Hello there! Welcome to my first Guitar World column. I'm looking forward to sharing with you in these pages my thoughts on playing, equipment and the music business. Actually, this isn't the first time I've written a column — I used to do one many years ago for an English music magazine called Beat Instrumental. I did it for about eight months and it was great fun, and I'm sure this one will be too.
Using the same technology that powers the company's B9 and C9 Organ Machine pedals, Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the new Key9 pedal, which emulates classic Wurlitzer and Rhodes sounds as well as organ, vibraphone, marimba, steel drums and a Dytronics-style rackmount chorus.
Multi-instrumentalist Jared Dines has posted a new video, "Guitarists on Drugs." It's his take on how guitarists behave and play when they've taken stimulants—pretty much everything from alcohol to LSD to flakka.
This past Saturday night, Foo Fighters performed the first of three U.K. make-up gigs following Dave Grohl's fractured leg. To make up for the belated gig, Grohl and company treated the Milton Keynes, England, fans to a performance of David Bowie's "Under Pressure," featuring Queen's Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.
“It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard. In that moment heavy metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England, barely out of their teens."
This time, Tina—who has covered everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Eddie Van Halen to DragonForce—tackles Jason Becker's "Altitudes." The song, which was written by Becker, is the opening track from Becker's iconic 1988 album, Perpetual Burn.