News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/%3Ehttp%3A/www.facebook.com/%3Ehttp%3A/www.itunes.com/apps/www.facebook.com/Smoot%20Family%20Fund en PureSalem Guitars Introduces Vintage-Inspired Cardinal http://www.guitarworld.com/puresalem-guitars-introduces-sixties-inspired-cardinal/25396 <!--paging_filter--><p>PureSalem Guitars adopts an inspired approach and attitude while honoring the electric guitar’s glorious past. It‘s about simplicity in design—wood, wire and strings. It’s rock and roll, not rocket science.</p> <p>To quote David Fair (Half Japanese), "The idea is to put a pick in one hand and a guitar in the other and with a tiny movement rule the world.”</p> <p>PureSalem's Cardinal model combines quality construction and components with off-kilter styling’s and transports us back to an era when rock and roll was free and memories yet to be made. </p> <p>This new 2015 models come equipped with a Bigsby and Vibrola tremolos, Grover tuners, vintage cloth wiring, carved headstock, a new PS logo and the company's custom-wound pickups.</p> <p><strong>TECH SPECS</strong><br /> • Mahogany Body<br /> • Mahogany Neck with binding and Block Inlays<br /> • Rosewood Fret Board<br /> • 24 3/4 Scale Length<br /> • 42.75 Nut Width<br /> • 2 1/16 String Spacing<br /> • Modern C-Shape Neck / Light Satin Finish<br /> • 12 Inch Radius<br /> • Grover tuners<br /> • Vibrola Tremelo<br /> • Roller bridge<br /> • Single coil pickup in bridge, custom wound to vintage specs<br /> • Custom wound PureSalem “MENDIOLA” humbucker in neck<br /> • Vintage style cloth wiring<br /> • 3-Way Toggle with Master Volume and Master Tone<br /> • Med Jumbo Frets<br /> • Dual Truss Rod</p> <p>The Cardinal model carries a retail price of $1,015.</p> <p><strong>For more about PureSalem Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.puresalemguitars.com/">puresalemguitars.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/puresalem-guitars-introduces-sixties-inspired-cardinal/25396#comments PureSalem PureSalem Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:21:34 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25396 at http://www.guitarworld.com Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Jason Hook Says "Betcha Can't Play This" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/five-finger-death-punch-guitarist-jason-hook-says-betcha-cant-play-video/25397 <!--paging_filter--><p>This just-posted "Betcha Can't Play This" video features Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook.</p> <p>Check it out below and have a crack at his lick!</p> <p>The band's new album, <em>Got Your Six,</em> will be released this Friday, September 4.</p> <p>For more about Hook and Five Finger Death Punch, visit <a href="http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/">fivefingerdeathpunch.com.</a></p> <p><strong>Be sure to subscribe to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w">Guitar World's YouTube channel,</a> where you'll find new videos every day.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/88q9R4LILns" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/five-finger-death-punch-guitarist-jason-hook-says-betcha-cant-play-video/25397#comments 5FDP Betcha Can't Play This FFDP Five Finger Death Punch Jason Hook Videos News Lessons Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:58:57 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25397 at http://www.guitarworld.com Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Walks Off Stage After Three Songs: “I Can’t Do It” http://www.guitarworld.com/motorhead-s-lemmy-kilmister-walks-texas-stage-mid-show-i-can-t-do-it/25395 <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night (September 1), Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister walked off the stage after playing three songs, telling fans, "I can't do it."</p> <p>The bassist, who will turn 70 in December, eventually returned to the stage to apologize to the crowd for the show’s quick end.</p> <p><strong>The band played “Damage Case” (bottom video), “Stay Clean” and “Metropolis” before Lemmy excused himself (top video).</strong></p> <p>Motorhead began their North American tour August 19 in support of their new album, <em>Bad Magic,</em> but the shows have been plagued by a host of issues. They cut short their Salt Lake City gig last week and canceled their Denver show, telling fans that Kilmister was having trouble breathing because of the high Colorado altitude.</p> <p>Motorhead have since issued a statement about the Austin show, while also announcing that the band will not perform tonight in San Antonio. Here's the complete statement: </p> <p>"As you might have heard, Motörhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well. This is a DIRECT follow-on from the altitude issues in Colorado, and clearly, Lemmy tried to get back at it too quickly. </p> <p>"For this reason, Motörhead will not play in San Antonio tonight, but the show will still go on with Saxon headlining. Lemmy will resume duties the moment he is PROPERLY rested and firing on all cylinders again. The legendary Motörheadbanger patience is much appreciated, and the band send their deepest thanks. More details will be released soon."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cX7P6c0VwBQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ORsOgkdg6vA" 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="/motorhead">Motorhead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/motorhead-s-lemmy-kilmister-walks-texas-stage-mid-show-i-can-t-do-it/25395#comments Lemmy Motorhead Videos News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:33:07 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25395 at http://www.guitarworld.com Nita Strauss Meets Jason Becker and Performs “Perpetual Burn” — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-meets-jason-becker-and-performs-perpetual-burn-video/25394 <!--paging_filter--><p>Nita Strauss uploaded this video a few days ago, in which she’s tricked by her manager/boyfriend, Josh, into performing for her guitar hero, Jason Becker.</p> <p>Strauss, who plays guitar <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-lesson-how-play-alice-cooper-im-eighteen-videoin Alice Cooper’s band</a> and performs with <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maidens-nita-strauss-and-courtney-cox-trooper-playthrough-video">the Iron Maidens,</a> sets up the situation in the video description on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3HWEDvjRwI9kB8AtScQjBw">her YouTube channel:</a></a></p> <p>“A few months ago, my boyfriend and savvy business manager Josh told me that I had an audition to be the face of a new guitar app that was going to be the next big thing in the music world. Little did I know it was an elaborate trick that would end in me playing a composition by one of my biggest guitar influences—in front of him in his own living room.”</p> <p>For the “audition,” Josh had Strauss learn <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-plays-jason-beckers-perpetual-burn">“Perpetual Burn,”</a> the title track from Becker’s 1988 album, and one of the finest displays of his virtuoso guitar work. The guitarist, who is one of Strauss’s influences, developed the muscle-degenerative disease ALS in 1989 and is today unable to move or speak. He lives at home in the care of his family. </p> <p>The video opens with Strauss rehearsing “Perpetual Burn” at home, followed by shots of her being driven to an unknown destination. When they pull up to a house, Strauss suddenly comprehends that she’s going to “audition” for the guitar app, at which point she quite understandably exclaims, “I’m not ready.”</p> <p>Strauss isn’t aware of what’s actually happening until she enters the home and sees Becker, at which point she realizes she’s been set up for a nice surprise. </p> <p>Prior to playing, Strauss talks with Becker and his mother, Amy, who translates his eye movements into words. (Becker communicates using a coded system of eye movements devised by his father.) </p> <p>“Can I talk you into playing?” Becker asks Strauss.</p> <p>Amy offers Strauss the pick of Becker’s guitars, which are displayed on the walls, for her to play. “Loiter and play anything you want,” Becker says.</p> <p>Strauss’s performance of “Perpetual Burn” begins at the 5:00 mark, if you want to skip right to the action. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3Ti5rWHOkZ0" 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="/jason-becker">Jason Becker</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-meets-jason-becker-and-performs-perpetual-burn-video/25394#comments Jason Becker Nita Strauss Perpetual Burn Videos News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:10:16 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25394 at http://www.guitarworld.com The 10 Greatest Metallica Songs of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/10-greatest-metallica-songs-all-time/25393 <!--paging_filter--><p>Metallica are undeniably the most influential rock band of the past 30-plus years. That fact can be perceived simply by looking at the numbers. </p> <p>They are on the exclusive list of music artists who have sold more than 100 million records, and each of their albums has enjoyed multi-Platinum status, an achievement that even AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and U2 haven’t matched. </p> <p>And while they’ve never really had a bona fide pop hit, dozens of Metallica songs—including “Seek and Destroy,” “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman”—have become vital landmarks on the vast landscape of music history, inspiring new generations of music fans and aspiring guitarists much the same way “Johnny B. Goode,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Stairway to Heaven” inspired previous generations.</p> <p>In that respect, Metallica’s influence can be observed simply by tuning into the very culture of modern music. To put it simply, Metallica redefined metal music. During the early Eighties, bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were considered heavy metal. But after Metallica burst out of the underground and into mainstream awareness, the terms heavy and metal didn’t quite seem to fit those bands any more. </p> <p>Metallica’s sonic signatures—extreme high-gain distortion, rapid-fire down-picked riffs and jackhammer double–bass drum rhythms—became the new vernacular for metal. Since Metallica’s arrival in 1983, thousands of bands—including industrial groups like Ministry, nu-metal newcomers like Korn and unabashed Metallica clones like Trivium—have adopted those characteristics as their own. </p> <p>Having deep influences has certainly helped Metallica hone their craft. Drummer Lars Ulrich’s vast collection of Seventies Euro metal, punk rock and NWOBHM records provided a bottomless well of inspiration during Metallica’s early days, when the band consisted of Ulrich, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (who replaced founding guitarist Dave Mustaine) and bassist Cliff Burton. </p> <p>The band members never stopped searching for new inspirations, discovering unlikely muses like Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western scores, Tom Waits’ lowlife junkyard blues and Nick Cave’s gothic post-punk swamp rock. Along the way they lost members: Burton died in 1986 and was replaced by Jason Newsted, who left in 2001 and was later replaced by Robert Trujillo. But even as Metallica evolved from progressive thrash epics in the Eighties to shorter and more melodic songs in the Nineties, they never lost the essence of their personality—an indefinable intensity that makes Metallica songs as recognizable as any classic from the Beatles or Led Zeppelin catalogs.</p> <p>Considering the band’s lasting and ever-growing influence, we felt an examination of its contributions was long overdue. The following 10 songs are significant mileposts that have shaped and defined much of the hard rock and metal music made today, and they’re also the source of some of the coolest riffs ever written for the guitar. No wonder Metallica remain a powerful force to be reckoned with.</p> <p>If you'd like to explore this topic further, we strongly suggest <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-songs-by-metallica">The 100 Greatest Metallica Songs of All Time.</a> Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>10. “Fade to Black”</strong><br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett<br /> Length: 6:57</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tZF79pTfZYo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. “All Nightmare Long”</strong><br /> <em>Death Magnetic</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich,Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo<br /> Length: 7:58</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NWP9daDpkzc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”</strong><br /> <em>Master of Puppets</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett<br /> Length: 6:28</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zOHfxHZO2BY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. “The Four Horsemen”</strong><br /> <em>Kill ’Em All </em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine<br /> Length: 7:13</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DbiN9mdZRk0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. “Battery”</strong><br /> <em>Master of Puppets</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich<br /> Length: 5:10</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OtT25wLLfJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. “One”</strong><br /> <em>…And Justice for All</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich<br /> Length: 7:24</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sYBMhJt1WCY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. “Ride the Lightning”</strong><br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine<br /> Length: 6:36</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IBKJMZUIuKA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. “Seek &amp; Destroy”</strong><br /> <em>Kill ’Em All</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich<br /> Length: 6:55</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NJzoBmVPeYw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. “Master of Puppets”</strong><br /> <em>Master of Puppets</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett<br /> Length: 8:38</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ujwiWjJLwBg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. “Creeping Death” </strong><br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett<br /> Length: 6:36</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3j6_EyAhim8" 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/10-greatest-metallica-songs-all-time/25393#comments Metallica Guitar World Lists News Features Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:00:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25393 at http://www.guitarworld.com Fastest Guitars in the Country: 10 Essential Country Shred Guitar Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/fastest-guitars-country-10-essential-country-shred-guitar-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, <em>Guitar World</em> picks the 10 essential country shred guitar songs. </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>Joe Maphis, “Flying Fingers”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Flying Fingers</em></strong></p> <p>The link between blazing acoustic bluegrass and electrified country shred began with Joe Maphis and his furious flatpicking on songs like “Flying Fingers,” which he recorded in 1956. </p> <p>Maphis played both the six-string track and overdubbed octave-guitar unison track using both necks of his custom Mosrite double-neck guitar. During the Fifties, Maphis frequently performed on the <em>Town Hall/Ranch Party</em> television program, shredding the strings along with guests that included Ricky Nelson and a 12-year-old Larry Collins.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AXarnqkkpPk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Phil Baugh, “Country Guitar”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Live Wire</em></strong></p> <p>Phil Baugh’s original <em>Country Guitar</em> album released in 1965 features numerous dazzling instrumentals, like “The Finger,” but the centerpiece is the title track where he performs uncanny imitations of several guitarists, including Chet Atkins, Billy Byrd, Hank Garland, Les Paul and Merle Travis, who all are worthy of inclusion on this list. </p> <p>Baugh played on Merle Haggard’s early Bakersfield singles during the Sixties and during the Seventies moved to Nashville, where he played on sessions for countless hit records.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nwws6XPZ1JM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Jimmy Bryant, “Down Yonder”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Fastest Guitar in the Country</em></strong></p> <p>Jimmy Bryant (guitar) and Speedy West (pedal steel) recorded incredible instrumental duets during the Fifties that still sound amazing, but Bryant also released some great, overlooked albums on his own during the Sixties. </p> <p>“Down Yonder” from the aptly titled <em>Fastest Guitar in the Country</em> album downplays his usual jazzy flourishes in favor of genuine country twang played in Bryant’s inimitable lightning fast style. Bonus points for the ultra-cool Voxmobile on the cover, which Batmobile and Dragula designer George Barris built for Bryant. </p> <p>Note: Since “Down Yonder” isn't available on YouTube at the moment, we've provided a clip of Bryant and West's "Frettin' Fingers" instead. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ysuei7pagTw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Albert Lee, “Fun Ranch Boogie”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Gagged But Not Bound</em></strong></p> <p>“Country Boy,” which Lee first recorded with Head Hands &amp; Feet in 1971, has become his signature tune, but this song also provides fine examples of Lee’s ultra-precise banjo-style hybrid picking and tasteful melodic sensibilities. </p> <p>“Albert Lee always sounds like Albert Lee,” Brad Paisley says in the May 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>. “His style has evolved into more of a Strat-based sound using the bridge and middle pickup than the twangy Tele tone he used to play.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iywt3tbGbSE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Steve Morse, “John Deere Letter”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Out Standing in Their Field</em></strong></p> <p>Morse has usually included at least one bona fide country shred tune on his albums going all the way back to his recordings with the Dixie Dregs in the Seventies (“Gina Lola Breakdown” and “Pride O’ the Farm” being great examples). </p> <p>This song from his latest Steve Morse Band effort proves that his hyperspeed chicken pickin’ keeps getting better.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EG9R0JFJECo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Hellecasters, “Orange Blossom Special”</strong><br /> <strong><em>The Return of the Hellecasters</em></strong></p> <p>Emerging toward the tail end of the shred phenomenon in the early Nineties, this all-star guitar trio consisting of Jerry Donahue, John Jorgenson and Will Ray showed that country boys could not only play as well as the rockers, but they could also do it with a lot more style, originality, humor and panache. </p> <p>“It’s hard to beat the Hellecasters,” Paisley says. “John Jorgenson is my number-one favorite guitarist. He’s what I’m trying to be.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/snS4u6K5NbY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Michael Lee Firkins, “Big Red”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Chapter Eleven</em></strong></p> <p>Most of the tracks that Firkins recorded in the Nineties fit perfectly with the Shrapnel label’s then-current roster of metal/fusion players, but this Nebraska born-and-bred player couldn’t resist revealing his country and bluegrass chops on occasion. </p> <p>This track is one of his more straight-up country jams, with clean tone as sharp as a Bowie knife.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kuUJkdiV_Z8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Johnny Hiland, “Barnyard Breakdown”</strong><br /> <strong><em>All Fired Up</em></strong></p> <p>One of the most impressive guitarists to emerge on the Nashville scene in recent years, Hiland can be heard tearing it up with Hank Williams III, on sessions with Toby Keith, Randy Travis and others, and even in downtown Nashville’s Lower Broadway honky-tonks.</p> <p>Hiland can play any style of music better than most, but when it comes to country he’s simply untouchable.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/U5t2ivu2qb8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Brad Paisley, “Cluster Pluck”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Play—The Guitar Album</em></strong></p> <p>This instrumental jam featuring Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner provides a great introduction to almost every current country shredder you should know. </p> <p>“Those guys are all my influences,” Paisley says. “Nobody really outplays anybody else, but when James put on his fingerpicks and did all those bends, double bends and weird arpeggios, I knew that everybody in the room wanted to be him.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/A6BJ2E8eKww" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Marty Stuart, “Hollywood Boogie”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down</em></strong></p> <p>The incredible Kenny Vaughan and legendary Marty Stuart go head-to-head on this blazing instrumental that pays tribute to the Fifties recordings of Joe Maphis and Jimmy Bryant while adding their own modern flourishes. </p> <p>Playing Clarence White’s iconic Telecaster, Stuart’s tone remains the ultimate definition of “twang.”</p> <p><strong>NOTE: In the video below, the action begins around 1:10, so you might want to skip ahead.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/r0SDGYSWq_M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fastest-guitars-country-10-essential-country-shred-guitar-songs#comments Articles Brad Paisley GW Archive Jimmy Bryant Joe Maphis Johnny Hiland May 2013 Michael Lee Firkins Guitar World Lists News Features Magazine Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:24:55 +0000 Chris Gill 18495 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Wish You Were Here" Vs. "Lola" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wish-you-were-here-vs-lola/25380 <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks, we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time, presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”WISH YOU WERE HERE,” PINK FLOYD<br /> <em>Wish You Were Here</em> (1975)</strong></p> <p>The gorgeous title track off of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ hails as the bands most well-known song, and the guitar line serves as one of the most recognizable in rock history. </p> <p>Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour about feelings of alienation, it also refers to former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett and his downward journey. </p> <p>The acoustic feel is supported by a 12-string guitar, which is produced to sound as if it’s playing through an old AM radio at the beginning of the track, giving the song a strong sentimental feel that goes hand-in-hand with the lyrics of mourning.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DPL_SV3n7IU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”LOLA,” THE KINKS<br /> <em>Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One</em> (1970)</strong></p> <p>“Lola” is a classic hit by the Kinks, with a story revolving around meeting a beautiful cross-dresser who originally fooled the subject into believing he was female. </p> <p>The song was ahead of its time in 1970, and many stations banned it from getting airplay in Australia because of “controversial subject matter.” Another key factor in the censorship of the song came from the BBC, which banned the track because of the product placement (it had a policy against any product placement in songs) of Coca-Cola, forcing Ray Davies to change the lyrics to “cherry cola” in order to get radio play. </p> <p>The Kinks are known for this song (and their monster hit, “You Really Got Me”).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nVXmMMSo47s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9053002.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9053002/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Wish You Were Here" Vs. "Lola"</a></noscript></p> <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 TC Electronic acoustic rock poll on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277752753/TC-Electronic-acoustic-rock-poll" style="text-decoration: underline;" >TC Electronic acoustic rock poll</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277752753/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_24558" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></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="/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wish-you-were-here-vs-lola/25380#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time News Pink Floyd The Kinks Blogs News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:18:27 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25380 at http://www.guitarworld.com George Lynch Talks Inspiration and the New Lynch Mob Album, 'Rebel' http://www.guitarworld.com/george-lynch-talks-inspiration-and-new-lynch-mob-album-rebel/25387 <!--paging_filter--><p>It sure has been a busy year for George Lynch. </p> <p>In January, he teamed up with Stryper guitarist Michael Sweet for a new project called Sweet &amp; Lynch. This summer, he released “Shadow Train,” the musical project for his forthcoming documentary, <em>Shadow Nation.</em> </p> <p>On August 21, Lynch—along with vocalist Oni Logan—released a new Lynch Mob album called <em>Rebel.</em> It comes 25 years after the band's debut album, <em>Wicked Sensation.</em> </p> <p><em>Rebel</em> features strong performances by Lynch’s former Dokken bandmate—and current Foreigner bassist—Jeff Pilson, plus drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Slash). </p> <p>Whether it’s the infectious qualities s of the triplet-paced “Automatic Fix," the tasty goodness of “Jelly Roll” or the vintage, in-your-face sound of the Mu-Tron octave divider heard on “Testify," Lynch proves once again that he’s at the ready whenever the cosmos want to send down riffs that stick in your head long after the song is over.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Lynch about <em>Rebel,</em> his career and a few of his other projects.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What was the genesis of <em>Rebel</em>?</strong></p> <p>Inspiration. It’s almost like a cyclical thing. Like, you’re subconsciously trained to start thinking about a new album every year or so. When inspiration strikes, you’ve got to be ready to respond, and Oni and I felt the need to relieve ourselves of these creative impulses. We’ve put our hearts and souls into this album and have been getting a lot of positive feedback about it.</p> <p><strong>What was the songwriting process like for <em>Rebel</em>?</strong></p> <p>It’s very similar to working on a Sweet &amp; Lynch album or with Jeff Pilson. For <em>Rebel,</em> pre-production was done with just Oni, myself and an engineer. Unlike being in a band, fleshing things out in a rehearsal room, this was a very closed situation that was very intense and self-contained. Usually I’ll come up with the primary architecture of a song and then I’ll look for feedback and ideas. That’s when Oni might make a suggestion or and ask me to try something. From there, I’ll find something and flesh it out. The musical/instrumental inspiration usually comes from me, and the lion’s share of melodies and lyrics come from Oni.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/deJdCFQ76BA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What does the band's touring schedule look like?</strong></p> <p>We’ve done about 50 dates so far this year. We’ll be playing the western part of the country and the mountain states, which includes hitting California pretty hard.</p> <p><strong>What made you decide to start wanting to playing guitar?</strong></p> <p>I’m really not sure. I just had an urgency to play. I remember being 10 and listening to the music my father had. It was really just something I wanted to do. </p> <p><strong>Is it true that you auditioned for Ozzy’s band after he left Black Sabbath?</strong></p> <p>"Audition" is kind of a weird word for it. I was actually up for the gig on three different occasions, including prior to Randy [Rhoads]. I was already in Dokken at the time and took a short hiatus to pursue the Ozzy thing and then came back. Even though I didn’t get the gig, it worked out OK for everyone.</p> <p><strong>This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dokken’s <em>Under Lock and Key.</em> When you look back to that time, what comes to mind?</strong></p> <p>At that point, we had really matured as a band. You could really see the evolution of our writing from <em>Breaking the Chains<em> and <em>Tooth and Nail. Under Lock and Key</em> sounded better than our previous albums. We were really polished and at the top of our game. </em></em></p> <p><strong>What’s your live setup like these days?</strong></p> <p>I’m always mixing it up. My days off on the road are usually spent crawling around pawn shops and mom-and-pop music stores looking for jewels. Right now, I’m playing through my Randall Headhunter, which is my new signature head that'll be coming out soon. We’ve been working on it for about three years now. It’s an amazing amp.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BbBNCj-XaQE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What other projects are you working on?</strong></p> <p>Other than this new album, the project I’m deeply involved in right now is the Infidels. It started out with myself and Pancho Tomaselli from Tower of Power. We’ve also got Angelo Moore on vocals and Chris Moore on drums. It’s a very unorthodox record and has really expanded my abilities as a player. We’re very excited about it.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any advice for up-and-coming guitarists?</strong></p> <p>Everyone goes through phases. When you’re young, you’re full of testosterone and want to rule the world by chasing the dragon and being the fastest and best guitarist and creating the soundtrack that’s in your head, and that’s great. As a player, you should always want to try certain things and learn from others. But eventually, try to develop your own style and create a space for yourself. Because now you’re no longer competing against anyone else. Now you’re only competing with yourself. </p> <p><em>For more about Lynch, visit <a href="http://georgelynch.com/wordpress/">georgelynch.com.</a></em></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="/george-lynch">George Lynch</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/george-lynch-talks-inspiration-and-new-lynch-mob-album-rebel/25387#comments George Lynch James Wood Lynch Mob Interviews News Features Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:25:49 +0000 James Wood 25387 at http://www.guitarworld.com Steve Vai Reveals His Favorite New Guitar Player — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-reveals-his-favorite-new-guitar-player-video/25386 <!--paging_filter--><p>Steve Vai has his legions of followers. But who does the guitar legend follow?</p> <p>Turns out it’s a guitarist by the name of Daniele Gottardo.</p> <p>Vai revealed the information in the following message:</p> <p>“Hey Folks,</p> <p>“I’m often asked who is my favorite new young guitar player. Well, here he is: Daniele Gottardo. </p> <p>“He’s Italian, and I have been following him for quite some time now. He has an elegant touch, stunning intonation, innovational style, and he honors the melody. Enjoy, and check out his new record here for a real treat.”</p> <p>So who is Daniele Gottardo? As it turns out, quite a diverse player. In addition to his stunning virtuoso solo work—an expressive and technically superb rock-symphonic fusion—he performs with the jazz project the Nuts and the self-described pop/punk/glam-metalcore experiment Plastik Boobies. (Even if we didn’t tell you the styles of those bands, the names alone would suggest Gottardo defies easy categorization.)</p> <p>Here are a few videos to acquaint you with Gottardo and his music. You can find more at his YouTube channel and follow him on Facebook.</p> <p>“Rimsky’s Beard,” the first track on Gottardo’s second album, <em>Non Temperato.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c0-ote7Kx0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> “Caligula,” also from <em>Non Temperato:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SJoJGfMWIWc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> Gottardo’s cover of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pnnlEEpSmMQ" 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="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-reveals-his-favorite-new-guitar-player-video/25386#comments Daniele Gottardo Steve Vai Videos News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:49:52 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25386 at http://www.guitarworld.com Sock Puppet Parody of Pantera's "Walk" Features Vinnie Paul — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/sock-puppet-parody-panteras-walk-features-vinnie-paul-video/25384 <!--paging_filter--><p>The wonderfully deranged gang over at Sock Puppet Parody has posted a brand-new video—a sock-puppet parody of Pantera's "Walk" as performed by a fictional band called Hamptera.</p> <p>The Hamptera version of "Walk" is about a disgruntled sock that has lost its grip.</p> <p>Lyrics include, "With each step I slip off of your heel" and "Is there no elastic anymore?"</p> <p>The video, which you can check out below, even features a mini Dimebag Darrell sock puppet (complete with razor blade) and a cameo by Pantera's drummer, Vinnie Paul (as an actual human, not a sock). Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kxit-s0fvkQ" 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="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/sock-puppet-parody-panteras-walk-features-vinnie-paul-video/25384#comments Pantera Sock Puppet Parody Videos News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:45:47 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25384 at http://www.guitarworld.com Harp Twins Cover Metallica's "One" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/harp-twins-cover-metallicas-one-video/25383 <!--paging_filter--><p>The Harp Twins—everyone's favorite harp-playing twins—have posted a new video.</p> <p>This time, they've tackled Metallica's "One." The twist, if you will, is that they're both playing the same harp in the new video.</p> <p>The Harp Twins—Camille and Kennerly Kitt—have covered several Metallica tunes over the years, including “Nothing Else Matters” and “The Unforgiven.” One of their most popular clips is their cover of Ozzy Osbourne‘s ”Crazy Train.”</p> <p>“We always start our creative process by listening to the song we’re going to arrange again and again," the twins told <a href="http://iamtunedup.com/exclusive-the-harp-twins-are-back-a-tuned-up-interview/">iamtunedup.com.</a> </p> <p>"We usually start with building the melodic framework and then start discussing other elements. Often we’re tweaking arrangements even as we’re learning and memorizing… we think of additional ideas to try, or figure out techniques/patterns that work even better that our initial arrangement.”</p> <p>Kirk Hammett's guitar solo on Metallica's version of "One" was ranked one of <em>Guitar World</em>'s <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-guitar-solos-no-7-one-kirk-hammett">100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.</a> We're not sure how it ranks as a harp solo.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JhOhGhq0e54" 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/harp-twins-cover-metallicas-one-video/25383#comments Acoustic Nation Camille and Kennerly Harp Twins Metallica News Videos Blogs Videos News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:23:39 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25383 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Byrds' 10 Greatest Guitar Moments http://www.guitarworld.com/byrds-10-greatest-guitar-moments/25374 <!--paging_filter--><p>From 1965 until their breakup in 1973, the Byrds were a bona-fide electric-guitar powerhouse.</p> <p>During the California band's initial—and most popular—incarnation, Jim McGuinn turned the 12-string Rickenbacker 360 guitar into an institution.</p> <p>Its glorious trademark "chiming" sound actually became <em>the band's</em> trademark sound—a sound that even influenced the almighty Beatles.</p> <p>As the years went by and the hits piled up—"Turn! Turn! Turn!," "Eight Miles High," "My Back Pages" and "Chestnut Mare" among them—the band's original lineup—<a href="http://www.ibiblio.org/jimmy/mcguinn/index.html">Jim McGuinn,</a> <a href="http://www.davidcrosby.com/">David Crosby,</a> <a href="http://www.geneclark.com/">Gene Clark,</a> <a href="http://www.chrishillman.com/">Chris Hillman</a> and Michael Clarke—went their separate ways, leaving McGuinn to pilot the plane with a host of new musicians.</p> <p>Luckily, a true guitar legend was waiting in the wings: Clarence White.</p> <p>A master of chops-busting bluegrass guitar, White, who initially recorded with the band as a session guitarist but became a full member in mid-1968, intertwined his formidable fingerpicking, flatpicking and hybrid-picking technique on his Tele with the use of a device he helped invent (with Gene Parsons), the <a href="http://www.stringbender.com/bender/classic.php">Parsons-White StringBender (also known as a B-bender),</a> which allowed him to recreate pedal steel guitar licks with stunning accuracy.</p> <p>It also should be noted that three members of the Byrds—White, McGuinn and <a href="http://guildguitars.com/g/chris-hillman-signature-byrds-bass/">Hillman</a>—have (or have had) their own signature-model guitars or basses. This, I assure you, is uncommon.</p> <p>If you'd like to find out more about White, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1973, be sure to check out my <a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/playlist-clarence-white.html">Ode to the Original B-Bender, Clarence White of The Byrds and Kentucky Colonels.</a></p> <p>Below, we revisit 10 of the band's greatest guitar moments, taking their entire official output—including recently released archival live albums—into consideration. The songs are presented in no particular order. </p> <p><em>Editor's Note: Even though Roger McGuinn went by his birth name, Jim McGuinn, prior to 1967, we will refer to him as Roger for the remainder of this story.</em></p> <p><strong>For more about the Byrds, visit <a href="http://www.thebyrds.com/">their official website.</a> To catch up with McGuinn and his current projects, visit <a href="http://www.ibiblio.org/jimmy/mcguinn/index.html">mcguinn.com.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Chestnut Mare"</span><br /> <strong><em>(Untitled)</em></strong> | 1970 | <strong>Main Guitarists:</strong> Roger McGuinn, Clarence White</p> <p>Although it's not the first track that comes to mind when considering a list of the Byrds' finest guitar tracks, "Chestnut Mare," an epic song about one tenacious man's quest to capture a very special horse (so special that "she'll be just like a wife"), is actually a perfect choice. </p> <p>It combines McGuinn's trademark electric 12-string picking with White's top-notch acoustic work—with a bit of White's electric B-bender Tele thrown in for good measure. </p> <p>The guitars, which—let's face it—are <em>everywhere</em> on this track, are the canvas on which the song's story is so vibrantly painted; perhaps the guitar high point is the fine interplay between McGuinn's Rickenbacker and White's Martin during the song's emotional breakdown section.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-olDjUy4540" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)"</span><br /> <strong><em>Turn! Turn! Turn!</em></strong> | 1965 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Roger McGuinn</p> <p>No other song—including "Mr. Tambourine Man" (which did not make this list)—sums up the Byrds' early, "America's Answer to the Beatles" period quite like "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)." McGuinn's playing on the track is—for lack of a better word—sublime. Note that he's hybrid picking, playing the melody with downstrokes while providing his own rhythm part in the form of ringing or droning notes and banjo rolls. As always, his 12-string Rickenbacker is front and center.</p> <p>Since you've probably heard the original Byrds version of this song 43,747 times, we've decided to include a more recent video that shows McGuinn playing the song alone, complete with close-up shots of his fingering, finger picks and all. It's from an instructional video McGuinn made several years ago. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZAejkh4rTjs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Buckaroo"</span><br /> <strong><em>Live at the Fillmore—February 1969</em></strong> | 2000 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Clarence White</p> <p>Feel free to argue, but if you had to choose one album that best demonstrates White's electric-guitar prowess, it'd be <em>Live at the Fillmore—February 1969.</em> The musicians on the album are McGuinn on his 12-string Rickenbacker 360, Gene Parsons on drums, John York on bass and White on his B-Bender Tele. He never puts it down, so there's no escaping it.</p> <p>The most impressive guitar track on the album is the band's cover of Buck Owens' killer-catchy instrumental, "Buckaroo," which finally exists on YouTube. White rips open his bag of B-bender licks—and never closes it. Even his mistakes sound good, like the random open string he hits at :32. Play this one good and loud, people.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HgJLpNd2-wY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"The Bells of Rhymney"</span><br /> <strong><em>Mr. Tambourine Man</em></strong> | 1965 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Roger McGuinn</p> <p>Although the Beatles were rock’s foremost trendsetters, they still were influenced by other artists. Case in point: George Harrison’s 12-string riff on “If I Needed Someone.” Played in a second-position D-chord shape with a capo on the seventh fret, the line was based on McGuinn’s shimmering guitar work in the mesmerizing 1965 track “The Bells of Rhymney,” which you can hear below.</p> <p>All McGuinn really had to go on was Pete Seeger's acoustic version of the song, which was based on a poem by Welshman Idris Davies. While Seeger also played the song on a 12-string, and even embellished the solo portion with brilliant, out-of-nowhere minor chords, McGuinn and the Byrds simply took it to new heights—something they did often, especially when it came to Bob Dylan songs.</p> <p>In the mid-Sixties, Harrison and McGuinn had formed a mutual-admiration society: “If I Needed Someone” featured Harrison’s second Rickenbacker 360/12, a rounded-off 1965 model that resembled McGuinn’s 1964 Rickenbacker 360/12, which McGuinn bought after seeing Harrison’s first Rick in <em>A Hard Day’s Night.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u6JhTSzZXzg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"</span><br /> <strong><em>Sweetheart of the Rodeo</em></strong> | 1968 | <strong>Main Guitarists:</strong> Lloyd Green, Clarence White</p> <p>Yes, we're bending (that's a play on words, folks) the rules and including a pedal steel guitar performance on this list. The studio version of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," a cover of a <em>Basement Tapes</em>-era Dylan tune, features a stunning performance by Nashville pedal steel legend Lloyd Green. His tone is actually a bit confusing because it sounds like a guitar (I thought it was a guitar for years when I was a young'n).</p> <p>Listen to Green's note choices; it's a lesson on guitar solo composition, regardless of what instrument he's playing. </p> <p>“I was young and open to any new music if the steel fit, and [the Byrds] were gonna let me be a part of it," <a href="http://www.vintageguitar.com/3683/lloyd-green/">Green told Vintage Guitar in 2008.</a> "I thought it was the most wonderful thing. The first song was gonna be ‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere,’ the Bob Dylan song. I said, ‘Where do you guys want me to fill?’ And they said, almost in unison, ‘Everywhere!’ I said, ‘Say no more!’ And if you listen to that song, almost from the first note to the end there’s steel guitar. I play too much, in retrospect—certainly not the way I would play it today."</p> <p>We've also included a live version of the song (second video) featuring White's B-bender spin on Green's original pedal steel guitar part. This 1968 TV appearance puts the emphasis on White, his still-Nudie-sticker-free Telecaster and his Parsons/White StringBender (not to mention some fine-looking Sixties women). </p> <p>Random side note: Be sure to check out Green's pedal steel playing on Paul McCartney's 1974 tune, "Sally G."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/s2JnDKvuNzw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q21BF38W3Gs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Black Mountain Rag"/"Soldier's Joy"</span><br /> <strong><em>Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971</em></strong> | 2008 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Clarence White</p> <p>Meet Clarence White, the bluegrass shredder. Before joining the Byrds, White was blowing minds (including the mind of the great Doc Watson) as a member of the Kentucky Colonels. His brilliant acoustic flatpicking, which incorporated lightning-fast fiddle lines played on a vintage Martin D-28, helped the bluegrass world recognize the guitar as a lead instrument. Several masters of the genre, including Tony Rice and Norman Blake, even site him as a key influence.</p> <p>After the Colonels, White became a session player in Los Angeles (even playing on several Byrds albums before officially joining the band). Through his time with the Byrds, this high-octane bluegrass medley stood out as a high point of the band's live shows.</p> <p>Note that the version below is <em>not</em> the recommended <em>Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971</em> performance (which isn't available on YouTube), but it's pretty much just as good—and it even shows White and the gang in action, which is a rarity.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qq6vGonWlLY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Lover of the Bayou"</span><br /> <strong><em>(Untitled)</em></strong> | 1970 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Clarence White</p> <p>This live selection sums up the best of White's rare "fuzzed out" guitar attacks. Kudos to White—a former bluegrass picker (as we've mentioned 40 times already)—for coming up with creative and unique rock solos in a time when Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee and Jimi Hendrix were competing for the listening public's attention (and money).</p> <p>Honorable mention to McGuinn, who continued to showcase his Rickenbacker 360 in 1970 and beyond, even though its jingly-jangly "season" (1965 to '66) had temporarily passed.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/myLTgLqFaj8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Eight Miles High"</span><br /> <strong><em>Fifth Dimension</em></strong> | 1966 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Roger McGuinn</p> <p>"Eight Miles High" starts off like a train—a massive, chugging steam locomotive that stops for absolutely no one. Its cargo? McGuinn's relentless jumble of dark and spider-like notes—all furiously played on his 12-string Rick.</p> <p>The song, which strikes modern ears as an early stab at psychedelia, is actually nothing of the sort.</p> <p>"We started out with the folky thing, mixing Dylan and Pete Seeger with the Beatles, then we dabbled in a bit of jazz fusion with 'Eight Miles High,' which was misconstrued as psychedelic." McGuinn told <a href="http://www.uncut.co.uk/features/the-byrds-20-best-songs-69126">Uncut earlier this year.</a> "It wasn’t meant to be, but it was branded that way."</p> <p>"'Eight Miles High' is out there," McGuinn adds. "It’s spatial. I was trying to emulate Coltrane’s saxophone with my Rickenbacker. It’s got a lot of what Coltrane was going for on <em>India,</em> which was to capture the elephants in India with his wails, and there’s that tabla beat. He was trying to incorporate Indian music into jazz, and we were trying to incorporate his attempts to do that into a rock’n’roll song. So there’s a lot of things going on."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J74ttSR8lEg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"Sing Me Back Home"</span><br /> <strong><em>Live at the Fillmore—February 1969</em></strong> | 2000 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Clarence White</p> <p>If you read the "Buckaroo" entry above, you already know about <em>Live at the Fillmore—February 1969,</em> which gets my vote as White's go-to "guitar album" (in terms of his electric-guitar playing). A few years ago, it even made <em>Guitar World's</em> list of the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/30-greatest-shred-albums-all-time">30 best shred-guitar albums of all time.</a> </p> <p>Although I don't think of White as a shredder (except for when he played bluegrass), he certainly works his way toward "shred country" on the Fillmore version of this Merle Haggard tune, which also was a favorite of former Byrd Gram Parsons.</p> <p>It's another B-bender masterpiece that shows off White's bouncy, psychedelic-cowboy style, complete with a brilliant turnaround at 1:24. It's cool to hear the Fillmore crowd show their appreciation after the solo at 1:43, while McGuinn is already singing the song's next verse.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y_Qs2F3nOts" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;font-weight:bold;">"She Don't Care About Time"</span><br /> <strong>Non-album B-side of "Turn! Turn! Turn!," now included on <em>Turn! Turn! Turn!</em></strong> | 1965 | <strong>Main Guitarist:</strong> Roger McGuinn</p> <p>"She Don't Care About Time," one of many brilliant compositions by the Byrds' Gene Clark, is known for its very early incorporation of classical music into popular music (Take that, Yngwie Malmsteen). Notice how McGuinn cleverly inserts a heaping helping of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" into his 12-string Rickenbacker guitar solo.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B4eMoFpWFgU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/damian-fanelli/mister-neutron-comanchero-1">Damian Fanelli</a> is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> and </em><a href="http://www.guitaraficionado.com/">Guitar Aficionado</a><em>. His New York-based band, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blue-Meanies/226938220688464?fref=ts">the Blue Meanies,</a> has toured the world and elsewhere. Fanelli, a former member of Brooklyn jump-blues/swing/rockabilly band <a href="http://www.thegashousegorillas.com/">the Gas House Gorillas</a> and New York City instrumental surf-rock band <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/MisterNeutron">Mister Neutron,</a> also <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsQ9pIkLXiA">composes</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7ICimc774Y">records film soundtracks.</a> He writes GuitarWorld.com's <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-clarence-white-inspired-country-b-bender-lick-video">The Next Bend</a> column, which is dedicated to <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/next-bend-10-essential-b-bender-guitar-songs-damian-fanelli">B-bender guitars and guitarists.</a> His latest liner notes can be found in Sony/Legacy's </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Complete-Epic-Recordings-Collection/dp/B00MJFQ24W">Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection.</a><em> Follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/damianfanelliguitar">Facebook,</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/damianfanelli">Twitter</a> and/or <a href="https://instagram.com/damianfanelligw/">Instagram.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/byrds-10-greatest-guitar-moments/25374#comments 10 Best Songs Byrds Clarence White Damian Fanelli Lloyd Green Roger McGuinn The Byrds Top 10 Guitar World Lists Blogs News Features Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:06:11 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25374 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Wild Horses" Vs. "Blackbird" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wild-horses-vs-blackbird/25379 <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”WILD HORSES,” THE ROLLING STONES<br /> <em>Sticky Fingers</em> (1971)</strong></p> <p>Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the two cite it as the feel of “being a million miles from where you want to be.”</p> <p>The track features a 12-string acoustic guitar played by Richards, with Mick Taylor on acoustic guitar. The country and folk-influenced track is a crowd favorite at the Stones' live shows, although appearing on only one of their live albums. </p> <p>To this day, “Wild Horses” is widely used in various films and TV shows, such as <em>Parks &amp; Recreation,</em> and will always be a Stones stable. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QhwwCWkmYoc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”BLACKBIRD,” THE BEATLES<br /> <em>The Beatles</em> (1968)</strong></p> <p>“Blackbird” was written by Paul McCartney in lieu of the escalating racial tensions in the U.S. at the time. </p> <p>McCartney said on a radio show interview that “the whole idea of ‘you were only waiting for this moment to arise’ was about, you know, the black people’s struggle in the Southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird.”</p> <p>“Blackbird” is truly an acoustic masterpiece, with the simplicity of an acoustic guitar, foot tapping, birdsongs and powerful lyrics.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UaSMROk-D-A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9052988.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9052988/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Wild Horses" Vs. "Blackbird"</a></noscript></p> <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 Best Acoustic (September 1) on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277429046/Best-Acoustic-September-1" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Best Acoustic (September 1)</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277429046/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_14086" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wild-horses-vs-blackbird/25379#comments Acoustic Nation News The Beatles The Rolling Stones Blogs News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:28:24 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25379 at http://www.guitarworld.com Slayer Premiere New Song, "Cast the First Stone" http://www.guitarworld.com/slayer-premiere-new-song-cast-first-stone/25381 <!--paging_filter--><p>Slayer have premiered a new song, "Cast the First Stone," and you can hear it below.</p> <p>The song will be featured on the band's upcoming album, <em>Repentless.</em> </p> <p>If you like "Cast the First Stone," you're in luck. The song is available as a free download via <a href="http://www.adultswim.com/music/singles-2015/">Adult Swim Singles.</a> </p> <p>Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-slayers-crushing-new-war-cry-cast-the-first-stone-20150831">Slayer's Kerry King told Rolling Stone</a> that he got the idea for the song while walking around Athens, thinking about all of the clashes that took place there over the centuries. "It's just about battle, not a particular battle," he said. "You cast the first stone, I'm gonna win."</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/220865595&amp;color=ff5500"></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="/slayer">Slayer</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/slayer-premiere-new-song-cast-first-stone/25381#comments Slayer News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:57:39 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25381 at http://www.guitarworld.com Roth Erupts and Van Halen Stop Show When Fan Throws Beer Onstage — Video [NSFW] http://www.guitarworld.com/roth-erupts-and-van-halen-stop-show-when-fan-throws-beer-onstage-video-nsfw/25378 <!--paging_filter--><p>David Lee Roth had some choice words for a fan who threw a beer onstage at Van Halen’s August 27 performance in Camden, New Jersey.</p> <p>The group were just launching into “Dirty Movies” at the Susquehanna Bank Center when Roth stopped the show. </p> <p>“Somebody just threw a beer up here,” he said, while a roadie cleaned up the spillage. “In my younger day I would’ve promised I would’ve slept with [the thrower’s] girlfriend. At this point in my career, the roughest, most fucked insult I could probably make to this guy is that I probably already have slept with his wife. </p> <p>“Can you control that, motherfucker?” he continued. “I’ll talk to you later, sweetheart.”</p> <p>Eddie Van Halen laughed, and Roth kicked the band back into action while issuing a parting shot. </p> <p>“The next time, you save the beer for me, you slime,” then made an obscene gesture with the mic and flipped the thrower the bird.</p> <p>Van Halen are currently on their North American tour, which runs through October 2, when they play the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. <a href="http://www.van-halen.com/2015tourdates.html">You can find their remaining tour dates here.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RVSGBhJdXfA" 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="/van-halen">Van Halen</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/roth-erupts-and-van-halen-stop-show-when-fan-throws-beer-onstage-video-nsfw/25378#comments Van Halen Videos News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:13:30 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25378 at http://www.guitarworld.com