Miles Davis” feel. Castellano’s long notes and textures- jaw-dropping runs build the song into an awe-inspiring crescendo. The bonus track “Naked Sun” is a powerful rocker with an aggressive backbeat. Castellano takes no prisoners with his virtuoso shredding and epic soloing.
Cutting Bridges – V 2.0 remastered takes the listener through 13 tracks that showcase Castellano’s masterful control of his instrument and the depth and breadth of his playing styles.

Available now on iTunes for additional information please visit

Morgan Pettersson: Project Galama - great original performance playthrough.

Morgan Pettersson: I've got a Galama Guitar. I love it and this project is a tribute to the luthier Anno Galama.
I am honored to work with these excellent musicians:
Mark Miller Drums
Rob Glass Bass
Gianluca Grasso Keyboard

Project Galama

Gary Becker: Jason Becker's dad has some cool art up for sale

Gary Becker
‎"Your Own Song" 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 18"x24" $1,000
Interested? E-mail Gary @

Sylvain Coudret,David Andersson: Soilwork - North American Infinity Tour 2013

Swedish melodic death metal act, Soilwork, has released its ninth studio album, a double-CD masterpiece, The Living Infinite, today in North America via Nuclear Blast. Fans can purchase The Living Infinite on iTunes at: The digi-pak and exclusive Living Infinite t-shirt design can still be pre-ordered at:

On Saturday, February 16, Nuclear Blast hosted an exclusive listening party in Los Angeles to launch The Living Infinite, in which ten lucky Soilwork fans from the L.A. area were selected at random from Facebook to be among the first people in the U.S. to listen to the new double-album. They were also invited to ask the evening's host, Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren, some questions. 

Soilwork will welcome The Living Infinite with a 54-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada, "North American Infinity Tour 2013," to start on March 12 in West Springfield, Va. Support will come from Jeff Loomis and Blackguard.

General admission tickets for all dates are on sale now. VIP Meet & Greet packages (which include early entry plus a shirt of choice from the band's merchandise) are available only through at:

The Living Infinite, the follow-up to Soilwork's 2010 release, The Panic Broadcast,which debuted on U.S. Billboard charts at #88, was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Bloodbath) and marks the recording debut of long-time touring guitaristDavid Andersson (Night Flight Orchestra).

The band's new music video for "Rise Above The Sentiment," taken from The Living Infinite, can be streamed on YouTube


Stay tuned for more information on Soilwork, "North American Infinity Tour 2013" andThe Living Infinite.

Soilwork "North American Infinity Tour 2013" dates...

3/12 - West Springfield, VA @ Empire
3/13 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
3/14 - Albany, NY @ Bogie's
3/15 - New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
3/16 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
3/17 - Montreal, QC - CANADA @ Petit Campus
3/18 - Quebec City, QC - CANADA @ Dagobert
3/19 - Ottawa, ON - CANADA @ Mavericks
3/20 - Toronto, ON - CANADA @ The Opera House
3/21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
3/22 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
3/23 - Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
3/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
3/25 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
3/26 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
3/27 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/28 - Winnipeg, MB - CANADA @ Park Theatre
3/29 - Regina, SK - CANADA @ The Exchange
3/30 - Calgary, AB - CANADA @ Republik Nightclub
3/31 - Edmonton, AB - CANADA @ Starlite Room
4/01 - Prince George, B.C. - CANADA @ The Generator
4/02 - Vancouver, B.C. - CANADA @ Rickshaw Theater
4/03 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/04 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
4/05 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
4/06 - Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
4/07 - Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
4/08 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
4/09 - Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Country Saloon
4/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
4/12 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theater
4/13 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
4/14 - St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
4/15 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/16 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
4/17 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
4/18 - Abilene, TX @ Lucky Mule
4/19 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
4/20 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
4/22 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
4/23 - McAllen, TX @ Geo's
4/24 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
4/26 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
4/27 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
4/28 - Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
4/29 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
4/30 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
5/01 - Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
5/02 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
5/03 - Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joes
5/04 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
5/05 - London, ON - CANADA @ Music Hall
5/06 - Syracuse, NY @ Station 58
5/07 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

Soilwork online...

SOILWORK - The Living Infinite (LA Listening Party: FAN Q&A INTERVIEW)

Rebecca Scammon: kick ass tapped solo for new project

Rebecca Scammon
Ray Suhy   Here's a preview of an instrumental/shred record that I'm writing with Becca Scammon. We're 4-5 songs in so far. This is a clip of Becca soloing over one of the tracks:

Becca Scammon: This is the solo section from an upcoming project that I'm writing with Ray Suhy(East Of The Wall, The Baltic Sea). Full song to be released soon.

Rebecca Scammon Song Preview-Solo Section

in case you missed, cool tapping starts from 0:15

Rebecca Scammon Keith Merrow Competition #MayonesDuncan

Greg Koch: New PRS 2-Channel Custom 50

A little snippet of glory! Greg sits down and shreds the new PRS 2-Channel Custom 50!

NAMM 2013 • Greg Koch Plays the New PRS 2-Channel Custom 50 • Wildwood Guitars

News: Smooth Jazz Backing Track

Smooth Jazz Backing Track (Fm/Dbm) | 107 bpm

News: Hutchinson Guitar Concepts- Viking V

After last years success with three unique guitars designed and modified for James Hetfield of Metallica, Hutchinson Guitar Concepts summons up Norse mythology for the latest concept: the Viking V.According to myth, Fenrir is a monstrous wolf who prophecies foretell as being destined to harm the gods. The gods prepared three fetters to restrain Fenrir. 

The first two: Leyding and Dromi were great iron fetters but could not bind Fenrir. The third was Gleipnir constructed by dwarfs from six mythical ingredients and while it appeared like silken ribbon it fully bound the mighty wolf and the gods fastened it to a great stone slab called Gjöll and anchored it in the ground by a rock.This restrained Fenir until Ragnarok when it is written all bonds will break and the Fenrisúlfr (Fenriswolf) shall devour the god Odin whole.

This amazing guitar is based on a Gibson Flying V and has been carved and crafted to look like a mighty iron Viking weapon of doom. It features the god Odin being devoured by Fenrir in a traditional anamorphic Celtic knotwork style. Hand wound pickups, a Schaller roller bridge and a custom V tailpiece specially cast for this guitar combine to produce a very unique instrument.More designs are available through the Hutchinson Guitar Concepts website, which features a portfolio of finished instruments that exert design inspiration from themes as diverse as Steampunk,Natural Disasters, and Chinese dynasties.
Hutchinson's Viking V, Cybertech, and Bronze Top guitars are just a few examples of what can be achieved through intricate wood carving, masterful finishing and state of the art electronics.Hundreds of hours of work go into every fine detail, ensuring that each Tibetan symbol is perfectly engraved, and each ripple of molten lava oozes and glows with incredible LED lighting effects.Every guitar featured in Hutchinson’s portfolio is available as a theme to order for your own guitar.

Hutchinson Guitar Concepts accept requests for new custom concepts and designs, offering extensive modifications to existing guitars, or complete concept instruments built to the highest standard. If you've ever wanted a guitar built to embody your favourite place, time, movie, game, fashion, genre or style, look no further than Hutchinson Guitar Concepts! Quotations can be provided via thewebsite contact form.To learn more about Hutchinson Guitar Concepts visit:

Joe Pinnavaia: sounding great with Vox TB18C1 Clean Tones

Vox TB18C1 Clean Tones Demo -
This is a straight tone demo on the Vox Tony Bruno TB18C1 amp that I've had for while. Just using my Tom Anderson 7 string Drop Top which I haven't played in a while.

The Backing track was done in the Propellerhead iPhone app Figure which is cool app for quick BT's and such.

Thanks for watching and check out my online classroom at
Vox TB18C1 Clean Tones Demo

Julia Kosterova,Derek Sherinian,Marco Minnemann: New EP pre Order

My EP featuring all star special guests is available for Pre-Order! Release on 22 April! Spread the word! All Shipments are from USA. WORLDWIDE!!!

I am very excited to announce that my new EP is ready to Hit The World!
This is more than a guitar instrumental album.
The EP features Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Planet X, Black Country Communion, Billy Idol) as a special guest on keyboards, Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake, Foreigner, S.U.N.) on drums and Chris Buck (3 Crows), Michael Devin (Whitesnake) and Rufus Philpot on bass.
It is recorded, mixed and mastered and ready for the Digital release on the 22nd April.
Wait. How about CDs? I hear you! Let’s make it happen. As well as posters, videos, Skype lessons, live shows, etc. – everything you’ve been asking for. I am happy to make it all happen for you – and together, with your support we can do it.

Pre-Order Hot New Prog EP: Julia Kosterova- Springs Of Time at PledgeMusic

Mike Orlando: Adrenaline Mob "Romeo Delight" and tour dates

Adrenaline Mob : Mike Orlando on Tracking of Coverta: Romeo Delight
Mike Orlando, guitarist, talks about recording Romeo Delight.

Behind the Scenes Footage of the guys down at Sonic Stomp Studios during the tracking of the new Coverta CD which comes out March 12th in the US!!


New Tour Dates:

Find us online:

Adrenaline Mob : Mike Orlando on Tracking of Coverta : "Romeo Delight"

Adrenaline Mob : Spring 2013 Tour

Tour dates and tickets

Rikk Morosini: Buttering up the R Alsip Guitar with Tone Creamsicle and Splawn Quick Rod

Rikk Morosini: FANTASTIC BUTTER playability with my newest endorsement CR Alsip Guitars out of Arkansas City Kansas! These guys build the BEST super quality TONE machines.
Pedals By Tone CREAMSICLE is boosting my Splawn QuickRod B= Option BEAST!
Everything Im using is creating WICKED BEAST TONE.

CR Alsip Guitar Rikk Morosini SPLAWN B+ Option SHRED Machine and Creamsicle boost!