News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/%22http%3A/www.facebook.com/%3Ehttp%3A/www.kaiserchiefs.com en 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 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:43:42 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22416 Tedeschi Trucks Band, Taj Mahal and Jerry Douglas Perform "Leaving Trunk" Backstage at Beacon Theatre — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/tedeschi-trucks-band-taj-mahal-and-jerry-douglas-perform-leaving-trunk-backstage-beacon-theatre-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the just-posted video below, the guys (and girls) in Tedeschi Trucks Band give their fans a unique look at a backstage rehearsal following a pair of weekend shows, the first of four this month at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. </p> <p>Tedeschi Trucks Band — which includes Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi — once again put out the welcome mat, this time inviting Jerry Douglas, Taj Mahal and Jaimoe on Friday and Jimmy Herring and Duane Trucks on Saturday to join the band on stage.</p> <p>In the clip, Taj leads TTB and Jerry Douglas through a rollicking version of "Leaving Trunk."</p> <p>Two more scheduled shows at the Beacon, September 26 and 27, offer more opportunities for can’t-miss moments that have become synonymous with the group’s annual residency at the venue. </p> <p>Tedeschi Trucks Band have released three albums, starting with <em>Revelator,</em> followed by the live <em>Everybody’s Talkin’</em> and 2013’s <em>Made Up Mind</em>. With Trucks recently announcing his impending departure from the Allman Brothers Band at year’s end, it’s evident the guitarist has made TTB his top priority. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YkzKw1erF_Y" 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="/derek-trucks">Derek Trucks</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/tedeschi-trucks-band-taj-mahal-and-jerry-douglas-perform-leaving-trunk-backstage-beacon-theatre-video#comments Derek Trucks Susan Tedeschi Taj Mahal Tedeschi Trucks Band Videos News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:12:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22415 Ace Frehley Visits Guitar Center in Hollywood — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/ace-frehley-visits-guitar-center-hollywood-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley recently dropped by the very-fun-to-visit Vintage Room at Guitar Center Hollywood. </p> <p>While he was there, he chatted (on camera) about what it feels like to play music, his musical beginnings and his relationship with Gibson, the Les Paul and a whole lot more. </p> <p>Below, you can check out the video that chronicles his visit.</p> <p>Frehley's new solo album, <em>Space Invader</em>, was released last month.</p> <p>If you're into this sort of thing, check out these three official Guitar Center clips, all of which were posted earlier this year:</p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/slash-visits-guitar-center-hollywood-video">Slash Visits Guitar Center in Hollywood</a></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-metallicas-james-hetfield-visits-guitar-center-san-francisco">Video: Metallica's James Hetfield Visits Guitar Center in San Francisco</a></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-metallicas-kirk-hammett-visits-guitar-center-san-francisco">Video: Metallica's Kirk Hammett Visits Guitar Center in San Francisco</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xpK_7-23eaU" 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="/ace-frehley">Ace Frehley</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/ace-frehley-visits-guitar-center-hollywood-video#comments Ace Frehley Videos Interviews News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:29:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22414 Beck Covers George Harrison's "Wah-Wah" on 'Conan' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/beck-covers-george-harrisons-wah-wah-conan-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night, Beck got <em>Conan's</em> George Harrison Week off to a rousing start with his quick and to-the-point cover of Harrison's 1970 album track, "Wah-Wah."</p> <p>This week's Harrison-themed festivities over at <em>Conan</em> are in celebration of a comprehensive new eight-disc box set, <em>George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75</em>, which compiles the guitarist's first six solo albums. The box set came out today. </p> <p>For a lot more information on the box set (plus a look at every disc in the set), <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/george-harrison-apple-years-1968-75-box-set-due-september-23">head in this general direction.</a></p> <p>"Wah-Wah" originally appeared on Harrison's celebrated <em>All Things Must Pass Album</em>, which some people (me, perhaps?) consider the greatest solo Beatles album — ever.</p> <p>We've included Harrison's original version of the song below — for your listening pleasure!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/01IU1Vdz-w8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/usGObvP42GM" 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="/george-harrison">George Harrison</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/beck-covers-george-harrisons-wah-wah-conan-video#comments Beck George Harrison Videos News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:33 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22413 Eddie Van Halen on How He Created His Signature Sound Using MXR's Phase 90 and Flanger Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/eddie-van-halen-how-he-created-his-signature-sound-using-mxrs-phase-90-and-flanger-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus our cover feature on Jeff Beck and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=EVHMXRExcerpt">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p>Earlier this year, in preparation for the 40th anniversary of MXR, its parent company, Dunlop Manufacturing, took a survey to learn how guitarists perceive the pedal maker. </p> <p>One of the questions asked was, “Which player do you associate the most with the MXR brand?” The respondents chose Eddie Van Halen more than 60 percent of the time. Notably, the runner-up received fewer than half as many mentions. </p> <p>That result is, in part, due to MXR’s EVH Signature Series pedals, the EVH90 Phase 90 and the EVH117 Flanger, which became perennial best-selling MXR products upon their introductions in 2004 and 2007, respectively. But MXR pedals have remained an essential element of Van Halen’s sound since his band’s debut album was released in 1978. </p> <p>The swirling textures of a Phase 90 are heard on classic tunes like “Eruption,” “Atomic Punk,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love,” “Everybody Wants Some!!” and “Drop Dead Legs” as well as new songs like “Outta Space” and “Stay Frosty,” and Van Halen’s distinctive and innovative use of the Flanger made an indelible impression on guitarists through songs like “Unchained,” “And the Cradle Will Rock…” and “Hear About It Later.” In addition to those two tone-enhancing mainstays, Ed has also relied upon pro-quality MXR tools like the Six-Band Graphic Equalizer and Smart Gate to keep his onstage tone full, aggressive and noise-free. His current onstage pedal board even includes an MXR Analog Chorus, which he uses for songs like “Pretty Woman” and “Little Guitars.” </p> <p>In celebration of MXR’s 40th anniversary milestone, it made perfect sense for <em>Guitar World</em> to talk with the company’s most influential player about how his MXR pedals have influenced him throughout the last four decades. </p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Did you use any pedals when you were a kid and learning to play?</strong></p> <p>A wah-wah was probably the first pedal that I ever tried. I probably borrowed it from a buddy. But I was from the school of plugging the guitar straight into the amp, so I didn’t use any pedals at first.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z_lwocmL9dQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>How did you discover MXR pedals?</strong></p> <p>A really good friend of mine named Terry Kilgore and I were the so-called gunslingers in Pasadena back in the mid Seventies. We jammed together and would trade licks and have a lot of fun. We weren’t competitive at all. I went to one of his band rehearsals once, and that was when I first saw a Phase 90. </p> <p>He used to play a lot of Robin Trower stuff. He used the Phase 90 with the speed control set around the 2 o’clock setting to get more of that fast, swirling sound. I decided to pick one up for myself. I was into Robin Trower too, but we didn’t play any of his songs, so I used it with the control set between 9 and 10 o’clock. I still use it the same way today. I just locked into that one setting, and I’ve used it ever since.</p> <p><strong>Why do you prefer the slower speed setting?</strong></p> <p>I thought it sounded unique. I never heard that before. It didn’t sound like the phase shifters made by other companies, where the phase sweep is more heavy and pronounced, almost more like a flanger. The Phase 90 produces a very light change of the sound. It’s not an over-the-top effect. It’s very subtle. </p> <p><strong>You tended to kick on the Phase 90 during your solos.</strong></p> <p>I did that in the early days because it would make the solo pop. Suddenly it became a different sound, which helped me stand out in the mix, because back then, in the club days, we usually had lousy P.A. systems and lousy sound guys. It didn’t boost the signal, but it made it pop out so the solo was more audible. It enhanced the tone.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nU4IMFNgHa0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What led you to the MXR Flanger?</strong></p> <p>Obviously, I liked the Phase 90, so when MXR came out with the Flanger, I said, What the hell? I loved their stuff. Their pedals are built like a brick shit house, and they make great sounds, so I started putzing around with the Flanger too. I always use the same setting for everything, from the intro to “And the Cradle Will Rock…” to “Unchained,” with the exception of the setting I used on the intro to “Outta Love Again” and “Bullethead.” </p> <p>I set the three knobs on the left between 11 o’clock or 11:30, and the last knob on the right [regeneration] is all the way up. I might fine-tune the speed a little to match it to the tempo of the song, like on “Unchained” where the sweep goes perfectly with the riff. I was just goofing off and experimenting. It wouldn’t have sounded good to use the flanger all the way through. The riff just needed a little bit here and there. It’s a cool, tasty little tidbit that I threw in there to draw attention to the riff. </p> <p><strong>How did you decide to place the Flanger in front of the Phase 90 in your signal chain?</strong></p> <p>I have no idea! I think I just liked having the Phase 90 in the middle between the Flanger and the microphone on the stage. </p> <p><strong>How did these pedals influence your songwriting?</strong></p> <p>One good example is “And the Cradle Will Rock…” I had written that intro riff on the electric piano, and the guys thought that it needed something. I just hooked up the Flanger and pounded on the low keys. It was a great sound, and it worked. There wasn’t any rocket science to it. Even the Flanger on “Unchained” was totally by accident. </p> <p>For some reason I just thought that the Flanger sounded good there. The way it goes from the sweep up to the sweep down wasn’t planned. My normal setting just happened to fit the tempo of the song. I kicked it in and out, and when I heard the way the Flanger swept up and then down, I thought it sounded cool. Nothing I’ve ever done is really all that thought out. I’d just wing stuff, and if it sounded cool I would do it again.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1m-DYM7JvMA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Do you remember how you came up with the intro to “Atomic Punk”?</strong></p> <p>That basic idea for that sound originally came from “Light Up the Sky,” which I had written before “Atomic Punk,” even though “Light Up the Sky” appeared on our second record. After the guitar solo there is a drum break, and you can hear me rubbing my palm on the low E string. One day I decided to try that with the Phase 90. It was an interesting sound, and it turned into a cool song. I’ve never really ever heard that sound from anyone else, neither before nor after I did that. After the solo, I actually also used the Flanger for a quick bit. </p> <p><strong>How did those pedals become an essential part of your sound?</strong></p> <p>They enhance the sound of what I’m playing. In certain spots I would use them if I needed them. It wasn’t a set thing; I’d just wing it, and nine times out of 10 it would work. I have to have an idea for a song first, then I’ll putz around and add or take away things. It’s like making a steak: you have to have the steak first, then you can make it better by adding a little seasoning, but not too much because you want to taste the steak, not the seasoning. </p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus our cover feature on Jeff Beck and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=EVHMXRExcerpt">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><em>Photo: Neil Zlozower/atlasicons.com</em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/1114_Gib%26Beck.jpg" width="620" height="805" alt="1114_Gib&amp;Beck.jpg" /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eddie-van-halen">Eddie Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/eddie-van-halen-how-he-created-his-signature-sound-using-mxrs-phase-90-and-flanger-pedals#comments Dunlop Manufacturing Eddie Van Halen MXR November 2014 Effects Interviews News Features Gear Magazine Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:33:16 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22411 Guitar World DVD: Learn '30 Hot Country Licks' in Styles of Brent Mason, Danny Gatton, James Burton and More http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-dvd-learn-30-hot-country-licks-styles-brent-mason-danny-gatton-james-burton-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>A new <em>Guitar World</em> DVD, <em>30 Hot Country Licks, is available now at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/30-hot-country-licks/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=30CountryLicksDVD">Guitar World Online Store!</a></em></p> <p>Selected from <em>Guitar World's</em> Lick of the Day vault, this collection of tasty country-style guitar licks and lessons is presented by an elite group of seasoned guitar pickers and teachers, including Jerry Donahue, Peter Stroud, Lyle Brewer, Guthrie Govan, Keith Wyatt, Dale Turner, Jimmy Brown, Andy Aledort and others. </p> <p>Learn how to "chicken pick," play Western swing-style phrases, bend strings, make your guitar "weep" like a pedal steel, and more!</p> <p>With over 60 minutes of instruction you'll learn to play in the styles of:</p> <p> • Jerry Donahue<br /> • Albert Lee<br /> • Brent Mason<br /> • Danny Gatton<br /> • Merle Travis<br /> • James Burton</p> <p>... and many others!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/30-hot-country-licks/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=30CountryLicksDVD">It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $14.99!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-dvd-learn-30-hot-country-licks-styles-brent-mason-danny-gatton-james-burton-and-more#comments News Features Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:26:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22412 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — ZZ Top Vs. Queen http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-zz-top-vs-queen <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Vote Now!</h1> <p><STRONG>ZZ TOP</strong> go head to head with <STRONG>QUEEN</strong>. We don't need to tell you about these bands. We'll let the recently shot videos below do the talking! Vote now; you have one full day!</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8312134.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8312134/">Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — ZZ Top Vs. Queen</a></noscript></p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ai-aLzd5imI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sTgRlWdzUWA?list=PL2tMgWgIvcWm43buGy5qfDwO38eq3T7vY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Rush</strong> (87.34 percent) defeated <strong>Muse</strong> (12.66 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-23 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/240698689/Bracket-9-23" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-23</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/240698689/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_77838" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning!</p> <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="/queen">Queen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-zz-top-vs-queen#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Poll Polls Queen ZZ Top News Features Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:34:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22379 Livid's Guitar Wing MIDI Control Surface for Guitarists and Bassists — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/livids-guitar-wing-midi-control-surface-guitarists-and-bassists-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out two videos that demo something called the Guitar Wing, a MIDI control surface designed for guitarists and bassists.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The Guitar Wing easily attaches to any electric guitar or bass and communicates wirelessly to your computer or USB-MIDI host. You can use the Guitar Wing with the bundled effects plug-in, WingFX, or dive into the vast world of software, controlling programs like Logic, Garage Band, Ableton Live, Guitar Rig, Reason and many others.</p> <p>The Guitar Wing simply works with any software that supports MIDI. Templates are available for popular software platforms such as Ableton Live, Guitar Rig, Logic, and more. The Guitar Wing can also be used to control MIDI hardware like Axe-FX or Eventide pedals, using your computer and MIDI interface or a USB-MIDI host. Use the Guitar Wing Integration Guide for project templates, setup instructions, and other resources to use Guitar Wing with your favorite music production or DJ software.</p> <p>For more information, <a href="http://lividinstruments.com/products/guitar-wing/">check out this link</a>, plus the photo gallery and recently posted (summer 2014) demo videos below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/b2CfJoRr3PY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/l_SBfY0-W7w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/livids-guitar-wing-midi-control-surface-guitarists-and-bassists-video#comments Livid Videos News Gear Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:17:32 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22407 Gear Review: MC Systems Dynamic Drive, Hybrid Chorus and String Reviver Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-mc-systems-dynamic-drive-hybrid-chorus-and-string-reviver-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>It happens. You’re in the middle of playing and need just a little more from your pedal. </p> <p>Do you attempt the balancing act? You know, where you balance on one foot and try to gingerly adjust a knob with your free foot? What if you turn it too much or hit another knob? It can all end like the wire-cutting bomb scene in <em>Lethal Weapon 3</em>!</p> <p>MC Systems has released the Apollo series of pedals, which includes Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, Phaser, String Reviver and Fuzz pedals. They all offer a unique footswitching system called V-Switch.</p> <p>V-Switch can boost or cut certain aspects of the effect, depending on how hard you stomp on the pedal. Set your overdrive pedal to a moderate setting when switched on, or stomp harder for more drive. Below the pedal is a trimpot to adjust depending on how light or heavy of a stomper you are. </p> <p>Alternatively, if gauging your foot dynamics is too much, there’s Alternate Mode. Alternate Mode acts as a secondary setting when the pedal is on. Example: On the Hybrid Chorus, the Alternate Mode allows you to set a second Rate setting on the pedal.</p> <p>All pedals are based on an analog circuit and feature true-bypass switching. Here’s a brief rundown of three of the pedals from the series.</p> <p><strong>Dynamic Drive</strong> is an overdrive pedal with three familiar knobs at the top; Drive, Tone and Level. The V-Switch allows you to boost or cut the amount of drive and Alternate Mode allows you to boost or cut the Level. Alternate Mode works great as a boost for solos. In the clip, I gradually boost the Drive and Volume without blowing out your earbuds.</p> <p><strong>Hybrid Chorus</strong> is a chorus pedal that offers Depth, Level and Rate. V-Switch Mode lets you increase or decrease the Depth. Alternate Mode lets you speed up or slow down the Rate. In the clip, I play the same lick starting with a heavy chorus and mellow it out by the end.</p> <p><strong>String Reviver</strong> is most unique pedal in the series. It adds more presence and punch to dull strings. I also see it useful as a clean boost or tone shaper to help a darker guitar cut. The three basic knobs are Definition, Slope and Level. Definition is comparable to a Presence knob and Slope is comparable to a Tone knob. The V-Switch alters the Definition, and Alternate mode allows you to cut or boost the Level. In the clip, hear how it brightens up the “vintage” strings I left on my Strat way too long.</p> <p><strong>Web</strong>: <a href="http://www.mcsystemsmusic.com/">mcsystemsmusic.com</a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: $179 US</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/48829027&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> <p><em>You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, but Billy Voight is a gear reviewer, bassist and guitarist from Pennsylvania. He has Hartke bass amps and Walden acoustic guitars to thank for supplying some of the finest gear on his musical journey. Need Billy's help in creating noise for your next project? Drop him a line at thisguyonbass@gmail.com.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/gear-review-mc-systems-dynamic-drive-hybrid-chorus-and-string-reviver-pedals#comments Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown MC Systems Effects Blogs News Gear Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:42:34 +0000 Billy Voight http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22238 Roy Buchanan Performs "When a Guitar Plays the Blues" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/video-roy-buchanan-performs-when-guitar-plays-blues <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitarist Roy Buchanan was born on this date (September 23) in 1939.</p> <p>Although I "discovered" Buchanan when I was a blues-loving kid in the mid-Eighties, his first brush with something resembling fame came in 1971, when a documentary, <em>The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World</em>, aired on public TV.</p> <p>The documentary was, of course, about Buchanan, a Washington, D.C.-based blues-rock virtuoso whose gritty sound and distinctive technique inspired scores of guitarists, including Jeff Beck. Sadly, Buchanan is still fairly unknown to the general public (including scores of guitarists).</p> <p>Buchanan had a distinctive tone, as can be heard in the live video below. He played his vintage Fender Telecaster through a Vibrolux amp with the tone all the way up (and then some, it seems), using the guitar's volume knob mid-solo to create mesmerizing, keyboard-style effects. </p> <p>Buchanan could play harmonics at will and could mute individual strings with his free right-hand fingers while picking or pinching others. He was best known for his gut-wrenching bends and incredibly "pointy" (my word) sound.</p> <p>Sadly, Buchanan committed suicide in 1988 at age 48 while in jail for public drunkenness.</p> <p>Below, check out Buchanan's undated performance of "When a Guitar Plays the Blues," the title track from his 1985 solo album on Alligator Records (This is a good one to own, by the way). There's a solo intro section at the beginning of the video, and the actual solo begins at around 5:25. Note that there's another extended solo section around 8:18. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/62uOUyEcx3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-roy-buchanan-performs-when-guitar-plays-blues#comments Damian Fanelli Roy Buchanan Blogs News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:46 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19302 Hear It Now: Flying Colors Streaming Entire New Album, 'Second Nature' http://www.guitarworld.com/hear-it-now-flying-colors-streaming-entire-new-album-second-nature <!--paging_filter--><p>Flying Colors will stage three appearances in North America to celebrate the release of the band's second studio album <em>Second Nature</em>. The quintet will perform on October 2nd in Los Angeles at the James Armstrong Theater, the 3rd in Chicago at the Arcada Theater and then in Philadelphia on the 4th at the Keswick. </p> <p>Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors will issue the new release September 29 overseas and then on the 30th in North America. </p> <p>Critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most fascinating releases of 2012, teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson.</p> <p><em>Guitar World</em> is proud to present the entire stream of <em>Second Nature</em>:</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/46959722%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-0hsrd&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> <p>Drummer Mike Portnoy shares, "Direction was never even discussed. We just did what we do. I think perhaps not having a producer to ‘trim the fat’ possibly led to the songs breathing and expanding a bit more.” Steve Morse offers, "This is an album full of many layers. The more you listen, the more you can hear. It’s an album to keep listening to.” </p> <p>The complete track listing is:</p> <p>"Open Up Your Eyes"<br /> "Mask Machine"<br /> "Bombs Away"<br /> "The Fury Of My Love"<br /> "A Place In Your World"<br /> "Lost Without You"<br /> "One Love Forever"<br /> "Peaceful Harbor"<br /> "Cosmic Symphony - I. Still Life Of The World; II. Searching For The Air; III. Pound For Pound"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FdnKddL9giw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The band's complete itinerary includes appearances in:</p> <p>10/02 Los Angeles, CA James Armstrong Theater<br /> 10/03 Chicago, IL Arcada Theater<br /> 10/04 Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theater<br /> 10/07 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz 2<br /> 10/08 Milan, Italy Milan Live Club<br /> 10/09 Tilburg, Netherlands 013<br /> 10/11 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp<br /> 10/12 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7<br /> 10/13 London, U.K. Islington Assembly Hall<br /> 10/14 Paris, France Alhambra</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="/steve-morse">Steve Morse</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/hear-it-now-flying-colors-streaming-entire-new-album-second-nature#comments Flying Colors Mike Portnoy Steve Morse News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:10:56 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22402 Pink Floyd Announce New Album Details http://www.guitarworld.com/pink-floyd-announce-new-album-details <!--paging_filter--><p>Details about <em>The Endless River</em>, the new Pink Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, were revealed today as the album artwork appeared on buildings in ten International cities, including New York and Los Angeles. The album will be released on Columbia Records on Monday, November 10, 2014, and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.</p> <p>David Gilmour said:<br /> “<em>The Endless River</em> has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 <em>Division Bell</em> sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire.”</p> <p>Nick Mason said:<br /> “<em>The Endless River</em> is a tribute to Rick. I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was.”</p> <p><em>The Endless River</em> is mainly a four-sided instrumental album with one song, “Louder Than Words," with new lyrics by Polly Samson.The concept for the powerful imagery of a man rowing on a “river” of clouds was created by Ahmed Emad Eldin, an 18-year-old Egyptian digital artist. Ahmed’s image was then re-created by Stylorouge, award-winning UK design agency. Pink Floyd’s album artwork, mostly created by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis, is as legendary as the band’s music. With Storm’s passing in 2013, the task of finding an image that carried on Storm’s legacy passed to Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell, Storm’s original partner in Hipgnosis. Po said: “When we saw Ahmed’s image it had an instant Floydian resonance. It’s enigmatic and open to interpretation, and is the cover that works so well for <em>The Endless River</em>.”</p> <p><em>The Endless River</em>’s track listing runs across four sides, to invoke the album listening experience:</p> <p><strong><em>The Endless River</em></strong></p> <p>SIDE 1<br /> Things Left Unsaid<br /> It’s What We Do<br /> Ebb And Flow</p> <p>SIDE 2<br /> Sum<br /> Skins<br /> Unsung<br /> Anisina </p> <p>SIDE 3<br /> The Lost Art of Conversation<br /> On Noodle Street<br /> Night Light<br /> Allons-y (1)<br /> Autumn’68<br /> Allons-y (2)<br /> Talkin’ Hawkin’</p> <p>SIDE 4<br /> Calling<br /> Eyes To Pearls<br /> Surfacing<br /> Louder Than Words</p> <p><a href="http://www.pinkfloyd.com/theendlessriver" target="_blank">pinkfloyd.com/theendlessriver</a></p> <p>Pre-order available now:<br /> <a href="http://smarturl.it/PinkFloydTER" target="_blank">smarturl.it/PinkFloydTE</a></p> <p><a href="http://smarturl.it/PinkFloydTERdigital" target="_blank">smarturl.it/PinkFloydTERdigital</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/pink-floyd-announce-new-album-details#comments News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:02:41 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22400 Orianthi to Co-Host the 2015 She Rocks Awards http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-orianthi-co-host-2015-she-rocks-awards <!--paging_filter--><p>The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that Orianthi will co-host the 2015 She Rocks Awards.</p> <p> Honoring women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the She Rocks Awards is slated to take place Friday evening, January 23, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., during the NAMM Show.</p> <p>“The She Rocks Awards does so much for women in music and I’m excited to be a part of it,” shares Orianthi. “This event recognizes women who truly rock, and it will be my honor to be there to congratulate them!” A 2013 She Rocks Awards honoree, Orianthi is a platinum-selling solo artist and known the world-over as a masterful guitar player, having performed with artists such as Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, and more.</p> <p>Hosting duties will be shared between Orianthi and the WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore. “Orianthi is such an amazing role model for female musicians all over the world,” Whitmore comments. “I can’t think of a better partner for leading the She Rocks Awards!”</p> <p>The She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, educators, fans and media to celebrate women in music.</p> <p>The WiMN also recently announced its first honoree for the 2015 award show; Grammy-nomiated saxophonist, singer and songwriter Mindi Abair. One of the most dynamic and accomplished performers in music today, her latest album <em>Wild Heart</em> debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz chart. Abair was a featured saxophonist on the <em>Late Show with David Letterman</em> and <em>American Idol,</em> and has toured with rock legends Aerosmith. Additional award honorees will be announced soon.</p> <p>The She Rocks Awards was previously held on Friday morning, but for 2015 it is moving to an evening event and will take place from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The event has sold out for the past two years.</p> <p>The She Rocks Awards would like to recognize media sponsors NewBay Media, and their publications <em>Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician</em> and <em>Keyboard.</em></p> <p>Tickets for the 2015 She Rocks Awards go on sale October 15, 2014. To find out more, please visit <a href="http://www.thewimn.com/events/she-rocks-awards/">www.thewimn.com</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-orianthi-co-host-2015-she-rocks-awards#comments Acoustic Nation News Orianthi News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:21:58 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22399 The Color Morale, "Lifeline (Left to Write)" Guitar Playthrough Video http://www.guitarworld.com/color-morale-lifeline-left-write-guitar-playthrough-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the video below, Aaron Saunders from Rockford, Illinois, post-hardcore band The Color Morale does a guitar walkthrough of "Lifeline (Left to Write)," a track from his band's latest album, <em>Hold on Pain Ends</em>.</p> <p>The album, which was released on September 2, is available on iTunes <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hold-on-pain-ends/id895266739" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p>The band is currently on a fall tour with We Came As Romans through October 5, and will embark on the Get Real Tour with labelmates The Word Alive, which routes through Europe and returns to the U.S. for a nationwide tour. Full tour dates below the video. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/u6E1J7RupmE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>THE COLOR MORALE TOUR DATES</strong></p> <p>w/ We Came As Romans, For Today, Crossfaith, and Palisades<br /> 9.20 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose ***<br /> 9.21 - Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard ***<br /> 9.22 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live<br /> 9.24 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock<br /> 9.25 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live<br /> 9.27 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre<br /> 9.28 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco<br /> 9.30 - Knoxville, TN @ The International<br /> 10.1 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel<br /> 10.2 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House<br /> 10.3 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall<br /> 10.4 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre<br /> 10.5 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection<br /> *** w/ For Today </p> <p><strong>European Tour w/The Word Alive</strong></p> <p>10.19 - York, UK @ Fibbers<br /> 10.20 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms<br /> 10.21 - Cardiff, UK @ Clwb ifor Bach<br /> 10.22 - Manchester, UK @ Sound Control<br /> 10.23 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse<br /> 10.24 - Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios<br /> 10.25 - Brighton, UK @ Audio<br /> 10.26 - Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy 2<br /> 10.27 - London, UK @ Underworld<br /> 10.28 - Southampton, UK @ Joiners<br /> 10.29 - Paris, France @ La Boule Noire<br /> 10.30 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kellerklub<br /> 10.31 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo<br /> 11.1 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Kulttempel </p> <p><strong>w/The Color Morale, Our Last Night, Dead Rabbitts, and Miss Fortune</strong></p> <p>Nov 7 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA<br /> Nov 8 - Sacramento, CA @ Assembly<br /> Nov 9 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House<br /> Nov 11 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock<br /> Nov 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre<br /> Nov 13 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls<br /> Nov 14 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova<br /> Nov 15 - Dallas, TX @ The Door<br /> Nov 16 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar<br /> Nov 18 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum<br /> Nov 19 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room<br /> Nov 20 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly<br /> Nov 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade<br /> Nov 22 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club<br /> Nov 23 - West Springfield, VA @ Empire<br /> Nov 25 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom<br /> Nov 26 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium<br /> Nov 28 - Reading, PA @ Reverb<br /> Nov 29 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre<br /> Nov 30 - Plymouth, MI @ Compuware Arena<br /> Dec 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar<br /> Dec 2 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room<br /> Dec 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom<br /> Dec 4 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes<br /> Dec 5 - St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam<br /> Dec 6 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose<br /> Dec 7 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar<br /> Dec 9 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre<br /> Dec 10 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre<br /> Dec 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue<br /> Dec 13 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/color-morale-lifeline-left-write-guitar-playthrough-video#comments Videos News Features Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:12:12 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22397 Queen Announce 'Queen Forever' CD Featuring Unreleased Freddie Mercury Tracks http://www.guitarworld.com/queen-announce-queen-forever-cd-featuring-unreleased-freddie-mercury-tracks <!--paging_filter--><p>Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury will spearhead a new Queen album, Queen Forever, due November 11, 2014, on Hollywood Records.</p> <p>The tracks include a long anticipated song from Queen and Michael Jackson, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track “Let Me In Your Heart Again” originating from the band’s The Works album recording sessions, and a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, “Love Kills.”</p> <p>The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits” in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of Queen’s timeless love songs.</p> <p>Queen Forever is available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.</p> <p>Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and Taylor first hinted earlier this year that new songs featuring Mercury were being explored. </p> <p>Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert earlier in the year, May said, "There was a little bit more in the can that we had overlooked for a long time, so we have a few songs which we're working on right now. Freddie sounds as fresh as yesterday."</p> <p>On the subject, Taylor said, “We’ve got some great new tracks that haven’t been heard and there’s an interesting selection of older stuff.”</p> <p>The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space. The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984’s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie’s own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985’s Mr. Bad Guy. This new production of the powerful ballad fuses Queen’s original backing track and Mercury and Jackson’s distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit.</p> <p>Talking of his involvement, Orbit says, “I had known Roger for many years, now he was on the phone asking if I would get involved in this musical adventure.</p> <p>“When I first played it in my studio I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians. Hearing Michael Jackson's vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie's vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level. </p> <p>“The musicianship of all four members of Queen is phenomenal. Roger, an extraordinarily multi-talented man I've always admired; John Deacon's original bass part with its lyrical fluidity that made it easy for me to know where to put the odd reinforcement. Freddie's original piano carried most of the song's musical DNA. Brian, one take for the solo, a blur of fingers, and the spirits of MJ and FM fully present, in the moment, sending shivers down the spine.”</p> <p>Perhaps the biggest revelation on Queen Forever is Brian May’s composition, “Let Me In Your Heart Again.” The song was first recorded by Queen for The Works album, but not completed at the time and has remained overlooked since then. An authentic, live-in-the-studio track from the same golden age as “Radio Ga Ga” and “I Want To Break Free,” this never-before-heard Queen track shows off Freddie’s timeless vocals and features newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from Brian and Roger. This thrilling track finally reaches us nearly 30 years after Freddie first laid down his original vocal.</p> <p>The third new track, “Love Kills,” was composed by Freddie Mercury and famed German producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder’s newly restored and tinted version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic silent movie Metropolis in 1984 to which he added a pop soundtrack featuring various music artists. Mercury recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it is less well known that all four members of Queen played on the original track. Prior to Queen embarking on their recent tour with lead singer Adam Lambert, Brian May proposed performing an acoustic ballad version of “Love Kills,” which became one of the most memorable moments of the current Queen &amp; Adam Lambert shows. This new Queen-Freddie studio version is shaped in the same ballad style and revives the Queen original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor, becoming a glorious showcase for one of Freddie’s most adrenaline-charged vocal performances.</p> <p>Alongside this new material, both the one and two-CD versions of Queen Forever feature songs that spotlight the band’s songwriting prowess, studio experimentation and remarkable development. It’s a timely reminder that, almost uniquely in the world of rock and pop, all four members of Queen were accomplished songwriters and superlatively gifted musicians.</p> <p>Queen Forever reaches back as far as 1974 with fan favorite “Nevermore,” a Freddie Mercury song originally included on Queen II, the album that first saw Queen use the recording studio as an instrument in its own right. From the same year comes the dramatic power ballad “In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited,” once the grand finale of any Queen show, and since revived by Queen &amp; lead singer Adam Lambert on their 2014 tour. Meanwhile, the upbeat single, “You’re My Best Friend,” written by bass guitarist John Deacon, showcased Queen’s poppier side and was released as the follow-up to 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” becoming a Top 10 UK and Top 20 US hit in the same year and giving John Deacon his first Queen hit single.</p> <p>Elsewhere, 1977’s “Long Away” remains the only Queen single to feature Brian May on lead vocals; and the same year’s B-side “Drowse” includes a rare Queen performance from Roger Taylor on guitar. Queen saw out the decade with a run of hits that included the gospel-flavored “Somebody To Love,” memorably performed by Queen and George Michael at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, and finished on a high with 1979’s US #1 hit, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” an exuberant rockabilly pop song composed by Freddie Mercury in the bath in Munich.</p> <p>By touching on prog rock, gospel, acoustic balladry, Elvis-style rock’n’roll and more, these songs alone encapsulate Queen’s diversity in the 1970s. However, the band threw out the rulebook completely in the decades that followed, embracing funk, hard rock, soul and pure pop, yet always sounding unmistakably Queen. The band used synthesizers for the first time on 1980’s “Play The Game” single; Freddie sang some of his vocals in Spanish on the 1982 hit “Las Palabras De Amor,” and 1986’s “One Year Of Love” featuring unusually a saxophone. The album is completed by latter-day Queen hits, including 1991’s #1 hit “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” and 1995’s “Too Much Love Will Kill You,” together with the poignant “A Winter’s Tale,” recorded during Freddie Mercury’s final Queen recording sessions in Montreux in 1991.</p> <p>Queen Forever is both a showcase for these exclusive new recordings, but also an enduring tribute to the extraordinary musical achievements of John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late, great Freddie Mercury whose singular talent we can again marvel at with the arrival of these previously unheard tracks.</p> <p>Queen Forever. Forever? Who can tell? But for now we can be certain that this highly rewarding collection of Queen new, rare, and at their most accomplished, more than serves to uphold the band’s indisputable place in music history and is certain to earn a prized place in music collections for a long time to come.</p> <p>Queen certainly rates in the top among the world’s favorite bands. The UK’s Official Charts Company earlier this year confirmed Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album as Britain’s best-selling album of all time all after surpassing the 6 million in sales.</p> <p><strong><em>Queen Forever</em> –Track Listings:</strong></p> <p><strong>Single CD:</strong></p> <p>Let Me In Your Heart Again<br /> Love Kills – The Ballad<br /> There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)<br /> It’s A Hard Life<br /> You’re My Best Friend<br /> Love Of My Life<br /> Drowse<br /> Long Away<br /> Lily Of The Valley<br /> Don’t Try So Hard<br /> Bijou<br /> These Are The Days Of Our Lives<br /> Las Palabras De Amor<br /> Who Wants To Live Forever<br /> A Winter’s Tale<br /> Play The Game<br /> Save Me<br /> Somebody To Love<br /> Too Much Love Will Kill You<br /> Crazy Little Thing Called Love<br /> 2-CD SET</p> <p><strong>CD1</strong></p> <p>Let Me In Your Heart Again<br /> Love Kills – The Ballad<br /> There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)<br /> Play The Game<br /> Dear Friends<br /> You’re My Best Friend<br /> Love Of My Life<br /> Drowse<br /> You Take My Breath Away<br /> Spread Your Wings<br /> Long Away<br /> Lily Of The Valley<br /> Don’t Try So Hard<br /> Bijou<br /> These Are The Days Of Our Lives<br /> Nevermore<br /> Las Palabras De Amor<br /> Who Wants To Live Forever</p> <p><strong>CD2</strong></p> <p>I Was Born To Love You<br /> Somebody To Love<br /> Crazy Little Thing Called Love<br /> Friends Will Be Friends<br /> Jealousy<br /> One Year of Love<br /> A Winters Tale<br /> ‘39<br /> Mother Love<br /> It’s A Hard Life<br /> Save Me<br /> Made in Heaven<br /> Too Much Love Will Kill You<br /> Sail Away Sweet Sister<br /> The Miracle<br /> Is This The World We Created<br /> In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited<br /> Forever</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.queenonline.com" target="_blank">queenonline.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/queen-announce-queen-forever-cd-featuring-unreleased-freddie-mercury-tracks#comments News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:55:49 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22395