Zakk Wylde has a diverse palate and has, over the years, bagged many gigs as a guest guitarist for artists of nearly every genre, including a spot on American Idol with singer and Idol finalist James Durbin earlier this year, wailing away on the Sammy Hagar classic, "Heavy Metal," from the movie of the same name.
I'm often asked in interviews, "What has the response been like to your new album?"This question is often hard to answer because I do not read any reviews about our albums. I only know about the reviews that I accidentally come across through people's Facebook profiles, or through our band e-mail. Otherwise I'm blissfully unaware of what people might think.
There was one overriding theme throughout the night. It was related to amp choice. And no, it wasn't that the majority of the players chose the amp with the most distortion (the Marshall) over the ones with less gain (the Fender and Vox). It was that nobody knew how to turn the amps on.
I've always thought of music as a language, and in a way it's the best language because it crosses all boundaries. It's the Universal Language. As with any language, the larger your vocabulary, the more thoughts you can convey. If someone is going to develop a sonic signature, often times it's their touch, vibrato, instrument and amp settings, etc., when playing lines or soloing.
This blog post is designed to save you a small fortune in backing tracks and beds to play over. The truth is, there’s a whole Wild West of background accompaniment out there. I’m talking about musically entering the sort of environment that’s going to make you a better player when you finally decide to leave. Every time.
A couple years back I was on tour in Japan. I'm always on tour in Japan it seems. The particular tour I'm talking about was particularly wild as we were travelling with our good friend and musical cohort, DJ Scott Melker. After the shows Scott and I were going out a bunch, probably too much and too hard, and as any good manager would and should do, my manager J called us out.
This installment of my GuitarWorld.com blog was meant to be posted in the beginning of September as the second half of a two-part blog titled “On Tour With My Guitar Heroes; Rick Derringer, Mark Farner and Dave Mason." The first part covered Rick Derringer and Mark Farner. This second part will be dealing with Dave Mason. If you haven’t already done so, you can read the first part right here.
At the pinnacle of a mind-blowing concert, inevitably, unconsciously, you are covered in sweat and flailing hair with fists raised in the air before Gods of Rock. As they reach into your twisted heart and release untapped depths of angst into ecstatic fucking union, your hands form a shape of devil horns. Index and little fingers outstretched while the shared tendons of the middle and ring fingers contract inward toward the palm.
This is Spinal Tap was supposed to be a satirical peek into the decadent, self-contained world of early Eighties heavy metal -- at least as it applied to a group of aging rock stars. At some point, though, the movie transitioned from cult comedy to cultural institution (In 2002, the Library of Congress selected This Is Spinal Tap for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as a "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" film).