Friday, 22 May 2015

Richie Kotzen,Julia Lage: All along the Watch Tower - Lucky Strike Jam

Richie Kotzen,Julia Lage: All along the Watch Tower - Lucky Strike Jam


Matt Cafissi: New single/video from the upcoming new album FLESH + BONE

New single/video from the upcoming new album FLESH + BONE by Matt Cafissi.
Directed/edited by Livio Melani.


Sam Bell: 8 String Guitar Warm Up Routine

Check out these 3 awesome 8 string guitar warm up's to help you get limbered up for some 8 string shredding! If you dig this lesson, please 'like', subscribe and leave a comment. I would love to hear what kind of warm up's you like to use whether it be on 6, 7 or 8 strings! Enjoy!

8 String Guitar Warm Up Routine - 8 String Guitar Lesson

Jonas Tamas: Jazz - Blues - Rock - Metal -- Love and respect to all music styles!

Jazz - Blues - Rock - Metal -- Love and respect to all music styles!
All solos by Jonas Tamas
Thanks a lot for the backing tracks:

The album features Andy James, Brett Garsed, Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Troy Stetina, Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus), Marcel Coenen (Sun Caged), Thorsten Koehne (Eden's Curse), Sergey Boykov and Mischa Mang (Ivanhoe, ex-Dreamscape).

TAB coming soon, check back next week!

Nico Schliemann: Mesa Mark V - Ibanez SIX27FDBG - Metal - Shred

way to many notes in this one, so please forgive me, but i had to;)

amp is the mesa mark V, miced with a rode nt2a. rhythm sound was ch 3 mark 4 mode and lead is ch 3 extreme mode (fx were added in logic). i had an route 808 in front of the amp to get it a bit tighter. i'm usually not heavy recording guy, but i think it's ok, for what it is here;)

Mesa Mark V - Ibanez SIX27FDBG - Metal - Shred - Nico Schliemann

Michael Romeo: SYMPHONY X - Nevermore (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

Taken form the 2015 SYMPHONY X Album 'UNDERWORLD'. Get it here:
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Joel Hoekstra, Howie Simon: performing at the recent Lucky Strike Jam Night 2015

Joel Hoekstra, Howie Simon: performing at the recent Lucky Strike Jam Night 2015



Nuno Bettencourt: performing at the recent Lucky Strike Jam Night 2015

Nuno Bettencourt: performing at the recent Lucky Strike Jam Night 2015


Jack Black,Kyle Gass: Tenacious D Interview At Bowl For Ronnie DIO CANCER FUND celebrity bowling charity event

Tenacious D aka Jack Black and Kyle Gass Interview At Bowl For Ronnie DIO CANCER FUND

The album also included "Dio", a song written as a tribute to rock singer Ronnie James Dio, which mocked him somewhat for being too old.[37] Dio liked the song enough to ask the band to appear in the music video for his song, "Push".[38] An EP entitled D Fun Pak was released in 2002. It featured a skit and acoustic versions of "Jesus Ranch" and "Kyle Quit The Band", as well as a megamix by Mocean Worker. The Complete Masterworks, a music DVD featuring the entire run of their TV series, music videos, and a live performance from London's Brixton Academy recorded in 2002, was released on November 9, 2003.[39]

Tenacious D Interview At Bowl For Ronnie DIO CANCER FUND celebrity bowling charity event

Zakk Wylde: Black Label Society @ The City National Grove of Anaheim 04-19-15 Jack Lue Series

From Black Label Society @ The City National Grove of Anaheim 04-19-15 Jack Lue Series

Set List

The Battle of Evermore
(Led Zeppelin song)
Losin' Your Mind
(Pride & Glory cover)
Suicide Messiah
Road Back Home
(Zakk Wylde song)
Spoke in the Wheel
House of Doom
Machine Gun Man
(Pride & Glory cover)
Sold My Soul
(Zakk Wylde song)
Angel of Mercy
In This River
Empty Promises
Throwin' It All Away
(Zakk Wylde song)
The Blessed Hellride
My Dying Time

Zakk Wylde has been no stranger to success over the years. At only 19 years old, he was tapped to join Ozzy Osbourne’s band as lead guitarist and co-writer. He performed with Osbourne for nearly twenty years.

Wylde formed Black Label Society in 1998 as a vehicle for his own artistic vision: uncompromising, unfiltered, no bullshit rock’n’roll.

Black Label Society quickly became a touring juggernaut and has gone on to release seven successful studio albums which have sold well over a million and a half albums total. But record sales only tell part of the story-it’s the legions of fans that turn out to see Wylde perform his masterful talents on the guitar and piano that are the true testament to his success.

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Some live videos from the show

Black Label Society "Sold My Soul" @ Grove of Anaheim April 19, 2015

Black Label Society "My Dying Time" @ Grove of Anaheim April 19, 2015

Black Label Society. Losing Your Mind. Anaheim CA.

Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba: Sixx AM @ Club Nokia 04-11-15 Jack Lue Series

From Sixx AM @ Club Nokia 04-11-15 Jack Lue Series

Ask any artist to reveal their most important ingredients for success, and you are guaranteed to find creative freedom near the top of the list. Thus it has proved for Sixx:A.M, a band comprised of Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael have formed a creative collective characterized by a free-spirited, artistically pure approach and genuinely diverse musical influences. That wide-winged philosophy resulted in the band’s third album, the alluringly titled Modern Vintage, which offers both billion-dollar choruses, and nods to great bands from the 70s like Queen, Bowie, T. Rex and Sweet. It is a record that represents the culmination of seven years of collaboration between three friends who, in the beginning, didn’t even really want to start a band…

Video from the show

“This all just formed incredibly organically,” says producer and vocalist James Michael of Sixx: A.M’s initial formation. “I had been working with Nikki on some songs and we got talking about the idea of doing a soundtrack for a film version of what would end up becoming The Heroin Diaries. A couple of years later he called me up and said ‘We’re actually going to publish The Heroin Diaries as a book. How would you feel about doing the soundtrack for a book?!’”

Sixx and Ashba had already been working on material for what would become The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack and were considering having guest singers across the various tracks. “James was suggested and to be honest, I didn’t even know him as anything other than a producer at that point,” says Ashba, “but as soon as we heard James sing, we didn’t want anyone else.’”

“When my management eventually heard those songs they were like ‘You need to have a name and be a band,’” adds Sixx. “Until that point, we hadn’t even really thought about it in those terms!”

What followed was unprecedented success. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack sold over 370,000 copies in the US and spawned a Rock Chart topper in the shape of “Life Is Beautful.” More than that, it was a uniquely compelling companion to a New York Times Best Seller and arguably the first ever rock soundtrack an autobiography has ever known. Inspired by an overwhelming public response, the band returned to the studio to pen second album This Is Gonna Hurt, a record which, similarly to their first, runs in parallel with Sixx’s book of the same name. Again they tackled the dark personal topics and again they triumphed, scoring a Billboard top 10 and another Rock Chart number 1.

Of course, these impressive achievements all stem directly from Sixx: A.M’s constant willingness to challenge themselves and push at the edges of their inventive and technical capacities. “I feel like the three of us are able to set goals – sometimes goals which seem unachievable – and figure out how to not only reach, but surpass, those targets,” says Sixx. “When it came time to makeModern Vintage, we sat down and said, ‘We have to dare to make something that could leave us looking very silly’,” confesses James Michael. “We needed to take risks and accept that it might fail.” The result of that risk is an album which sees the band going back through the history of the music they love, constantly developing and expanding their sonic palette while continuing to explore lyrical territory which is personal, spiritual, philosophical and intensly poetic.

“My favorite writers are Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac,” smiles Sixx. “What we do lyrically with Sixx:A.M is not one dimensional; we try and go as deep as possible. We want people to feel something and connect with what we are saying.” The upshot is that Modern Vintage is record of beauty and genuine substance, that will move both your head and your heart and that will attract the casual listener and the avid music fan alike – the sound of three masters producing something which confounds both expectation and categorization.

Video from the show

It’s this profound message – as well as their unorthodox means of disseminating material – which has cultivated the powerful bond the band share with their fans. These are not just songs to be idly enjoyed and cast aside, there are plenty for whom Sixx:A.M has been a catalyst for real and long-lasting life change. “There are messages of self-improvement and striving on all our records,” says James Michael “and I am glad that people are able to relate to those aspects of it.”

“Sixx:A.M really is a labor of love for us,” continues Ashba. “We don’t follow any of the guidelines. It’s a space where we can truly be artists, truly be free and truly create exactly what we want to create. The canvas is totally opened up for us.” “We want to go where the bands that we loved were prepared to go,” adds Sixx; “where Queen were not scared to go, where The Beatles were not scared to go. It’s total freedom.”

In that spirit of fearlessness, the band the approached composing their forthcoming full length offering. Take the inimitable “Stars”, whose heavy yet grooving instrumental belies a deeply introspective message of almost spiritual quality – a perfect marriage of guts-out power and craft the likes of which will have listeners slack-jawed in admiration. Then there’s the Jack White meets Lenny Kravitz shuffle of “Miracle” – a track which, believe it or not, began life as a Bee Gees-esque disco tune. Elsewhere, the fizzing emotion of first single “Gotta Get It Right” has a cinematic charm; its stomping beats injected with an epic sensibility and wind-in-your-hair joy. It was, Michael admits “The last song we wrote for the record, but I couldn’t imagine the album without it now. To me, it represents everything about Modern Vintage, sonically, melodically and lyrically – it’s the song we’ve been trying to write for ten years.”

Moreover, the very phrase ‘Modern Vintage’ alludes to the band’s desire to take the esoteric, old-school styles with which they have all individually fallen in love, and render them in glistening modern technicolor. “With the songs on this album, some of them sound like they were written in the sixties but recorded today,” says James Michael. “And some of them sound like they were written in the future but recorded back in the sixties or seventies. So there is this beautiful balance going on between genres and eras, heritage and modernity. I feel like it’s a real celebration of the music that has inspired and informed our love for what we do.”

For fans, Modern Vintage also heralds a new era for the band, in which Sixx:A.M’s live performance looks set to take center stage in a way that has previously not been
possible. Astonishing as it seems and despite all their overwhelming success, the band has only played 30 gigs since its inception – something that looks set to change in the very near future.

“Not only are we are excited for people to hear this record but we are also excited to get out and play it live on tour,” enthuses James Michael. “It’s going to be as fun to create a Sixx:A.M live experience as it has been to create the music” adds Sixx. “And when Motley winds up, all my time and all my love is going into Sixx:A.M.”

“So far, everything in this band has worked out exactly as it has needed to for us to recognize the love we have for each other and for what we do musically,” finishes James Michael. “We know that Sixx:A.M is a unique situation, but it is also a beautiful situation: to have these friends to be able to do this with, and to have this outlet for our art, is a truly special thing – and we are going to make the absolute most of it we can.”

Nikki Sixx – bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, additional guitar (2007–present)
DJ Ashba – lead guitar, backing vocals (2007–present)
James Michael – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, drum programming, drums, programming (2007–present)Touring musicians
Glen Sobel – drums, percussion (2007)
Tony Palermo – drums, percussion (2008, 2012)
Dustin Steinke – drums, percussion (2015)

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Matt Cafissi,Brett Stine, Lorenzo Venza, Andrea Maccianti : Flesh + Bone - new album packed with great new music

Matt Cafissi,Brett Stine, Lorenzo Venza, Andrea Maccianti : Flesh + Bone

New album FLESH + BONE available JUNE 26th 2015!

Matt Cafissi/Guitars
Simone Caxixo/Bass
Chiara Choppy Sale/Drums
Riccardo Zezza Pardini/Vocals
+ special guests:
Brett Stine (Haji's Kitchen), Alessandro Sestito, Anthimos Manti, Tommaso Ermolli, Pierpaolo Buzzi, Alessio Berlaffa, Lorenzo Venza (Utopia), Marcello Zappatore, Rudj Gianneschi (Eldritch), Christian Russo, Andrea Maccianti, Vincenzo Grieco and Francesco Bellagamba

Produced by Matt Cafissi
Co-produced by Steve Saluto + Riccardo Zezza Pardini
Recorded by Riccardo Zezza Pardini + Simone Caxixo
Mixed + Mastered by Steve Saluto at The Kitchen
All songs written by Matt Cafissi
Arranged by Matt Cafissi + Riccardo Zezza Pardin

Marc Pattison: Risen from the Ashes - new album

Marc Pattison - Risen from the Ashes

Ex-Circle II Circle Guitarist and current Futures End guitarist, Marc Pattison has been writing and recording for almost 3 decades. This is the most recent group of instrumental guitar songs he has completed, his most ambitious and technically proficient work to date. Included are two cover songs, Marc's take on Benny Goodman's version of the 1920's swing classic "Sing,Sing, Sing" and a metal version of the 80s classic by Debroh Harry/Blondie, "Call Me".

Marc is currently endorsed by several companies, including Eventide effects,M-Audio studio monitors and keyboards controllers,Morley Pedals,Mark of the Unicorn Audio interfaces,ESP Guitars, Peavey Amps, COOL Picks, Dimarzio Pickups and Dean Markley strings and Steinberg software. He also uses Overloud, Th2 and Spectrasonics Ominisphere and Trilian extensively on this record.

This album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Marc Pattison in his home studio, Chief Dog Studios. All instruments and arrangements by Marc Pattison except drums on "Risen From The Ashes" are played by Bud Salvetti. All songs written and performed by Marc Pattison, except the two mentioned cover songs, which were written by the original artists mentioned, but re-arranged by Marc Pattison.

Marc would like to thank the love of his life, Jasmine Westergard, and in no particular order :Gisela Connelly, Penny Pattison, Dawn Westergard, Keaton Westergard, Jon Mosier, Daniel Potter, Phil Bennett, Christian Wentz, Bud Salvetti,Fred Marshall, Steve DiGiorgio, Jon Allen, Glenn Olander, and Spectrasonics, Pete Pachio, Wayne Marsala,Henning Wanner, Adam Sagan, Bill Hudson,Aaron Pearson,Elie Hirschman,Kyle Longmuir,Billy Connally, John Watkins,Billy Tatum,Lucho Silva,Ron Keeler.Donni Davis,Joy Basu,Chris Cannella,David Pattison,Phil Romine, Juan Urtiaga, Kevin Jackson, Mike Garnica, Shawn Baker,Stephen Paul Goodwin, James Murphy, Larry Howe, Geoffe Thorpe,Mario Söhnchen,Greg Lowry and Christopher Mahon . Anyone left out was unintentional, as well as any possible names misspelled.
May 21 2015.

Risen from the Ashes

Chris Caffery,Mike Lepond: Mauricio Bustamante - EXXILES "Oblivion" - check out some very tasty AOR

EXXILES - Oblivion is being released via Nightmare Records May 26th, 2015 to USA and Europe.

EXXILES is a symphonic/progressive metal band formed by drummer Mauricio Bustamante with members and guests from: Symphony X, Savatage, Trans-Siberian orchestra and Circle II Circle, Communic, Circus Maximus, Stream of Passion, Revolution Renaissance & Spiral Architect.

Mixed by: Brett Caldas Lima and Mauricio Bustamante
Mastered by: Markus Teske
Artwork by: Christphe Dessaigne (Star one, The Walking Dead Book).

Exxiles is a band, not a project.

After Mauricio Bustamante left (Reign of the Architect), he started working on his new production and multinational band called EXXILES, seeking to reflect how sometimes we are exile in life by simple or great things when we are betrayed by something we believed in. At the end of which...there is only abandonment... pain… and anger. Yet with passion, you discover that you learn how to rise... to liberate and fight for the things you believe in once again! That is the moment when the exile transforms into something stronger, especially if walk with other exiles toward your goal.

The first part of a pending trilogy, will be a cinematic conceptual album about loyalty, a symbol of friendship, politics, religion, love… It will have many stories but but each will seek become one with the rest. It will show how loyalty becomes weak when personal interests are involved, and in sacrificing a dreamers dreams in order to achieve power, neither side wins. The ultimate dream is lost but never the hope!

The band and guest list includes :
- Mauricio Bustamante (Ex Reign of the Architect)
- Simon Rojas
- Noel Martínez
- Mike Lepond (Symphony X)
- Chris Caffery (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
- Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle)
- Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion)
- Oddleif Stensland (Communic)
- Wilmer Waarbroek (Ayreon)
- Gus Monsanto ( Ex-Adagio)
- Øyvind Hægeland (Spiral Architect)
- Mats Haugen (Circus Maximus)
- David Grey ( Lost in Thought)
- Sergio Agilar (Agora)
- Antonio Rivera (Solitude)

Nightmare Records

Daniele Gottardo: 20 Licks To Expand Your Jazz Blues

20 Licks To Expand Your Jazz Blues

Taking inspiration from the Jazz and Bebop greats, Daniele has created 20 musically enriching, and technically challenging licks that will expand your Jazz/Blues vocabulary.

These licks use a lot of the melodic techniques that the great Jazz and Bebop greats have mastered, and applies them to a Jazz/Blues context giving a very modern and sophisticated sound to your playing. By learning these licks you will be using melodic devices such as modal interchange, tritone substitutions, tension/release, ii-V cadences, chromatic passing tones, enclosure, anticipation and other classic Bebop and Jazz improvising techniques. From a technical perspective you will make use of legato techniques, economy picking, hybrid picking, fast sweep picking passages and alternate picked phrases.

All the best improvisers know how to take inspiration from a variety of genres and players and incorporate it into their own phrases and licks. This means that even if Jazz/Blues and Bebop playing isn’t your thing, you can still learn something new from the enriched and sophisticated lines present in this package to augment and develop your playing in other styles.

Daniele says ‘With these licks I want to show you typical bebop ideas I derived inspiration from the lines of the masters such as Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Hank Jones and the traditional jazz school. I think becoming familiar with this kind of language is beneficial to the modern guitar players to develop a deeper musical understanding.’

You can analyse and master each lick by learning the slow versions of the licks, while studying the notation and bonus notes, working your way up to the full fast versions and the full jamtrack included.

As ever, we have accurately transcribed every note and included the TAB/notation in the download, full backing tracks, audio solos and track notes.

Thomas Lang, Gregg Bissonette, Chad Wackerman, Matt Garstka: Big Drum Bonanza 2015 - Drummers want this!



This year's guest teacher are: MATT GARSTKA (Animals As Leaders), CHAD WACKERMAN (Frank Zappa, Alan Holdsworth), GREGG BISSONETTE (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr), THOMAS LANG (StOrk), GERGO BORLAI (Tribal Tech), RICH REDMOND (Jason Aldean) and more surprise guests!! Participate in daily masterclasses, drum clinics, small group lessons, and book one on one lessons with your idols! Go on a DW factory tour and leave with tons of inspiration, a great tan, a sweet goodie bag and practice material for years!

This is the ultimate drum camp and the experience of a lifetime. For more information go to and register at