News en Miss May I Premiere Grim "Deathless" Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Miss May I have premiered the dark music video for their new single, "Deathless." </p> <p>The track is taken from the band's upcoming album of the same name, which is set for release on August 7 via Rise Records. You can pre-order it <a href="">here</a>. </p> <p>Miss May I are promoting <em>Deathless</em>, which was produced by Joey Sturgis and Nick Sampson and recorded at the Foundation Recording Studio in Connersville, Indiana, during the Vans Warped Tour. </p> <p>Check out the video below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Miss May I Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:59:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25129 at Jimmy Page Elaborates on His Solo Plans, Says New Material Might Be Instrumental <!--paging_filter--><p>After Led Zeppelin broke up in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham, Jimmy Page wanted to stop playing. </p> <p>“I didn’t want to play the guitar,” Page tells <em>Rolling Stone</em>’s David Fricke in a <a href="">new interview</a>. “It was going to bring up too much.”</p> <p>But when he wraps up Led Zeppelin’s reissue project at the end of this month, Page plans to invest his energies fully in his instrument—and possibly to the exclusion of having a singer.</p> <p>“I’ll put my music together,” he says, “then think about whether I need to embellish it with a singer.”</p> <p>The guitarist said last February that he was getting in shape to perform live again, sometime closer to the end of this year. Last week, Page <a href="">announced</a> that he had new material written and would be looking for musicians to work with on it. This new interview was the first time he has suggested he would be working instrumentally. </p> <p>Page has spent much of the past eight years involved in Led Zeppelin–related activities, beginning with the band’s December 2007 reunion concert, with Bonham’s son, Jason, on drums. That show, a tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, who signed Zeppelin to Atlantic Records in 1968, was packaged for the 2012 album and DVD release <em>Celebration Day</em>.</p> <p>The reissuing of Zeppelin’s entire catalog, including session outtakes, was many years in the making and finally saw light of day in June 2014. With the release of the final three albums—<em>Presence</em>, <em>In Through the Out Door</em> and the odds-and-ends collection <em>Coda</em>—on July 31, Page is ready to move on to new projects.</p> <p>Though Page has said publicly that he would like to get Led Zeppelin back together, singer Robert Plant has rejected the idea, much to Page’s disappointment. “He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it, to be honest with you,” Page told NME in 2014. “I don’t sing, so I can’t do much about it.”</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:58:27 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25128 at Dear Guitar Hero: Buddy Guy Discusses Muddy Waters, Fender Strats, Touring with The Rolling Stones and More <!--paging_filter--><p><em>He’s been called the greatest living guitarist by Eric Clapton, he’s played with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his new double album, </em>Rhythm and Blues<em>, is a powerhouse set with guest shots by Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart and Keith Urban. But what </em>Guitar World<em> readers really want to know is....</em></p> <p><strong>What’s the most important thing you learned from Muddy Waters? — Marc Merriwether</strong></p> <p>That you should play music for the love of it, not for the money. It’s 57 years since I first arrived in Chicago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and when I came here I didn’t have the slightest idea that I would be good enough to play guitar with Muddy or even make a record. I was working as a custodian at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. </p> <p>But I come up to Chicago, and the next thing I know, Muddy was asking me to play. And I found out that the money Muddy was making wasn’t much more than I was making working day jobs at LSU. But here’s Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson…and they were having so much fun just playing. And I learned that they were playing for the love of music, not the love of money. </p> <p><strong>What are you driving these days? — Butch Teagarden</strong></p> <p>I’m into classic cars, man. I got a ’55 T-Bird, a ’58 Edsel and all them old cars. I got a lot of what they call “vintage” cars. Eric Clapton can spot one of them a mile away and then asks me how much I want for it. Eric talked me into buying a Ferrari about 20 years ago. </p> <p>I read that they had caught him driving one in Europe, and I think he was doing 170 miles an hour. The cops couldn’t catch him. They had to tell ’em to stop him in the next town. I asked him about it and he said, “Man, you must get a Ferrari. It sits down.” But that damn thing … You know, when you get to my age, there isn’t a lot of room inside a Ferrari. It’s like a prop plane. Even them big jumbo planes, if you go into the cockpit to see the pilot, he don’t have much room to move around or cross his legs and stuff. And every time I get in a Ferrari, I feel like I’m flying a plane. </p> <p><strong>Your string bends have always been awesome. What gauge strings do you use? — Paolo Sandoval</strong></p> <p>I was using very thin strings in the early days, when I made my first record, “Sit and Cry and Sing the Blues,” in 1958. I laugh about it now because they’d break so easily, being so thin. But they were real easy on your fingers. The thing is, I couldn’t always afford new strings when they broke. I’d go play a gig at night and I didn’t have but one string and could not afford another one. So I had to get heavier strings. </p> <p>Later on guys like Hendrix and Stevie Ray were using the really thick haywire strings, which would cut the tip of your finger if you bent them in the B.B. King style. B.B. King used to put glue on the tips of his fingers to protect the skin and keep them from bleeding. So right now I’m using an 11 for my first string, a 13 to 14 for the second, probably a 16 to 18 for the third. And for the wound strings I think I start around 28 and go up to 35 for the fifth string and maybe 40 for the number-six string. </p> <p><strong>What was it like opening the Rolling Stones in the Seventies? — Idriss Moussaka</strong></p> <p>In 1970, me and Junior Wells opened a whole tour for the Rolling Stones throughout Europe. And when you open a show for them, some fans are gonna look up and say, “That’s not the Rolling Stones!” Sometimes the few people there who knew us—two or three maybe—were okay. </p> <p>But the rest of the 40, 50 or 60 thousand were saying, “Who the hell is this?” A lot of people weren’t ready for me and Junior back then. But I kept saying to myself, “Well, they got us out here. Play a few licks and maybe you’ll sell a few more records next time you make one because somebody saw you with the Rolling Stones.” But it was exciting. And even today I get people right now coming up and saying, “I didn’t know who you was till I saw you on a stage with the Stones.”</p> <p><strong>How and when did you first know that that Fender Stratocaster was the guitar for you? — Doug Polanski </strong></p> <p>I saw the late Guitar Slim play when I was still very young. That was the first time I saw a Strat. He had a 100-foot cord coming in the door, playing “I Done Got Old.” And I’m saying, “Is that a guitar? What the hell is that?” Later on, I played with a guy named Big Poppa [Tilley]. He had a little three-piece band, two guitars and drums, and he played a little harmonica. And he bought a Strat for me to play in his band. </p> <p>That was the first time I got to play one. When I first came to Chicago, I had a Gibson Les Paul, but I was so in love with the Strat. So when the Les Paul got stolen, I got my first Strat, a ’57. One reason why I fell in love with the Strat back then was that acoustics and other guitars weren’t built so solid. If something happened, they could crack easy and all of that. Back then I couldn’t afford a new guitar if something happened to mine. </p> <p>And I found out the Strat has a steel rod in the neck and it was a solid piece of wood, so if you drop it you might scratch it, but you couldn’t hurt it. That’s what made me fall in love with it. Plus, Leo Fender had that tone and that sound on it, man. So I got hooked with that experience. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>How did you like recording “Messin’ with the Kid” with Kid Rock on your new album? — Peter Brown </strong></p> <p>We had a great time. “Messin’ with the Kid” was the biggest record by my late musical partner, Junior Wells. And I always said, “You know, I’m waitin’ on Kid Rock to do this song.” He laughed when I told him, and said, “Man, I’ll come in and do it. I never thought of that.” I told him, “I beat you to it.” Kid Rock and I go back a long way. He’s into the deep blues. </p> <p>He was there when they honored me at the Kennedy Center awards at the White House last year. He said, “I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Every musician you know of, even some of the hip-hoppers, are into some of the things we did way back then. </p> <p><strong>What is the real origin of the polka dots on your Strat? — Mia Sanderson</strong></p> <p>Well, I’m the oldest boy in my family. There were five of us: three boys and two girls. And when I left Louisiana for Chicago 57 years ago, my mother had a stroke and didn’t want me to go. She wasn’t even able to walk or talk right anymore, but she got to where she could understand a few things and I could understand her. </p> <p>And I wanted to make her feel good, so I say, “Well, I’m gonna go to Chicago and make more money than I’m making here, and I’m gonna be sending you money back and you’ll see how well I’m doing. I’m gonna drive back down to you in a polka-dot Cadillac.” I knew I was lying to her. And when she passed away in 1968, I said to myself, “You lied to your mama and never got a chance to tell her you were lying.” That bothered me. </p> <p>And one day I said to myself, “You know what? I’m gonna see if Fender will make me a polka-dot Strat.” At first they said they couldn’t do it, but then they hired a guy who said, ‘We can do it.’ They made me one or two, and then they tried it out at the NAMM show. </p> <p>They made 100 or 200, just to see what would happen, and they let me know the 200 were gone before they even got there. These days, I think I own about seven or eight of them. But I got some sons and grandsons come up to see me now. And sometimes I open up a case after they leave and the guitar is gone!</p> <p><strong>“Poison Ivy” is a track you originally cut for Vanguard Records in 1968. What made you want to revisit it on <em>Rhythm and Blues</em>? — Mike Mulcahy</strong></p> <p>Did I record it before? I don’t remember that. I know I would sing it in person. But I wanted to do it on my new album to honor the late Willie Mabon, who had a hit on Chess Records with “Poison Ivy” [in 1954]. When we got in the studio we were doing mostly new songs, but I wanted to honor a few people like Willie Mabon, Junior Wells and Guitar Slim by doing some of their songs. </p> <p><strong>What do you think of the new young generation of blues guitarists? — Bob Andres</strong></p> <p>I think they’re great. Gary Clark Jr., he’s a young man who plays on my new album. I’m really pulling for him, because it takes young people to keep the blues alive. Like another young guy I’m promoting—Quinn Sullivan. When I first met him, he was seven and he was playing as well as Eric Clapton, me, B.B. King or Jeff Beck or any of those guys. </p> <p>How did he learn all that at seven years old? Here I’m 77 and I still haven’t found some of those notes! He just turned 14 and we got a CD coming out on him soon. You know, we don’t get much airplay on the blues anymore, for some strange reason, until some young kid come along. That’s what happened with the British guys, like the Stones and Clapton. They opened the door. And Stevie Ray and all of them. Youth is the one to keep the blues going. That’s what makes the world go ’round, and that is what we need for the blues. I know it would put a big smile on Muddy’s face.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Buddy Guy Dear Guitar Hero GW Archive October 2013 Interviews News Features Magazine Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:57:33 +0000 Alan di Perna 19129 at Tab Book: Learn to Play Andy McKee's 'Art of Motion' Album <!--paging_filter--><p>The tab book — <em>Andy McKee: </em>Art of Motion — is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</p> <p>The book features a dozen tracks from the 2005 album by this acclaimed folk fingerstyle guitarist in standard notation and tab, including: </p> <p>• Art of Motion<br /> • Drifting<br /> • For My Father<br /> • Heather's Song<br /> • Into the Ocean<br /> • Keys to the Hovercar<br /> • Rylynn<br /> • Shanghai </p> <p>... and more!</p> <p><strong>This 112-page book is <a href="<a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=ArtofMotion">available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $22.99.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Andy McKee News Features Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:56:38 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20812 at Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy Jam at Legends in 1989 — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Some more incredibly rare video of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan in action has suddenly become available on YouTube.</p> <p>Below, watch Buddy Guy jamming with Vaughan on July 30, 1989, at <a href="">Buddy Guy's Legends</a> in Chicago.</p> <p>The event? It was Guy's 53rd birthday party.</p> <p>This video mysteriously appeared on YouTube March 19. We think the top commenter (on YouTube) puts it best:</p> <p>"Wow is all I can say!!!!! I've heard this was video taped from a few people, even saw a couple grainy photos from said video. But I never thought any of this would see the light of day! Please tell me the whole thing was recorded!!?" </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="">Damian Fanelli</a> is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> and </em><a href="">Guitar Aficionado</a><em>. His New York-based band, <a href="">the Blue Meanies,</a> has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/swing/rockabilly band <a href="">the Gas House Gorillas</a> and New York City instrumental surf-rock band <a href="">Mister Neutron,</a> also <a href="">composes</a> and <a href="">records film soundtracks.</a> He writes's <a href="">The Next Bend</a> column, which is dedicated to <a href="">B-bender guitars and guitarists.</a> His latest liner notes can be found in Sony/Legacy's </em><a href="">Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection.</a><em> Follow him on <a href="">Facebook,</a> <a href="">Twitter</a> and/or <a href="">Instagram.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/buddy-guy">Buddy Guy</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Buddy Guy Damian Fanelli SRVDF Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:30:44 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23804 at Aborted Premiere "The Necrotic Manifesto" Playthrough Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, presents the exclusive premiere of "The Necrotic Manifesto," a new playthrough video by Belgian death metal mainstays Aborted.</p> <p>The band recently wrapped up their most intensive touring cycle, including a U.S. co-headlining tour with Fit for an Autopsy. Now they're working on the followup to <em>The Necrotic Manifesto,</em> which should be ready for a spring 2016 release on Century Media Records. </p> <p>Check it out below and tell us what you think! </p> <p><Strong>For more about Aborted, follow them on <a href="">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Aborted Danny Tunker Guitar Playthrough Videos News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:23:34 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25127 at Joshua Moore and Lou Cotton of We Came As Romans Talk Gear, New Album <!--paging_filter--><p>Troy, Michigan’s We Came As Romans have always been described as melodic metalcore, but never has the metal been as strong as on their new self-titled Equal Vision Records release. Nor, for that matter, has the metalcore. For album number four the six-piece has honed both extremes of their sound, holding their songwriting to incredibly strict standards in order to push their melodic sense without sacrificing the brutality, aggression and energy. </p> <p>To push into this slightly more rock direction the band worked with producer David Bendeth, who has previously produced or mixed Crossfaith, Breaking Benjamin, Asking Alexandria, and Paramore, to name a few. The veteran producer brought a strict sense of quality control to the sessions. </p> <p>“We started with 15 songs going in that Louie [Cotton, guitarist] and I had written and when we went in for pre-production they all ended up cut,” lead guitarist Joshua Moore says. “David said ‘All of these are mediocre. You’re just writing these to be good enough, not to test your limits!’ It gave us a swift kick in the ass so we started all over again.” </p> <p>From there the band rewrote the entire album, and even some of the rewrites ended up being cut. Ultimately a list of about 40 songs was culled down to 10 songs for a tight 33 minutes 33 seconds. </p> <p>Moore and Cotton complement work as a guitar team, each staking out their own sonic territory but with respect to the other’s sound too. Orange Amplification takes care of backline duties, with Moore plugging into a Dual Dark 100 head and Cotton using a Rockerverb. “Those heads give us the clean tone for all our melodic, pretty parts but also the heavy parts as well.”</p> <p>Lou Cotton plays ESP Eclipse models with EMG 81 and 85 active humbuckers. Cotton admits to having a sizeable collection of ESPs. “Because I play a lot of the rhythm stuff I just feel the EMGs are perfectly balanced for that kind of stuff,” he says. </p> <p>Meanwhile Moore uses Ibanez FR models, including two Prestige instruments and two from the L.A. Custom Shop, loaded with Bare Knuckle Aftermath passive humbuckers or Seymour Duncan JB and ’59s. “I used to play active pickups as well but as we started writing cleaner guitar parts I liked the response and warmth of passives so I switched,” Moore says.</p> <p>“We did this thing way back in the day which was a horrible idea: we wrote in every tuning possible!” continues Moore. “So when we were headlining we had guitars in four different tunings each! As long as nothing goes wrong it’s okay but when you have 12 different wireless frequencies for each member, and wireless microphones and wireless in-ears, sometimes there’s that one show where you get a radio station coming through your amp!”</p> <p>Moore’s choice of Ibanez guitars was initially inspired by August Burns Red’s JB Brubaker. “I got an RGA Prestige when I was 18, he says. “We were unsigned and still a local band and we’d played a few shows opening up for August Burns Red. I ended up buying an Ibanez back in the day because JB had one! I literally just searched for the model he used and I bought that exact one. I thought, If I buy his guitar I’ll be really good and then our band will be signed and we’ll go somewhere! I told JB that story once when I was a little intoxicated and full of courage and he just laughed.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Joshua Moore Lou Cotton September 2015 We Came As Romans Interviews News Features Magazine Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:05:58 +0000 Peter Hodgson 25125 at Fear Factory's Dino Cazares Talks Gear, Why He Tours With As Small a Rig As Possible <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Genexus</em>, the new record from industrial metal vets Fear Factory, is a concept album about the increasing hybridization of technology and humanity—and guitarist Dino Cazares says that their technologically advanced approach to recording the album fell right in line with its concept.</p> <p>“Aside from two days in a studio recording live drums, we recorded everything direct to Pro Tools in a bedroom in my house,” he says with a laugh. “I don’t know if that disappoints people or not, but that’s the way we did it. This is where we are today with music technology. The ‘bedroom hobby’ stuff is now professional shit!”</p> <p>A longtime adherent of profiling amplifiers, Cazares says he used a Kemper Power Rack for all of the album’s guitar tracks. “With my Kemper, I’m able to profile all the heads I have—the Soldanos, the Diesels, the Engls, the EVHs, the Marshalls, all that stuff. I used a combination of tones on this record, an original EVH mixed with Marshalls. And the beauty of technology these days is that you can download any cabinet that you want, and experiment with all sorts of cabinets and mic positions. We just picked out the cabinets we wanted, and—boom!—we recorded direct.” </p> <p>Cazares primarily used his Ibanez DCM100 signature seven-string baritone on Genexus, though his Ibanez Custom Shop RGA8 eight-string baritone makes an appearance on the song “Soul Hacker.” He says that, these days, the two guitars, a backup seven-string and the Kemper are all he needs for touring as well as recording. </p> <p>“Financially, it makes the most sense for us to take the least amount of equipment on tour as possible; plus, there’s less stuff that can get stolen. I laugh at all these bands that are spending so much money taking all these cabinets, all these heads and all these racks with them on tour. I mean, if you can afford to do it, go for it; but technology has made it possible to leave all that stuff at home!”</p> <p><strong>AXOLOGY:</strong><br /> <strong>GUITARS:</strong> Ibanez DCM100 signature seven-string baritone and Ibanez Custom Shop RGA8 eight-string baritone, both with Seymour Duncan signature Retribution pickups<br /> <strong>AMPS/EFFECTS:</strong> Kemper Power Rack<br /> <strong>STRINGS:</strong> D’Addario NYXL .010–.054 (seven-string) and .010–.064 (eight-string)</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fear-factory">Fear Factory</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Dino Cazares Fear Factory September 2015 Interviews News Magazine Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:48:51 +0000 Dan Epstein 25124 at Estate of Frank Zappa Partners with Universal Music Enterprises, Plans Massive Set of Reissues <!--paging_filter--><p>Earlier today, <a href="">we reported</a> that the Zappa Family Trust had given an Alex Winter documentary about Frank Zappa's life and music the green light. </p> <p>Now, <em>Rolling Stone</em> is reporting that the Zappa Family Trust has partnered with Universal Music Enterprises, allowing for new product releases, film and theatrical productions and trademark licensing.</p> <p>Some of the items that are allegedly being worked on include <em>Joe's Garage, The Musical</em>, the long-fabled <em>Roxy Movie</em> and an orchestra performance of <em>200 Motels</em> featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic.</p> <p>The first confirmed release will be a remastered edition of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's 1974 album, <em>One Size Fits All</em>, which will come out on August 14th on 180-gram vinyl. </p> <p>For more about Zappa and his catalog, you can head on over to his <a href="">website</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="/frank-zappa">Frank Zappa</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Frank Zappa News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:32:15 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 25123 at Of Monsters and Men Premiere "Organs" Lyric Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Icelandic folk-pop group Of Monsters and Men have premiered the music video for their new single, "Organs." </p> <p>The single is taken from the band's new album, <em>Beneath The Skin</em>, which you can pick up <a href="">here</a>. </p> <p>The video prominently features Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, the band's co-vocalist and guitarist, performing the track. </p> <p>Check out the video (and the band's tour dates) below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><strong>Of Monsters and Men Tour Dates:</strong></p> <p>July 31-8/1 Montreal, QC Osheaga Festival<br /> August 1st Chicago, IL House of Blues<br /> August 2nd Chicago, IL Lollapalooza<br /> August 5th Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Casino and Bingo Event Centre<br /> August 6th Edmonton, AB Edmonton Folk Festival<br /> August 8th Squamish, BC Squamish Valley Music Festival<br /> August 9th Seattle, WA Marymoor Park Concerts<br /> August 12th Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre<br /> August 13th Las Vegas, NV The Pool @ The Cosmopolitan<br /> August 15th Elverta, CA Radio 94.7 City of Trees<br /> August 16th Portland, OR 94.7 Alternative Portland’s Birthday Party<br /> August 19th Reykjavik, Iceland Harpa<br /> August 20th Reykjavik, Iceland Harpa<br /> September 15th Philadelphia, PA Skyline Stage at the Mann Center<br /> September 16th Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE<br /> Sept.18-20th Toronto, CA Toronto Urban Roots Fest<br /> September 20th Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion<br /> September 22nd New York, NY Beacon Theatre<br /> September 23rd New York, NY Beacon Theatre<br /> September 24th Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre<br /> September 25th Boston, MA Boston Calling Festival<br /> September 26th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino<br /> September 28th Columbus, OH The LC Pavillion<br /> September 29th Detroit, MI Masonic Temple Theatre<br /> October 1st St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium<br /> October 4th Austin, TX Austin City Limits<br /> October 5th Houston, TX Bayou Music Center<br /> October 2nd Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at Midland<br /> October 7th Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium<br /> October 8th Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre at the Music Factory<br /> October 9th Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre<br /> October 11th Austin, TX Austin City Limits<br /> October 13th Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Center<br /> October 14th Salt Lake City, UT The Great Salt Air<br /> October 16th Berkely,CA Greek Theatre<br /> October 17th San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre</p> <p><iframe width='620' height='365' src=';autoplay=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Of Monsters and Men Videos News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:01:19 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 25122 at Guitarist Steve Brown Talks New Trixter Album, 'Human Era’ <!--paging_filter--><p>Hard rock band Trixter’s mantra has always been being the best band they can be. It’s a formula for success that has reaped rewards for the New Jersey-based band for more than 30 years.</p> <p>Trixter’s new album, <em>Human Era,</em> continues that trend with another infectious blend of rock and riffs. </p> <p>Whether it’s the inspired performing on the opening track, “Rockin’ to the Edge of the Night,” a song that started out as a leftover from the first Trixter album, the shuffle feel of “Midnight in Your Eyes” or the album’s title track which discusses the band’s history, <em>Human Era</em> is an inspired collection of songs from one of the genre’s finest bands.</p> <p>Guitarist Steve Brown has been with Trixter since the beginning. In addition to being a principal songwriter and producer for the band, which also consists of Pete Loran (vocals), P.J. Farley (bass) and Mark “Gus” Scott (drums), Brown has used his guitar and vocal prowess to fill in for Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell during his recent treatments.</p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> recently spoke with Brown about the new Trixter album, his time performing with Def Leppard, gear and more! </p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How would you describe <em>Human Era</em>?</strong></p> <p>I think it’s Trixter at its best. The most important thing for us is that we’re doing the best music of our career. We take a lot of pride in that and as musicians, each of us is at our best. Plus we have Pete Loran, who has one of the best rock voices out there. Collectively, the band is better than ever. </p> <p><strong>What’s the songwriting process like for Trixter?</strong></p> <p>There are a lot of different avenues. “Rockin’ to the Edge of the Night” is a great story because that song was actually an old one that we reworked. It was originally one of the leftovers from our very first album that for some reason never made it. That was a song that was a gem with the right parts but just needed to be reworked.</p> <p><strong>How about the track, “Midnight in Your Eyes”?</strong></p> <p>I love the heavy, shuffle groove of that track. We’ve always had that side to us. It definitely has that “Def Leppard / Mutt Lange” inspired feel to it.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What can you tell me about the title track, “Human Era”?</strong></p> <p>That was the last song we wrote for the record. What’s cool is that where “Edge of the Night” is our oldest song, the album ends with our newest one - the title track. P.J. brought the concept in. Lyrically, it talks about our history. We’ve been through a lot together as a band for more than thirty years but we’re still brothers. The whole record has a lot of positive, human-based messages and about how every second counts. </p> <p><strong>It’s now been 25 years since the band’s first album. A time when music was just getting its first taste of grunge. What thoughts come to mind when you think back to those days?</strong></p> <p>All I can say is, “Wow!” We always hear stories about how great it would have been if we had come out a few years earlier and how we might have been as big as some of the other bands of our genre. But we were just so grateful to be a part of it and get on the wave. Sure, it would have been nice if we came out earlier but we enjoyed every minute of it to the fullest. </p> <p>We were out on some amazing tours. At the time, you don’t really know what’s happening but now more than ever we appreciate every moment. We were just doing what we did as kids and every year it just kept building. The fact that people still come out to see us today because of what we built back then really means something. </p> <p><strong>Speaking of Def Leppard, you’ve recently filled in for Vivian Campbell for a few dates. What was that experience like?</strong></p> <p>It was an absolute honor. Those guys have been friends of mine for 27 years. Vivian is a good friend who has always been a hero of mine. Every time I'm with him he always tells me some really cool Dio stories. During my stint with them I learned so much about how they make records and do live vocals. It was amazing.</p> <p><strong>Did you always know that you wanted a career in music?</strong></p> <p>I was born into an athletic family and played sports growing up. I started playing guitar when I was eight and as time went on, I started becoming more and more obsessed. I remember seeing the original KISS line-up in 1979 at Madison Square Garden on The Dynasty tour and then saw the original Van Halen there too. After those shows, I knew exactly what I wanted to do!</p> <p><strong>What’s your live setup like these days?</strong></p> <p>Right now I’m using EVH 5150 half stacks with Digitech and Rocktron effects along with AKG wirelesses. For guitars, I’m using EVH Wolfgangs and a D'Anngelico EX-SD. I also have a DBZ Korina Flying V that I used on the Leppard Tour. </p> <p><strong>Of all the highlights of your career are there any that stand out to you as most memorable?</strong></p> <p>The obvious one is the first time we played our hometown arena – The Meadowlands. We played there on the Scorpions tour and got our gold records that night. To have our family and friends be there when we were presented with our records was unbelievable. </p> <p>But I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I’ve been able to do things that most people just dream of and am still doing it. </p> <p><strong>What excites you the most about <em>Human Era</em>?</strong></p> <p>What always excites me is when the record is done. You always go through all of these emotions whenever you make a record but the best part is when the record is finally complete. That’s when you put it in you car, listen to it and go “Man, this is really fucking good!” Doing our best work so many years into it…that’s what I’m most proud of.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href=""></a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> James Wood Steve Brown Trixter Interviews News Features Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:38:25 +0000 James Wood 25121 at Clutch Premiere "X-Ray Visions" Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Clutch has premiered the official music video for their new single, "X-Ray Visions." </p> <p>The track is taken from the band's new album, <em>Psychic Warfare</em>, which is set for an October 2 release via the band's own Weathermaker Music label. </p> <p>The title of <em>Psychic Warfare</em> was taken from the lyrics of "X-Ray Visions," according to singer Neil Fallon. </p> <p>“It’s a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel," Fallon said. </p> <p>"He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia.”</p> <p>You can check it out below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" 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="/clutch">Clutch</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Clutch Videos News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:04:21 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25120 at Guitarist Chris Feener Shreds His Way Through Darius Rucker's "Wagon Wheel" — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="">Guitarist Chris Feener</a> posted this video earlier this month with the caption, "I finally learned how to play 'Wagon Wheel'."</p> <p>Check out this one-minute-plus clip that finds Feener shredding his way through a tune made popular by Darius Rucker in 2013 (although it's been around for many years and is credited to Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show).</p> <p>Don't take it too seriously; it's meant to be funny. Enjoy!</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/ChrisFeener/videos/vb.734060367/10155760021590368/?type=1"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <blockquote cite=""><a href=""></a> <p>I finally learned how to play Wagon Wheel. &lt;3</p> <p>Posted by <a href="">Chris Feener</a> on Tuesday, July 7, 2015</p></blockquote> </div> </div> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Chris Feener Darius Rucker Videos News Features Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:53:12 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25119 at The Darkness Premiere "Last of Our Kind" Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>The Darkness have released the official music video for their new single, "Last of Our Kind." </p> <p>The single, which is set for an August 21 release, is the title track from the band's newest album, which you can pick up <a href="">here.</a> </p> <p>For the video, the band chose 15 members of their devoted Darkness Army, and asked them to simply "get freaky on camera." The results are quite interesting, to say the least. </p> <p>"Where would we be without our fans? Well, we wouldn't have a video for a start," lead singer Justin Hawkins explained. "Or at least, we wouldn't have a video with quite so many brilliant people in it. I'm so proud of them; they never disappoint us."</p> <p>Check it out below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> The Darkness Videos News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:49:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25118 at Jimmy Lovinggood Joins HRS Unlimited as Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing <!--paging_filter--><p>HRS Unlimited has announced that industry veteran Jimmy Lovinggood has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Sales &amp; Marketing. </p> <p>Lovinggood will direct sales and marketing for the company’s John Page Classic Guitars and Bloodline by John Page Pickup brands, and for additional brands as HRS Unlimited expands its musical instrument portfolio. </p> <p>Lovinggood joins HRS Unlimited after nearly six years at Premier Builders Guild (PBG), where he previously collaborated with HRS Unlimited Founder &amp; CEO Howard Swimmer during a four year period when Swimmer served as PBG’s Co-Founder &amp; President. </p> <p>“Jimmy brings unsurpassed marketing and sales leadership to HRS Unlimited,” Swimmer said. “He was instrumental in the development and execution of game-changing marketing and sales programs at PBG, and I look forward to collaborating with Jimmy once again as we continue to take the John Page Classic and Bloodline brands forward.”</p> HRS Unlimited Jimmy Lovinggood News Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:28:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25117 at