News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en The Top 10 Reasons to Play Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-reasons-play-guitar-0 <!--paging_filter--><p>Right now, you are reading a story on a website for guitarists. </p> <p>This means either you already play and are looking for a little vindication of your obsession, or you’re a beginner looking to find out whether you chose the right instrument. </p> <p>Well, here is every reason you need to quiet that little voice in the back of your head asking, “Why am I doing this?”</p> <p>Anyway, here are the top 10 reasons to start playing guitar!</p> <p><strong>10. Mating </strong></p> <p>Boys, admit it. Whatever your purportedly purist goals were, you had visions of female affection racing through your mind when you figured out the riff to “Enter Sandman.” After all, it pays off when the fairer sex sees how well you can use your hands. Conversely, girls, though you often don’t get proper recognition as players, you automatically have the rapt attention of every male music-nerd who dreams of dating a guitar heroine.</p> <p><strong>09. Piss off Your Parents </strong></p> <p>Rebellion is a natural expression of individuality. Since several generations of adults were raised on rock music, it takes a bit of creativity to get under the folks’ skin. A gentle, new-age acoustic interlude could drive Slayer-loving parents bonkers. And if you want to get artsy, assembling a dozen friends to rehearse an atonal Glen Branca guitar symphony should do the trick.</p> <p><strong>08. An Alternative to the Sporting Life </strong></p> <p>Too short and skinny to play football? Pick up an axe. The average jock’s self-esteem — not to his mention knees — collapses shortly after high school. For guitarists, life just gets better, as there are years of gigs, jam sessions, and musical explorations ahead.</p> <p><strong>07. Improve Your Vocabulary </strong></p> <p>Learn the arcane meanings of common words like action, bridge, gauge, stack, shred, and pickup. Using their secret meanings around the square crowd might lead to embarrassing and potentially dangerous situations, but when you speak them around another guitarist, he will recognize you as one of the club and doors will open.</p> <p><strong>06. Be the Life of the Party </strong></p> <p>People are drawn toward guitarists in social situations — as long as those guitarists play (rather than talk about gear). It’s the guitarist’s responsibility to lead the campfire sing-alongs as well as make night club audiences gasp at ripping-good riffs or solos. Lamp shades and chicken buckets are optional.</p> <p><strong>05. Form a Band and Join the Circus </strong></p> <p>It’s a great way to meet friends and gain attention. If the combo is good, you could stay away from home for weeks at a time, eat a steady diet of fast food, associate with mentally unbalanced characters, get ripped off by club owners, and then return to a lousy job so you can save up money to do it all again.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Nietzsche.jpg" width="300" height="340" align="left" style="padding:10px 20px 10px 0;" alt="Nietzsche.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>04. Head start on a Psychology or Management Degree </strong></p> <p>You’ve seen <em>This Is Spinal Tap</em> and <em>The Commitments</em>. Once in a band, you get to observe the twisted little minds of musicians. If you figure out how to make the insane drummer, egomaniacal singer, absent bassist, (ahem) insecure guitarist, and redundant yet snobbish keyboardist get along and show up for gigs on time, document it and put it on your college application. Dammit, sociologists get published for writing about musician subculture.</p> <p><strong>03. Versatility </strong></p> <p>You can’t play chords on a violin. You can’t slur notes on a piano. You can’t play counterpoint harmonies on a sax. Pete Townshend couldn’t have beaten up Abbie Hoffman at Woodstock if he had played bagpipes now, could he? It ain’t perfect, but the guitar has a vast range of musical possibilities for those who take the time to learn it well.</p> <p><strong>02. Slay Your Idols </strong></p> <p>OK, Nietzsche (pictured above), once you master “Eruption,” the next step is proving you’re faster than Yngwie, more inventive than Hendrix, and more athletic than Angus. You will dominate the guitar universe and lay your heroes to waste! Good luck. Don’t attempt to be a god. Strive for guru status, develop a cult of followers, and sell them instructional videos.</p> <p><strong>01. Enlightenment</strong> </p> <p>If you wade though all the other reasons for playing and make it a lifelong activity, the realization will hit that you possess the gift of communicating with people through the sublime language of music. Ever walk away from a gig or a jam session and felt as if you had just been in another world because your playing was so good? That’s the ticket to nirvana, brah.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-reasons-play-guitar-0#comments Spinal Tap News Features Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:55:17 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13204 Stevie Ray Vaughan on 'Austin City Limits' — Three of SRV's 30 Greatest Recordings of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-austin-city-limits-three-songs-srvs-30-greatest-recordings <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, including the remainder of our Stevie Ray Vaughan "Top 30" list, Steve Howe/Yes, the 60th anniversary of the Fender Strat, lessons, tabs and reviews of new gear from TC Electronic, Seymour Duncan, Prestige Guitars and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SRVAustinCity">check out the October 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p>For someone who spent a mere seven and a half years as a heavy player on the world stage, Texas guitar-slinger Stevie Ray Vaughan left behind a wealth of recorded material—and one hell of a legacy.</p> <p>In that blink of an eye between his incongruous appearance on David Bowie’s <em>Let’s Dance</em> in 1983 and his death in a freak helicopter crash in 1990, Vaughan unleashed four indispensable studio albums that hijacked the trajectory of modern blues guitar. </p> <p>Without the aid of light shows, edgy haircuts and goofy rock-star posturing, he introduced the MTV generation to passion-fueled guitar music—not to mention the work and importance of Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Buddy Guy and Howlin’ Wolf.</p> <p>He even had time to star in his own mini rock-star drama of drug and alcohol addiction, breakdown, recovery and triumphant return.</p> <p>In the all-new October 2014 issue—in honor of what would have been Vaughan’s 60th birthday (It’s about as difficult to picture SRV at 60 as it is to picture Hendrix at 72)—<em>Guitar World</em> looks back at what we consider his 30 greatest guitar moments. Our list digs deep into his six-string artistry, while taking historical importance and other factors into account. </p> <p>In terms of material, we’ve considered everything, including his official studio work and numerous posthumous studio and live releases—basically everything that will be included on Legacy Recordings’ new 13-disc box set, <em>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Album Collection</em>, which is slated to be released in October, the anniversary of Vaughan’s birth. </p> <p>We also considered his DVDs and videos available on YouTube—pretty much everything and anything he recorded with a Fender Strat, a guitar that, as reported elsewhere in this issue, also happens to be celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. </p> <p><strong>FOR THIS EXCERPT FROM OUR OCTOBER COVER STORY</strong>, we focus on three performances from Vaughan's October 1989 performance on <em>Austin City Limits</em>. These recordings represent numbers 5, 11 and 12 on our Top 30 list. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>05. “Leave My Girl Alone”</strong><br /> <strong>(<em>Austin City Limits</em>, 1989; released on <em>The Real Deal: Greatest Hits 2</em>, 1999)</strong></p> <p>One of the most frustrating things about Vaughan’s tragic death in August 1990 was the fact that, in the last two years of his life, his playing had somehow improved. Vaughan’s (and the rest of the band’s) coke-induced distractions were snuffed out, and his portal—that magical gateway that connected the guitarist to his unique source of inspiration, divine or otherwise—was wide open. </p> <p>A perfect example is this live 1989 version of Buddy Guy’s “Leave My Girl Alone,” recorded on the <em>Austin City Limits</em> TV show. </p> <p>Eric Clapton has mentioned how Jeff Beck “pulls” notes from his guitar; in this case, Vaughan is clearly “pushing” the notes out of his Strat, all in relentless, lightning-fast bursts that make you wonder what you’ve been doing with your life. </p> <p>His ominous groans between phrases underscore the passion and excitement he felt during every performance, especially when he was able to experience his surroundings as a clean and sober guitar god. — <strong><em>DF</em></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lJXwZFwC3mw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>11. “Mary Had a Little Lamb”</strong><br /> <strong> (<em>Austin City Limits</em>, 1989)</strong></p> <p>“When I go out and play [“Mary Had a Little Lamb”], I can hear people say, ‘Oh, that's Stevie's number,’ ” Buddy Guy once said. “So I say, ‘Okay man, that's Stevie's number.’ But Stevie knows whose number it was.” </p> <p>“Mary,” the first Guy composition to be recorded by Vaughan, was the perfect canvas for Vaughan and keyboardist Reese Wynans to slather with their mad skills. </p> <p>Like the rest of this priceless 1989 <em>Austin City Limits</em> broadcast, Vaughan is simply on fire. </p> <p>Between the song’s funked-up sections, he delivers a series of stellar, note-perfect solos that careen and soar with the aid of some nifty whammy-bar action. — <strong><em>DF</em></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4cGphy7XeZk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>12. Tightrope </strong><br /> <strong>(<em>Austin City Limits</em>, 1989)</strong></p> <p>When Stevie cut 1989’s <em>In Step</em>, his last studio effort with Double Trouble, he showcased more of an R&amp;B/soul approach than ever before, evidenced by the hit tracks “Crossfire” and “Tightrope.” “Tightrope” is a straightforward 4/4 groover with a James Brown–meets–Albert King type of feel. </p> <p>Shot on October 10, 1989, for <em>Austin City Limits</em>, Stevie’s performance is extraordinary, displaying a combination of raw power, deep emotion and technical brilliance in perfect measure. </p> <p>His Fuzz Face–drenched solo is crushing in its power while also beautifully melodic and precise. </p> <p>The intense multi-string bent vibratos at the start of his outro solo (3:42–3:46) are just the tip of the iceberg as he closes out this truly masterful performance. <strong>— <em>Andy Aledort</em></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GX5ioDq1m5I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus the rest of our Stevie Ray Vaughan Top 30 feature, Yes, the 60th anniversary of the Fender Strat, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from TC Electronic, Seymour Duncan, Prestige Guitars and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SRVAustinCity">check out the October 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-austin-city-limits-three-songs-srvs-30-greatest-recordings#comments Damian Fanelli October 2014 Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Features Magazine Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:07:43 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Andy Aledort http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22153 November 2014 Guitar World: Jeff Beck and Billy Gibbons Team Up, Eddie Van Halen and MXR Pedals, Crown the Empire, Weezer and More http://www.guitarworld.com/november-2014-guitar-world-jeff-beck-and-billy-gibbons-team-eddie-van-halen-and-mxr-pedals-crown-empire-weezer-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><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">The all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World is available now!</a></strong></p> <p>In the new issue, we feature <strong>Jeff Beck</strong> and <strong>Billy Gibbons</strong>. As they prepare to hit the road together for a summer tour, the two guitar legends wax philosophical on the rock and roll relationship between guitars, cars and everything in between. Like their music, Billy and Jeff’s insights are entertaining, surprising and, yes, surreal.</p> <p>Then, <em>Guitar World</em> focuses on <strong>Crown the Empire</strong>. They've managed to set themselves apart by infusing their aggressive sound with orchestral elements, spoken-word pieces, sonic collages, samples, glitch electronics and souring arena-rock choruses, among other things. After a stellar debut with <em>The Fallout</em>, they return as metalcore superstars with their epic follow-up, <em>The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways.</em></p> <p>Next, unfazed by perennial reports of rock’s death, <strong>Weezer carry on with <em>Everything Will Be Alright in the End</em>, their ninth, and latest, studio album</strong></p> <p>Later, we talk about <strong>Brian Bell.</strong> As Rivers Cuomo’s sonically savvy guitar partner, he gets plenty of chances to shine.</p> <p>Finally, as MXR celebrates its 40th anniversary, <strong>Eddie Van Halen</strong> tells us how he created his signature sound with help from two of the company’s most popular pedals: the Phase 90 and Flanger. Also, how Eddie’s MXR stomp boxes came into existence.</p> <p>PLUS: Progressive picks, Tune-ups for <strong>Black Veil Brides, Avenged Sevenfold, Yellowcard, Nita Strauss,</strong> Epiphone Pro-1 acoustic and Les Paul Classic-T with Min-ETune electric guitars, Dunlop Uni-Vibe pedal, Man of Steel, Maestro AG's Gibson 18-string harp guitar and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass</strong></p> <p>• Van Halen - “Ain’t Talkin’‘Bout Love”<br /> • Jeff Beck - “You Know What I Mean”<br /> • Darkest Hour - “The Misery We Make”<br /> • ZZ Top - “Legs”<br /> • Weezer - “Buddy Holly”</p> <p><strong><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">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/1114_Gib%26Beck.jpg" width="620" height="805" alt="1114_Gib&amp;Beck.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/november-2014-guitar-world-jeff-beck-and-billy-gibbons-team-eddie-van-halen-and-mxr-pedals-crown-empire-weezer-and-more#comments November 2014 News Features Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:05:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22416 Exodus Discuss Making of New Album, 'Blood In, Blood Out,' Part 4: Bassist Jack Gibson — Exclusive Video http://www.guitarworld.com/exodus-discuss-making-new-album-blood-blood-out-part-4-bassist-jack-gibson-exclusive-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the fourth 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 out 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>This week's video features bassist Jack Gibson. Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook! Check out the first three videos under RELATED CONTENT!</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><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/btusQYvASoQ" 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.”</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/exodus-discuss-making-new-album-blood-blood-out-part-4-bassist-jack-gibson-exclusive-video#comments Exodus Jack Gibson Videos News Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:00:43 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22492 Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Testify" Source: Jimi Hendrix's Original Version with The Isley Brothers — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughans-testify-source-jimi-hendrixs-original-version-isley-brothers-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>The idea of Stevie Ray Vaughan covering a funky song by the great R&amp;B band the Isley Brothers might seem bizarre until you consider that rhythm and blues was a big part of the Double Trouble playbook. </p> <p>Besides, his choice of “Testify” makes perfect sense when you realize that the guitarist on the Isley’s original 1964 version was none other than his hero, Jimi Hendrix. </p> <p>More a tip of the hat than a cover, Vaughan pays respects to Hendrix’s original opening riff before ditching the rest of the song and heading into parts unknown. It’s just as well. “Testify” wasn’t very good in the first place, and Vaughan carves a much more exciting path while ripping a total of seven—count ’em, seven—electrifying solos, each more intense than the one before it. </p> <p>But what really makes this one of Stevie’s very best performances is the variety of sounds he gets by using his wah pedal to subtly color his sound, as it gradually shifts from silky smooth to full-on banshee wail. </p> <p>Below, check out the original 1964 Isley Brothers version of "Testify," featuring Hendrix on guitar, followed by Vaughan's instrumental version recorded live in Japan in the mid-Eighties.</p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of our Stevie Ray Vaughan "Top 30 Recordings" feature, plus Steve Howe/Yes, the 60th anniversary of the Strat, lessons, tabs and reviews of new gear from TC Electronic, Seymour Duncan, Prestige Guitars and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=Testify">check out the October 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/usP3yLGru1Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Tm4Y-nCj7Z0" 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="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughans-testify-source-jimi-hendrixs-original-version-isley-brothers-listen#comments Isley Brothers Jimi Hendrix October 2014 Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Magazine Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:46:10 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22491 Pantera's Dimebag Darrell, 18, Plays Seven-Minute Guitar Solo in 1984 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/panteras-dimebag-darrell-18-plays-seven-minute-guitar-solo-1984-video <!--paging_filter--><p>The shadowy figure in the video below is none other than an 18-year-old Dimebag Darrell, who can be seen working his way through a nearly seven-minute-long guitar solo with his trusty Dean ML.</p> <p>In the clip, the young Dime makes noticeable references to several key six-string influences, especially Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen, with a touch of Yngwie Malmsteen thrown in (and perhaps the showmanship and sartorial style of Jake E. Lee).</p> <p>But beyond all that, Dime looks and sounds like a guitar prodigy through and through. His playing is full of confidence — not to mention some nice, wide interval stretches and blazing speed.</p> <p>At this point — sometime in 1984 (we can't be sure exactly when it was filmed), Pantera had only one or two independently released albums under their belt or in the works: 1983's <em>Metal Magic</em> and 1984's <em>Projects in the Jungle</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NB_GGdXCVB0" 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="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/panteras-dimebag-darrell-18-plays-seven-minute-guitar-solo-1984-video#comments Dimebag Darrell Pantera Videos News Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:19:04 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22490 AC/DC's Malcolm Young has Dementia, His Family Confirms http://www.guitarworld.com/acdcs-malcolm-young-has-dementia-family-confirms <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/acdcs-malcolm-young-reportedly-care-dementia-australia">Although rumors have been circulating for several weeks</a>, it has been confirmed that founding AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young has dementia.</p> <p>The family of the 61-year-old guitarist confirmed the sad news in an official statement, according to <em>People</em>:</p> <p>"Malcolm is suffering from dementia, and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy."</p> <p>"If you were in the room with [Malcolm Young] and walked out, then came back in one minute later, he wouldn't remember who you are," a Young family connection told Australia's <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em> several weeks ago. "He has a complete loss of short-term memory. His wife, Linda, has put him in full-time care."</p> <p>Michael Browning, AC/DC's former manager, told AAP: "I have friends that are still involved, and they keep me posted, so I have known for a little while. I think [Young's illness] came on very suddenly. It's shocking. It's terrible. Sadly for AC/DC, they're losing their creator, their mentor. He's the genius behind the band."</p> <p>Young reportedly suffered a stroke last year and did not participate in the recording sessions for AC/DC's new studio album, <em>Rock Or Bust</em>, which will be released December 2.</p> <p>It has been announced that Malcolm won't be returning to the group due to ill health. His replacement is Angus and Malcolm Young's nephew, Stevie Young. Stevie played on the band's new album, which was recorded at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with producer Brendan O’Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.</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> http://www.guitarworld.com/acdcs-malcolm-young-has-dementia-family-confirms#comments AC/DC ACDC Malcolm Young News Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:42:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22489 ‘Reckless’: Songwriter Jim Vallance Discusses Working with Bryan Adams http://www.guitarworld.com/reckless-songwriter-jim-vallance-discusses-working-bryan-adams <!--paging_filter--><p> In the context of songwriting partnerships, few teams have been as long-lasting — or as successful — as that of Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams. </p> <p>Since being introduced by a mutual friend in a music store in 1978, Vallance and Adams have written hits that appear on Adams’ albums <em>You Want It, You Got It; Cuts Like a Knife;</em> and the 1984 monster, <em>Reckless</em>, which sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. alone.</p> <p>Adams will celebrate the 30th anniversary of <em>Reckless</em> in November with a four-disc, super-deluxe reissue package that includes bonus-track demos recorded in Vallance’s basement studio in 1983 and '84.</p> <p>Over the years, Vallance has continued to flex his songwriting muscle, penning hits with Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions and Lita Ford, to name just a few. </p> <p>I recently spoke to Vallance about the <em>Reckless</em> sessions, his time working with Adams and his upcoming projects. </p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: When you think back to the <em>Reckless</em> album, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?</strong></p> <p>Mostly, I remember how much work we did. Bryan and I got together in my basement studio every day for a year ... noon 'til midnight. Some days were more productive than others, but we always put in the time and did the work.</p> <p><strong>What were those songwriting sessions like?</strong></p> <p>Bryan and I had a daily routine. He would arrive at noon, we'd have a sandwich and a cup of tea and then we'd go downstairs and get to work. We'd start by deciding if we were going to write a fast song or a slow song and then we'd set up a "drum loop" for inspiration. Usually, Bryan would play guitar and I'd play bass or piano. We'd jam for hours until one of us played or sang something interesting. Then we'd spend time fleshing out the idea or we'd jam some more until another idea materialized. We repeated the routine every day for months. It was always productive. There were very few wasted sessions.</p> <p><strong>I’d like to get your thoughts on a few tracks from <em>Reckless.</em> "Run to You."</strong> </p> <p>"Run to You" was written for our producer friend Bruce Fairbairn. He needed a song for Blue Oyster Cult. They didn't like the song, so Bryan recorded it himself.</p> <p><strong>"Heaven."</strong></p> <p>"Heaven" was written for the soundtrack of a film called <em>A Night in Heaven.</em> It was a dreadful film, but we got a decent song out of it!</p> <p><strong>"Somebody."</strong></p> <p>"Somebody" was one of those songs where we jammed for a few hours until something happened.</p> <p><strong>Bryan has often mentioned the sexual references in “Summer of '69.” Can you tell me the real story?</strong></p> <p>Bryan and I were talking about it recently. We were both in the room when "Summer of '69" was written, yet we have very different recollections about what inspired the song. </p> <p>I remember when we wrote the lyric I was thinking about all of the things that had happened to me during the summer of 1969: first girlfriends, first bands, lots of great music on the radio. Think about it … you're 17, you’re a budding musician and there's new music being released by the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and the Band. Not to mention Woodstock!</p> <p><strong>What role (if any) did you play in the recording process for the album?</strong></p> <p>I avoided the studio during the <em>Reckless</em> sessions. To be honest, I would have liked a bigger role, but if I'd been in the control room with Adams and [Bob] Clearmountain [producer], there would have been "too many chefs." My suspicions were confirmed a few years later during the <em>Into the Fire</em> sessions. </p> <p>I arrived at the studio one day when they were recording guitars. I made a fairly innocent comment about the guitar sound and Bob "lost it." He went nuclear on me. To his credit, he apologized a few minutes later, but my point is, it can get tense in the control room. Sometimes it's better to stay away. </p> <p><strong>Can you tell me something that not many people know about the album?</strong></p> <p>I attended Tina Turner's vocal session for "It's Only Love." As soon as she started singing, my heart sank. Our track was in the wrong key for Tina's vocal range! I thought we'd blown it, but Tina and Bryan tried a few things. They nudged the melody up a third and suddenly, we were back in business and Tina nailed it! What a thrilling moment that was. It was very exciting to witness.</p> <p><strong>How did you get started in songwriting?</strong></p> <p>Blame the Beatles. I was 11 when I saw them on television and knew right away that I wanted to be a musician. I started playing drums and guitar, but songwriting didn't happen until I was 15 or 16. I had an uncle who wrote songs, and that helped humanize it for me. I realized you didn't have to be a Beatle. Anyone could have a go at it.</p> <p><strong>You mentioned the process you used when you wrote with Bryan. Was this the same for some of your other collaborations? Namely Aerosmith, Ozzy, Lita Ford, Scorpions?</strong></p> <p>When I was working with Bryan in the 1980s, we didn't have any time constraints. We just kept writing until we had enough songs for an album. If it took a year, like it did with <em>Reckless</em>, then it took a year. Plus, we lived near each other so getting together was easy. </p> <p>It was different with artists like Aerosmith. They'd come to Vancouver or I'd go to Boston. There were also significant costs involved (flights, hotels, rental cars, restaurants) so the record company expected results. I was under a lot of pressure to deliver album-worthy songs, but I didn't mind. In fact, deadlines can be quite inspiring. It's a bit like school, where the teacher says, "I want a 20-page essay by Friday." You don't have a choice. You just do it or you get a failing grade. People don't know this, but songwriters don't get a salary. We only get paid if the album sells, and that's assuming your song makes it on the album in the first place! </p> <p><strong>What projects are you working on right now?</strong></p> <p>A few years ago I decided I only want to write with Bryan. I've done the 50-artists-a-year thing and it's a recipe for burn-out. I don't want to do that anymore. With Bryan, it's still a lot of work, but we know when to take a break. We pace ourselves. Bryan has three albums on the go. He's just released an album of cover songs (<em>Tracks Of My Years</em>) which includes one new Adams-Vallance original, "She Knows Me." </p> <p>In November, Bryan's releasing a 30th anniversary edition of <em>Reckless</em> with seven bonus tracks. Six of the bonus tracks are <em>Reckless</em>-era demos; recorded in my basement studio in 1983 and '84. We remixed them from the original 16-track tapes, but we didn't replace or re-record anything. It's me on bass, drums and keyboards, Bryan on guitar and sometimes Keith Scott playing lead. They're raw demos, never intended for release.</p> <p>But the project I'm most excited about is an album of all-new material, hopefully ready for release in 2015. I think it's our best songwriting since <em>Reckless.</em> One of our heroes, Jeff Lynne, is producing. It's such a thrill working with Jeff!</p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/reckless-songwriter-jim-vallance-discusses-working-bryan-adams#comments Bryan Adams James Wood Jim Vallance Interviews News Features Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:32:42 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22484 Glenn Proudfoot Shares Transcription of New Song, "Angel" http://www.guitarworld.com/glenn-proudfoot-shares-transcription-new-song-angel <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/glenn-proudfoot-premieres-new-song-and-video-angel-exclusive">Early last month, GuitarWorld.com posted the exclusive premiere of "Angel,"</a> a new instrumental track by guitarist and frequent <em>Guitar World</em> contributor Glenn Proudfoot.</p> <p>Today, we have the sequel, if you will! It's the official transcription of the song, courtesy of Proudfoot.</p> <p>The song is from his new album, <em>Ineffable</em>, which is available for pre-order through <a href="http://www.glennproudfoot.com/">glennproudfoot.com</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/ineffable/id914342943">iTunes</a>.</p> <p>"I always love to write solo pieces for the electric guitar," Proudfoot says about "Angel," which you can check out below. "It has the ability to sound so sweet and angelic but then, with the flick of a switch, can go to the other end of that spectrum and be totally brutal. </p> <p>"This is why, every day, I can ground myself with this amazing instrument. You really have the world at your fingertips. It allows you to convey every possible feeling you could have.</p> <p>"This piece is based around the use of harp harmonics. I've always been fascinated with the harp, the long rolling effortless arpeggios and the beautiful way harp players shape chords. </p> <p>"The sound is created by using the harp harmonics then finger picking and legato to create the free-flowing sound. I also use wide interval chordal shapes more like a pianist to give it that spacious feeling. </p> <p>"This is a very special piece of music for me. I feel incredibly blessed to be sharing it with you."</p> <p>You can follow Proudfoot on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/atomicguitaraudio">YouTube</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/glenn.proudfoot">Facebook.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kPXz3YfdIBE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Angel -PDF on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/241624328/Angel-PDF" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Angel -PDF</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/241624328/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_98480" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/glenn-proudfoot-shares-transcription-new-song-angel#comments Glenn Proudfoot Videos News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:40:13 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22483 Proceeds from Orion Guitar Gear's Pink Panther Strap to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Awareness http://www.guitarworld.com/proceeds-orion-guitar-gears-pink-panther-strap-raise-funds-breast-cancer-awareness <!--paging_filter--><p>Orion Guitar Gear has announced its new Pink Panther guitar strap. </p> <p>Proceeds from the sale of the strap will raise funds for breast-cancer awareness through <a href="http://www.komennyc.org/site/PageServer">Susan G. Komen Greater New York City</a>. </p> <p>The Pink Panther is made of premium-quality pink leather, metallic silver leather stars and gunmetal hardware and is backed with premium-quality black leather on the back side for extra comfort. This unique strap will draw attention and show support for breast-cancer research.</p> <p>Orion Guitar Gear, which was founded in 2012, is based in New York City and has gained recognition as the maker of top-quality straps worn by artists such as Chris Cornell, Reignwolf, Ed Roland, Jerry Cantrell, Tyler Bryant and many others.</p> <p>For more about Orion Guitar Gear, visit <a href="https://orionguitargear.com/">orionguitargear.com</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/PINK%20PANTHER%20out%20of%20case%20close-up%20%28black%20background%29.jpg" width="620" height="394" alt="PINK PANTHER out of case close-up (black background).jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/proceeds-orion-guitar-gears-pink-panther-strap-raise-funds-breast-cancer-awareness#comments Orion Guitar Gear Accessories News Gear Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:57:56 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22481 Kirk Hammett Lesson: How to Play Metallica's "Master of Puppets" http://www.guitarworld.com/kirk-hammett-lesson-how-play-metallicas-master-puppets <!--paging_filter--><p>Here's one fresh from the <em>Guitar World</em> video archives! </p> <p>It's a clip that appeared on the disc that accompanied our January 2006 issue, which features Metallica's Kirk Hammett on the cover.</p> <p>In the first part of the video, Hammett shows you how to play Metallica's classic "Master of Puppets." 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It incorporates a lot of riff-heavy groove and funk mixed with a modernized spin.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Bishop about the new album, his gear and more. As a bonus, we're also presenting the worldwide premiere of the new video for “Skull of Geronimo,” which was created by Bishop (who also happens to be a visual artist). Check out the interview and “Skull of Geronimo” below!</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How would you describe <em>Something Supernatural</em>?</strong></p> <p>I like to say it’s like “Clutch meets Funkadelic” with a little bit of doom tossed in there. It’s definitely on the heavier side of things. </p> <p><strong>What was the writing process like?</strong></p> <p>We rehearsed and wrote the album in this shed behind Brandon’s house. It was inside this room that was filled with deer heads and things like that [laughs]. It was a super-cool place to jam in. </p> <p>Most of the songs started out as previous ideas or as riffs and structures I brought to the table. Others would come out of jams where Jake would come up with a riff. That’s the beauty of being a riff-rock band. Sometimes the coolest pentatonic riffs are the ones people connect with the most.</p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about the song “Nowhere to Hide”?</strong></p> <p>That song was one of the first ones we collectively wrote as a band when we got together with Jake and Paul. I remember we wanted to write a song similar to Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen,” with a heavy riff and groove people will remember.</p> <p><strong>What about the track “Skull of Geronimo”?</strong></p> <p>That was written during that same session. Jake and I were in the writing room mapping out really technical riffs that just went on forever. We eventually cut them down and put a little Rage Against the Machine flair to it. That’s how the chorus riff came to be. For the verses, we wanted to take it in more of an ambient Soundgarden kind of direction. I really like that whirly delay sound on the guitar. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Bvm6lQHFjjg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What was it like working with Machine?</strong></p> <p>It was amazing. Machine did some of our favorite albums of all time, and working with him was like having a fifth member of the band. He’s someone you can really trust to help you make the decisions you need to make. The recording tricks and tones he gets and the way he pulls creative things out of you that you never knew that you had is incredible. </p> <p><Strong>Tell me a little about your musical upbringing and the origin of Crobot.</strong></p> <p>I first started learning how to play guitar when I was 10 and got good at it pretty quick. I took a little break while I was in high school to play baseball but still continued to play. My mom was the one who always said I needed to move and become a musician. So once I turned 20, I moved to Pennsylvania, where I met Brandon and we started Crobot. </p> <p><strong>Who were some of your influences?</strong></p> <p>The one player that influenced me the most and to this day I still love is Audley Freed (Cry of Love). I hear a lot of his influence in my own playing. I’m also a big fan of Rage Against the Machine and Clutch. Tim Sult’s simplicity and the way he uses effects is phenomenal.</p> <p><Strong>What’s your current setup?</strong></p> <p>I’m all Orange and have used them for years. I also play Telecasters. My main one right now is a 60th anniversary American Tele. My back up is a '72 Tele Custom with P90’s in it. My pedal board has two fuzzes, two octaves, a wah and a tuner. I also have a really crazy oscillator delay that I had modded a bit. I took out the tap and changed the knobs around so I could manipulate it with my foot. I use that to build tension. You can definitely hear it in the songs. It almost sounds like a spaceship taking off.</p> <p><strong>What excites you the most about <em>Something Supernatural</em>?</strong></p> <p>We made a bold statement with this album and had a lot of people behind us who really believed in what we were doing. Machine really knew what we were going for as far as hard-hitting grooves and powerful riffs — and who doesn’t love that?</p> <p><em>For more about Crobot, visit <a href="http://www.crobotband.com/">crobotband.com</a>.</em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/something-supernatural-crobot-guitarist-chris-bishop-talks-new-album-and-gear#comments Chris Bishop Crobot James Wood Interviews News Features Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:43:24 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22472 Guitar World Presents Girl Rockers at CBGB Festival in New York City http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-presents-girl-rockers-cbgb-festival-new-york-city <!--paging_filter--><p>The third annual <a href="http://www.cbgbfest.com/">CBGB Music &amp; Film Festival</a> will take over Manhattan October 8 to 12 — providing five days of incredible concerts, art exhibitions, movies and entertainment-industry shoptalk. </p> <p>And <em>Guitar World</em> will be right in the thick of things. </p> <p>On Saturday night (October 11), we're hosting a kick-ass evening of music featuring four of the most exciting up-and-coming female-fronted alternative and punk rock bands in New York City at Manhattan’s legendary R Bar on 218 Bowery (right across from where CBGB used to be).</p> <p>C’mon out and join <em>Guitar World</em> Editor-in-Chief Brad Tolinski, have some beers and watch these women work it!</p> <p>The bill includes:</p> <p><strong>9:45 p.m. Wise Girl</strong><br /> With a sound somewhere between Nineties alternative and riot grrrl, Wise Girl is a sharp, power pop foursome that draws from the past but produces something wholly modern. 2013 marked the release of the band’s first, full-length, debut, <em>You’ll Just Have To Wait</em>. The album is a 10-track LP filled with power chords, driving beats and fabulously quirky lyrics.</p> <p><strong>9 p.m. Izzy Zay &amp; The Inmates</strong><br /> Vocalist/guitarist Izzy Zay is a very strange and mysterious girl. She speaks fluent English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, so it’s often difficult to pin down where she’s from or where she’s been. With her beautifully resonant voice and evocative lyrics, she explores the same subconscious landscapes and symbolic terrain as the Doors or perhaps Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd. The band features <em>Guitar World</em>’s Brad Tolinski on guitar and violin.</p> <p><strong>8:15 p.m. Sharkmuffin</strong><br /> Sharkmuffin's name fits. The Brooklyn three-piece outfit crafts adorable pop music with jagged, garage-aged fangs. With lyrical subjects including incest, mythical bestiality and homicidal heroin using femebots, girl group-esque hooks are paired with heavy Seventies-inspired guitar riffs to create the raw sound of these punk-rocking debutants. With these guys, it's no secret the end goal is fun</p> <p><strong>7 p.m. Party Lights</strong><br /> Party Lights unabashedly wears their power pop hearts on their sleeve. The bastard child of Cheap Trick and the Go-Go's, the Brooklyn quartet doesn't see a problem with worshiping at the altar of the Knack and the Real Kids every now and again (and again and again). Songs about revenge, heartbreak and bad choices might be bad for real life but are songwriting gold, and luckily — depending on who you ask — Party Lights has been through it all, surviving by the skin of their teeth. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VP1rPm-N05A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-presents-girl-rockers-cbgb-festival-new-york-city#comments Brad Tolinski CBGB Izzy Zay Party Lights News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:16:46 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22478 Stéphan Forté Premieres New Song, "Enigma Opera Black" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/st-phan-fort-premieres-new-song-enigma-opera-black-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Enigma Opera Black," a new song by French guitar virtuoso Stéphan Forté.</p> <p>It's the title track from Forté's new album, which will be released October 28. </p> <p>Guitar fans also will appreciate the appearance of master U.K. guitarist Andy James, whose guitar solo can be heard from 04:05 to 04:48.</p> <p>This is Forté’s first studio album in three years and the first to be released on his new label, Zeta Nemesis. The guitarist was able to swing for the fences in a way he hadn’t in the past. The result is a fresh neo-classical, metal masterpiece.</p> <p>“I’ve been listening to a lot more modern kinds of stuff, whether it’s metal or classical, and I wanted to do an instrumental album, but not the kind of cliché Neo-Classical Eighties kind of thing,” Forté said. “Even though my first album is not really like that, it can have that kind of feeling. It’s still dark and metal and heavy, but I really wanted to move to something more modern.”</p> <p>Forté incorporated an array of lower-end instruments to bring metal music into a contemporary mind frame. </p> <p>“Even though I’m not a big fan of the word ‘djent’ because I think nowadays it means just about anything, I kind of like the thought of using lower range instruments,” he said. “The fact that we’ve been using seven or eight string basses makes everything sound a bit more modern.” </p> <p>Recorded at X Fade Studios in Nanterre, France, <em>Enigma Opera Black</em> was co-produced by Forté’s Adagio bandmate and keyboard player Kevin Codfert. The duo spent a year writing, recording and mixing the material.</p> <p>“I took my time,” Forté said. “I really wanted to take my time and to be happy with every note, and even though I’m not happy with every note now, at least I’m close and created something that I enjoy listening to.” </p> <p><em>Enigma Opera Black</em> is <a href="http://www.stephanforte.org/">available for pre-order HERE.</a> Be sure to follow Forté on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/stephanforte">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/169385165%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-mislw&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/st-phan-fort-premieres-new-song-enigma-opera-black-exclusive#comments Adagio Andy James Stéphan Forté News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:48:33 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22470 Led Zeppelin Premiere "The Rain Song" (Mix Minus Piano) from 'Houses of the Holy' Remaster — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-premiere-rain-song-mix-minus-piano-houses-holy-remaster-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>As we've been reporting, the latest wave of Led Zeppelin remasters will be released October 28.</p> <p>This time, Led Zep fans can prepare for new-and-improved versions of <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> and <em>Houses of the Holy.</em></p> <p>Speaking of which, it seems a previously unreleased track from the remastered <em>Houses of the Holy</em> has turned up online. Below, check out "The Rain Song (Mix Minus Piano)." It's a more intimate take on the classic 1973 cut, with more emphasis on the guitars.</p> <p>In a statement, Jimmy Page said "'The Rain Song' is the sort of piece of music Led Zeppelin could approach and do so successfully and so masterfully. This whole genre of the sensitivity, where it can sort of caress you, it’s something that I’ve always been very proud of. The companion disc version is really a good blend of everything that’s actually being played.”</p> <p>Have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe src="http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid3786779551001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAyiIY-k~,nwbxG65xosVBVgJSVwpV9i97G_fBTMnA&amp;bctid=3787247347001&amp;width=620&amp;height=345&amp;autoStart=false" width="630" height="420" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-premiere-rain-song-mix-minus-piano-houses-holy-remaster-listen#comments Led Zeppelin News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:38:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22477