News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/soundcloud.com/www.guitartv.com/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ehttp%3A/vansw.. en Artist Captures James Hetfield, Joe Satriani, Slash and Others Shredding Without Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-captures-james-hetfield-joe-satriani-slash-others-shredding-without-their-guitars/25138 <!--paging_filter--><p>Brooklyn-based artist Fred Stesney has created a set of portraits of some of rock's most legendary six-string artists...without their guitars. </p> <p>You've probably seen the images Stesney modeled these drawings after, but you definitely haven't seen them like this. </p> <p>Says Stesney: </p> <p>"Guitar players can get away with making some funny faces and postures, but when you take away the six-stringed excuse, they look pretty silly."</p> <p><strong>Check out Stesney's drawings in the gallery below! And check out his other work at <a href="https://www.behance.net/fredstesney/">behance.net.</a></strong></p> <p><em>Remember to click on the "magnifying glass" symbol to take a closer look at each photo!</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="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-captures-james-hetfield-joe-satriani-slash-others-shredding-without-their-guitars/25138#comments Angus Young Fred Stesney James Hetfield Joe Satriani Slash Galleries News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:34:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25138 at http://www.guitarworld.com Led Zeppelin Wraps Up Reissue Campaign with 'Presence,' 'In Through the Out Door' and 'Coda' http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-wraps-reissue-campaign-presence-through-out-door-and-coda/25139 <!--paging_filter--><p>Friday, July 31, Jimmy Page will officially wrap up his massive Led Zeppelin reissue campaign with the release of remastered and expanded versions of 1976's <em>Presence</em>, 1979's <em>In Through the Out Door</em> and 1982's <em>Coda</em>.</p> <p>Like the reissues of the band's previous LP's, each album will include a remastered copy of the original album, plus a second disc of previously unreleased music culled from the band members' vaults. </p> <p>Each release also will be available as a single album, a single vinyl LP, a deluxe double-LP, digital download and a super-deluxe box set that features the CDs, LPs, a download card, a 70-page book with previously unseen photos and memorabilia and a high-quality print of the album cover.</p> <p>You can check out a trailer for the updated version of <em>Coda</em> below.</p> <p>Here are the track listings for the deluxe editions' companion audio discs (the songs remain the same on the original LPs):</p> <p><strong><em>Presence</em> (Companion Audio)</strong></p> <p>01. "Two Ones Are Won" (Achilles Last Stand - Reference Mix)<br /> 02. "For Your Life" (Reference Mix)<br /> 03. "10 Ribs &amp; All/Carrot Pod Pod (Pod)" (Reference Mix)<br /> 04. "Royal Orleans" (Reference Mix)<br /> 05. "Hots On For Nowhere" (Reference Mix)</p> <p><strong><em>In Through The Out Door</em> (Companion Audio)</strong><br /> 01. "In The Evening" (Rough Mix)<br /> 02. "Southbound Piano" (South Bound Saurez - Rough Mix)<br /> 03. "Fool In The Rain" (Rough Mix)<br /> 04. "Hot Dog" (Rough Mix)<br /> 05. "The Epic" (Carouselambra - Rough Mix)<br /> 06. "The Hook" (All My Love - Rough Mix)<br /> 07. "Blot" (I'm Gonna Crawl - Rough Mix)</p> <p><strong><em>Coda</em> (Companion Audio)</strong></p> <p><strong>Disc One</strong></p> <p>01."We're Gonna Groove" (Alternate Mix)<br /> 02."If It Keeps On Raining" (When The Levee Breaks - Rough Mix)<br /> 03."Bonzo's Montreux" (Mix Construction In Progress)<br /> 04."Baby Come On Home"<br /> 05."Sugar Mama" ( Mix)<br /> 06. "Poor Tom" (Instrumental Mix)<br /> 07. "Travelling Riverside Blues" (BBC Session)<br /> 08. "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do"</p> <p><strong>Disc Two</strong></p> <p>01."Four Hands" (Four Sticks - Bombay Orchestra)<br /> 02."Friends" (Bombay Orchestra)<br /> 03."St. Tristan's Sword" (Rough Mix)<br /> 04."Desire" (The Wanton Song - Rough Mix)<br /> 05."Bring It On Home" (Rough Mix)<br /> 06."Walter's Walk" (Rough Mix)<br /> 07."Everybody Makes It Through" (In The Light - Rough Mix)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1xkQX6GIys0" 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="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-wraps-reissue-campaign-presence-through-out-door-and-coda/25139#comments Led Zeppelin Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:51:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25139 at http://www.guitarworld.com Trivium Premiere New Song, "Silence in the Snow," Announce New Album Details http://www.guitarworld.com/trivium-premiere-new-song-announce-new-album-details/25135 <!--paging_filter--><p>Trivium have premiered a new song and music video, titled "Silence in the Snow." </p> <p>They also have announced a new album, also titled <em>Silence in the Snow</em>. The album is set for an October 2 release via Roadrunner Records. </p> <p>"For those of you wondering, this song was written for <em>Shogun</em> and is basically almost the same as it was, so <em>Shogun</em> fans rejoice; didn’t like <em>Shogun</em>? You may not dig this," said frontman Matt Heafy. </p> <p>"But know that since I was 12, I wanted to be a great singer. I screamed because I couldn’t sing. I am proud and excited to finally be able to do what I love, the way I love."</p> <p>Check out the music video for "Silence in the Snow" below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PcIlZ3luYHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/trivium-premiere-new-song-announce-new-album-details/25135#comments Trivium Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:12:26 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25135 at http://www.guitarworld.com Faith No More Premiere Live "Superhero" Video http://www.guitarworld.com/faith-no-more-premeire-live-superhero-video/25136 <!--paging_filter--><p>Faith No More have posted a live video for the single “Superhero.”</p> <p>The track is from <em>Sol Invictus</em>, the band's first new studio album in 17 years. The video was shot May 8 at the Fillmore in Detroit.</p> <p>You can check out the video—and the band's upcoming tour dates—below. </p> <p><strong>Faith No More Tour Dates:</strong></p> <p>July 30 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park +<br /> July 31 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater +<br /> August 1 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts +<br /> August 2 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion +<br /> August 4 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion +<br /> August 5 New York, NY Theater at Madison Square Garden +<br /> August 7 Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum +<br /> August 8 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal<br /> September 6 Seattle, WA Bumbershoot<br /> September 8 Denver, CO Red Rock Amphitheatre<br /> September 11 Chicago, IL Riot Fest<br /> September 15 Guacima, Costa Rica Parque Viva<br /> September 18 Bogota, Columbia Royal Center<br /> September 20 Buenos Aires, Argentina Luna Park<br /> September 24 Sao Paulo, Brazil Anhembi Arena<br /> September 25 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock in Rio<br /> September 28 Santiago, Chile Get Louder<br /> October 25 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival</p> <p>North American support:<br /> + - Refused</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YX1YGMu9f-U" 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="/faith-no-more">Faith No More</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/faith-no-more-premeire-live-superhero-video/25136#comments Faith No More Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:08:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25136 at http://www.guitarworld.com Electro-Harmonix 22500 Dual Stereo Looper Now Shipping — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/electro-harmonix-22500-dual-stereo-looper-now-shipping-demo-video/25134 <!--paging_filter--><p>Electro-Harmonix has announced that its 22500 Dual Stereo Looper is now shipping. The company also has shared a demo video that shows off the pedal's many features. </p> <p>The 22500 Dual Stereo Looper is flexible, extensively featured pedal looper that allows for easy operation of two loops at the same time.</p> <p>It employs two high-quality, uncompressed audio tracks that can be played in parallel or series to enable the player to punch in and out harmonies and rhythms or use each loop as different sections of a song. </p> <p>For more information about Electro-Harmonix, visit <a href="http://www.ehx.com/">ehx.com.</a> If you'd like more info on the 22500 in particular, you can check out Electro-Harmonix's <a href="http://www.newsensor.com/Manuals/22500-manual.pdf">official owner's manual</a> for the pedal. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/evGGPmJgchU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/electro-harmonix-22500-dual-stereo-looper-now-shipping-demo-video/25134#comments EHX Electro-Harmonix Videos Effects News Gear Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:48:28 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25134 at http://www.guitarworld.com Iron Maiden Release 30 Seconds of New Music from 'The Book of Souls' http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maiden-release-30-seconds-new-music-book-souls/25133 <!--paging_filter--><p>U.K. metal legends Iron Maiden have released 30 seconds' worth of music from their upcoming studio album, <em>The Book of Souls.</em> </p> <p>Check out the 30 seconds below and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook.</p> <p>Guitar fans should be happy—since it's basically 30 seconds of a probably-much-longer guitar solo. </p> <p>The album's first single will be available August 14. <em>The Book of Souls</em> will be released September 4, and you can <a href="http://ironmaiden.shop.musictoday.com/page/The-Book-of-Souls">pre-order it right here, right now.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CBDanCsgVkM" 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="/iron-maiden">Iron Maiden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maiden-release-30-seconds-new-music-book-souls/25133#comments Iron Maiden song premiere The Book of Souls News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:34:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25133 at http://www.guitarworld.com Gary Clark Jr. Announces New Album, 'The Story of Sonny Boy Slim,' Headlining Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-announces-new-album-story-sonny-boy-slim-headlining-tour/25132 <!--paging_filter--><p>Gary Clark Jr. has announced his second solo album, <em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em>. </p> <p>The album, which is set for a September 11 release via Warner Bros., can be pre-ordered <a href="http://www.garyclarkjr.com/gcjsosbs/">right here.</a></p> <p>Pre-ordering the album gives you instant downloads of two new album tracks, "The Healing" and "Grinder."</p> <p><em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em> was written, produced, arranged by Clark, who also plays most of the instruments, with assistance from his longtime live soundman, Bharath "Cheex" Ramanath, plus and Jason Sciba. </p> <p>Clark also has announced a fall/spring headlining tour that will take him to venues across the U.S. Every ticket purchased online for this tour will come with a standard digital download of <em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em>. You can check out the tour dates below. </p> <p>Oct 31 Boston, MA H.O.B.<br /> Nov 1 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore<br /> Feb 18 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live<br /> Feb 19 Miami, FL The Fillmore<br /> Feb 20 Lake Buena Vista, FL H.O.B.<br /> Feb 21 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall<br /> Feb 23 Birmingham, AL Iron City<br /> Feb 24 Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theater<br /> Feb 26 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium<br /> Feb 28 St. Louis, MO The Pageant<br /> Mar 1 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom<br /> Mar 4 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Ballroom<br /> Mar 6 Dallas, TX H.O.B.<br /> Mar 8 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls<br /> Mar 12 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl<br /> Mar 31 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater<br /> Apr 1 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater<br /> Apr 2 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue<br /> Apr 3 Omaha, NE Slowdown<br /> Apr 5 Denver, CO Ogden Theater<br /> Apr 8 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot<br /> Apr 9 Boise, ID Knitting Factory<br /> Apr 10 Seattle, WA Moore Theater<br /> Apr 12 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom<br /> Apr 14 Portland, OR Roseland Theater</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ydn6F4TRfeI" 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="/gary-clark-jr">Gary Clark Jr.</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-announces-new-album-story-sonny-boy-slim-headlining-tour/25132#comments Gary Clark Jr. News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:22:12 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 25132 at http://www.guitarworld.com Synth City: 10 Classic Guitar Synth Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/synth-city-10-classic-guitar-synth-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's an ode to a piece of gadgetry rarely heralded on GuitarWorld.com, something that has brought a whole new world of sounds to guitarists' fingertips: the guitar synthesizer, aka the guitar synth.</p> <p>A guitar synth is a synth module whose input device is a guitar instead of a keyboard. To quote Norm Leet from Roland's UK website, "The most important part of a guitar synth system is the divided—or hexaphonic—pickup, which allows each string to be treated individually and for the attached synth to be able to detect finger vibrato and string bending." </p> <p>At first these systems were farily sizable, taking up so much space that they had to be housed in specially designed guitars that were part of the entire synth system. Today's synth systems, however, are tiny things that can fit into pretty much any guitar.</p> <p>Modern systems send the pitch information as MIDI to allow you to control external modules or keyboards. This also means that pitch information can be recorded by a MIDI sequencer. </p> <p>Countless artists have dipped their toes into the world of guitar synths—everyone from Eric Clapton to Steve Hackett to Eric Johnson and Jeff Loomis—and some players made it a massive part of their sound, including Pat Metheny, Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew. Carlos Alomar even recorded an entire album for synth guitar—1990's <em>Dream Generator</em>. </p> <p>Here are 10 classic songs that feature guitar synths. They demonstrate at least some of the many dreamy, bizarre sounds (or "soundscapes," as some people like to say in this context), these devices can create.</p> <p>10. <strong>"Stranger In a Strange Land," Iron Maiden, <em>Somewhere in Time</em>, 1986</strong></p> <p>After completing a masterful trilogy of albums with 1984's <em>Powerslave</em>, Iron Maiden took a turn for the progressive, unleashing a barrage of synth guitars on their listeners with their sixth studio album, <em>Somewhere in Time</em>. </p> <p>Easing their fans into the idea, the album's first single, "Wasted Years," was the only track on the album to feature no synthesizers at all. Its follow-up, "Stranger in a Strange Land"—the tale of an Arctic explorer frozen and lost in time—featured Adrian Smith and Dave Murray's guitars processed through synth effects, giving their dual guitar attack a distinctive larger-than-life chorus sound.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ry42FHfz67A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 09. <strong>"Never Make You Cry," Eric Clapton, <em>Behind the Sun</em>, 1985</strong></p> <p>By the mid-'80s, the guitar synth was officially a bandwagon, and even ol' Slowhand himself, Eric Clapton, hopped on—if only briefly.</p> <p>Clapton used a Roland guitar synth to record "Never Make You Cry" from his successful 1985 album, <em>Behind the Sun</em>, which was co-produced by Phil Collins of Genesis (a major guitar synth band, especially during the <em>Duke</em> tour). </p> <p>It's only fitting that Clapton experimented with cutting-edge technology on <em>Behind the Sun</em>, the album that kicked off a period of slick commercial releases by the venerable guitarist, including 1986's <em>August</em> and 1989's <em>Journeyman</em>. </p> <p>Before its release, he had been coasting along on a series of rootsy, laidback, Band- and J.J. Cale-inspired albums, from 1974's <em>461 Ocean Boulevard</em> to 1983's <em>Money and Cigarettes</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E8nC6e4OI4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 08. <strong>"Are You Going With Me?," Pat Metheny, <em>Offramp</em>, 1982</strong></p> <p>Over the decades, guitarist Pat Matheny has become closely associated with Roland guitar synths—especially the GR-300. But it all started with his 1982 album, <em>Offramp</em>, which featured his first documented use of the Roland GR-300.</p> <p>The album features the samba-based "Are You Going With Me?," which has since become a trademark Metheny song. Its lengthy, trancelike guitar solo is played on the Roland. Check it out below.</p> <p>Metheny still uses his GR-300, which has since been discontinued by the company.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qY8z1w1JzMs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 07. <strong>"Who's to Blame," Jimmy Page, <em>Death Wish II,</em> 1982</strong></p> <p>In 1981, former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was asked to compose and record the <em>Death Wish II</em> soundtrack by his neighbor, director Michael Winner. </p> <p>It was just what Page needed—an opportunity to start creating music again, now that John Bonham (and with him, Led Zeppelin) was gone.</p> <p>Page mirrored the film's moodiness and edginess with a slew of new devices, including the Roland GR-505 guitar synth and TR-808 Rhythm Composer. The guitar synth can be heard on the entire soundtrack album, which was recently re-released on JimmyPage.com in a "heavyweight vinyl package." Only 1,000 copies were made.</p> <p>Page continued experimenting with guitar synths and even appeared in several Roland print advertisements in the early to mid-'80s.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jF8X0t-Fllw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 06. <strong>"Venus Isle," Eric Johnson, <em>Venus Isle</em>, 1996</strong></p> <p>Texas guitar great Eric Johnson started dabbling with guitar synths in the late '80s, but he didn't seriously record with them until his 1996 album, <em>Venus Isle</em>, an album full of what he calls "extra textures." </p> <p>Johnson uses a Roland guitar synth to create those textures on several tracks, including "Mountain," "Battle We Have Won," "When the Sun Meets the Sky" and the title track, which you can check out below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RypgfOTUNRI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 05. <strong>"Discipline," King Crimson, <em>Discipline</em>, 1981</strong></p> <p>If you were putting together a dream team of guitar synthists, you'd probably want King Crimson's Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew batting third and fourth in your lineup.</p> <p>The guitarists were among the most proficient guitar synth users of their generation, and Fripp continues to push the boundaries of synthetic sound with his mesmerizing Soundscapes shows.</p> <p>On King Crimson's <em>Discipline</em> album, Fripp and Belew made great and bountiful use of the Roland GR-300. On later albums, they moved into GR-700 territory.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_-dZNzXylVE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 04. <strong>"Racing in A," Steve Hackett, <em>Please Don't Touch,</em> 1978</strong></p> <p>The upbeat and catchy "Racing in A" is from Steve Hackett's <em>Please Don't Touch</em> album from 1978. </p> <p>It was the first solo album he recorded after leaving Genesis and his first album to feature his pioneering work with the Roland GR-500 guitar synth. </p> <p>"Racing in A" is a five-minute-long progressive-rock masterpiece that glides along for more than a minute with its almost-Yes-like rhythm before the vocals kick in (But Hackett keeps the spotlight squarely on the GR-500). </p> <p>As is the case with several other selections on this list, be sure to check out the entire <em>Please Don't Touch</em> album for more examples of Hackett's guitar synth work.</p> <p>By the way, that's Hackett's photo at the top of this page (and all the pages in this story). </p> <p><strong>NOTE: We've included a cool live performance of "Racing in A," plus (for the purists), the studio version.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NDIj1plyU04" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wkxk4IAmWvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 03. <strong>"Turbo Lover," Judas Priest, <em>Turbo</em>, 1986</strong></p> <p>"Turbos were all the rage, the in-thing," said Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill of the mid-1980s. "I'd even bought a vacuum cleaner because it had the word 'turbo' on it!"</p> <p>Perhaps this obsession with the super-charged is what lead the boys in Priest to experiment with guitar synthesizers on their 1986 classic "Turbo Lover." </p> <p>Taken from the album <em>Turbo</em>—easily among the most divisive albums for diehard fans—the song featured a whole new sonic palette for the band, with guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton employing guitar synths and anything else they could get their hands on to give the song its distinctive futuristic, sci-fi feel.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DdwuxoSHsSo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 02. <strong>"Don't Stand So Close to Me," The Police, <em>Zenyattà Mondatta</em>, 1980</strong></p> <p>"Don't Stand So Close to Me," which appeared on The Police's 1980 <em>Zenyattà Mondatta</em> album, features Andy Summers jamming away on an early Roland synth (He had a few models during the band's heyday, including a GR-707).</p> <p>"After Sting had put the vocals on 'Don't Stand So Close To Me,' we looked for something to lift the middle of the song," Summers said in 1981. "I came up with a guitar synthesizer. It was the first time we'd used it. I felt it worked really well."</p> <p>"I was sort of known for [guitar synth] then, and I was in a pretty high-profile band," Summer said in a more recent interview for Roland. "I was trying to fill out two hours with a trio, trying to keep it interesting all the way. The Roland synths blended in quite well."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KNIZofPB8ZM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 01. <strong>"Ashes to Ashes," David Bowie, <em>Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)</em>, 1980</strong></p> <p>It's Hammer time. Guitarist Chuck Hammer is an accomplished player and Emmy-nominated digital film composer who has recorded with Lou Reed, David Bowie and Guitarchitecture, to name just a few. </p> <p>But Hammer might be best known for his textural guitar synth work on "Ashes to Ashes" from Bowie's <em>Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)</em> album. Hammer used a Roland GR-500 with an Eventide Harmonizer to get the synthetic string sound that can be heard in the video below. He actually used four multi-tracked guitar synths, each one playing opposing chord inversions. Be sure to check out the rest of album, which features a healthy dose of Hammer.</p> <p><em>Rolling Stone</em> put Hammer in the category of "musical pioneers" along with guys like Robert Fripp and Allan Holdsworth.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YF_ESqYuhSQ" 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="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/iron-maiden">Iron Maiden</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/judas-priest">Judas Priest</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/synth-city-10-classic-guitar-synth-songs#comments Adrian Belew Andy Summers David Bowie Iron Maiden Judas Priest King Crimson Robert Fripp Roland The Police Guitar World Lists News Features Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:51:10 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart 15794 at http://www.guitarworld.com Rush's Alex Lifeson Discusses His History with PRS Guitars, R40 Tour and More — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/rushs-alex-lifeson-discusses-his-history-prs-guitars-rushs-r40-tour-video/25130 <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Alex Lifeson, one third of Canadian prog-rock legends Rush, recently sat down with the folks at PRS Guitars to discuss his history with the company and Rush's R40 tour in this exclusive video interview. </p> <p>You can check it out below. </p> <p>The R40 tour, which <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rush-announce-dates-for-likely-last-major-tour-of-this-magnitude-20150122/">just might be</a> the band's final major jaunt, wraps up Saturday in Los Angeles. </p> <p>For more about PRS Guitars, you can head on over to <a href="http://prsguitars.com/">their website.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1hRdXlksU6s" 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="/rush">Rush</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/rushs-alex-lifeson-discusses-his-history-prs-guitars-rushs-r40-tour-video/25130#comments Alex Lifeson PRS PRS Guitars Rush Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:12:44 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25130 at http://www.guitarworld.com Miss May I Premiere Grim "Deathless" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/miss-may-i-premiere-grim-deathless-music-video/25129 <!--paging_filter--><p>Miss May I have premiered the dark music video for their new single, "Deathless." </p> <p>The track is taken from the band's upcoming album of the same name, which is set for release on August 7 via Rise Records. You can pre-order it <a href="http://risepreorders5.merchnow.com/">here</a>. </p> <p>Miss May I are promoting <em>Deathless</em>, which was produced by Joey Sturgis and Nick Sampson and recorded at the Foundation Recording Studio in Connersville, Indiana, during the Vans Warped Tour. </p> <p>Check out the video below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0KmJS89v9dw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/miss-may-i-premiere-grim-deathless-music-video/25129#comments Miss May I Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:59:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25129 at http://www.guitarworld.com Jimmy Page Elaborates on His Solo Plans, Says New Material Might Be Instrumental http://www.guitarworld.com/jimmy-page-elaborates-solo-plans-says-new-material-may-be-instrumental/25128 <!--paging_filter--><p>After Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham, Jimmy Page wanted to stop playing. </p> <p>“I didn’t want to play the guitar,” Page tells <em>Rolling Stone</em>’s David Fricke in a <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jimmy-page-wraps-led-zeppelin-reissues-with-a-bang-20150729/">new interview</a>. “It was going to bring up too much.”</p> <p>But when he wraps up Led Zeppelin’s reissue project at the end of this month, Page plans to invest his energies fully in his instrument—and possibly to the exclusion of having a singer.</p> <p>“I’ll put my music together,” he says, “then think about whether I need to embellish it with a singer.”</p> <p>The guitarist said last February that he was getting in shape to perform live again, sometime closer to the end of this year. Last week, Page <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/jimmy-page-reveals-his-next-move-and-favorite-led-zeppelin-album--video/53122/">announced</a> that he had new material written and would be looking for musicians to work with on it. This new interview was the first time he has suggested he would be working instrumentally. </p> <p>Page has spent much of the past eight years involved in Led Zeppelin–related activities, beginning with the band’s December 2007 reunion concert, with Bonham’s son, Jason, on drums. That show, a tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, who signed Zeppelin to Atlantic Records in 1968, was packaged for the 2012 album and DVD release <em>Celebration Day</em>.</p> <p>The reissuing of Zeppelin’s entire catalog, including session outtakes, was many years in the making and finally saw light of day in June 2014. With the release of the final three albums—<em>Presence</em>, <em>In Through the Out Door</em> and the odds-and-ends collection <em>Coda</em>—on July 31, Page is ready to move on to new projects.</p> <p>Though Page has said publicly that he would like to get Led Zeppelin back together, singer Robert Plant has rejected the idea, much to Page’s disappointment. “He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it, to be honest with you,” Page told NME in 2014. “I don’t sing, so I can’t do much about it.”</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jimmy-page-elaborates-solo-plans-says-new-material-may-be-instrumental/25128#comments Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:58:27 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25128 at http://www.guitarworld.com Dear Guitar Hero: Buddy Guy Discusses Muddy Waters, Fender Strats, Touring with The Rolling Stones and More http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-buddy-guy-discusses-muddy-waters-fender-strats-touring-rolling-stones-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><em>He’s been called the greatest living guitarist by Eric Clapton, he’s played with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his new double album, </em>Rhythm and Blues<em>, is a powerhouse set with guest shots by Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart and Keith Urban. But what </em>Guitar World<em> readers really want to know is....</em></p> <p><strong>What’s the most important thing you learned from Muddy Waters? — Marc Merriwether</strong></p> <p>That you should play music for the love of it, not for the money. It’s 57 years since I first arrived in Chicago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and when I came here I didn’t have the slightest idea that I would be good enough to play guitar with Muddy or even make a record. I was working as a custodian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. </p> <p>But I come up to Chicago, and the next thing I know, Muddy was asking me to play. And I found out that the money Muddy was making wasn’t much more than I was making working day jobs at LSU. But here’s Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson…and they were having so much fun just playing. And I learned that they were playing for the love of music, not the love of money. </p> <p><strong>What are you driving these days? — Butch Teagarden</strong></p> <p>I’m into classic cars, man. I got a ’55 T-Bird, a ’58 Edsel and all them old cars. I got a lot of what they call “vintage” cars. Eric Clapton can spot one of them a mile away and then asks me how much I want for it. Eric talked me into buying a Ferrari about 20 years ago. </p> <p>I read that they had caught him driving one in Europe, and I think he was doing 170 miles an hour. The cops couldn’t catch him. They had to tell ’em to stop him in the next town. I asked him about it and he said, “Man, you must get a Ferrari. It sits down.” But that damn thing … You know, when you get to my age, there isn’t a lot of room inside a Ferrari. It’s like a prop plane. Even them big jumbo planes, if you go into the cockpit to see the pilot, he don’t have much room to move around or cross his legs and stuff. And every time I get in a Ferrari, I feel like I’m flying a plane. </p> <p><strong>Your string bends have always been awesome. What gauge strings do you use? — Paolo Sandoval</strong></p> <p>I was using very thin strings in the early days, when I made my first record, “Sit and Cry and Sing the Blues,” in 1958. I laugh about it now because they’d break so easily, being so thin. But they were real easy on your fingers. The thing is, I couldn’t always afford new strings when they broke. I’d go play a gig at night and I didn’t have but one string and could not afford another one. So I had to get heavier strings. </p> <p>Later on guys like Hendrix and Stevie Ray were using the really thick haywire strings, which would cut the tip of your finger if you bent them in the B.B. King style. B.B. King used to put glue on the tips of his fingers to protect the skin and keep them from bleeding. So right now I’m using an 11 for my first string, a 13 to 14 for the second, probably a 16 to 18 for the third. And for the wound strings I think I start around 28 and go up to 35 for the fifth string and maybe 40 for the number-six string. </p> <p><strong>What was it like opening the Rolling Stones in the Seventies? — Idriss Moussaka</strong></p> <p>In 1970, me and Junior Wells opened a whole tour for the Rolling Stones throughout Europe. And when you open a show for them, some fans are gonna look up and say, “That’s not the Rolling Stones!” Sometimes the few people there who knew us—two or three maybe—were okay. </p> <p>But the rest of the 40, 50 or 60 thousand were saying, “Who the hell is this?” A lot of people weren’t ready for me and Junior back then. But I kept saying to myself, “Well, they got us out here. Play a few licks and maybe you’ll sell a few more records next time you make one because somebody saw you with the Rolling Stones.” But it was exciting. And even today I get people right now coming up and saying, “I didn’t know who you was till I saw you on a stage with the Stones.”</p> <p><strong>How and when did you first know that that Fender Stratocaster was the guitar for you? — Doug Polanski </strong></p> <p>I saw the late Guitar Slim play when I was still very young. That was the first time I saw a Strat. He had a 100-foot cord coming in the door, playing “I Done Got Old.” And I’m saying, “Is that a guitar? What the hell is that?” Later on, I played with a guy named Big Poppa [Tilley]. He had a little three-piece band, two guitars and drums, and he played a little harmonica. And he bought a Strat for me to play in his band. </p> <p>That was the first time I got to play one. When I first came to Chicago, I had a Gibson Les Paul, but I was so in love with the Strat. So when the Les Paul got stolen, I got my first Strat, a ’57. One reason why I fell in love with the Strat back then was that acoustics and other guitars weren’t built so solid. If something happened, they could crack easy and all of that. Back then I couldn’t afford a new guitar if something happened to mine. </p> <p>And I found out the Strat has a steel rod in the neck and it was a solid piece of wood, so if you drop it you might scratch it, but you couldn’t hurt it. That’s what made me fall in love with it. Plus, Leo Fender had that tone and that sound on it, man. So I got hooked with that experience. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KRihhTQik2k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>How did you like recording “Messin’ with the Kid” with Kid Rock on your new album? — Peter Brown </strong></p> <p>We had a great time. “Messin’ with the Kid” was the biggest record by my late musical partner, Junior Wells. And I always said, “You know, I’m waitin’ on Kid Rock to do this song.” He laughed when I told him, and said, “Man, I’ll come in and do it. I never thought of that.” I told him, “I beat you to it.” Kid Rock and I go back a long way. He’s into the deep blues. </p> <p>He was there when they honored me at the Kennedy Center awards at the White House last year. He said, “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Every musician you know of, even some of the hip-hoppers, are into some of the things we did way back then. </p> <p><strong>What is the real origin of the polka dots on your Strat? — Mia Sanderson</strong></p> <p>Well, I’m the oldest boy in my family. There were five of us: three boys and two girls. And when I left Louisiana for Chicago 57 years ago, my mother had a stroke and didn’t want me to go. She wasn’t even able to walk or talk right anymore, but she got to where she could understand a few things and I could understand her. </p> <p>And I wanted to make her feel good, so I say, “Well, I’m gonna go to Chicago and make more money than I’m making here, and I’m gonna be sending you money back and you’ll see how well I’m doing. I’m gonna drive back down to you in a polka-dot Cadillac.” I knew I was lying to her. And when she passed away in 1968, I said to myself, “You lied to your mama and never got a chance to tell her you were lying.” That bothered me. </p> <p>And one day I said to myself, “You know what? I’m gonna see if Fender will make me a polka-dot Strat.” At first they said they couldn’t do it, but then they hired a guy who said, ‘We can do it.’ They made me one or two, and then they tried it out at the NAMM show. </p> <p>They made 100 or 200, just to see what would happen, and they let me know the 200 were gone before they even got there. These days, I think I own about seven or eight of them. But I got some sons and grandsons come up to see me now. And sometimes I open up a case after they leave and the guitar is gone!</p> <p><strong>“Poison Ivy” is a track you originally cut for Vanguard Records in 1968. What made you want to revisit it on <em>Rhythm and Blues</em>? — Mike Mulcahy</strong></p> <p>Did I record it before? I don’t remember that. I know I would sing it in person. But I wanted to do it on my new album to honor the late Willie Mabon, who had a hit on Chess Records with “Poison Ivy” [in 1954]. When we got in the studio we were doing mostly new songs, but I wanted to honor a few people like Willie Mabon, Junior Wells and Guitar Slim by doing some of their songs. </p> <p><strong>What do you think of the new young generation of blues guitarists? — Bob Andres</strong></p> <p>I think they’re great. Gary Clark Jr., he’s a young man who plays on my new album. I’m really pulling for him, because it takes young people to keep the blues alive. Like another young guy I’m promoting—Quinn Sullivan. When I first met him, he was seven and he was playing as well as Eric Clapton, me, B.B. King or Jeff Beck or any of those guys. </p> <p>How did he learn all that at seven years old? Here I’m 77 and I still haven’t found some of those notes! He just turned 14 and we got a CD coming out on him soon. You know, we don’t get much airplay on the blues anymore, for some strange reason, until some young kid come along. That’s what happened with the British guys, like the Stones and Clapton. They opened the door. And Stevie Ray and all of them. Youth is the one to keep the blues going. That’s what makes the world go ’round, and that is what we need for the blues. I know it would put a big smile on Muddy’s face.</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="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-buddy-guy-discusses-muddy-waters-fender-strats-touring-rolling-stones-and-more#comments Buddy Guy Dear Guitar Hero GW Archive October 2013 Interviews News Features Magazine Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:57:33 +0000 Alan di Perna 19129 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tab Book: Learn to Play Andy McKee's 'Art of Motion' Album http://www.guitarworld.com/tab-book-learn-play-andy-mckees-art-motion-album <!--paging_filter--><p>The tab book — <em>Andy McKee: </em>Art of Motion — is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</p> <p>The book features a dozen tracks from the 2005 album by this acclaimed folk fingerstyle guitarist in standard notation and tab, including: </p> <p>• Art of Motion<br /> • Drifting<br /> • For My Father<br /> • Heather's Song<br /> • Into the Ocean<br /> • Keys to the Hovercar<br /> • Rylynn<br /> • Shanghai </p> <p>... and more!</p> <p><strong>This 112-page book is <a href="<a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/andy-mckee-art-of-motion/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=ArtofMotion">available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $22.99.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/gWC9s3hH-cw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tab-book-learn-play-andy-mckees-art-motion-album#comments Andy McKee News Features Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:56:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20812 at http://www.guitarworld.com Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy Jam at Legends in 1989 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-buddy-guy-jam-legends-1989-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Some more incredibly rare video of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan in action has suddenly become available on YouTube.</p> <p>Below, watch Buddy Guy jamming with Vaughan on July 30, 1989, at <a href="http://www.buddyguy.com/">Buddy Guy's Legends</a> in Chicago.</p> <p>The event? It was Guy's 53rd birthday party.</p> <p>This video mysteriously appeared on YouTube March 19. We think the top commenter (on YouTube) puts it best:</p> <p>"Wow is all I can say!!!!! I've heard this was video taped from a few people, even saw a couple grainy photos from said video. But I never thought any of this would see the light of day! Please tell me the whole thing was recorded!!?" </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gr-DVjbrMaM" 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/damian_fanelli/">Instagram.</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="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-buddy-guy-jam-legends-1989-video#comments Buddy Guy Damian Fanelli SRVDF Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:30:44 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23804 at http://www.guitarworld.com Aborted Premiere "The Necrotic Manifesto" Playthrough Video http://www.guitarworld.com/aborted-premiere-necrotic-manifesto-playthrough-video/25127 <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "The Necrotic Manifesto," a new playthrough video by Belgian death metal mainstays Aborted.</p> <p>It features guitarists Danny Tunker and Mendel bij de leij. Check it out below and tell us what you think! </p> <p>The band recently wrapped up their most intensive touring cycle, including a U.S. co-headlining tour with Fit for an Autopsy. Now they're working on the followup to <em>The Necrotic Manifesto,</em> which should be ready for a spring 2016 release on Century Media Records. </p> <p><Strong>For more about Aborted, follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Abortedofficial?fref=ts">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tn2JXC8XO_g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/aborted-premiere-necrotic-manifesto-playthrough-video/25127#comments Aborted Danny Tunker Guitar Playthrough Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:23:34 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25127 at http://www.guitarworld.com