News en Dear Guitar Hero: Richard Williams Discusses Kansas' History, Versatility and Lasting Influence <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Richard Williams. He’s played on every Kansas album since with the group’s self-titled 1974 debut. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is…</em></p> <p><strong>Why do you think the Seventies produced so many iconic bands? — Rich Fazio</strong></p> <p>It was a time of unrestricted experimentation. In addition to pop-music groups, there were bands that stuck out of the box, and it was allowed by the record companies. </p> <p>But the music business squashed that a long time ago. Bands are still playing challenging stuff, but in the popular world of music most of them are never going to see the light of day. The Seventies bands were immediately identifiable, and each had its own stamp. </p> <p><strong>Kansas sold out Madison Square Garden when they played there [June 28, 1978]. What do you remember about that show? — Carmine D’urso</strong></p> <p>Three things pop into my head right away. First, riding to the show in a limousine. It was just another arena show for us, because we were so unaffected by our success. In hindsight, though, I thought, Holy shit, we just played the Garden, and it sold out! The second thing that stands out is that, on the way to the show, Jeff Glixman, our road manager then, got pissed off after seeing people on the side streets selling bootleg Kansas T-shirts. </p> <p>So he got out of the limo and told some guy to stop selling them, and the guy pointed a pistol at Jeff and told him to get out of his face. The third thing that comes to mind is we wanted to record our live album, <em>Two for the Show</em>, at the Garden. We had the mobile recording track with us at the venue that night, but the American Federation of Musicians wanted to charge us $50,000 to use it, so we told the union we weren’t paying that sum of money and recorded the album in Philadelphia and elsewhere.</p> <p><strong>Although Kansas is best known for “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” to me those songs don’t accurately represent the group’s sound. Overall, on the majority of your catalog, Kansas sounds like an American counterpart to European progressive rock bands such as Yes and King Crimson. Would you agree? — Albert Morris</strong></p> <p>The heart of Kansas is in that style of music, but we don’t sound like any of those groups. We’re a ballsy American rock band above all. But those bands were our heroes and made us realize that you could assemble songs in weird time signatures and didn’t have to format music in a traditional manner. Those are the types of influences that, collectively, brought the original members of Kansas together. Personally, I loved early Yes, early Genesis and Gentle Giant, and each of the bands from that genre were completely and uniquely different from each other.</p> <p><strong>Kansas’ level of musicianship is awesome, yet you’ve channeled that virtuosity into many catchy, memorable songs. What makes the band so versatile? — Mike Sabatino</strong></p> <p>Coming out of Topeka, Kansas, there were a lot of guitarists I knew who were better than me. If music were all about virtuosity and chops, we’d all be listening to very high-brow jazz and the opera and symphonies. Individually, the members of Kansas are all pretty darn good, but collectively, the sum of the parts is incomparable. </p> <p>One of the great things about music is that you can sit down and play by yourself, but it’s far more joyful to hear the organic sound of people of like thought playing together. That’s what music is all about. The members of Kansas had a common direction. We were friends who stuck together and created something magical. </p> <p><strong>I saw the promotional video for Kansas’ documentary, <em>Miracles Out of Nowhere</em>, online. I was happy to see artists as diverse as Brian May and Garth Brooks gush about the band. Why do you think Kansas’ music appeals to not just the public at large but big-name musicians as well? — John Dinapoli</strong></p> <p>There’s an honesty to our music; all people can relate to it. We’re not contrived, we’re not an act, and we’ve never chased fame. We’ve always been a hard-working, blue-collar band. Kansas was the opening act for Queen’s first U.S. tour, and we bonded with those guys. Brian’s appreciation for us has always been heartfelt. </p> <p>I’ve known for years that Garth was one of our biggest fans. He’s been able to incorporate the rock-concert experience into country music, which I’m proud to say was partly inspired by Kansas and his admiration of us. Regarding the documentary, we just wanted to tell the story of the original band members coming from Topeka and climbing to the top of the mountain.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>When all the original members were in the band, Kansas could replicate its studio recordings with great clarity and precision onstage. How did you guys pull this off so effortlessly? — Vincent Macrino</strong></p> <p>It was the mindset at the time. Onstage, we’d play our most demanding songs from our albums and pull them off. We’d record the songs as if we were playing them live. </p> <p><strong>What was it like coming from Topeka to New York City to record Kansas’ first album at the Record Plant, where John Lennon and other famous artists also happened to be recording at the time? — Lauren Glaser</strong></p> <p>It was quite an experience. I didn’t get to see John Lennon—I would’ve shit myself had I did—because we were on the graveyard shift in Studio C while the big acts were recording in a different part of the building. The studio was near Times Square, which was not cleaned up like it is today. There were drug dealers, hookers and porn everywhere. It wasn’t safe walking those streets at night. </p> <p>People would approach you and say, “Wanna buy some shit?” It was terrifying. As for our first album, it was recorded, mixed and completed in three weeks. I cowrote the opening track, “Can I Tell You,” which was the song that caught [manager/producer] Don Kirshner’s attention and landed us a record deal.</p> <p><strong>Kerry Livgren was Kansas’ primary songwriter during the band’s heyday. How much input did you have on his songs? — Pete Bedrosian</strong></p> <p>It varied. Some songs were written entirely by Kerry, while others were a group effort. He has the remarkable ability to compose songs in his head in an evening; then he’d present them to the band, tell us what to play, and we’d help him arrange the parts and offer our suggestions. </p> <p>Kerry was influenced by classical music, and it shows in his writing. Besides being a superb guitarist and keyboardist, Kerry is a songwriting genius. I mean, here’s a guy who was able to turn a fingerpicking exercise, “Dust in the Wind,” into one of the most popular songs of all time! There is and never has been a song like that on the radio. </p> <p><strong>“Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)” is one of the heaviest yet most progressive songs I’ve ever heard. What inspired it? — Sid Rosenthal</strong></p> <p>The song revolves around the whole concept of flight. Kerry was very inspired by aviation. Both he and his father flew planes. The lyrics are about the story of Icarus, and musically the song has many shifts in dynamics. Whenever a band member would bring in a song, it would go through the Kansas “meat grinder,” in that we would just chew it to pieces. Each member of the band would challenge one another. Dave [Hope, bass], in particular, was brutal. He would say things like, “That middle section sucks! Crank it up! We need something with more backbone there.” “Icarus” goes over great live. The crowd goes wild when we play it.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Can you talk about the incident that led up to you losing your right eye one Fourth of July in your early teens when a homemade bomb blew up in your face? — Gary Deleo</strong></p> <p>It was the summer between seventh and eighth grade. It was hotter than hell, and I had already blown up all my fireworks. So I took money out of my coin collection and got on my bicycle and rode to the outskirts of town to buy more fireworks. Then I went down to my basement and dumped all the powder from the firecrackers into a glass medicine bottle with a porcelain top with the intention of making a bomb that would make more of a statement than simply blowing up a bunch of firecrackers. </p> <p>But when I twisted the lid shut, the friction from the threading on the bottle sparked, and the whole thing exploded and ripped me to pieces, and my parents rushed me to the hospital. I wore a prosthetic eye for a while, but I got rid of it because it wasn’t very comfortable. </p> <p><strong>What inspired you to play guitar, and who are your musical influences? — Jerry Egan</strong></p> <p>Seeing the Beatles on <em>The Ed Sullivan Show</em> in 1964 inspired me to want to be in a band. I didn’t begin playing guitar then, but that’s when I wanted to start. The guitarists in the Yardbirds had a huge influence on me—Page, Clapton and Beck contributed greatly to the development of rock guitar. And John Mayall’s <em>Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton</em> was mind blowing. It was an album where guitar was not a background accompaniment; it hit you right in your face. That was “Guitar 101” to me.</p> <p><em>Photo: Neil Zlozower/Atlas Icons</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="/kansas">Kansas</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Dear Guitar Hero Kansas March 2015 Richard Williams Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:27:30 +0000 Joe Lalaina How to Swirl Paint a Guitar — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>The guys at <a href="">HiTone Guitars</a> recently posted a useful and informative video on <a href="">their YouTube channel</a>—and we thought we'd share it. We're good like that!</p> <p>Check out the video—"How to Swirl Paint a Guitar"—below. As always, tell us what you think!</p> <p>There wasn't a lot of info posted with the clip, but there was this:</p> <p>"After a few different tests I finally swirled my first guitar. The colors were picked to go with the surf guitar theme and the walnut wood that would be surrounding the top."</p> <p>By the way, if you enjoy this video, you'll certainly appreciate:</p> <p><a href="">Video: Guitar Receives Custom Metallic Swirl Paint Job</a> and <a href="">Video: Guitar Headstock Receives Custom Metallic Swirl Paint Job</a>.</p> <p>Swirl away!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> HiTone Guitars Videos News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:35:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli Watch This Ibanez Guitar Get a Custom Three-Color Swirl Paint Job — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>We know patience is a rare virtue these days, especially when it comes to watching online videos (for longer then three seconds), but we recommend that you watch this clip to the end.</p> <p>The mesmerizing four-minute-long video, which was posted April 18 by a YouTube user named <a href="">DeanSwirled (formerly MrDean2005; we've featured his videos on the site in the past)</a>, shows an Ibanez RG350 getting a custom swirl paint job. </p> <p>DeanSwirled, who we're pretty sure is from the U.K., posted the following information with the video:</p> <p>"[Here's] a before-and-after video of this Ibanez RG350. It is now completely finished, beautifully swirled and clear-coated to a very high standard. Totally refurbished, frets leveled and polished with the fretboard being lightly sanded and conditioned. Everything is original except new screws on the scratch plate and trem cover. </p> <p>"The clear coat is high-gloss polyurethane that has been sanded and polished to a very high level as one would expect from a much more expensive guitar. Swirled using three colors, it looks stunning and sounds awesome."</p> <p>It turns out this guitar is for sale. If you like what you see, write to (Note: I don't know Dean, and I don't care if you buy this guitar; I'm just passing along the info.) Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> DeanSwirled Ibanez MrDean2005 WTF Videos News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:23:05 +0000 Damian Fanelli The DIY Musician: Increasing Your Band's Merch Sales, Part 1 <!--paging_filter--><p>Band merch isn’t just an afterthought for me. It makes up a big portion of my income as a professional musician. </p> <p>I don’t have a merch stand. I have a traveling music store with shirts, CDs, cigar box guitars, guitar slides, beer can mics and more. </p> <p>I’ve read so many articles about band merch, and most of them seem to be written by people who don’t make part of their living by selling band merch. </p> <p>This series of articles is about things that have worked for me. These are real, quantifiable things that have worked—not just a shallow article telling you to order koozies with your band logo. </p> <p>If one or two of these ideas work for you, awesome. If you’ve got other ideas, add a comment below.</p> <p>My Number 1 seller is the $20 CD/shirt combo. I sell my T-shirts for $15 each and my CDs for $10. If somebody wants to buy one of each, the price is $20. When people see this value, they snap it up.</p> <p>I can afford to sell the combo so cheap because of my purchasing. I use cotton shirts with a one-sided print that costs me $4 per shirt. (I use the black T-shirt special from <a href=""></a> 100 printed black shirts for $400 with free shipping.) CDs are printed at less than $2 each from <a href=""></a> I use them because I can order small quantities and I’m not sitting on huge stockpiles of CDs. I order as much as I need for a month’s worth of shows.</p> <p>At $6 total cost for the package, it puts my profit at $14. That looks small, but it adds up. I played a tiny gig yesterday, and we sold a dozen of these packages.</p> <p>I always have somebody running the merch stand while I perform because people buy more while the concert is going on. When I’m on stage, I’ll tell the audience what CD the next song is from. If the song connects with somebody, it’s easy for them to walk over to my merch stand and make an impulse purchase of that album. </p> <p>On the flipside, if I don’t have a merch guy and only vend during set breaks, I hardly sell anything. </p> <p>Having a credit card app on my cell phone is essential. About 60 percent of my sales are with credit cards. I use <a href=""></a> (Credit card tip: I always take handwritten credit card receipts in case cell phone reception sucks. I’m not going to lose a sale just because I can’t swipe the card! I simply write all the info down, get their signature and enter it in when I get home.)</p> <p>We really push email list signups in order to sell more merch online. Emails aren’t just for gig announcements! I send out a weekly email to fans that includes a well-thought out message, upcoming shows and links to my merch page on my website. People get to see my newest handmade cigar box guitars (a big seller for me), and I also create special sales every so often. </p> <p>My email list has 5,000 names and averages a weekly 27 percent readership. I actually study email marketing in order to give them an entertaining email to read each week and keep them engaged. </p> <p>More merch ideas coming later this week with Part 2!</p> <p><em>Shane Speal is the "King of the Cigar Box Guitar" and the creator of the modern cigar box guitar movement. Hear the music, see the instruments and read about his Cigar Box Guitar Museum at <a href=""></a>. Speal's latest album, </em><a href="">Holler!</a><em> is on C.B. Gitty Records.</em> </p> Shane Speal The DIY Musician Blogs News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:51:10 +0000 Shane Speal Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer and Doyle Bramhall II Play "Texas Flood" with Double Trouble — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>This past Saturday night, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.</p> <p>Following John Mayer's induction speech, during which he called the late SRV “the ultimate guitar hero,” Mayer joined Gary Clark Jr., Jimmie Vaughan, lefty Doyle Bramhall II and Double Trouble—drummer Chris Layton, bassist Tommy Shannon and keyboard player Reese Wynans—for a performance of "Texas Flood," the title track from SRV's debut 1983 album.</p> <p>“Stevie used his guitar to lead him out of town,” Mayer said. “He gave me hope because heroes give you hope. While Jimi Hendrix came down from outer space, Stevie came up from below the ground.”</p> <p>You can check out some high-quality fan-filmed footage below. </p> <p>Other inductees Saturday night included former Beatle Ringo Starr (as a solo artist), Green Day, underground-icon Lou Reed, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the “5” Royales.</p> <p>HBO will broadcast the event May 30.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/jimmie-vaughan">Jimmie Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-mayer">John Mayer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Doyle Bramhall II Gary Clark Jr. Jimmie Vaughan John Mayer Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:09:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli Zakk Wylde Shreds and Discusses Wylde Audio Guitars and Amps on 'That Metal Show' — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Inspired by <a href="">this morning's post about Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker's jam session</a> on the April 18 edition of <em>That Metal Show</em>, we thought we'd share this clip of Zakk Wylde's recent visit to the VH1 show.</p> <p>In the video, which you can check out below, Wylde plays one of his new Wylde Audio guitars through one of his new Wylde Audio amps.</p> <p>Then, as part of Mark Strigl's "That Metal Gear" segment of the show, Wylde discusses his new company and gear in great detail. It turns out Wylde's company is not only building the amps—but he's also building the speakers and tubes that go <em>inside</em> the amps. To found out more, and to get a good look at Wylde's new gear, check out the video below.</p> <p><strong>For more about Wylde Audio, visit <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/zakk-wylde">Zakk Wylde</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> That Metal Show Wylde Audio Zakk Wylde Videos Amps Electric Guitars News Gear Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:39:12 +0000 Guitar World Staff Free Hick-Pickin’ Country Riff Lesson on the 'Guitar World Lessons' Store — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><em><a href="">30 Hot Country Licks</a></em>, <em>Guitar World's</em> exclusive new country-guitar lesson series, is now available through the Guitar World Lessons <a href="">App</a> and <a href=";utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=COUNTRY">Webstore</a>. </p> <p>It joins the ranks of the hundreds of lessons already available through <a href="">Guitar World Lessons.</a> </p> <p>To celebrate this new release, we're offering the first <em>30 Hot Country Licks</em> lesson, "Hick-Pickin’ Country Riff in G," for free! Note that all 30 "Hot Country Licks" are available for only $9.99.</p> <p>Below, you can check out a video trailer of today's free lesson, "Hick-Pickin’ Country Riff in G," which features guitarist Peter Stroud.</p> <p>Selected from <em>Guitar World's</em> Lick of the Day vault, this collection of tasty country-style guitar licks and lessons is presented by an elite group of seasoned guitar pickers and teachers, including Jerry Donahue, Peter Stroud, Lyle Brewer, Guthrie Govan, Keith Wyatt, Dale Turner, Jimmy Brown, Andy Aledort and others. </p> <p>Learn how to “chicken pick,” play Western-swing-style phrases, bend strings, make your guitar “weep” like a pedal steel guitar and more!</p> <p><strong>For more information about <em>30 Hot Country Licks</em>, visit the Guitar World Lessons <a href=";utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=COUNTRY">Webstore</a> and download the <a href="">App</a> now.</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src=""></script><object id="myExperience4173086119001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="4173086119001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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And then they were off.</p> <p>“In the 14 seasons of <em>That Metal Show</em>,” Trunk said afterwards. “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a moment like that, because Kirk Hammett and Michael Schenker just warmed up on the set before we taped he episode. I was jokingly saying this may be as proud [an] accomplishment as [the] day my kids were born to have been able to orchestrate this to happen on the show.” </p> <p>Trunk added that he and Hammett originally bonded over their love of UFO, and that Hammett was willing to to fly across the country to finally play with Schenker, whom he had met on a few occasions.</p> <p>Hammett's appreciation for Schenker is no secret. When <em>Guitar World</em> asked him to select the record that changed his life, he chose UFO's <em>Force It</em> (1975). </p> <p> "When it got to the guitar solo, I was just blown away by Michael Schenker's tone, phrasing and technique," he said. "By the time the second solo came on with the fastest descending lick I'd ever heard, I was totally hooked! I immediately grabbed the album cover and saw the picture of Schenker playing a Flying V." </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/ufo">UFO</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Kirk Hammett Metallica Michael Schenker That Metal Show Videos News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:42:29 +0000 Damian Fanelli May 2015 Guitar World: Joan Jett, Judas Priest, How to Play Rock and Roll Guitar, Ian Anderson and More <!--paging_filter--><p><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWMAY15">The all-new May 2015 issue of Guitar World is available now!</a></p> <p><em>Guitar World</em>’s May 2015 issue features the queen of noise, <strong>Joan Jett!</strong> She's been banging out some of rock's greatest power chords since age 15. With her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there's only one thing you need to know: she still loves rock and roll. </p> <p><strong>Special Rock Riffs Lesson: Andy Aledort</strong> examines the essential riffs and licks that define true rock and roll guitar, from <strong>Chuck Berry</strong> to <strong>Joan Jett. </strong></p> <p>Then, just over 30 years ago, <strong>Judas Priest</strong> recorded the heavy metal call to arms, <em>Defenders of the Faith</em>. Here, Priest guitarist <strong>Glenn Tipton</strong> and singer <strong>Rob Halford</strong> recall the making of their masterwork.</p> <p>Later, remix magician <strong>Steven Wilson</strong> and <strong>Jethro Tull</strong> frontman <strong>Ian Anderson</strong> detail the finer points of breathing new life into classic Tull albums like the newly reissued <em>Minstrel in the Gallery.</em> Also, Anderson readies a new rock opera about Jethro Tull's namesake, while Wilson tackles his toughest subject matter yet on latest solo disc, <em>Hand. Cannot. Erase.</em></p> <p>Finally, from his home in Gothenburg, Sweden, acoustic singer-songwriter <strong>José González</strong> opens up about <em>Vestiges &amp; Claws,</em> his first solo album in seven years. </p> <p>PLUS: Tune-ups on <strong>Fear Factory, Gang of Four, Venom</strong> and <strong>We are Harlot</strong>.</p> <p>Soundcheck reviews of Supro 1624T Dual Tone, S6420 Thunderbolt and 1690T Coronado combos, Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. Casino guitar, Decibel Eleven Dirt Clod pedal, Toneville Broadway amp and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass:</strong></p> <p> • Joan Jett &amp; The Blackhearts, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll"<br /> • Judas Priest, "Freewheel Burning"<br /> • Hozier, "Take Me to Church"<br /> • Emerson, Lake &amp; Palmer, "From the Beginning"<br /> • Periphery, "Alpha"</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWMAY15">The all-new May 2015 issue of Guitar World is available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-03-25%20at%2012.23.16%20PM.png" width="620" height="805" alt="Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 12.23.16 PM.png" /></p> May 2015 News Features Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:22:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff AC/DC Perform "Baptism by Fire" at Coachella — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, feast your eyes on some recently posted high-quality video of AC/DC performing "Baptism by Fire," a new track from 2014's <em>Rock Or Bust</em>, at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last weekend (April 10). </p> <p>The clip, which was posted by, merges two fan-filmed videos to create a full performance of the song.</p> <p>The live performance was the band's first full show in five years.</p> <p>"I hope you guys like rock and roll, because that's all we do," said frontman Brian Johnson early in the set.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/acdc">AC/DC</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> AC/DC ACDC Videos News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:26:21 +0000 Damian Fanelli Dragonforce's Herman Li Plays “Through the Fire and the Flames” Guitar Solo Underwater — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out some pretty damn impressive footage of Dragonforce's Herman Li playing the guitar solo to “Through the Fire and the Flames” underwater. </p> <p>Well, first in the water, <em>then</em> underwater.</p> <p>This aquatic feat was part of the <a href="">Full Metal Cruise,</a> which came to an end Thursday, April 16, after six days of metal madness in the harbor of Palma de Mallorca in Spain.</p> <p>Besides Dragonforce, the Mein Schiff 1 cruise ship was rocked by Alestorm, Axxis, Bembers, Blaas of Glory, Beyond The Black, Blaze Bayley, Doro, Dragonforce, Endstille, J.B.O., Mambo Kurt, Onkel Tom, the Pressgeng, Hammerfall, Melissa van Fleet Russkaja, Saltatio Mortis, Sodom, Stormwarrior, Subway to Sally, Tankard and Uli Jon Roth.</p> <p>While we have you, <a href="">be sure to check out this effortless performance of “Through the Fire and the Flames” by 15-year-old French shredder Tina S.</a></p> <p>On that note, enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/dragonforce">Dragonforce</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Dragonforce Herman Li Videos News Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:58:44 +0000 Damian Fanelli IK Multimedia Releases AmpliTube UA App for All Android Devices <!--paging_filter--><p>IK Multimedia, the leading player in mobile guitar tone technology, has just announced the release of AmpliTube UA.</p> <p>It's the first real-time guitar amp and effects processing app for all Android phones and tablets that gives musicians the freedom to rock out any time and anywhere with their favorite Android mobile device. </p> <p>The companion app to the soon-to-be-released iRig UA universal digital interface, AmpliTube UA gives musicians with Android devices—version 4.2 or higher and that support USB host mode/USB OTG—the ability to experience the flexibility and full tonal power of a portable customizable guitar rig complete with three stompbox effects, an amplifier, a cabinet and a microphone.</p> <p><strong>Superior guitar tone on every Android smartphone</strong></p> <p>In 2010, IK Multimedia pioneered the mobile music creation market with the introduction of the iRig interface and AmpliTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. With more than 17 million downloads on mobile devices worldwide, AmpliTube is the leading guitar app—it's a global sensation that continues to inspire guitarists, bass players and other musicians with its ease-of-use, vast library of virtual gear and limitless tone sculpting possibilities.</p> <p>An industry first, AmpliTube UA now brings this famous creative ease to Android. It lets users build great sounding virtual guitar and bass rigs by selecting from 21 included gear models that include five amplifiers, nine stompbox effects, five cabinets and two positionable microphones. AmpliTube UA's flexible signal path lets players change the order of effects and amps, and even add effects "after" the amplifier in the signal chain to provide even more creative tonal options.</p> <p><strong>An expandable amp and effects library of world-class brands</strong></p> <p>Like all versions of AmpliTube, the base collection of gear can be expanded from within AmpliTube UA. There are currently 22 models available via in-app purchase. All are based on iconic pieces of gear from world-class official brands like Fender, Orange, Ampeg, Soldano and more. There's also exclusive content available from our artist's series like AmpliTube Slash and AmpliTube Jimi Hendrix collections.</p> <p><strong>Universal Android processing</strong></p> <p>To get the most out of AmpliTube UA, it needs to be paired with the forthcoming iRig UA digital audio interface (due out in May). The combination of iRig UA and AmpliTube UA delivers universal zero latency processing and high-quality sound on the Android platform. Together they give musicians the ability to play in real-time with no audible device processing delay, a market first for Android devices.</p> <p>This previously impossible feature is now a reality due to iRig UA's built-in high performance 32-bit DSP, 24-bit A/D converter, 44.1/48kHz sample rate, and low-noise instrument preamp. With its premium specifications, iRig UA is able to provide great sound, amazing playability and unprecedented cross-platform compatibility.</p> <p>AmpliTube UA functions in a "preview" mode when an iRig UA is not connected to the device. This lets musicians build, control and apply custom guitar rigs that can be used with the provided "dry" audio demo. iRig UA is required for audio-in and guitar processing functionality.</p> <p>iRig UA's on-board digital signal processor works in conjunction with AmpliTube UA app. As all of the processing is handled onboard iRig UA, and not on the Android device, it's able to provide consistent zero-latency performance (down to just 2ms round-trip total latency) independent of the make and model of the connected smartphone or tablet. Or, in other words, it offers the plug-and-play performance that mobile musicians with Android devices crave.</p> <p><strong>The perfect pair</strong></p> <p>The pairing of iRig UA and AmpliTube UA is perfect for on-the-go practice and performance. iRig UA features a 1/4" input for a guitar, bass or other line-level instrument, a micro-USB to OTG cable and a 1/8" stereo output with volume control for headphones or connection to a live sound speaker, amplifier or mixer. It also sports a 1/8" AUX input that lets musicians connect any sound source so that they can practice and jam along to their favorite tunes with the power of AmpliTube's tone.</p> <p><strong>Pricing and availability</strong></p> <p>AmpliTube UA can now be downloaded as a free app via the Google Play store. iRig UA is available for pre-order for $99.99/€99.99 (excluding taxes). iRig UA will ship May 2015 from music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store.</p> <p> <strong>For more information, visit <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> IK Multimedia Videos News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:32:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff Top 10 Classic Shred Albums <!--paging_filter--><p>Wow … had to dust off the ol’ cassette deck for this one! Sure, faster shredders may have been left off this list, but arpeggio for arpeggio, these 10 albums strike the finest balance between tasteful melody and, “No way did he just play that!”</p> <p><em>Note: For those of you born after 1985, a cassette is a small, flat plastic cartridge that contains a spool of 1/8-inch audiotape. Cassette players, although now nearly obsolete, are most commonly found in cheap rental cars. </em></p> <p><strong>10. <em>Greg Howe</em> (Shrapnel, 1988)</strong> <strong>Greg Howe</strong> A funk-savvy speedster, Greg Howe injected the shred scene with some much-needed shake and soul. The funkdafied “Kick It All Over” kicks off the festivities, and the following track, “The Pepper Shake,” offers a spicy display of Howe’s legato and alternate-picking chops.</p> <p><strong>09. <em>Speed Metal Symphony</em> (Shrapnel, 1987)</strong> <strong>Cacophony</strong> <em>Speed Metal Symphony</em>, a mighty opus featuring first-chair guitar virtuosos Marty Friedman and Jason Becker, uses “speed metal” rhythm beds and shifting time signatures to help break up the cacophonous onslaught of all-out shred.</p> <p><strong>To see the rest of the list, check out the photo gallery below!</strong></p> Guitar World Lists News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:13:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff Guest Starrs: The Top Five Guitar Solos on Ringo Starr Songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Beatle Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame this weekend.</p> <p>I figured I'd celebrate this most joyous of occasions by gathering up five songs that feature some of the best guitar work to be found on Ringo's solo albums.</p> <p>After all, from 1970's <em>Sentimental Journey</em> through 2015's <em>Postcards from Paradise</em>, Ringo's albums have featured guest appearances by several talented guitarists, including George Harrison, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Joe Walsh, Stephen Stills, John Lennon, Robert Randolph, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton and former blogger <a href="">Laurence Juber.</a></p> <p>So, as promised, here are five solo Ringo Starr songs with guitar work that really stands out. </p> <p>05. <strong>PRIVATE PROPERTY,</strong> from <em>Stop and Smell the Roses</em> (1981)<br /> <strong>Guitarist:</strong> Laurence Juber</p> <p>This tune, which was written by Paul McCartney, is one of three songs McCartney and his crew (including his wife Linda, Wings guitarist Laurence Juber and pedal steel guitarist Lloyd Green) contributed to Ringo's <em>Stop and Smell the Roses</em> sessions. </p> <p>Juber's brief but brilliant solo is near the end of the song. NOTE: The song itself doesn't start until 1:04 in the video below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 04. <strong>A DOSE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL,</strong> from <em>Ringo's Rotogravure</em> (1976)<br /> <strong>Guitarists:</strong> Peter Frampton, Jesse Ed Davis, Danny Kortchmar</p> <p>There's not much to say about the two-part guitar solo on this song (most likely played by Jesse Ed Davis and Peter Frampton), except that it's dang perfect, although a little too brief. Listen to how it starts off all friendly and happy and then heads off into a menacing place as it follows the solo's unique chord changes.</p> <p>I recently spoke to Frampton about this song, and here's how it went:</p> <p><strong>ME: You’re credited with playing guitar on a Ringo Starr single from 1976, “A Dose of Rock ’N’ Roll,” from <em>Ringo’s Rotogravure</em>. But is that you playing the actual guitar solo?</strong></p> <p><strong>PETER FRAMPTON</strong>: I can't remember [laughs]. It was the Seventies, and I know I was sober for the session, but I'm not sure about right after. I'd have to listen to it again and see. People keep coming up to me, saying, "Is this you on this?" And I have to go listen to it to find out. I did more sessions than I remember doing. There were a lot of things in the Seventies that I played on that people keep reminding me about.</p> <p>[I play the song to him.]</p> <p>Yeah, the first part is me. I forgot all about that! That's me. And then, I forget who it is that comes in there, but that sounds like I'm playing my Gibson and then a Telecaster or a Strat comes in.</p> <p><strong>ME: Well, Jesse Ed Davis is one of the other guitarists who plays on that track. [NOTE: Guitarist Danny Kortchmar also plays on the song.]</strong></p> <p>Oh, yeah, Jesse Ed Davis. That's probably who it is.</p> <p><em>To read the rest of my conversation with Frampton, <a href="">head here.</a></em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 03. <strong>NEVER WITHOUT YOU,</strong> from <em>Ringo Rama</em> (2003)<br /> <strong>Guitarist:</strong> Eric Clapton</p> <p>This song, a bright spot from Ringo's way-too-freaking-long Mark Hudson era (Hudson was Ringo's not-so-great producer), is Ringo's tribute to George Harrison, who had died of cancer only two years earlier. </p> <p>It features some great Eric Clapton riffs, from the solo through to the end of the song. That dude playing the Strat and miming the solo in the video is not Clapton, by the way. You might want to close your eyes during the solo to avoid distraction.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 02. <strong>$15 DRAW,</strong> from <em>Beaucoups of Blues</em> (1970)<br /> <strong>Guitarist:</strong> Jerry Reed</p> <p>This is one of the killer songs from Ringo's second solo album, 1970's <em>Beaucoups of Blues,</em> which he recorded in Nashville with some of the city's best studio musicians. Charlie Daniels is on this album, as are D.J. Fontana, Pete Drake and Sorrells Pickard, who wrote this song. </p> <p>Anyway, "$15 Draw" sums up Jerry Reed's playing style to a T. You can hear Reed explore this same sort of picking in his song "Guitar Man." He plays on his own version of the song and on Elvis Presley's version. </p> <p>I've always thought this song could be a hit for someone. It tells a great story, it takes you on an emotional roller coaster and it has a super-catchy guitar riff. It might be cool if a young female country artist were to record it. (Please credit me with the idea!) </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> 01. <strong>BACK OFF BOOGALOO,</strong> A-side of a 1972 Apple Records single; available on <em>Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr</em><br /> <strong>Guitarist:</strong> George Harrison</p> <p>George Harrison's slide guitar playing is all over this Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) composition, the 1972 follow-up to Ringo's first hit single, "It Don't Come Easy," which also features a great solo by Harrison. </p> <p>The song also features some fine drumming by Ringo, bass playing by <a href="">Klaus Voormann</a> and piano tinkling by Gary Wright.</p> <p>Harrison played several great guitar solos on Ringo's records throughout the years, including "Early 1970," "Down and Out," "Wrack My Brain" and "King of Broken Hearts." </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em>. He performs every year at Abbey Road on the River, he's played on sessions and soundtracks in New York and Los Angeles, and he's tired of eating apples.</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="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/george-harrison">George Harrison</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/peter-frampton">Peter Frampton</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Eric Clapton George Harrison Jerry Reed Laurence Juber Peter Frampton Ringo Starr The Beatles Blogs News Features Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:13:02 +0000 Damian Fanelli Stevie Ray Vaughan Breaks a String, Swaps Guitar (Almost) Without Missing a Beat — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>God bless roadies!</p> <p>As any guitarist can attest, roadies are indispensable members of any band's touring operation—as illustrated in this brief video featuring the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan and his roadie, Texas guitar whiz Rene Martinez.</p> <p>Vaughan, who can be seen performing "Look at Little Sister" for an <em>Austin City Limits</em> special in 1989, breaks his B string just a few seconds into the clip. </p> <p>At the 34-second mark, Vaughan motions to Martinez, who makes one of the smoothest Strat swaps we've ever seen.</p> <p>Granted, Vaughan and Martinez picked a perfect time to make the swap (The guitar solo was finished, etc.), but SRV misses only one or two low-E-zone double stops during the exchange. While singing!</p> <p><strong>For more about Martinez, visit <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Rene Martinez Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:58:00 +0000 Damian Fanelli