News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%E2%80%9Dhttp%3A/www.guitaraficionado.com/www.facebook.com/%3Ehttp%3A/www.guitartv.com/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ca%20href%3D en Review: Randall RG13 Guitar Pedal Amplifier http://www.guitarworld.com/review-randall-rg-guitar-pedal-amplifier <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 2014 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 at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-14-motley-crue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The Randall RG13 may very well be the most ambitious amp-in-a-stomp box product ever conceived. </p> <p>This sort of thing is usually just a preamp or distortion box marketed with claims that it can perform like a real amp. </p> <p>The RG13, however, truly is a standalone solid-state guitar amp that can be connected straight to a speaker cabinet or placed in front of a guitar or power amp like a stomp box or preamp. </p> <p>While the RG13 is much bigger than the average stomp box, it’s very small for a three-channel amp, especially one that boasts a wide variety of professional features.</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="myExperience3496418472001" 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="3496418472001" /> </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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The box set is an expanded version of the vinyl edition of the album released earlier this month on Record Store Day by Jack White’s Third Man Records. </p> <p>Below, you can check out a video of Young performing the album track “Needle of Death.”</p> <p>Young recorded the collection with White on a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man's Nashville headquarters. Imagine a very simple recording studio not much larger than a phone booth and you'll get the idea. </p> <p>Young describes the album as “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology that captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.” </p> <p>For the album, Young chose songs that have personal meaning for him, such as British folk artist Bert Jansch's "Needle of Death" (which inspired Young to write 1972's "Needle and the Damage Done"), Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country," Willie Nelson's "Crazy," Don Everly's "I Wonder If I Care as Much," Bruce Springsteen's "My Home Town" and many others. </p> <p>Reprise will release the complete box set, which includes a special "direct feed from the booth" audiophile vinyl version and a DVD that captured the original electro-mechanical process, along with comments from the producers and recording engineers. The set includes:</p> <p>• Standard audio LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl<br /> • Audiophile LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl<br /> • Standard audio CD<br /> • DVD with footage from the recording<br /> • 12" x 12", 32-page full color booklet<br /> • A download card for the hi-res audiophile version of the album.<br /> • Seven six-inch vinyl discs pressed on clear vinyl. The seventh disc of this set features a version of Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" backed with an alternate take of "Crazy."</p> <p>Click <a href="http://neilyoung.warnerbrosrecords.com/" target="_blank">here</a> to pre-order <em>A Letter Home</em>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6H47jI6xanA" 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="/neil-young">Neil Young</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/neil-young-performs-needle-death-new-album-letter-home-video#comments Neil Young Videos News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:06:51 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21094 'Rolling Stones Gear' Author Andy Babiuk Takes Us Behind the Scenes for the Making of a Classic http://www.guitarworld.com/rolling-stones-gear-author-andy-babiuk-takes-us-behind-scenes-making-classic <!--paging_filter--><p>“People ask me all the time — because I’ve done books about the Beatles and the Rolling Stones — who I like better, but it really wasn’t about that,” Andy Babiuk, author of the fantastic new <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1617130923/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1617130923&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=nyrocculexa-20">Rolling Stones Gear</a></em> told me recently. </p> <p>“I did <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0879309563/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0879309563&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=nyrocculexa-20">Beatles Gear</a></em> first because they really did pave the way for everyone and everything that came after. </p> <p>"But as soon as I finished that book, I knew I wanted to write the definitive Stones book.”</p> <p><em>Rolling Stones Gear</em>, Babiuk’s followup to <em>Beatles Gear</em>, is perhaps just that. <em>Rolling Stones Gear</em> isn't just a comprehensive list of the equipment the Rolling Stones have used over the course of the band's 50-plus-year career — though it is, of course, that. It’s also a fantastic, detailed chronology of the band’s history and might be the most complete and compelling biography to date.</p> <p>“I was very careful not to make <em>Beatles Gear</em> a nuts-and-bolts equipment book,” Babiuk said. “You don’t have to be a gear wizard to enjoy <em>Beatles Gear</em>. I wanted it to be a book even a casual fan of the Beatles could pick up and enjoy, but it also was intended to give the reader insight into the instruments the band used and what was special or unique about them. </p> <p>"With <em>Stones Gear</em>, I wanted it to be even more over the top. So if you’re a Stones fan, you can read the story of the band, learn about the equipment they used and actually see pictures of the band using the equipment from sources that people just don’t have access to.” </p> <p>What Babiuk has done with co-author Greg Prevost is provide not just an excellent oral history of the band, but a visual one as well. The over-sized, hefty hardcover book features hundreds of color and black and white pictures of the Stones, not just performing or posing for the camera, but using the equipment mentioned. Best of all, the details provided allow the serious reader to easily find the footage of the band mentioned.</p> <p>“When I did <em>Beatles Gear</em>, YouTube didn’t exist to see clips of the gear,” Babiuk said. “I had to resort to old VHS and even beta tapes. So it’s great that now, while you’re reading the book, you can pretty easily find the clips I’m referring to and see the Stones in action using the pieces mentioned.”</p> <p>Brian Jones looms large over the early pages of the book. Clearly interested in any musical instrument he could get his hands on in the early days of the band, Jones quickly fades into the background as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards steer the band to stardom. As the story progresses, as a result of his unprecedented access (Babiuk was able to play many of the pieces pictured in the book), Babiuk is able to provide tremendous insight into the equipment used by all the Stones, including those of drummer Charlie Watts, guitarists Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood, and especially bassist Bill Wyman.</p> <p>“Bill is really the Stones’ historian,” Babiuk said. “His <em>Rolling with the Stones</em> book is probably the best book about the band out there, and he’s kept everything over the years. So I was able to visit with him at his home in London and show him 450 pictures in chronological order. And he was really helpful, but what I realized is that these are really just guys. </p> <p>"They weren’t gearheads or obsessed with every little detail. The things we fans agonize over weren’t that important to the band in many cases. But I felt it was important to get this information down — and to get the band’s insight as much as possible — so there’s a better understanding of the inner-workings of the Stones and what it’s taken to make everything happen over the years.”</p> <p>Babiuk’s approach, and his undeniable credibility as a serious rock historian, earned him the trust of the band and its tight inner-circle. But it also earned him a historical footnote of his own. </p> <p>“One of the coolest things that came out of this,” Babiuk said, “is that Pierre De Beauport — the Stones’ equipment manager, who was incredibly helpful to me and sympathetic to what I was trying to accomplish — got out some of the pieces that were in storage for us to look at an photograph, and they ended up using them. So the [Gibson] Hummingbird [acoustic] Mick is now using on tour is Keith’s guitar that we write about in the book, and that is a really important piece.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CiEkH6hbEZ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="http://www.digitalretro.com/jeffslate.htm">Jeff Slate</a> is a NYC-based solo singer-songwriter and music journalist. He founded and fronted the band the Badge for 15 years beginning in 1997 and has worked with Pete Townshend, Earl Slick, Carlos Alomar, Steve Holley, Laurence Juber and countless others. He has interviewed and written about everyone from the Beatles and Kiss to Monty Python and rock musicals on Broadway. He is an avid collector of rock and roll books and bootlegs and has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Dylan and the Beatles. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.digitalretro.com/jeffslate.htm">jeffslate.net.</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="/keith-richards">Keith Richards</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/rolling-stones-gear-author-andy-babiuk-takes-us-behind-scenes-making-classic#comments Andy Babiuk Jeff Slate Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones Blogs Interviews News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:52:31 +0000 Jeff Slate http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21093 Guns N' Roses and Duff McKagan Perform "Sweet Child O' Mine" at Revolver Golden Gods Awards — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guns-n-roses-and-duff-mckagan-perform-sweet-child-o-mine-revolver-golden-gods-awards-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Yesterday, April 23, Guns N’ Roses–joined by original bassist Duff McKagan–closed out the sixth annual Revolver Golden Gods with an epic set, which included their classic “Sweet Child O' Mine.” </p> <p>Watch the performance below and let us know what you think in the comments.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6lyiaLSoXuI" 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="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guns-n-roses-and-duff-mckagan-perform-sweet-child-o-mine-revolver-golden-gods-awards-video#comments Duff McKagan Guns N' Roses Videos News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:19:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21092 Zakk Wylde Performs Tribute to Fallen Heroes of Hard Rock and Metal at Revolver Golden Gods — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/zakk-wylde-performs-tribute-fallen-heroes-hard-rock-and-metal-revolver-golden-gods-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Yesterday, April 23, Zakk Wylde performed the Black Label Society song "In this River" in accompaniment to a video montage paying tribute to the hard-rock and metal fallen heroes we lost over the decade since Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell's death. </p> <p>Watch the performance below and let us know what you think in the comments.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/J13PNAW4P5I" 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="/zakk-wylde">Zakk Wylde</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/zakk-wylde-performs-tribute-fallen-heroes-hard-rock-and-metal-revolver-golden-gods-video#comments Zakk Wylde Videos News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:11:58 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21091 Slayer Debut New Song, "Implode," at Revolver Golden Gods Show http://www.guitarworld.com/slayer-debut-new-song-implode-revolver-golden-gods-show <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night, April 23, at the <em>Revolver</em> Golden Gods Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre, Slayer surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included "Implode," the band's first new studio recording in five years.</p> <p><strong>You can hear the studio version of "Implode" — below.</strong></p> <p>Recorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in LA and produced by Terry Date and co-produced by Greg Fidelman, "Implode" is available as a free download as a way if thanking fans for their ongoing support. </p> <p>Or, as guitarist Kerry King put it, "You have been waiting for us, now we are delivering for you." Members of Slayer's fan club were sent an email around midnight giving them the link to the song. </p> <p><strong>"Implode" can now be downloaded at <a href="http://www.slayer.net/us/implode">slayer.net.</a></strong></p> <p>Later this year, Slayer will begin recording a new album, tentatively set for an early 2015 release. It will make Slayer history as it will be released on Nuclear Blast Records through the band's own label imprint, closing out a 28-year relationship with Rick Rubin and American Recordings.</p> <p>"Rick has played a huge role in our career, we've made some great albums with him," Tom Araya said. "But today is a new day, record companies don't play the kind of role they once did, and we really like the idea of going out on our own, connecting directly with our fans, and Nuclear Blast is fired up about taking on that challenge with us."</p> <p>Slayer (Tom Araya/vocals, bass, Kerry King/guitar, drummer Paul Bostaph and Gary Holt) will spend the next few months on the road touring North American and European festivals and headlining dates, sharing stages with Metallica, Iron Maiden and more (See all the current dates below). They're expected to be back in the studio in the fall to record the rest of the new album.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sBG1WLxlQ9M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>MAY<br /> 9 The Great Salt Air, Salt Lake City, UT<br /> 10 Fillmore, Denver, CO<br /> 11 Shrine, Billings, MT<br /> 13 Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO<br /> 15 The Pageant, St Louis, MO<br /> 16 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI<br /> 17 Rock on the Range, Columbus, OH</p> <p>EUROPEAN TOUR<br /> MAY<br /> 28 Sonisphere Festival @ Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland<br /> 30 STHLM Fields @ Gardet Royal Park, Stockholm, Sweden<br /> 31 FortaRock Festival Goffertpark, Nijmegen, Netherlands</p> <p>JUNE<br /> 1 Sonisphere Festival @ Valle Hoven, Oslo, Norway<br /> 3 Horsens Gaol, Horsens, Denmark<br /> 4 Sonisphere Festival @ Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany<br /> 5 Den Atelier, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg<br /> 7 Rock AM Ring, Nurburgring, Germany<br /> 8 Rock Im Ring, Nurnberg, Germany<br /> 9 Z7 Konzertfabrik, Prattein, Switzerland<br /> 13 Nova Rock @Pannonia Fields, Nicklesdorf, Austria<br /> 15 Live Club, Milan, Italy<br /> 16 Estragon, Bologna, Italy<br /> 18 Paloma, Niems, France<br /> 20 Hellfest @Rue de Champ Louet, Clisson, France<br /> 21 Tons of Rock Restival, Halden, Norway<br /> 24 Stadion Miejeski, Poznan, Poland<br /> 26 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France<br /> 27 Graspop, Dessel, Belgium<br /> 30 Limelight, Belfast, Ireland</p> <p>JULY<br /> 1 Academy, Dublin, Ireland<br /> 4 Paris Le Zenith, Paris, France<br /> 5 Sonisphere Festival @ Knebworth, Knebworth Park, England</p> <p>AUGUST<br /> 3 Milo Club, Nizny Novgorad, Russia<br /> 4 Arena Moscow Club, Moscow, Russia<br /> 5 A2 Club, St. Petersburg, Russia<br /> 8 Brutal Assault Festival, Old Army Fortress Josefov, Jaromer, Czech Republic<br /> 10 Heavy Montreal Festival @ Parc Jean Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec</p> <p><em>Photo: From left, guitarist Gary Holt (standing in for the late Jeff Hanneman), Tom Araya, Kerry King and Paul Bostaph</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="/slayer">Slayer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/slayer-debut-new-song-implode-revolver-golden-gods-show#comments Slayer News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:06:58 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21089 Guitar Legends Celebrates 50 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs — with Bonus Instructional DVD http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-legends-celebrates-50-greatest-classic-rock-guitar-songs-bonus-instructional-dvd <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar Legends: 50 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs</em> — including an instructional DVD with tabs — is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-legends-50-greatest-classic-rock-guitar-songs/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=Legends50ClassicRock">available now at the Guitar World Online Store for only $9.99.</a></p> <p>It's a collection of the best classic rock songs of all-time, from Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd, to Nirvana, the Allman Brothers Band and the Eagles!</p> <p>The editors of <em>Guitar World</em>, the world's best-selling guitar magazine, have compiled an entire issue dedicated to the 50 all-time greatest classic rock songs. The issue celebrates the finest of the classic rock anthems. </p> <p>This diverse list not only details every song and artist, but also provides perspective on how each song has influenced musicians. In <em>Guitar Legends: 50 Greatest Classic Rock Guitar Songs</em>, you'll learn everything there is to know about how classic rock impacted the music world.</p> <p>Also included inside the issue: a 60-minute instructional DVD featuring guitar tabs!</p> <p>DVD video lessons on how to play songs from classic rock greats:</p> <p> The Beatles - "I Saw Her Standing There"<br /> The Rolling Stones - "Honky Tonk Women"<br /> Grateful Dead - "Casey Jones" &amp; "Friend of the Devil"</p> <p><strong><a href="<a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-legends-50-greatest-classic-rock-guitar-songs/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=Legends50ClassicRock">">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-legends-celebrates-50-greatest-classic-rock-guitar-songs-bonus-instructional-dvd#comments News Features Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:04:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21014 Guns N' Roses Perform "Paradise City" with Duff McKagan at Revolver Golden Gods Awards — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guns-n-roses-perform-paradise-city-duff-mckagan-revolver-golden-gods-awards-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Yesterday, April 23, Guns N' Roses — joined by original bassist Duff McKagan — closed out the sixth annual <em>Revolver</em> Golden Gods awards show with an epic set that included their classic tune "Paradise City." </p> <p>Watch the performance below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nP4NrE3mq5Q" 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="/guns-n039-roses">Guns N&#039; Roses</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guns-n-roses-perform-paradise-city-duff-mckagan-revolver-golden-gods-awards-video#comments Duff McKagan Guns N' Roses Videos News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:05:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21090 Actor/Musician Drake Bell Discusses 'Ready Steady Go!,' His New Album with Brian Setzer http://www.guitarworld.com/actormusician-drake-bell-discusses-ready-steady-go-his-new-album-brian-setzer <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Drake Bell wasn't made for these times. </p> <p>The actor/musician, best known for his work as teenage rocker Drake Parker on the Nickelodeon TV show <em>Drake &amp; Josh</em>, actually grew up listening to the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Beatles and Stray Cats.</p> <p>On Bell's new album, <em>Ready Steady Go!</em>, he pays homage to those roots by teaming with one of his biggest musical influences — Brian Setzer — for a tastefully inspired collection of classic rockabilly favorites and new material.</p> <p>In addition to Bell's catchy original, "Bitchcraft" are his take on songs like "Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen)", "Still Rock And Roll To Me (Billy Joel)" and a haunting version of Setzer's own "I Won't Stand In Your Way".</p> <p>I recently spoke to Bell about <em>Ready Steady Go!</em>, his guitar work and more.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What made you decided to do a project like this?</strong></p> <p>This is the music I grew up on. My first guitar was a Gretsch 6120, and I just loved listening to artists like Elvis, Chuck Berry and Stray Cats. But when I wanted to go make records, it was hard. I couldn't really be on the show [<em>Drake &amp; Josh</em>] and then go in and do a three-piece rockabilly-type record of Fifties music.</p> <p><strong>How did the collaboration with Brian Setzer come about?</strong></p> <p>I've been a fan of Brian's for such a long time and had the opportunity to go backstage and meet him from time to time. It got to the point to where I started becoming a familiar face backstage. I still remember when I first presented the idea for this album to him. He was confused at first and said, "Wait a minute — you mean you want to make a rockabilly record?" [laughs]. I said "Yeah, this is what I've always wanted to do!"</p> <p><strong>What was your criteria for choosing songs for ‘<em>Ready Steady Go!</em>’?</strong></p> <p>It was really about songs I loved playing and singing growing up. What's really cool is that younger audiences seem to think that a lot of these songs are new. It's given me the opportunity to introduce this great music to a new generation without them thinking I'm just trying to play them their grandparents' music. They're embracing it as their own.</p> <p><strong>What was it like working with Brian?</strong></p> <p>It's hard to explain the feeling. It was breathtaking. Just to be sitting there playing a song I wrote and having Brian there with his gear in the room playing live with us was unreal.</p> <p><strong>What's the origin of the song "Bitchcraft"?</strong></p> <p>I grew up loving and playing this music but had never attempted to write in this style before. I remember I was listening to some old Django [Reinhardt] and Glenn Miller and just jamming around when the lick came to me. I don't think it's about anyone specifically. It's just an amalgamation of the relationships I've been through. But it was my first attempt at writing that jazzy, swing-influenced rockabilly.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rQYBVPVeQn0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Do you have plans to tour?</strong></p> <p>We're working on a few things outside of the country right now as well as doing some mall dates and children's hospitals here in the U.S. Then we'll be gearing up to tour sometime this summer.</p> <p><strong>Tell me a little about your musical background.</strong></p> <p>I started playing music when I was around 10. I always wanted to be in a band, so I started out by playing drums. I played with a few groups but always remember wanting to be performing out in front of the band.</p> <p><strong>What inspired you to make the switch to guitar?</strong></p> <p>I had the opportunity to do a movie with Roger Daltrey of the Who. In the movie, I played a guitar student. Since I had to learn how to play somewhat for the movie, I was introduced to the guitar. When I picked up the guitar for the first time, it opened up a whole new world for me. I became obsessed with writing and playing. That's really how it started.</p> <p><strong>Who were some of your influences?</strong></p> <p>In addition to Brian, I love George Harrison, Carl Perkins, Brian May, Danny Gatton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. My dad was also a huge influence on me growing up. I remember we would sit in front of the TV and he would show me all of this classic stuff: The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and Elvis on Milton Berle. Then we'd get in the car and would listen to the Beach Boys, Beatles and Buddy Holly. I fell in love with that style of music and culture. It opened up my whole musical world.</p> <p><strong>What other projects are you working on?</strong></p> <p>I have a movie coming out for Nickelodeon called <em>A Fairly Odd Summer</em>. It's the third installment of the Fairly Oddparents movies. We've been taking the cartoon and making it live action.</p> <p><strong>You also do the voice of Peter Parker on the animated <em>Ultimate Spider-Man</em>. What's that like?</strong></p> <p>It's amazing. I get to go in and work alongside some of the greatest vocal talents of all time. People I grew up listening to. Then to have a legend like Stan Lee come in to do voice overs with us is just unbelievable. </p> <p><strong>What satisfies you the most about <em>Ready Steady Go!</em>?</strong></p> <p>Honestly, it’s got to be putting the record on and listening to "I Won't Stand In Your Way" with Brian's guitar up against my vocal. I still remember listening to his original version on vinyl as a kid and just wearing the needle out by playing it over and over. </p> <p>We recently pressed the new album to vinyl and I just got a test copy. Since I still have the same record player I had when I was 15, I set it down, put the needle on and started listening to "I Won't Stand in Your Way." It was a surreal moment. If you had told me back then that this was going to happen one day, I never would have believed it. Having the opportunity to go to Nashville and make a record with one of my biggest influences is a dream come true.</p> <p>For more information, visit:</p> <p><strong>Drake Bell Official Website:</strong> <a href="http://drakebell.com/">drakebell.com</a><br /> <strong>Facebook:</strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bell.drake">facebook.com/bell.drake</a> </p> <p><em>Photo Credit: Drake Bell</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/actormusician-drake-bell-discusses-ready-steady-go-his-new-album-brian-setzer#comments Brian Setzer Drake Bell James Wood Interviews News Features Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:55:18 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21080 Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey and Bumblefoot Announce Guitar Gods Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-uli-jon-roth-gary-hoey-and-bumblefoot-announce-guitar-gods-tour <!--paging_filter--><p>This summer, Yngwie Malmsteen will join Uli Jon Roth, Gary Hoey and Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal for the first-ever Guitar Gods festival tour. </p> <p>Malmsteen will headline the tour, which is billed an "epic celebration — six-plus hours — of the instrument for a full evening of guitar pyrotechnics." Each show also will feature special surprise guests.</p> <p>The Guitar Gods tour is created and produced by April Malmsteen, Yngwie's wife and manager, and is presented in partnership with Guitar Center. Check out the itinerary below; more dates will be announced.</p> <p>"Being able to put together this festival has been a lifelong dream of mine," April Malmsteen said. "I believe Guitar Gods will bring tremendous value and enjoyment to not only the guitar and heavy metal enthusiast, but also to anyone who loves music." </p> <p><strong>Uli Jon Roth</strong> will bring the 40th anniversary Scorpions set he's been playing to audiences from Europe to North America, digging deep into their catalog for this tour. <strong>Gary Hoey</strong> will perform his radio hits, including "Hocus Pocus," and more. <strong>Bumblefoot</strong>, best known for his work with Guns N' Roses, embarks on his first solo tour.</p> <p>For more about the tour, visit <a href="http://www.yngwiemalmsteen.com/yngwie/">yngwiemalmsteen.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Yngwie Malmsteen/Guitar Gods North American tour 2014:</strong></p> <p><strong>JUNE</strong><br /> 13 Huntington, NY Paramount Theatre<br /> 14 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom<br /> 17 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center<br /> 20 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre<br /> 21 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theatre<br /> 26 Seattle, WA Showbox Theatre<br /> 27 Portland, OR Roseland Theater</p> <p><strong>JULY</strong><br /> 3 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theatre<br /> 8 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7TvWcOETIJw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/GuitarGodsPoster_gg.jpg" width="620" height="877" alt="GuitarGodsPoster_gg.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="/yngwie-malmsteen">Yngwie Malmsteen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-uli-jon-roth-gary-hoey-and-bumblefoot-announce-guitar-gods-tour#comments Ron Bumblefoot Thal Uli Jon Roth Yngwie Malmsteen Videos News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:39:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21086 Review: EVH Striped Series Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/review-evh-striped-series-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the June 2014 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 at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-14-motley-crue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>The EVH Wolfgang guitar is the only way to go if you want what Eddie Van Halen plays today. </p> <p>Of course, there are still vast numbers of guitarists who want what Eddie was playing in the Seventies and Eighties, and to satisfy that desire EVH recently introduced the EVH Striped Series. </p> <p>Based on Van Halen’s legendary Frankenstein guitar, the EVH Striped Series is a stripped-down speed machine with a single humbucker and volume control, plus Van Halen’s trademark striped finish in three different motifs—black and white, yellow and black, and red, black and white.</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="myExperience3496413523001" 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="3496413523001" /> </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 at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-14-motley-crue/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=MayVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Hello, and welcome to my new GW instructional column. It’s good to be back! I hope the ideas and concepts I present here in the coming months will give you inspiration and insight into your own path to musical creativity.</p> <p>The most important thing I can say is that you should always strive to make your own distinct musical statement with what you play on the guitar. </p> <p>Once you’ve learned from the examples I present in this column, I would like you to completely disregard the examples themselves and retain only the techniques contained within them. </p> <p>As soon as you get the idea of where I’m coming from with a certain lick or phrase, I want you to change it into something of your own invention and tap into your own creative curiosity as quickly and fully as possible. </p> <p><strong>For the tabs to this lesson, be sure to check out the new June 2014 issue of GW!</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="myExperience3499101867001" 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="3499101867001" /> </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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The Complete Pack offers every currently available feature, which includes 13 alternate tunings, eight doubling settings, a virtual capo covering a range of 12 half-steps up/down, and 10 guitar and pickup modeling settings. </p> <p>The Pro Pack offers nine alternate tunings, four doubling settings, the same 12 half-step up/down virtual capo range and six guitar/pickup models, while the Essential Pack includes five alternate tunings, one doubling setting, a two half-step up/half-step down virtual capo range, plus five half-step down baritone settings and three guitar/pickup models.</p> <p>The Complete Pack’s alternate tunings include popular tunings like DADGAD, drop D, several open tunings and even bass tunings. Doubling settings provide various pitch-shifted effects from 12-string guitars and polyphonic octave up/down to fourth and fifth up. The guitar/pickup modeling feature includes outstanding emulations of various humbucker, single-coil, acoustic and bass tones.</p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>Whereas the initial release of the Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar required some rather complicated chord fingerings to select certain alternate tunings, the new software’s Fret Control feature significantly simplifies the process of selecting tunings as well as virtual capo and guitar/pickup modeling settings. </p> <p>Now all you need to do to select settings is press down the guitar’s volume knob to engage the string-tune function and pluck a single note. Notes on the low E string select modeling settings, while the A string controls alternate tunings, the D string controls doubling and transposition, the G and B strings control the virtual capo, and the high E string accesses presets. Fret Control makes the AT-200 much easier to use onstage and is worth the upgrade price alone.</p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $299</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Antares Audio Technologies, <a href="http://www.antarestech.com/">antarestech.com</a></p> <p>The Fret Control feature lets guitarists select different settings simply by engaging the string-tune function and plucking a single note.</p> <p>New guitar/pickup modeling settings provide access to a wide variety of humbucker, single-coil, bass and acoustic guitar tones.</p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong></p> <p>Antares Auto-Tune Complete Pack software significantly upgrades the versatility, ease of use and sonic palette of the game-changing Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar.</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="myExperience2742970163001" 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="2742970163001" /> </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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So I’ve decided to let you in to our secret underground world that is cigar box guitars. </p> <p>Cigar box guitars are often associated with the Depression era, when regular guitars were handmade and cost a great deal of money. People didn’t have extra income to buy guitars, so they got creative. They got a wooden cigar box, put a hole in it for the sound to get out, put a stick in it and a few wires from the screen door — and a guitar was born. Actually, cigar box guitars go back much further than that. There's evidence that they were around as early as the 1840s, and similar primitive or primal instruments go back even further. </p> <p>Today, people make them out of just about anything that will resonate or vibrate, such as an oil can, coffee can, wine crate or soda can. They also use many different things for a neck, like an ordinary 1-by-2 piece of hardwood, broom handles, even wooden rulers. </p> <p>The number of strings can vary, too. I’ve seen them with one string (Diddley bow) on up to 12. I tend to stick to three- and six-string cigar box guitars because you need at least three strings to make a chord, and people are comfortable playing six-string guitars. They also can be fretted or fretless and are played with or without a slide. CBGs also can be wired with pickups, volume and tone controls, just like regular guitars.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/professinal%20electronics.jpg" width="620" height="465" alt="professinal electronics.jpg" /></p> <p>If you want to hear scrape, slide and picking, check out Shane Speal, the world's foremost master of the cigar box guitar. </p> <p>Speal performs gritty blues/rock with handmade and hackwired instruments made from recycled junk. His repertoire is a mix of crankin' originals and songs from blues masters who started out on cigar box guitars. </p> <p>Here's a video of different ways to tune your CBG so you can get the most out of your box. What Speal can do with a stick in the box and a socket from a hardware store for a slide (Yes, that's a socket he's using for a slide) blows my mind. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GnpxA5I5eVk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p>Speal is a key player and builder in the CBG world and was instrumental in bringing people together to share their thoughts and ideas about CBGs — but more on that later. </p> <p>So the blues isn’t your thing? Not to worry; I’ve seen people play these guitars in nearly every genre. Like I said, you can play anything on a cigar box guitar; you just have to use some creativity and a little imagination. </p> <p>Check out Hollowbelly; listen to this song and I promise it will change your perception of what can be played on a cigar box guitar. Hollowbelly is a one-man-band/cigar box guitar player whose guitar has a mean growl that just can't be explained and a voice that has been described as "like lightning." </p> <p>He has played London's The 100 Club (Yes, THE 100 Club, which has hosted Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters and the White Stripes) on a CBG. He made it in a garage out of a banister rail, an old rusty tin and a cheap pickup. When I need that jolt of energy to keep going, this song delivers.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uANvS7VwL3g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>So why am I writing this? I am addicted to CBG. Yep, addicted, obsessed. I’ve got the sickness and there is no cure. Besides, there are worse things to be addicted to. I spend my days thinking about how I am going to build the next guitar better and how I am going to convert that song I used to play on a six-string so I can play it on one my three-string guitars. </p> <p>I thought there might be more people out there like me. So over the next few columns, we are going to build a cigar box guitar together for about $25. We are going to make a classic fretless acoustic cigar box guitar. </p> <p>I will show you the upgrades as we go along; it will just cost a few more bucks. Most of the stuff you can find in your local hardware store. The other stuff you have to buy in different places, but I’ll give you some tips on where you can get the best deals (If not here, I'll give you the tips on my site, <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/index.html">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a>. </p> <p>This is the way I find works best for me. There are many other ways to make these instruments; I’m just showing you the way I like to do it. I have to say there is one rule about cigar box guitars: There are no rules! </p> <p>Here is your recon mission for next time: </p> <p>01. <strong>Box:</strong> Find a wooden cigar box. It has to be wooden — at least the sides and the bottom. But if you can score an all-wood one, all the better. A good size to look for is 10-by-7-by-1. Bigger is better, but if it's a little smaller, it'll still work. The thinner the wood, the better the tone (at least in my opinion). The best place to get them is your local tobacco shop. Most stores give them away for free (Free is good). If you can't find one for free, look on eBay or check out <a href="https://www.cbgitty.com/cubecart/">CB Gitty</a>.</p> <p>02. <strong>Wood</strong>: You will need to find some hardwood for the neck. A good size is a 1-by-2-by-32 (It really measures 3/4-by-1 ½ inches), and it needs to be at least 32 inches long. Most home-improvement stores sell them in 36-inch lengths. </p> <p>It has to be a hardwood. Poplar is a pretty inexpensive choice, but red oak, maple, ash or mahogany look great, although they cost a bit more. I go to the local mill and get a batch of rough-cut hardwood and mill it down myself, but that requires some more tools and more time. I wouldn’t recommend this for your first guitar. The stuff you will find at the local home-improvement or lumber yard is good. I’m just obsessed with finding the best. </p> <p>03. <strong>Tools</strong>: You will need a coping saw, tape measure, pencil, drill with 3/8, 9/32 and 1/8 bits, rasp (Those rasp/chisels are pretty good for the money) and various grits of sandpaper. If you have a belt sander, it will save a lot of time, but it isn’t necessary. Finally, you will need an old-fashioned miter box and saw. </p> <p>If you don’t have these tools, borrow them or make this guitar with a friend who has them (Tools aren't included in the $25 budget). If you don’t know how to use these tools, read up on them or look them up via YouTube. I don’t want any of you guitar players to loose a digit while making one of these. </p> <p>04. <strong>Tension pins</strong>: You will need three each — 1/8-by-3/4 tension pins or roll pins. These can be found in almost any hardware store. </p> <p>05. <strong>Safety gear</strong>: You will need a dust mask, work gloves and safety goggles. </p> <p>Hey, come to think of it, this doesn’t even add up to $25. Sweet!</p> <p>This is a list of items for you to find for next time. I'll give you a list at the end of each article so you won’t have to go buy it all at once. But if you want a full list, I will post it on my site, <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a>. </p> <p>Till next time, keep on playing!</p> <p><em>Brian Saner owns Saner Cigar Box Guitars, which makes custom handmade guitars and amps using local dry-aged wood in every guitar. These guitars are handmade and might have imperfections, but that's what makes them unique. Once you hear the howl of a CBG, you might not want to play a Fender or Gibson again. Get one at <a href="http://www.sanercigarboxguitars.com/">sanercigarboxguitars.com</a> and <a href="http://www.devildownrecords.com/handmade-guitars/">devildownrecords.com</a>. Check out <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saner-Cigar-Box-Guitars/266654393366376">his Facebook page.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/cigar-box-how-build-cigar-box-guitar-around-25#comments Brian Saner Hollowbelly Saner Cigar Box Guitars Shane Speal Blogs News Features Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:04:37 +0000 Brian Saner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/15369 Machine Head Premiere New Song, "Killers & Kings" http://www.guitarworld.com/machine-head-premiere-new-song-killers-kings <!--paging_filter--><p>As part of last weekend's Record Store Day, Machine Head released a 10-inch single with the "demo" version of a new song, "Killers &amp; Kings." </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>P.S.: The B-side of the single is a cover of Ignite's "Our Darkest Days."</p> <p>Machine Head are hard at work in the studio working on their eighth full-length album. 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