News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all/www.facebook.com/www.guitartv.com/www.facebook.com/%3Ehttp%3A/%3Cahref%3D en 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 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/">Chris 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 the band's entire official output—including recently released archival live albums—into consideration. The songs are presented in no particular order. </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><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><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, people! 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 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:04:45 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25374 at http://www.guitarworld.com Aerosmith Premiere "Walk This Way" from 'Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/aerosmith-premiere-walk-way-aerosmith-rocks-donington-2014-video/25376 <!--paging_filter--><p>Aerosmith have announced the release of <em><a href="http://www.aerosmithrocksdonington.com/">Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014.</a></em></p> <p>Due out September 4, the 20-song collection captures the legendary band delivering a scorching career-spanning show at Donington Park in Leicestershire, U.K., in June 2014. </p> <p>Below, you can check out a just-released clip of "Walk This Way" from the film, plus a another trailer.</p> <p> Filmed in high definition, the concert film—which premiered in February with a successful nationwide theatrical run—will be available on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe. <a href="http://www.aerosmithrocksdonington.com/">It's available for preorder now.</a></p> <p>Headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford unleashed supercharged versions of “Love in an Elevator,” “Janie’s Got a Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” “Walk This Way” (check it out below), “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys in the Attic,” “Mama Kin” and many more.</p> <p> In the <em>Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014</em> liner notes, David Wild—contributing editor from <em>Rolling Stone</em>—describes the performance as having “the same kind of power and overwhelming passion that has always remained at the very heart of the live Aerosmith experience…So whether you were fortunate enough to be there among the crowds at Donington Park that gloriously atmospheric night in 2014--or more likely, if you are just lucky enough to catch up after the fact today--there is only one appropriate shared reaction to what you are seeing and hearing here: genuine rock &amp; roll shock and awe.”</p> <p> "It's always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn't have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”</p> <p> “We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” recalls Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”</p> <p> "We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014,” Tom Hamilton adds. “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”</p> <p><strong>For more about Aerosmith, visit <a href="http://www.aerosmith.com/">aerosmith.com</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/aerosmith">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BOSX7x7gDXA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014</em> track listing:</strong></p> <p>1) Train Kept A-Rollin’<br /> 2) Eat The Rich<br /> 3) Love In An Elevator<br /> 4) Cryin’<br /> 5) Jaded<br /> 6) Livin’ On The Edge<br /> 7) Last Child<br /> 8) Freedom Fighter<br /> 9) Same Old Song And Dance<br /> 10) Janie’s Got A Gun<br /> 11) Toys In The Attic<br /> 12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing<br /> 13) No More No More<br /> 14) Come Together<br /> 15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)<br /> 16) Walk This Way<br /> 17) Home Tonight<br /> 18) Dream On<br /> 19) Sweet Emotion<br /> 20) Mama Kin</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3xV4SPYw-as" 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="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/aerosmith-premiere-walk-way-aerosmith-rocks-donington-2014-video/25376#comments Aerosmith News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:20:42 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25376 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Hotel California" Vs. "Stairway to Heaven" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-hotel-california-vs-stairway-to-heaven <!--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>”HOTEL CALIFORNIA,” EAGLES<br /> <em>Hotel California</em> (1976)</strong></p> <p>The title track from ‘Hotel California’ is described by the band members as their take on the “high life in Lost Angeles.” </p> <p>“Hotel California” was certified Gold three months after its release by the Recording Industry of America, which represents one million copies shipped. The song is one of the most well-known rock anthems, withstanding the test of time and continuing to do well in the digital age.</p> <p>The tale of innocence lost and wisdom through experience are points that hit home with listeners, as well as the consistent strumming of acoustic guitar in the background, and a mixture of funk and Spanish influence intermingled in “Hotel California.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fmAV9_9_pk8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>"STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN," LED ZEPPELIN<br /> <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> (1971)</strong> </p> <p><em>Led Zeppelin III</em> was largely an unplugged affair, but "Stairway to Heaven," from the band's follow-up, wins the prize for acoustic guitar excellence. </p> <p>Jimmy Page's delicately fingerpicked arpeggios made the song Zeppelin's-and rock's-definitive acoustic moment. </p> <p>Over the years, "Stairway to Heaven" has dominated countless "greatest rock song ever" lists, thanks to its spellbinding mix of lyrical mysticism, compositional and production genius and instrumental virtuosity. </p> <p>But its most celebrated moment remains Page's unaccompanied intro: whether heard on a radio or played by some pimply kid in a guitar store, all it takes is those first few acoustic guitar notes and you can instantly name that tune.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BcL---4xQYA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9044718.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9044718/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Hotel California" Vs. "Stairway to Heaven"</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 The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277126392/the-best-acoustic-rock-song-of-all-time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277126392/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_74351" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-hotel-california-vs-stairway-to-heaven#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Hotel California Led Zeppelin News Stairway to Heaven The Eagles Blogs News Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:35:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25362 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Fade to Black" Vs. "Crazy on You" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-fade-to-black-vs-crazy-on-you <!--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>"FADE TO BLACK," METALLICA<br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em> (1984)</strong></p> <p>Recorded way back in the early days of thrash, "Fade to Black" is rightly acknowledged as the genre's first "power ballad."</p> <p>A seven-minute rumination on despair and suicide, the song is built around singer and guitarist James Hetfield's mournful, arpeggiated acoustic picking, over which Kirk Hammett adds some beautiful and soaring electric leads. </p> <p> Of course, this being Metallica, things remain sweet and mellow for only so long. Midway through, the song builds in intensity, shifting rhythms and adding plenty of heavily distorted six-strings, culminating in an extended and explosive Hammett solo. </p> <p>While hardcore metalheads at the time accused Metallica of selling out by recording a ballad, "Fade to Black" remains one of the group's most well-known and beloved songs, and it is a concert staple to this day. Besides, as Hetfield has said, "Limiting yourself to please your audience is bullshit."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WEQnzs8wl6E" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>”CRAZY ON YOU," HEART<br /> <em>Dreamboat Annie</em> (1976)</strong></p> <p>Beginning with an impressive acoustic guitar intro by Nancy Wilson followed by words of lust and the desire sang by Ann Wilson, Heart debuted strong with their first American single. </p> <p>Off of 'Dreamboat Annie,' released in 1976, the song was played heavily on the airwaves and received attention because of a rarity at the time — the guitar player was female. </p> <p>Nancy Wilson remarked that the quick acoustic rhythm intro was inspired by “Question” by the Moody Blues. The lyrics were written about the stress that social unrest and the Vietnam War had caused in the U.S. in the early ‘70s, and the want to forget about it all in the heat of the moment. Although only peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, “Crazy On You” still remains a Heart classic. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4gpNqB4dnT4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9044705.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9044705/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Fade to Black" Vs. "Crazy on You"</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 The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277003479/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277003479/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_10993" 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="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/heart">Heart</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-fade-to-black-vs-crazy-on-you#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Crazy on You Fade to Black Heart Metallica News Blogs News Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:35:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25361 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Wanted Dead or Alive" Vs. "Dust In The Wind" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wanted-dead-or-alive-vs-dust-in-the-wind <!--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>"WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE," BON JOVI<br /> <em>Slippery When Wet</em> (1986)</strong> </p> <p>The story is legend: Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora ride into the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards, do the acoustic-duo thing on "Wanted Dead or Alive," and before you can say "dreadnought," the Unplugged series is born. The song is no slouch either. </p> <p>On it, Sambora lays down some fancy acoustic finger work, picking out descending arpeggios and bluesy bends as JBJ rolls his fascination with the Old West into a story about the weariness of life on the road. The result was a smash hit, insuring that Bon Jovi would see a million faces and rock them all for many years to come.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mqyrt7RCgsg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>"DUST IN THE WIND," KANSAS<br /> <em>Point of Know Return</em> (1977)</strong> </p> <p>When Vicci Livgren overheard her husband, Kansas guitarist Kerry, practicing finger exercises on his acoustic one day, she told him she heard a song there and suggested he add some lyrics. He listened, and the result was "Dust in the Wind." </p> <p>A departure from Kansas' characteristic prog-rock bombast, "Dust in the Wind" was a stark, plaintive meditation on the meaning of life. </p> <p>While many assume that the track features a 12-string acoustic, the rich unplugged sound is actually the result of multiple six-strings (a few in Nashville tuning), played by Livgren and co-guitarist Rich Williams. </p> <p>The song became Kansas' only Top-10 single, charting at Number Six in 1978. In the years since, it has become something of a cultural touchstone, popping up everywhere from TV shows like <em>The Simpsons</em> and <em>Family Guy</em> to movies like <em>Bill &amp; Ted's Excellent Adventure</em> and <em>Old School</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tH2w6Oxx0kQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9044682.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9044682/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Dust In The Wind" Vs "Wanted Dead or Alive"</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 The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/276864268/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/276864268/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_56083" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wanted-dead-or-alive-vs-dust-in-the-wind#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Bon Jovi Dust In The Wind Kansas News Wanted Dead or Alive Blogs News Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:35:23 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25360 at http://www.guitarworld.com Soilwork's David Andersson Premieres "The Ride Majestic" Playthrough Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/soilworks-david-andersson-premieres-ride-majestic-playthrough-video-exclusive/25367 <!--paging_filter--><p>In the exclusive video below, Soilwork's David Andersson discusses the band's new—and 10th—album, <em>The Ride Majestic,</em> which was <a href="http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB">released today via Nuclear Blast Records.</a></p> <p>He also plays plenty of guitar in the clip, even providing a playthrough of "The Ride Majestic (Aspire Angelic)," the title track from the new album.</p> <p><em>The Ride Majestic</em> is available in various formats (CD, vinyl, TS/CD bundle) <a href="http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB">right here, right now.</a> </p> <p>Since we're on the topic, be sure to join Bjorn “Speed” Strid and Dirk Verbeuren to hear the new album at the official <em>The Ride Majestic</em> NYC listening party, which takes place 9 tonight (August 28) at Duff’s Brooklyn (168 Marcy Ave., Williamsburg). There's no cover at the door; you must be 21+ with ID to enter. This event is open to the public.</p> <p>This fall, Soilwork will arrive in the U.S. to kick off their We Sold Our Souls to Metal tour in support of Soulfly, with additional special guests Decapitated and Shattered Sun. You can see all the dates below the new video.</p> <p><strong>For more about Soilwork, visit <a href="http://www.soilwork.org/">soilwork.org</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/soilwork">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LmH8weTwllE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>U.S. “We Sold Our Souls to Metal” 2015 Tour</strong><br /> <em>For more info and tickets, visit <a href="http://www.soulfly.com/">soulfly.com.</a></em><br /> <em>SOULFLY, SOILWORK, DECAPITATED, SHATTERED SUN</em></p> <p>9/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre<br /> 10/1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom<br /> 10/2 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre<br /> 10/3 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven<br /> 10/4 - Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre<br /> 10/6 - Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub<br /> 10/7 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite<br /> 10/8 - Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brians Event Centre<br /> 10/9 - Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre<br /> 10/10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater<br /> 10/12 - Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom<br /> 10/13 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre and Ballroom<br /> 10/14 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House Concert Venue<br /> 10/15 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre<br /> 10/16 - Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium - Rock &amp; Shock<br /> 10/18 - Columbus, OH @ Northland Performing Arts Center<br /> 10/19 - Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot<br /> 10/20 - New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre<br /> 10/21 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar<br /> 10/22 - Knoxville, TN @ The International<br /> 10/23 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade<br /> 10/24 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room<br /> 10/25 - St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre<br /> 10/27 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar<br /> 10/28 - Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room &amp; Garage<br /> 10/29 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!<br /> 10/30 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre<br /> 10/31 - Mesa, AZ @ Club Red - no Soulfly<br /> 11/1 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick - no Soulfly</p> <p><em>Photo: Hannah Verbeuren</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/soilworks-david-andersson-premieres-ride-majestic-playthrough-video-exclusive/25367#comments David Andersson Guitar Playthrough Soilwork Videos News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:50:06 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25367 at http://www.guitarworld.com Watch Metallica's James Hetfield "Audition" for ‘Call of Duty’ — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-metallicas-james-hetfield-audition-call-duty-video/25373 <!--paging_filter--><p>As part of the <em>Call of Duty: Black Ops III</em> charity campaign to help military veterans find employment after their service, the charity group Omaze has released a new video showing celebrities “auditioning’ to play the role of a zombie in the video game. </p> <p>Among the people giving it their best is Metallica's James Hetfield. Check out the video below for the full audition reel.</p> <p>To find out more about the <em>Call of Duty</em> charity, visit <a href="http://www.omaze.com/">Omaze.</a> Everyone who donates also will be entered into a drawing to become a virtual zombie in ‘Black Ops III.’ </p> <p>Hopefully the winner will do as good a job as Hetfield and M. Shadows.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pFhie4746FY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-metallicas-james-hetfield-audition-call-duty-video/25373#comments Call of Duty James Hetfield Videos News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:37:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25373 at http://www.guitarworld.com 10 Essential Heavy Metal Documentaries You Need to Watch Now — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/10-essential-heavy-metal-documentaries-you-need-watch-now-video/25372 <!--paging_filter--><p>The recent success of the N.W.A. biopic, <em>Straight Outta Compton,</em> demonstrated that extreme music can be of extreme interest to audiences. </p> <p>And so, we've opted to take a look at some great metal movies. </p> <p>Of course, there aren’t too many heavy metal biopics out there (other than maybe this one), so instead, here are 10 artist-specific documentaries that are definitely worth your precious time. Grab the popcorn.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>10. Ozzy Osbourne: <em>God Bless Ozzy Osbourne</em></strong></p> <p>Despite being co-produced by Ozzy’s son Jack, this film takes a surprisingly candid look at the Prince of Darkness. The stories recounted by former band mates like Bill Ward and former tour mates like Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee are, as would be expected, hilarious and often debased. But it’s the interactions between Ozzy and his family, and the examination of his decades-long battle with drugs and alcohol, that are the heart of the movie.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/16_7P6TmeJ8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>9. Anvil: <em>Anvil! The Story of Anvil</em></strong></p> <p>Even people who aren’t into metal fell hard for this hard-luck story about an early Eighties Canadian act who became almost-famous, only to spend the next two decades slogging it out in virtual obscurity. Fittingly, since the release of the film Anvil have enjoyed more success than they ever did in their prime, releasing new albums, touring extensively and playing shows with the likes of AC/DC.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FF4H8lB2Y_o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>8. Motley Crue: <em>Uncensored</em></strong></p> <p>A promo-video-plus-behind-the-scenes footage collection, ‘Uncensored’ stands as a gloriously decadent documentation of glam metal in its mid-Eighties heyday. Wanna know what the Sunset Strip scene was like? Look no further than one Vince Neil being interviewed half-naked…as he’s surrounded by well-endowed women…and having a drink…in a pool…that’s in the back of a limousine.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2r9J3jbKFUI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>7. Lemmy Kilmister: <em>Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch</em></strong></p> <p>Lemmy, as they say, is God. This documentary shows you why.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mOmcIf8Io9M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>6. Metallica: <em>Some Kind of Monster</em></strong></p> <p>Metallica has been maligned and even ridiculed over the years for their employment of a “performance-enhancing coach” to work out issues between band mates—a situation that forms the crux of much of this movie. But the fact remains that ‘Some Kind of Monster’ is a brave pulling back of the curtain by the world’s biggest metal band, who expose all their messy insides for the whole world to see.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eE4wmmnahnk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>5. Alice Cooper: <em>Super Duper Alice Cooper</em></strong></p> <p>Alice Cooper might not be metal, per se, but his musical offspring—everyone from Marilyn Manson to Rammstein to Rob Zombie—certainly are. What’s more, this excellent 2014 documentary, which features amazing archival footage of the ‘Coop in action, demonstrates that, in his prime, he just may have been the scariest of them all. Just ask the poor chicken who had the misfortune of encountering him onstage…</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wQEh9ZaiJqs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>4. Cannibal Corpse: <em>Centuries of Torment: The First 20 Years</em></strong></p> <p>This three-hour-plus documentary of the seminal death metal act’s first two decades is shockingly inclusive, with home-video footage of seemingly every step in their long, trailblazing and often disgusting career. As Ice-T aptly puts it in one of the many talking-head appearances, “Yo! This is some crazy shit right here!”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-5q4wi_hYx8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>3. Pantera: <em>3: Watch It Go</em></strong></p> <p>The Cowboys from Hell certainly raised plenty of it onstage. But as their home videos attest—and none more so than ’3′—the insanity continued basically everywhere else. Among other antics, witness the band members, along with crew and friends, destroy dressing rooms and cars, play of juvenile pranks on one another, and do plenty of drinking and puking—and in one case, even shitting in the woods.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AwvcNl5oyHc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>2. Iron Maiden: <em>Flight 666</em></strong></p> <p>Iron Maiden’s 1985 ‘Live After Death’ concert film stands among the greatest live metal videos of all time. So how to top it? By producing another onstage doc that not only includes incredible live performances, but also footage of your singer flying the entire band from massive show to massive show on their own private plane—cheekily dubbed Ed Force One.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6yY4vrpb3rM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>1. Celtic Frost: <em>A Dying God</em></strong></p> <p>This 2008 doc, directed by Swiss journalist Adrian Winkler, follows Celtic Frost on their 2006-2007 reunion tour in support of their final studio album, ‘Monotheist.’ In addition to capturing the rejuvenated band live onstage across Europe, Japan and the U.S., there’s also plenty of interview segments with Thomas Gabriel Fischer and Martin Ain about the history and then-present state of the influential group. </p> <p>But the real bonus is awesome archival footage of Hellhammer and Celtic Frost in their early days, including an entertaining interview/live performance segment from Swiss television in 1985.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6HN8kGB4urg" 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="/ozzy-osbourne">Ozzy Osbourne</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/10-essential-heavy-metal-documentaries-you-need-watch-now-video/25372#comments Anvil Metallica Ozzy Osbourne Guitar World Lists Videos News Features Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:09:23 +0000 Richard Bienstock 25372 at http://www.guitarworld.com Tommy Emmanuel Premieres New Song, “It’s Never Too Late" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/tommy-emmanuel-premieres-new-song-it-s-never-too-late-exclusive/25369 <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of “It’s Never Too Late," a new song by Australian virtuoso guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.</p> <p>It's the title track from his new album, which will be released September 18 via Thirty Tigers.</p> <p>The good news for fans is that the album is already available for preorder <a href="http://smarturl.it/TE_INTL">right here.</a></p> <p>Emmanuel also has announced an extensive U.S. tour that'll take place September and November and also in January and February. The tour will kick off September 17 with a show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.</p> <p>In late November, Emmanuel will kick off his first Classics and Christmas tour, which will wind down in early December. Emmanuel will perform a full solo set of his favorite original songs followed by a full set of Christmas music. You can check out all of Emmanuel's scheduled dates right below the Soundcloud player.</p> <p>Of course, be sure to tell us what you think of the new song in the comments below or on Facebook.</p> <p><strong>For more about Emmanuel and <em>It's Never Too Late,</em> visit <a href="http://tommyemmanuel.com/">tommyemmanuel.com</a> and follow him on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tommyemmanuel?fref=ts">Facebook.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221183652%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-cdD95&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>IT'S NEVER TOO LATE</em> 2015 FALL TOUR</strong></p> <p>DATE CITY VENUE<br /> Sept 17 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre<br /> Sept 18 Las Vegas, NV Boulder Station Hotel<br /> Sept 19 Las Vegas, NV Red Rocks Casino &amp; Resort<br /> Sept 24 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center<br /> Sept 25 Tarrytown, NY Tarrytown Music Hall<br /> Sept 26 Albany, NY The Egg<br /> Sept 27 Providence, RI The Vet</p> <p>Nov 5 Boulder, CO Macky Auditorium<br /> Nov 6 Colorado Springs, CO Pikes Peak<br /> Nov 7 Tulsa, OK Tulsa PAC<br /> Nov 12 Annapolis, MD Rams Head<br /> Nov 13 Annapolis, MD Rams Head<br /> Nov 14 Virginia Beach, VA Sandler Center<br /> Nov 15 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall<br /> Nov 18 Houston, TX Cullen PAC<br /> Nov 19 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre<br /> Nov 20 Dallas, TX Majestic Theatre<br /> Nov 21 San Antonio, TX Empire Theatre</p> <p><strong>CLASSICS &amp; CHRISTMAS TOUR 2015 </strong></p> <p>DATE CITY VENUE<br /> Nov 28 Corbin, KY Corbin High School<br /> Dec 2 Burnsville, MN Burnsville PAC<br /> Dec 3 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman Place<br /> Dec 4 Madison, WI Shannon Hall<br /> Dec 5 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at Midland<br /> Dec 7 Columbus, OH Capital Theater<br /> Dec 8 Columbus, OH Capital Theater<br /> Dec 9 Cincinnati, OH McAuley Performing Arts Center<br /> Dec 11 Chicago, IL Park West<br /> Dec 12 St. Louis, MO The Sheldon<br /> Dec 13 St. Louis, MO The Sheldon</p> <p><strong><em>IT'S NEVER TOO LATE</em> 2016 WINTER TOUR</strong></p> <p>DATE CITY VENUE<br /> Dec 31 Phoenix, AZ Ikeda Theater-Mesa Arts Center<br /> Jan 15 Carmel, CA Sunset Cultural Center<br /> Jan 16 San Jose, CA Heritage Theatre<br /> Jan 17 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre<br /> Jan 19 Malibu, CA Smothers Theatre<br /> Jan 20 Malibu, CA Smothers Theatre<br /> Jan 21 San Luis Obispo, CA Christopher Cohan Center<br /> Jan 22 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall<br /> Jan 23 Merced, CA Merced Theatre<br /> Jan 24 Sacramento, CA Community Center Theatre<br /> Feb 4 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre<br /> Feb 5 State College, PA The State Theatre<br /> Feb 6 New York, NY Town Hall<br /> Feb 8 Alexandria, VA Birchmere<br /> Feb 9 Alexandria, VA Birchmere<br /> Feb 11 Bethlehem, PA Moravian College<br /> Feb 12 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre<br /> Feb 13 Cleveland, OH The Ohio Theatre<br /> Feb 14 Grand Rapids, MI DeVos Hall<br /> Feb 16 Louisville, KY Bohmard Theatre<br /> Feb 20 Springfield, MO Gilloz Theatre<br /> Feb 21 Champaign, IL Victory Theatre<br /> Feb 23 Milwaukee, WI South Milwaukee PAC<br /> Feb 24 Ann Arbor, MI The Ark<br /> Feb 26 Indianapolis, IN The Egyptian Room<br /> Feb 27 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium</p> <p><em>Photo: Simone Cecchetti</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/tommy-emmanuel-premieres-new-song-it-s-never-too-late-exclusive/25369#comments Simone Cecchetti Tommy Emmanuel News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:51:49 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25369 at http://www.guitarworld.com Gary Clark Jr. Premieres "Grinder" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-premieres-grinder-music-video-exclusive/25370 <!--paging_filter--><p>Gary Clark Jr. and GuitarWorld.com have gotten together to premiere "Grinder," Clark's new music video.</p> <p>You can check out the clip—which was directed by Gaston Jouany—below.</p> <p>"Grinder," which starts off with some feedback before settling into a dirty, bluesy groove, is from Clark's new album, <em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim,</em> which is set for a September 11 release via Warner Bros. Records.</p> <p>Clark wrote, produced and arranged the album, even playing the majority of the instruments himself. His sisters, Shawn and Savannah Clark, perform on the record as backing vocalists. As Clark said in a promo video for the new album, “The underlying tone of this album is faith and hope, really, at the end of the day. ‘Cause that’s all we need.”</p> <p><em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em> is Clark's second album, the followup to 2012's <em>Blak and Blu.</em> You can check out its complete track list below.</p> <p>Clark also has announced a fall/spring headlining tour that will take him across the U.S. Every ticket bought online will come with a standard digital download of <em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em>. You can see his tour dates below. </p> <p><em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em> can be preordered <a href="http://www.garyclarkjr.com/gcjsosbs/">right here.</a> All preorders come with instant downloads of "The Healing" and "Grinder."</p> <p><strong>For more about Clark, visit <a href="http://www.garyclarkjr.com/gcjsosbs">garyclarkjr.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5ffEpbvAcG4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <strong><em>The Story of Sonny Boy Slim</em> Track List:</strong></p> <p>01. The Healing<br /> 02. Grinder<br /> 03. Star<br /> 04. Our Love<br /> 05. Church<br /> 06. Hold On<br /> 07. Cold Blooded<br /> 08. Wings<br /> 09. BYOB<br /> 10. Can’t Sleep<br /> 11. Stay<br /> 12. Shake<br /> 13. Down to Ride</p> <p><strong>Gary Clark Jr. 2015 Tour Dates:</strong></p> <p>09/11 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena *<br /> 09/12 – George, WA @ Gorge Ampitheatre *<br /> 09/14 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center *<br /> 09/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheatre *<br /> 09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum *<br /> 09/24 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre *<br /> 09/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ AK-Chin Pavilion *<br /> 09/27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater *<br /> 09/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena *<br /> 09/30 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena *<br /> 10/02 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits<br /> 10/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Centennial Olympic Park *<br /> 10/05 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena *<br /> 10/07 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum *<br /> 10/09 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits<br /> 10/17 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center *<br /> 10/31 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues<br /> 11/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore<br /> 02/18 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live<br /> 02/19 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore<br /> 02/20 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues<br /> 02/21 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall<br /> 02/23 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City<br /> 02/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theater<br /> 02/26 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium<br /> 02/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant<br /> 03/01 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom<br /> 03/04 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom<br /> 03/06 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues<br /> 03/08 – El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls<br /> 03/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl<br /> 03/31 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater<br /> 04/01 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater<br /> 04/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue<br /> 04/03 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown<br /> 04/05 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater<br /> 04/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot<br /> 04/09 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory<br /> 04/10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater<br /> 04/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom<br /> 04/14 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater<br /> * = w/ Foo Fighters</p> <p><em>Photo: Frank Maddocks</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="/gary-clark-jr">Gary Clark Jr.</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-clark-jr-premieres-grinder-music-video-exclusive/25370#comments Gary Clark Jr. Videos News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:48:15 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25370 at http://www.guitarworld.com Labor Day Sale: Save 25 Percent at the Guitar World Online Store http://www.guitarworld.com/labor-day-sale-save-25-percent-guitar-world-online-store/25371 <!--paging_filter--><p>In celebration of Labor Day 2015, the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/dvds/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LaborDay2015">Guitar World Online Store</a> invites you to save 25 percent on anything and everything!</p> <p>Just be sure to use code <strong>LABORDAY2015</strong> at checkout.</p> <p>Once again, that's <strong>LABORDAY2015</strong>!</p> <p>The sale includes every item at the store, including DVDs, books, T-shirts and more.</p> <p>NOTE: This sale ends 11:59 p.m. September 8, 2015.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/dvds/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LaborDay2015">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/labor-day-sale-save-25-percent-guitar-world-online-store/25371#comments Guitar World Online Store labor day sale News Features Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:40:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25371 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Blackbird" Vs. "Layla (Unplugged)" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-blackbird-vs-layla-unplugged <!--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>”BLACKBIRD,” THE BEATLES<br /> <em>The Beatles</em> (1968)</strong></p> <p>The classic tune “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 /> <strong>”LAYLA (UNPLUGGED),” ERIC CLAPTON<br /> <em>Unplugged</em> (1992)</strong></p> <p>“Layla (Unplugged)” is an acoustic take on the original 1970 record by Eric Clapton’s former band, Derek and the Dominos. </p> <p>The track won a Grammy in 1992 for Best Rock Song, which has been documented a one of the biggest upsets in Grammy history because it beat out Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” </p> <p>This newer arrangement is slowed down and mellowed out, with the focus on the rolling acoustic guitar and emotional, somber vocal performance. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iZV7akaSo0s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9033940.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9033940/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Blackbird" Vs "Layla (Unplugged)"</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 The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/276426009/The-Best-Acoustic-Rock-Song-of-All-Time" style="text-decoration: underline;" >The Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/276426009/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_71945" 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="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-blackbird-vs-layla-unplugged#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Blackbird Eric Clapton Layla News Poll Polls The Beatles Blogs News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:47:01 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25328 at http://www.guitarworld.com Lamb of God's Mark Morton, Willie Adler and Randy Blythe Talk Turmoil and Their Vibrant New Album, 'VII: Sturm Und Drang' http://www.guitarworld.com/storm-survivors-lamb-god-talks-working-through-turmoil-recording-new-album/25184 <!--paging_filter--><p>Nearly 15 minutes into a phone call with Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton about events that took place between the release of 2012’s <em>Resolution</em> and the band’s new album <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>, the normally ultra-mellow musician adopts a slightly defensive tone. </p> <p>“This thing really broadsided us,” Morton says from his daughter’s bedroom, the only place in his house where he can get any privacy. </p> <p>“When Randy was arrested, we weren’t aware there had even been any sort of incident, and suddenly he’s being hauled off to jail. It’s hard to describe what we went through because, ultimately, the reason that it happened is so tragic.”</p> <p>Morton is talking about the subject he’s least interested in addressing, but knew would come up—the 2012 arrest of vocalist Randy Blythe in Prague for allegedly committing manslaughter. </p> <p>In summary, at a concert in 2010, 19-year-old Daniel Nosek clambered onstage and Blythe allegedly shoved him back into the crowd. Nosek landed on his head, suffering brain injuries, which he died from two weeks later. When Lamb of God returned to Prague in 2012, a team of armed policemen surrounded them at the airport and arrested Blythe, who spent five weeks in jail before he was released on bail. </p> <p>Blythe returned to Prague in February 2013 to stand trial, even though he faced up to 10 years behind bars. After six days of testimony he was acquitted by the court, which determined he was morally, but not criminally, responsible for Nosek’s death.</p> <p>“The whole time he was in there I wasn’t worried about what might happen to the band, I was worried about my friend Randy,” Morton says. “It was a super-heavy and depressing thing to go through, and those feelings don’t just go away because it’s over now.” </p> <p>When asked if he was elated when he learned Blythe was exonerated, Morton pauses, then responds, “How can you be stoked about a situation in which someone died? I never thought Randy did anything wrong, but knowing that justice was served after this long period of time went along with the knowledge that this family lost their son. How does someone cope with that? There’s nothing about this situation to celebrate.”</p> <p>A few long moments of silence later, it becomes clear that the phone connection has been severed. It seems Morton has hung up. <em>Guitar World</em> leaves messages on his manager’s phone and publicist’s cell voicemail. Five excruciating minutes pass. Then six. With interviews already conducted with co-guitarist Willie Adler and Blythe, it would be a shame if Morton is through talking.</p> <p>Then the phone rings. “Hey, man. I know it must totally seem like I hung up on you, but I swear I didn’t,” he explains. “I’m out here in Virginia and my cell service is terrible. But I’m back. Ask me anything.”</p> <p>It’s a huge relief to know Morton didn’t get pissed off and bail on the interview. Even without touching on Blythe’s incarceration, which had a major impact on the songwriting process, sound and spirit of the new album, there’s still plenty to talk about. And Morton played a major role in the creation of <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>, which features some of Lamb of God’s most trenchant thrash and tech-metal riffs, satisfying accompanying lines, creative production techniques and insightful lyrics. </p> <p>There’s a new resilience, enthusiasm and creativity throughout the songwriting and playing, as if the realization that they could have lost their vocalist for 10 years gave Lamb of God fresh life.<br /> Mentioning Morton’s skill as a songwriter and soloist doesn’t downplay the considerable talents or contributions of rhythm guitarist Willie Adler, who was actually the first one in the band to start writing for the follow-up to <em>Resolution</em>. </p> <p>“When Randy was in jail, for some reason I just wanted to dive into writing,” Adler says. “I had to make that my priority. I became obsessive. Not that my thoughts weren’t with Randy or the family that was going through all of this, but my therapy was to continue pushing myself and continue writing. And that’s kind of all I could think about. It was hard not to keep in the back of my mind that the music I was writing might not even be for Lamb of God. That thought was ever-present and I don’t know if that filled me with the drive to keep going or if my drive was to distract myself from that thought.”</p> <p>With few exceptions, the songs on <em>Sturm Und Drang</em> are more adventurous and the performances more cohesive than most of Lamb of God’s past output. “Embers” starts with a clattering industrial beat over a slow, moody down-picked melody before igniting into a series of chugging riffs and rapid-fire licks. “Engage the Fear Machine” couples queasy guitars with a martial beat, and leaves space between chords for swinging southern rock guitar lines and haunting arpeggios. And “Delusion Pandemic” is built around swift, complex rhythms that shift throughout the song, intermingled with guitar earworms that overshadow the abundant twists and turns. </p> <p>“If anything, the whole situation with Randy in jail really put this whole band situation in a very different light and context,” Morton says. “Now, three years later, we’ve come out far stronger and bonded closer as a band because of what we all went through, as horrible as it was.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qoM6qDXw9Dw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> One could surmise that <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em> sounds so vibrant and vital because Adler, Morton, bassist John Campbell and drummer Chris Adler were stoked to be making music together again. Even if that’s the case, Blythe sounds furious for an entirely different reason. <p>The last place he wanted to be was in the studio.</p> <p>“Seriously, I was like, ‘Fuck, I don’t wanna go back in there,’ ” he says, sitting on the outdoor porch of his home in Richmond, Virginia, on a 90-degree day, bare-chested and dressed in a pair of $14 black Target shorts. </p> <p>“The sessions went well and all and I’m very happy with the songs, but I’m bummed out every time we have to make another record because I hate recording. Some guys are studio dudes. Mark loves the studio. He’s not such a big fan of touring. I like touring. I do not enjoy the recording process. It drives me fucking nuts. But it’s a necessary evil when you’re in a band.”</p> <p><em>Sturm Und Drang</em>, which translates in English to Storm and Stress, was an 18th Century German romantic literary movement that valued individuality, awareness of nature and spontaneous emotional expression. Morton, who co-wrote some of the lyrics, suggested the title to Blythe, who loved it. </p> <p>“Mark and I were texting one day and talking about this theme that had developed in the record about how people react when placed in extreme situations,” Blythe says. “So we were like, ‘We need a title that reflects this.’ We were trying to think of a single English word or phrase that encapsulates it and we were beating our heads against the wall. Then Mark got back to me and said, “Do you know what Sturm Und Drang is?” I said, ‘Yes, of course I do.’ I know it because I read a lot. And I knew a bit about [the scene’s founder] Goethe and the development of literature. But I also knew it from the general context it has taken on, and I said, ‘Yup, that’s perfect.’ </p> <p>We had to argue for it a bit because everyone else was not as convinced that it was so perfect. But it really encapsulates what the record is about and where the band has been over the past few years.”</p> <p>As the group’s main songwriters, Morton and Adler naturally had the most impact on the eclectic sound of <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>. Having gotten a jumpstart on his co-guitarist, Adler spent more time writing than usual and penned some of his favorite riffs during the time between Blythe’s incarceration and the continuation of the <em>Resolution</em> tour. </p> <p>Morton, meanwhile was less ambitious in advance than usual. Instead of writing complete songs and demoing them with lead guitar, bass and a guide vocal, he cobbled together a batch of riffs and segues, and in late 2013 brought them to practice to figure out where they would work best.</p> <p>“We presented our ideas to each other, and almost immediately all these lightbulbs started to go off,” Adler says. “Any time Mark had a riff, it seemed like I had a part that fit together with it and that hadn’t happened in a long time.” </p> <p>The songs on <em>Sturm Und Drang</em> benefited from the guitarists’ collaborative energy. Simple and complex passages clicked like Lego blocks, and the counter-melodies sounded equally spot-on. “After all this time in Lamb of God, we know how each other plays,” Adler says. “So when we’re working on our own, it’s almost like we’re writing for the other guy’s part even when that wasn’t the original intention.”</p> <p>In the spring of 2014, Morton and Adler presented their song ideas to bassist John Campbell and drummer Chris Adler, and the four musicians fine-tuned and sometimes revamped the material as a full band. That’s when politics entered the equation. The band members voted on every idea and majority ruled. It’s the way Lamb of God have always worked, only in the past there were fewer parts to vote on since more of the songs came in complete. Having such a democratic writing process has sometimes caused tempers to flare, so to prevent blowouts each member of Lamb of God has the power to veto anything egregiously objectionable. </p> <p>“Say four guys want a particular song to be called ‘Candyland’ and one guy’s totally against it (I’m using that as an example because I’m looking at that game right now),” Morton explains. “I could say, ‘You know what? I don’t care if it’s four to one. I cannot live with that title. I hate it, I’m gonna hate it forever and I’m gonna be so pissed off about this that it’ll always bother me.’ Then, you can use your veto. But you really only get to throw that card when it really counts. I’m not sure I’ve ever even thrown mine.”</p> <p>The first couple songs the band wrote for <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em> didn’t make the grade, so they were dissected and the best parts were used in other tunes. Song number three was the charm. With the propulsive “Still Echoes,” which features a blood pressure–raising, off-time opening riff before leveling off a tad, Lamb of God hit full stride and never looked back.</p> <p>“I had been farming a little bit on my laptop at home between tours and I came up with this high-energy part that demanded a reaction,” Morton says. “Everyone loved it, and when we could play ‘Still Echoes’ in rehearsal, or at least a version of it, that, to me, was a big moment. It was the first time in the session that we all went, ‘Okay, we’re on to something. That song’s bad-ass.’ ”</p> <p>“When Mark first played that opening riff, it reminded me of old Burn the Priest [the band’s former name under which they released one self-titled album in 1999], and when Chris put the blast beats over it, a lot of memories of those days flooded back,” Adler says. </p> <p>Producer Josh Wilbur, who produced <em>Resolution</em> and has also worked with All That Remains, Hatebreed and others, flew to Lamb of God’s practice space in August 2014 and spent a month working with the band to narrow down the best ideas and help tie together loose ends. At that point, Lamb of God had 15 completed songs and 24 unfinished ideas, many of which had been sewn together in various configurations. </p> <p>“Even the complete songs were absolutely torn apart,” Adler says. “In some cases, we stole riffs from finished songs and added them to unfinished songs, and this was way before any of them had titles.”<br /> Lamb of God continued tweaking and revising, and Blythe frantically wrote lyrics once he heard the material. Then in January 2015 Lamb of God flew to Suburban Soul Studios in Torrance, California, and tracked for two weeks with Wilbur before heading to Australia for a short tour. Instead of recording the drums first, as they had done in the past, Morton, Adler and Campbell played to basic MIDI beats, which gave them more flexibility when it came to the final recording. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OCmBWOF1A0g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> “That was Josh’s idea,” Morton says. “He discovered that when you track drums first there is very little room for the song structures to change, and he wanted us to have the freedom to be able to change a vocal part or extend or shorten a rhythm. Once the drums are done, you’re committed. It was a little less fun to do it that way, but the strategy seems pretty smart to me.” <p>Wilbur had other, more subtle ideas that added to the diversity of <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>. These included adding talk box guitar to the ripping “Erase This.” </p> <p>“One day I was driving our rental car to the store to get a drink, and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ came on the radio,” recalls Morton. “I got back to the studio, handed Josh a drink and asked, ‘Hey, who produced “Livin’ on a Prayer”? And Josh said, ‘I don’t know, but it’s funny you brought that up because I was just thinking it would be really cool if you put talk box guitar in the middle of the song. And now that you brought up Bon Jovi, we have to do it. I think it’s a sign!’ I was like, ‘Okay, fuck it, but if we’re gonna do the talk box we better make sure this is where we want it because we’re never going to do it again.’ ” </p> <p>“I had never used a talk box before, so our friend from Dunlop came in with a couple for us to try,” adds Adler. “Josh was stoked on the idea, but in my mind I’m just thinking about Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh, and I was like, ‘Uhh, I don’t know about this.’ But it came out awesome.”</p> <p>In addition to experimenting with new guitar techniques, Lamb of God took liberties with vocals. Instead of screaming his way through the entire album, Blythe only roared and howled for about 80 percent of the songs. Elsewhere, he talked, ranted, half-sang and even crooned; the song “Overlord” is probably the closest Lamb of God will likely ever get to Metallica’s “One.”</p> <p>“I started writing ‘Overlord’ two years ago, and I would play little bits here and there on the road for Mark,” Adler says. “But I never envisioned it as a Lamb tune until it came back up in rehearsal and I brought it in. At that point it was still in a really skeletal phase. But once everybody gave their input it started to form into this really rad song.”</p> <p>“It’s not the first time Randy’s sung clean,” Morton clarifies. “There was a deep cut on <em>Resolution</em>, ‘Insurrection,’ where he did the fourth verse clean. And it served a really great purpose because we kind of set the stage with that song. So it wasn’t a completely foreign idea when we went to do ‘Overlord.’ ”</p> <p>For Blythe, adding melodic vocals to his plate was neither daunting nor enthralling, it was just…necessary. “Honestly, I didn’t think much about it,” Blythe says. “It all happened very organically. Willie sent me some riffs. I started singing in my truck and I went with my instincts. It happened naturally. I did a bunch of takes for it in the studio, but it was actually easier for me than screaming. And it’s not auto-tuned. That’s my real voice.”</p> <p>Contrary to what some media outlets have reported, <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em> isn’t a concept record about life behind bars. Nor is it a treatise about being back on the outside. And despite the intensity of Blythe’s vocals, writing and recording wasn’t particularly therapeutic for him and didn’t provide any sort of closure to his ordeal in Prague.</p> <p>“I don’t need to write a prison record for closure, so this is not a prison record,” Blythe insists. “People constantly want to call it that and they want to put me in that state of post-traumatic stress disorder. They’ll say, ‘Do you have nightmares? Are you depressed?’ I’m not a fucking fragile egg. Sometimes shit sucks and you man up and deal with it. Maybe people are too fucking fragile now or something because this term ‘PTSD’ always pops up. That one should be reserved for combat vets. Those motherfuckers have to face life and death situations all the fucking time. I don’t get PTSD when I have an argument with my wife or when someone cuts me off in traffic. I’m not that soft.”</p> <p>Blythe started writing two songs, “Still Echoes” and “512,” in his journal while he was in prison, and each reflects a different aspect of his experience there. The former is a tribute to the Misfits’ “London Dungeon,” which was about the time the band spent two nights in a jail in Brixton, England, after frontman Glenn Danzig and guitarist Bobby Steele got into a fight with skinheads while waiting to see the Jam. “I kept singing that song to myself for inspiration while I was in jail, along with Bad Brains’ ‘Attitude’ and Black Flag’s ‘Rise Above,’ ” Blythe says. “Those were my jams.”</p> <p>“512” is a more serious track about the psychological change prisoners go through when they’re locked up. “If you want to last in there, you can’t think and behave like you do when you go to the grocery store because it’s not a normal place,” Blythe says. “So I was thinking about that and reading through the journals that I kept. I was like, Man, I was having some crazy thought processes. And then I thought about other people put in extreme situations and how they behave.”</p> <p>The theme of “people in extreme situations” resurfaces throughout <em>VII: Sturm Und Drang</em>. The closing cut “Torches,” which features guest vocals by the Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato, is about self-immolation. It’s one of two numbers that feature a cameo; the other is “Embers,” in which Deftones’ Chino Moreno lends his unmistakable pained wail to the cinematic outro.</p> <p>But back to protesters setting themselves ablaze…</p> <p>“Everyone has seen the image on the first Rage Against the Machine album cover with the monk burning,” Blythe says. “At that point in time, that was a valid response to an extreme situation. There’s a guy named Jan Pallach in the Czech Republic, who I learned about while I was waiting for my trial. He immolated in protest over the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968." </p> <p>"The Czechs had been occupied for so long and the people were getting beaten down and apathetic after having been occupied by the Nazis. Then they had a bit of freedom and then they became Communists. Finally they said, ‘No, we’re not going to become communists anymore.’ So Russia and the rest of the Warsaw Pact said, ‘Okay, fuck you,’ and invaded and the Czechs were beaten down.” </p> <p>Much happier discussing the content of his lyrics and what he learned since he returned home than he is talking about his boring experiences in the studio, Blythe eagerly continues. “In protest, this guy Jan Pallach immolated right there in Wenceslas Square, and he became a symbol of free talk and dissidence during the Communist era. That was a valid choice he made. He wasn’t mentally ill. And there are Tibetans who do it to this day over the treatment of them by China." </p> <p>"Sadly enough, because we live in this gore-saturated internet mass-media world, people are barely noticing people setting themselves on fire in protest of something. Now that’s an extreme situation. I did a lot of research on immolations and the whole time I was thinking, Fuck man, how upset do you have to be about something to set yourself on fire?</p> <p>Other songs are less historical. “Delusion Pandemic” confronts the “generation of mockingbirds” that has become so reliant on technology it has shut itself off from the real world. “This is the rise of our demise!” roars Blythe, between elongated guitar chugs and off-kilter riffs. </p> <p>“What’s terrifying to me is that kids being raised in this environment don’t know anything else,” he says. “We were in Australia on the Soundwave tour recently, and I had a talk with this band whose members were all in their mid-to-late twenties. They weren’t 12. We were talking about the old days of touring, and they were astonished that anyone could tour in a van without a cell phone or a GPS.</p> <p>“One of them said, ‘Well, how did you know where you were going?’ ‘Umm, I got a fucking map.’ And they went, ‘Well, how did you get directions to the club?’ And I said, ‘I called them and asked them for an address and they gave me directions.’ There was no Mapquest at that point. The fact that these people can’t even conceive of that scares me. Soon, they’re going to make a machine that wipes your butt for you, and what’s going to happen when the system fails? These kids are all going to be walking around with shitty drawers.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dulxbKkj9Wg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Photos: Travis Shinn</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="/lamb-god">Lamb of God</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/storm-survivors-lamb-god-talks-working-through-turmoil-recording-new-album/25184#comments Lamb of God Mark Morton October 2015 Randy Blythe Willie Adler Interviews News Features Magazine Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:17:25 +0000 Jon Wiederhorn 25184 at http://www.guitarworld.com