News en Flyleaf Guitarist Jared Hartmann Discusses the Band’s New Album, ‘Between the Stars’ <!--paging_filter--><p>Flyleaf have consistently dominated the active, alternative and mainstream rock charts since their eponymous, self-titled debut was released in 2005. </p> <p>With the arrival of new vocalist Kristen May and the band’s new album, <em>Between the Stars</em>, which was released September 16, that trend is continuing.</p> <p>Produced by Don Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park and Avril Lavigne), <em>Between the Stars</em> is Flyleaf’s fourth studio album. It delivers 12 hook-laden tracks that are deeply rooted in guitar-based rock. </p> <p>Guitarist Jared Hartmann’s hypnotic riffs are tastefully executed, creating a surreal landscape of infectious melody that takes the listener on a sonic journey. Flyleaf is Kristen May (vocals), Jared Hartmann (guitars), Sameer Bhattacharya (guitars), Pat Seals (bass) and James Culpepper (drums).</p> <p>I recently spoke with Hartmann about the new album and his musical upbringing.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How would you describe the sound of <em>Between the Stars</em> as compared to previous Flyleaf albums?</strong></p> <p>It's going to be a little different than some of the other Flyleaf records. Obviously, it will be different because we have a new singer [Lacey Sturm amicably left the band in 2012], but it’s also going to be a bit different musically as well. </p> <p>We used a lot of keyboards on this album to add some interesting elements to a few of the songs. We'll see what people think! There’s something that's similar to our previous albums but it’s also going in a new direction.</p> <p><strong>How did you connect with Kristen?</strong></p> <p>After Lacey decided to leave the band, we started looking for singers and someone suggested that we check out Kristen. Her band, Vedera, had recently broken up, so the timing was perfect. So Kristen came in, knew all of the songs and was cool to hang out with. She’s the perfect fit.</p> <p><strong>What was the writing process like for this album?</strong></p> <p>We were just getting to know Kristen and decided to do a few writing sessions where we all got together for a week and wrote songs. The more we wrote together, the better those sessions became. These songs are from those writing sessions.</p> <p><strong>How does a Flyleaf song usually begin?</strong></p> <p>It depends. Songs can come out from a bunch of different ways. Sometimes I'll come up with a riff or a few heavy guitar ideas and sometimes it might be a near finished song. Sameer pretty much had “City Kids” written and Pat pretty much had “Blue Roses” complete before we went in. There are so many writers in this band with so many different ideas. Every song has its own unique story</p> <p><strong>What was it like working with Don Gilmore?</strong></p> <p>It was a great, collaborative experience. Don’s really hands-on and was a natural part of the process. He’s very laid back but is really into the music. </p> <p><strong>What’s your setup like these days?</strong></p> <p>I use Paul Reed Smith McCarty guitars that I run through a modded Marshall JCM800 and a Diezel Einstein. </p> <p><strong>Did you always know music would be your calling?</strong></p> <p>Growing up, I was around music a lot, but it wasn’t something I originally had a passion for. All I wanted to do was play video games [laughs]. But once I got to middle school, my parents wanted me to play an instrument. I remember going to the signups for band wanting to play drums — because I thought it was the coolest thing there. That didn’t work out so I moved on to the sax, trumpet and then clarinet, but nothing seemed to fit. </p> <p> Finally, my mom said, “Well, why don’t you play guitar?” I decided to give it a try and took a few lessons. It was around the same time Sameer and I became friends. Once we hit high school, we started getting music into more and going to see bands. That’s what inspired me and made me realize that music was something I could do. I started playing all the time and it quickly turned into a passion.</p> <p><strong>Can you tell me the origin of Flyleaf?</strong></p> <p>Coming up, we were all in different bands. Sameer and I were in a local band together, Lacey was playing acoustic in coffee shops and James used to play keyboards in a band and then switched over to drums. We all knew of each other and at different times our bands broke up. That was when Lacey and James got together and started writing. Then Lacey called me and invited me to come in and play guitar with them. I brought Sameer along and everything just clicked. A few months later we got Pat and from there, we hit the road.</p> <p><strong>What excites you the most about this next chapter of Flyleaf?</strong></p> <p>Completing the new album is great but I’m also looking forward to getting back out there to interact and connect with people again. That’s the most exciting part of it. </p> <p><em>For more about Flyleaf, visit <a href=""></a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Flyleaf Tour Dates</strong></p> <p>FRI 10/3 Lubbock, TX Jake's Backroom<br /> SAT 10/4 San Antonio, TX 210 Kapones Live<br /> SUN 10/5 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock<br /> TUE 10/7 Houston, TX Scout Bar<br /> WED 10/8 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre<br /> THU 10/9 Atlanta, GA The Loft @ Center Stage<br /> SAT 10/11 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle<br /> MON 10/13 Washington, DC Rock &amp; Roll Hotel<br /> TUE 10/14 Cambridge, MA TT the Bears<br /> THU 10/16 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre<br /> FRI 10/17 Philadelphia, PA District N9ne<br /> SAT 10/18 Portland, ME Asylum<br /> MON 10/20 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot<br /> TUE 10/21 Chicago, IL Subterranean<br /> WED 10/22 Milwaukee, WI Rave Bar<br /> FRI 10/24 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater<br /> SAT 10/25 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep<br /> SUN 10/26 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall<br /> TUE 10/28 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex<br /> THU 10/30 Seattle, WA El Corazon<br /> FRI 10/31 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre<br /> SAT 11/1 San Francisco, CA Slims<br /> TUE 11/4 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues<br /> THU 11/6 Anaheim, CA House of Blues<br /> FRI 11/7 San Diego, CA House of Blues</p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href=""></a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> Flyleaf James Wood Jared Hartmann Interviews News Features Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:33:00 +0000 James Wood November 2014 Guitar World: Jeff Beck and Billy Gibbons Team Up, Eddie Van Halen and MXR Pedals, Crown the Empire, Weezer and More <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href=";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=";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> November 2014 News Features Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:43:42 +0000 Guitar World Staff Tedeschi Trucks Band, Taj Mahal and Jerry Douglas Perform "Leaving Trunk" Backstage at 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="//" 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> Derek Trucks Susan Tedeschi Taj Mahal Tedeschi Trucks Band Videos News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:12:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff Ace Frehley Visits Guitar Center in 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="">Slash Visits Guitar Center in Hollywood</a></p> <p>• <a href="">Video: Metallica's James Hetfield Visits Guitar Center in San Francisco</a></p> <p>• <a href="">Video: Metallica's Kirk Hammett Visits Guitar Center in San Francisco</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ace-frehley">Ace Frehley</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Ace Frehley Videos Interviews News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:29:01 +0000 Damian Fanelli Beck Covers George Harrison's "Wah-Wah" on '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="">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="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/george-harrison">George Harrison</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> Beck George Harrison Videos News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:33 +0000 Damian Fanelli Eddie Van Halen on How He Created His Signature Sound Using MXR's 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=";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="//" 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="//" 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="//" 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=";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/</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> Dunlop Manufacturing Eddie Van Halen MXR November 2014 Effects Interviews News Features Gear Magazine Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:33:16 +0000 Chris Gill Guitar World DVD: Learn '30 Hot Country Licks' in Styles of 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=";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=";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> News Features Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:26:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff Guitar World's Battle of the 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=""></script><p><noscript><a href="">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="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" 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="">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="" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-23</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//;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> Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Poll Polls Queen ZZ Top News Features Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:34:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff Livid's Guitar Wing MIDI Control Surface for 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="">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="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Livid Videos News Gear Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:17:32 +0000 Guitar World Staff 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=""></a><br /> <strong>Street Price</strong>: $179 US</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";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</em></p> Billy Voight Billy's Breakdown MC Systems Effects Blogs News Gear Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:42:34 +0000 Billy Voight Roy Buchanan Performs "When a Guitar Plays the Blues" — Video <!--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="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> Damian Fanelli Roy Buchanan Blogs News Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:07:46 +0000 Damian Fanelli 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=";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="//" 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> Flying Colors Mike Portnoy Steve Morse News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:10:56 +0000 Guitar World 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="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Pre-order available now:<br /> <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:02:41 +0000 Guitar World Orianthi to Co-Host the 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=""></a></p> Acoustic Nation News Orianthi News Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:21:58 +0000 Acoustic Nation The Color Morale, "Lifeline (Left to 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="" 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="//" 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> Videos News Features Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:12:12 +0000 Guitar World