News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Michelle Kwan Plays Metallica's "One" on a Guzheng, a Traditional Chinese Stringed Instrument http://www.guitarworld.com/michelle-kwan-plays-metallicas-one-guzheng-traditional-chinese-stringed-instrument <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out this recently posted (September 23, 2014) video of Michelle Kwan covering Metallica's "One" on a guzheng through an Orange guitar amp.</p> <p>What's a guzheng, you ask? Well, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guzheng">according to Wikipedia's guzheng page</a> (which I visit way too often), it's a plucked Chinese zither that has 18 or more strings and movable bridges. </p> <p>And I quote:</p> <p>"The guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The guzheng should not be confused with the guqin (another ancient Chinese zither without bridges)."</p> <p>Please avoid getting those things confused.</p> <p>For more of this sort of thing, check out this GuitarWorld.com video that shows Kwan performing <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-girl-plays-guns-n-roses-sweet-child-o-mine-guzheng-traditional-chinese-stringed-instrument">Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine"</a> on a guzheng.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TNn-iUT6xh4" 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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/michelle-kwan-plays-metallicas-one-guzheng-traditional-chinese-stringed-instrument#comments Metallica Michelle Kwan Videos News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:14:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22463 Kinks Guitarist Dave Davies to Release New Album, 'Rippin' Up Time,' October 28 http://www.guitarworld.com/kinks-guitarist-dave-davies-release-new-album-rippin-time-october-28 <!--paging_filter--><p>Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies will release a new solo album, <em>Rippin’ Up Time</em>, October 28 via Red River Entertainment.</p> <p>The album, which was produced by Davies and David Nolte, features 10 new original tracks written in the classic Kinks style.</p> <p>According to Davies, <em>Rippin’ Up Time</em> is about “a man's reflections of the past, his fears, anxieties and optimism about the present and hopeful expectations about the future. </p> <p>"I had a lot of ideas in my head thinking about the past and how we started and the Kinks and my own life and the present and what's happening with my life now and concerns and worries, anxieties about the future," he says. </p> <p>"I suddenly had an image of all the times overlapping as if they're all in one place in my mind. I thought I'd just write it from the point of view of a dream. It's a mixture of emotions that I was going through as I was writing the songs, some would be happy or reflective or sad.”</p> <p>Several songs, including “Johnny Adams," “Nosey Neighbours” and the title track, feature some classic Davies riffs and his distinctive singing style. Other tracks, such as “Semblance of Sanity” and “Mindwash,” take the listener to otherworldly, inner-landscapes. Davies' son, musician/producer Russ Davies, can be heard on “In the Old Days” and “Through my Window."</p> <p><em>Rippin’ Up Time</em> is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rippin-Up-Time-Dave-Davies/dp/B00NIR8GNA/">available now for pre-order via Amazon</a>. You can check out the complete track list below. Davies also will embark on a 13-date American solo tour beginning November 11. You can see all the current dates below.</p> <p>For more about Davies, visit <a href="http://www.davedavies.com/">davedavies.com</a>. And be sure to look out for an interview with Davies in an upcoming issue of <em>Guitar World</em>. I should know, because I wrote it.</p> <p>And since we're on the topic of the Kinks ... On October 14, Legacy Recordings will celebrate 50 years of Kinkdom with the release of <em>The Essential Kinks</em>, the band's first-ever career-spanning retrospective anthology. </p> <p>Also, on November 10, Legacy will release an expanded CD/DVD deluxe edition of <em>Muswell Hillbillies,</em> the Kinks' 1971 masterpiece of working class social observation. Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, <em>Muswell Hillbillies</em> includes the original album plus nine bonus tracks (seven of them previously unavailable in North America) and a DVD of rare 1972 TV appearances (never released in North America).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Jrm1sFVBHLI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><Strong><em>Rippin’ Up Time</em> Track Listing:</strong></p> <p>01. Ripping Up Time<br /> 02. Semblance of Sanity<br /> 03. King of Karaoke<br /> 04. Front Room<br /> 05. Johnny Adams<br /> 06. Nosey Neighbours<br /> 07. Mindwash<br /> 08. Between the Towers<br /> 09. In The Old Days<br /> 10. Through My Window</p> <p><strong>2014 Dave Davies tour dates:</strong></p> <p>11th Nov, 2014-Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI<br /> 12th Nov, 2014-City Winery Chicago. Chicago, IL<br /> 13th Nov, 2014-City Winery Chicago. Chicago, IL<br /> 14th Nov, 2014-The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI<br /> 18th Nov, 2014-Pullo Center, York, PA.<br /> 19th Nov, 2014-The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick, MA<br /> 20th Nov, 2014-Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT<br /> 21st Nov, 2014-Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT<br /> 22nd Nov, 2014-Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem, PA<br /> 24th Nov, 2014-City Winery, New York, NY<br /> 25th Nov, 2014-City Winery, New York, NY<br /> 26th Nov, 2014-The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA<br /> 28th Nov, 2014-BergenPAC, Englewood, NJ</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/kinks-guitarist-dave-davies-release-new-album-rippin-time-october-28#comments Dave Davies The Kinks News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:09:33 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22462 Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Pedal — Exclusive Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/seymour-duncan-pickup-booster-pedal-exclusive-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive demo video of Seymour Duncan's recently introduced Pickup Booster pedal.</p> <p>The video, which you can check out below, features the music and six-string mastery of Steve Booke, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/steve-booke">who writes the What in the World lessons (with tab and video) for GuitarWorld.com and demos tons of gear for Seymour Duncan and other manufacturers.</a></p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Many guitarists want to be able to boost their signal without adding noise or altering their tone. With its class A, low-noise circuit design, the Pickup Booster can do just that and is exceptional at emphasizing a guitar's natural sound while adding some muscle and fatness. </p> <p>It's extremely transparent, adds clarity and has several new improvements that build even further on the original's design. The Gain control can now be turned down to unity (0dB). We also added a discrete push-pull output stage that gives you increased drive capability. So even with the Gain knob down at 0dB and a long cable length, your signal chain will sound cleaner. </p> <p>One of the most exciting features is the Resonance Switch which makes the pedal interact directly with your pickups, allowing those with single-coils to flip a switch for a vintage humbucker sound that's perfect for classic rock or blues. With another flip of the switch you can get a high-output humbucker tone for rip roaring solos or for blasting gain out of a tube amp. </p> <p><strong>Specifications</strong></p> <p><strong>Gain range</strong>: 0 to 25 dB</p> <p><strong>Pickup Resonance Switch</strong>: Makes a single coil sound like a vintage humbucker ("1") or high output humbucker ("2").<br /> "1" - Resonance shifts down by 2-3kHz<br /> "0" - Resonance is not affected<br /> "2" - Resonance shifts down by 3-5kHz</p> <p><strong>Bypass</strong>: True bypass</p> <p><strong>Noise</strong>: -120 dBV (referred to input with gain set at 25dB)</p> <p><strong>Type of circuitry</strong>: Fully discrete, class A, push-pull output stage</p> <p><strong>Distortion</strong>: &lt; 0.1%</p> <p><strong>Power</strong>: DC 9 V battery, or regulated 9-18V DC adapter</p> <p><strong>Current consumption</strong>: 4.27mA @ 9V (when LED is "on"), 2.80mA @ 9V (when LED is "off")</p> <p><strong>Input impedance</strong>: 500K (when effect is "on"), Open (when effect is "off")</p> <p><strong>Output impedance</strong>: 150 Ohms</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 2.61" x 4.90" x 1.40" (W x L x H) (6.63cm x 12.45cm x 3.56cm)</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 0.8 lb. without battery, 0.9 lb. with battery</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.seymourduncan.com/">SeymourDuncan.com</a>.</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="myExperience3812178866001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <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="3812178866001" /> </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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You get <em>Eclectic,</em> a new album by blues/jazz/rocker Eric Johnson and jazz master Mike Stern. </p> <p>Recorded at Johnson’s studio in Austin, Texas, <em>Eclectic</em> — which will be released October 27 — is a tasty collection of songs highlighting the strengths of both guitarists. It features an infectious rhythm section consisting of drummer Anton Fig (<em>The Late Show with David Letterman</em>) and Johnson’s regular bassist, Chris Maresh.</p> <p>Stern’s body of guitar goodness spans more than four decades. His career includes partnerships with such artists as Blood, Sweat &amp; Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis and Jaco Pastorius.</p> <p>Johnson’s playing has often been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck. His six-string wizardry earned him a Grammy award in 1992 for his instrumental hit, “Cliffs of Dover,” which came in at Number 17 on <em>Guitar World</em>’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar solos of all time. </p> <p>Johnson and Stern will support <em>Eclectic</em> with an Eastern U.S. tour beginning in November. You can check out all the dates below.</p> <p>I recently spoke with both guitarists about their new album. Johnson also gives a bit of advice for properly playing “Cliffs of Dover.”</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: How did this collaboration begin?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I've known Eric for years and always dug his playing. Every time I saw him, I’d tell him that it would be great for us to do something together. Finally, I was doing this record called <em>Big Neighborhood</em> and had the idea of doing something with him. </p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: We had so much fun working on that record that one day the Blue Note Club in New York called and asked us if we’d like to do a joint gig together. So we put together a band, rehearsed and learned music. We ended up doing a two-week tour out of that and got offered to do a record and a few other tours that are now slated to happen.</p> <p><strong>How would you describe <em>Eclectic</em>?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: It’s a pretty honest record. We cut most of the record live and pretty much set everything up in one room. </p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: The thing I like about Eric’s playing and the thing I always try to do is to play from the heart. That's the most important thing about music, and there’s certainly a lot of heart and soul on this record.</p> <p><strong>Let’s discuss a few tracks from <em>Eclectic</em>. "Benny Man’s Blues" (which you can hear below).</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: Mike was saying we should have an up-tempo blues piece for the record, which I thought was a cool idea. While I was figuring out what to do, I started thinking about some of those old Benny Goodman records where there’s just a couple of chord changes, but it still has that blues vibe.</p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: That's a really cool track with a Texas-swing feel to it. I originally didn't know how Eric wanted to do it, but once Anton started playing the back beat, I immediately got where he was coming from.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/169884929&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>"Hulabaloo."</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: It has a crazy rock/swinging Sixties vibe to it. It started off with a “show review”-type of riff and then evolved from there.</p> <p><strong>"Tidal."</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: That song is an homage to Wes [Montgomery]. I actually wrote that song earlier and put it on iTunes. I brought it into our rehearsals and we started re-arranging it. I actually like it a lot better the way it is now. It’s a pretty cool thing.</p> <p><strong>"Wherever You Go."</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I had a ballad kind of feeling when I wrote that song. The vibe is usually what starts it and gives it inspiration. Eric got it right away and what he plays on it is so beautiful.</p> <p><strong>Eric, I have to ask you about “Cliffs of Dover." When you think about that song, what comes to mind?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: In a way, I think that song was kind of a gift. It’s one of those songs that just came to me really quickly. I don’t know why, but one day I just sat down and had the whole song finished in five minutes.</p> <p><strong>Do you have a bit of advice for someone attempting play it?</strong></p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: There are a lot of different ways to approach it. Just to actually play it is not really that hard, but to play it in its best way is a bit of a challenge. It favors certain string positions to sound clean and they’re not the easiest, most readily accessible ways to go to. </p> <p><strong>What’s your current setup like?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: I keep it simple. I've got a Signature Yamaha Tele. I usually run it through two amps set in stereo. I also use a Yamaha SPX-90 to fatten the sound up a little bit more and give it more air. My pedals include a BOSS DD3 and a Super Overdrive that Robert Keely modified to help warm it up. </p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: I play Strats mostly, through some manner of Fender amps for a stereo chorus sound. I also use a little 18-watt amp that Bill Webb built. For effects, I use a TC Electronic stereo chorus, fuzz phase and a Belle Epoch echo pedal by Catalinbread. I also use a TunnelWorm flanger by Mr. Black.</p> <p><strong>What are you most looking forward to about the release of <em>Eclectic</em> and this new collaboration?</strong></p> <p><strong>STERN</strong>: There were some new things I did on this record like singing and writing words to my songs and some of the ideas were really spontaneous. Now we get to go play it live and are very excited about it. We’re both so lucky to be able to do what we do.</p> <p><strong>JOHNSON</strong>: I’m turning my attention to creating more spontaneous, live music and being able to paint a picture with my performance. If you want to go back and overdub to fix a note or two, that’s fine. Just be sure to keep it to a minimum and continue to paint that big picture. That’s where all the vibe is. </p> <p><em>For more about Johnson, visit <a href="http://www.ericjohnson.com/">ericjohnson.com</a>. For more about Stern, visit <a href="http://www.mikestern.org/">mikestern.org</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>2014 Eric Johnson/Mike Stern Tour Dates</strong></p> <p>06-Nov-14 Birchmere Alexandria VA<br /> 07-Nov-14 Westhampton Beach P.A.C Westhampton Beach NY<br /> 08-Nov-14 Keswick Theatre Glenside PA<br /> 09-Nov-14 Webster Hall New York NY<br /> 11-Nov-14 Wilbur Theatre Boston MA<br /> 12-Nov-14 Boulton Center Bay Shore NY<br /> 13-Nov-14 Infinity Hall Hartford CT<br /> 14-Nov-14 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH<br /> 15-Nov-14 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH<br /> 16-Nov-14 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT<br /> 18-Nov-14 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River MA<br /> 19-Nov-14 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis MD<br /> 20-Nov-14 Newton Theatre Newton NJ<br /> 21-Nov-14 Beacon Theatre Hopewell VA<br /> 22-Nov-14 Harvester Performance Center Rocky Mount VA<br /> 23-Nov-14 Carolina Theatre Durham NC</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="/eric-johnson">Eric Johnson</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/eric-johnson-and-mike-stern-discuss-their-eclectic-new-album#comments Eric Johnson James Wood Mike Stern Interviews News Features Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:52:45 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22457 Black Sabbath to Record New Album and Embark on Final Tour in 2015 http://www.guitarworld.com/black-sabbath-record-new-album-and-embark-final-tour-2015 <!--paging_filter--><p>Black Sabbath apparently have at least one more studio album — and one more tour — left in the tank.</p> <p>The trio (no word on if they will become a quartet again) will start working on a new studio album in 2015; that album will be followed by a final tour.</p> <p>"The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great," Ozzy Osbourne told <em>Metal Hammer</em>. "We all made friends, we didn't fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album and a final tour.</p> <p>"Once the dust settled after the last tour, we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to [wife/manager] Sharon, 'What's going on? Because if there's no more Sabbath, I want to get on with my own thing again,' and she came back and said, 'Let me look into it.' </p> <p>"Three weeks later, I asked her about it again, and she said, 'Oh, I still have to talk to so and so...' and I said 'Sharon, I ain't fucking 21 anymore. If we're going to do it, I want to do it before I'm 70!' Time isn't on our side! So she made the call and came back and said, 'Yeah, the record company wants another album.' I believe [producer] Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again."</p> <p>No new material has yet been written for the album, which will be the band's 14th, but Osbourne says sessions will begin early next year.</p> <p>"It'll be sooner rather than later," he added. "Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony [Iommi]'s health, he's obviously got his cancer treatment, but we'll get onto it next year. I don't know if we'll be writing in England or L.A., but I'll fly to the fucking moon for it if I have to!"</p> <p>Butler recently said the trio have a head start on a new record.</p> <p>"We've still got four tracks left over from [<em>13</em>]. So maybe we'll fill in the other four or five tracks and put out another album — if it's right. We wouldn't do it just for the sake of it, or the money or whatever. But yeah, maybe."</p> <p><em>13</em>, the first Black Sabbath album since 1978 to feature Osbourne, Iommi and Butler, reached No. 1 in the U.S., the U.K. and several other countries. Drummer Bill Ward was on board for the reunion when it was announced in November 2011, but he backed out soon after due to contractual issues. We await word on whether or not Ward will be part of the festivities in 2015.</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="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/black-sabbath-record-new-album-and-embark-final-tour-2015#comments Black Sabbath News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:00:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22454 Paganini Guitar Duel: The Commander-In-Chief and Craig Ogden Play Caprice No. 24 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/paganini-guitar-duel-commander-chief-and-craig-ogden-play-caprice-no-24-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the worldwide premiere of a new recording and performance video by the Commander-In-Chief, a seven-string guitarist from Norway who now lives in England, and classical guitarist Craig Ogden.</p> <p>The uber-talented duo have collaborated on Caprice No. 24 by Niccolo Paganini, the 18th- and 19th-century Italian composer whose music has influenced scores of guitarists, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/yngwie-malmsteen-pays-tribute-worlds-first-shredder-niccolo-paganini">including Yngwie Malmsteen.</a></p> <p>It's the final caprice of Paganini's 24 Caprices, and a work that's usually associated with solo violin. It's considered one of the most difficult pieces ever written for solo violin. </p> <p>It requires several advanced techniques such as parallel octaves and rapid shifting covering many intervals, extremely fast scales and arpeggios including minor scales in thirds and 10ths, left-hand pizzicato and quick string crossing.</p> <p>"We chose Caprice 24 since it is the most challenging of all of Paganini's pieces, and I really love it," the Commander-In-Chief told us earlier today. </p> <p>"It was <em>very</em> challenging to play, especially the pizzicata part, variation 9; it took a long time to get that one right. It starts at 3:50 [in the video]. It wasn't easy playing that on electric guitar."</p> <p>Speaking of which, the Commander is playing an Ibanez S5527. The video was filmed at Kjeller Airfield in Norway. </p> <p>The song is from <em>2 Guitars: The Classical Crossover Album</em>, the new album by the duo. For more info on the release (and to pre-order), visit <a href="http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thecommanderinchiefandcraigoden">pledgemusic.com</a>.</p> <p>You might remember the Commander-In-Chief from her last "guitar duel" video, a version of Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 she recorded with classical guitarist Thomas Valeur in 2013. It was one of GuitarWorld.com's most popular videos of the year. <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-guitar-duel-featuring-classical-guitarist-and-female-seven-string-guitarist">You can watch it here.</a></p> <p>This time, the Commander has teamed up with Ogden, who recently was featured as one of the top 20 classical guitarists of all time by ClassicFM. He's also the principal lecturer on guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and the visiting lecturer at London's Royal College of Music. </p> <p>For more about the Commander-In-Chief, visit <a href="http://www.thecommanderinchief.net/">thecommanderinchief.net</a> and follow her on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thecommanderinchiefmusic">Facebook.</a> For more about Ogden, visit <a href="http://www.craigogden.com/">craigogden.com</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CraigOgdenGuitarist">his Facebook page.</a> </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-commander-chief-discusses-zigeunerweisen-guitar-duel-gear-warmups-and-more">You also can read an interview with the Commander-In-Chief right here.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="387" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SspDaEfU6DA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/paganini-guitar-duel-commander-chief-and-craig-ogden-play-caprice-no-24-video#comments Craig Ogden Niccolo Paganini The Commander-In-Chief Videos News Features Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:26:20 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22453 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Semifinals — The Allman Brothers Band Vs. AC/DC http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-4-allman-brothers-band-vs-acdc-or-iron-maiden <!--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>THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND</strong> are going head to head against <strong>AC/DC</strong>. We don't need to tell you about these legendary bands. We'll let the recently shot videos below do the talking! Start voting now. You can vote once per device. See you tomorrow!</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8339316.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8339316/">Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Semifinals — The Allman Brothers Band Vs. AC/DC</a></noscript></p> <h1>Let's Go to the Videos!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xdSbW2IcAks" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_W25lPno3FE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winner</h1> <p><strong>QUEEN</strong> (53.51 percent) just barely edged out <strong>RUSH</strong> (46.49 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 Shoprite Bracket on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/241348384/Shoprite-Bracket" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Shoprite Bracket</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/241348384/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_91245" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></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 smelly Quebec Nordiques baseball 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="/allman-brothers-band">Allman Brothers Band</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/acdc">AC/DC</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-4-allman-brothers-band-vs-acdc-or-iron-maiden#comments AC/DC ACDC Allman Brothers Band Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Poll Polls News Features Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:25:51 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22446 '20 Essential Metal Licks' DVD: Master Techniques used by Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden and More http://www.guitarworld.com/20-essential-metal-licks-dvd-master-techniques-used-metallica-pantera-slayer-dream-theater-iron-maiden-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>Master the essential metal techniques used by artists like Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden and many others. </p> <p>In the feature-filled <em>20 Essential Metal Licks</em> Lick Pack DVD, you'll learn the essentials of metal guitar playing, such as two-note harmonies and power chords, alternate-picking and hammer-on accents, pentatonic wide-stretch leads, string-skipping arpeggios, fast alternate picking, legato arpeggios and more! </p> <p>You'll also be treated to artist-specific licks, including melodies à la Metallica and Testament, Dimebag Darrell-style picking techniques and Slayer-inspired thrash!</p> <p>With more than 60 minutes of instruction, you'll learn to play in the styles of:</p> <p>• Dimebag Darrell<br /> • John Petrucci<br /> • Metallica<br /> • Iron Maiden<br /> • Slayer<br /> • Randy Rhoads<br /> • Jake E. Lee<br /> ... and many others!</p> <p>Your instructor is Metal Mike Chlasciak. A longtime contributor to <em>Guitar World</em> magazine with his <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life">Metal for Life instructional column</a>, Metal Mike plays guitar for Halford and with his own band. His latest releases are <em>The Metalworker</em> and <em>This Is War</em>, which are available from <a href="http://metalmike.net/">metalmike.net</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/20-essential-metal-licks/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=20MetalLicksDVD">This DVD is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $9.99</a>.</strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/20-essential-metal-licks-dvd-master-techniques-used-metallica-pantera-slayer-dream-theater-iron-maiden-and-more#comments Metal Mike Chlasciak News Features Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:25:24 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/19080 The Harp Twins Cover Iron Maiden's "Fear of the Dark" — Video Finds http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-harp-twins-cover-iron-maidens-fear-dark-video-finds <!--paging_filter--><p>Harp and metal? Why not? Especially when it’s performed by the Harp Twins, Camille and Kennerly Kitt.</p> <p>Here they tackle Iron Maiden’s “Fear of the Dark” for a performance they've called their most difficult.</p> <p>They recently shared this comment, “Every song we have covered has its own unique challenges. We think the most difficult song that we’ve covered so far is 'Dance of Death.' Iron Maiden has such long, complex songs, and they have so many inherent challenges to being covered on just 2 harps, with no other instrumentation or backtracks.”</p> <p>The Harp Twins are best known for their duet arrangements of contemporary songs from artists including Iron Maiden, the Rolling Stones, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Blue Oyster Cult, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Guns N’ Roses, U2, Coldplay and Journey, as well as music scored for video games, films and television.</p> <p>Camille and Kennerly and their music have been featured in worldwide mainstream media such as <em>CBS News, National Geographic, The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post UK, The Huffington Post Chicago, Metal Hammer magazine, Doctor Who magazine, ABC News, Conan O’Brien’s TeamCoco, G4TV’s Attack of the Show, The Soup</em> and many more.</p> <p>These talented ladies also hold a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, so keep those comments kind! Check out the video below. Find out more at <a href ="http://www.harptwins.com/">harptwins.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KPb20fK0R94" 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="/iron-maiden">Iron Maiden</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-harp-twins-cover-iron-maidens-fear-dark-video-finds#comments Acoustic Nation Harp Twins Iron Maiden Videos Blogs Videos News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:08:44 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22452 Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush Choose 22 Songs That Inspired Them Most http://www.guitarworld.com/60-minutes-alex-lifeson-and-geddy-lee-rush <!--paging_filter--><p>In this interview from 2009, Rush’s guitarist — Alex Lifeson — and bassist — Geddy Lee — choose 60 minutes' worth of the music that is closest to their hearts, essentially putting together the ultimate Rush-approved "mixed tape."</p> <p><strong>ALEX LIFESON:</strong></p> <p><strong>“SINK THE BISMARCK”</strong> Johnny Horton, <em>Greatest Hits</em> (1990)</p> <p>I fell in love with music because of this song. It was the first single I bought. I was around 11 years old, which was about a year before I started playing guitar. </p> <p>It’s a song about the Bismarck, a German battleship that sunk during World War II. It’s a very thematic, rousing song. I think I mowed two lawns or something to make enough money to buy it.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KecIdlEAKhU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH” </strong> Buffalo Springfield, <em>Buffalo Springfield</em> (1966)</p> <p>This was the first rock song that had a big influence on me. I remember hearing it on the radio in my dad’s car when I was a kid. Buffalo Springfield were unlike the other bands of the ‘San Francisco sound’; they were more country sounding. Stephen Stills and Neil Young trade leads on this one. </p> <p>I like Young’s very fast vibrato and edgy, truncated playing style, particularly on his soloing, whereas Stills’ sound is sweeter and smoother. This is still one of my all-time favorite songs. In fact, Rush did a version of it on our covers tribute EP, <em>Feedback</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DIoKr9VDg3A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“SHAPES OF THINGS” </strong> Jeff Beck, <em>Truth</em> (1968)</p> <p>This is another song we covered on <em>Feedback</em>. Jeff Beck has a tone like no one else, maybe because he doesn’t play with a pick very much. He also has a very strong left hand and can move the strings almost effortlessly. </p> <p>He’s still cranking it out today, but he doesn’t put out albums as often as I’d like; he works only when he feels like it. Before <em>Truth</em>, Beck was an integral part of the Yardbirds, and their recording of this song is great. But this version, with Rod Stewart’s voice on top, adds a whole new element to the song. </p> <p>It sounds tougher, bigger and beefier.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0pzMjZSchFg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“MY GENERATION” </strong> The Who, <em>The Who Sings My Generation</em> (1965)</p> <p>Pete Townshend is one of my greatest influences. More than any other guitarist, he taught me how to play rhythm guitar and demonstrated its importance, particularly in a three-piece band. </p> <p>His chording and strumming always took up the right amount of space. The first time I heard this song was in the basement of Rush’s original drummer, John Rutsey. John had two older brothers, both of whom were music fiends, and they always had whatever new album had just come out.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uswXI4fDYrM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“ARE YOU EXPERIENCED” </strong> Jimi Hendrix, <em>Are You Experienced</em> (1967)</p> <p>This was another record I heard for the first time at Rutsey’s place. What attracts me to this song is all the backward stuff. It sounds so alien but so right and perfect. </p> <p>Hendrix was a natural genius who played many beautiful styles. Talent as great as his doesn’t come through life very frequently. Hendrix was one in a billion.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/k66ED403Al8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong> “ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER” </strong> Jimi Hendrix, <em>Electric Ladyland</em> (1968)</p> <p>This is one of the most beautiful songs and arrangements ever recorded. Hendrix took a Bob Dylan folk song and turned it into a symphony. The acoustic guitar on this song [<em>played by Dave Mason</em>] has such beautiful compression. </p> <p>It doesn’t slap you; it caresses you. This song grabs your heart and sails away with it; it sounds unlike anything anyone has ever done. That was the magic of Hendrix: even if you copied what he recorded and tried to play like him, it could never be the same.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z_L4RtU1iRg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“HOW MANY MORE TIMES” </strong> Led Zeppelin, <em>Led Zeppelin</em> (1969)</p> <p>Of any guitarist, Jimmy Page was my biggest influence. I wanted to look, think and play like him. Zeppelin had a heavy influence on Rush during our early days. Page’s loose style of playing showed an immense confidence, and there are no rules to his playing. </p> <p>I met Page at a Page/Plant concert in Toronto in 1998. I was acting like a kid, all googly eyed. I was freaking out and my hands were shaking. I was so thrilled to meet him because his work meant so much to me.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NBqbuGgt0Us" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“KASHMIR” </strong>Led Zeppelin, <em>Physical Graffiti</em> (1975)</p> <p>This is an absolutely brilliant song, an all-time classic. ‘Kashmir’ has such a wonderful, exotic Middle Eastern feel to it — it’s like no other song of its era — and <em>Physical Graffiti</em> is a mind-blowing album. </p> <p>In a roundabout way, ‘Kashmir’ influenced ‘A Passage to Bangkok’ [<em>2112</em>], which has a similar sort of odd-tempo arrangement to the verses.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sfR_HWMzgyc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION” </strong> The Rolling Stones, <em>Hot Rocks, 1964–1971</em> (1972)</p> <p>This was the second single I bought. One summer when I was 12, I went to Yugoslavia to visit my relatives. I took one record with me — this one. I played it for my relatives because I wanted my cousins to hear it. </p> <p>The Stones had that bluesy, dirty, bad-boy image, which I much preferred to cleaner-sounding bands like the Beatles or the Searchers. The Stones were more dangerous than other bands of the Sixties. It looked like they had more fun than the Beatles — like they stayed up later.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3a7cHPy04s8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“COMFORTABLY NUMB” </strong> Pink Floyd, <em>The Wall</em> (1979)</p> <p>David Gilmour is so well respected, and while he’s often overlooked among guitarists, I think people who appreciate rock guitarists regard him as one of the best. </p> <p>He’s a brilliant player and has such passion and feel. You can sense he’s a smart man: you can hear how he puts it all together and how it fits, which is a real testament to his songwriting. He’s such a bluesy player, to boot. My eyes water whenever I hear this song. </p> <p>Pink Floyd have such incredible arrangements; their songs are rich and complex but not particularly complicated. They can take as long as they want to tell you a story, but it’s always interesting.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/y7EpSirtf_E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>“IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT” </strong> U.K., <em>U.K.</em> (1978) <p>Allan Holdsworth has an amazing, out-of-this-world liquidity. What a genius! His fingers are constantly moving. Pulls make up the bulk of his playing; I don’t think he does much picking. </p> <p>I was listening to Holdsworth around the time of <em>Moving Pictures</em> [<em>1981</em>], and you can indirectly hear his influence on my playing on ‘YYZ.’</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hMu7XUc9OcI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“THIRD EYE” </strong> Tool, <em>Ænima</em> (1996)</p> <p>Adam Jones is a fabulous guitarist and songwriter, and Tool are such a powerful band. You know it’s Tool when you hear them, because they’re intensely dynamic, yet heavy, even when they’re playing is light. I listened to this album over and over; I don’t do that very often. </p> <p>Tool have an interesting, intelligent approach to song construction and lyrics. It’s just too bad we don’t hear from them more often.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7zV78IgXzB0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“AH VIA MUSICOM” </strong> Eric Johnson, <em>Ah Via Musicom</em> (1990)</p> <p>I’ve never heard anybody with a better tone than Eric Johnson! He played with us on a couple of tours and I’d watch his performance most every night. </p> <p>There’s a smoothness to his playing that is so elastic. Eric is very accurate and articulate but soulful at the same time. If anybody could come close to playing like Hendrix, he could.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bVdb9KHfFKM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>GEDDY LEE</strong></p> <p><strong>“THICK AS A BRICK” </strong> Jethro Tull, <em>Thick As a Brick</em> (1972)</p> <p>In my view, this is the first truly successful concept album by a British prog-rock band. They even brought a flute into heavy rock music. How dare they! [<em>laughs</em>] </p> <p>Their music is so brilliantly written and well put together, what with its hard-to-play parts and odd time signatures, not to mention the great guitar sounds of the totally underrated Martin Barre. </p> <p>And I love how, no matter what influences they brought into the music, from classical to folk, they always did it in a rock context.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/u9bk2MrMGaA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“TIME AND A WORD” </strong> Yes, <em>Time and a Word</em> (1970)</p> <p>I didn’t know who Yes were until a friend loaned me this record. I was totally amazed. I’d never heard a band like this, and I’d never heard a bass player placed so upfront in the mix. </p> <p>Chris Squire had such a driving, aggressive sound, and it made this such a pivotal, influential song for me. Squire’s melodies were brilliant, and they were definitely out there. </p> <p>But they were always essential to the skeletal forms of those songs; he never wandered off out of context. His lines help hold the songs together.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AaYUSokuRTo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“HOW MANY MORE TIMES” </strong> Led Zeppelin, <em>Led Zeppelin</em> (1969)</p> <p>I saw them in Toronto at a little place called the Rockpile. We were in the second row, and when they played this song it just blew me away. It reaffirmed for me all the creative potential in blending hard rock with progressive music. John Paul Jones was the unsung hero in that band. </p> <p>What bass player of that period didn’t know how to play that riff? I still jam to it sometimes at soundchecks.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NBqbuGgt0Us" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“I AIN’T SUPERSTITIOUS” </strong> Jeff Beck, <em>Truth</em> (1968)</p> <p>If I had to pick a favorite guitarist of all time, it would probably be Jeff Beck. I mean, was there a better guitar sound ever? I think this was the first great Jeff Beck ‘moment,’ the first time when you’d hear something and know that it couldn’t be anybody but him. He was such an amazing pioneer, and just an incredible stylist. </p> <p>The notes he squeezes out of that thing with a whammy bar, a volume control knob and his fingers are simply incredible.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SYlWNb9tmtk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>“OVER UNDER SIDEWAYS DOWN” </strong> The Yardbirds, <em>Roger the Engineer</em> (1966) <p>Jeff Beck again, playing one of the most unique guitar lines ever. It’s really hard to play that thing — it manages to grab something essential from the Eastern quarter-tone style without just being imitative of Indian music. </p> <p>And it’s the hook to a pop song — back when pop, particularly in England, could be a platform for experimentation and innovation. Beck, Page, Clapton and some other Brits really discovered a totally new sound. </p> <p>They figured out how to get a pop angle on the blues by electrifying it, and it became a profound way for guitarists to speak through music.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MLv7viCMGo8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“WATCHER OF THE SKIES” </strong> Genesis, <em>Foxtrot</em> (1972)</p> <p>This is a very strange, ominous tune from very early Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. The time signature was completely odd — it was a little like Yes, but darker and much more theatrical. </p> <p>The music wasn’t about people stepping out and doing bluesy solos; they were taking a high level of musicianship and weaving it into the guts of the song, playing with layers of melody, odd time signatures and strange guitar riffs. What fascinated me was how these intricate parts all supported one another — and the song.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/57HicYcY4Ow" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <strong>“3/5 OF A MILE IN TEN SECONDS” </strong> Jefferson Airplane, <em>Bless Its Pointed Little Head</em> (1969) <p>A great live record, where the band takes some risks and really changes the arrangements, especially rhythmically. Jack Casady, one of the truly great, underrated bass players, is the star of this record. </p> <p>His tone was very different from other American bassists; it was edgier, and his riffs were really challenging — they aggressively pushed the songs along. I like when a bass player gets a little pushy and won’t keep his place. He steps out of line, but in a great way.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E2tr-UctURQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“SPOONFUL” </strong> Cream, <em>Fresh Cream</em> (1966)</p> <p>‘Crossroads’ was the song you had to learn to play if you were in a band. Clapton just flies through that song. But for me, ‘Spoonful’ was more about Jack Bruce’s great voice and adventurous playing. Bruce, like all the bass players I’ve mentioned, wasn’t content to be a bottom-end, stayin'-the-background bassist. </p> <p>He’s playing a Gibson bass obviously too loud, to where it’s distorting the speakers. But it gave him this aggressive sound and a kind of spidery tone, and I love everything about it.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y-lRmVOGw3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>“MY GENERATION” </strong> The Who, <em>Live at Leeds</em> (1970)</p> <p>What an amazing guitar sound on this album! And [<em>Pete</em>] Townshend even plays a few solos, which he usually never does. Was there anybody better at expressing themselves through power chords? </p> <p>I just loved that record, and I know Alex did, too. Every time we jammed as a young band we would wind up jamming parts of that record.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uY9sDk6NyQY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Can't get enough Rush? <a href="http://secure.nps1.net/guitarworld/index.php?main_page=product_info&amp;cPath=5&amp;products_id=13&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=60MinutesWith">Check out Guitar Legends: Rush, which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><em>Photo: rush.com</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="/geddy-lee">Geddy Lee</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/rush">Rush</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/60-minutes-alex-lifeson-and-geddy-lee-rush#comments 60 Minutes Alex Lifeson Geddy lee GW Archive Rush Interviews News Features Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:06:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/964 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Semifinals — Rush Vs. Queen http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-4-rush-vs-queen-or-van-halen <!--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: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>QUEEN</strong> (53.51 percent) just barely edged out <strong>RUSH</strong> (46.49 percent). Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Let's Go to the Videos!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JVkb7ulSnjA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ueYy8-j9CVw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winner</h1> <p><strong>QUEEN</strong> (61.51 percent) defeated <strong>VAN HALEN</strong> (38.49 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 2014.09.28 Sasquatch on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/241243343/2014-09-28-Sasquatch" style="text-decoration: underline;" >2014.09.28 Sasquatch</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/241243343/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_85427" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe></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 smelly Quebec Nordiques baseball 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="/rush">Rush</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/queen">Queen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-4-rush-vs-queen-or-van-halen#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Poll Polls Queen Rush News Features Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:32:05 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22445 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 3 — Van Halen Vs. Queen http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-3-van-halen-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: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>QUEEN</strong> (61.51 percent) defeated <strong>VAN HALEN</strong> (38.49 percent). Thanks for voting! </p> <h1>Let's Go to the Videos!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n6D1SFegEBs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ueYy8-j9CVw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winner</h1> <p><strong>AC/DC</strong> (58.61 percent) defeated <strong>IRON MAIDEN</strong> (41.39 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 Henry on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/241079507/Henry" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Henry</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/241079507/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_65005" width="100%" height="500" frameborder="0"></iframe></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 smelly Quebec Nordiques baseball 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="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/queen">Queen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-3-van-halen-vs-queen#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Poll Polls Queen Van Halen News Features Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:56:36 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22438 Talking Gear and 'Juice' with John Scofield http://www.guitarworld.com/talking-gear-and-juice-john-scofield <!--paging_filter--><p>He’s played with jazz legends from the past and jam heroes of today; he’s burrowed into the roots of bebop and blazed new territory in the world of funk; he’s a fearless soloist as well as a cool cat to have on your team. </p> <p>His name is <a href="http://www.johnscofield.com/index.htm">John Scofield</a> — and for all he’s accomplished in his career, he’s simply a nice guy to talk music with.</p> <p>Scofield’s latest project is a reunion with buddies John Medeski, Billy Martin and Chris Wood, the avant-garde jazzbos he first worked with on 1998’s <em>A Go Go</em>. Their 10-track studio release, <em><A href="http://www.mmw.net/index.php/news/article/1353">Juice,</a></em> is a mix of originals and covers, infused with the unique global funk jams the MSMW collaborative have come to be known for. </p> <p>Here are some thoughts from Scofield on gear, going out and — most importantly — how to get back.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Well, John, 30-plus years down the road and you’re still coaxing new sounds out of that ’81 Ibanez AS-200. I’d almost say that one’s a keeper.</strong></p> <p>Yeah! [laughs] Hey, I feel like a traitor to my country because I’m supporting a foreign-made guitar … but what the hell? [laughter] It’s a beautiful guitar, man. I like semi-acoustics. I had a Gibson 335 before that, which I still have. I just really dug that Ibanez when it was given to me in 1981.</p> <p><strong>Who gave it to you?</strong></p> <p>Ibanez. I was on tour in Japan and at that point, both Ibanez and Yamaha were being really aggressive about getting all the American artists they could get to play their instruments. I had my 335 with me, and it had really gone through some changes; it was playing really weirdly. Back then, I didn't know how to do neck adjustments … I wouldn't trust myself to do it, you know?</p> <p>That’s when Ibanez brought me this brand-new AS-200 to try, and I said, “Man, this plays great and feels great … it feels a lot like my 335.” I began playing it on that tour. When I got home, I had the Gibson adjusted, but I’d been playing the Ibanez for a month and was used to it … and I’ve been playing it ever since.</p> <p>Sometimes I’ll play the Gibson, which I really like, too. They're just different animals; there’s something about that Ibanez that I’ve just grown accustomed to. I can really get something out of it, you know?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zdj9kdpghEQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Have you experimented with pickups over the years, or is she still pretty much stock?</strong></p> <p>I actually have two Ibanez AS-200s, two old ones. I changed the pickups on one of them and put some Voodoo Humbuckers on. But the main one I play still has the original pickups, which are, like, the loudest pickups known to man. </p> <p><strong>Is there a warning label on them?</strong></p> <p>There should be! [laughs] I’ve never played a louder pickup … it’ll blow up amps, you know? [laughter]</p> <p><strong>Speaking of amps, what was your go-to for the <em>Juice</em> sessions?</strong></p> <p>I used one amp for the whole record: my Vox AC-30. It’s a reissue from the late Nineties that I modded out a little bit. I changed one of the speakers so they’re mismatched, which is what Matchless does. I have a Matchless amp I really like, too.</p> <p><strong>What did you put in for the second speaker?</strong></p> <p>Another Celestion, but a different wattage. One’s a 30-watt and the other’s a 15. It’s exactly the same setup as the two speakers in the Matchless 2x12 combo.</p> <p><strong>You usually have a pretty impressive array of pedals by your toes, but even when you tap into them, you really have a light touch. I mean, every now and then you go a little bit apeshit — in the nicest of ways.</strong></p> <p>[laughs] Thanks!</p> <p><strong>But you don't rely on a lot of effects, which is something I appreciate.</strong></p> <p>You know, I started off just playing … and that’s still the main thing I do. It’s really nice to have — especially in the jazz/funk area like on <em>Juice</em> — some of the effects to get different things happening. </p> <p>It’s kind of like, if you’re going to play an hour of music, after a while you’re looking for something else besides the regular guitar tones. It’s fun now and then … but yeah: the main stuff I do is my guitar.</p> <p><strong>When the four of you get together, are there any ground rules as to who’s going to play traffic cop?</strong></p> <p>You know, there are certain tunes that definitely have arrangements … and then there songs that have an arrangement, but we’ll start with some free stuff.</p> <p>Sometimes we’ll say, “Let's start completely free and just see where it goes — and then we’ll start segueing into this tune.” It's not like we're totally playing “anything goes” in that we have a game plan. It seems to help that we have both structure and no structure — it helps to keep it from being boring.</p> <p>Even in the free stuff, I notice that John, Billy and Chris are all really good at shifting gears quickly. Right when you think, “This needs to go somewhere else,” they’ll dramatically go there as a group. They have an ESP-type ability, which is pretty cool.</p> <p><strong>What are some key elements of your playing that you think have changed over the years?</strong></p> <p>Oh, man … [laughs] You know, when I listen to stuff I recorded when I first started playing, it’s things like … like the way you get out of a phrase that I didn’t know how to do. I didn't know how to get the note to stop ringing; how you let the last note you hit fade out; how you come off of it.</p> <p><strong>To take a breath — like a horn player.</strong></p> <p>Exactly. You need to let the space happen … and when you come back in, you need to get back in the groove and really be part of the rhythm section. Put yourself into the rhythm section, you know? Don't play over it — put yourself in there.</p> <p><em>A former offshore lobsterman, Brian Robbins had to wait a good four decades or so to write about the stuff he wanted to when he was 15. Today he’s a freelance scribe, cartoonist, photographer and musician. His home on the worldwide inner tube is at <a href="http://brian-robbins.com/">brian-robbins.com</a> (And there’s that <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BrianRobbinsWords">Facebook</a> thing too.)</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/talking-gear-and-juice-john-scofield#comments Brian Robbins Ibanez John Scofield Interviews News Features Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:43:08 +0000 Brian Robbins http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22451 Review: MXR M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato Pedal http://www.guitarworld.com/review-mxr-m68-uni-vibe-chorusvibrato-pedal <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the November 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <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=NovemberVideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Heard on numerous classic recordings by players like Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Robin Trower, the Uni-Vibe is essentially a four-stage phase shifter. </p> <p>However, without going into a full-blown technical explanation, the components and circuit have certain quirks that distinguish it from a run-of-the-mill phase shifter. </p> <p>For decades, the only viable choices for guitarists seeking authentic classic Uni-Vibe effects were to hunt for an original vintage unit or buy a boutique version, but both options were expensive. </p> <p>The new MXR M68 Uni-Vibe Chorus/Vibrato solves this dilemma once and for all by providing genuine Uni-Vibe effects with thick, rich swirling textures in a pedal that costs less than half of the price of most acclaimed boutique versions.</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="myExperience3776275086001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <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="3776275086001" /> </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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A veteran prog rocker, who at one time played in the King Crimson cover band called the 21st Century Schizoid Band, is obviously thrilled to play in the real deal. So much so, he commissioned a special guitar made by Paul Reed Smith to commemorate the event…but more on that later.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Fans of the band were a little surprised when it was announced that King Crimson was touring. We were under the impression Robert Fripp had retired.</strong></p> <p>The band was also surprised when we got the call! I think it might’ve had to do with a record he and I worked on together called <em>A Scarcity of Miracles</em> back in 2011. It wasn’t a Crimson album, but Robert referred to it as a "Crimson ProjeKct." Five of the current seven members are on that album, and I think he enjoyed it. Also, I think he had to just resolve an ongoing litigation with Universal Music, which went on for ages and used to trouble him on a daily basis. I can’t speak for him, but those are my observations. </p> <p><strong>Why have three drummers in the band?</strong></p> <p>Why, indeed! I have to admit, when Robert first started talking about using a drum trio, I thought he was mad. I couldn’t see how it was going to work. Then he explained he wanted the drums to be in front and the band on risers behind them! That made me even more concerned. I had all kinds of worries about how we would monitor the sound. But when we set up for the first time, and we saw how cool it looked, we all got excited. It took a little time, but eventually we figured out how to monitor the band using in-ear headphones. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/N1JapuD0ikk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Isn’t it odd for the singer to be behind the drummers?</strong></p> <p>Exactly! But there is something very egalitarian about the arrangement. Usually the singer is the frontman—he’s the guy that’s the focus of attention. By putting him and featured soloists in the back, suddenly the audience’s attention shifts to the music and all of the musicians rather than one guy. In a way, the current version of Crimson feels more like an orchestra. It’s a real group.</p> <p><strong>How were you able to coordinate the drum parts?</strong></p> <p>A lot of credit has to go to Gavin Harrison, who really worked hard on arranging and writing out the parts. But all three have done a great job. They actually spent a lot of time rehearsing separately from the band. </p> <p><strong>So Fripp wasn’t so crazy after all.</strong></p> <p>He sees things in a way no one else can.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qOk1PNv8LLA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Tell us about your cool <em>In The Court of the Crimson King</em> PRS guitar.</strong></p> <p>When I was asked to join Crimson, I really wanted to make a statement of intent. So, I asked the guys at PRS if they were up for making me a guitar that looked as special as it played. Together, we took the iconic artwork of Crimson’s first album and created a version that would fit on the PRS shape. <a href="http://www.prsguitars.com/index.php/artists/story/king_crimsons_jakko_jakszyk_discusses_his_new_custom_built_p24_guitar">The photos don’t do the guitar justice—the finish looks like porcelain.</a></p> <p><strong>What amp are you using? It’s clear that under this unique stage setup, a 100-watt 4x12 amp would be overpowering and pretty impractical.</strong></p> <p>I use a Kemper Profiling Amp. One of the editors at <em>Guitarist</em> magazine in the U.K. turned me on to them. They're really flexible, easy to use and they allow me model the variety of sounds I need to compliment all the different eras of Crimson. </p> <p>But I have to tell you this funny story that happened while we were first putting the show together. I’m required to perform some of the parts Robert played on the original albums, so I need to mimic his sound. One day while we were rehearsing, we were playing a song and Robert stopped me and complimented my sound. He asked me what I was using and I told him it was a preset on the Kemper—it was called “Early Fripp”!</p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/king-crimson-return-play-first-gigs-six-years#comments Brad Tolinski Jakko Jakszyk King Crimson PRS Guitars Interviews News Features Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:39:00 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22450