Thursday, 24 April 2014

Nita Strauss, Courtney Cox, Wanda Ortiz: what happens when you arrive ahead of schedule to an Iron Maidens show?

Nita Strauss and Courtney Cox

Jack Lue got to the show ahead of schedule, as a real pro does... grabbed the best spot and got ready to shoot the show... he even saved me a space... but my bad timing left me to grab some in the air shots, that you can see at the bottom of the post!

Kirsten Rosenberg

Nita Strauss and Courtney Cox

Wanda Ortiz

Courtney Cox

Nita Strauss

Courtney Cox and mad robot thing!

Linda McDonald
The full Jack Lue Series 

Todays current line up changes occasionally

Kirsten Rosenberg ("Bruce Chickinson"), vocals
Nita Strauss ("Mega Murray"), guitar[1]
Courtney Cox ("Adriana Smith"), guitar
Wanda Ortiz ("Steph Harris"), bass
Linda McDonald ("Nikki McBurrain"), drums

This is what happens when you arrive two minutes too late... my view from the back!

Nita Strauss,Wanda Ortiz,  Courtney Cox
So you want to know what happens when you turn up two minutes late to an Iron Maidens show?  This was the NAMM presentation... I had to fight my way through to get close enough for this photo of Nita Strauss, Wanda Ortiz and Courtney Cox.

Nita Strauss, Linda McDonald , Wanda Ortiz
OK so you arrive two minutes too late... well just don't, arrive ten minutes early! Make sure someone has your space (Jack Lue did that part OK) If all else fails, switch to the 300 or 500 zoom and trust to luck. This was my 200. The place was crazy, crowd were loving it and the music was great. My hope is these
guys get to tour Europe as they are a show that you won't want to miss! I'll then apply for a photo pass!

Courtney Cox
The Iron Maidens were originally formed in June 2001 by vocalist Jenny Warren and bassist Melanie Sisneros, formerly of the Iron Maiden tribute band Wrathchild. Linda McDonald (drums) and Josephine Draven (guitar), both formerly of Phantom Blue, and Sara Marsh (guitar), joined Warren and Sisneros shortly afterward to form the band's first lineup.

Nita Strauss

Kirsten Rosenberg
 Oh and one small surprise guest

Sooty Maiden... where did Linda McDonald go?

Allan Marcus: plays "Pulsar" instrumental for EMGtv

Allan Marcus of Arecibo, performs an instrumental version of "Pulsar" for EMGtv. Allan shows off his eight string guitar loaded with EMG 57-8 and 66-8 pickups.
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Allan Marcus plays "Pulsar" instrumental for EMGtv

Allan Marcus performs "Lost In Consciousness" on EMGtv

Queensrÿche: Shots from a recent show - Jack Lue

Queensrÿche is an American progressive heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington out of the local band The Mob. The band has released 14 studio albums, one EP and several DVDs, and continues to tour and record.

The full story is well worth reading on Wikipedia

Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate
Geoff Tate
Kelly Gray
Rudy Sarzo
Randy Gane
Robert Sarzo
Simon Wright

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Rick Graham: Improvising over a Steve Vai BT

Improvising over a Steve Vai BT - Rick Graham
Rick Graham
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Tony Smotherman: The clue is in the title... wait until he gets up to speed!

Cold Start warm up
Tony Smotherman
The clue is in the title... wait until he gets up to speed!

Fully warmed up

Tony Smotherman Revolt OD Pedal

Lyle Watt: Seymour Duncan JB/Pearly Gates

A demo of the Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and Pearly Gates (neck) pickups, in my Jaden Rose Series Two guitar (mahogany body, maple neck). The song is "The Number Six Dance" from my upcoming EP, due out in late May 2014.

Jaden Rose S2
Cornford Roadhouse 30, Wampler Euphoria OD

Seymour Duncan JB/Pearly Gates Demo - Lyle Watt

John Browne,Olly Steele: Monuments - album and tour details

"The Amanuensis", MONUMENTS' sophomore album and follow up to 2012's critically acclaimed "Gnosis" is scheduled for a release on the following dates: Europe / Australia /NZ: June 23, 2014

USA / Canada: July 8, 2014.

"The Amanuensis", at least the title, was inspired by author David Mitchell's novel, "Cloud Atlas". The complex story lines are the perfect analog for MONUMENTS. Musically, the group weave in and out of themes, motifs, and professor-like note calculations with graceful ease. But lyrically "The Amanuensis" comes from a very different place. "The album is about the Samsara cycle," reveals Browne (guitar)."The cyclical existence of life that we are all bound to."

The story of "The Amanuensis" is divided in 11 chapters whose titles read as follows:

1. I, The Creator
2. Origin Of Escape
3. Atlas
4. Horcrux
5. Garden Of Sankhara
6. The Alchemist
7. Quasimodo
8. Saga City
9. Jinn
10. I, The Destroyer
11. Samsara

Before touring Europe right around the release of "The Amanuensis" with Protest The Hero MONUMENTS will do a quick and exclusive run with support coming from Dioramic for a handful of intimate shows throughout Germany in May.


5/10/14 - (DE) Karlsruhe - Lower Tuned Festival
5/11/14 - (DE) Hannover - Lux *
5/12/14 - (DE) Berlin - Magnet *
5/14/14 - (DE) Saarbruecken - Garage *
5/15/14 - (DE) Frankfurt - 11er *
5/16/14 - (DE) Cologne - MTC *
5/17/14 - (BE) Liege - Caserne Fonck, 6k Fest
5/22/14 - (UK) The Forum - Hatfield
6/15/14 - (UK) Donington Park - Download Festival
6/22/14 - (ES) Bilbao - Kafe Antzokia **
6/24/14 - (IT) Pinarella di Cervia - RockPlanet **
6/25/14 - (DE) Stuttgart - Universum **
6/26/14 - (NL) Utrecht - Helling (Tivoli) **
6/27/14 - (DE) Bochum - Matrix **
6/30/14 - (DE) Munich - Backstage **
7/1/14 - (HU) Budapest - Budapest Park **
7/2/14 - (SK) Bratislava - Randal Club **
7/3/14 - (PL) Warschau - Progresja **
7/11/14 - (BE) Genk - Miner Fest
8/8/14 - (BE) Ieper - Ieperfest
* w/ Dioramic
** w/ Protest The Hero
Chris Barretto - vocals, saxophone
John Browne - guitar
Olly Steele - guitar
Adam Swan - bass
Mike Malyan - drums, samples


Tom Quayle,Dan Smith: Guitar Hour - the show is available online

Tom Quayle & Dan Smith Jamming a few tunes and having guitar/music related chat.

Tom Quayle & Dan Smith Guitar Hour