Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Tom Quayle,Dan Smith: Guitar Hour No. 3 and hour and a half of guitar talk

An hour or so of Guitar related chat and playing!

Tom Quayle & Dan Smith Guitar Hour No. 3

Tom Quayle & Dan Smith Guitar Hour No. 3

Angus Young, Malcolm Young: Before AC/DC - For Malcolm & Angus there was the Marcus Hook Roll Band

Marcus Hook Roll Band - Featuring Malcolm, Angus & George Young,  with Harry Vanda - Release Rare 1973 Studio Recording Song Premieres on Rolling Stone, Billboard, MSN & Guitar World

Tales of Old Grand-Daddy

CD/vinyl/digital download * Release date - June 3

(Los Angeles) - Just before Malcolm and Angus Young took us on a debaucherous decent down that Highway to Hell, they joined with their talented brother, George Young and guitarist Harry Vanda, to form the brief, yet musically significant group, The Marcus Hook Roll Band. Back then, there was no such person as Marcus Hook, nor did the ‘band’ originate from the borough of Marcus Hook in Pennsylvania. George and his fellow musicians only ever existed as a band in studio, releasing three singles and one album in the early ’70s. When any of these tracks turn up on internet auction sites today, collectors bankrupt their PayPal accounts to win them. Now, The Marcus Hook Roll Band is releasing their one and only album, 1973’s Tales of Old Grand-Daddy, on June 3 through Parlophone as CD/vinyl/digital download.

Song premieres began rolling out last week with Rolling Stone giving fans a taste with “Louisiana Lady”, following with today’s on MSN and in Billboard where writer, Gary Graff spoke to original producer Wally Waller for his insight into the recording sessions with the Young Brothers.

Rolling Stone - "Louisiana Lady"

MSN - "One of These Days"

Billboard - "Ride Baby Ride"

Guitar World - "Natural Man" …premiere coming next week…

The truth is, if the Marcus Hook Roll Band had ever come out of the studio and played live, then the AC/DC phenomenon that electrified the rock ‘n roll landscape for decades, might never have gotten off the ground. Do we have your attention now? The Marcus Hook Roll Band is one obscure, but significant, persona of the legendary partnership of Harry Vanda and George Young. Their better known personas are the ‘60s beat phenomenon The Easybeats, and later the mysterious entity Flash and The Pan. Dutchman Harry Vanda and Scotsman George Young first met as displaced teenagers in an immigration hostel in Sydney, Australia.
CD & DD:
1. Can't Stand The Heat
2. Goodbye Jane
3. Quick Reaction
4. Silver Shoes & Strawberry Wine
5. Watch Her Do it Now
6. People and the Power
7. Red Revolution
8. Shot in the Head
9. Ape Man
10. Cry For Me
11. One Of These Days (Previously Unreleased)
12. Natural Man (1972 A-Side of Regal Zonophone RZ 3061)
13. Moonshine Blues (1974 B-Side of ‘Can't Stand The Heat’ BASF ‎– 06 19196-0)
14. Louisiana Lady (1973 A-Side of Regal Zonophone RZ 3072)
15. Ride Baby Ride (Previously Unreleased)

Side 1
1. Can't Stand The Heat
2.Goodbye Jane
3. Quick Reaction
4. Silver Shoes
5. Watch Her Do it Now

Side 2
1. People And The Power
2. Red Revolution
3. Shot In The Head
4. Ape Man
5 Cry For Me

Alex Hutchings: Roland Boss GP-10 - in depth review, Performance, configuring, tones and recording - feature packed

An introduction to the Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor
Roland UK
Alex Hutchings and Jay Dawe from Boss get together to answer your questions about the Boss GP-10 guitar processor. Alex uses his patches available at to demonstrate drop tunings, virtual b-bending, guitar modeling, amp modelling, blending synth and guitar tones. Please be sure to check out the other videos in the GP-10 playlist.

Find out more information here:

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Boss GP-10 Performance By Alex Hutchings

Boss GP-10 with amps and pedal boards

Boss GP-10 Sound Examples

Alex Hutchings On Recording with the Boss GP-10 Guitar Processor

Atanas Shishkov: two handed Funk Fusion Improvisation

Atanas Shishkov - Funk Fusion Improvisation
Atanas Shishkov

Randy Coven: bass maven passes away - Dead at 54 RIP

David Mercado
Please join me in celebrating the life of the late, great Randy Coven. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family, friends, colleagues & fans. There has been an outpouring of support since his untimely passing yesterday & while I'm finding it difficult to find the right words & deeds, we should all take solace knowing that Randy will live forever through his musical legacy . God Bless you Randy!!! It was an honor & a privilege ...until we meet again.

A couple of my CD's
Randy Coven, who toured and recorded with artists including Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, passed away on May 20th of undisclosed causes. He was 54.

Randy has performed with:
Steve Vai
David Lee Roth
Al Pitrelli
John O'Reilly
Todd Turkisher
Steve Morse
Zakk Wylde
Randy Jackson
Mark Wood
Vito Bratta
Leslie West
Brian Setzer
Alan Holdsworth
Larry Coryell
Jeff Watson
Alex Masi
Joe Lynn Turner
David Rosenthal
Vivian Campbell
TM Stevens
Yngwie Malmsteen
Vitalij Kuprij


Randy Coven - Tree I & II

Alex Masi
despite all my hopes of it not being true it appears that my friend, the amazing bassist with whom i've recorded and played live, the great RANDY COVEN has passed away. he was one of the funniest guys i know and, of course, a bass player any band can only dream of having. the MCM albums i've done with randy and macaluso are and will remain highlights in my career and milestones in the rock fusion discography.

I will always remember the days/nights spent here at my place with randy recording, laughing, drinking and the gigs we played where RANDY sounded like an orchestra making me and john feel like we had no limitations. i will miss you my friend...the world will miss this amazing musician.

i will always be thankful for having had the honor of working and spending time with randy coven. this is just a taste of what he was capable of...

Randy Jackson (@Randy_Zebra)
Randy Coven and I worked together many times and his death is a shock to all who knew him. Rest in Peace my...

Lion Music ‏@LionMusic 1h
We are very sorry to announce that bass virtuoso Randy Coven has passed away. He will be missed deeply. Will spin the 2 MCM albums today!

Bjorn Englen ‏@BjornEnglen 2h
Another one gone way too soon - Randy Coven (fellow Yngwie Malmsteen bassist 1999-2001) died in his sleep yesterday at age 54. RIP Randy.

Michael Harris
Rest in Peace my friend & bassist extraordinaire, Randy Coven. We did a couple of extremely challenging Vitalij Kuprij records together with John Macaluso on drums - here's a rare shot of us. My sympathies to friends and family.

Derek Sherinian ‏
RIP Randy Coven- He was a great musician and cool cat.

Marten Andersson
I just heard that bass brother Randy Coven (Yngwie, Vai and more) died in his sleep. I first meet Randy on the Lizzy/Yngwie tour.
Mike Martin
R.I.P. Randy Coven :-(

Chris Brooks Guitar ‏@chrisbrooksgtr 4h
Rest in Peace, Randy Coven 1960-2014. My brother introduced me to Randy Coven's amazing bass work in the early...

Rest in Peace, Randy Coven 1960-2014.
My brother introduced me to Randy Coven's amazing bass work in the early 90s. Anyone who read his columns in "Guitar For The Practicing Musician", saw his instructional videos, or listened to classic albums like "Sammy says Ouch" and "Funk Me Tender" can attest to his talents.

In 1999, I interviewed Randy Coven at the time he had joined Yngwie Malmsteen's touring band. He was a generous and funny guy. We kept in touch and eventually when my album "The Master Plan" came out in 2002, he raved about it and even called Steve Vai about it apparently. The year before that, I was in Japan talking to distributors about TMP and both Randy and my friend Mark Boals were there with Yngwie so I caught them on a few shows. On stage, Randy would joke with the other members like a rowdy school kid trying to dodge the teacher's stern glare. During Black Star, he used to walk off stage and then Mark would appear playing his bass for the rest of the song (people don't know that Mark is also a fine bass player and not just an amazing singer).

Backstage after the last show, Randy gave me the biggest hug I've ever had from another dude, took me around and introduced me to everyone I didn't already know. Whilst talking to me, I noticed him carrying a huge resealable plastic bag. Randy then walked up to the backstage food area and started loading up on the spaghetti bolognaise provided for the band. The life of a road dog I guess, but I couldn't help laughing at how matter-of-factly he did this, and how much food he was shoving into that thing.

Fast forward a few minutes, I'm talking to Mats Olausson and there's word from April Malmsteen that the record company is taking everyone out to dinner to celebrate the end of the tour. Without warning, out of the corner of my eye I catch a flying bag of spaghetti go splat on a nearby wall. Leftovers no longer required!!! We piss ourselves laughing and clear out before trouble arrives.

I regret that I hadn't been in touch with Randy for I guess a decade now, but he's still been my most fun muso meeting experience. A brilliant musician as you can see in the clip, but a hilarious rock-n-roll dude too.

Thank you for the music, and thank you for the laughs. R.I.P.

Anthony Savares
Article on Randy Coven's passing, had the pleasure of working with him the past 3 years, he will be missed …

Phil X ‏@TheRealPhilX
sad to hear about an old friend who recently passed away. RIP Randy Coven. happy to remember you like this, buddy:

Toshi Iseda
Wow. Just found out another friend passed away, today. Rest In Peace Randy Coven.

Dino Fiorenza
Addio Randy, sei stato un grande amico e una forte ispirazione per me e molti altri musicisti.
I miss you my friend, the world I'll miss one amazing bass player like you.

Rich Brymer
Randy hanging in Joe Jem Despagni's garage around 1990.
R.I.P. Brother

Milan Polak
I am truly shocked to hear that Randy Coven, one of the world's best bassists (Vai, Malmsteen, Ark) has passed away. Randy played bass on my album "Straight" which we recorded together in NY in 2007. R.I.P.

Maestro Mistheria
Sad and terrible! I've been in touch with Randy supposing to have him recording on my Dragon Fire album. Life can give and take in a second. R.I.P. Randy

Alberto Rigoni  He was one of my favorite bass player ever. I'm shocked. What happened? may the angels protect him.

This is dedicated to the great bassist Randy Coven (Ark, Steve Vai, Malmsteen) who sadly passed away on May 20th 2014. RIP Randy, you'll always inspire my playing! "Corruption" features me on bass, Simone Mularoni (DGM) on guitars, Federico Solazzo on keyboards and Denis Novello on drums.

Franck Hermanny
So sad to hear about Randy Coven...He was one of my favorite bass players in the 90's...i transcribed a lot of his work from his 2 first (great) albums... R.I.P Randy.

Steve Di Giorgio Another master is gone.
Randy Coven was one of the kings and this album alone influenced me so much.

Neal Nagaoka
So sad to hear about Randy Coven. RIP

Ponch Satrio
Rest In Peace the bass hero Mr Randy Coven.

No Treble - in memorium

Jason Becker: Communication - Vocal Eyes - his eyes mean more than most

Jason Becker

This is how I communicate. We have memorized it, so we don't use the board.
BTW, I love all you guys!
Jason Becker Communication - Vocal Eyes

Richie Allan: Atomic CLR powered Cab and Shure GLX-D16 wireless system

Quick demo of the Atomic Amplifiers CLR Powered Cabinet, tones and why I use them for rehearsals and live.

Richie Allan - Atomic CLR powered Cab

Product demo and the reasons why I use the Shure GLX-D16 wireless system.
Richie Allan - Shure GLX-D16

Fabrizio Leo: DV Mark add Bicio to their artist roster and hot new album on the way


DV Mark artist Fabrizio "Bicio" Leo

Fabrizio Bicio Leo will release his 3rd CD through jellybeard records in June 2014. Here's a preview of one of the 14 tracks that will appear on "Spectrum Of My Past".

This track is called "Thirty Nights Fever".

Flavio Scopaz (bass), Alex Argento (keys, mixing & mastering), Bruno Valverde (drums)

Laurie Monk: "The sneak peaks I have heard are just breath taking and mouth watering"

Fabrizio "Bicio" Leo - new album coming in 2014!