Carlos Santana http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/1440/all en Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Heartbreaker" (Jimmy Page) Vs. "Europa" (Carlos Santana) http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-heartbreaker-jimmy-page-vs-europa-carlos-santana <!--paging_filter--><p>A few years ago, the editors of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.</p> <p>The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (Number 100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (Number 1). </p> <p>To quote our <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-1-stairway-heaven-jimmy-page">"Stairway to Heaven" story that ran with the list</a>, "If Jimmy Page is the Steven Spielberg of guitarists, then 'Stairway' is his <em>Close Encounters</em>." </p> <p>We've kicked off a summer blockbuster of our own — a no-holds-barred six-string shootout. We're pitting <em>Guitar World</em>'s top 64 guitar solos against each other in an NCAA-style, 64-team single-elimination tournament. Every day, we will ask you to cast your vote in a different guitar-solo matchup as dictated by the 64-team-style bracket. </p> <p>You can vote only once per matchup. The voting for each matchup ends as soon as the next matchup is posted (Basically, that's one poll per day during the first round of elimination, including weekends and holidays). </p> <p>In some cases, genre will clash against genre; a thrash solo might compete against a Southern rock solo, for instance. But let's get real: They're all guitar solos, played on guitars, by guitarists, most of them in some subset of the umbrella genre of rock. When choosing, it might have to come down to, "Which solo is more original and creative? Which is more iconic? or Which one kicks a larger, more impressive assemblage of asses?"</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Yesterday's Results</span></p> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> "Cortez the Killer" (69.33 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (30.67 percent)<br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">Today's Round 1 Matchup (Day 24):</span><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;"><em>"Heartbreaker" Vs. "Europa"</em></span></p> <p>Today, Jimmy Page's guitar solo on Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" (16) squares off against Carlos Santana's solo on Santana's "Europa" (49). Get busy! You'll find the poll at the very bottom of the story.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-16-heartbreaker-jimmy-page">16. “Heartbreaker”</a></strong><br /> <strong>Soloist</strong>: Jimmy Page<br /> <strong>Album</strong>: Led Zeppelin—<em>Led Zeppelin II</em> (Atlantic, 1969)</p> <p>Performing a convincing solo in a group context is difficult for any musician, but it takes a real man to stand unaccompanied and deliver. On “Heartbreaker,” Jimmy Page did just that. For an electrifying 45 seconds, Page let loose sans rhythm section and, needless to say, the guitar world has never been quite the same.</p> <p>“I just fancied doing it,” laughs Page. “I was always trying to do something different, or something no one else had thought of. But the interesting thing about that solo is that it was recorded after we had already finished “Heartbreaker”—it was an afterthought. That whole section was recorded in a different studio and was sort of slotted in the middle. If you notice, the whole sound of the guitar is different.</p> <p>“The solo itself was made up on the spot. I think that was one of the first things I ever played through a Marshall. I was always having trouble with amps, and Marshalls were state-of-the-art reliability. By that time I was using a Les Paul, anyway, and that was just a classic setup.”</p> <p>“We definitely recorded the solo section separately,” confirms engineer Eddie Kramer. “Jimmy walked in and set up and the whole session was over in about 20 minutes. He did two or three takes and we picked the best one, which was edited in later. However, to this day, I have a hard time listening to it, because I think we did a shitty edit—the difference in noise levels is pretty outrageous. But I don’t think Jimmy cared, he was more interested in capturing an idea, and on that level, he succeeded.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/npoYQMPCOvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /><br /> <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100_greatest_guitar_solos_49_quoteuropaquot_carlos_santana">49. "Europa"</a></strong><br /> <strong>Soloist</strong>: Carlos Santana<br /> <strong>Album</strong>: Santana—<em>Amigos</em> (Columbia, 1976)</p> <p>“I started writing this song in 1966 or ’67, but didn’t finish it until ’75 when we were on tour with Earth, Wind and Fire, in Manchester, England,” says Carlos Santana. “We were backstage while they were onstage playing. And we were just warming up, tuning up. I started playing it and [keyboardist] Tom Coster and I completed it right there on the spot. It immediately became a crowd favorite; it is one of those songs that, whether it’s played in Japan or in Jerusalem or in South America, it just fits right in with everything.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/dtn4a3bClLA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Winner:</strong> "Heartbreaker" (65.19 percent)<br /> <strong>Loser:</strong> "Europa" (34.81)</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time">Check out today's matchup and all the matchups that have taken place so far!</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/greatest-guitar-solos-all-time-readers-poll-round-1-heartbreaker-jimmy-page-vs-europa-carlos-santana#comments Carlos Santana Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin Poll Polls Santana News Features Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:14:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18712 Name Recognition: 10 Essential Signature Model Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/name-recognition-10-essential-signature-model-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>Ah, how young and innocent we all were when Fender introduced its first signature model — the Eric Clapton Stratocaster — in 1988.</p> <p>Of course, Chet Atkins' name appeared on several Gretsch models (the Tennessean, for example) long before then, and let's not forget that Les Paul — the name that appears on millions of guitar headstocks across the world — was actually a person.</p> <p>Today, new signature models seem to be popping up daily, each one "designed according to the artist's specifications." Almost every major manufacturer makes them for a host of artists from every genre of guitar-based music. This, of course, leaves players with a wealth of choices.</p> <p>Below, however, is a list of 10 high-quality signature-model electric guitars that the respective artists can proudly sign their name to — 10 models that get it right.</p> <p>As always, this list was compiled by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> editorial staffers including Technical Editor Paul Riario, the guy who tries out every piece of gear that arrives at <em>Guitar World</em>. The gear in this story is presented in no particular order. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage/?partno=5107900868">EVH Wolfgang USA Stealth</a></strong></p> <p>Short of committing an act of grand theft Frankenstrat, the Wolfgang USA Stealth from EVH is the be-all, end-all Van Halen guitar for that moment you decide to try your hand at "Eruption." </p> <p>Of the guitars on this list, the Wolfgang USA Stealth features, by far, the most responsive Floyd Rose system. (It should be noted that the EVH-branded Floyd Rose isn't a floating setup, so it can only be used for diving.)</p> <p>As <em>Guitar World</em> reviewer Chris Gill wrote in our April 2012 issue, "Whether you're a metal shredder who wants super-sonic speed and nothing-but-black aesthetics or an EVH aficionado who craves the ultimate Van Halen playing experience, the EVH Stealth delivers like no other Wolfgang.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Eddie used the EVH Wolfgang USA Stealth throughout Van Halen's North American tour this year, but in case you missed them, here's our own Paul Riario to give you a demo:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/ETAd43hMKhs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,999.99 | Visit <a href="http://www.evhgear.com/gear/subpage/?partno=5107900868">EVHGear.com</a> to learn more about this guitar.</em></p> <p><strong>From its humble origins in the back of a small music store in London, Marshall Amplification has defined the sound of rock for generations of guitarists around the world. <em>The History of Marshall Amps: The First Fifty Years</em> by Michael Doyle and Nick Bowcott tells the story of Jim Marshall's remarkable life and documents the many innovations of Marshall amplifiers, from the famous “stack” to the most current offerings. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-aficionado/products/the-history-of-marshall-amps/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=SignatureGuitars">It's available at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-FRM100">Ibanez Paul Gilbert FRM100</a></strong></p> <p>Ibanez's Paul Gilbert model, the FRM100 (the TR often seen in the name refers to Translucent Red) takes the "signature" theme to a new level. After all, Gilbert pretty much designed this guitar himself. </p> <p>"I designed the Fireman on my computer by taking a photo of an Ibanez Iceman and turning it upside-down in Adobe Photoshop," <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-guitarist-paul-gilbert-discusses-his-new-online-rock-guitar-school">Gilbert told GuitarWorld.com in May</a>. "Then I just worked out the extra details like adding the lower cutaway, angling the pickups, designing the pickguard shape and asking for a big, beefy neck joint. Ibanez brought the idea to life in their custom shop, and I fell in love with the guitar. The production model is killer. I used a factory sample for the whole Mr. Big tour last year."</p> <p>The neck on Fireman is different than the previous RG shapes in the Gilbert signature series. It's thicker and fatter -- 22mm at the first fret and 24mm at the 12th fret. The three-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck offers a fat, tight sound and a solid grip. The pickups are DiMarzio Injectors in the bridge and neck and a DiMarzio Area '67 in the middle; they are designed with hum-cancelling construction to eliminate the noise but retain single-coil tone.</p> <p>Other features include a mahogany body, medium frets and a Tight Tune bridge.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Here's an official Ibanez video starring Gilbert and the Fireman in action:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3m16qpehaIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,199.99 | <a href="http://www.ibanez.com/ElectricGuitars/model-FRM100">Visit Ibanez.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/signature/kh-2-vintage.html">ESP KH-2 Kirk Hammett Signature Model</a></strong></p> <p>Kirk Hammett adopted a Strat-style ESP between the recording of <em>...And Justice For All</em> and the band's mega-selling self-titled album, ditching the '74 Gibson Flying V he had relied so heavily on in the band's early years. "I used that V on every album prior to this one," Hammett told <em>Guitar World</em> in 1991, "but the ESP just sounded a bit rounder."</p> <p>At Winter NAMM 2012, ESP introduced several new models to commemorate 25 years of partnership with Metallica's lead guitarist. In those 25 years, the essential Hammett signature model has to be the KH-2, which comes in a sleek black finish or the "vintage" look, which comes complete with "Caution: Hot" and "Kirk's Guitar" stickers.</p> <p>The KH-2 also features a set of EMG pickups, a Floyd Rose Original bridge and a specially contoured neck that's perfect for nimble players.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>There isn't an official video demo for the KH-2, but the nice thing about signature guitars is you can point to the artists themselves as examples. In this case, pop in a copy of the Black Album and you'll hear why Kirk fell in love with these guitars.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/espkh2.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,285.00 | <a href="http://www.espguitars.com/guitars/signature/kh-2-vintage.html">Visit ESPGuitars.com for more on this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/santana/">PRS Guitars Santana Signature</a></strong></p> <p>This model might be at the higher end of the price spectrum as far as this list is concerned, but it truly is a work of art. The guitar, the product of a longstanding creative partnership between Paul Reed Smith and Carlos Santana, comes standard with a maple top, mahogany back, rosewood fretboard, 24-fret mahogany neck, 24 1/2-inch-scale length and PRS tremolo.</p> <p>The guitar also features PRS' relatively new V12 finish, a thin, hard and clear finish that doesn't crack or react with thinners. "PRS models with this new finish feel like old instruments," said Paul Reed Smith of the finish, which is halfway between acrylic and nitro.</p> <p>Other features include a carved, figured maple top; inlaid purfling strips; custom bird inlays; a bound rosewood fretboard, nickel hardware; and a rosewood headstock veneer with an inlaid eagle. The pickups are specially designed Santana Treble and Bass models.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>If you have some time, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTqbfWJVUDw">check out this Musician's Friend video featuring Santana and Paul Reed Smith</a> discussing guitar playing in general, Santana's thoughts about PRS, his signature model and other topics. </p> <p>In terms of a helpful demo video, there are no videos available from PRS or <em>Guitar World</em>, and YouTube is particularly skimpy on the subject. Note that most of the available PRS Santana demo videos refer to the lower-priced SE model, and you can check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyikttVXR0">Paul Riario's review of the SE right here.</a> Here's hoping PRS produces a video that explores the features of the higher-end signature model.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/PRS.jpg" width="620" height="222" alt="PRS.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $5,000 | <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/santana/">Visit prsguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Slash-Appetite-Les-Paul-Standard.aspx">Epiphone Limited Edition Slash Appetite Les Paul Standard</a></strong></p> <p>Limited to just 3,000 copies, the limited-edition Slash "Appetite" Les Paul Standard is a more-affordable alternative to the Gibson model of the same name. </p> <p>Modeled after the Kris Derrig-made Les Paul copy used by Slash on Guns N' Roses' classic <em>Appetite for the Destruction</em> album, the Slash Appetite Les Paul comes with two Seymour Duncan Slash Alnico II Pro humbuckers, a LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and a neck profile created especially for the mad hatter himself.</p> <p>“All things considered, with the original one, it just happened to have a certain sort of unique tone unto itself,” Slash said in a video from Gibson. “The new <em>Appetite for Destruction</em> guitar is about as close as anybody could get to the original.”</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>For a look at just how this guitar performs, check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c829NqdnX1o&amp;feature=plcp">this video</a> from Rainbow Music in Carlisle, England.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/epiphoneslash.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,525 | <a href="http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Les-Paul/Slash-Appetite-Les-Paul-Standard.aspx">Visit Epiphone.com to learn more about this guitar</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.deanguitars.com/dimebag_seriesML.php">Dimebag Dean From Hell CFH</a></strong></p> <p>Like Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell has no shortage of worthy signature models to choose from. And while you can't go wrong with any axe from Dean's ML series, we had to pick just one, and the Dean From Hell CFH model gets the nod.</p> <p>Featuring a set mahogany V-neck and all-black hardware (because bad guys wear black), the Dean From Hell's lightning-bolt graphic is pure, vintage Dime, a fitting reproduction of the guitar that graces the cover of Pantera's breakout album, <em>Cowboys From Hell</em>.</p> <p>The Dean From Hell is equipped with a Floyd Rose Special bridge and Bill Lawrence XL500 pickups, making it a high-output monster perfect for shredders of all stripes. Getcha pull!</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Paired with your preferred high-gain amp, the Dean from Hell chugs, wails and squeals just like a Dime signature guitar should.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/deanfromhell.jpg" width="620" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,135.88 | <a href="http://www.deanguitars.com/dimebag_seriesML.php">Visit DeanGuitars.com to learn more about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.fender.com/products/johnnymarrjaguar">Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar</a></strong></p> <p>The ultra-cool Fender Jaguar never really got the widespread, mainstream appreciation it deserves; perhaps that's because of the model's supposedly confusing control layout. Get ready to throw that excuse out the window and give the Jag another shot. This new model developed by Fender for Johnny Marr (The Smiths, The Cribs, Modest Mouse) features some terrific updates.</p> <p>For starters, it features a four-position blade-style pickup switch (bridge; bridge and neck in parallel; neck, bridge, and neck in series), plus two upper-horn slide switches that control pickup brightness. The pickups are custom-wound, Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil neck and bridge models. The maple neck is custom-shaped maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard that's based on Marr’s '65 Jag.</p> <p>Other features include nylon bridge post inserts for improved stability, a “taller” tremolo arm with arm-sleeve nylon insert to prevent arm swing, 22 vintage-style frets; a 24-inch-scale neck, chrome hardware and a vintage-style truss rod.</p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> gear reviewer Chris Gill calls it "the best Jaguar that the company has ever produced" — and there's no denying this guitar looks killer in Olympic White.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Here are two videos that'll fill in the blanks about this guitar. The first one is an official Fender video featuring Marr; the second one features GW's Paul Riario.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sPoUB9qBdg4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1886474980001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1886474980001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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A DiMarzio Crunch Lab pickup sits in the bridge position with a DiMarzio Liquifire pickup in the neck position, giving you loads of clarity and output. </p> <p>The guitar's ebony fretboard plays fast for ultra-fluid legato work and clean sweeps, making the only limitation on the JP12 how fast your hands can move while playing <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/romancing-fretboard-chopin-arranged-guitar-part-1">Chopin's Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus No. 2</a>.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>In the below video, Petrucci shows off the capabilities of his newest signature model:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/6VZEa8O1Hns" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,500 | <a href="http://www.music-man.com/instruments/guitars/jp12.html">Visit Music-Man.com to learn more about this guitar</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2400112809">Gretsch G6120TV Brian Setzer Hot Rod</a></strong></p> <p>Gretsch makes a slew of beautiful Brian Setzer signature models, most of which are variations of a traditional 6120 Nashville. And then there's the Brian Setzer Hot Rod model, which is basically the Nashville's evil, mean twin, a guitar with a one-track mind. This is a Gretsch that's ready for rockin' right out of the box.</p> <p>As Gretsch puts it, the Hot Rod is stripped down and built for speed. You get one three-position pickup switch, a single master-volume control and two TV Jones-designed Hot Rod Filter’Tron pickups that crank out some fiery tones. </p> <p>Other features include a full 16-inch single-cutaway, bound, hollow body; a 1959-style trestle bracing and F holes; a two-piece rock maple neck with a bound ebony fingerboard; Sperzel locking tuners; pinned Adjusto-Matic bridge; chrome hardware and a Bigsby B6C vibrato tailpiece. </p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Once again, here's our own Paul Riario in a GW video from 2007:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bnvV4AUfeWw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>MSRP: $3,600 | <a href="http://www.gretschguitars.com/products/index.php?partno=2400112809">Visit gretschguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <hr /> <p><strong><a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/guitar/synyster-gates-Custom.aspx">Schecter Synyster Gates Custom</a></strong></p> <p>The Synyster Gates Custom is a mean-looking guitar with an original body shape, an eye-catching headstock and a cool "deathbat" inlay. </p> <p>But what really makes the guitar stand out are the Seymour Duncan Custom Syn Invaders pickups, which produce the heaviest tones a passive pickup can produce. They feature three ceramic magnets, over-wound coils and 12 chrome cap screws. Sustainiac Driver/Pickup produces solid humbucker tones when the Sustain switch is off and works as the Sustainiac Driver when switched on.The Sustainiac Driver creates an infinite feedback sustain of string vibrations by electromagnetic feedback. </p> <p>And then there's the ebony fretboard. According to Schecter Guitar Research, "Ebony has a snappy, crisp attack with the density of maple, but with more brittle grains, oilier pores and a stronger fundamental tone than maple. It has a tremendous amount of percussive overtones in the pick attack, that mute out shortly thereafter to foster great, long, sustain."</p> <p>Other features include a mahogany body, a 25.5-inch-scale three-piece mahogany neck, 24 extra-jumbo frets, a Floyd Rose 100 Series bridge and Grover tuners. It's an axe worthy of the Avenged Sevenfold guitarist.</p> <p><strong>What does it sound like?</strong> </p> <p>Although <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=oCktx_pDWoI">this video wasn't created by Schecter Guitar Research</a> or <em>Guitar World</em>, it does an OK job of demonstrating the guitar's many features — especially if you skip to around 2:06.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Gates620.jpg" width="620" height="224" alt="Gates620.jpg" /></p> <p><em>MSRP: $1,649 | <a href="http://www.schecterguitars.com/Products/guitar/synyster-gates-Custom.aspx">Visit schecterguitars.com for more info about this guitar.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/paul-gilbert">Paul Gilbert</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/brian-setzer">Brian Setzer</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/name-recognition-10-essential-signature-model-guitars#comments Brian Setzer Carlos Santana Fender Gretsch Ibanez Johnny Marr Kirk Hammett Paul Gilbert Paul Reed Smith PRS Schecter Schecter Guitars Synyster Gates Electric Guitars News Features Gear Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:19:39 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16975 Guitar World's Top 50 Albums of 2012 http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-top-50-albums-2012 <!--paging_filter--><p>From an impending apocalypse to the promise of a new Van Halen album with David Lee Roth, the bar was set high for 2012.</p> <p>Everyone from the Mayans to Nostradamus allegedly prophesied the end of the world in 2012, but who could have predicted Green Day's epic trilogy of new albums, or Joe Walsh's first solo effort in two decades, or Rush churning out their heaviest record this side of <em>2112</em>?</p> <p>For a year that was supposed to mark the end of an era, it's quite fitting that 2012 ended up being very much a nexus of past and future.</p> <p>Aerosmith and Kiss kept the classic rock flame alive, releasing their 15th and 20th studio albums respectively, and ZZ Top issued their finest showing of fuzzed-out Texas blues in years. Meanwhile, excellent debuts from Gary Clark Jr. and Alabama Shakes — not to mention Jack White's debut solo record hitting No. 1 — proved the blues is still a vital force in the hands of true believers.</p> <p>On the heavier end of the spectrum, Periphery once again upped the ante as the leaders of the new prog-metal movement, and Meshuggah reminded everyone that the groove can still be mightier than the metronome. Lamb of God and Municipal Waste forged ahead as the heads of thrash metal's new class, while legends like Overkill and Testament continued uncanny, late-career resurgences with solid efforts.</p> <p>But if there's one thing to take away from the 50 albums below, it's this: The guitar is very much alive and well in 2012. It survived the rise of the keyboard in the '80s and the overwhelming bass-barrage of electronic dance music of the early 21st century and shows no signs of waning in relevancy. Whether you're still plugging into a vintage Vox AC30 with your trusty Strat or just got your hands on an Axe FX and a new Ibanez eight-string, the guitar isn't going away any time soon.</p> <p>And with that in mind, the Quote of the Year award goes to one Eddie Van Halen, who summed all that up so succinctly when <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-eddie-van-halen-talks-different-kind-truth?page=0,1">he said</a>, "I'm just a guitarist in a kick-ass rock and roll band. What more could I ask for?" Amen, and see you in 2013.</p> <p><strong>NOTE: </strong>This list pertains to studio albums only.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/rush">Rush</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-top-50-albums-2012#comments Aerosmith Carlos Santana Deftones Green Day Kiss Neil Young Periphery Rush Soundgarden Van Halen News Features Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:20:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff, Intro by Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17336 Guitar World 2012: The Year in Quotes http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-2012-year-quotes <!--paging_filter--><p>Over the course of the last 12 months, we've once again endeavored to track down your musical heroes and return with the greatest stories, biggest news and best playing tips, all in the name of rock and roll.</p> <p>As a final retrospective on 2012, we picked through our favorite interviews of the year and compiled a list of the best quips, advice and quotes, all of which you'll find below, complete with links to the full interviews.</p> <p>And if you want even more from rock's most inspiring six-string icons, check out a couple of new products in the <em>Guitar World</em> online store, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/dear-guitar-hero">Guitar World Presents Dear Guitar Hero</a> and <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-legends-play-like-a-guitar-wizaard">Play Like a Guitar Wizard</a>.</p> <div style="width:300px;border-bottom:5px solid #000000;margin:10px 0 20px 0;float:right;"></div> <p>"I never sat there and thought, I’m going to take the guitar beyond what anyone’s done with it before. I always thought I was the worst! And frankly, I think one of the reasons why I can do the things I can do is because I never thought I was good enough. I always felt like I could do better and better and better." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-steve-vai-and-tosin-abasi?page=0,1">Steve Vai</a></p> <p>"There’s a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-carlos-santana-discusses-his-new-album-shape-shifter">Carlos Santana</a></p> <p>"What do you have to do to get people to take an interest? I'm not going to go out and cause a silly sex scandal just to sell a record!" — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-john-lydon-public-image-ltd">John Lydon</a></p> <p>“My playing was shaped by an intentional step away from the influences that I’d had up to the time that I got really serious about playing, because I realized that the lesson all of those guys were teaching me was to not be like them—the whole point was to try to find my own thing." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-wayne-krantz-discusses-his-new-album-howie-61">Wayne Krantz</a></p> <p>"I wanted to come strong but have people experience more than one emotion. I wanted a rollercoaster of sadness, anger and hope." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/holy-smoke-matt-pike-high-fires-de-vermis-mysteriis">High on Fire's Matt Pike</a></p> <p>"At the end of the day, it’s an X-factor, a mojo thing, like the wind. You can’t wrestle the wind into being your slave. It is what it is. We have to realize our limitations as humans and go with that universal flow. Then we can become bigger and better. If we try to do it ourselves, you just keep running into brick walls." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-eric-johnson-discusses-his-dunlop-signature-fuzz-face-pedal">Eric Johnson</a></p> <p>"When we make a record, we take every line of the lyric and every note of the music as seriously as possible, and try to make it sound as good as a band would want it to sound. And we take it really seriously, so people don't know whether we're kidding or not." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-dethklok-mainman-brendon-small-discusses-dethalbum-iii-and-upcoming-tour">Dethklok's Brendon Small</a></p> <p>"I mean, at the end of the day, it’s just real basic shit. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get a rock band together and go out and make music and play, you know? You just have to have the love for doing it. And I love doing it." — <A href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-slash-discusses-his-new-solo-album-apocalyptic-love">Slash</a></p> <p>"It's about time we go to space, you know?" — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-municipal-waste-guitarist-ryan-waste-talks-fatal-feast">Municipal Waste's Ryan Waste</a></p> <p>"I think every band has to hit that moment where you get so enraged and get so crazy and fucked up. It's an important moment to do, because after it's all over, you're either able to hold it all together or things start to get acrimonious and the difficulties start to set in." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-rob-halford-30th-anniversary-judas-priests-screaming-vengeance">Judas Priest's Rob Halford</a></p> <p>"Expressing myself through my art is everything. And I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be able to do it for a living. So what the hell else should I spend my time doing?" — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-omar-rodriguez-lopez-discusses-new-mars-volta-album-noctourniquet">The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez</a></p> <p>"Dad likes to call me a rhythm bassist, like I’m a rhythm guitarist and a bassist put together. I haven’t tried to change how the band sounds. I just play what I feel sounds cool." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-wolfgang-van-halen-talks-bass-different-kind-truth-and-more">Wolfgang Van Halen</a></p> <p>"So if it’s a question at all about Peter or Ace, we couldn’t be here today had it not been for them being in the band. But we couldn’t be here today if they were still in it. And the proof is in the music." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/excerpt-paul-stanley-discusses-kiss-new-album-monster">Kiss' Paul Stanley</a></p> <p>"Solos are basically 16-to-24-bar marathons. If you run a marathon, you can’t start sprinting, but at the start people need a little fireworks to grab their attention. Then you have to back off and say something with a melody before you start barnstorming." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-joe-bonamassa-discusses-gear-and-his-return-blues-rock-driving-towards-daylight">Joe Bonamassa</a></p> <p>"Beautiful is what Tony Iommi smells like." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-coheed-and-cambria-their-ambitious-new-companion-albums-afterman">Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sancez</a></p> <p>"There’s this revelation that if you put in work on something you can’t do at first, eventually you can do it. And the first time that happens it is kind of like an addiction. You want it to happen again. And the more it happens, the more you’re confident that it can happen. So you start chasing your potential. You realize, Yeah, eventually I might get as good as I try to get. It feeds itself." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-steve-vai-and-tosin-abasi?page=0,3">Tosin Abasi</a></p> <p>"The evaluation of people outside yourself will go up and down related to your amount of success. It’s hollow. If you expect all your happiness to come from outside, then you are putting your happiness in someone else’s power." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-ihsahn">Ihsahn</a></p> <p>"With record labels getting smaller, record sales going way down, local record shops closing up, it’s harder for people to find the stuff that’s under the radar but still as easy for people to find all the big pop stuff. That stuff’s not for transcendence; it’s kid stuff. It’s for people who buy one or two CDs a year. Music is not their thing." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-zz-tops-billy-gibbons-and-black-keys-dan-auerbach?page=0,2">The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach</a></p> <p>"It is important for us to come across in a certain way. It's pretty important for us to come across in a way that's honest and not put-on." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-kirk-hammett-talks-orion-festival-his-new-book-and-new-metallica-album">Metallica's Kirk Hammett</a></p> <p>"I hope to think I'm generally an optimist. I'm a happy guy. But I think with this band we often take from the other side of life, which isn't like that. And everyone sort of has that in their life. It just goes into the music, it goes into what we want to do. We want to write stuff that's like evil, that scares people." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-place-bury-strangers-talk-worship">A Place to Bury Strangers' Dion Lunadon</a></p> <p>"The goal as a guitarist is to just keep evolving." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-john-5-discusses-his-new-solo-album-god-told-me">John 5</a></p> <p>"By the time I really got into guitars and stuff, I already had a basic knowledge of what was going on in terms of the signal — amps and how to fix them and how to tweak them. I’ve kind of always been like that. And I strongly feel that if you’re gonna be a guitar player, you should open yourself up and know about it. I firmly believe that makes you a better musician and a better guitar player." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-joe-walsh-discusses-his-career-gear-and-new-album-analog-man?page=0,2">Joe Walsh</a></p> <p>"No one in the band has ever set out to be in a metal band. We're musicians, progressing in a way that is natural and comfortable." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-baroness-discuss-their-epic-new-double-album-yellow-green">Baroness' Peter Adams</a></p> <p>"It is challenging to try to create as big a sound as I think we have, particularly live—you can do anything on record, of course. So when you come offstage, knowing that you nailed it, that’s an amazing feeling." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-rush-guitarist-alex-lifeson-clockwork-angels?page=0,2">Rush's Alex Lifeson</a></p> <p>"There’s a misconception that we have this primary directive to stick to certain guidelines. But it’s just not true. There is no rulebook. In fact, there’s an unspoken current between us where we’re like, ‘Let’s see if we can get away with this.’" — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-lamb-gods-mark-morton-and-willie-adler-discuss-bands-new-album-resolution">Lamb of God's Mark Morton</a></p> <p>"If I were to describe a day of writing songs, it would start off by saying hello to everyone, rolling a couple joints, getting real high, jamming out for a little bit, stopping, smoking some more and then playing again." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-deftones-their-new-album-koi-yo-nokan">Deftones' Chino Moreno</a></p> <p>"I was just a huge fan of metal, so I was just lucky that the stuff I liked other people seemed to like. But there's nothing other than just a huge love of the music and I've been lucky enough that other people have liked what I've liked." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-brian-slagel-30-years-metal-blade-records">Metal Blade Records' Brian Slagel</a></p> <p>"I’ve always loved power pop and I’ve just tried to push it forward, see how far I could take it and make it even more powerful. I just feel like we’ve continued this tradition of rock and roll and punk rock and made it better. I mean I’m slightly biased, but…" — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-green-days-billie-joe-armstrong-uno-dos-and-tre?page=0,3">Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong</a></p> <p>"You shape your music around the sound you want to put out. Obviously, during the first six months you’re playing guitar the cool stuff in your head is not gonna come out of your hands. But the longer you do it, you start to figure out how to manipulate that piece of wood so that the sounds in your head come out of it." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-marty-friedman">Marty Friedman</a></p> <p>"People get so caught up with the technical aspect of things. If you’re just after sheer speed and technical prowess, there are a lot of other bands that would be more interesting to watch than us. But the technical aspects are never something we seek out. They’re a byproduct of what we want to sound like." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-meshuggah-discuss-their-new-album-koloss">Meshuggah's Mårten Hagström</a></p> <p>"With rock music, the amount of power that you can generate, the intensity behind the intentions of your lyrics that you can really reflect through rock music — you can't do that in jazz. You can't do that with classical." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-serj-tankian-harakiri">Serj Tankian</a></p> <p>"I grew up with synthesizers and weird, spacey music—hip-hop, R&amp;B, modern rock—that I heard on the radio. That’s influenced the way I play music. It’s natural for me to go with what I feel. If I didn’t let that other stuff out and stuck to a certain format, I would feel like I was missing out on something. I’m just enjoying my ride and being who I am." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-austins-gary-clark-jr-discusses-influences-gear-and-his-schizophrenic-style">Gary Clark Jr.</a></p> <p>"I remember that the Alice in Chains guys at the time were more like a glam-metal boogie band, and one day I ran into Jerry [Cantrell] at a D.O.A. concert, and he says to me, “Man, I love that song ‘Nothing to Say.’ What are you doing there?” And I told him, “Well, it’s in drop-D tuning.” And Alice in Chains became a different band almost overnight!" — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/excerpt-kim-thayil-secrets-behind-his-tunings">Soundgarden's Kim Thayil</a></p> <p>"When you are a band in the music industry, you are always dancing between that line of art and commerce. You are trying to monetize your creativity as best and as efficiently as you can without destroying the artistic side. And it’s a dance that you do every day, but you have to manage the business side of it or it will go to crap and people will take advantage of you." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-periphery-discuss-their-new-album-periphery-ii-time-its-personal?page=0,3">Periphery's Misha Mansoor</a></p> <p>"It’s become acceptable to address that which is emanating from a spiritual and soulful spot within—something that doesn’t necessarily have a requirement to be perfectly boxed in forms of 12 bars or 16 bars—like a math problem." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-zz-tops-billy-gibbons-and-black-keys-dan-auerbach?page=0,2">ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons</a></p> <p>"Technically, we don’t challenge each other in terms of how fast can you play or how many sweeps can you fit into a song. It’s more a case of we challenge each other in how to make our songs better and make the next album better than the last one." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-asking-alexandrias-ben-bruce-discusses-bands-dual-guitar-approach">Asking Alexandria's Ben Bruce</a></p> <p>"You have to be talented and you have to be lucky. Record companies are not signing classic rock groups anymore." — <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-leslie-west-discusses-gibson-les-paul-jr-his-health-influences-and-upcoming-iridium-shows">Leslie West</a></p> <p>"I'm just a guitarist in a kick-ass rock and roll band. What more could I ask for?" — <A href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-eddie-van-halen-talks-different-kind-truth">Eddie Van Halen</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-2012-year-quotes#comments Billy Gibbons Carlos Santana Eddie Van Halen Slash Van Halen ZZ Top News Features Thu, 13 Dec 2012 15:48:54 +0000 Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17374 Carlos Santana to Publish Memoir in 2014 http://www.guitarworld.com/carlos-santana-publish-memoir-2014 <!--paging_filter--><p>Publisher Little, Brown and Company announced yesterday that guitar legend Carlos Santana is working on a memoir. The book, which is still untitled, will be published in English and Spanish in 2014.</p> <p>What can we expect from Santana's memoirs? The press release that announced the news had this to say:</p> <p>"Being recognized by all who hear a single note is a God-given miracle. This gift has been bestowed on a select few: Bob Marley, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John McLaughlin and, of course, Carlos Santana.</p> <p>"As he tells his story, Carlos’ highest wish is to help readers discover the sanctity, grace, and divinity in themselves. This book is a testament to triumph, victory, and success. Carlos will share his memories of the immortals of music history: Miles Davis, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Otis Rush, and Harry Belafonte, to name a few. Carlos will also share his stories about some of the people who have had a divine influence on his life, such as Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu."</p> <p>Santana has won 10 Grammy awards, three Latin Grammys and has seen more than a dozen records go silver, gold and platinum. His latest album, the mostly instrumental <em>Shape Shifter,</em> was relased in May.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/carlos-santana-publish-memoir-2014#comments Carlos Santana Santana News Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:30:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16735 ‘Re-Machined,’ Deep Purple Tribute Album, Coming September 25 http://www.guitarworld.com/re-machined-deep-purple-tribute-album-coming-september-25 <!--paging_filter--><p>Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Steve Vai and other artists will appear on <em>Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head</em>, a Deep Purple tribute album scheduled to be released by Eagle Records on September 25. </p> <p>The album, which features cover versions of every track on Deep Purple's classic 1972 album, also will feature appearances by Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Black Label Society, The Flaming Lips and two groups featuring Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan and former Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes.</p> <p>Machine Head, one of hard rock’s most celebrated albums, features eight now-classic tracks, including “Smoke on the Water,” “Highway Star” and “Space Truckin’.” The tribute album features two versions of “Smoke on the Water” and “Highway Star.”</p> <p>“We were asked if we’d contribute to the anniversary of <em>Machine Head</em> -- we can’t turn that down,” Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich told <a href="http://loudwire.com/metallica-iron-maiden-and-more-to-appear-on-deep-purple-tribute-album-re-machined/">Loudwire.com</a> in a recent interview. “We’re circling the Dio and Purple catalogs and hopefully we’ll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men.” Metallica covered "When a Blind Man Cries" on the Deep Purple tribute album.</p> <p>News of the album’s release comes soon after the death of former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who died July 16.</p> <p><strong><em>Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head</em> Track Listing</strong>:</p> <p>01. Smoke on the Water – Carlos Santana<br /> 02. Highway Star – Chickenfoot<br /> 03. Maybe I’m a Leo – Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Luis Maldonado<br /> 04. Pictures of Home – Black Label Society<br /> 05. Never Before – Kings of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum)<br /> 06. Smoke on the Water – The Flaming Lips<br /> 07. Lazy – Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa<br /> 08. Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden<br /> 09. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica<br /> 10. Highway Star – Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley</p> <p><strong>Steve Vai is back on the cover of <em>Guitar World</em>! Check out the September 2012 issue of GW, in which he discusses his upcoming album, <em>The Story of Light</em>. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-sept-12-steve-vai-tosin-abasi/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=ReMachined">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9vzfSi0pxu8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/deep-purple">Deep Purple</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/re-machined-deep-purple-tribute-album-coming-september-25#comments Carlos Santana Chickenfoot Deep Purple Glenn Hughes Joe Satriani Steve Vai News Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:06:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16377 Interview: Carlos Santana Discusses His New Album, 'Shape Shifter' http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-carlos-santana-discusses-his-new-album-shape-shifter <!--paging_filter--><p>“A lot of people said to me, ‘Enough with the guest vocalists for a while,’” Carlos Santana says with a laugh. “‘We want to hear the Mexican play the guitar!’” The legendary guitarist heard the call of the public and now he has responded. </p> <p>His new album, <em>Shape Shifter</em>, is a compendium of new, blazing guitar-driven instrumental tracks. They run the gamut of styles that we’ve come to expect from Carlos Santana: churning rock, sizzling Latin grooves and passionate ballads that dance between the cosmic poles of earthly and divine love.</p> <p>“I always envision a shaman in the middle of the Grand Canyon,” Carlos rhapsodizes. “The sun is coming up. He sees the eagle. He’s got the sage burning, and he starts doing an invocation to the Great Spirit. I mean, that’s how you should play a guitar solo. When you hear Hendrix, Eric Clapton or Buddy Guy, that’s what you’re hearing. But Eric always cracks up when I say things like that. He says, ‘Oh, Carlos always goes there.’”</p> <p>The album’s title comes from American Indian culture and refers to the shaman’s spiritual ability to assume various animal shapes. But it’s also an apt metaphor for Santana’s magical ability to blend and merge with a variety of musical settings without ever losing his own distinctive identity. One note, and there’s no mistaking who’s playing the guitar. </p> <p>“Ever since I was a child I’ve always been very attracted to melodies,” he says. “Whether I hear Jeff Beck, a choir, an ocean or the wind, there’s always a melody in there. There’s a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody.” </p> <p>On <em>Shape Shifter</em>, Carlos is backed by his band of many years’ standing: drummer Dennis Chambers, keyboardist Chester Thompson, bassist Benny Rietveld, conga player Raul Rekow and percussionist Karl Perazzo. Santana’s son Salvador, a pianist, joins him on several tracks. Only one of the album’s 13 compositions, “Eres La Luz,” features vocals, contributed by Santana band singers Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay. But even that one is fully packed with stunning guitar action. </p> <p>The album’s tracks were recorded over the past few years, between sessions for multi-Platinum, Grammy-gobbling Santana discs like Supernatural and Shaman. Released on Carlos’ new Starfaith label, Shape Shifter is a labor of love, as well as a special treat for guitar players and devotees of Santana’s six-string artistry.</p> <p>Ever since his emergence on the late-Sixties San Francisco music scene and breakthrough performance at the Woodstock festival in 1969, Santana has been widely respected and admired as one of the foremost guitarists of our time. At age 65, he shows no signs of slowing down: he recently embarked on his second marriage, to drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana, and he and his band are about to begin a two-year residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, starting on May 2. <em>Guitar World</em> caught up with Santana for a brief discussion about <em>Shape Shifter</em> and the recent changes in his life and music. </p> <p><strong>Why is this the right time to bring out an instrumental record?</strong></p> <p>Because I think this is what people want to hear from me at this time. And also because I’m not with any record company right now. I’m taking a hiatus from record companies. There are a lot of labels interested in us still, by the grace of god. But right now, I have a window of opportunity with no responsibility to a record company. In that forum, it’s easy for me to release something of what I usually do anyway, like [1972’s jazz-fusion album] <em>Caravanserai</em> or [1980’s] <em>Swing of Delight</em>. </p> <p><strong>This album is dedicated to the American Indian.</strong></p> <p>Yes. One thing I love about American Indians is how they always say, “You can’t break my spirit. You may steal my land—you may do this or that to me—but you can’t break my spirit.” The other thing I love is that they have a vision and connection with Mother Earth that’s beyond the computer or the satellite. The computer and the satellite, they’re not as vast as we think they are. What’s really vast is your connection to Mother Earth, and you need to access your imagination muscle to be able to hear the sound of the earth. One person who’s really into that is my brother [Grateful Dead drummer/world percussionist] Mickey Hart. He’s really into reading and hearing the pulse of Mother Earth and he knows the key it’s in.</p> <p><strong>What is the chanting you’re doing at the beginning of the album’s opening track, “Shape Shifter”?</strong></p> <p>You know, I used to see videos of American Indians; they had contests in dancing. And I was always really fascinated when they go, [singing, pentatonic melody] Ayyyya, ayyyaaa, ayay. You know? It’s a way of invoking the Holy Ghost, the Great Spirit. So I just became one of them and did my own chant. I hope that didn’t offend anybody. I did it with a pure intention.</p> <p><strong>The album really showcases your band as well. This is a group of players you’ve been with for some time now, so you’re all pretty locked in together. </strong></p> <p>Yes, I’m very grateful. This is a very solid body of musicians who basically trust me. They understand that, when they come to my house, I probably have more records, cassettes and CDs than all of them put together. And I do listen to them. So they understand that there’s a reason why I’m the maître d’.</p> <p><strong>Your son Salvador is also featured on piano on two tracks, “Canela” and “Ah Sweet Dancer.”</strong></p> <p>Yes, thank you for asking about that. It’s a joy. I always felt uncomfortable and scared playing with my dad [a professional mariachi violinist], and I’m glad my son and I don’t have that thing with each other. We trust each other. I think over time he understood that music is not to compete or compare—especially with your father. Music is to complement.</p> <p><strong>I can’t imagine you being uncomfortable or scared to play with anybody though. </strong></p> <p>[laughs] Well, maybe it would only be with Wayne [Shorter] or Herbie [Hancock] or McCoy Tyner. But guys like that immediately dissolve all the fear fog anyway. Wayne said, “It’s like being in a sandbox. Here’s your shovel and bucket. Let’s have some fun, man!” When the fear fog dissolves, it’s easier to know what to do, what to play, how much to put into and take out.</p> <p><strong>You’re gearing up for another long residency in Las Vegas. What can people expect?</strong></p> <p>The alchemy of a real spiritual revival. When you let the Holy Ghost come in, people start crying, laughing and dancing, and that wasn’t part of the set list. I heard that sound from Jimi Hendrix in ’69, so I know that sound. It’s a sound where you play beyond what you know, and we want to be able to do that in the middle of the set every night. We’ll play what you’re familiar with, but we’re going to do our best to make it pure and new, like the first French kiss.</p> <p><strong>Speaking of which, how is your new marriage going? </strong></p> <p>Thank you for asking that too. This is better than ever. Your mind is a magnet. You don’t attract what you need or what you want; you attract who you are. And I love who I am! I love who Cindy is. ’Cause we both love the same things. We love Miles and Coltrane and Tony Williams. So when we get in the car we always say, “Turn it up! Louder!” It’s great to be with a female partner who doesn’t say, [feminine voice] “Oh, my ears are hurting. Can you turn it down?”</p> <p><strong>Agreement on music in the car is one of the foundations for a solid relationship. </strong></p> <p>That’s right! And it’s all about relationships. You and your instrument, you and your band, you and your mate. If your relationships are assigned and designed to make spiritual progress, it’s fun! F. U. N. If you’re not making spiritual traction, then everything is a burden.</p> <p><strong>This article originally appeared in the July 2012 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>. For all the features, reviews and columns from this issue, pick it up now in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-july-12-slash/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=santanastory">online store</a>.</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-carlos-santana-discusses-his-new-album-shape-shifter#comments Carlos Santana July 2012 Santana Interviews Features Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:15:05 +0000 Alan di Perna http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16344 In Deep: Unraveling the Guitar Secrets of Carlos Santana http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-unraveling-guitar-secrets-carlos-santana <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the July 2012 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-july-12-slash/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=indeep">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana is one of the most significant players to emerge from the Sixties music scene. By fusing elements of electric blues, rock, jazz and Latin, he created a signature sound that is instantly recognizable and inspirational to guitarists across the spectrum of musical genres. </p> <p>In this edition of "In Deep," we will examine some of the techniques and stylistic elements that inspired Santana and contribute to his unique sound.</p> <p><strong>Part 1</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1648682025001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1648682025001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-july-12-slash/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=indeep">online store</a>.</em> <p>Like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana is one of the most significant players to emerge from the Sixties music scene. By fusing elements of electric blues, rock, jazz and Latin, he created a signature sound that is instantly recognizable and inspirational to guitarists across the spectrum of musical genres. </p> <p>In this edition of "In Deep," we will examine some of the techniques and stylistic elements that inspired Santana and contribute to his unique sound.</p> <p><strong>Part 2</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1648632372001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1648632372001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-july-12-slash/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=indeep">online store</a>.</em> <p>Like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, legendary rock guitarist Carlos Santana is one of the most significant players to emerge from the Sixties music scene. By fusing elements of electric blues, rock, jazz and Latin, he created a signature sound that is instantly recognizable and inspirational to guitarists across the spectrum of musical genres. </p> <p>In this edition of "In Deep," we will examine some of the techniques and stylistic elements that inspired Santana and contribute to his unique sound.</p> <p><strong>Part 3</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1646340243001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1646340243001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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But with a brand-new group and a killer new album — <em>Apocalyptic Love</em> — rock’s hardest-working guitarist has no reason to ever look back again.</p> <p><strong>Other features include:</strong></p> <p><strong>Carlos Santana:</strong> The six-string shaman leaves behind the guest-vocalist format of his recent albums and reconnects with his versatile muse. The result is <em>Shape Shifter</em>, his new collection of guitar-driven rock and Latin instrumentals.</p> <p><strong>Night of the Living Shred</strong>: The zombie apocalypse is upon us. What do you grab as you run out the door and head for the hills? A host of your favorite guitarists give us their answers.</p> <p><strong>Joe Bonamassa</strong>: On his latest album, <em>Driving Towards the Daylight</em>, the new king of electric blues pushes his mojo to the max, and is joined by an all-star cast of sidemen, including Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.</p> <p><strong>Special tribute to Jim Marshall, the king of loud!</strong> Amp maker Jim Marshall reigned supreme among generations of electric guitarists — from Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix, from Eddie Van Halen to Slash. <em>Guitar World</em> pays tribute to the man who put the roar into rock and roll.</p> <p><strong>Plus Transcriptions</strong>: "Little Wing" by Stevie Ray Vaughan, "Patience" by Guns N' Roses, "New Arise" by Born of Osiris and "Dust Bowl" by Joe Bonamassa</p> <p>The July 2012 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> is available now at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-july-12-slash/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWJUL12">Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/slashcov.jpg" width="620" height="809" alt="slashcov.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/july-2012-guitar-world-out-now-slash-talks-apocalyptic-love-santana-goes-instrumental-joe-bonamassa-and-more#comments Carlos Santana Guitar World Joe Bonamassa Slash News Features Thu, 31 May 2012 17:01:42 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/15873 Carlos Santana to Release New Instrumental Album, 'Shape Shifter,' May 15 http://www.guitarworld.com/carlos-santana-release-new-instrumental-album-shape-shifter-may-15 <!--paging_filter--><p>Carlos Santana will release <em>Shape Shifter</em>, his 36th album and first for his new label, Starfaith Records, on May 15.</p> <p>The album, which features 13 tracks, is mostly instrumental; only one song features vocals by Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay. Most of the compositions are original songs Santana has been saving for an instrumental project.</p> <p>The album is dedicated to Native Americans and acknowledges Australia's 2008 apology to the Aborigines and President Obama's signing of the 2009 Native American Apology Resolution. "I encourage any and all countries (that have not as yet done so) to acknowledge the first people of their land, and make this a collective global effort," says Santana in a press release.</p> <p>The album features a mid-tempo cover of Toure Kunda's "Dom"; "Never the Same Again," which Santana wrote with producer Eric Bazilian; and "In the Light of a New Day," which began as a demo brought in by Narada Michael Walden.</p> <p>Pre-sale of <em>Shape Shifter</em> started March 27 at including iTunes, Amazon, etc. Starfaith Records is distributed and marketed in conjunction with RED Distribution. </p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://www.santana.com/"> visit santana.com.</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/carlos-santana-release-new-instrumental-album-shape-shifter-may-15#comments Carlos Santana News Thu, 29 Mar 2012 12:24:41 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/15162 Cream, Living Colour Members Form New Band, Spectrum Road http://www.guitarworld.com/cream-living-colour-members-form-new-band-spectrum-road <!--paging_filter--><p>Another supergroup is on the horizon as members of Cream, Living Colour, Carlos Santana's live band and Medeski, Martin and Wood have joined forces in Spectrum Road. </p> <p>The group features Jack Bruce on bass and vocals, Vernon Reid on guitar, John Medeski on keys/piano and Cindy Blackman-Santana on drums.</p> <p>The group has played live on more than one occasion, debuting in 2008 and playing a series of U.S. shows last year, but they will mark their recording debut this year with an album due out this spring on Palmetto Records.</p> <p>For more about the band, check them out on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/SpectrumRoad?sk=info">Facebook</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VHpq8wFqV6A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/cream-living-colour-members-form-new-band-spectrum-road#comments Carlos Santana Cream Living Colour News Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:28:38 +0000 Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/14751 Carlos Santana to Release New Album, 'Shape Shifter,' in May http://www.guitarworld.com/carlos-santana-release-new-album-shape-shifter-may <!--paging_filter--><p>Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana has revealed in a new interview that he plans to release a new album called <em>Shape Shifter</em> sometime in May.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/interview-carlos-santana-on-guitar-tone-acdc-and-his-new-blu-raydvd-529071/4">MusicRadar.com</a>, Santana said "One thing coming up, though, is a record called <em>Shape Shifter</em>. I'll be putting it out in May. Aside from one song with vocals, it's all instrumental. It's not one of those guest-vocalist kinds of records. So people will get to hear Carlos Santana all by himself!"</p> <p>He continued: "The record is basically directed to honor the American Indians. As you know, the people in New Zealand collectively agreed to give an apology to the Aborigines in Australia, and for me, whatever we do here in America to honor the American Indians, the Chinese, African-Americans and everybody else is a big step. So I created a CD, <em>Shape Shifter</em>, and it's dedicated to the American Indians."</p> <p>You can read more from the interview <a href="http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/interview-carlos-santana-on-guitar-tone-acdc-and-his-new-blu-raydvd-529071/4">here</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/carlos-santana-release-new-album-shape-shifter-may#comments Carlos Santana News Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:37:14 +0000 Josh Hart http://www.guitarworld.com/article/14608 Santana to Release 'Santana Live At Montreux 2011' DVD on February 21 http://www.guitarworld.com/santana-release-santana-live-montreux-2011-dvd-february-21 <!--paging_filter--><p>Eagle Rock Entertainment will release <em>Santana Live At Montreux 2011</em> as a 2-DVD set (and Blu-ray) on February 21. </p> <p>The 23-track DVD was filmed in high-definition and recorded in DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 and LPCM Stereo. The complete track listing is below.</p> <p><em>Live At Montreux 2011</em> is a career-spanning show that covers all the bases, from Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman," Babatunde Olatunji's "Jingo" and Willie Bobo's "Evil Ways" to John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme." </p> <p>Extras include interviews with Carlos and Cindy Blackman Santana and a behind-the-scenes film. Guest artists include the husband/wife guitar team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks plus drummer/wife Cindy Blackman Santana.</p> <p><strong>Track Listing:</strong></p> <p><em>Disc 1:</em></p> <p>01. Spark Of The Divine<br /> 02. SOCC<br /> 03. Back In Black<br /> 04. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts<br /> 05. Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen<br /> 06. Oye Como Va<br /> 07. Maria Maria<br /> 08. Foo Foo<br /> 09. Corazon Espinado / Guajira<br /> 10. Benny &amp; Cindy Solo<br /> 11. Jingo<br /> 12. Carlos Speaks / Novus<br /> 13. Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile) / I Want You<br /> 14. Batuka / No One To Depend On</p> <p><em>Disc 2:</em></p> <p>01. Duende / Open Invitation<br /> 02. Make Somebody Happy / Right On Be Free<br /> 03. Evil Ways / A Love Supreme<br /> 04. Sunshine Of Your Love<br /> 05. Smooth / Dame Tu Amor<br /> 06. Soul Sacrifice / Dennis Drum Solo<br /> 07. Samba Pa Ti<br /> 08. Into The Night<br /> 09. Love, Peace And Happiness / Freedom</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/I5E2RKZ_AMs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/santana-release-santana-live-montreux-2011-dvd-february-21#comments Carlos Santana Santana News Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:23:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/14525 Guitar Girl'd: 10 Great Duets Featuring Female Guitarists http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-girld-10-great-duets-featuring-female-guitarists <!--paging_filter--><p>Check out these 10 fabulous and varied duets featuring some excellent guitar playing by greats like Orianthi, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Batten and more, paired with legends like Steve Vai, Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana. </p> <p>It’s a guitar feast that’s fit for two!</p> <p><strong>Orianthi and Steve Vai – “Highly Strung”</strong></p> <p>Want to see some amazing guitar gymnastics? Orianthi and Steve Vai go at it in this video, each interacting with the other in a truly symbiotic fashion. </p> <p>The result? Burning hot! Oh, and I dig the blue nail polish. Nice touch!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G7b-_YcACuQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker – “In the Mood”</strong></p> <p>Raitt slams on the slide, and Hooker, well what can I say? As one commenter puts it, Raitt is a slide goddess. And so relaxed! And Hooker? Legendary.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QQxgyVydKy8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Rodrigo y Gabriela – “Tamacun”</strong> <p>This pair plays together on a regular basis and tours the world sharing their amazing guitar prowess with viewers everywhere. </p> <p>Check out Gabriela’s right-hand work. Simply mesmerizing. Whether or not you like flamenco guitar, you will be blown away by the chops on these two!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l-qgum7hFXk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Jennifer Batten and Jeff Beck – “Blue Wind”</strong> <p>Here Batten takes on a supporting role until 1:43, when she lets loose. </p> <p>The rest is pure guitar goodness with Beck and Batten ripping it up. Get your prog on!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5vOsTLyh1uE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks – “Midnight in Harlem”</strong></p> <p>OK, maybe this one isn’t fair because this pair plays together on a regular basis in the Tedeschi Trucks Band. But you gotta admit, this is some pretty tasty playing. </p> <p>Check out this live performance. There’s a whole lot more where that came from!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-wVWjl9Kq6U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Sharon Isbin and, hmm … Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Stanley Jordan …</strong> <p>Isbin’s new album, <em>Guitar Passions</em>, is all about duets. Here she gives us an overview of the goings on behind the making of. </p> <p>It’s an extravaganza of paired performances, with guests including Steve Vai, Nancy Wilson, Steve Morse, Stanley Jordan, and more! Sorry, no live videos available of any of these, but you can see a little taste from the studio here.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E1LiKErEl2M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Lita Ford and Ozzie Osborne – “Close My Eyes Forever”</strong> <p>Ozzie and Lita Ford duet! OK, this isn’t a guitar duet, as Ford handles that side of the table. But I just couldn’t resist. </p> <p>Plus they both have the same hairdo, but it’s Lita on the double neck! Check it out!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Zy3fJ8Nmzyw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler – “Done with Bonaparte”</strong> <p>A bit of pickin’ and strummin’ here. There sure are a lot of strings on that stage! </p> <p>If you’re in the mood for a bit of twang, this is the place to go! Really nicely done. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ysgdQtACl5s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>Michelle Branch and Carlos Santana – “The Game of Love”</strong> <p>OK, Michelle is playing rhythm to Santana’s extremely tasty lead performance, but that’s OK with me. It works, and this song hit No. 1 on the Adult Pop charts. </p> <p>Game of love, indeed!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="345" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3UIojGDIBvI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Melissa Etheridge and Bruce Springsteen – “Thunder Road”</strong></p> <p>Here Bruce makes a surprise appearance on Etheridge’s unplugged special. </p> <p>This is just too good not to watch. Some nice jangling from Etheridge’s 12-string and not much guitar fireworks going on here, but hey, I don’t care. Good is GOOD!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/HQpyxh3xpv8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Tags:<br /> Laura B. Whitmore, Guitar Girld, Guitar Girl’d, Melissa Etheridge, Bruce Springsteen, Michelle Branch, Carlos Santana, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Lita Ford, Ozzie Osborne, Sharon Isbin, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Stanley Jordan, Nancy Wilson, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jennifer Batten, Jeff Beck, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Orianthi, Steve Vai</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/derek-trucks">Derek Trucks</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-girld-10-great-duets-featuring-female-guitarists#comments Bruce Springsteen Carlos Santana Derek Trucks Guitar Girl'd Guitar Girld guitar girl’d John Lee Hooker Laura B. Whitmore Lita Ford Orianthi Sharon Isbin Steve Morse Steve Vai Blogs Features Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:04:38 +0000 Laura B. Whitmore http://www.guitarworld.com/article/14052 Carlos Santana Opens Up About Blues, Jazz and More in 1988 Guitar World Interview http://www.guitarworld.com/carlos-santana-opens-about-blues-jazz-and-more-1988-guitar-world-interview <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Here's our interview with Carlos Santana from the June 1988 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, which featured Yngwie Malmsteen on the cover. The original story, which started on page 18, ran with the headline, "Another Kind of Blue: Carlos Santana has embarked on yet another musical adventure, one that has a lot to do with theory, and everything to do with the guitar."</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/photo-gallery-guitar-world-covers-through-years-1988">To see the complete Yngwie Malmsteen cover -- and all the GW covers from 1988 -- click here.</a></p> <p>He’s sitting on the bed of his hotel suite, playing his Paul Reed Smith guitar, staring out the window on a rainy day in New York and thinking about where his new direction might take him.</p> <p>“I know I’m not the kind of person who’s gonna wind up a walking jukebox, like many rock ‘n’ roll artists,” says Carlos Santana. “They just play their hits and that’s it. That doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t wanna just go out and play ‘Black Magic Woman’ and ‘Oye Como Va’ all night because that was part of the seventies, and my watch says it’s 1988. So I wanna get into ’88 and not look back.”</p> <p>A little over a year ago, I chided Carlos in a <em>Guitar World</em> record review of <em>Freedom</em>. "Scrap the sappy, safe, predictable, slick pop arrangements and get back to playing the guitar, man," is what I said, or words to that effect.</p> <p>I don't know if he ever saw that review, but he must've been thinking along the same lines himself when he recorded his recent <em>Blues For Salvador</em>, his 22nd LP for Columbia. This album kicks my ass around the block every time I give a listen.</p> <p>Killer guitar on every cut. Eight of the album's nine cuts are instrumental, featuring Carlos' signature singing, stinging guitar lines. For guitar fans, it's a dream come true; easily his most exciting, most scintillating, most inspired display of ax magic in over a decade. Ah, welcome home, Carlos!</p> <p>And he's not playing the hits, either. No lame pop structures or hook-laden wimp fare like the highly saleable radio hit "Winning" from a few years back. No cheesy vocals anywhere in sight. Sure, sure, it 's good to go gold and bring home the bacon. But I just couldn't deal with that limp radio-play pap with the sounds of <em>Abraxas</em> or <em>Caravanserai</em> still fresh in my ears and the sight of Santana burning up the Woodstock stage on "Soul Sacrifice" still imbedded in my memory banks. That's like munching on Yodels and Ring-Dings after feasting on fine French cuisine.</p> <p>You drop the needle anywhere on <em>Blues For Salvador</em> and you get the real deal. The man redeems himself for any past lapses. "Bailando/Aquatic Park" revives the memory of "Soul Sacrifice." The lyrical ballad "Bella" is played with a soulful Wes Montgomery tone that allows the nuance of Carlos' expression to shine through beautifully. His adventurous guitar synth work on the mood piece "Mingus" is highly ambitious, if not monumental -- or even characteristic. And the sheer conviction that Carlos displays on the title cut, a duologue with keyboardist Chester Thompson, is positively Herculean.</p> <p>There's more. He stretches like in days of old on the live jamming vehicle, "Now That You Know," recorded during his band's '85 World Tour. He burns red-hot on the Latin percussion workout of "Hannibal," which segues to a loose, bluesy swing feel at the tag. He cranks out some vicious wah-wah licks, reminiscent of Jimi in all his glory, on the funky "Deeper, Dig Deeper." And he unleashes with a vengeance on "Trane," which is powered by old-time runnin' buddy drummer Tony Williams.</p> <p>There may not be any displays of two-handed tapping, wang-bar theatrics or scalar pyrotechnics on <em>Blues For Salvador</em>, but nevertheless, it gets my vote for Top Guitar Album Of The Year. It's a strong statement from a national treasure. And it seems that this powerful, expressive album is now serving as the bridge to a leap in a new direction for Carlos Santana, as well.</p> <p>''I'm planning to do more of this from now on," the once and future guitar hero explained recently. "I have come to the conclusion -- and I don't know why it took me so long, but nevertheless, I'm here now -- that a lot of people tell me they don't get enough guitar on my albums. So I decided to do an album where the guitar would be the singer, playing the melody. And it feels really, really good. I have come to a point where I'm not afraid to be the main vocal in there. I mean, if cats like Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul can see that I can cut it, I guess I can cut it. It gives me a certain kind of confidence to be able to play with musicians of that caliber. So it 's easier for me now to embrace this vision of the guitar being the main, primary vocal."</p> <p>He's referring to recent collaborations with jazz heavyweights Hancock (<em>Monster</em>, Columbia), Zawinul (<em>This Is This</em>, Columbia) and Shorter, whom he's been jamming with a lot lately. Those artists tapped Carlos for his unique quality, his Signature sound, not for his knowledge of scales and chord inversions. </p> <p>They were after the feeling he projects in his playing, the conviction behind his notes. Yet Carlos admits he's at a point now in his career where he would like to learn a thing or two about theory so that he can make the leap to the next level.</p> <p>"I have been accused of being a very simplistic, very lyrical player, and that's okay. That just comes from the blues, which is my background. But every day you wake up and transcend. You can't ever rest on your laurels. Every day you wake up is an opportunity to go beyond, and that 's why I let my band go right now. For the first time in my life I'm just roaming around, vagabonding. </p> <hr /> "I'm just jamming a lot these days with guys like Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams. And it feels good because now I don't have the responsibility of maintaining a group... being a baby-sitter, psychologist and all the things that you have to be to be the leader of a band. <p>"So it 's a good time for me. I can afford to go out there and really learn ... take some time and just learn some theory or learn how to sing or learn more about harmony and voicings. That's what I need to do right now because I want my vision to be more expanded. I need to know the architectural order of someone like Wayne Shorter. For me, listening to his music makes me feel like a two-year-old, like I don't know anything about music. And I need to crawl out of the crib and find how that order relates. I can understand the blues, but I need to learn more cycles. So I'm trying to stretch out a bit on the guitar now, make that leap to a new level. I don't know if I'm gonna succeed or fail, but I'm definitely hungry for it.</p> <p>And for me, now, I see the importance of learning more chords, learning to read. Because I have taken it as far as I'm gonna take it. You can only dive into your subconscious so much, but now I really feel it's time for me to do some woodshedding, learn a whole bunch of different inversions and all that kind of stuff. I can't really put it into words 'cause I'm really ignorant about all that stuff... flatted fifths and ninths and all that. I play them a lot but I don't know what I'm doing. Well, they say ignorance is bliss, but that's how I play. But just by hanging out and jamming with Wayne Shorter, I'm learning, I'm picking up things and it's helping me to stretch."</p> <p>Carlos is proud of the fact that he can easily fit into so many diverse musical communities. Of course, the blues fits in everywhere and honest, heartfelt expression is appreciated in any musical culture. Which is why Carlos can get over equally with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Alice Coltram, Willie Nelson, Ruben Blades and Wayne Shorter.</p> <p>"There's very few musicians who can do that ... go into any part of town and play with anybody. Most musicians, they're very insecure. They only stay in their little pond. Heavy metal with heavy metal, blues with blues. But to me, that would be a curse to stay in one place for too long. Some people like to get a Ph.D. in one subject, but the people who I love are the ones who got a Ph.D. on life... Jimi, Miles, Bird, Gil Evans. </p> <p>"That's what turns me on most ... music. Not just one facet of it, all of it. It's more challenging to mix it up. And you do get scratched once in a while when you jam with other people. But that 's all part of it. You have to be bold. You have to go out there and complement what they're saying, riot be a hot dog and try to show off how fast or how loud you can play."</p> <p>Carlos greatly admires artists like Miles Davis and Gil Evans or guitarists like John McLaughlin and Wes Montgomery, not to mention the bluesmen who first caught his fancy, like Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and B.B. King. But he doesn't seem too impressed with the whole new movement of so-called neo-classical metal players who place more emphasis on scales and precision and speed rather than heartfelt expression.</p> <p>A lot of aspiring musicians today are playing a lot of notes. It 's a technique, an intellectual thing. You can practice this and eventually learn to do it. But it 's still a surface thing. What they need to practice to be completely rounded is the stuff that Jimi was doing and Otis Rush and B.B. and Albert Collins and Buddy Guy ... with one note you can shatter a thousand notes. Especially if you know how to get inside the note. A lot of players don't know how to get inside the note so they're always playing over it. And they use all the same gadgets so they sound kind of the same after a while. They begin to lose their identity, which is the most important thing that they have been given in life.</p> <p>"Miles Davis was saying that some of these people need to go to Notes Anonymous to learn how to play less. My nephew does that a lot when he plays. It 's a different kind of vocabulary. But the thing is, it 's teenager music we're talking about there; maybe the 13-to-20-year-old range of listenership for that kind of playing. Teenagers don't necessarily like to show their emotions. They don't like to cry in front of people. They like to show off, but they don't like to cry. They don't like to be naked and show their innermost emotions, which is what real music is about. When I was a teenager I didn't want to expose my feelings either. You wanna appear macho or cool, so I can understand that. But if you wanna take the long-term as far as being a musician, you have to learn how to cry. Not whine, but cry."</p> <p>When he speaks about music, he often makes colorful analogies to food, architecture, furniture, other tangible objects. Of fusion music he says, "It sometimes sounds to me like microwave food. I like when people spend the whole day cooking, you know, in the kitchen and at night when you sit down to eat there's a strong, healthy aroma in the room. It has a different flavor and somehow has more meaning that way than just popping Stouffer's in the microwave. That's what fusion means to me. It has no love behind it. It 's like someone burping on your face or something." Wayne Shorter's architectural compositions, on the other hand, are " like Tiffany glass ... very elegant, very elite. Not Woolworth's."</p> <p>Of Otis Rush's powerful blues playing, he says," It 's pretty hard to beat it, man. The way he bends a note is like sucking on sugar cane. He sucks all the juice out of it, you know? And that communicates to the listener. It 's easy to pinch the listener when you bend notes.”</p> <p>And what about the typical player's addiction to pedals and wireless systems and all those things we put between ax and amp? " It immediately sounds like you 're playing through half a man. You lose all the bottom. It 's like white wine. I like red wine."</p> <p>While Carlos feels that the whole new wave of Yngwie clones will eventually go the way of eight-track cartridges, Fizzies and Freddie &amp; The Dreamers, he maintains that someone like John Lee Hooker will never go out of style. In fact, he has plans to expose the bluesman to a wider public in a gala concert performance later this year.</p> <p>"It 's a special one-time thing with the Berkeley Symphony and John Lee Hooker," he announces." If you can imagine a symphony backing up John Lee doing his music, the cellos doing that boogie-woogie riff. That's been one of my dreams for two-and-a-half years now. Thank God we're finally going to do it. I was rejected by just about every symphony in every city in the country. But Berkeley is excited about the project. And I think it 's an important project because to me, John Lee Hooker's music is American classical music. And that shit must be preserved, man.”</p> <p>So Carlos is taking his own advice from the lyrics of "Deeper, Dig Deeper," one of tile few killer tracks on his disappointing Freedom album: "You have to trust your inner pilot/Let your feelings flow " He's out on a limb, soaking up stimuli from the likes of Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams and others. ''I'm learning all these new languages, " he laughs. </p> <p>"We just did a jam in San Francisco with Jerry Garcia and Wayne and the Caribbean All-Stars and the Tower Of Power horns, and it all fit, man. Then the next week we did a benefit concert for Jaco Pastorius ' family with Peter Erskine, Marcus Miller, Victor Bailey, Hiram Bullock, Herbie and Wayne. Again, we all jammed together and it all fit. I was like in a trance. I found myself directing the whole thing, conducting the flow of traffic. So it shows me that all music comes together."</p> <p>Carlos is living for the music now He's taking his time and checking things out, always open to new influences and directions. We may not hear the results of his current search until late this year, but if cuts like "'Trane" or the title cut from Blues For Salvador are any indication of the path he's heading down, I say " Keep on, Carlos."</p> <p>He puts his ax down and turns contemplative." You know, entertainment is fickle. And that 's what I would suggest youngsters take notice of. A lot of the bands around today are doing entertainment, not making music. It 's like a Las Vegas act or something. But real music. I'd rather listen to real musicians on the street in front of Macy's around Christmastime than a lot of the MTV stuff that I'm hearing. 'Cause those guys in front of Macy's are really playing. They're hungry and they can feel it. And that has always been my priority… feeling."</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/carlos-santana-opens-about-blues-jazz-and-more-1988-guitar-world-interview#comments Carlos Santana GW Archive Santana Interviews Features Thu, 22 Sep 2011 17:40:51 +0000 Bill Milkowski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/12841