News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all en Foo Fighters Reveal Poster Art and First Conversation for 'Sonic Highways' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-reveal-poster-art-and-first-conversation-sonic-highways-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Sonic Highways</em>, Foo Fighters' eighth studio album, is due out November 10, 2014. The eight-part HBO docuseries, which premieres October 17, is the companion piece to the studio album. Below is a two-minute clip from <em>Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: A Conversation with Foo Fighters</em>.</p> <p>Guest guitarists on the album include Joan Jett, Rick Nielsen, Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr.</p> <p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rpMySUpzoAE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-reveal-poster-art-and-first-conversation-sonic-highways-video#comments Galleries News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:31:57 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22374 TailPeace Dsignz Introduces Snake, Steer, Skull and Cross Guitar Tailpieces http://www.guitarworld.com/tailpeace-dsignz-introduces-snake-steer-skull-and-cross-guitar-tailpieces <!--paging_filter--><p>TailPeace Dsignz has introduced its new Snake, Steer, Skull and Cross guitar tailpieces.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Now you can replace almost any “bar” tailpiece from any brand guitar with one of our unique designs. Enhance your instrument’s tone and looks in seconds.</p> <p>These Patent Pending lightweight designs mount easily on traditional tailpiece studs and appear suspended or floating without ever touching the surface of your guitar. Set your self apart, stand out on stage and increase your guitar’s sustain in seconds.</p> <p>• No tools needed<br /> • No modifications<br /> • Goes on in seconds<br /> • Does not touch the surface of your guitar<br /> • High-quality construction and detail<br /> • Enhance the tone of any guitar<br /> • Made in the U.S.A</p> <p>Available in five finishes: Raw,Chrome, Nickel, Black and Gold. Suggested retail base price (Raw) starts at $49.95 to $84.95. Seventy-five percent of all profits will be donated to local charities to benefit animals and children in need.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.tailpeace.com/">tailpeace.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VYwLQKtHUmY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/TailepeacemainH%5B1%5D.jpg" width="620" height="657" alt="TailepeacemainH[1].jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tailpeace-dsignz-introduces-snake-steer-skull-and-cross-guitar-tailpieces#comments TailPeace Dsignz Accessories Videos News Gear Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20592 Review: Zoom G1Xon Guitar Multi-Effects Processor http://www.guitarworld.com/review-zoom-g1xon-guitar-multi-effects-processor <!--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>I’ve spent piles of cash and countless hours chasing down various stomp boxes over the years. </p> <p>So when I got my hands on Zoom’s G1Xon Guitar Multi-Effects Processor, I was tempted to moan, “Oh, I’ve wasted my life,” like the Comic Book Guy in a certain “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons. </p> <p>For probably less than what I paid on batteries to power one vintage fuzz box, the G1Xon provides a lifetime’s worth of effects and amp models (105, to be exact) plus built-in rhythm patterns, a looper and a tuner. All this power is packaged in a compact foot controller that’s about the same width and length as an iPad and features an expression pedal.</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="myExperience3776275082001" 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="3776275082001" /> </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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It was produced by Andy Sneap (Accept, Megadeth) and features ultra-cool cover art (you can check it out below) by Swedish artist Par Olofsson (Revocation).</p> <p>"I wrote two songs," said Exodus guitarist Lee Altus about the new album. "They are 'Honor Killings' and 'Body Harvest.'</p> <p>"Whenever we play with any Bay Area band, we always put a little bit extra," Altus added. "If you wanna really see Exodus at their best, it's always with another Bay Area band like Death Angel. We have this friendly competition, too. They know, anytime you play with us, we're going after you! After that, we'll have drinks together...we'll laugh about it... but right now, we're going after you! Oh, now we're playing with Testament? I'm gonna DIE on that stage!"</p> <p><em>Blood In, Blood Out</em> can be <a href="http://shop.nuclearblast.com/en/shop/">pre-ordered from the Nuclear Blast USA webshop</a> in CD, digipak, 2LP yellow vinyl and imported limited-edition box set formats. Bundles include a T-shirt with exclusive artwork for North America and a poster (while supplies last).</p> <p>Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bmYQq8xGnao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <p><strong>Track listing for the deluxe digipak version of <em>Blood In, Blood Out:</em></strong></p> <p>01 – Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)<br /> 02 – Blood In, Blood Out<br /> 03 – Collateral Damage<br /> 04 – Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)<br /> 05 – Body Harvest<br /> 06 – BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)<br /> 07 – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage<br /> 08 – My Last Nerve<br /> 09 – Numb<br /> 10 – Honor Killings<br /> 11 – Food For The Worms</p> <p><strong>BONUS DVD includes:</strong></p> <p>• “Blood Upon The Goat” making-of footage<br /> • Behind-the-scenes tour footage<br /> • Footage from Kirk Hammett’s Fear FestEVIL After Party at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.</p> <p>The digital version of <em>Blood In, Blood Out</em> will include the digital bonus track “Angel Of Death.”</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="/exodus">Exodus</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/exodus-discuss-making-new-album-blood-blood-out-part-2-guitarist-lee-altus-exclusive-video#comments Exodus Lee Altus Videos News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:50:57 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22334 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — Metallica Vs. Allman Brothers Band http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-metallica-vs-allman-brothers-band <!--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> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>METALLICA</strong> going head to head with <strong>ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Vote Now!</h1> <p><strong>METALLICA</strong> go head to head with <strong>ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND</strong>. We don't need to tell you about these bands. We'll let the recently shot videos below do the talking! Vote now; you have one full day! </p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8308622.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8308622/">Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — Metallica Vs. Allman Brothers Band</a></noscript></p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3PCFt3so9AM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Rx_UaQx5eZQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Muse</strong> (53.47 percent) defeated <strong>Jack White</strong> (46.53 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to 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 9-15 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239859856/Bracket-9-15" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-15</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239859856/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_40731" 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>Let's get started! 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> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-metallica-vs-allman-brothers-band#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands News Features Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:49:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22361 Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Incorporating Suspended Chords into Metal Rhythm Parts http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-incorporating-suspended-chords-metal-rhythm-parts <!--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>One of the coolest things about contemporary metal is that its harmonic palette is wide open. It’s not uncommon for a great metal riff to jump back and forth from one type of harmonic environment to another, such as from the natural minor scale to the Phrygian mode to the Mixolydian mode to the blues scale. </p> <p>Countless examples abound in the music of such great bands as Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, At the Gates, In Flames and others. </p> <p>This month, I’d like to demonstrate a few different examples of rhythm-guitar ideas that jump around harmonically and also feature the incorporation of suspended chords, namely sus2 and sus4 chords.</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="myExperience3772399003001" 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="3772399003001" /> </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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I've been into playing rhythm from day one, and a lot of that has to do with having a brother who kicks ass on drums. I grew up jamming with Vinnie [Paul, Darrell's brother and Pantera's skin-basher] and he definitely taught me the importance of timing and playing tight-and that, along with some great chops, is what rhythm playing is all about.</p> <p><strong>Percussive Picking</strong></p> <p>In a way, I'm kind of a percussionist when it comes to picking because a lot of my rhythm patterns are almost like drum patterns-take the front of "A New Level" (<em>Vulgar Display Of Power</em>) (Figure 1) which is a hard-driving power groove based on one note, the open low E string (tuned down a whole step to D). </p> <p>I actually came up with the idea for this riff by beating on one of those little crystal glasses with some chop sticks at Benihana's! Most riffs are recognizable by their melody, and the fact that you can immediately identify Figure 1 as being "A New Level" from just its rhythmic pattern shows you how important timing and rhythm is! So, in the case of this riff, the focus is on right-hand chops rather than melody.</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync1.gif" /></p> <p><strong>Psychotic Syncopation</strong></p> <p>A lot of Pantera's riffs are tight, syncopated grooves like the one we've just looked at. Check out the riff shown in FIGURE 2, which is the beginning of "Psycho Holiday" (<em>Cowboys From Hell</em>).</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync2.gif" /></p> <p>Once again, only one note is being hit (F), but you know exactly what the song is, thanks to the rhythmic pattern being pounded out. Anyway, before we go any further, I guess I should explain what syncopation is all about, just so we're clear.</p> <p>All syncopation means is accenting beats that you don't normally accent. If this sounds complicated, don't wig, just hold tight and we'll clean this scene up. Let's say you're chugging out a simple eighth-note pattern on the open low-E string, like in FIGURE 3a.</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync3.gif" /></p> <p>The notes you'd normally accent would be the ones that fall on counts "one," "two," "three" and "four." This is shown in FIGURE 3b(the notes to be accented are indicated by the symbol >). All we have to do to make this basic rhythmic idea syncopated is to accent the notes that fall on the "and" counts instead-the eighth-note up-beats. This is shown in FIGURE 3c.</p> <p>FIGURES 4a + 4b are the same shit, but this time applied to a simple 16th-note groove. FIGURE 4a is the unsyncopated version (accents on "one," "two," "three" and "four") while FIGURE 4b is syncopated (accents NOT on "one," "two," "three" and "four").</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync4.gif" /></p> <p>I know these are real basic illustrations, but remember, simple is bad-assed, if done aggressively! So, attack those accents 'cos that's where the magic is! Check out how much more interesting FIGURE 4b sounds compared to FIGURE 4a, which is pretty straight-sounding. And the only difference between 'em is where we've placed the accents. That's the whole trip with syncopation!</p> <p><img src="http://guitaraficionado.com/GW/dime/sync5.gif" /></p> <p>Shit, I'm outta space again. Next time we'll be getting into more power groove stuff, such as picking techniques and muting tricks. Until then, go crank your rig on 12, let it feedback wide open for a good two minutes, freak your neighbors out and ENJOY THE POWER OF THE GUITAR! "Oh, what a feeling," and it ain't no damned Toyota!!</p> <p><em>The "Dimebag Darrell Riffer Madness" DVD is available through Alfred <a href="http://alfred.com/riffermadness">here</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="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dimebag-darrell">Dimebag Darrell</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/riffer-madness-dimebag-darrell-syncopated-rhythms-part-1#comments Dimebag Darrell Pantera Riffer Madness Blogs News Lessons Magazine Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:13:08 +0000 Dimebag Darrell http://www.guitarworld.com/article/13492 Megadeth Vinyl Picture Discs Coming in November http://www.guitarworld.com/megadeth-vinyl-picture-discs-coming-november <!--paging_filter--><p>On November 11, 2014, Universal Enterprises (UMe) will issue the first five platinum-selling Capitol Records Megadeth albums on limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S.</p> <p>Titles include 1986’s <em>Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?</em>, 1988’s <em>So Far, So Good…So What!</em> and 1990’s <em>Rust In Peace</em>, as well as 1992’s <em>Countdown to Extinction</em> and 1994’s <em>Youthanasia</em>, both making their debut on picture disc. Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and will feature the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings. </p> <p>When Megadeth signed to Capitol Records they were already well established in the underground metal scene. A blistering three-song demo, which led to their debut independent studio album, <em>Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!</em>, and a string of now legendary west coast live shows cemented their reputation. </p> <p>Their groundbreaking 1986 major label debut <em>Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?</em> featuring classics such as “Wake Up Dead,” “Devil’s Island” and “Peace Sells,” reached No. 76 on the Billboard 200 chart and has gone on to sell more than a million copies, going Platinum in the U.S. and Canada.</p> <p>1988’s <em>So Far, So Good…So What!</em> reached No. 28 on the Billboard Top 200 and features “In My Darkest Hour,” Dave Mustaine’s dark and heavy ode to the late Cliff Burton, the fast-paced “Hook in Mouth” and a cover of “Anarchy in the U.K.,” further bridging the gap between punk and metal and featuring original Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones.</p> <p>1990’s critically acclaimed, platinum selling <em>Rust in Peace</em> features live staples “Hangar 18” and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.” Upon its release, <em>Rust In Peace</em> reached No. 23 on the Billboard Top 200, was Kerrang!’s Album of the Year, and is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Metal Hammer’s 50 Hottest Thrash Albums of All Time and Revolver Magazine’s The 69 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.</p> <p>1992 saw the release of the Grammy nominated, double Platinum release<br /> <em>Countdown to Extinction</em>. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and features the singles “Sweating Bullets,” “Foreclosure of a Dream” and “Symphony of Destruction,” all of which went Top 30 on the Mainstream Rock charts, with the latter making The Billboard Hot 100.</p> <p>Megadeth’s sixth studio release was the Platinum selling <em>Youthanasia</em>. The album was released in 1994 and reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with the singles “Train of Consequences” and “A Tout le Monde” both reaching Top 30 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/megadeth-vinyl-picture-discs-coming-november#comments Galleries News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:20:58 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22363 Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Discuss the Rocking Relationship Between Guitars, Cars and Everything in Between http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-and-zz-top-s-billy-gibbons-discuss-rocking-relationship-between-guitars-cars-and-everything-between <!--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 new Gibbons/Beck photos by Ross Halfin, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, MXR &amp; Eddie Van Halen, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=email&amp;utm_medium=daily_enews&amp;utm_campaign=GWNOV14">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><strong>The Surreal Thing: As they prepare to hit the road together for a summer tour, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons wax philosophical on the rock and roll relationship between guitars, cars and everything in between.</strong></p> <p>It’s a hot, sunny California day as Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons stroll through the lush courtyard of Hollywood’s swanky Sunset Marquis Hotel. </p> <p>Ripe for caricature, they are perhaps two of the most distinctive-looking performers in rock history. Beck, with his much-imitated rooster shag haircut, and Gibbons, dressed in full hipster Wild West drag, look almost disconcertingly the same as they have for the past three or four decades. </p> <p>If we hadn’t invited them ourselves on the eve of their first tour together, it would be easy to mistake them for a mirage from one of those surreal ZZ Top videos that dominated MTV in the Eighties. </p> <p><em>Surreal</em> is actually a word that pops up quite often in conversations with both musicians over the next few days. It’s certainly a fitting adjective to describe aspects of their music. </p> <p>Since Beck’s stunning 1965 debut with the Yardbirds, he has thrilled and confounded guitarists with his exciting and often avant-garde approach to the instrument. His playful and imaginative take on Willie Dixon’s “Ain’t Superstitious” from <em>Truth</em>, his 1968 album with Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on bass, certainly rivaled anything Jimi Hendrix was creating at the time. </p> <p>And his consistently innovative work on tracks like “Going Down” (1972), “Blue Wind” (1976),” “Where Were You” (1989) and “Hammerhead” (2010), which won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, continues to push the limits of what can be done on a Fender Stratocaster without getting arrested.</p> <p>And anyone with even a passing knowledge of ZZ Top knows how strange they can be. Comprised of Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, the Little Ol’ Band from Texas has defied any civilized notion of what traditional rock musicians should look and sound like. Yet, their wonderfully skewed take on the blues has helped them sell somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million albums, and they continue to play the world’s biggest concert halls.</p> <p> Gibbons, in his inimitable deep Texas drawl, concurs that surreal is indeed the word of the day. “One of the highest compliments that ever came my way was sent from [guitarist] Jimmie Vaughan,” he says, chuckling. “He said, ‘Oh yeah, Gibbons is out there.’ But if there’s actually an ‘out there,’ guess what? We’ll go out there and find Jeff Beck!”</p> <p><strong><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=GibbonsBeckExcerpt">Enjoy this excerpt from our interview with Gibbons and Beck. For the entire story, pick up the November 2014 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6qr1Lc9Gm7k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Billy, what does Jeff Beck mean to you? What is his importance as an artist?</strong></p> <p><strong>BILLY GIBBONS</strong> Before Jeff and ZZ Top embarked on this tour, I received a phone call from the production office asking about design preferences for our backstage passes. The reply was simple: “Well, there’s a juicy guitar image fitting to go on the ZZ side of the pass, and there awaits a superb geetar view for Jeff’s side as well.”</p> <p>On one side, we chose a view of the infamous, Pearly Gates, my fine ’59 Les Paul ’Burst, and on the other side, we landed an image of Jeff’s magnificently battle-scarred 1954 Fender Esquire used with the Yardbirds. When you’re using the word importance, one can easily find it in the guitars that Jeff Beck and I pounded the sides off long ago. Jeff’s guitar certainly stands as a pivotal piece, marking the point where bravery stepped in with a willingness to experiment, moving the six-string expression far outside any previously proven lines. The visual impact of that beat-up war club is still meaningful and forceful to the extreme. </p> <p><strong>Jeff, what do you find cool about Billy and ZZ Top? </strong></p> <p><strong>JEFF BECK</strong> Just think about how people went for Billy’s sound and the band’s image. ZZ Top went completely against the grain of all one would expect iconic rock to be. That’s what I love about them—they are this wonderful quirky backfire. Billy’s tone is great, and so are his songs. You wouldn’t really expect these bearded guys to write all these great tunes about cars and girls. </p> <p><strong>Both you and Jeff introduced a surrealistic element into the blues. In Jeff’s case, his versions of “I Ain’t Superstitious” and “Going Down” wink at traditionalism. ZZ Top often references the blues, but they also have a little irreverent fun with the genre. How important is it for you to let your audience know that you are self-aware? You know: “I’m not from the Delta, but I still love this music and there’s a way to modernize it.”</strong></p> <p><strong>BECK</strong> When you are taken with any music with inner gusto, you don’t think too much about it—you just have to have it! </p> <p>For example, I was playing in a blues band before I joined the Yardbirds, and I was really into Bo Diddley, who made the best use imaginable out of playing one chord. His outrageous jungle rhythms were so powerful and hypnotic, he didn’t have to change keys. We basically took his idea of the one-chord vamp, and while the band played, I would just slack all my strings and then really pull on them to make the most ridiculous and surreal sounds with slap echo so that people would just look up.<br /> It wasn’t premeditated. </p> <p>I just wanted the audience to look at me and listen! I did all kinds of outrageous things like that at the time, like taking two guitars and have them feedback against each other, and it was that kind of attitude that eventually got me the job with the Yardbirds. They didn’t want someone to play a beautiful slide guitar solo, or someone that sounded like Earl Hooker. </p> <p>They wanted someone that would hold an audience. I had something no one else had, and however crude or outrageous it was at the time, it worked. It wasn’t all that calculated. It was just my way of saying, Here I am. Ultimately, I had to tone some of it down when I joined the Yardbirds, because we were going on television playing pop singles. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/i9OJB_AEePQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Billy, how important is it for you to add a little touch of the “untraditional” to your traditional blues?</strong></p> <p><strong>GIBBONS</strong> This position was being prodded in a discussion in Memphis, Tennessee, with a dear friend, Waltaire Baldwin. We came up together in Houston and kept our friendship for a long time. Waltaire is a poet. Gave me a John Lee Hooker disc when we were 12 and then showed me how to draw blues harmonica. </p> <p>Waltaire and I were in deep contemplation at 89 Union Street Saloon, sitting atop a table right near the corner window, overlooking the Mississippi. We both agreed that although we never picked cotton, didn’t grow up on plantation, it did not necessarily prevent creating an honest attempt making the truth of the blues a backbone of interpretation. The one ZZ tune that really captures this thought is, “My Head’s in Mississippi.” </p> <p>Although it ain’t the Thirties, all that hard-rhythm shuffle boogie coupled with a surrealistic Howlin’ Wolf’s delivery creates a subdued assembly of visual pictures. The great Memphis guitarist and producer Jim Dickinson once remarked, “Oh yeah, you guys are doing what I like. You’ve become a Salvador Dali—the Dali of the Delta.” Once you get that far along, the point’s made!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pN69GC2amTg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What is the cosmic connection between the appreciation of an automobile and a guitar?</strong></p> <p><strong>GIBBONS</strong> It’s a big question, but a good one! What’s really the wicked connection is that they can be loud and fast; yet, they can also be quite elegant. While I was in Spain visiting Nacho Baños, the noted authority on early Fifties blackguard Fenders, we spent more than a day and a night—make it days and nights—talking about automotive elegance and the connection with the unchanged beauty of that original Fender. Call it the Telecaster, the Esquire, the Broadcaster or call it the No-caster—it’s become one of those timeless things.</p> <p><strong>BECK</strong> Guitars and cars offer experiences that are both quite amazing. The other day I was thinking, Why are there so many people in cars? It’s because it’s such a pleasure to have that experience, regardless of where you are going. It’s almost habit forming. You want to control your movement, but at the same time your brain is going at an unnatural speed and you’re putting yourself in danger. </p> <p>There’s that element of excitement every time you turn the ignition. It’s not that you’re just driving from point A to B—you’re enjoying every second of being in control of your life…or avoiding death! Listening to great rock and roll music also gives you this exhilarating sense of awareness similar to what you have when you are driving. </p> <p>There are other more obvious connections. Hot rods are cool looking and rock and roll is cool looking, and they both came of age at the same time in the Fifties. If America never created anything else, thank you very much for the hot rods and rock and roll!</p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus new Gibbons/Beck photos by Ross Halfin, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, MXR &amp; Eddie Van Halen, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=GibbonsBeckExcerpt">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><em>Photo: Ross Halfin</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="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/billy-gibbons">Billy Gibbons</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-and-zz-top-s-billy-gibbons-discuss-rocking-relationship-between-guitars-cars-and-everything-between#comments Billy Gibbons Brad Tolinski Jeff Beck November 2014 ZZ Top Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:34:29 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22338 Review: TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 http://www.guitarworld.com/review-tc-helicon-voicelive-3 <!--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>Whether you grunt like Tom Waits with strep throat or sing like the love child of Luciano Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury, every vocal performance can sound a hell of a lot better with the right processing. </p> <p>This is no problem if you play with a national touring act that has its own sound system, racks of outboard gear, and team of professional live-sound engineers, but the majority of bands that slug it out at smaller gigs usually can’t afford such luxuries. </p> <p>Several companies offer affordable foot-controlled multi-effect units for vocalists, and while these offer good solutions, they can add to stage clutter for singing guitarists who may already have numerous pedals at their feet. The TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 is the ideal solution for singing guitarists as it combines TC’s acclaimed guitar effects and vocal effects in a single foot-controlled unit.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eSlom0UbQTA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/review-tc-helicon-voicelive-3#comments November 2014 TC-Helicon News Gear Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:32:52 +0000 Chris Gill http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22310 Turn Your Guitar Into a Full Band with Chris Woods' 'Percussive Acoustic Guitar' Book/DVD http://www.guitarworld.com/turn-your-guitar-full-band-chris-woods-percussive-acoustic-guitar-bookdvd <!--paging_filter--><p>Turn your acoustic guitar into a full band with <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/percussive-acoustic-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=PercussiveAcousticGuitar"><br /> Percussive Acoustic Guitar</a></em>, a comprehensive book/DVD set by guitar virtuoso Chris Woods.</p> <p>Providing detailed, step-by-step instruction on a variety of percussive guitar techniques, this book includes warm-ups, exercises, full pieces and practical “how-to” training that will get you slapping, tapping and enjoying your guitar like never before. </p> <p>The high-definition DVD reinforces all the material in the book and features Woods himself as your personal instructor. No matter what style of music you play, <em>Percussive Acoustic Guitar</em> will change, enhance and progress your entire approach to the guitar! </p> <p>It covers: string slapping, body percussion, tapping, harmonics, alternate tunings, standard notation and tab and more, with lots of exercises and full pieces to play!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/percussive-acoustic-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=PercussiveAcousticGuitar">Percussive Acoustic Guitar is available now for $19.99 at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/a4i9hCwG74A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/turn-your-guitar-full-band-chris-woods-percussive-acoustic-guitar-bookdvd#comments Acoustic Nation News News Features Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:29:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20947 Periphery's Mark Holcomb Demos the ProTone Haunted Delay Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/peripherys-mark-holcomb-demos-protone-haunted-delay-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb demos his signature delay pedal, the Haunted Delay by ProTone Pedals. Look for a new Periphery album in late January 2015!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YHEu-KkS0yg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/peripherys-mark-holcomb-demos-protone-haunted-delay-pedal-video#comments Videos News Features Gear Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:04:49 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22356 'Skydog: The Duane Allman Story' is Newly Revised and Expanded http://www.guitarworld.com/skydog-duane-allman-story-newly-revised-and-expanded <!--paging_filter--><p>Now in paperback, Randy Poe's <em>Skydog: The Duane Allman Story</em> (Backbeat Books) is revised and expanded, with a new afterword by the author, plus a foreword by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. It's the definitive biography of Duane Allman, one of the most revered guitarists of his generation. </p> <p><em>Skydog</em> reveals the complete story of the legendary guitarist: his childhood and musical awakening; his struggling first bands; his hard-won mastery of the slide guitar; his emergence as a successful session musician; his creation of the Allman Brothers Band; his tragic death at age 24; and his thriving musical legacy. </p> <p><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/skydog-the-duane-allman-story/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=Skydog">The book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $18.99.</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/duane-allman">Duane Allman</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/allman-brothers-band">Allman Brothers Band</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/skydog-duane-allman-story-newly-revised-and-expanded#comments Duane Allman News Features Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:09:08 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16764 Queen “Love of My Life” Live Acoustic — Video Finds http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-queen-love-of-my-life-live-acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s a rare acoustic gem from Queen’s now legendary <em>Queen at Wembley</em> video release. </p> <p>Freddie Mercury and Brian May take the stage for a moving performance of “Love of My Life,” while rain pours down on the Wembley crowd.</p> <p>The clip was filmed on July 11, 1986.</p> <p>The studio version of the track appears on Queen’s classic LP, <em>A Night at the Opera</em>.</p> <p>Here, May plays some excellent fingerstyle guitar on a 12-string acoustic and tells the crowd, “Hope you’re not getting to wet out there! You OK?’ Mercury follows, inviting the crowd to sing along.</p> <p>Watch it below and enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aEGLJtu09uU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Find out more at <a href="http://www.queenonline.com">www.queenonline.com</a>. </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-queen-love-of-my-life-live-acoustic#comments Acoustic Nation Brian May Freddie Mercury Queen Blogs Videos News Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:34:57 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22355 Jackson Unveils New Pro DK2M Dinky in Slime Green Swirl http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-unveils-new-pro-dk2m-dinky-slime-green-swirl <!--paging_filter--><p>Jackson has just announced a new addition to its Pro Series, the Pro DK2M Dinky Limited Run guitar featured in Slime Green Swirl.</p> <p>The DK2M Pro Series Dinky features an alder body, flat-sawn graphite-reinforced bolt-on maple neck with wrap-around heel, 24-fret compound radius (12"-16") maple fingerboard with offset black dot inlays, black neck and headstock binding, direct mount Seymour Duncan JB Zebra (bridge) and '59 Zebra (neck) humbucking pickups with five-way blade switching, Floyd Rose bridge, black hardware and Dunlop strap locks.</p> <p>Would you rock this ax?</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/jackson-unveils-new-pro-dk2m-dinky-slime-green-swirl#comments dinky Jackson News Gear Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:30:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22353