News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Guitar World's Top 50 Guitar Albums of the Eighties http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-top-50-guitar-albums-eighties <!--paging_filter--><p>In early 1990, the editors of <em>Guitar World</em> magazine sat back, grabbed some coffee and painstakingly selected what they considered the top 50 guitar albums of the just-ended Eighties.</p> <p>In the photo gallery below, you can see what they came up with! </p> <p>The albums are listed in order, from "killer" to "jaw-droppingly awesome." Or from 50 to 1, depending on your perspective. </p> <p>Please note that there are actually 51 albums in the gallery (There was a tie somewhere along the way).</p> <p>Don't agree with the vintage editors' vintage choices? As always, let your voice be heard! Share your opinion in the comments below or on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorld">Facebook!</a></p> <p>Head back to the ... past!</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-top-50-guitar-albums-eighties#comments GW Archive Guitar World Lists Galleries News Features Magazine Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:05:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13083 Joe Bonamassa Releases Trailer for New Album, 'Different Shades of Blue' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassa-releases-trailer-new-album-different-shades-blue-video <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassa-premieres-different-shades-blue-music-video">As we announced last week</a>, Joe Bonamassa will be releasing his 16th album, <em>Different Shades of Blue</em>, September 23 through J&amp;R Adventures.</p> <p>Now the singer/guitarist has released a preview video — often known as an EPK (electronic press kit) — for the new album. You can check out the entire seven-and-a-half-minute trailer below. In the clip, Bonamassa previews several of the tracks, discusses the recording process and more.</p> <p>This is Bonamassa’s first studio album in two years and the first in his career to be made up entirely of original material. As always, gear lovers get to see a nice selection of Bonamassa's guitars, including a few sweet Gibson Les Pauls!</p> <p>Check out the trailer below. Right below that, you'll find the first official music video from the album; it's the title track, "Different Shades of Blue." Enjoy both!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uj2aikMFyLg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z3_GOk36JD0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassa-releases-trailer-new-album-different-shades-blue-video#comments Joe Bonamassa Videos News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:02 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21912 Bailiff Premiere New Song, "Golden Hour" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/bailiff-premiere-new-song-golden-hour-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "'Golden Hour," a new song by Bailiff. The track is from the band's upcoming EP, <em>Remise II</em>, which will be released October 7. </p> <p>"'Golden Hour" came together quite rapidly one night in our rehearsal room attic in Chicago," says Josh Siegel (guitar/vocals). </p> <p>"Owen and Ren had a drum and bass idea that they locked into while I plunked around on the guitar. I had a cheap guitar I mainly used for playing slide, but that night I picked it up and started experimenting without a slide for the first time. The guitar had all six strings tuned to a B note. </p> <p>"I made up that tuning one night but later read that Lou Reed used to do that to his guitars. It sounded like a group of slightly out-of-tune violins, and the tuning forced me to get crafty with how I moved around on the neck. We found some ideas for a verse and a chorus and then took a break to think out a pre-chorus and bridge so that we could demo it. The guitar parts mirror the vocal melodies throughout most of the song. </p> <p>"We are a trio but we love the sound of a big gang of singers chanting a melody, so I used the guitar part to mimic that sound. Our producer told us we needed a real uptempo track to contrast the more somber song that we'd already written for the <em>Remise II</em> EP, so we made a point to keep 'Golden Hour' brisk and heavy. I'd read somewhere that the term 'Golden Hour' refers to the small window of time you've got after a major injury to get medical help. I talked with Owen about having that phrase stuck in my head and we sat down later in the week and collaborated on the lyrics to finish this one up."</p> <p>For more about Bailliff, visit <a href="http://bailiffmusic.com/">bailiffmusic.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120174240%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-QDu58&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/bailiff-premiere-new-song-golden-hour-exclusive#comments Bailiff News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:06:10 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21911 Peavey to Unveil New 'Star Wars' Guitars at Comic-Con http://www.guitarworld.com/peavey-unveil-new-star-wars-guitars-comic-con <!--paging_filter--><p>Peavey Electronics has released a line of licensed guitars and accessories adorned with graphics based on <em>Star Wars</em>.</p> <p>The products will be unveiled at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>“Star Wars is a giant in the world of film, TV and video games, and the same can be said of Peavey in the music industry — so this collaboration just makes sense,” says Peavey’s Tony Moscal. “I can’t wait for movie fans and musicians to see what we’ve come up with.”</p> <p>Peavey’s line of <em>Star Wars</em> products is perfect for musicians and collectors alike. The products include full-size Rockmaster electric guitars, three-quarter size Rockmaster electric guitars, half-size acoustic guitars, ukuleles and accessories. </p> <p>The line will be on display at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, at Peavey’s booth (2913-P) in the <em>Star Wars</em> pavilion. Peavey’s regular line of <em>Star Wars</em> products will be available for purchase, in addition to two exclusive light side/dark side collector model guitars. Only 50 guitars have been created for each of these exclusive collector models.</p> <p>With a basswood body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard, Peavey’s Rockmaster guitars provide excellent balance, playability and tone, and feature <em>Star Wars</em> characters in a high gloss finish. A three-quarter size student model of the Rockmaster electric guitar is also available, and both guitars come with cable and picks.</p> <p>Ideal for starter musicians, Peavey’s half-size acoustic guitars are made of genuine wood with steel strings. The guitars include a removable headstock cover with matching graphics that protects fingers from string ends, and come with Peavey picks and a strap. Scenes from the <em>Star Wars</em> films are featured on the instruments in high gloss finish. </p> <p>Also suitable for players of all ages or collectors, the line of products includes 20-inch ukuleles decorated with Star Wars characters. Made of genuine wood and featuring a high gloss finish, the instruments have easy-to-play nylon strings and locking tuning pegs which help to keep the instrument in tune.</p> <p>In addition to guitars, Peavey is producing a selection of <em>Star Wars</em>-themed straps and picks. To learn more about Peavey, visit <a href="http://peavey.com/">peavey.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/peavey-unveil-new-star-wars-guitars-comic-con#comments Peavey Electronics Star Wars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:34:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21910 Whitechapel's Zach Householder Discusses and Demos DiMarzio D Activator 7 Pickups — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/whitechapels-zach-householder-discusses-and-demos-dimarzio-d-activator-7-pickups-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the just-posted video below, Whitechapel guitarist Zach Householder plays and discusses his DiMarzio D Activator 7 Bridge and D Activator 7 Neck pickups. </p> <p>Both pickups happen to live in his ESP signature-model guitar.</p> <p>In the clip, Householder also discusses the new Whitechapel album, <em>Our Endless War.</em></p> <p>For more about DiMarzio, visit <a href="http://www.dimarzio.com/">dimarzio.com.</a> For more about Whitechapel, check out <a href="http://www.whitechapelband.com/">whitechapelband.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/25fRkgt50JY" 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="/whitechapel">Whitechapel</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/whitechapels-zach-householder-discusses-and-demos-dimarzio-d-activator-7-pickups-video#comments DiMarzio Whitechapel Zach Householder Videos News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:10:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21760 Homemade Crazy Premiere New Song, "Cumulo Nimbus" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/homemade-crazy-premiere-new-song-cumulo-nimbus-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Cumulo Nimbus," a new song by Nebraska's own Homemade Crazy.</p> <p>The track is from the band's upcoming album, <em>Synergy</em>, which will be released August 19. </p> <p>The album's 11 tracks are a mix of indie, punk, pop and blues elements with a twist of synth. Their approach to music, especially their live show, is to translate their love and joy of music combined with sharing their own individual stories through their songs. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://homemadecrazy.com/">homemadecrazy.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158991191%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-tTYcb&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/homemade-crazy-premiere-new-song-cumulo-nimbus-exclusive#comments Homemade Crazy News Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21909 Slash Shows You How to Play Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" — Video Lesson http://www.guitarworld.com/video-lesson-slash-shows-you-how-play-guns-n-roses-paradise-city <!--paging_filter--><p>Around the release of his eponymous debut solo album, Slash took the time out to show us how to play some of his favorite riffs, both new and old. </p> <p>In the <em>Guitar World</em> video below, Slash talks about writing the classic Guns N' Roses tune "Paradise City." He also shows you how to play the key parts of the <em>Appetite for Destruction</em> track.</p> <p>Slash's new studio album — which is still without a title at this point — will be released later this year. You can watch Slash at work on the new album (courtesy of Ernie Ball) <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-slash-and-myles-kennedy-studio-ernie-balls-real-reel-slash-volume-7">right here,</a> in a series of seven behind-the-scenes videos.</p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1510754330001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="365" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1510754330001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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That's four hours of in-depth video lessons on essential blues elements and guitar-playing techniques.</p> <p>Don't miss out on this amazing blues tutorial at a great price!</p> <p><strong><em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD Part 1:</strong></p> <p> Precision string bending<br /> Low-register phrasing for musical effect<br /> How to use fills effectively<br /> Chicken-pickin' phrases for a funky feel<br /> How to bring your licks to life with accented notes<br /> Jazz-blues techniques:extensions, alterations and substitutions<br /> How to make licks groove with swinging eighth notes</p> <p><strong><em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD Part 2:</strong></p> <p> "Street Jazz" chord extensions and alterations<br /> Soloing over chord substitutions<br /> How to play like Blink Blake and Charlie Christian<br /> How to match the solo to the song<br /> "Dead thumb (or pick)" technique<br /> Conversational phrasing<br /> Sixth and ninth chords<br /> The New Orleans sound</p> <p>Your instructor: For more than 35 years, Wyatt has been active as a guitarist and educator specializing in American music. He is a prolific author of books, instructional videos and columns on subjects ranging from theory and ear training to beginning guitar methods and blues and "roots" styles. Since 1978, Keith has been an instructor at the world-famous Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of Curriculum. Since 1996, he has been touring internationally and recording with LA's legendary Blasters. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/talkin-blues-dvd-combo-pack/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesCombo">This combo pack is available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dvd-combo-pack-talkin-blues-parts-1-and-2-sale-guitar-world-online-store#comments News Features Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:40:56 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21855 Metallica's Kirk Hammett to Debut Zombie Action Figure at Comic-Con in San Diego http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-kirk-hammett-debut-zombie-action-figure-comic-con-san-diego <!--paging_filter--><p>Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's love for horror films is well known. Now Hammett's company, Kirk von Hammett Toys, has announced a zombie action figure molded in his likeness. </p> <p>The figure will be released at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month. Only 300 of the toys are being produced as an exclusive item, in support of the Nuclear Blast USA record label. </p> <p>The figure goes on sale 1 to 2 p.m. July 25 and 2 to 3 p.m. July 26 at the Nuclear Blast USA booth at San Diego's Comic-Con. Hammett will be on hand to autograph each toy sold. </p> <p>For info about Comic-Con, <a href="http://www.comic-con.org/cci">head in this general direction.</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallicas-kirk-hammett-debut-zombie-action-figure-comic-con-san-diego#comments Comic-Con Kirk Hammett Metallica zombies News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:40:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21818 Johnny Marr Announces New Solo Album, 'Playland' http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-marr-announces-new-solo-album-playland <!--paging_filter--><p>Johnny Marr, the former guitarist of the Smiths, Modest Mouse and the Cribs, has announced a new solo album, <em>Playland</em>.</p> <p>The album, which is set for an October 7 release via Warner Music Group, is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. </p> <p>Last year, Marr enjoyed a monumental start to his solo career with acclaim for his Top 10 debut solo album <em>The Messenger.</em> Meanwhile, his shows were celebrated for his ability to combine the best of his new material with select highlights from the Smiths, plus others from his extensive back catalog.</p> <p>Work on the album commenced in London in spring 2014 as soon as the year of touring in support of <em>The Messenger</em> came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on <em>The Messenger</em> with collaborator and co-producer Doviak, as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.</p> <p>"When <em>The Messenger</em> came out, I kept on writing," Marr said. "I liked that the band had a momentum going on tour and a connection with the audience, and I thought that energy would be good to capture on the new record.</p> <p>"It's important to sound like your environment and on this record that's London and Manchester," Marr added. "The feeling of the cities and the people make it into the music."</p> <p>The title is inspired by <em>Homo Ludens</em>, a 1938 book by the influential Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga, which explores the concept of play as a precursor and principal element of cultural development.</p> <p><strong> <em>Playland</em> track listing:</strong></p> <p>01. Back In The Box<br /> 02. Easy Money<br /> 03. Dynamo<br /> 04. Candidate<br /> 05. 25 Hours<br /> 06. The Trap<br /> 07. Playland<br /> 08. Speak Out Reach Out<br /> 09. Boys Get Straight<br /> 10. This Tension<br /> 11. Little King</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-marr-announces-new-solo-album-playland#comments Johnny Marr News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:35:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21865 ‘Rockabilly Riot’: Brian Setzer Talks New Album, Gretsch Guitars and Future of Rockabilly http://www.guitarworld.com/rockabilly-riot-brian-setzer-talks-new-album-gretsch-guitars-and-future-rockabilly <!--paging_filter--><p>Following last year’s successful Christmas tour with his 18-piece orchestra, iconic guitarist, songwriter and three-time Grammy winner Brian Setzer entered the studio to get back to his rockabilly roots — with incredible results. </p> <p>Setzer’s new album, <em>Rockabilly Riot: All Original</em>, which will be released August 12 via Surfdog Records, is pure, straight-ahead rockabilly that features 12 new, original songs. Along with his trademark twang and fretboard fire, Setzer is backed by three musicians who are among the best at their craft — Mark Winchester (bass), Kevin McKendree (piano) and Noah Levy (drums).</p> <p>The album, which was recorded in Nashville, was produced by Peter Collins, who handled those same duties for Setzer’s <em>Vavoom!</em> and <em>The Dirty Boogie</em>. The result is a cross-mix of early Stray Cats and Setzer’s solo records, with an emphasis on a fresh, modern rockabilly sound.</p> <p>Setzer first captured the hearts of guitarists everywhere as founder and frontman of Stray Cats, whose signature songs “Rock This Town," “(She's) Sexy &amp; 17” and “Stray Cat Strut” introduced the sound and attitude of rockabilly to a new generation of rock fans in the early Eighties. </p> <p>I recently spoke to Setzer about <em>Rockabilly Riot: All Original</em> <a href="http://hifi247.com/brian-setzer-rockabilly-riot-all-original-cd-preorder.html">(which is available now for pre-order)</a>, his early days, guitars and what the future holds for rockabilly music.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How would you describe the sound of <em>Rockabilly Riot</em>?</strong></p> <p>To me, it sounds a little bit like a mixture of an album I had called <em>Ignition</em> and the first Stray Cats album. The production of it is straight forward, but it really is songs first. Then I make them into rockabilly just by me playing them.</p> <p><strong>What makes rockabilly so special?</strong></p> <p>It’s based in the blues, which is kind of the basis of it all. Rock and roll, rockabilly, country, swing, jazz — it all started from the blues. Anything that seems to come from something honest works for me. I like to say that rockabilly is like the bad brother who goes out late and doesn’t come back [laughs]. It was probably too risqué for its time and never really gained the traction it should have.</p> <p><strong>Do you consider this album a sequel of sorts to <em>Ignition</em>, considering both have songs about roosters and chickens</strong>?</p> <p>Well, Mark Winchester [bass] says that any song about barn yard animals is fine by him. I guess it was inspired by Mark’s “Rooster Rock." [laughs]</p> <p><strong>Speaking of Mark, you’re joined by some amazing players on this album. Can you speak to what it’s like working with Mark, Kevin McKendree and Noah Levy?</strong></p> <p>It reminds me of watching the All-Star Game in baseball. You know that anything you throw at them, they’re going to catch or going to hit. It’s fun making a record with guys like that, just like it was with Jim and Lee from the Stray Cats or the big band. They’re all top players, so you know you’re going to get a great performance. Once you sit down and play, work on the songs and gel, it all comes together and you’ve got a first-place team.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155136713&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><strong>What was the writing process like for this album?</strong></p> <p>It’s interesting. When you start writing, you really have to get a spark or something to light the fuse. The first song I wrote for this album was “Vinyl Records,” and the spark was my daughter listening to songs on her iPod. She had the little peas in her ear and I pulled them out and listened and said, “Ah, I really don’t like that. It doesn’t sound good.”</p> <p>That’s when she said, “Well, that’s just because you don’t like the band.” I said, “No, it’s not about the music.” Then I showed her a stereo I had sitting at home. I pulled out an old record and put it on so she could hear what it sounded like. She flipped, and it was a victory for Dad! Now, she and her friends go out and hunt down vinyl records. That was the spark that really got that song going for me lyrically. Musically, I had this riff lying around that I thought was cool. It was just a blues riff in C but it counts down all of the notes in the blues scale. It was something I hadn’t really heard anybody do yet. Once I had those two things, it just kind of snowballed from there.</p> <p><strong>The song “Rockabilly Blues” has an autobiographical theme to it. Was that your intention?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, that’s right. I was just sitting there finger picking a blues/rockabilly thing on a guitar that I’ve had for 40 years. I started thinking about the idea of making it personal and decided to write the song about the guitar and me.</p> <p><strong>What was the recording process like?</strong></p> <p>It was a no-stress record. To go in with Peter [Collins] was like going in with a buddy. We recorded it in Nashville, and what I did differently this time was arrange all of the songs together beforehand. We recorded all of the tracks and arranged them and then I gave the guys a CD and had them listen to it and live with it for a month and half. Then right after our Christmas tour, we all went straight into the studio. It was easier and more fun to have everything ready and then just go in and rock it out. There are no overdubs on this album except for the vocal. </p> <p><strong>What inspired you to first pick up the guitar?</strong></p> <p>The first real inspiration I had was George Harrison. I remember when I first heard the Beatles on a jukebox. At the time, I was so young I didn’t even really know what was making the sound that I liked. Then there was a record store on the corner with a picture hanging up that said “The Beatles." Once I saw George holding his guitar, I said, “Wow! So cool!” That was the first spark.</p> <p>Then later on, after it had cemented itself in place, I was really blown away by Eddie Cochran. I remember in the late Seventies no one really knew who he was. But once I saw his record (the black and white <em>Legendary Masters Series</em>), I knew I wanted to look like him. And after I had heard the songs, that just completed it for me. I said, “That’s it! [laughs]. </p> <p><strong>Did the Stray Cats find it difficult finding its niche in those early years?</strong></p> <p>I remember people used to think, “What the heck are these guys doing?” [laughs]. It’s kind of like Fifties rock and roll, but it’s not. This was the guitar-based, bad-ass cousin of that. But we built it up just like any other band. Whether you were in a blues band or a punk band at the time, everyone had to pay their dues and bang around in the back of a van. There was no instant overnight thing. It was a good learning experience climbing the ropes. </p> <p><strong>What’s your setup like these days?</strong></p> <p>I don’t use pedals. I just use the Roland Space Echo and mess around with the settings. If I want more of a “rock” sound, I’ll just turn the volume up. Then when I want the “billy” sound, I’ll turn the volume down to get it a little more twangy and then add a bit more delay on it. That’s really the only thing that I use. </p> <p><strong>Tell me a little about your guitars.</strong></p> <p>I have three that play really well. I’ve got the Stray Cat Gretsch, another ’59 that is pretty much my main guitar, and then my friends at TV Jones just found me a wicked one. I think it’s a ‘60 model that really just has the stuff. I’ve also got my new line of Gretsch guitars that I always take with me on the road.</p> <p><strong>What first attracted you to the Gretsch?</strong></p> <p>I had always wanted one because of George and Eddie. I just loved their sound and my ear was drawn to that sound rather than to a Les Paul. Back in the Seventies, you couldn’t really find a 6120 because they had stopped making them. But when I did find one and plugged it in, I was smitten. It was exactly what I was looking for. </p> <p><strong>Can you tell me the origin of the Stray Cats song “Rock This Town”?</strong></p> <p>We were all tired of the whole disco era and one night, me and Slim Jim [Phantom] snuck into a bar. I remember we looked at the jukebox and saw that it was all still disco and we were both really pissed off about it. I think that was the spark that got it off the ground and helped me to write something that was rock and roll instead of something that was dominating the airwaves. </p> <p><strong>What do you think the future holds for rockabilly music?</strong></p> <p>If you follow history, it always seems to stick its head above water, sees what the world is like and then goes back under. It had its spike in the Fifties, then the Stray Cats brought it back, and now you’ve got people like Imelda May who are having success with it. I think rockabilly will always be there because it’s so good and just keeps regenerating itself. Whether it’s in the public eye or not, people will always know it’s there.</p> <p><strong><em><a href="http://hifi247.com/brian-setzer-rockabilly-riot-all-original-cd-preorder.html">'Rockabilly Riot' is available now for pre-order.</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> <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="/brian-setzer">Brian Setzer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/rockabilly-riot-brian-setzer-talks-new-album-gretsch-guitars-and-future-rockabilly#comments Brian Setzer Gretsch James Wood Interviews News Features Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:08:46 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21882 Robert Plant Releases Short Film Previewing New Album http://www.guitarworld.com/robert-plant-releases-short-film-previewing-new-album <!--paging_filter--><p>Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has released <em>Returning to the Borders,</em> a short film about his forthcoming solo album, <em>Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar</em>.</p> <p>The film follows Plant as he wanders through the English countryside, recalling the travels he undertook in the American South. Those travels inspired the lyrics heard on the new album. </p> <p>"I've been away a long time from these borders," Plant says in the film. "I spent a lot of time traveling through the South. I was searching to see if I could find out the character of the area from the radio that was on in the car."</p> <p>Due for release on September 5 in Europe, September 8 in the UK and September 9 in North America, <em>Lullaby and ... the Ceaseless Roar</em> was recorded at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, England. </p> <p>Watch the film here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R6w4FBvW4r4" 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="/robert-plant">Robert Plant</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/robert-plant-releases-short-film-previewing-new-album#comments Robert Plant Videos News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:48:52 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21884 Edward Ball's 'Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s,' Is Ultimate Go-To Book for Info About Vintage Gretsch Models http://www.guitarworld.com/edward-balls-manual-gretsch-guitars-1950s-ultimate-go-book-info-about-vintage-gretsch-models <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitar fans — and Gretsch fans in particular — might be interested in a new book from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.: Edward Ball's <em>Ball’s Manual of Gretsch Guitars: 1950s.</em></p> <p>The book, which was published last month, is essential for collectors and just as entertaining and informative for the general enthusiast.</p> <p>The ultimate go-to book for information about vintage Gretsch guitars of the 1950s, illustrated with more than 120 exquisite images, this is an authoritative, extremely detailed review of Gretsch guitar production and the individual guitar models the company introduced during the decade. </p> <p>It gives the reader a comprehensive explanation of the various Gretsch serial numbering systems, an overview of classic Gretsch features from the 1950s and complete specifications for 28 models produced within the decade. Also included are the evolution of features for each model in every model year of the 1950s, the total production estimates for most models and the adjusted serial number to model year chronology. </p> <p>This highly detailed information is supported by compelling photography, and an extensive, batch-by-batch recreation of the Gretsch Brooklyn factory’s lost production history. A user-friendly technical guide, this book offers a wealth of new data and is a must-have resource for vintage instrument dealers, guitar collectors, Gretsch enthusiasts and fans of vintage guitars.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Balls-Manual-Gretsch-Guitars-1950s/dp/0764346431<br /> ">The book is available now at amazon.com.</a></p> <p>Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 121 | 136 pp<br /> ISBN13: 9780764346439 | Binding: hard cover</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/edward-balls-manual-gretsch-guitars-1950s-ultimate-go-book-info-about-vintage-gretsch-models#comments Gretsch News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:16:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21904 Divine Realm: "Neptunian Desert" Playthrough Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/divine-realm-neptunian-desert-playthrough-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of a new guitar playthrough video for "Neptunian Desert" by Divine Realm. </p> <p>The song is from the band's new album, <em>Abyssal Light</em>, which is available through <a href="http://divinerealm.bandcamp.com/">the band's Bandcamp page</a>. </p> <p>You can follow Divine Realm <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DIVINEREALM">on their Facebook page</a>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1DSAclSqsEY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/divine-realm-neptunian-desert-playthrough-video-exclusive#comments Divine Realm Videos News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:28:58 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21887 ‘1000hp’: Guitarist Tony Rombola Talks New Godsmack Album and Side Project http://www.guitarworld.com/1000hp-guitarist-tony-rombola-talks-new-godsmack-album-and-side-project <!--paging_filter--><p>Multi-platinum hard rock heroes Godsmack are revving their engines for their highly anticipated sixth studio album, <em>1000hp</em> The album, which is set for an August 5 release, is the follow-up to 2010’s <em>The Oracle</em>, which debuted at Number 1 on <em>Billboard's</em> Top 200.</p> <p>Co-produced by Sully Erna along with Dave Fortman (Slipknot, Evanescence), <em>1000hp</em> returns the band to their Boston-based roots. Even the album’s title track pays homage to the band’s journey from playing tiny clubs to packed arenas worldwide. </p> <p>With a new-found thrashed-up “punk” energy, <em>1000hp</em> is really about going back to basics. It's old-school Godsmack, but with a new kind of twist.</p> <p>Coinciding with the release of <em>1000hp</em> — <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/1000hp/id898318144">which is available for pre-order at iTunes</a> — Godsmack also will headline this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which kicks off August 14. Godsmack is Sully Erna (vocals), Tony Rombola (guitar), Robbie Merrill (bass) and Shannon Larkin (drums).</p> <p>I recently spoke with Rombola about <em>1000hp</em>, touring and his blues-based side project, the Blue Cross Band.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How would you describe the sound of <em>1000hp</em>?</strong></p> <p>We wanted it to be straight forward and simple. I think that was the theme. There are elements of punk in some of the grooves that Sully brought in, and even in the selection of some of the riffs that I had as well. A lot of it is simpler, with some different feels.</p> <p><strong>What's the songwriting process for a Godsmack album?</strong></p> <p>For me, it all starts with riffs Shannon and I put together and arrange into a demo. We'll bring in a bunch of the material and Sully will go through it to get vibe for the record. He has great vision. He also brought in riffs for the songs "Something Different" and "Life Is Good". Sully's the one who picks the direction for the album and works on the lyrics. I'm more focused on the music. For me, it's all about the guitar.</p> <p><strong>What was it like working with producer Dave Fortman?</strong></p> <p>It was great. We had actually met Dave when we were working on our last album, <em>The Oracle</em>. He has a lot of ideas and was a lot of fun to work with. He's also a guitar player and plays drums, so he was able to give us input and bounce ideas off of us.</p> <p><strong>Do you feel any added pressure being the headlining band for a huge festival like UPROAR?</strong></p> <p>I actually feel less pressure. Whenever you do your own shows, there's always something to worry about because it's just you. With festival shows like this, each one has a similar feel and there are a lot more bands. It's outdoors and feels more like an event with a great crowd. I really enjoy doing them.</p> <p><strong>What's your live setup going to be like?</strong></p> <p>I'm with Diamond now, so I'll be bringing out a Diamond amp I really like, as well as a Diezel Herbert. I usually use two different amps at once for couple of different reasons. First, it gives me added tone and if one happens to crap out, I'll still have a solid amp going for me. I also have a couple McNaught guitars that I'll be bringing out, as well as a Les Paul or two. Not too many effects, though. I pretty much play dry all night.</p> <p><strong>Let's talk a little about your early years playing. What inspired you to first pick up the guitar?</strong></p> <p> Growing up, I had a friend whose mother had this really great record collection. Bands like Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd. My buddy started playing guitar and taking lessons and within weeks I wanted to do the same. I didn’t take lessons, but I remember he would always show me whatever he had learned. </p> <p>Eventually, he quit but I continued to play. And to this day I pretty much play all day, every day [laughs]. The more you play, the more you discover.</p> <p><strong>Who were some of your early influences?</strong></p> <p>In the beginning, it was guys like Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Tony Iommi. Then a little later on I got into all of the Eighties guitarists like Randy Rhoads and Gary Moore when he was doing the blues thing. Yngwie Malmsteen was another guy I looked up to and someone I tried to pick up from as much as could. His technique was much more advanced than mine so I could only learn certain things, but he was still inspiring.</p> <p><strong>How did your side project, the Blues Cross Band, come together?</strong></p> <p>Shannon and I have this jam room we like to go to whenever we're not on tour. Sometimes we'll go in there five days a week and just hang out and play music. He heard me playing the blues one day and thought it sounded cool. So we decided to write a few songs together. Then we wound up getting a bass player and a singer, and the next thing you know we were a band. We just recently did our first shows together. It was a really good experience being able to play with totally different gear and a whole different style of music. I'm having a lot of fun with it.</p> <p><strong>How would you describe the sound of this project?</strong></p> <p>It's more blues/rock. I'm trying to do more traditional stuff: using single coil and keeping the tones traditional and not do too much shredding. It's an even balance. We haven't recorded much so there's still an opportunity to find my voice and how I want to be heard.</p> <p><strong>Is there a particular moment in your career that stands out to you as a highlight?</strong></p> <p>I think it was when the local radio station, WAAF, made a connection with Sully and started playing our music on their own. That's what really got the ball rolling for us. Then there was the time when we got our first gold record. We were doing OzzFest and it was our first big tour playing for huge audiences. To get handed a gold record in the afternoon by record label was a big moment, and proof that we had made it!</p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/1000hp-guitarist-tony-rombola-talks-new-godsmack-album-and-side-project#comments Godsmack James Wood Tony Rombola Interviews News Features Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:48:07 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21838