Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Doug Rappoport: ripping it up - Friedman BE 100

Friedman BE 100 Guitar jam-improve

No pedals. Straight into front of amp. Shure SM57 into Apogee MiniMe (interface) into Pro Tools

Friedman BE 100
Friedman 4X12 Vintage 30 Celestions
Shure SM 57 into Protools

Amp Settings:
Presence 4
Bass 8
Middle 3
Treble 4
Gain 6

Guitars used:
Knaggs Kenai
Knaggs Severn
Fender Telecaster MIM '72 RI

Friedman BE 100 Rock/Blues improv - Doug Rappoport

Jonas Hansson: Jonas is feeling good on Gran Canaria!

Jonas says: - There's a lot of songs in the world that are really cool and this is one of them. Just wanted to do a version. :D

Jonas is feeling good on Gran Canaria!

Feeling Good (Jonas Hansson)

News: The World’s First Optical Analog Musical Instrument Lead Technology Now Available to Pre-Order

London, 5th November - Iconic Sound Ltd announced earlier this year the launch of the world’s first optical analog, jack-to-jack musical instrument cable, The LightLead™. Following its successful debut at the NAMM show where the company exhibited the prototype, they are excited to announce customers can now pre-order the product from their website, with the first 2000 orders receiving a limited edition LightLead™ at a special launch price.

Iconic Sound have now fully patented their revolutionary technology that offers musicians a mind blowing new lead, which has zero capacitance and zero loading resulting in the most precise, perfect, dynamic and crystal clear guitar sound they’ve ever experienced!

Ideal for guitarists, bass players, violinists, in fact any electric stringed instrument where a lead is required. The LightLead™ preserves the exact natural sound and the new product now runs off 1 x AAA battery at each end giving around 9 hours of playing time.

Traditionally cable manufacturers, using basic multi-strand copper cable, have minimised capacitance but have never been able to eliminate it. This has resulted in a loss of high frequencies especially on longer leads. The new Patented LightLead™ technology is unique in the existing cable industry using analog fibre optic technology to provide zero capacitance. This achieves a completely flawless analog signal transmission with no compression and faithful reproduction of the instrument tone, whatever the length of lead!

The PVC coated LightLead™ uses ultra high density, small diameter optical analog cables that are resistant to crushing and impact giving them a virtually infinite life. They are electrically safe with full electro-magnetic immunity, which makes them distortion and interference free. Subsonic and motion noise, static and interference will be a thing of the past; never again will musicians find their cables acting as aerials. With these advantages they are ideal for use in environments that depend on consistent reliable sound delivery whether it’s on stage or in the studio. The future is light!

A recent review on summed it up by saying “Iconic Sound’s LightLead™ may be the first substantial innovation on instrument cable technology since, well, the cable was invented.”

To find out more and to pre-order The LightLead™, please visit their website http://www.iconicsou

News: Orange Amplification At The Los Angeles Classic Rock Roll of Honour

The 2014 Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards were held last night at the prestigious Avalon in Hollywood, California. For the fifth consecutive year Orange Amplification was the presenting sponsor of the awards, which was hosted by Grammy Award winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sammy Hagar.

The star-studded event was attended by rock royalty and it culminated with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons presenting the Orange Amplification sponsored Living Legend award to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and icon Gregg Allman.

Orange ambassadors Rival Sons kicked off the evening with a live performance followed by Glenn Hughes' new supergroup California Breed who played an acoustic set during the interval. Glenn also featured in a performance at the end of the show with the supergroup Kings Of Chaos – including Sammy Hagar, Billy Gibbons and Joe Elliott.

Orange Amplification had a Crush Pro 120 Combo at the awards, which was signed by many famous attending artists. This will be auctioned shortly to raise funds for Little Kids Rock and more details on how to bid for this special amp will be revealed on

The winners announced on the night were:
Living Legend (sponsored by Orange Amplification): Gregg Allman
Inspiration (sponsored by Global Merchandise): The Doors
Band Of The Year (sponsored by Universal Records): Queen + Adam Lambert
Film Of The Year (sponsored by AXS.TV): Metallica – Through The Never
Album Of The Year (sponsored by MixRadio): Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home
Classic Album (sponsored by Eagle Rock): Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz
Outstanding Contribution (sponsored by CitiBank): Jeff Lynne
Reissue Of The Year (sponsored by The Great Frog): Led Zeppelin I, II, III Deluxe Editions
Maestro: Joe Perry
Metal Guru: Dave Mustaine
The Bluesman (sponsored by The Blues Magazine): Eric Burdon
The VIP (sponsored by Sunset Marquis Hotel, Restaurant, Spa): Sharon Osbourne
Best New Band: The Cadillac Three

To see exclusive pictures form the awards and find out more about Orange Amplification please visit and

John Bassett: Pre-order for Arcade Messiah Album

John Bassett: Arcade Messiah

Pre-order for Arcade Messiah Album is now live and you can hear the song “Your Best Line Of Defence is Obscurity" in full on bandcamp at

It is set for release on November 24th. The CD comes in a 6 panel digipak design. Both the CD and Download are available exclusively on bandcamp.

If you would like the CD signed just add a note to the bandcamp Pre-Order or message me.

Now with the digital download, I have always intended to release this album under the “free pay what you want” model as I find it increasingly difficult releasing something for a set price that does not physically exist in a tangible form, and I would rather leave the decision of what if any or how much to pay for a download up to you guys. But at this moment it is not possible to setup a “Pre-Order” on bandcamp as free, so up until the release day I have set it at £1 or more, but once it is released on November 24 it will be “free pay what you want”.

The tracklist is as follows
1. Sun Exile (05:35)
2. Your Best Line Of Defence Is Obscurity (06:48)
3. Traumascope (05:23)
4. Aftermath (02:52)
5. Everybody Eating Everyone Else (8:00)
6. The Most Popular Form Of Escape (04:56)
7. Roman Resolution (08:50)

Making this record was a blast for me, I hope you have as much fun listening to this record as I have had in making it.


Stus Rollins: Amygdala - new ablum available from CD Baby

Stus Rollins new album Amygdala is now available at CD Baby.
Twelve tracks of guitar instrumentals for the rock connoisseur.
Listen at on the all new CD Baby player.

""Stus Rollins is an amazing guitarist. "" Ariel Publicity
""Amygdala is a great sounding record."" John Astley
""The musical instruments are played at top level with nice hands."" Reverb Nation
""The riffs are out of this world."" Reverb Nation"

Nita Strauss, Courtney Cox, Nikki Stringfield: The Iron Maidens @ Paladino's 2014-09-06 - Jack Lue Series

The Iron Maidens is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2001[2] as an all-femaletribute act to English heavy metal band Iron Maiden.[3] Hailed as "The World's Only Female Tribute to Iron Maiden",[4] the band currently consists of vocalist Kirsten Rosenberg, bassist Wanda Ortiz, drummer Linda McDonald, guitarist Courtney Cox and, since 2010.

A rotating cast of guitarists sitting in on the second guitar part including Nita Strauss, Nikki Stringfield, Nili Brosh and others, all of whom have adopted separate aliases to mirror their Iron Maiden counterparts.[1]

Current members[15]
Kirsten Rosenberg ("Bruce Chickinson")
Nita Strauss ("Mega Murray")
Nikki Stringfield ("Mega Murray")

Courtney Cox ("Adriana Smith")
Wanda Ortiz ("Steph Harris")
Linda McDonald ("Nikki McBurrain")

Full information:

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Moa Henriksson: Dead Heroine @ Lucky Strikes (Hollywood, CA) 2014-09-22 - Jack Lue Series

Moa describes her journey from Sweden to touring with Kiss tribute band Priss and forming her own rock band Dead Heroin

  • Swedish 
  • They had a bass at home, so she started with that and then fell in love with the guitar 
  • Played at 13 with 3 guys 
  • Friend of hers recommended her for Priss 
  • Won a competition to play Kiss cruise, play Bahamas (alongside Kiss) 
  • Dead Heroine, female hero, was listening to Dead Sara while Nate was listening to Protest theHero 
  • Moved to LA because she always wanted to live here 
  • Came 19, went home, saved money to live there at age 21 and it worked 
  • Opportunities amazing in LA 
  • Lyrics-chord progression, writes mostly about own experience 
  • He thinks with the brain, she thinks with her heart 
  • Records voice-memos on her phone and writes down lyrics 
  • Wishes she started playing guitar earlier 
  • Iron Maiden got her into rock 
  • Played House of Blues in front of 4 people , 2 years later she played main stage! 

Full interview information:

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John 5: Rob Zombie @ Monster Energy's Aftershock Festival (Sacramento, CA) 2014-09-14 - Jack Lue Series

Rob Zombie[1] (born Robert Bartleh Cummings;[2] January 12, 1965) is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He rose to prominence as a founding member of the band White Zombie which formed in the mid-1980s and rose to fame in the early 1990s. As a solo artist, he has released five studio albums, three compilation albums, two remix albums, a live album, a video album, and 15 singles. In 2003 he expanded his career and became a film director, and has directed a total of six films, the majority of which he also wrote or co-wrote. He has also released numerous brands of comic books, and appeared as an actor on numerous occasions.

White Zombie's debut album, Soul-Crusher, was released in 1987 and was followed by their second album Make Them Die Slowly in 1989. They rose to prominence after the success of their third album, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, and its lead single "Thunder Kiss '65" in 1993. The album went on to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA, for sales exceeding two million copies in the US. Their fourth and final studio album, Astro-Creep: 2000, became their first top-10 entry on the Billboard 200, and their second album to reach multi-platinum status.

Zombie began his solo career with the release of his 1998 debut album Hellbilly Deluxe. The album was both a critical and commercial success, spawning three hit singles, reaching the Top 5 of the Billboard 200, and selling over three million copies worldwide. Hellbilly is Zombie's highest selling album to date. He followed the success of the album with The Sinister Urge in 2001, which had similar success to that of its predecessor. Zombie's first greatest hits album, Past, Present & Future, was released in 2003, and reached Platinum status by the RIAA. His third studio album, Educated Horses, was released in 2006, and was his third Top 10 entry on the Billboard 200. In 2010, he released Hellbilly Deluxe 2, calling it a companion to his debut album. His fifth album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, was released on April 23, 2013.

Following his success as a musician, Zombie began directing, writing and producing films. His first film, House of 1000 Corpses, was completed in 2000, but numerous struggles with the distributor led to the film's release being delayed until 2003. Its sequel, The Devil's Rejects was released in 2005. In 2007, he released his third film, a remake of the 1978 classic film Halloween. The film went on to gross over $80 million, the highest-grossing film in the Halloween franchise. In 2009, Zombie released a sequel for the film, titled Halloween II. In 2009, Zombie released his first animated film, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, based on his comic book series of the same name. His film The Lords of Salem was released in 2013. Zombie bought the rights to a film about the Philadelphia Flyers, titled The Broad Street Bullies, though no release date for the film has been announced yet.

Zombie directed the majority of White Zombie's music videos, as well as numerous videos for his solo work. Zombie's lyrics are noted for their horror and sci-fi themes, and his live shows for their elaborate shock rock theatricality.[3] He has sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and had six Top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States.[4]

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Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba: SIXX A.M. @ iHeart Theater (Burbank, CA) 2014-10-07 - Jack Lue Series

Sixx:A.M. is a hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007 by Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba, and James Michael, and is the side project of Sixx, who is also the bass guitarist for Mötley Crüe. The group is best known for their songs "Life Is Beautiful" and "Lies of the Beautiful People". The name Sixx:A.M. is a combination of all of the member's last names (Sixx, Ashba, Michael).

To date, Sixx:A.M. have released three studio albums; The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack (2007), This Is Gonna Hurt (2011) and Modern Vintage (2014), and three EP's; X-Mas In Hell (2008); Live Is Beautiful (2008) and 7 (2011).

Band members
Nikki Sixx – 2007–present)
DJ Ashba –(2007–present)
James Michael – (2007–present)

Touring musicians
Glen Sobel –(2007)
Tony Palermo - (2008, 2012)

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Slash: The Whisky A Go-Go 2014-09-26 - Jack Lue Series

Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter.[1] He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

During his later years with Guns N' Roses, Slash formed the side project Slash's Snakepit. He then co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s. Slash has since released three solo albums, Slash (2010), featuring an all-star roster of guest musicians, Apocalyptic Love (2012) & World on Fire(2014) recorded with singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, along with rhythm section Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns, known on the album as The Conspirators.


Slash has received critical acclaim as a guitarist. Time named him runner-up on their list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009,[2] while Rolling Stone placed him at No. 65 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011.[3] Guitar World ranked his solo in "November Rain" No. 6 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos" in 2008,[4] and Total Guitar placed his riff in "Sweet Child o' Mine" at No. 1 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Riffs" in 2004.[5] In 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with other members of Guns N' Roses.

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Kosta Vreto: classically picked - funk-fusion jam

Kosta Vreto
Here it is guys!!! Hope you'll enjoy it­6033166677

Kosta Vreto - funk-fusion jam

Steven Wilson, Guthrie Govan: AIR Studios - Part 1 and 2

Here is the second studio video by Lasse Hoile of Steven Wilson and band working at AIR Studios in September. In this part, Steven discusses his next solo album's concept and themes, revealing more details about the record and it's inspiration.

Steven Wilson at AIR Studios - Part 2: Concept and Inspiration

A 6 minute short by Lasse Hoile of Steven Wilson and band working at AIR Studios last month, including previews of the new album as a work in progress.

Steven Wilson at AIR Studios, September 2014 - Part 1

Roman Bulakhov: one man band experiment

Roman Bulakhov - song11
Roman Bulakhov
one man band experiment

Kirill Konyaev: Marco Sfogli - Nothing Is Lost - tasteful cover

Marco Sfogli - Nothing Is Lost (Practice cover)
Kirill Konyaev
Practicing an awesome song by my guitar hero! Enjoy :)
Gear used:
-Padalka Guitars Enigma custom 7 string guitar
-Fender American Strat
-Axe Fx Ultra

All rights belong to Marco Sfogli.

Niko Tsonev: bending, slapping and spanking

Bend It
Morning dose of (guitar) bending, slapping and spanking. You know you love it :-)

Check out the fundraiser for Lifesigns featuring Niko Tsonev

Lifesigns posted a new update for Live DVD:
59% and rising here comes the final push!!

So 30 days or a month to go and still lots to do. We need to get about 10 pledges in a day (which is close to what we’ve been achieving). With luck we can take it all the way to the finish line…thanks so much for all the help thus far. Just to give you an idea of what’s coming I’ve included a clip from the Resonance Festival of Carousel…hope you like it (feel the energy:-)