Thursday, 11 April 2013

Steve Hackett: announces the release of Selection

As the Genesis Revisited live experience is about to be unleashed, Steve Hackett announces the release of Selection on 13th May; the single CD album will feature a collection of songs taken from Genesis Revisited II and include a newly recorded version of Carpet Crawlers, a pre-tour treat from the legendary guitarist with Ray Wilson on vocal duties. Carpet Crawlers will also be available as a single track for digital download.

"This single CD album features some of my favourite shorter songs and highlights from Genesis Revisited II' - says Hackett enthusiastically - "along with additional track 'Carpet Crawlers' sung by Ray Wilson, who joined Genesis as singer on Calling All Stations. He does a great job here filling Gabriel's shoes, but with his own special style. It's great to be flying the flag once more for the early Genesis sound on the eve of the World Tour..."

Full track listing is:
1. Carpet Crawlers
2. 11th Earl of Mar
3. The Lamia
4. Dancing with the Moonlit Knight
5. Entangled
6. Shadow of the Hierophant
7. Can-Utility and the Coastliners
8. Afterglow
9. Blood on the Rooftops

Since its release in October 2012, when it entered the charts in several european countries, Genesis Revisited II has collected rave reviews: works wonderfully (Classic Rock), It's faithful, full-blooded (Mail on Sunday), a wonderful listen (Music News) are only a few of the expressions used by critics to describe this outstanding tribute to the unforgettable prog pioneers. The album celebrates the Genesis period between 1971 and 1977 - known as the band's 'Golden Era' - and follows the first instalment released by Hackett in 1996.

The Genesis Revisited Tour will be Hackett's biggest production to date, incorporating classics from both Genesis Revisited albums in a unique show not to be missed. Steve Hackett is the first member of Genesis to revisit this phase of the band's history and fans have welcomed the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane, with many dates already sold out. Selection offers fans a handpicked anthology in preparation for the shows and, later, to relish the memory of one of their finest live music experiences.

Full tour dates are:
14.04.13 Paris - Le Trianon Frankreich
15.04.13 Brüssel - Ancienne Belgique Belgien
17.04.13 Amsterdam - Paradiso Niederlande
20.04.13 Zürich - Kaufleuten Schweiz
21.04.13 Wien - WUK Österreich
23.04.13 Mailand - Teatro Della Luna* Italien
24.04.13 Vicenca - Teatro Comunale Italien
26.04.13 Rom - Teatro Sistina Italien
27.04.13 Bologna - Teatro Manzoni Italien
29.04.13 Leipzig - Haus Auensee Deutschland
30.04.13 Stuttgart - Theaterhaus Deutschland
02.05.13 München - Herkulessaal* Deutschland
03.05.13 Mainz - Phönixhalle Deutschland
05.05.13 Oberhausen - Luise-Albertz-Halle Deutschland
06.05.13 Hamburg - Kampnagel Deutschland
09.05.13 Aylesbury - Friars UK
10.05.13 London - Hammersmith Apollo UK
11.05.13 Cardiff - St. David's Hall UK
12.05.13 Liverpool - Philharmonic UK
14.05.13 Glasgow - Royal Concert Hall* UK
15.05.13 Gateshead - The Sage UK
16.05.13 Birmingham - Symphony Hall UK
18.05.13 Dublin - Vicar Street Irland
21.05.13 Bergen - Ricks Theater Norwegen
22.05.13 Oslo - Sentrum Scene Norwegen
23.05.13 Kopenhagen - Amager Bio Dänemark
24.05.13 Stockholm - Nalen Schweden
19.07.13 Bad Hersfeld - Burg Herzberg Festival GER
22.10.13 Birmingham - City Hall UK
23.10.13 Bristol - Colston Hall UK
24.10.13 London - Royal Albert Hall UK
26.10.13 Manchester - O2 Apollo UK
27.10.13 Newcastle - City Hall UK
29.10.13 Liverpool - Philharmonic UK
30.10.13 Sheffield - City Hall UK
01.11.13 Cambridge - Corn Exchange UK


News: iRig Recorder Apps for Android

IK Multimedia Releases Updated Version of
iRig Recorder Apps for Android 

New intuitive GUI and Input Monitoring make this a go-to audio recording app
for Android based phones and tablets

April 11, 2013 - IK Multimedia - a global leader in digital music creation tools, effects and processors has released new versions of their popular iRig Recorder for Android on the Google Play Store. The new versions feature an easier-to-navigate intuitive interface and also allow users to monitor the incoming sound so they can hear what's being recorded. iRig Recorder for Android is available in 2 versions; a FREE version that allows users to record, playback and share recordings, and a FULL version that provides users with professional editing tools and effects for sound processing. Users can upgrade the FREE version via in-app purchase to include the waveform display/editor or 7 effects for $4.99/€4.49, or upgrade to the full version with editor and full effects suite for $7.99/€6.99.

About iRig Recorder
iRig Recorder is a simple to use audio recording app that can start recording immediately when it is launched making it the perfect "on the spot" field recorder. Users simply launch the app and hit the record button, or can also configure the app to start recording audio immediately upon launch. The app automatically groups recordings by date, tags them with geographic location information (if your device location services are enabled), and saves the original file as a backup. Recording time is limited only by the available memory on the device. iRig Recorder can be used with the built-in device microphone, or with IK's iRig MIC handheld microphone,iRig MIC Cast compact device microphone, or iRig PRE professional studio XLR microphone preamp, all designed for capturing broadcast quality audio on the go.

Editing in iRig Recorder
In the full version of iRig Recorder for Android, recording is only part of the story. It provides a precise waveform editor, which allows for selecting, cutting, copying, pasting and cropping of the audio content. Automatic onboard audio processing options can optimise recording levels and tone, remove background noise and increase the overall audio quality so that anybody can produce professional quality audio on the go.

The app can also speed up or slow down a recording without changing the timbre. With its onboard processing and editing features, it's possible to produce podcasts or other types of programming, all without leaving the app.

Multi-format Export Options
Finished recordings can be easily shared by e-mail and FTP, over Bluetooth, through USB cables or via apps installed on the device. Files can be exported as CD-quality WAV files, or as compressed .ogg files, ranging from 64 to 192 kbps.

Pricing and Availability
iRig Recorder FREE is available now on the Google Play Store at no charge. iRig Recorder FREE can be upgraded via in-app purchase to include waveform display and seven effects for $4.99/€4.49, or upgrade to "All Functionalities Bundle" for $7.99/€6.99.

iRig Recorder with full editing, effects processing and export options is available now on the Google Play Store for $7.99/€6.99.

For more information on iRig Recorder for Android go to:

For the complete line up of Android compatible hardware, go to:

Daniel Peroine: is proud to announce an endorsement from Ibanez guitars.

Daniel Peroine: I am proud to announce my endorsement with Ibanez, and thank you to Alain Gozzo The Mogar France team. RG927QMZ

neck type Wizard-7 5pc Maple/Walnut neck
body Quilted Maple top/American Basswood body
fretboard Bound rosewood fretboard w/Off-set Pearl dot inlay
fret Jumbo frets w/Premium fret edge treatment
bridge Edge-Zero II-7 bridge w/ZPS3Fe
neck pu DiMarzio ® IBZ-7 (H) neck pu
bridge pu DiMarzio ® IBZ-7 (H) bridge pu
hardware color Cosmo black

For more information:

Rick Graham: Axe Fx 2: Firmware 10

Visit my website for HD guitar video lessons:
Hi guys, recently updated to fw10 and made a quick clip to test the responsiveness and see how well it would clean up with the guitar volume. Personally I think it feels just like an amp. Amazing! Hope you guys dig. More clips to come

Axe Fx 2: Firmware 10 Test Clip 1 - Rick Graham

Paul Wardingham: 'Cyber Logo' T-Shirt

Is Paul Wardingham a secret Dr Who fan?... the new Cyber logo... showing hints of it's Cyberman roots?

New Paul Wardingham 'Cyber Logo' T-Shirt

Available For Pre-Order Available in small, medium, large, XL and 2XL in the webstore here.

Timo Somers, Barend Courbois: Aristides artists demo guitars and bass at the Musikmesse 2013

It was great to catch up with Timo Somers and Barend Courbois, both of whom are very busy guys. I'd not seen them since the amazing night supporting Jason Becker's "Not Dead Yet" cause in the Netherlands over one year ago. Both players were singing the praises of the new instruments that are made of a composite metal. The O1O and O2O, which are highly resonating electric guitar with loads of sustain combined with an excellent tone and made out of Arium. Barend Courbois has the O5O, a magnificent sounding five string bass. The bass is all handmade and designed by Bouwmeester van Rens. The Arium material and the one-piece construction make the bass resonate from headstock to body.

Timo Somers is a young Dutch guitar player, songwriter, producer and singer. He is known as the founder of Tri-Head and member of symphonic metal band Delain, legendary rock band Vengeance and Zylver.

Timo started exploring the world of guitar on his own, without any lessons or whatsoever when he was 12. "Music is the ultimate form of self-expression. I could not possibly imagine a life anymore without it, whether I am sad, happy, confused, crazy, I always find a way to express my feelings trough my guitar, a life without a guitar is like a life without a soul, for me. "Timo joined Vengeance when he was 17. When he was not touring Europe with them he wrote and recorded songs for his own song library.

At the age of 18 Timo started studying at the Rockacademie, which he quit a year later when he joined Dutch symphonic metal band Delain. He tours the world with them and played on their 3th studio album “We Are The Others”. On 28 february 2011 his dad, fellow guitar player, best friend and biggest inspiration Jan Somers passed away. Vengeance recorded the studio album “Crystal Eye” in his name. Timo appeared on two songs, “Promise me” and “Crystal Eye”. Shortly afterwards Timo was asked to join Zylver. A Dutch project with some of Holland's best session musicians. Their debut album “Van Verre” releases 3 September 2012.

Timo is currently working on his debut instrumental album together with Atma Anur (Journey, Richie Kotzen, Greg Howe, Jason Becker, etc), Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian, Vengeance) and specials guests... (Timo mentioned a name... but I can't pass it on just yet!) This project is called Timo Somers' Tri-Head. Their studio album will be released in 2012. Timo is also active as a studio/session guitar player and songwriter/producer.

"I now totally obey Arium!"

George Marios: Zivory Guitars and Hayden Amps Musikmesse 2013

George Marios with his spectacular Zivory guitar at the Musikmesse 2013. George is demoing Hayden Amplifiers. I don't think I've ever seen wood quite like it before. The guitar rings for ages.  George is over the moon with the tone he's getting.

Magnus Olsson: The Ibanez man, trying out a new Ibanez at the Musikmesse 2013

I caught up with Magnus Olsson... aka Ibanez Magnus and had a tour of the main guitar hall, which is hall 4. We had a look at the gear on show and caught up with guitar friends like Tom Quayle, Fredrik Thordendal, Mattias IA Eklundh, and various others from the Interwebs. Here Magnus demos a new Ibanez guitar in hall 5. I think Magnus will get one of these.. or may be more :)

Stéphan Forté, Rob Marcello: Lâg guitars man caught with Rob at the Musikmesse

Two high powered guitar players caught at the Musikmesse Stéphan Forté from Lâg guitar with Rob Marcello.

George Marios,Anouck André: Musikmesse Frankfurt 2013

Day one of the Musikmesse over... here's a quick photo of Anouck André with George Marios. George is playing on the Hayden Amps stand with his Zivory guitar. More photos to come, but the internet is very slow here, so my apologies for the slowdown in posts.