News en Slayer's Tom Araya: "Practice, Practice, Practice. That's the Best Advice I Can Offer." <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>What influenced you to pick up an instrument?</strong></p> <p>My older brother was learning to play the guitar. So, basically, to accompany him. I started doing that when I was 11 or 12 years old. By the time I hooked up with [Slayer guitarists] Kerry [King] and Jeff [Hanneman], I was 19 or 20. I’d been playing for seven or eight years already. </p> <p><strong>What was your first bass?</strong></p> <p>My first bass was a Vox acoustic guitar with four strings on it. When my brother started to take his guitar playing seriously, he bought a $20 guitar and amplifier, a Sears Roebuck model, from our neighbor. Then I took the Vox and put four strings on it, then learned how to play. </p> <p><strong>What was the first song you learned?</strong> </p> <p>It was probably a Beatles song. I can’t think of the exact song, though. I think the first riff I learned was “Satisfaction.” And you know, you follow it with Deep Purple “Smoke on the Water.”</p> <p><strong>What do you recall about your first gig?</strong></p> <p>It was at a party at a friend’s house and we were just learning how to play one song and we played it all night. I can’t think of the song. Maybe it was “Johnny B. Goode.” </p> <p><strong>Ever had an embarrassing onstage moment or disaster show?</strong></p> <p>It was with a band that I had formed with my brother, his friend and two other friends. We played at this 15th or 16th birthday of some girl. That was a nightmare gig because we played the same songs over and over again. We got paid, so it was kinda cool I guess.</p> <p><strong>What’s your proudest moment as a player?</strong></p> <p>Oh, man. Oh, wow. I’m amazed that I did what I did at such a young age. I just picked up an instrument and learned how to play it. I took the initiative and learned how to read music and write music. That was an accomplishment, because my brother took music lessons. He was in band class. I wasn’t. I just went out and bought charts and really put my head into learning how to read music. </p> <p><strong>What’s your favorite piece of gear?</strong></p> <p>I use a standard Marshall bass head, which is a really good head. And they made me a couple of cabinets that sound really cool. But yeah, I just use a standard rig. It’s not hopped up; it’s not the “Tom model.” It’s just a Marshall bass amp, which sounds awesome. And I have an ESP signature bass that I use. Lately, I’ve been using the passive pickups that sound really amazing. </p> <p><strong>Do you have any advice for young players?</strong></p> <p>Practice. Practice, practice, practice. That’s about it. That’s what I did. Religiously. Same with the band. We practiced all the time. I mean, 24/7. We practiced a lot until our first album with Rick Rubin, which was [1986’s] <em>Reign in Blood</em>. Covers, whatever. We just practiced all the time to make sure we were tight, tight, tight. So that’s the best advice I can offer. </p> <p><em>Photo: Jimmy Hubbard</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="/slayer">Slayer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Inquirer September 2015 Slayer Tom Araya Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:59:39 +0000 Randy Harward 25089 at Randy Bachman on "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," Working With Joe Bonamassa and New Solo Album, 'Heavy Blues' <!--paging_filter--><p><em>With the Guess Who, Randy Bachman made radio listeners “come undun,” and as the co-leader of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, he “took care of business,” but what <em>Guitar World</em> readers really want to know is…</em></p> <p><strong>You cut your new album, <em>Heavy Blues</em>, with a female rhythm section: Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendon on drums. Was it any different working with two girls in the studio than with a bunch of guys?<br /> ¬—Lester Trolley</strong></p> <p>Yes, it was, and only in a good way. These two girls had never played together before, but once I got them together, it was as if they’d been lifelong bandmates. Things gelled very quickly. I saw Dale Anne at the premiere of <em>Tommy</em> in Stratford-Ontario. I was sitting with Pete Townshend, and he leaned over to me and said, “That drummer is amazing—sounds just like Keith Moon.” I said, “Yeah, and it’s a girl.” Pete couldn’t believe it: “A girl can’t play like Keith Moon.” But sure enough, Dale Anne can. After the show, I went back and met her. I knew I wanted to work with her.</p> <p>Neil Young had told me, “When you do your next record, don’t do the same old shtick,” and that stuck with me. After meeting Dale, I saw Anna play in a Crazy Horse–type band, and she was brilliant. I met her and found out that she liked Jon Entwistle. I thought, I should work with these chicks. That would be different. They nailed first takes in the studio. Everything they did, it was like Cream’s <em>Wheels of Fire</em>. They didn’t just play their instruments; they attacked them.</p> <p><strong>You’ve got some guitar greats on your new album: Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton. Did you give them ideas or direction, or did you just let them go?<br /> —Danny Klez</strong></p> <p>We did the album in four days. One day I got a call from [producer] Kevin Shirley, who had gone to Australia, and he said, “I got my next door neighbor, Joe Bonamassa, to do a solo.” Kevin sent me the track, and it was incredible. Joe’s solo really stood out and complemented the one I had played.<br /> That gave me an idea to use a solo of Jeff Healey’s. </p> <p>I called his widow, and she said she was okay with it, so I wrote “Confessin’ to the Devil” to match up with Jeff’s guitar playing from a track he had done. Meanwhile, I emailed Neil Young and Peter Frampton, and I got them to do tracks for me. I just told them, “Here’s the tracks. I know how you play, so just give me your heart and soul.” That’s what they did, and I couldn’t be happier. Absolutely amazing performances.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Is it true that Kevin Shirley told you to “shut up and listen to him” in the studio? If so, did you take offense to that?<br /> —“Gentle” Jim Manna</strong> </p> <p>No, I didn’t. When Neil Young told me that I had to reinvent myself and do something different, I took that seriously. So, no, I didn’t get mad when Kevin told me I had to listen to him. When you produce yourself, you write a song, the band tells you it’s great, you record it, and that’s it. I’ve done that, and you wind up with a certain kind of record. </p> <p>When you work with a producer who pushes you and who doesn’t just tell you everything you want to hear, you’re gonna wind up with another kind of record, and it might be a better record. Kevin was honest with me, and that’s what I wanted. He told me, “I’ll do the record, but I have to be the captain. I’ll listen to your opinion, but it means nothing to me.” I was okay with that.</p> <p><strong>I read that you recently bought some guitars on eBay. Isn’t that a tricky way to buy guitars? Don’t you need to try them out first?<br /> —Lynda Channing</strong></p> <p>It is tricky. It can be a little like joining an internet dating site: You get an old picture of a chick when she was much younger. Then you go to meet her and you’re looking around for this tall, slim blonde, but the only woman is this huge, gray-haired old lady. Luckily, that wasn’t the case for me. I got these black Supro archtops with no f-holes. They’re really cool, rare guitars, and the Valco pickups in them are incredible. I was looking for one of these guitars for a while, and I couldn’t find them. Then one day I found three, so I bought them all. I love ’em.</p> <p><strong>I know you’ve played a lot of guitars through many different amps over the years, but what’s the best guitar-amp combination you’ve ever had?<br /> —Dr. Robert Meckler</strong></p> <p>That’s changed, because it’s hard to take your favorite amp on the road these days unless you’ve got a bus or a truck. A lot of guys like me do fly-ins, so you’re using the backline of whatever the venues give you. When I can get them, I like Fender Hot Rod Deluxes. They have a nice clean headroom, and they’re dependable. I play my ’59 Les Paul reissues, which are chambered—the old guitars are too heavy. So give me the ’59 reissue and the Fender Deluxes—that’s a good combination.</p> <p><strong>What was the secret to your songwriting with [Guess Who frontman] Burton Cummings?<br /> —Tim Okenfeld</strong></p> <p>We studied the best. Lennon and McCartney, Jagger and Richards, Brian Wilson; for ballads, we studied Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Whatever was on the hit parade, we studied it, and we took note of who wrote the songs. We tried to write follow-ups to whatever was big on Billboard, and those songs became our own. We tried to have memorable intros and huge hooks. You had to be able to sing every part of the song, even if it was a guitar part. “American Woman”—you can sing that intro guitar part. You’ve got three minutes, so make every second count.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>You said in an interview that “Undun” is your favorite Guess Who song. Which begs the question: What’s your least favorite?<br /> —Roarin’ Robert Feller</strong></p> <p>All the others. [laughs] How’s that for an answer? Honestly, it’s hard to say, but yeah, “Undun” is my favorite. I always thought it was very different, and it stood out from everything else that was on the radio. It reminded me of “The Girl from Ipanema”—nothing sounded like that, either. In the late Sixties, everybody was rocking out, and here you had this dreamy, jazzy song. The song just lifted you up and carried you away. Burton Cummings sang his face off and did a little flute solo. How could you not love that?</p> <p><strong>Did you ever record a version of “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” without the stuttering?<br /> —Chip Damone</strong></p> <p>I tried. When I stuttered on the original version of the song, it was never supposed to be on an album. It was a work track that I was going to send to my brother, because he stuttered. It was supposed to be a tease. The head of our label heard the song and loved it—he said it was our next single. I tried to record a version without the stuttering, but it didn’t work. I sounded like a lounge singer, a little like Frank Sinatra or something. So we kept the version with the stuttering, and it was a smash.</p> <p><strong>Brave Belt, your band that became BTO, was rejected 26 times by record labels. With all of your success from the Guess Who, why did no label want to sign you?<br /> —Custer Bingham</strong></p> <p>When I left the Guess Who in 1970, I didn’t want my next band to be a second-rate version of the Guess Who. I went in an opposite direction and did a country-rock thing. I went over-the-top with it—pedal steel, accordion, fiddle. It was almost like what Gene Clark was doing. Radio wasn’t interested in Brave Belt and labels didn’t want it. </p> <p>Finally, I got a deal, but the head of the label said that we had to put my name, Bachman, on it. So it became Bachman-Turner Overdrive—same guys but a different name. We didn’t do the country thing. We played gigs and noticed that no one danced to the country songs; whenever we played the heavier rock songs, that’s when people danced. I grew up watching American Bandstand, and I knew that if people danced to the songs, they became hits. It’s pretty simple. </p> <p><strong>You’ve written a lot of hits. Did you know they were hits when you wrote them, or were you always surprised?<br /> —Daisy Menzies</strong></p> <p>Every song’s a hit when I write it, or else I wouldn’t finish it. What always happens is that the people at radio have their own ideas. You write a song and you think it’s a hit, but the radio people say, “No, not that one. That one—that’s a hit.” And then they play it, and you see what kind of reaction you get and whether it clicks with the fans. No, I’m usually surprised at the songs that become hits, and I’m especially surprised—very happily so—to see radio still playing my songs 30, 40 years later. </p> <p><strong>Were you offended by the band that called itself Kathleen Turner Overdrive, or did you think it was funny?<br /> —Joseph Demba</strong></p> <p>I thought it was funny; I thought it was great. I was with BTO and we were traveling, and we were told by a guy at our hotel that Kathleen Turner was in town. She was doing [1986’s] <em>Peggy Sue Got Married</em> at the time. What was amazing was, Kathleen Turner Overdrive was playing at the Holiday Inn next door. So we went to their show, got a T-shirt, signed it, and left it for Kathleen Turner at the hotel desk. We never got to meet her, but we left her the shirt. No, I wasn’t offended at all by the name. I thought it was terrific. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Bachman-Turner Overdrive Dear Guitar Hero Randy Bachman The Guess Who Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:59:10 +0000 Joe Bosso 25090 at Bullet for My Valentine Discusses the Anger That Fuels Their New Album, 'Venom' <!--paging_filter--><p>“I try to go into the studio armed to the teeth with as many licks as possible,” says Bullet for My Valentine lead guitarist Michael “Padge” Paget. “So if people don’t like a certain solo idea, I can say, ‘Well, what about this instead?’ That’s much better than being put on the spot and going, ‘Duh, I don’t know what the fuck to do.’ ”</p> <p>This strategy certainly served Paget well on the band’s new album, their fifth to date, <em>Venom</em>. With full throttle aggression and an onslaught of six-string mayhem, the disc more than lives up to its name. Which was very much Bullet for My Valentine’s goal when they entered London’s Metropolis Studio earlier this year to record <em>Venom</em>. There was a general feeling that the band had lost some of their edge on their previous album, 2013’s <em>Temper Temper</em>. </p> <p>“We kind of lost it a bit, from what the band had been—especially lyrically,” admits lead singer/rhythm guitarist Matt Tuck. “So we tried to get back to what we thought was lacking on <em>Temper Temper</em>. Which means that <em>Venom</em> is more angry, with more dark lyrical content, which is what we’re pretty much renowned for. It was just a matter of looking back retrospectively on what made us the band we are today, and revisiting that, but in a fresh and new way.” </p> <p>The process of getting back to where he once belonged wasn’t entirely easy for Tuck. These days, he just isn’t as pissed off and anguished as he was back when Bullet for My Valentine first rocketed out of their U.K. town of Bridgend, Wales, with their 2005 debut album, <em>The Poison</em>.</p> <p>“Life is good for me right now, so it’s really hard for me to write angry lyrics.” he says. “It’s not where my head’s at anymore. I have a beautiful family; I’m happily married. There’s really not that angst or anger anymore. So it was more about revisiting the place where I was in the late Nineties, when I was in my teens and nobody gave a shit about me or my music or my ambitions. It was hard to relive that, but once I got my headspace back there, things started sounding good.”</p> <p>And while it was difficult for Tuck to revisit those days when nobody cared about him or his music, he says the process of writing <em>Venom</em>’s angry anthems has given him a new sense of perspective on his band’s decade long journey. He definitely counts himself among those whose lives were saved by rock and roll. </p> <p>“It’s made me who I am, anyway,” he says. “And 10 years down the line, it was important for me to not forget that. We lost our edge for a bit, but it’s definitely back now.”</p> <p>Knowing that a lot was riding on the new album, the band took extra care in preproduction. “We demoed everything at my house, where I’ve got a little home studio,” says Paget. “It took us about a year to demo everything. Me and Moose [BFMV drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas] were writing a lot. The whole band was writing a lot more than we’ve ever done before. I think the preparation and thought that went into it has really benefitted the album.”</p> <p>“It’s the first time we’ve worked on songwriting this much as a group,” Tuck concurs, adding that tracking on home turf also had a positive influence on the project. “This is the first time since <em>The Poison</em> that we’ve recorded back in the U.K. We’ve done the last few away from home. But this time we wanted to keep it locked down in the U.K. It was just very relaxed. Everyone was in a good mood. There wasn’t that feeling of being locked in a studio a million miles from home and being pissed off because you don’t want to be there.” </p> <p>Tuck handled rhythm guitar duties on <em>Venom</em>. “That’s what I do best,” he says, “and I’m proud of it. I’m a rhythm player. I didn’t play lead at all on the record, which is the first time that has happened. Although, for the last two records, Padge has really stepped into that role of being the lead guitar player. And I was more focused on writing songs and the lyrics this time. So it was good not to have to worry about that other stuff. Padge is such an amazing lead player in his own right.” </p> <p>“Every album has been different for me, lead guitar-wise,” Paget notes. “And hopefully it’s getting better. A challenge is good. I don’t know the names of scales or anything like that. I just sort of put my fingers on the dots or between the dots. I just like that sort of fast, neck-pickup shredding, really.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Bullet for My Valentine Michael Paget September 2015 Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:01:32 +0000 Alan Di Perna 25091 at Five Finger Death Punch Announce New Album, 'Got Your Six' <!--paging_filter--><p>Five Finger Death Punch have announced a new album, <em>Got Your Six.</em></p> <p>The album is set for a September 4 release through Prospect Park in North America and Eleven Seven Music outside North America. You can watch the video for the album's first single, "Jekyll and Hyde," below.</p> <p>Fans who <a href="">pre-order</a> the album will immediately be able to download a new song, “Hell to Pay.” </p> <p>They also can pre-order the album with an exclusive merchandise package through the <a href="">band's website.</a></p> <p><iframe width='620' height='365' src=';autoplay=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Five Finger Death Punch News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:57:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25080 at Prince Announces 'The Hit & Run Album,' Streams "Hardrocklover" <!--paging_filter--><p>Prince's band, 3rd Eye Girl, revealed today in a <a href="">BBC Radio 6 Music interview</a> that the always-prolific rock legend will release a new studio album later this year. </p> <p>The release, which will be called <em>The Hit &amp; Run Album,</em> features "Hardrocklover," a track Prince shared on his Soundcloud account earlier this month, plus deep cut "1,000 Hugs and Kisses" and a new version of "This Could Be Us," which is originally from last year's <em>Art Official Age</em>. You can hear "Hardrocklover" below.</p> <p>"Super-hardcore Prince fans know every song he's ever recorded; we refer to them as 'The Purple Collective' or 'The Purple Army'," 3rdEyeGirl told BBC Radio 6 Music. </p> <p>"This album is absolutely for them, because it's super funky. It's weird, there's a lot of experimental sound. It's just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic <em>Purple Rain</em> Prince sound."</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500"></iframe></p> 3rd Eye Girl Hardrocklover Prince News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:15:15 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 25078 at The Fratellis Unveil "Baby Don't You Lie to Me" Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Ahead of the release of their forthcoming album, <em>Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied</em>, the Fratellis have unveiled the video for their new single, "Baby Don't You Lie to Me!" </p> <p><em>Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied</em>, which is set for an August 21 release via Cooking Vinyl, was produced by Tony Hoffer, who also manned the controls for the band's incredibly successful debut album, 2006's <em>Costello Music.</em></p> <p>You can watch the "Baby Don't You Lie to Me!" video below. 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 Fratellis Videos News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 18:02:41 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 25081 at Weezer Unveil "Go Away" Music Video Featuring Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino <!--paging_filter--><p>Weezer have unveiled a zany new music video for "Go Away." </p> <p> The song, which happens to be the latest single off of the band's critically acclaimed 2014 album <em>Everything Will Be Alright in the End,</em> features Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino as a special guest. </p> <p>You can check out the video and the band's current tour dates below. Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>Weezer on Tour:</strong></p> <p>07/24 Columbus, OH @ CD102.5 Summerfest<br /> 07/31 Portland, ME @ The Maine State Pier<br /> 08/1 Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival<br /> 08/2 Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of The Vibes<br /> 09/6 Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Summer Concert Series<br /> 09/12 Detroit, MI @ Chill On The Hill<br /> 09/19-20 Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest (playing Pinkerton and The Blue Album)<br /> 09/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful Festival<br /> 09/26-27 Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music Festival</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="/weezer">Weezer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Best Coast Bethany Cosentino Weezer Videos News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:19:37 +0000 Jackson Maxwell 25077 at Ghost Premiere New Song, "From the Pinnacle to the Pit" <!--paging_filter--><p>Ghost have premiered a new song, "From the Pinnacle to the Pit." </p> <p>The track is from the Swedish occult rockers' new album, <em>Meliora,</em> which is set for an August 21 release via Spinefarm Records. You can pre-order it <a href="">right here</a>. </p> <p>You can check out the song below, and let us know what you think in the comments and on Facebook!</p> <p><strong><em>Meliora</em> Track List:</strong></p> <p>01. Spirit<br /> 02. From The Pinnacle To The Pit<br /> 03. Cirice<br /> 04. Spöksonat<br /> 05. He Is<br /> 06. Mummy Dust<br /> 07. Majesty<br /> 08. Devil Church<br /> 09. Absolution<br /> 10. Deus In Absentia</p> <p><strong>For more about Ghost, follow them on <a href="">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Ghost Ghost B.C. new song song premiere News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:14:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25079 at Gus G Unveils "Brand New Revolution" Music Video; New Album Out Today <!--paging_filter--><p>Along with today's release of his second solo album, <em>Brand New Revolution</em>, Gus G has premiered the music video for the album's title track. </p> <p>The video, which was directed by Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Within Temptation), features Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam) on vocals. You can watch it below. </p> <p>For more about the making of <em>Brand New Revolution</em> and Gus G's other projects, check out this month's <em>Guitar World</em> <a href=";utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=BrandNewRevo">cover story</a> on him. </p> <p>Along with "Brand New Revolution," you can check out another new song, <a href="">"The Quest,"</a> plus an exclusive <em>Guitar World</em> video featuring Gus and Chris Broderick talking guitar and trading licks (bottom video). Enjoy! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/gus-g">Gus G</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Gus G Videos News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:01:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25075 at Joe Satriani Demos and Discusses His Signature Ibanez JS25ART Limited Edition Guitars — Video <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="">Although we've already reported on Joe Satriani's new limited-edition JS25ART guitars from Ibanez,</a> we have an update!</p> <p>In this brand-new video—posted this month by DiMarzio—Satch demos and discusses the JS25ART guitars, which happen to feature DiMarzio Satch Track and Mo' Joe pickups.</p> <p>You can check it out below.</p> <p>“Ibanez approached me and asked if I’d do something special for the 25th anniversary,” Satriani told <em>Guitar World.</em> </p> <p>“They didn’t know what I was going to do, but I decided to illustrate some guitars myself. The idea took a lot of setup, because I had to figure out, ‘Am I going to paint them or use pens? What would the process be? Could I erase?’ So I wound up using these color pens. I spent about a week down in L.A. late in 2014 doing the illustrations and it was a lot of fun. But it was intense. With the pens, you can’t really put color on color. Nor can you erase. Some of the ones I did are more detailed; others are just line drawings. They’re all signed.” </p> <p>Technically speaking, the JS25ART embodies all the design refinements distilled over Satriani’s quarter century of collaboration with Ibanez. Besides his signature DiMarzio pickups, this includes a maple, JS Prestige neck with hand-rolled fret edges, a hi-pass filter on the volume pot, a coil tap on the tone pot and a low-profile Edge tremolo bridge. </p> <p>Longtime fans of Satriani’s visual art many recognize some of the bizarre faces and characters depicted on some of the guitars. Many of these characters are soon to come to life in an animated sci-series, tentatively titled <em>Crystal Planet,</em> that Satch is working on with fretless guitarist and digital animator Ned Evett.</p> <p>Satriani's new album, <em>Shockawave Supernova,</em> is out now.</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="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> DiMarzio Ibanez Joe Satriani Satch Videos Electric Guitars News Features Gear Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:18:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25074 at Deep Purple Perform "Smoke on the Water" on NBC's 'Today' Show — Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Deep Purple performed "Smoke on the Water" on NBC's <em>Today</em> show Thursday morning, July 23.</p> <p>The performance, which took place live from New York City's Rockefeller Plaza, was billed as a "Throwback Thursday" event.</p> <p>Three members of the current Deep Purple lineup appeared on the original 1972 recording of the song: vocalist Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice. The band is rounded out by guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey.</p> <p>Deep Purple's next studio album will be produced by Bob Ezrin, who helmed their latest effort, 2013's <em>Now What?!</em></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="/deep-purple">Deep Purple</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Deep Purple NBC Smoke on the Water Today Show Videos News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:41:10 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25072 at Blackmore's Night Premiere "All Our Yesterdays" Music Video <!--paging_filter--><p>Blackmore's Night, a band featuring former Rainbow and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife, Candice Night, have released the official music video for "All Our Yesterdays." </p> <p>It's the title track from the band's new album, which will be released September 18.</p> <p>“All Our Yesterdays” blends the sounds of Night’s Russian roots with a touch of <a href="">Mary Hopkin.</a> The album also includes several instrumentals, including “Queen’s Lament” and the dramatic “The Darker Shade of Black,” which spotlights violin and guitar. </p> <p>“There’s a theme to <em>All Our Yesterdays’</em> songs that focuses on the attitude of living in the present, and looking toward the future, because we are, indeed, enriched by our past," Night said in a press release. "My main theme and inspiration has always been nature and folklore from around the world.”</p> <p>Below, check out the video for "All Our Yesterdays" and the audio for another track, "The Other Side."</p> <p><strong>For more about Blackmore's Night, visit <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Blackmore's Night Ritchie Blackmore Videos News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:36:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25071 at Jimmy Page Releases Lighter, Early Version of Led Zeppelin's “When the Levee Breaks” <!--paging_filter--><p>Jimmy Page has released audio of “If It Keeps on Raining,” an early version of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks.” You can check it out below. </p> <p>The previously unissued track will be released July 31 as part of the companion disc included with the remastered deluxe reissue of <em>Coda.</em></p> <p>This early version of the song is surprisingly lighter than the officially released version of “When the Levee Breaks,” which appears on 1971's <em>Led Zeppelin IV.</em> Page’s guitar isn’t quite as heavy and John Bonham’s drums are missing the earth-shaking heft and ambience they have on the standard version.</p> <p>“If It Keep on Raining” is the second track Page has issued from as a preview of the <em>Coda</em> reissue. <a href="">He previously released “Sugar Mama,” an outtake from 1968.</a></p> <p>July 31 will also see the release of deluxe editions of 1976’s <em>Presence</em> and 1979’s <em>In Through the Out Door.</em> These are the last of Led Zeppelin’s nine original studio albums to be reissued. </p> <p><iframe src=",AAAAAyiIY-k~,nwbxG65xosXVDn2QxjpPXXim0zqRJpol&amp;bctid=4363283437001&amp;width=620&amp;height=365&amp;autoStart=false" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="365" width="620"></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 class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Jimmy Page Led Zeppelin News Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:00:32 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25070 at Jeff Beck Stars in Roger Waters’ Updated “What God Wants, Part 1” Video <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="">As we reported last week,</a> Roger Waters is set to release a remastered version of <em>Amused to Death,</em> his critically acclaimed 1992 album.</p> <p>One of the album's noteworthy guest musicians was <a href="">guitar great Jeff Beck,</a> whose brilliant playing is a true highlight of several tracks, including “What God Wants, Part I”—and seven other songs.</p> <p>Beck (and his Fender Strat) even play a major role in the new version of Waters' “What God Wants, Part 1” music video, which you can check out below.</p> <p>"I still don't know how he does it," Waters says of Beck in the bottom video below. "He's incredibly technically gifted in ways the rest of us can't even begin to think about. He also has incredible pitch. When you play a harmonic and then play a melody on the whammy bar, it's quite extraordinary to listen to."</p> <p><em>Amused to Death</em> sounded the alarm about a society increasingly in thrall to its TV screens. Twenty-three years later, the album speaks to our present in ways that could scarcely have been anticipated two decades ago. </p> <p>“I’m remembering the record from [more than] 20 years ago, that most of what I had to say then sadly still pertains today and is maybe even more relevant to our predicament as people in 2015 even than it was in 1992,” Waters says.</p> <p>The 2015 editions of <em>Amused to Death</em> feature a new 5.1 surround remix of the album on high-definition Blu-ray audio and a new remastered stereo mix completed by Waters/Pink Floyd collaborator and co-producer James Guthrie. The cover and gatefold art has been updated by Sean Evans, the creative director of Waters’ 2010-2013 “The Wall Live” tour and movie.</p> <p>Besides Beck, the album features guest vocalists include Don Henley (“It’s a Miracle”), Rita Coolidge (“Amused to Death”) and P.P. Arnold (“Perfect Sense” Parts I and II). Also contributing were Waters’ longtime collaborators, guitarist Andy Fairweather Low and drummer Graham Broad; percussionist Luis Conte and Pat Leonard, who played keyboards on several tracks. The album reunited Waters with Michael Kamen, who supervised orchestral arrangements for Pink Floyd's <em>The Wall.</em></p> <p>The 2015 editions of <em>Amused to Death</em> will be available on CD, CD/Blu-ray, SACD, hi-res digital download, 2LP 200-gram vinyl (pressed at Quality Record Pressings) and limited edition, numbered 2LP picture disc vinyl. </p> <p><strong><em>Amused to Death</em> will return July 24—better than ever—courtesy of a new remaster from Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings. It is available for pre-order at <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><iframe width='620' height='365' src='' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src=";partnerId=346C2586-D3F8-4B75-BA0D-398FDB6E4C08" 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="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/roger-waters">Roger Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Jeff Beck Roger Waters Videos News Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:18:21 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25069 at Own Some Slayer History: Jeff Hanneman's Custom ESP Guitars Head to eBay Auction <!--paging_filter--><p>ESP Guitars has announced that it is assisting the estate of late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman with the auction of a selected number of his personal custom guitars. </p> <p>The Hanneman Estate will forward a significant portion of the proceeds to a charitable cause that Hanneman strongly supported: the <a href="">Wounded Warrior Project.</a> Hanneman died in May 2013.</p> <p>“Jeff was a key member of the ESP artist family for many years,” says <a href="">ESP Guitars</a> president and CEO Matt Masciandaro. “We want to help spread the word about the availability of his personal instruments, which are each completely one of a kind and have great collectible value.”</p> <p>Four of Hanneman’s instruments that he played on various Slayer albums, tours and videos are available for the auction. Get more info on the items available <a href="">right here.</a></p> <p>Each guitar is being offered in its original case from Hanneman’s personal collection, and the cases include anything that was found inside, which range from effect pedals to straps, cables and strings. Additionally, each guitar will include a certificate of authenticity from the Hanneman Estate. </p> <p><strong>The custom guitars available for auction include:</strong><br /> • ESP Custom Shop Jeff Hanneman “Raiders”<br /> • ESP Custom Shop Jeff Hanneman “Killer”<br /> • B.C. Rich Jeff Hanneman ST3 Custom<br /> • ESP Jeff Hanneman USA Custom Shop. </p> <p>On several of the models, Hanneman applied his own stickers and graphic treatments. The auctions are hosted via eBay, and links to each auction page are available from the ESP site at <a href=""></a></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="/slayer">Slayer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> auction ESP Guitars Jeff Hanneman Slayer News Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:43:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25066 at