News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/www.facebook.com/www.guitartv.com/www.guitartv.com/www.prsguitars.com/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Ca%20href%3D en Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Muse Vs. Jack White http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-muse-vs-jack-white-0 <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>MUSE</strong> going head to head with <strong>JACK WHITE</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Vote Now!</h1> <p><strong>MUSE</strong> go head to head with <strong>JACK WHITE</strong>. We don't need to tell you about these bands. We'll let the recently shot videos below do the talking! Vote now; you have one full day! </p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8298874.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8298874/">Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Muse Vs. Jack White</a></noscript></p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QS29hC5sKzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RkhZ4h9DrTo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Queen</strong> (73.08 percent) defeated <strong>Red Hot Chili Peppers</strong> (26.92 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! Tell your friends to tell <em>their</em> friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9 -14 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239743694/Bracket-9-14" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9 -14</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239743694/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_72684" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-muse-vs-jack-white-0#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands News Features Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:52:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22337 Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Discuss the Rocking Relationship Between Guitars, Cars and Everything in Between http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-and-zz-top-s-billy-gibbons-discuss-rocking-relationship-between-guitars-cars-and-everything-between <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus new Gibbons/Beck photos by Ross Halfin, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, MXR &amp; Eddie Van Halen, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=email&amp;utm_medium=daily_enews&amp;utm_campaign=GWNOV14">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><strong>The Surreal Thing: As they prepare to hit the road together for a summer tour, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons wax philosophical on the rock and roll relationship between guitars, cars and everything in between.</strong></p> <p>It’s a hot, sunny California day as Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons stroll through the lush courtyard of Hollywood’s swanky Sunset Marquis Hotel. </p> <p>Ripe for caricature, they are perhaps two of the most distinctive-looking performers in rock history. Beck, with his much-imitated rooster shag haircut, and Gibbons, dressed in full hipster Wild West drag, look almost disconcertingly the same as they have for the past three or four decades. </p> <p>If we hadn’t invited them ourselves on the eve of their first tour together, it would be easy to mistake them for a mirage from one of those surreal ZZ Top videos that dominated MTV in the Eighties. </p> <p><em>Surreal</em> is actually a word that pops up quite often in conversations with both musicians over the next few days. It’s certainly a fitting adjective to describe aspects of their music. </p> <p>Since Beck’s stunning 1965 debut with the Yardbirds, he has thrilled and confounded guitarists with his exciting and often avant-garde approach to the instrument. His playful and imaginative take on Willie Dixon’s “Ain’t Superstitious” from <em>Truth</em>, his 1968 album with Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on bass, certainly rivaled anything Jimi Hendrix was creating at the time. </p> <p>And his consistently innovative work on tracks like “Going Down” (1972), “Blue Wind” (1976),” “Where Were You” (1989) and “Hammerhead” (2010), which won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, continues to push the limits of what can be done on a Fender Stratocaster without getting arrested.</p> <p>And anyone with even a passing knowledge of ZZ Top knows how strange they can be. Comprised of Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, the Little Ol’ Band from Texas has defied any civilized notion of what traditional rock musicians should look and sound like. Yet, their wonderfully skewed take on the blues has helped them sell somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million albums, and they continue to play the world’s biggest concert halls.</p> <p> Gibbons, in his inimitable deep Texas drawl, concurs that surreal is indeed the word of the day. “One of the highest compliments that ever came my way was sent from [guitarist] Jimmie Vaughan,” he says, chuckling. “He said, ‘Oh yeah, Gibbons is out there.’ But if there’s actually an ‘out there,’ guess what? We’ll go out there and find Jeff Beck!”</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=GibbonsBeckExcerpt">Enjoy this excerpt from our interview with Gibbons and Beck. For the entire story, pick up the November 2014 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6qr1Lc9Gm7k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Billy, what does Jeff Beck mean to you? What is his importance as an artist?</strong></p> <p><strong>BILLY GIBBONS</strong> Before Jeff and ZZ Top embarked on this tour, I received a phone call from the production office asking about design preferences for our backstage passes. The reply was simple: “Well, there’s a juicy guitar image fitting to go on the ZZ side of the pass, and there awaits a superb geetar view for Jeff’s side as well.”</p> <p>On one side, we chose a view of the infamous, Pearly Gates, my fine ’59 Les Paul ’Burst, and on the other side, we landed an image of Jeff’s magnificently battle-scarred 1954 Fender Esquire used with the Yardbirds. When you’re using the word importance, one can easily find it in the guitars that Jeff Beck and I pounded the sides off long ago. Jeff’s guitar certainly stands as a pivotal piece, marking the point where bravery stepped in with a willingness to experiment, moving the six-string expression far outside any previously proven lines. The visual impact of that beat-up war club is still meaningful and forceful to the extreme. </p> <p><strong>Jeff, what do you find cool about Billy and ZZ Top? </strong></p> <p><strong>JEFF BECK</strong> Just think about how people went for Billy’s sound and the band’s image. ZZ Top went completely against the grain of all one would expect iconic rock to be. That’s what I love about them—they are this wonderful quirky backfire. Billy’s tone is great, and so are his songs. You wouldn’t really expect these bearded guys to write all these great tunes about cars and girls. </p> <p><strong>Both you and Jeff introduced a surrealistic element into the blues. In Jeff’s case, his versions of “I Ain’t Superstitious” and “Going Down” wink at traditionalism. ZZ Top often references the blues, but they also have a little irreverent fun with the genre. How important is it for you to let your audience know that you are self-aware? You know: “I’m not from the Delta, but I still love this music and there’s a way to modernize it.”</strong></p> <p><strong>BECK</strong> When you are taken with any music with inner gusto, you don’t think too much about it—you just have to have it! </p> <p>For example, I was playing in a blues band before I joined the Yardbirds, and I was really into Bo Diddley, who made the best use imaginable out of playing one chord. His outrageous jungle rhythms were so powerful and hypnotic, he didn’t have to change keys. We basically took his idea of the one-chord vamp, and while the band played, I would just slack all my strings and then really pull on them to make the most ridiculous and surreal sounds with slap echo so that people would just look up.<br /> It wasn’t premeditated. </p> <p>I just wanted the audience to look at me and listen! I did all kinds of outrageous things like that at the time, like taking two guitars and have them feedback against each other, and it was that kind of attitude that eventually got me the job with the Yardbirds. They didn’t want someone to play a beautiful slide guitar solo, or someone that sounded like Earl Hooker. </p> <p>They wanted someone that would hold an audience. I had something no one else had, and however crude or outrageous it was at the time, it worked. It wasn’t all that calculated. It was just my way of saying, Here I am. Ultimately, I had to tone some of it down when I joined the Yardbirds, because we were going on television playing pop singles. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/i9OJB_AEePQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Billy, how important is it for you to add a little touch of the “untraditional” to your traditional blues?</strong></p> <p><strong>GIBBONS</strong> This position was being prodded in a discussion in Memphis, Tennessee, with a dear friend, Waltaire Baldwin. We came up together in Houston and kept our friendship for a long time. Waltaire is a poet. Gave me a John Lee Hooker disc when we were 12 and then showed me how to draw blues harmonica. </p> <p>Waltaire and I were in deep contemplation at 89 Union Street Saloon, sitting atop a table right near the corner window, overlooking the Mississippi. We both agreed that although we never picked cotton, didn’t grow up on plantation, it did not necessarily prevent creating an honest attempt making the truth of the blues a backbone of interpretation. The one ZZ tune that really captures this thought is, “My Head’s in Mississippi.” </p> <p>Although it ain’t the Thirties, all that hard-rhythm shuffle boogie coupled with a surrealistic Howlin’ Wolf’s delivery creates a subdued assembly of visual pictures. The great Memphis guitarist and producer Jim Dickinson once remarked, “Oh yeah, you guys are doing what I like. You’ve become a Salvador Dali—the Dali of the Delta.” Once you get that far along, the point’s made!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pN69GC2amTg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What is the cosmic connection between the appreciation of an automobile and a guitar?</strong></p> <p><strong>GIBBONS</strong> It’s a big question, but a good one! What’s really the wicked connection is that they can be loud and fast; yet, they can also be quite elegant. While I was in Spain visiting Nacho Baños, the noted authority on early Fifties blackguard Fenders, we spent more than a day and a night—make it days and nights—talking about automotive elegance and the connection with the unchanged beauty of that original Fender. Call it the Telecaster, the Esquire, the Broadcaster or call it the No-caster—it’s become one of those timeless things.</p> <p><strong>BECK</strong> Guitars and cars offer experiences that are both quite amazing. The other day I was thinking, Why are there so many people in cars? It’s because it’s such a pleasure to have that experience, regardless of where you are going. It’s almost habit forming. You want to control your movement, but at the same time your brain is going at an unnatural speed and you’re putting yourself in danger. </p> <p>There’s that element of excitement every time you turn the ignition. It’s not that you’re just driving from point A to B—you’re enjoying every second of being in control of your life…or avoiding death! Listening to great rock and roll music also gives you this exhilarating sense of awareness similar to what you have when you are driving. </p> <p>There are other more obvious connections. Hot rods are cool looking and rock and roll is cool looking, and they both came of age at the same time in the Fifties. If America never created anything else, thank you very much for the hot rods and rock and roll!</p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus new Gibbons/Beck photos by Ross Halfin, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, MXR &amp; Eddie Van Halen, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=GibbonsBeckExcerpt">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><em>Photo: Ross Halfin</em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/1114_Gib%26Beck.jpg" width="620" height="805" alt="1114_Gib&amp;Beck.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/billy-gibbons">Billy Gibbons</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-and-zz-top-s-billy-gibbons-discuss-rocking-relationship-between-guitars-cars-and-everything-between#comments Billy Gibbons Brad Tolinski Jeff Beck November 2014 ZZ Top Interviews News Features Magazine Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:35:27 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22338 Periphery's Mark Holcomb Demos the ProTone Haunted Delay Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/peripherys-mark-holcomb-demos-protone-haunted-delay-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb demos his signature delay pedal, the Haunted Delay by ProTone Pedals. Look for a new Periphery album in late January 2015!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YHEu-KkS0yg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/peripherys-mark-holcomb-demos-protone-haunted-delay-pedal-video#comments Videos News Features Gear Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:04:49 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22356 'Skydog: The Duane Allman Story' is Newly Revised and Expanded http://www.guitarworld.com/skydog-duane-allman-story-newly-revised-and-expanded <!--paging_filter--><p>Now in paperback, Randy Poe's <em>Skydog: The Duane Allman Story</em> (Backbeat Books) is revised and expanded, with a new afterword by the author, plus a foreword by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. It's the definitive biography of Duane Allman, one of the most revered guitarists of his generation. </p> <p><em>Skydog</em> reveals the complete story of the legendary guitarist: his childhood and musical awakening; his struggling first bands; his hard-won mastery of the slide guitar; his emergence as a successful session musician; his creation of the Allman Brothers Band; his tragic death at age 24; and his thriving musical legacy. </p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/skydog-the-duane-allman-story/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=Skydog">The book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $18.99.</a></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="/duane-allman">Duane Allman</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/allman-brothers-band">Allman Brothers Band</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/skydog-duane-allman-story-newly-revised-and-expanded#comments Duane Allman News Features Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:09:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16764 Queen “Love of My Life” Live Acoustic — Video Finds http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-queen-love-of-my-life-live-acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a rare acoustic gem from Queen’s now legendary <em>Queen at Wembley</em> video release. </p> <p>Freddie Mercury and Brian May take the stage for a moving performance of “Love of My Life,” while rain pours down on the Wembley crowd.</p> <p>The clip was filmed on July 11, 1986.</p> <p>The studio version of the track appears on Queen’s classic LP, <em>A Night at the Opera</em>.</p> <p>Here, May plays some excellent fingerstyle guitar on a 12-string acoustic and tells the crowd, “Hope you’re not getting to wet out there! You OK?’ Mercury follows, inviting the crowd to sing along.</p> <p>Watch it below and enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aEGLJtu09uU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more at <a href="http://www.queenonline.com">www.queenonline.com</a>. </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-queen-love-of-my-life-live-acoustic#comments Acoustic Nation Brian May Freddie Mercury Queen Blogs Videos News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:34:57 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22355 Jackson Unveils New Pro DK2M Dinky in Slime Green Swirl http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-unveils-new-pro-dk2m-dinky-slime-green-swirl <!--paging_filter--><p>Jackson has just announced a new addition to its Pro Series, the Pro DK2M Dinky Limited Run guitar featured in Slime Green Swirl.</p> <p>The DK2M Pro Series Dinky features an alder body, flat-sawn graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck with wrap-around heel, 24-fret compound radius (12"-16") maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlays, black neck and headstock binding, direct mount Seymour Duncan JB Zebra (bridge) and '59 Zebra (neck) humbucking pickups with five-way blade switching, Floyd Rose bridge, black hardware and Dunlop strap locks.</p> <p>Would you rock this ax?</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-unveils-new-pro-dk2m-dinky-slime-green-swirl#comments dinky Jackson News Gear Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:30:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22353 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — U2 Vs. Black Sabbath http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-u2-vs-black-sabbath <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order:</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!l</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting matchups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> <p>This matchup finds <strong>U2</strong> going head to head with <strong>BLACK SABBATH</strong>!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket!</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9 11 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239476269/Bracket-9-11" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9 11</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239476269/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_35798" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Black Sabbath</strong> (70.15 percent) defeated <strong>U2</strong> (29.85 percent). Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Yesterday's Winner</h1> <p><strong>PHISH</strong> (80.97 percent) defeated <strong>TOOL</strong> (19.03 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! You know they want to!</p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/D6-OlRwdAMY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n5REfM-zMBM" 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="/u2">U2</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-u2-vs-black-sabbath#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Black Sabbath Poll Polls U2 News Features Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:06:29 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22333 'Best of The Who': Get Note-for-Note Transcriptions for 25 Classics http://www.guitarworld.com/best-who-get-note-note-transcriptions-25-classics <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Best of The Who</em>, a book with note-for-note transcriptions with tab for 25 classic hits from the Who, is available now at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/best-of-the-who/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TheWhoBestOf">Guitar World Online Store for $24.95.</a></p> <p>It includes: </p> <p> • Athena<br /> • Baba O'Riley<br /> • Behind Blue Eyes<br /> • Dogs<br /> • Eminence Front<br /> • Going Mobile<br /> • I Can See for Miles<br /> • I'm Free<br /> • The Kids Are Alright<br /> • Long Live Rock<br /> • The Magic Bus<br /> • My Generation<br /> • Pinball Wizard<br /> • The Seeker<br /> • Squeeze Box<br /> • Who Are You<br /> • Won't Get Fooled Again<br /> • You Better You Bet</p> <p>... and more!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/best-of-the-who/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TheWhoBestOf">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></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="/who">The Who</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/best-who-get-note-note-transcriptions-25-classics#comments The Who News Features Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:05:31 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21103 Hear It Now: Motionless in White Streaming New Album http://www.guitarworld.com/hear-it-now-motionless-white-streaming-new-album <!--paging_filter--><p>Motionless in White will release their new album, <em>Reincarnate,</em> on September 16 via Fearless Records. In anticipation, the band is streaming the record in its entirety right now. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.</p> <p><em>Reincarnate</em> is now available for pre-order on <a href="http://motionlessinwhite.merchnow.com/">Merchnow</a> and digitally on iTunes.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7e_IrfxmyUk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/hear-it-now-motionless-white-streaming-new-album#comments News Features Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:55:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22351 Exodus Discuss Making of New Album, 'Blood In, Blood Out,' Part 1: Guitarist Gary Holt — Exclusive Video http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-holt-exodus-discusses-making-blood-blood-out-part-1-exclusive-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the first of five exclusive videos featuring Bay Area thrash legends Exodus. </p> <p>Each weekly clip will showcase material from <em>Blood Upon the Goat</em>, the bonus “making of” DVD included with the digipak and imported box set of <em>Blood In, Blood Out</em>, the band's highly anticipated new album.</p> <p>The album, which will be released October 14 via Nuclear Blast, is the band's 10th studio release. It was produced by Andy Sneap (Accept, Megadeth) and features ultra-cool cover art (you can check it out below) by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (Revocation).</p> <p>"[It's] aggressive and in-your-face and the fastest album we've ever done," says Exodus guitarist and songwriter Gary Holt. "I was able to concentrate on leads and I played some of the best stuff I ever have. I'm ripping off Michael Schenker left and right; I should probably be paying him money. I owe him some royalties or something."</p> <p>He added, "It sounds a little more like classic Exodus but in no way is it a retro album. I wrote most of the stuff but I gave a lot of control away — for the first time."</p> <p><em>Blood In, Blood Out</em> can be <a href="http://shop.nuclearblast.com/en/shop/">pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA webshop</a> in CD, digipak, 2LP yellow vinyl and imported limited-edition box set formats. Bundles include a T-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America and a poster (while supplies last).</p> <p>Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NdL56FHEFOw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Track listing for the deluxe digipak version of <em>Blood In, Blood Out:</em></strong></p> <p>01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)<br /> 02 – Blood In, Blood Out<br /> 03 – Collateral Damage<br /> 04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)<br /> 05 – Body Harvest<br /> 06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)<br /> 07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage<br /> 08 – My Last Nerve<br /> 09 – Numb<br /> 10 – Honor Killings<br /> 11 – Food For The Worms</p> <p><strong>BONUS DVD includes:</strong></p> <p>• “Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage<br /> • Behind-the-scenes tour footage<br /> • Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.</p> <p>The digital version of <em>Blood In, Blood Out</em> will include the digital bonus track “Angel Of Death” (ANGEL WITCH cover).</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="/exodus">Exodus</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-holt-exodus-discusses-making-blood-blood-out-part-1-exclusive-video#comments Exodus Gary Holt Videos News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:47:12 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22330 Shaman's Harvest Premiere "Dangerous" Lyric Video http://www.guitarworld.com/shamans-harvest-premiere-dangerous-lyric-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Jefferson City, Missouri rockers Shaman's Harvest have just premiered a lyric video for their new cut, "Dangerous." The track appears on their forthcoming full-length <em>Smokin' Hearts &amp; Broken Guns</em>, which is due out on September 16.</p> <p>Shaman's Harvest are Matt Fisher (bass), Josh Hamler (rhythm guitar), Nathan Hunt (vocals) and Derrick Shipp (lead guitar).</p> <p>Check out "Dangerous," below:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BYbDNgowFBc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>More about Shaman's Harvest:</p> <p>Shaman's Harvest achieved significant success with their independently released Shine album, which featured "Dragonfly." The song rose to number #16 on Billboard's Active Rock chart and #9 at Heritage Rock, selling over 150,000 singles and tens of thousands of albums. To date, the video has been viewed 2.3 million times on YouTube. Additionally, the composition was featured on the soundtrack of the major motion picture Legendary. In 2010, Shaman's Harvest recorded "Broken Dreams" for the WWE as the theme song for wrestler Drew McIntyre, and cut "End of Days" as the entrance track for Wade Barrett and The Corre. </p> <p>As they began recording Smokin' Hearts &amp; Broken Guns, singer Hunt was diagnosed with throat cancer. He reveals, "I immersed myself in this record, committed to not missing a day. I didn't know if it was gonna be my last record so it was treatment, then studio, then some days back for more treatment. Everyone deals with cancer differently. There was a period I felt alone and a couple tracks speak to that directly and other times I felt overwhelming love for my mates and people who were there for me. I was lucky enough to be recording during it and it's all there."</p> <p>Quote from the front man Nathan Hunt on Missouri:<br /> “Living in Missouri is awesome. There's a beauty in the grit of us Midwesterners. We work hard, make babies, drink too damn much, and we're not afraid to rebuild and start over when we get God-smacked. We have an art community all our own, inspired by wind in the wheat fields, and summer morning haze off the rivers and streams. If shit is broke we either fix it ourselves, or put it up on blocks for yard art." </p> <p>Quote from Hunt on the repertoire:<br /> "Whether they're driving down the highway, at work, or doin' the nasty, these songs should be the soundtrack. I think people will accept the diversity from song to song whether it's a riff rock vibe like 'Here It Comes' or it's a darker, emotional anthem such as 'Ten Million Voices' without categorizing Shaman's." </p> <p>Quote from Mascot Label Group North America President Ron Burman - "Nathan Hunt is an amazing, powerful vocalist and the band write universally appealing songs that rock! I’ve been a fan of Shaman’s Harvest for a few years now and I'm very excited to be working with them."</p> <p>Tour Dates:<br /> 9/12/14 – Omaha, NE – Shamrocks Pub &amp; Grill (outdoors)<br /> 9/20/14 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (w/ Theory of a Deadman)<br /> 9/21/14 – Houston, TX – House of Blues (w/ Theory of a Deadman)<br /> 10/18/14 – Springfield, MO – Ramada Oasis Convention Center (Q 102)</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/shamans-harvest-premiere-dangerous-lyric-video#comments News Features Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:44:16 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22346 Decibel Eleven Introduces New Series of Hot Stone Isolated DC Power Supplies http://www.guitarworld.com/decibel-eleven-introduces-new-series-hot-stone-isolated-dc-power-supplies <!--paging_filter--><p>The thousands of stomp boxes, effects pedal devices and processors created for electric guitars across all musical genres all have one thing in common, the need for an equally impressive power supply source. Enter, the new Hot Stone Deluxe and Hot Stone SMD. Decibel Eleven power supplies have been described by diehard fans as “built like a tank giving clean power for days.”</p> <p>The Hot Stone Deluxe features 8 isolated and 2 split outputs for a total of 10 that can be used simultaneously. Two of the outputs are high powered 400mA sections at 9V and 12VDC. This gives the user the capacity to feed high-current pedals like Eventide, Strymon, TC Electronic Nova, 4-button Line 6 modelers and many others.</p> <p>The Hot Stone SMD features 6 isolated outputs with a total of 8 available outputs that can be used at the same time. The Hot Stone SMD also has two high powered outputs, 400mA sections at 9V and 12VDC, to satisfy the high current power demands of the latest digital guitar pedals.</p> <p>Both the Hot Stone Deluxe and Hot Stone SMD include super-efficient Toroidal Transformers with additional magnetic shielding that provide no hum or interaction between pedals. Chris Hern, VP of Product Development at Decibel Eleven says, “The number one compliment we’ve received on our Hot Stone power supplies is how quiet they are in close proximity to other pedals.” Customer reviews echo Hern’s thoughts stating that the Hot Stone products “run smoothly and quietly” while efficiently providing devices with correct power voltage.</p> <p>Commenting on the personalized functionality of the new power supply sources for guitar pedals is the president of Decibel Eleven, Tony Garcia. He adds, “Since the release of the original Hot Stone power supply products, many professional touring musicians requested the added flexibility of setting the appropriate voltage based on the country they’re performing in. We were happy to give them that convenience with our new series Hot Stone power supplies”.</p> <p>Decibel Eleven is a company founded by engineers and professional musicians devoted to innovative electronics design. A division of the Southern California electronics design and manufacturing company MYE Entertainment Inc., Decibel Eleven has a long list of successfully developed products.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.decibel11.com" target="_blank">decibel11</a> or call (661) 964-3675.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/decibel-eleven-introduces-new-series-hot-stone-isolated-dc-power-supplies#comments Accessories News Gear Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:44:16 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22347 Stray from the Path, "Landmines" Guitar Playthrough Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/stray-path-landmines-guitar-playthrough-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>GuitarWorld.com is proud to present an exclusive guitar playthrough video from New York hardcore band Stray from the Path.</p> <p>Below, check out "Landmines," which features guitarist Thomas Williams. As always, tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>The song is from <em>Anonymous</em>, the band's 2013 Sumerian Records album.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LchzD0O01ZE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/stray-path-landmines-guitar-playthrough-video-exclusive#comments Stray From the Path Videos News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:43:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22348 Alert! New Documentary 'Inside Metal L.A.' Needs Your Help http://www.guitarworld.com/alert-new-documentary-inside-metal-la-needs-your-help <!--paging_filter--><p>The early '80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, 'Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock &amp; Metal,' chronicles the entire scene. </p> <p>Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, 'Inside Metal' features all-new interviews with countless bands and artists that thrived on the scene, and tell its story, first hand. To ensure that this documentary receives the attention it deserves, a fundraising campaign has been set up at <a href="http://WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM">WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM</a> which will help strengthen the film's distribution, marketing and promotion. </p> <p>This groundbreaking movie features exclusive and candid interviews with members of Metallica (Lars Ulrich), Ratt (Stephen Pearcy), Dokken (Don Dokken), Quiet Riot (Carlos Cavazo), W.A.S.P. (Chris Holmes), Megadeth (David Ellefson), Great White, (Jack Russel), Y&amp;T, (Dave Meniketti), Stryper (Michael Sweet) and Armored Saint (Joey Vera).</p> <p>'Inside Metal' is about giving fans the real inside story from the behind the scenes world of metal and hard rock with in-depth interviews, ultra-rare concert footage and photographs, and an original music score from that era; in this no-holds-barred, never before seen, recollection of untold stories. </p> <p>Watch the trailer below:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XlzWl795u0E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Renowned video director Jonas Åkerlund (who has worked with the likes of Metallica and Ozzy) raves, "This film captures an era that catapulted metal into the spotlight and takes the audience on a wild ride down memory lane. After watching it I wanted to get in my time machine and experience those days for the first time. You’re hit with a potent nostalgia, a time I thought we couldn’t get back, not until I saw this film. I can’t get enough of this shit, what an amazing film to watch over and over again, well done!"</p> <p>For more information or to get involved go to: <a href="http://WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM">WWW.METALROCKFILMS.COM</a> or <a href="http://www.fanbacked.com/c/inside-metal-la-documentary/">www.fanbacked.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/alert-new-documentary-inside-metal-la-needs-your-help#comments News Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:42:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22349 Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise to Include All-Star Band Featuring Philip Anselmo, Chris Broderick, Jon Donais, Scott Ian, Rex Brown and more http://www.guitarworld.com/motorhead-s-motorboat <!--paging_filter--><p>Metal Allegiance promises Motörboaters the rare opportunity to see a diverse group of metal legends interacting and performing together on the same stage. Singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) and Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater) will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal’s most influential and recognizable songs.</p> <p>"I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I've been involved with yet," says Philip Anselmo.</p> <p>Rex Brown of Kill Devil Hill says, "We have jammed at some big metal events in the past, but Metal Allegiance is gonna blow EVERYONE on the Motörboat cruise right out of the water!!! Let her rip!"</p> <p>Megadeth’s David Ellefson comments, "I'm really looking forward to being together with our friends and fans on Motörboat. Metal Allegiance is a great way to continue our brotherhood of all things metal."</p> <p>Mike Portnoy agrees: "I've been honored to have been part of some previous metal jams over the years and there's something very special and (Goddamn) electric that happens when you put this group of guys together in a room or on a stage. Myself and my brothers in metal on the Motörboat are metal lovers through and through and we love to get together to jam, have fun and pay tribute to the music that we all love so much."</p> <p>The first annual Motörhead’s Motörboat will sail from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26, 2014 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. “The Loudest Boat In The World” will feature Motörhead, Anthrax, Metal Allegiance, Testament, Down, High On Fire, Kill Devil Hill, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer Band, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and Cilver, as well as a spoken word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. While onboard, guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with band members and will see unforgettable performances on various stages throughout the ship. A limited number of cabins are still available for Motörhead’s Motörboat at www.MotorheadCruise.com.</p> <p>For more details on Metal Allegiance, visit: https://www.facebook.com/metalallegiancetour https://twitter.com/metalallegiance, and http://instagram.com/metalallegiance.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/mb14-lineup.jpg" width="620" height="620" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/motorhead-s-motorboat#comments News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:10:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22345