News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/%2526gt%3Bhttp%3A/www.facebook.com/www.facebook.com/%2526gt%3Bhttp%3A/OAS_url%27adstream_nx.ads/%27OAS_sitepage%27/%3Ehttp%3A/vanswarpedtour.com/%3Ca%20href%3D en George Lynch Talks Inspiration and the New Lynch Mob Album, 'Rebel' http://www.guitarworld.com/george-lynch-talks-inspiration-and-new-lynch-mob-album-rebel/25387 <!--paging_filter--><p>It sure has been a busy year for George Lynch. </p> <p>In January, he teamed up with Stryper guitarist Michael Sweet for a new project called Sweet &amp; Lynch. This summer, he released “Shadow Train,” the musical project for his forthcoming documentary, <em>Shadow Nation.</em> </p> <p>On August 21, Lynch—along with vocalist Oni Logan—released a new Lynch Mob album called <em>Rebel.</em> It comes 25 years after the band's debut album, <em>Wicked Sensation.</em> </p> <p><em>Rebel</em> features strong performances by Lynch’s former Dokken bandmate—and current Foreigner bassist—Jeff Pilson, plus drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Slash). </p> <p>Whether it’s the infectious qualities s of the triplet-paced “Automatic Fix," the tasty goodness of “Jelly Roll” or the vintage, in-your-face sound of the Mu-Tron octave divider heard on “Testify," Lynch proves once again that he’s at the ready whenever the cosmos want to send down riffs that stick in your head long after the song is over.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Lynch about <em>Rebel,</em> his career and a few of his other projects.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What was the genesis of <em>Rebel</em>?</strong></p> <p>Inspiration. It’s almost like a cyclical thing. Like, you’re subconsciously trained to start thinking about a new album every year or so. When inspiration strikes, you’ve got to be ready to respond, and Oni and I felt the need to relieve ourselves of these creative impulses. We’ve put our hearts and souls into this album and have been getting a lot of positive feedback about it.</p> <p><strong>What was the songwriting process like for <em>Rebel</em>?</strong></p> <p>It’s very similar to working on a Sweet &amp; Lynch album or with Jeff Pilson. For <em>Rebel,</em> pre-production was done with just Oni, myself and an engineer. Unlike being in a band, fleshing things out in a rehearsal room, this was a very closed situation that was very intense and self-contained. Usually I’ll come up with the primary architecture of a song and then I’ll look for feedback and ideas. That’s when Oni might make a suggestion or and ask me to try something. From there, I’ll find something and flesh it out. The musical/instrumental inspiration usually comes from me, and the lion’s share of melodies and lyrics come from Oni.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/deJdCFQ76BA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What does the band's touring schedule look like?</strong></p> <p>We’ve done about 50 dates so far this year. We’ll be playing the western part of the country and the mountain states, which includes hitting California pretty hard.</p> <p><strong>What made you decide to start wanting to playing guitar?</strong></p> <p>I’m really not sure. I just had an urgency to play. I remember being 10 and listening to the music my father had. It was really just something I wanted to do. </p> <p><strong>Is it true that you auditioned for Ozzy’s band after he left Black Sabbath?</strong></p> <p>"Audition" is kind of a weird word for it. I was actually up for the gig on three different occasions, including prior to Randy [Rhoads]. I was already in Dokken at the time and took a short hiatus to pursue the Ozzy thing and then came back. Even though I didn’t get the gig, it worked out OK for everyone.</p> <p><strong>This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dokken’s <em>Under Lock and Key.</em> When you look back to that time, what comes to mind?</strong></p> <p>At that point, we had really matured as a band. You could really see the evolution of our writing from <em>Breaking the Chains<em> and <em>Tooth and Nail. Under Lock and Key</em> sounded better than our previous albums. We were really polished and at the top of our game. </em></em></p> <p><strong>What’s your live setup like these days?</strong></p> <p>I’m always mixing it up. My days off on the road are usually spent crawling around pawn shops and mom-and-pop music stores looking for jewels. Right now, I’m playing through my Randall Headhunter, which is my new signature head that'll be coming out soon. We’ve been working on it for about three years now. It’s an amazing amp.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BbBNCj-XaQE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What other projects are you working on?</strong></p> <p>Other than this new album, the project I’m deeply involved in right now is the Infidels. It started out with myself and Pancho Tomaselli from Tower of Power. We’ve also got Angelo Moore on vocals and Chris Moore on drums. It’s a very unorthodox record and has really expanded my abilities as a player. We’re very excited about it.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any advice for up-and-coming guitarists?</strong></p> <p>Everyone goes through phases. When you’re young, you’re full of testosterone and want to rule the world by chasing the dragon and being the fastest and best guitarist and creating the soundtrack that’s in your head, and that’s great. As a player, you should always want to try certain things and learn from others. But eventually, try to develop your own style and create a space for yourself. Because now you’re no longer competing against anyone else. Now you’re only competing with yourself. </p> <p><em>For more about Lynch, visit <a href="http://georgelynch.com/wordpress/">georgelynch.com.</a></em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</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="/george-lynch">George Lynch</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/george-lynch-talks-inspiration-and-new-lynch-mob-album-rebel/25387#comments George Lynch James Wood Lynch Mob Interviews News Features Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:25:49 +0000 James Wood 25387 at http://www.guitarworld.com Steve Vai Reveals His Favorite New Guitar Player — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-reveals-his-favorite-new-guitar-player-video/25386 <!--paging_filter--><p>Steve Vai has his legions of followers. But who does the guitar legend follow?</p> <p>Turns out it’s a guitarist by the name of Daniele Gottardo.</p> <p>Vai revealed the information in the following message:</p> <p>“Hey Folks,</p> <p>“I’m often asked who is my favorite new young guitar player. Well, here he is: Daniele Gottardo. </p> <p>“He’s Italian, and I have been following him for quite some time now. He has an elegant touch, stunning intonation, innovational style, and he honors the melody. Enjoy, and check out his new record here for a real treat.”</p> <p>So who is Daniele Gottardo? As it turns out, quite a diverse player. In addition to his stunning virtuoso solo work—an expressive and technically superb rock-symphonic fusion—he performs with the jazz project the Nuts and the self-described pop/punk/glam-metalcore experiment Plastik Boobies. (Even if we didn’t tell you the styles of those bands, the names alone would suggest Gottardo defies easy categorization.)</p> <p>Here are a few videos to acquaint you with Gottardo and his music. You can find more at his YouTube channel and follow him on Facebook.</p> <p>“Rimsky’s Beard,” the first track on Gottardo’s second album, <em>Non Temperato.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c0-ote7Kx0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> “Caligula,” also from <em>Non Temperato:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SJoJGfMWIWc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> Gottardo’s cover of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pnnlEEpSmMQ" 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="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-reveals-his-favorite-new-guitar-player-video/25386#comments Daniele Gottardo Steve Vai Videos News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:49:52 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25386 at http://www.guitarworld.com Sock Puppet Parody of Pantera's "Walk" Features Vinnie Paul — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/sock-puppet-parody-panteras-walk-features-vinnie-paul-video/25384 <!--paging_filter--><p>The wonderfully deranged gang over at Sock Puppet Parody has posted a brand-new video—a sock-puppet parody of Pantera's "Walk" as performed by a fictional band called Hamptera.</p> <p>The Hamptera version of "Walk" is about a disgruntled sock that has lost its grip.</p> <p>Lyrics include, "With each step I slip off of your heel" and "Is there no elastic anymore?"</p> <p>The video, which you can check out below, even features a mini Dimebag Darrell sock puppet (complete with razor blade) and a cameo by Pantera's drummer, Vinnie Paul (as an actual human, not a sock). Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kxit-s0fvkQ" 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="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/sock-puppet-parody-panteras-walk-features-vinnie-paul-video/25384#comments Pantera Sock Puppet Parody Videos News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:45:47 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25384 at http://www.guitarworld.com Harp Twins Cover Metallica's "One" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/harp-twins-cover-metallicas-one-video/25383 <!--paging_filter--><p>The Harp Twins—everyone's favorite harp-playing twins—have posted a new video.</p> <p>This time, they've tackled Metallica's "One." The twist, if you will, is that they're both playing the same harp in the new video.</p> <p>The Harp Twins—Camille and Kennerly Kitt—have covered several Metallica tunes over the years, including “Nothing Else Matters” and “The Unforgiven.” One of their most popular clips is their cover of Ozzy Osbourne‘s ”Crazy Train.”</p> <p>“We always start our creative process by listening to the song we’re going to arrange again and again," the twins told <a href="http://iamtunedup.com/exclusive-the-harp-twins-are-back-a-tuned-up-interview/">iamtunedup.com.</a> </p> <p>"We usually start with building the melodic framework and then start discussing other elements. Often we’re tweaking arrangements even as we’re learning and memorizing… we think of additional ideas to try, or figure out techniques/patterns that work even better that our initial arrangement.”</p> <p>Kirk Hammett's guitar solo on Metallica's version of "One" was ranked one of <em>Guitar World</em>'s <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-7-one-kirk-hammett">100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.</a> We're not sure how it ranks as a harp solo.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JhOhGhq0e54" 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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/harp-twins-cover-metallicas-one-video/25383#comments Camille and Kennerly Harp Twins Metallica Videos News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:23:39 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25383 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Byrds' 10 Greatest Guitar Moments http://www.guitarworld.com/byrds-10-greatest-guitar-moments/25374 <!--paging_filter--><p>From 1965 until their breakup in 1973, the Byrds were a bona-fide electric-guitar powerhouse.</p> <p>During the California band's initial—and most popular—incarnation, Jim McGuinn turned the 12-string Rickenbacker 360 guitar into an institution.</p> <p>Its glorious trademark "chiming" sound actually became <em>the band's</em> trademark sound—a sound that even influenced the almighty Beatles.</p> <p>As the years went by and the hits piled up—"Turn! Turn! Turn!," "Eight Miles High," "My Back Pages" and "Chestnut Mare" among them—the band's original lineup—<a href="http://www.ibiblio.org/jimmy/mcguinn/index.html">Jim McGuinn,</a> <a href="http://www.davidcrosby.com/">David Crosby,</a> <a href="http://www.geneclark.com/">Gene Clark,</a> <a href="http://www.chrishillman.com/">Chris Hillman</a> and Michael Clarke—went their separate ways, leaving McGuinn to pilot the plane with a host of new musicians.</p> <p>Luckily, a true guitar legend was waiting in the wings: Clarence White.</p> <p>A master of chops-busting bluegrass guitar, White, who initially recorded with the band as a session guitarist but became a full member in mid-1968, intertwined his formidable fingerpicking, flatpicking and hybrid-picking technique on his Tele with the use of a device he helped invent (with Gene Parsons), the <a href="http://www.stringbender.com/bender/classic.php">Parsons-White StringBender (also known as a B-bender),</a> which allowed him to recreate pedal steel guitar licks with stunning accuracy.</p> <p>It also should be noted that three members of the Byrds—White, McGuinn and <a href="http://guildguitars.com/g/chris-hillman-signature-byrds-bass/">Hillman</a>—have (or have had) their own signature-model guitars or basses. This, I assure you, is uncommon.</p> <p>If you'd like to find out more about White, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1973, be sure to check out my <a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/playlist-clarence-white.html">Ode to the Original B-Bender, Clarence White of The Byrds and Kentucky Colonels.</a></p> <p>Below, we revisit 10 of the band's greatest guitar moments, taking their entire official output—including recently released archival live albums—into consideration. The songs are presented in no particular order. </p> <p><em>Editor's Note: Even though Roger McGuinn went by his birth name, Jim McGuinn, prior to 1967, we will refer to him as Roger for the remainder of this story.</em></p> <p><strong>For more about the Byrds, visit <a href="http://www.thebyrds.com/">their official website.</a> To catch up with McGuinn and his current projects, visit <a href="http://www.ibiblio.org/jimmy/mcguinn/index.html">mcguinn.com.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Chestnut Mare"</span><br /> <strong><em>(Untitled)</em></strong> | 1970 | <strong>Main Guitarists:</strong> Roger McGuinn, Clarence White</p> <p>Although it's not the first track that comes to mind when considering a list of the Byrds' finest guitar tracks, "Chestnut Mare," an epic song about one tenacious man's quest to capture a very special horse (so special that "she'll be just like a wife"), is actually a perfect choice. </p> <p>It combines McGuinn's trademark electric 12-string picking with White's top-notch acoustic work—with a bit of White's electric B-bender Tele thrown in for good measure. </p> <p>The guitars, which—let's face it—are <em>everywhere</em> on this track, are the canvas on which the song's story is so vibrantly painted; perhaps the guitar high point is the fine interplay between McGuinn's Rickenbacker and White's Martin during the song's emotional breakdown section.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-olDjUy4540" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)"</span><br /> <strong><em>Turn! Turn! Turn!</em></strong> | 1965 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Roger McGuinn</p> <p>No other song—including "Mr. Tambourine Man" (which did not make this list)—sums up the Byrds' early, "America's Answer to the Beatles" period quite like "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)." McGuinn's playing on the track is—for lack of a better word—sublime. Note that he's hybrid picking, playing the melody with downstrokes while providing his own rhythm part in the form of ringing or droning notes and banjo rolls. As always, his 12-string Rickenbacker is front and center.</p> <p>Since you've probably heard the original Byrds version of this song 43,747 times, we've decided to include a more recent video that shows McGuinn playing the song alone, complete with close-up shots of his fingering, finger picks and all. It's from an instructional video McGuinn made several years ago. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZAejkh4rTjs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Buckaroo"</span><br /> <strong><em>Live at the Fillmore—February 1969</em></strong> | 2000 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Clarence White</p> <p>Feel free to argue, but if you had to choose one album that best demonstrates White's electric-guitar prowess, it'd be <em>Live at the Fillmore—February 1969.</em> The musicians on the album are McGuinn on his 12-string Rickenbacker 360, Gene Parsons on drums, John York on bass and White on his B-Bender Tele. He never puts it down, so there's no escaping it.</p> <p>The most impressive guitar track on the album is the band's cover of Buck Owens' killer-catchy instrumental, "Buckaroo," which finally exists on YouTube. White rips open his bag of B-bender licks—and never closes it. Even his mistakes sound good, like the random open string he hits at :32. Play this one good and loud, people.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HgJLpNd2-wY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"The Bells of Rhymney"</span><br /> <strong><em>Mr. Tambourine Man</em></strong> | 1965 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Roger McGuinn</p> <p>Although the Beatles were rock’s foremost trendsetters, they still were influenced by other artists. Case in point: George Harrison’s 12-string riff on “If I Needed Someone.” Played in a second-position D-chord shape with a capo on the seventh fret, the line was based on McGuinn’s shimmering guitar work in the mesmerizing 1965 track “The Bells of Rhymney,” which you can hear below.</p> <p>All McGuinn really had to go on was Pete Seeger's acoustic version of the song, which was based on a poem by Welshman Idris Davies. While Seeger also played the song on a 12-string, and even embellished the solo portion with brilliant, out-of-nowhere minor chords, McGuinn and the Byrds simply took it to new heights—something they did often, especially when it came to Bob Dylan songs.</p> <p>In the mid-Sixties, Harrison and McGuinn had formed a mutual-admiration society: “If I Needed Someone” featured Harrison’s second Rickenbacker 360/12, a rounded-off 1965 model that resembled McGuinn’s 1964 Rickenbacker 360/12, which McGuinn bought after seeing Harrison’s first Rick in <em>A Hard Day’s Night.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u6JhTSzZXzg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"</span><br /> <strong><em>Sweetheart of the Rodeo</em></strong> | 1968 | <strong>Main Guitarists:</strong> Lloyd Green, Clarence White</p> <p>Yes, we're bending (that's a play on words, folks) the rules and including a pedal steel guitar performance on this list. The studio version of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," a cover of a <em>Basement Tapes</em>-era Dylan tune, features a stunning performance by Nashville pedal steel legend Lloyd Green. His tone is actually a bit confusing because it sounds like a guitar (I thought it was a guitar for years when I was a young'n).</p> <p>Listen to Green's note choices; it's a lesson on guitar solo composition, regardless of what instrument he's playing. </p> <p>“I was young and open to any new music if the steel fit, and [the Byrds] were gonna let me be a part of it," <a href="http://www.vintageguitar.com/3683/lloyd-green/">Green told Vintage Guitar in 2008.</a> "I thought it was the most wonderful thing. The first song was gonna be ‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,’ the Bob Dylan song. I said, ‘Where do you guys want me to fill?’ And they said, almost in unison, ‘Everywhere!’ I said, ‘Say no more!’ And if you listen to that song, almost from the first note to the end there’s steel guitar. I play too much, in retrospect—certainly not the way I would play it today."</p> <p>We've also included a live version of the song (second video) featuring White's B-bender spin on Green's original pedal steel guitar part. This 1968 TV appearance puts the emphasis on White, his still-Nudie-sticker-free Telecaster and his Parsons/White StringBender (not to mention some fine-looking Sixties women). </p> <p>Random side note: Be sure to check out Green's pedal steel playing on Paul McCartney's 1974 tune, "Sally G."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s2JnDKvuNzw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q21BF38W3Gs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Black Mountain Rag"/"Soldier's Joy"</span><br /> <strong><em>Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971</em></strong> | 2008 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Clarence White</p> <p>Meet Clarence White, the bluegrass shredder. Before joining the Byrds, White was blowing minds (including the mind of the great Doc Watson) as a member of the Kentucky Colonels. His brilliant acoustic flatpicking, which incorporated lightning-fast fiddle lines played on a vintage Martin D-28, helped the bluegrass world recognize the guitar as a lead instrument. Several masters of the genre, including Tony Rice and Norman Blake, even site him as a key influence.</p> <p>After the Colonels, White became a session player in Los Angeles (even playing on several Byrds albums before officially joining the band). Through his time with the Byrds, this high-octane bluegrass medley stood out as a high point of the band's live shows.</p> <p>Note that the version below is <em>not</em> the recommended <em>Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971</em> performance (which isn't available on YouTube), but it's pretty much just as good—and it even shows White and the gang in action, which is a rarity.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qq6vGonWlLY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Lover of the Bayou"</span><br /> <strong><em>(Untitled)</em></strong> | 1970 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Clarence White</p> <p>This live selection sums up the best of White's rare "fuzzed out" guitar attacks. Kudos to White—a former bluegrass picker (as we've mentioned 40 times already)—for coming up with creative and unique rock solos in a time when Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee and Jimi Hendrix were competing for the listening public's attention (and money).</p> <p>Honorable mention to McGuinn, who continued to showcase his Rickenbacker 360 in 1970 and beyond, even though its jingly-jangly "season" (1965 to '66) had temporarily passed.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/myLTgLqFaj8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Eight Miles High"</span><br /> <strong><em>Fifth Dimension</em></strong> | 1966 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Roger McGuinn</p> <p>"Eight Miles High" starts off like a train—a massive, chugging steam locomotive that stops for absolutely no one. Its cargo? McGuinn's relentless jumble of dark and spider-like notes—all furiously played on his 12-string Rick.</p> <p>The song, which strikes modern ears as an early stab at psychedelia, is actually nothing of the sort.</p> <p>"We started out with the folky thing, mixing Dylan and Pete Seeger with the Beatles, then we dabbled in a bit of jazz fusion with 'Eight Miles High,' which was misconstrued as psychedelic." McGuinn told <a href="http://www.uncut.co.uk/features/the-byrds-20-best-songs-69126">Uncut earlier this year.</a> "It wasn’t meant to be, but it was branded that way."</p> <p>"'Eight Miles High' is out there," McGuinn adds. "It’s spatial. I was trying to emulate Coltrane’s saxophone with my Rickenbacker. It’s got a lot of what Coltrane was going for on <em>India,</em> which was to capture the elephants in India with his wails, and there’s that tabla beat. He was trying to incorporate Indian music into jazz, and we were trying to incorporate his attempts to do that into a rock’n’roll song. So there’s a lot of things going on."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J74ttSR8lEg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Sing Me Back Home"</span><br /> <strong><em>Live at the Fillmore—February 1969</em></strong> | 2000 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Clarence White</p> <p>If you read the "Buckaroo" entry above, you already know about <em>Live at the Fillmore—February 1969,</em> which gets my vote as White's go-to "guitar album" (in terms of his electric-guitar playing). A few years ago, it even made <em>Guitar World's</em> list of the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/30-greatest-shred-albums-all-time">30 best shred-guitar albums of all time.</a> </p> <p>Although I don't think of White as a shredder (except for when he played bluegrass), he certainly works his way toward "shred country" on the Fillmore version of this Merle Haggard tune, which also was a favorite of former Byrd Gram Parsons.</p> <p>It's another B-bender masterpiece that shows off White's bouncy, psychedelic-cowboy style, complete with a brilliant turnaround at 1:24. It's cool to hear the Fillmore crowd show their appreciation after the solo at 1:43, while McGuinn is already singing the song's next verse.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y_Qs2F3nOts" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"She Don't Care About Time"</span><br /> <strong>Non-album B-side of "Turn! Turn! Turn!," now included on <em>Turn! Turn! Turn!</em></strong> | 1965 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Roger McGuinn</p> <p>"She Don't Care About Time," one of many brilliant compositions by the Byrds' Gene Clark, is known for its very early incorporation of classical music into popular music (Take that, Yngwie Malmsteen). Notice how McGuinn cleverly inserts a heaping helping of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" into his 12-string Rickenbacker guitar solo.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B4eMoFpWFgU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/damian-fanelli/mister-neutron-comanchero-1">Damian Fanelli</a> is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> and </em><a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/">Guitar Aficionado</a><em>. His New York-based band, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Meanies/226938220688464?fref=ts">the Blue Meanies,</a> has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/swing/rockabilly band <a href="http://www.thegashousegorillas.com/">the Gas House Gorillas</a> and New York City instrumental surf-rock band <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MisterNeutron">Mister Neutron,</a> also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsQ9pIkLXiA">composes</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ICimc774Y">records film soundtracks.</a> He writes GuitarWorld.com's <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-clarence-white-inspired-country-b-bender-lick-video">The Next Bend</a> column, which is dedicated to <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-10-essential-b-bender-guitar-songs-damian-fanelli">B-bender guitars and guitarists.</a> His latest liner notes can be found in Sony/Legacy's </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Epic-Recordings-Collection/dp/B00MJFQ24W">Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection.</a><em> Follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/damianfanelliguitar">Facebook,</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/damianfanelli">Twitter</a> and/or <a href="https://instagram.com/damianfanelligw/">Instagram.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/byrds-10-greatest-guitar-moments/25374#comments 10 Best Songs Byrds Clarence White Damian Fanelli Lloyd Green Roger McGuinn The Byrds Top 10 Guitar World Lists Blogs News Features Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:06:11 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25374 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Wild Horses" Vs. "Blackbird" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wild-horses-vs-blackbird/25379 <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”WILD HORSES,” THE ROLLING STONES<br /> <em>Sticky Fingers</em> (1971)</strong></p> <p>Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the two cite it as the feel of “being a million miles from where you want to be.”</p> <p>The track features a 12-string acoustic guitar played by Richards, with Mick Taylor on acoustic guitar. The country and folk-influenced track is a crowd favorite at the Stones' live shows, although appearing on only one of their live albums. </p> <p>To this day, “Wild Horses” is widely used in various films and TV shows, such as <em>Parks &amp; Recreation,</em> and will always be a Stones stable. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QhwwCWkmYoc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”BLACKBIRD,” THE BEATLES<br /> <em>The Beatles</em> (1968)</strong></p> <p>“Blackbird” was written by Paul McCartney in lieu of the escalating racial tensions in the U.S. at the time. </p> <p>McCartney said on a radio show interview that “the whole idea of ‘you were only waiting for this moment to arise’ was about, you know, the black people’s struggle in the Southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird.”</p> <p>“Blackbird” is truly an acoustic masterpiece, with the simplicity of an acoustic guitar, foot tapping, birdsongs and powerful lyrics.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UaSMROk-D-A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9052988.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9052988/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Wild Horses" Vs. "Blackbird"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Best Acoustic (September 1) on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277429046/Best-Acoustic-September-1" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Best Acoustic (September 1)</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277429046/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_14086" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wild-horses-vs-blackbird/25379#comments Acoustic Nation News The Beatles The Rolling Stones Blogs News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:28:24 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25379 at http://www.guitarworld.com Slayer Premiere New Song, "Cast the First Stone" http://www.guitarworld.com/slayer-premiere-new-song-cast-first-stone/25381 <!--paging_filter--><p>Slayer have premiered a new song, "Cast the First Stone," and you can hear it below.</p> <p>The song will be featured on the band's upcoming album, <em>Repentless.</em> </p> <p>If you like "Cast the First Stone," you're in luck. The song is available as a free download via <a href="http://www.adultswim.com/music/singles-2015/">Adult Swim Singles.</a> </p> <p>Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-slayers-crushing-new-war-cry-cast-the-first-stone-20150831">Slayer's Kerry King told Rolling Stone</a> that he got the idea for the song while walking around Athens, thinking about all of the clashes that took place there over the centuries. "It's just about battle, not a particular battle," he said. "You cast the first stone, I'm gonna win."</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/220865595&amp;color=ff5500"></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="/slayer">Slayer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/slayer-premiere-new-song-cast-first-stone/25381#comments Slayer News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:57:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25381 at http://www.guitarworld.com Roth Erupts and Van Halen Stop Show When Fan Throws Beer Onstage — Video [NSFW] http://www.guitarworld.com/roth-erupts-and-van-halen-stop-show-when-fan-throws-beer-onstage-video-nsfw/25378 <!--paging_filter--><p>David Lee Roth had some choice words for a fan who threw a beer onstage at Van Halen’s August 27 performance in Camden, New Jersey.</p> <p>The group were just launching into “Dirty Movies” at the Susquehanna Bank Center when Roth stopped the show. </p> <p>“Somebody just threw a beer up here,” he said, while a roadie cleaned up the spillage. “In my younger day I would’ve promised I would’ve slept with [the thrower’s] girlfriend. At this point in my career, the roughest, most fucked insult I could probably make to this guy is that I probably already have slept with his wife. </p> <p>“Can you control that, motherfucker?” he continued. “I’ll talk to you later, sweetheart.”</p> <p>Eddie Van Halen laughed, and Roth kicked the band back into action while issuing a parting shot. </p> <p>“The next time, you save the beer for me, you slime,” then made an obscene gesture with the mic and flipped the thrower the bird.</p> <p>Van Halen are currently on their North American tour, which runs through October 2, when they play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. <a href="http://www.van-halen.com/2015tourdates.html">You can find their remaining tour dates here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RVSGBhJdXfA" 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="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/roth-erupts-and-van-halen-stop-show-when-fan-throws-beer-onstage-video-nsfw/25378#comments Van Halen Videos News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:13:30 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25378 at http://www.guitarworld.com Aerosmith Premiere "Walk This Way" from 'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/aerosmith-premiere-walk-way-aerosmith-rocks-donington-2014-video/25376 <!--paging_filter--><p>Aerosmith have announced the release of <em><a href="http://www.aerosmithrocksdonington.com/">Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.</a></em></p> <p>Due out September 4, the 20-song collection captures the legendary band delivering a scorching career-spanning show at Donington Park in Leicestershire, U.K., in June 2014. </p> <p>Below, you can check out a just-released clip of "Walk This Way" from the film, plus a another trailer.</p> <p> Filmed in high definition, the concert film—which premiered in February with a successful nationwide theatrical run—will be available on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe. <a href="http://www.aerosmithrocksdonington.com/">It's available for preorder now.</a></p> <p>Headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford unleashed supercharged versions of “Love in an Elevator,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” “Walk This Way” (check it out below), “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys in the Attic,” “Mama Kin” and many more.</p> <p> In the <em>Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014</em> liner notes, David Wild—contributing editor from <em>Rolling Stone</em>—describes the performance as having “the same kind of power and overwhelming passion that has always remained at the very heart of the live Aerosmith experience…So whether you were fortunate enough to be there among the crowds at Donington Park that gloriously atmospheric night in 2014--or more likely, if you are just lucky enough to catch up after the fact today--there is only one appropriate shared reaction to what you are seeing and hearing here: genuine rock &amp; roll shock and awe.”</p> <p> "It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”</p> <p> “We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” recalls Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”</p> <p> "We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014,” Tom Hamilton adds. “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”</p> <p><strong>For more about Aerosmith, visit <a href="http://www.aerosmith.com/">aerosmith.com</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/aerosmith">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BOSX7x7gDXA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014</em> track listing:</strong></p> <p>1) Train Kept A-Rollin’<br /> 2) Eat The Rich<br /> 3) Love In An Elevator<br /> 4) Cryin’<br /> 5) Jaded<br /> 6) Livin’ On The Edge<br /> 7) Last Child<br /> 8) Freedom Fighter<br /> 9) Same Old Song And Dance<br /> 10) Janie’s Got A Gun<br /> 11) Toys In The Attic<br /> 12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing<br /> 13) No More No More<br /> 14) Come Together<br /> 15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)<br /> 16) Walk This Way<br /> 17) Home Tonight<br /> 18) Dream On<br /> 19) Sweet Emotion<br /> 20) Mama Kin</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3xV4SPYw-as" 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="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/aerosmith-premiere-walk-way-aerosmith-rocks-donington-2014-video/25376#comments Aerosmith News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:20:42 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25376 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Hotel California" Vs. "Stairway to Heaven" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-hotel-california-vs-stairway-to-heaven <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”HOTEL CALIFORNIA,” EAGLES<br /> <em>Hotel California</em> (1976)</strong></p> <p>The title track from ‘Hotel California’ is described by the band members as their take on the “high life in Lost Angeles.” </p> <p>“Hotel California” was certified Gold three months after its release by the Recording Industry of America, which represents one million copies shipped. The song is one of the most well-known rock anthems, withstanding the test of time and continuing to do well in the digital age.</p> <p>The tale of innocence lost and wisdom through experience are points that hit home with listeners, as well as the consistent strumming of acoustic guitar in the background, and a mixture of funk and Spanish influence intermingled in “Hotel California.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fmAV9_9_pk8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>"STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN," LED ZEPPELIN<br /> <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> (1971)</strong> </p> <p><em>Led Zeppelin III</em> was largely an unplugged affair, but "Stairway to Heaven," from the band's follow-up, wins the prize for acoustic guitar excellence. </p> <p>Jimmy Page's delicately fingerpicked arpeggios made the song Zeppelin's-and rock's-definitive acoustic moment. </p> <p>Over the years, "Stairway to Heaven" has dominated countless "greatest rock song ever" lists, thanks to its spellbinding mix of lyrical mysticism, compositional and production genius and instrumental virtuosity. </p> <p>But its most celebrated moment remains Page's unaccompanied intro: whether heard on a radio or played by some pimply kid in a guitar store, all it takes is those first few acoustic guitar notes and you can instantly name that tune.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BcL---4xQYA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9044718.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9044718/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Hotel California" Vs. "Stairway to Heaven"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277126392/the-best-acoustic-rock-song-of-all-time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277126392/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_74351" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-hotel-california-vs-stairway-to-heaven#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Hotel California Led Zeppelin News Stairway to Heaven The Eagles Blogs News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:35:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25362 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Fade to Black" Vs. "Crazy on You" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-fade-to-black-vs-crazy-on-you <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"FADE TO BLACK," METALLICA<br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em> (1984)</strong></p> <p>Recorded way back in the early days of thrash, "Fade to Black" is rightly acknowledged as the genre's first "power ballad."</p> <p>A seven-minute rumination on despair and suicide, the song is built around singer and guitarist James Hetfield's mournful, arpeggiated acoustic picking, over which Kirk Hammett adds some beautiful and soaring electric leads. </p> <p> Of course, this being Metallica, things remain sweet and mellow for only so long. Midway through, the song builds in intensity, shifting rhythms and adding plenty of heavily distorted six-strings, culminating in an extended and explosive Hammett solo. </p> <p>While hardcore metalheads at the time accused Metallica of selling out by recording a ballad, "Fade to Black" remains one of the group's most well-known and beloved songs, and it is a concert staple to this day. Besides, as Hetfield has said, "Limiting yourself to please your audience is bullshit."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WEQnzs8wl6E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”CRAZY ON YOU," HEART<br /> <em>Dreamboat Annie</em> (1976)</strong></p> <p>Beginning with an impressive acoustic guitar intro by Nancy Wilson followed by words of lust and the desire sang by Ann Wilson, Heart debuted strong with their first American single. </p> <p>Off of 'Dreamboat Annie,' released in 1976, the song was played heavily on the airwaves and received attention because of a rarity at the time — the guitar player was female. </p> <p>Nancy Wilson remarked that the quick acoustic rhythm intro was inspired by “Question” by the Moody Blues. The lyrics were written about the stress that social unrest and the Vietnam War had caused in the U.S. in the early ‘70s, and the want to forget about it all in the heat of the moment. Although only peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, “Crazy On You” still remains a Heart classic. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4gpNqB4dnT4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9044705.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9044705/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Fade to Black" Vs. "Crazy on You"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277003479/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277003479/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_10993" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/heart">Heart</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-fade-to-black-vs-crazy-on-you#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Crazy on You Fade to Black Heart Metallica News Blogs News Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:35:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25361 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Wanted Dead or Alive" Vs. "Dust In The Wind" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wanted-dead-or-alive-vs-dust-in-the-wind <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>"WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE," BON JOVI<br /> <em>Slippery When Wet</em> (1986)</strong> </p> <p>The story is legend: Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora ride into the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, do the acoustic-duo thing on "Wanted Dead or Alive," and before you can say "dreadnought," the Unplugged series is born. The song is no slouch either. </p> <p>On it, Sambora lays down some fancy acoustic finger work, picking out descending arpeggios and bluesy bends as JBJ rolls his fascination with the Old West into a story about the weariness of life on the road. The result was a smash hit, insuring that Bon Jovi would see a million faces and rock them all for many years to come.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mqyrt7RCgsg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>"DUST IN THE WIND," KANSAS<br /> <em>Point of Know Return</em> (1977)</strong> </p> <p>When Vicci Livgren overheard her husband, Kansas guitarist Kerry, practicing finger exercises on his acoustic one day, she told him she heard a song there and suggested he add some lyrics. He listened, and the result was "Dust in the Wind." </p> <p>A departure from Kansas' characteristic prog-rock bombast, "Dust in the Wind" was a stark, plaintive meditation on the meaning of life. </p> <p>While many assume that the track features a 12-string acoustic, the rich unplugged sound is actually the result of multiple six-strings (a few in Nashville tuning), played by Livgren and co-guitarist Rich Williams. </p> <p>The song became Kansas' only Top-10 single, charting at Number Six in 1978. In the years since, it has become something of a cultural touchstone, popping up everywhere from TV shows like <em>The Simpsons</em> and <em>Family Guy</em> to movies like <em>Bill &amp; Ted's Excellent Adventure</em> and <em>Old School</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tH2w6Oxx0kQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9044682.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9044682/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Dust In The Wind" Vs "Wanted Dead or Alive"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/276864268/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/276864268/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_56083" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wanted-dead-or-alive-vs-dust-in-the-wind#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Bon Jovi Dust In The Wind Kansas News Wanted Dead or Alive Blogs News Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:35:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25360 at http://www.guitarworld.com Soilwork's David Andersson Premieres "The Ride Majestic" Playthrough Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/soilworks-david-andersson-premieres-ride-majestic-playthrough-video-exclusive/25367 <!--paging_filter--><p>In the exclusive video below, Soilwork's David Andersson discusses the band's new—and 10th—album, <em>The Ride Majestic,</em> which was <a href="http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB">released today via Nuclear Blast Records.</a></p> <p>He also plays plenty of guitar in the clip, even providing a playthrough of "The Ride Majestic (Aspire Angelic)," the title track from the new album.</p> <p><em>The Ride Majestic</em> is available in various formats (CD, vinyl, TS/CD bundle) <a href="http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB">right here, right now.</a> </p> <p>Since we're on the topic, be sure to join Bjorn “Speed” Strid and Dirk Verbeuren to hear the new album at the official <em>The Ride Majestic</em> NYC listening party, which takes place 9 tonight (August 28) at Duff’s Brooklyn (168 Marcy Ave., Williamsburg). There's no cover at the door; you must be 21+ with ID to enter. This event is open to the public.</p> <p>This fall, Soilwork will arrive in the U.S. to kick off their We Sold Our Souls to Metal tour in support of Soulfly, with additional special guests Decapitated and Shattered Sun. You can see all the dates below the new video.</p> <p><strong>For more about Soilwork, visit <a href="http://www.soilwork.org/">soilwork.org</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/soilwork">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LmH8weTwllE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>U.S. “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour</strong><br /> <em>For more info and tickets, visit <a href="http://www.soulfly.com/">soulfly.com.</a></em><br /> <em>SOULFLY, SOILWORK, DECAPITATED, SHATTERED SUN</em></p> <p>9/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre<br /> 10/1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom<br /> 10/2 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre<br /> 10/3 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven<br /> 10/4 - Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre<br /> 10/6 - Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub<br /> 10/7 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite<br /> 10/8 - Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre<br /> 10/9 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre<br /> 10/10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater<br /> 10/12 - Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom<br /> 10/13 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom<br /> 10/14 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House Concert Venue<br /> 10/15 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre<br /> 10/16 - Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium - Rock &amp; Shock<br /> 10/18 - Columbus, OH @ Northland Performing Arts Center<br /> 10/19 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot<br /> 10/20 - New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre<br /> 10/21 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar<br /> 10/22 - Knoxville, TN @ The International<br /> 10/23 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade<br /> 10/24 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room<br /> 10/25 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre<br /> 10/27 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar<br /> 10/28 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room &amp; Garage<br /> 10/29 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!<br /> 10/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre<br /> 10/31 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red - no Soulfly<br /> 11/1 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick - no Soulfly</p> <p><em>Photo: Hannah Verbeuren</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/soilworks-david-andersson-premieres-ride-majestic-playthrough-video-exclusive/25367#comments David Andersson Guitar Playthrough Soilwork Videos News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:50:06 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25367 at http://www.guitarworld.com Watch Metallica's James Hetfield "Audition" for ‘Call of Duty’ — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-metallicas-james-hetfield-audition-call-duty-video/25373 <!--paging_filter--><p>As part of the <em>Call of Duty: Black Ops III</em> charity campaign to help military veterans find employment after their service, the charity group Omaze has released a new video showing celebrities “auditioning’ to play the role of a zombie in the video game. </p> <p>Among the people giving it their best is Metallica's James Hetfield. Check out the video below for the full audition reel.</p> <p>To find out more about the <em>Call of Duty</em> charity, visit <a href="http://www.omaze.com/">Omaze.</a> Everyone who donates also will be entered into a drawing to become a virtual zombie in ‘Black Ops III.’ </p> <p>Hopefully the winner will do as good a job as Hetfield and M. Shadows.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pFhie4746FY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-metallicas-james-hetfield-audition-call-duty-video/25373#comments Call of Duty James Hetfield Videos News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:37:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25373 at http://www.guitarworld.com 10 Essential Heavy Metal Documentaries You Need to Watch Now — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/10-essential-heavy-metal-documentaries-you-need-watch-now-video/25372 <!--paging_filter--><p>The recent success of the N.W.A. biopic, <em>Straight Outta Compton,</em> demonstrated that extreme music can be of extreme interest to audiences. </p> <p>And so, we've opted to take a look at some great metal movies. </p> <p>Of course, there aren’t too many heavy metal biopics out there (other than maybe this one), so instead, here are 10 artist-specific documentaries that are definitely worth your precious time. Grab the popcorn.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>10. Ozzy Osbourne: <em>God Bless Ozzy Osbourne</em></strong></p> <p>Despite being co-produced by Ozzy’s son Jack, this film takes a surprisingly candid look at the Prince of Darkness. The stories recounted by former band mates like Bill Ward and former tour mates like Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee are, as would be expected, hilarious and often debased. But it’s the interactions between Ozzy and his family, and the examination of his decades-long battle with drugs and alcohol, that are the heart of the movie.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/16_7P6TmeJ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>9. Anvil: <em>Anvil! The Story of Anvil</em></strong></p> <p>Even people who aren’t into metal fell hard for this hard-luck story about an early Eighties Canadian act who became almost-famous, only to spend the next two decades slogging it out in virtual obscurity. Fittingly, since the release of the film Anvil have enjoyed more success than they ever did in their prime, releasing new albums, touring extensively and playing shows with the likes of AC/DC.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FF4H8lB2Y_o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>8. Motley Crue: <em>Uncensored</em></strong></p> <p>A promo-video-plus-behind-the-scenes footage collection, ‘Uncensored’ stands as a gloriously decadent documentation of glam metal in its mid-Eighties heyday. Wanna know what the Sunset Strip scene was like? Look no further than one Vince Neil being interviewed half-naked…as he’s surrounded by well-endowed women…and having a drink…in a pool…that’s in the back of a limousine.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2r9J3jbKFUI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>7. Lemmy Kilmister: <em>Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch</em></strong></p> <p>Lemmy, as they say, is God. This documentary shows you why.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mOmcIf8Io9M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>6. Metallica: <em>Some Kind of Monster</em></strong></p> <p>Metallica has been maligned and even ridiculed over the years for their employment of a “performance-enhancing coach” to work out issues between band mates—a situation that forms the crux of much of this movie. But the fact remains that ‘Some Kind of Monster’ is a brave pulling back of the curtain by the world’s biggest metal band, who expose all their messy insides for the whole world to see.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eE4wmmnahnk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>5. Alice Cooper: <em>Super Duper Alice Cooper</em></strong></p> <p>Alice Cooper might not be metal, per se, but his musical offspring—everyone from Marilyn Manson to Rammstein to Rob Zombie—certainly are. What’s more, this excellent 2014 documentary, which features amazing archival footage of the ‘Coop in action, demonstrates that, in his prime, he just may have been the scariest of them all. Just ask the poor chicken who had the misfortune of encountering him onstage…</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wQEh9ZaiJqs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>4. Cannibal Corpse: <em>Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years</em></strong></p> <p>This three-hour-plus documentary of the seminal death metal act’s first two decades is shockingly inclusive, with home-video footage of seemingly every step in their long, trailblazing and often disgusting career. As Ice-T aptly puts it in one of the many talking-head appearances, “Yo! This is some crazy shit right here!”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-5q4wi_hYx8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>3. Pantera: <em>3: Watch It Go</em></strong></p> <p>The Cowboys from Hell certainly raised plenty of it onstage. But as their home videos attest—and none more so than ’3′—the insanity continued basically everywhere else. Among other antics, witness the band members, along with crew and friends, destroy dressing rooms and cars, play of juvenile pranks on one another, and do plenty of drinking and puking—and in one case, even shitting in the woods.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AwvcNl5oyHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>2. Iron Maiden: <em>Flight 666</em></strong></p> <p>Iron Maiden’s 1985 ‘Live After Death’ concert film stands among the greatest live metal videos of all time. So how to top it? By producing another onstage doc that not only includes incredible live performances, but also footage of your singer flying the entire band from massive show to massive show on their own private plane—cheekily dubbed Ed Force One.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6yY4vrpb3rM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>1. Celtic Frost: <em>A Dying God</em></strong></p> <p>This 2008 doc, directed by Swiss journalist Adrian Winkler, follows Celtic Frost on their 2006-2007 reunion tour in support of their final studio album, ‘Monotheist.’ In addition to capturing the rejuvenated band live onstage across Europe, Japan and the U.S., there’s also plenty of interview segments with Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Martin Ain about the history and then-present state of the influential group. </p> <p>But the real bonus is awesome archival footage of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost in their early days, including an entertaining interview/live performance segment from Swiss television in 1985.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6HN8kGB4urg" 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="/ozzy-osbourne">Ozzy Osbourne</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/10-essential-heavy-metal-documentaries-you-need-watch-now-video/25372#comments Anvil Metallica Ozzy Osbourne Guitar World Lists Videos News Features Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:09:23 +0000 Richard Bienstock 25372 at http://www.guitarworld.com