On Tuesday, March 13, Van Halen rolled into Manchester, New Hampshire, and played to a packed house at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The city was taken over by Van Halen fever. Every bar I walked into was packed to the gills, cranking stuff like “Drop Dead Legs" from 1984.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Meshuggah's new album, Koloss, which is due March 26 via Nuclear Blast Records, some of my Boston-based friends made a video that is getting a lot of reaction out of people. It's called "Pour Some Meshuggah On Me." The video is a musical mash-up combining Meshuggah-style riffing with Def Leppard's hit "Pour Some Sugar On Me."
Here's part two of my recent interview with guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio. To read part one, which focused on Skolnick's unique journey as a jazz player, head here. When we left off, Skolnick was answering questions from readers about a variety of topics.
Some new guests have been added to the lineup of NAMM Metal Jam 2012, which takes place tomorrow night, January 18, at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, less than a mile away from the Anaheim Convention Center, which will be hosting the Winter NAMM show this Thursday through Sunday.
I recently interviewed Michael Angelo Batio, who discussed touring, meeting his guitar heroes and recording his upcoming album, which will be out in 2012. Here's part one of our three-part conversation.
Recently it was my great honor to sit down with rock legend -- and one of my all-time favorite players -- Leslie West to talk about his new record, Unusual Suspects. The album features Leslie's classic searing and smooth guitar tone, as well as guest performances by music heavyweights like Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Kenny Aronoff and Billy Gibbons. Leslie had me fascinated and laughing my ass off.
For this week's column, I wanted to give some attention to a buddy of mine who is a very promising young guitarist. His name is Florent Atem from Tahiti. He has a very cool technique that he created called slide picking that he will explain in this interview.
For this week's column, I sat down to speak a bit with my friend Glen Drover. I had the honor of having Glen perform a solo on my song “Devils Roadmap.” Glen plays the solo from 0:08 to 0:34 in the song. I do all of the ones in the middle and then another Megadeth alum, Chris Poland, does the solo at the end.