Wednesday, 25 February 2015

News: PRS announce the opening of West Street East and Start of Factory tours


(STEVENSVILLE, MD) February 25, 2015 – PRS Guitars has announced the opening of its new “West Street East” Museum Room and retail store and the commencement of free public tours of the Stevensville, Maryland manufacturing facility.

When touring the PRS factory, visitors will get a firsthand look at PRS Guitars’ processes, instruments, and amplifiers from raw wood or blank chassis form to finished guitar or amplifier. PRS intends to give visitors a unique view into PRS quality and the dedication of the people building PRS instruments. “We have a passion for building instruments and also for the music that these instruments help create. Most here are dedicated players, refining our craft as builders and musicians. There is a special kind of pride and individual ownership surrounding our instruments. From our experience, there is no better way to see this unique aspect of PRS than to walk through the shop,” stated PRS President Jack Higginbotham.

The guided tour, which lasts approximately 90 minutes, takes scheduled visitors through the electric guitar manufacturing line, amplifier department, and acoustic shop. While not physically demanding, the tour does include walking and climbing a flight of stairs (elevators are available for guests with special needs). The tour is not recommended for children under 10 years old due to its length and technical nature.

Tours will conclude at the company’s new “West Street East” store and museum room where visitors will find PRS apparel, parts, and accessories. The store also features a selection of guitars from the PRS archives for visitors to see as they learn about Paul Reed Smith and PRS Guitars’ history. A broad line up of current offerings will be available for visitors to play test as well.

The start of public tours and the opening of “West Street East” – named as a tribute to Paul Reed Smith Guitars’ humble beginnings in a small shop located on West Street in Annapolis, Maryland – are part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebration.

Guided factory tours will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00AM EST and 1:00PM EST. Tours will begin Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015. Group tours are available by request; certain restrictions apply.

West Street East Store hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM EST.

For more information about West Street East and tours of the PRS Guitar factory, please visit: For more information about PRS Guitars’ 30th Anniversary including a timeline, a Then and Now video and scrapbook, please visit:

Richie Faulkner: of Judas Priest plays "Dark Embrace" on EMGtv

Richie Faulkner took a break from his touring schedule with Judas Priest to play over some backing tracks written by fellow EMG artist, Andy James (provided by Jam Track Central). Richie came in having never heard the tracks before and showed us why he has the gig with the iconic metal band. Hear Richie using the EMG 57/66 set running through a Dunlop Wah and chorus pedal. Subscribe to EMGtv for updates on our weekly videos.
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Sam Bell: 2015 Ibanez Steve Vai Jem 77P BFP Premium

On a recent visit to the UK Ibanez headquarters, we took a look at the brand new for 2015 and eagerly anticipated Ibanez Jem 77P in the stunning blue floral pattern. Sam Bell, guitarist with 'Mask of Judas', takes us through some of the sounds. Played through a Laney Lionheart L50H head and L412 cabinet.

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2015 Ibanez Steve Vai Jem 77P BFP Premium (Blue Floral Pattern) Guitar with Sam Bell

Rick Graham: 'SRV' by Eric Johnson

Cover of a great tune by Eric Johnson.
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Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra: Whitesnake - Stormbringer - Official Video

Whitesnake - Stormbringer (Official Video)

First New Studio Album In Four Years Set For Release in May Via Frontiers Music SRL

Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition (, a deluxe edition ( featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a Behind The Scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. All details will be announced soon.

“It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago,” states Coverdale. “As I said to Ritchie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The University of Deep Purple was an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert!”

From the opening notes of the classic track “Burn,” to album closer “Stormbringer,” Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like “Lady Double Dealer,” “Soldier of Fortune” and “Sail Away” are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake lineup featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.

The tracklisting for The Purple Album is:
2)You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers)
3)Love Child
4)Sail Away
5)The Gypsy
6)Lady Double Dealer
8)Holy Man
9)Might Just Take Your Life
10)You Keep On Moving
11)Soldier Of Fortune
12)Lay Down Stay Down

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
14) Lady Luck
15) Comin’ Home

DVD Content:
Lady Double Dealer - Music Video
Sail Away - Mix Music Video
Stormbringer - Music Video
Soldier Of Fortune - Music Video
Purple Album Behind The Scenes
Purple Album EPK

Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as “Slide It In,” “Here I Go Again,” “Still Of The Night” and “Is This Love.” Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour.

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Whitesnake - Stormbringer (Official Video) (The Purple Album / New Studio Album / 2015)


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The Joint
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Talking Stick Pool Amp
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Pala Casino – Starlight Theater
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Greeley Independence Stampede
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Dallton Santos: String Skipping Arpeggios Substitutions

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On Line Guitar Lessons / Metal, Blues, Jazz, Fusion, Hard Rock, Funk.

String Skipping Arpeggios Substitutions

Rusty Cooley: Dominion - Live on February 3, 1995

Rusty Cooley - Guitar
Kelly Sundown Carpenter - Vocals

Rusty Cooley: Dominion - Live on February 3, 1995

Alex Machacek, Virgil Donati: Jam during UK rehearsal

spontaneous jam with Alex Machacek during a break at the UK Rehearsals, in the English countryside.

Andrey Bestolchenko: Hypertoad "Fahrengheit 451" Ibanez RGA8-POD HD500

New track of my one-man band project!
Recorded on Ibanez RGA8 and Yamaha RBX375 into Line6 POD HD500

Katalina González: CONCIERTO en la cava del castillo Guitar Collective 2015

Katalina González with some live performances a blend of funky rock fusion.

CONCIERTO en la cava del castillo Guitar Collective 2015


KATALINA GONZALEZ GUITAR/ Concierto La cava del castillo 2015


Kirk Fletcher: killer blues artist headed back to the UK!


Thursday 17th September - Chambers, Folkestone
Friday 18th September - Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion, Worthing
Monday 21st September - Bullingdon, Oxford
Sunday 27th September - Borderline, London

The Commander-In-Chief, Craig Ogden: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso

This is the first ever guitar recording of Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso (by C. Saint-Saens), which is normally played by violin virtuosos. The album with The Commander-In-Chief and Craig Ogden is now available on iTunes & Amazon Order physical CDs and digital downloads from CD Baby or the official Commander Store where you can also get the FREE mobile APP for Android and Apple.

The video was filmed outside the Opera House in Oslo, Norway, in August 2014. It was produced/directed and edited by Elisabeth Hagen (The Commander-In-Chief´s manager). The album was recorded at Velvet Recording, Norway, in July 2014. It was produced, engineered and mixed by James Mottershead.
Musical Director: Elisabeth Hagen.
Mastering by Stephen Marsh.

The first video from their album, a guitar duel version of Paganini´s Caprice 24 was on the "Top 10 viral videos of 2014" list in the world´s leading guitar magazine, Guitar World. It was also featured in major newspaper The Guardian as one of top 10 "Metal meets Classical" videos.

Craig Ogden had his 3rd number 1 album on the classical charts in the UK during the summer/fall of 2014. He has been nominated for Brit Awards several times and his debut album was Grammy nominated. He was recently featured as one of top 20 classical guitarists of all time by the prestigious ClassicFM radio and news site.
He is chief lecturer on Guitar at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.

The CIC has been featured as "1 of 10 modern guitar Gods", by Metal Hammer UK. Total Guitar Magazine said "she is changing the face of the shred stereotype!" Her historic guitar duel version of P. Sarasate´s Zigeunerweisen Op.20, was on "top 10 viral videos of 2013" in Guitar World Magazine. She has been a guest on major TV Talk shows and has been featured in magazines and on radios all over the world.

Many thanks to these find brands, whom The Commander-In-Chief proudly endorses;
Ibanez Guitars, Laney Amplification, DR Strings, EMG Pickups, Audix Microphones, XVive Pedals, Jim Dunlop guitar picks, Stonecastle Pedalboards and Kinsman guitar cables.

Craig Ogden uses D´Addario Classical strings.

Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso The Commander In Chief & Craig Ogden

Irene Ketikidi: The Band plays live *Stage 3: Catch*

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Live performance of "Catch", as released on "Martial Arts & Magic Tricks" album - available on CD and itunes:

Filmed and recorded live at Prova Studios

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Irene Ketikidi – Lead guitar
Michael Evdemon – Bass
Dennis Marakakis – Drums
Matthew Petropoulos – Rhythm guitar
Loukas Lymperis – Audio engineer

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Irene Ketikidi Band plays live *Stage 3: Catch*

Milan Polak: Scarred To Perfection - new album details!

Milan Polak signs with POWER PROG
Details of the upcoming album revealed!

POWER PROG is proud to announce a promising and longer-term collaboration with MILAN POLAK, one of the most respected guitarists and composers in today's music scene. We aim to bring you Milan's new vocal album "Scarred To Perfection" on April 24, 2015 in both CD and download formats. The advance single "This Time" (incl. video) will be released on March 20, 2015 and is available on all digital platforms.

Throughout an impressive career spanning two decades guitarist, singer, songwriter & producer Milan Polak has played with members of Guns n’ Roses, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai), Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger), Falco and many others. He was featured in "Guitar for the Practicing Musician" as well as on several CD samplers of the world’s best guitarists (with the likes of Steve Vai, Greg Howe and Marty Friedman). His two instrumental albums "Dreamscapes" and "Guitar Odyssey" received overwhelming praise and great reviews worldwide and stayed in the top seller charts of Guitar 9 for months. In May 2008 Milan Polak was voted one of the world’s 50 fastest guitarists by "Guitar World Magazine".

With his third vocal album "Scarred To Perfection" (after "Straight" in 2007 and "Murphy's Law" in 2009), Milan Polak demonstrates once again his skills as a supremely proficient songwriter, singer and multi-talented musician who pushes aside boundaries to come up with some real surprises. With the support of his longstanding musician friends Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger), Neil Taylor (Robbie Williams, Tears For Fears), Fabio Trentini (H-Blockx, Subway To Sally, Guano Apes) and Dennis Leeflang (Bumblefoot, Lita Ford, Within Temptation), he has created a hard-hitting and entertaining modern rock album that offers radio-ready song-writing, catchy melodies and a state-of-the-art production. This album will not only delight hard rock fans, it will bring contemporary, honest and sophisticated rock music to a wider audience. One of the most promising rock albums in recent years is awaiting you!

"Scarred To Perfection" tracklist:
01. Belong
02. The Last Goodbye
03. Cleansing
04. Scarred To Perfection (feat. Fabio Trentini)
05. You & I (feat. Kip Winger)
06. Karma (feat. Fabio Trentini)
07. No Compromise
08. Final Song
09. This Time
10. Smile
11. Green Demon
12. Rainbow (feat. Neil Taylor & Fabio Trentini)

Album details:
All songs written & arranged by Milan Polak
Produced by Milan Polak except “Rainbow”, co-produced by Fabio Trentini
Recorded at Nice Noize Studios VI, Europe
Engineered by Milan Polak & Fabio Trentini
All drums recorded & engineered by Dennis Leeflang at The Crash Pad, NJ, USA (
Mixed & mastered by Fabio Trentini at FabLabs, Europe (
Cover, design & photography by Katerina Polak (

You can find the latest info about the release here:

Pre-order the album as high quality digital download in MP3, FLAC, ALAC and more via ROCKONAUT:

Milan Polak (Lead & backing vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, keyboards & loops)
Dennis Leeflang (Drums)
Fabio Trentini (Bass on “Scarred To Perfection”, “Karma” and “Rainbow”, electric sitar)
Kip Winger (Bass on “You & I")
Neil Taylor (Guitar solo on “Rainbow”)

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Ron Thal: Bumblefoot "Little Brother Is Watching" CD and T-Shirt *PRESALE

Bumblefoot "Little Brother Is Watching" CD and T-Shirt *PRESALE

Bumblefoot's "Little Brother Is Watching" album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face - beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.

**This item and any other items purchased with it will begin to ship Monday March 2, 2015
100% Pre-Shrunk Cotton
Crew neck
Full color screen printed design
Classic look & feel
Machine washable#

Tom Quayle, Martin Miller: "How Insensitive" Jam NAMM 2015

Towards the end of "How Insensitive" Tom Quayle and I head into a completely improvised jam section, where we just feed each other with ideas and react to one another. This particular take is from out secret hotel room show in Anaheim, back in january.

Also as you'll see, we love to cram a lot of quotes in there. Who can recognize all of them?

Tom Quayle & Martin Miller - "How Insensitive" Jam NAMM 2015