News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all en Slipknot Premiere "Custer" (Live) on Facebook — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/slipknot-premiere-custer-live-facebook-video <!--paging_filter--><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152731580192672" data-width="620"> <div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152731580192672">Post</a> by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/slipknot">Slipknot</a>.</div> </div> http://www.guitarworld.com/slipknot-premiere-custer-live-facebook-video#comments Slipknot News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:21:39 +0000 http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23413 UFO Release Trailer for New Album, 'A Conspiracy of Stars' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/ufo-release-trailer-new-album-conspiracy-stars-video <!--paging_filter--><p>UFO have released a teaser video for their new album, <em>A Conspiracy of Stars</em>, which will be released March 3 via Steamhammer/SPV.</p> <p>The band, which consists of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Andy Parker (drums), Vinnie Moore (guitar) and Rob De Luca (bass), recorded the album—their 22nd studio effort—in the U.K. </p> <p>Most of the new music, which is full of meaty riffs, distinctive hooks and a laid-back attitude, was written by Moore, with lyrics by Mogg. The disc also features a song by Raymond and a collaboration between Raymond and De Luca. </p> <p><em>A Conspiracy of Stars</em> was produced and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore). You can find a complete track listing <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/ufo-reveal-track-listing-new-album-conspiracy-stars">right here.</a> </p> <p>For more about UFO and their new album, visit <a href="http://www.ufo-music.info/">ufo-music.info</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/UFOofficial">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w8d1z0tVdh8" 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="/ufo">UFO</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/ufo-release-trailer-new-album-conspiracy-stars-video#comments UFO Videos News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 22:06:11 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23412 Dear Guitar Hero: Robin Trower Discusses 'Bridge of Sighs,' His Vibrato, Guitars, Effects and More http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-robin-trower-discusses-bridge-sighs-his-vibrato-guitars-effects-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Robin Trower's mind-blowing landmark album </em>Bridge of Sighs<em> came out 40 years ago. But what </em>Guitar World<em> readers really want to know is…</em></p> <p><strong>The legendary Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick worked on your great 1974 <em>Bridge of Sighs</em> album. What did he bring to the party? — Michael Maenza</strong></p> <p>Geoff was certainly a key element in creating that wonderfully huge guitar sound you hear on things like “Day of the Eagle” and the title track. We were really lucky to get him, considering he was one of the top engineers in the world at that time. </p> <p>It had something to do with my label, Chrysalis Records, being in bed with AIR Studios in London, which was owned by Beatles producer George Martin. The guitar sound on <em>Bridge of Sighs</em> was my invention, but Geoff came up with the way of capturing it to its fullest, and he had a hell of a lot to do with the success of the record. </p> <p><strong>How quickly was <em>Bridge of Sighs</em> recorded? — Jean Halliday</strong></p> <p>Quick! Around 16 or 17 days. We were touring a lot around that time and we had been sneaking a lot of material into our set, so we were well rehearsed and knew the songs. The studio was quite big, and we basically all played sectioned off in the same room. </p> <p>Here was the weird thing, getting back to Geoff Emerick. While we played, Geoff just listened while he walked around the room and placed the mics where he thought things sounded best. He basically put one mic close to the amp, one mid field and one far away. There was no science—it was just him and his magic set of ears. </p> <p>He was great during the mix. He’d let me sort of ride the guitar track, and every once in a while I’d ask whether the guitar was too loud, and he’d always say “no.” The guitar was never too loud for him! But that’s sort of the great thing about playing in a trio. Nothing is ever too loud; nothing really gets in the way of anything else. There is always plenty of space. </p> <p><strong>The tone on <em>Bridge of Sighs</em>, and on all of your albums, is usually pretty amazing. Do you own a magic Marshall or a special Fender Strat? — Dick Marchand</strong></p> <p>There was no magic 100-watt Marshall or special guitar. Almost everything I owned was pretty new. I just went to Manny’s, the legendary guitar shop in New York City, and listened to about six or eight Strats acoustically and settled on a black one and a white one. I used those for quite a while. I’m not overly picky. </p> <p>Several years ago, Fender created a signature model for me, and I’ve got about six or seven of those. I basically switch between two or three favorites. Each one is slightly different, and when I get bored with one I move to the other one. Even though they are made all the same way and should sound exactly alike, each one has its own character, which I think is wonderful.</p> <p><strong>You’re known as a guitar player, but you also are also a lyricist and songwriter. Do you like writing lyrics or is it a pain? How did you come up with the song “Bridge of Sighs”? — Homer Wagner</strong></p> <p>I do like to write lyrics! I get a great deal of satisfaction out of songwriting. I had the first line to “Bridge of Sighs” for a long time, but I couldn’t come up with a title to hang it on. Then one day, I was reading the sports pages and came across a racehorse named Bridge of Sighs and thought, What a great title!</p> <p><strong>You write a lot of slow jams and stoner grooves. Aren’t you ever afraid of boring your audience or putting them to sleep? — Rick Ferrante</strong></p> <p>As long as a song has some sort of dynamic or emotional power, the tempo doesn’t matter. I love slower songs like “Daydream” and “About to Begin,” because as a guitar player they allow me to go much deeper and really be expressive with my playing. </p> <p><strong>Your sound has a huge amount of midrange, and even though you use effects and distortion, it’s almost never mushy. What’s your secret? — Paul Kirkovitz</strong></p> <p>Good question! These days, I use effects designed for me by Mike Fuller over at Fulltone. He created my signature RTO overdrive that allows me a little more drive without losing the clarity of the note, which is really important to my sound. It allows me to keep what I call the “front end” of the note. There’s no mush. In fact, I use the overdrive all the time, and when I want a cleaner sound I just turn down. That’s one of the great benefits of having a name! [laughs] You can get things made to your specifications. </p> <p>But I also think using heavier strings is an important key to maintaining a nice clear midrange. About 20 years ago I started tuning down a tone so I could use a heavier .012 on the E string and a .015 on the B string and still do all my bends. And using higher action helps. It’s all about getting those strings to ring acoustically, which translates into a great electric sound. That’s where the sound comes from, and you can’t create it after the fact. An instrument always has to sound good acoustically. If it doesn’t, you lose a lot of musicality. </p> <p><strong>You have a really unique vibrato. Who was your role model? — Antwon “King” Kong</strong></p> <p>I came to my vibrato naturally very early on. It was just a fortunate thing; I didn’t really have to work on it. Later, I got into B.B. King and started seeing how I could use it more artistically—the emotional power of applying it at the right place and time. </p> <p><strong>My favorite guitar song of all time is “Daydream,” from your first album, <em>Twice Removed from Yesterday</em>. How was it written? — Susan Weintraub</strong></p> <p>I actually wrote “Daydream” on an acoustic guitar, and I really tried to capture that kind of sound and feel using an electric guitar. The interesting thing about that recording is that the Uni-Vibe effect was added afterward in the mix. For that reason, the studio version never sounded quite right to me. I never play it live with the effect on it. But perhaps the reason it doesn’t sound right to me is because I conceived it on an acoustic guitar.</p> <p> <strong>Some of your earlier songs like “The Fool and Me” and “Day of the Eagle” have a serious R&amp;B vibe. Were you into disco in the Seventies? — Dylan Koplanski</strong></p> <p>No! [laughs] I didn’t really like disco, but I understand where the question is coming from. I think that side of those songs might’ve come from our drummer at the time, Reg Isidore, who was really into all kinds of R&amp;B music and brought that element into our sound. And our singer, the late, great James Dewar, was essentially a soul singer. I would classify myself as a rock musician with blues and R&amp;B influences, because all good rock has an element of black music in its foundation. In many ways, the early Robin Trower Band was a sort of fusion of funky influences. I don’t think we realized what we were doing at the time—we were just trying to make good music—but it was a really interesting combination of styles. </p> <p><strong>Do you ever get sick of being compared to Jimi Hendrix? I know I do! — James Hendricks</strong></p> <p>Not really. In many ways it’s a compliment. I drew a lot of inspiration from Jimi, particularly the Band of Gypsys era.</p> <p><em>Photo: Vicky Robin</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-robin-trower-discusses-bridge-sighs-his-vibrato-guitars-effects-and-more#comments Dear Guitar Hero January 2015 Robin Trower Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:36:36 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23411 Blackberry Smoke's 'Holding All the Roses' Serves Up a Dozen Southern-Fried Cuts http://www.guitarworld.com/blackberry-smokes-holding-all-roses-serves-dozen-southern-fried-cuts <!--paging_filter--><p>The rise of Blackberry Smoke, a hard-working, heavy-riffing quintet of southern-fried road monsters, hasn’t exactly been meteoric. </p> <p>For the past 14-plus years, the Atlanta-based rockers have been enjoying what frontman Charlie Starr calls a “slow build,” playing more than 250 shows a year, touring with ZZ Top, releasing a handful of studio and live discs and, most importantly, forging a legion of rabid fans.</p> <p>Although their last album, 2012’s <em>The Whippoorwill,</em> helped launch them into the role of southern rock’s newest hirsute ambassadors, their upcoming effort, <em>Holding All the Roses</em> (due in February via Rounder Records), holds the promise of upping the ante. </p> <p>The 12-song set, which was produced by fellow Atlanta native Brendan O’Brien [AC/DC, Neil Young], is packed with crunchy back-porch grooves, greasy riffs, snarling guitar tones and simply irresistible hooks.</p> <p>“This record gives the listener a lot to more to listen to,” says Starr, the band’s chief songwriter, singer and guitarist. “There’s nothing wrong with a meat-and-potatoes record like <em>The Whippoorwill</em>, but this time we put a lot more into the pie. Some people might think that means it sounds overproduced, but then I guess it is, because we produced more.”</p> <p>Besides Starr’s main ax, a 1956 Gibson Les Paul Jr., the <em>Holding All the Roses</em> gear pile includes Starr’s <a href="http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Music-City-Jr-B-Bender.aspx">Gibson Music City Jr. with B-Bender,</a> which can be heard on “Fire in the Hole,” a host of vintage Fender and Marshall amps and several by Greg Germino of North Carolina that were built in the style of Sixties Plexi amps.</p> <p>For Starr, who shares six-string duties with Paul Jackson, it’s all about the riffs. </p> <p>“I’m a guitar player first, so the songs are always riff-oriented. That part is usually already done, so it’s a tall job for Paul to find a part that complements the riff. Sometimes he and I sit down and work on the whole Allmans-style ‘weaving’ thing, trying to find that guitar magic.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Troy Stains</em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-30%20at%204.06.34%20PM.png" width="620" height="497" alt="Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 4.06.34 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/blackberry-smokes-holding-all-roses-serves-dozen-southern-fried-cuts#comments Blackberry Smoke Damian Fanelli February 2015 GWLinotte Interviews News Features Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:12:57 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23410 Frontal Assault: The Top 10 Guitar-Playing Frontmen in Rock http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-playing-frontmen <!--paging_filter--><p>Even though Metallica's James Hetfield makes it look all too easy, there are countless guitarists who find it challenging to sing while doing anything on the guitar — besides strumming.</p> <p>Some players (myself included) even get bent out of shape when they're asked to provide the simplest of vocal harmonies while playing solos or semi-challenging riffs.</p> <p>Which is why <em>Guitar World</em> has decided to honor the 10 worthy guitarists/singers named below. We feel they are — or were, since we're honoring some artists who have passed away — 10 of the best (if not <em>undoubtedly</em> the best) guitar-playing frontmen in rock history.</p> <p>The criteria is simple: They must have outstanding voices — either technically impressive or pleasingly "warm," unique or offbeat — and a heapin' helpin' of distinctive six-string badassery. Of course, since we're talking about frontmen, they also need a touch of charisma, maybe a spot of quirkiness and/or what is commonly called "stage presence." </p> <p>Note that, while we don't like to exclude such players as Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, this is a list of guitarists who don't/didn't share the frontman spotlight with anyone in the band. This is also why you won't find the Beatles' John Lennon or Paul "guitarist before he was a bassist" McCartney on this list. </p> <p>With that in mind, here are our 10 choices. If you disagree with our picks or would like to suggest other players, let us know in the comments below. Note that these names are presented in no particular order. Once again, the names are presented in no particular order!</p> <p><strong>Frontman: Stevie Ray Vaughan </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble</em></p> <p>With his electrifying prowess, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan refocused attention back to the essentials — guitar, bass and drums in a basic 12-bar format.</p> <p>He had no light show to speak of, no dry ice, no fog, no lasers. He didn't go in for leather-and-studs macho posturing. A longtime local hero in juke joints throughout Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth, Stevie Ray waved the Texas flag all over the country in one sold-out concert venue after another. </p> <p>His secret? A soft-spoken, laconic man, Vaughan summed it up in three little words: <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-opens-his-first-guitar-world-interview-1984">"I just play."</a></p> <p>Of course, there's more to it than that. Along with his unquestionable prowess on the guitar, Vaughan, who died in August 1990, had one hell of a voice, a voice that still makes every "SRV bandwagon" blues-er sound, well, incomplete. Although you wouldn't have wanted to sit through a concert titled "SRV Sings Verdi" (or "SRV Sings Freddie Mercury"), there's no denying SRV had his own thing, a voice that oozed authenticity and confidence. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1jG44pIupvw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: James Hetfield</strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Metallica</em></p> <p>Well, we mentioned Hetfield in the intro to this story, so his inclusion can't be much of a surprise, can it? </p> <p>Besides supplying the instantly recognizable voice of one of the most accomplished heavy metal bands in history, the Metallica frontman has always been lauded for his hard, fast and precise rhythm playing, a style that has had a massive impact on several generations of guitar players.</p> <p>Hetfield, who often is said to have the best right hand in metal, once told <em>Guitar World</em>, “I’d much rather talk about guitar playing. I hate it when people ask me about my lyrics. <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-james-hetfield-discusses-metallicas-death-magnetic">I always feel like telling them to just go and read them.”</a> </p> <p>And who can resist a mid-song Hetfield grunt?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oxVGfvXdWOY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Jimi Hendrix</strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys</em></p> <p>When Jimi Hendrix first exploded onto the scene, attention was riveted on his radical reinvention of guitar-soloing vocabulary, technique and sound, which was inspired by a now-familiar roster of great blues soloists. </p> <p>But Hendrix had another musical asset that set him apart from similarly influenced British blues-rock contemporaries: undeniable charisma and a voice that clearly stood out from the pack. In that sense, he was the complete package.</p> <p>Although he wasn't the most powerful singer in the world, his voice had a pleasingly warm tone and plenty of soul, as can be heard on "Bold as Love" and "Castles Made of Sand" (and so many other songs). He also added plenty of what could best be described as fun ad-libs ("Dig this, baby...") that would be exploited by future generations of singers in every genre of popular music. Bootsy Collins, anyone?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/a6meMBtTgKQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Jack White</strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Jack White</em></p> <p>It's pure magic when Jack White ascends to the vocal register of vintage Robert Plant — while adding AC/DC-style riffs with his depth-charge guitar playing.</p> <p>“I always look at playing guitar as an attack," White told <em>Guitar Player</em>. "It has to be a fight. Every song, every guitar solo, every note that’s played or written has to be a struggle. It can’t be this wimpy thing where you’re pushed around by the idea, the characters, or the song itself. It’s every player’s job to fight against all of that.”</p> <p>White, who now tours and records under his own name, was (of course) once the more vocal half of the White Stripes. In the July 2002 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, he explained how stage presentation plays a major part in a band’s success:</p> <p>“Anything involved in presenting yourself onstage is all a big trick. You’re doing your best to trick those people into experiencing something good, something they haven’t thought about before or haven’t thought about in a long time. I’m doing my best to be that vaudeville trickster, to help that happen.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/f5s0R30xCM4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Dave Mustaine </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Megadeth</em></p> <p>Dave Mustaine's story is something a good portion of our readers can relate to: He became his band's singer by default after a series of unsuccessful auditions for vocalists. </p> <p>At that moment, the former Metallica and Fallen Angels lead guitarist became the frontman for Megadeth, one of the world's most important thrash metal bands. </p> <p>The rest, shall we say, is history.</p> <p>"I actually enjoy [singing] a lot of times, but it's not my strong point," Mustaine told Colorado classic rock station 103.5 the Fox in 2013. </p> <p>"I've been working really hard at it the last few years. I wish I would have given it as much attention in the beginning as I do now ... It's definitely a unique voice sound. You know, you hear people like Axl [Rose] or myself or [James] Hetfield or some of the other people that are really easily identifiable, it's scarce. Like Chris Cornell, you hear Chris, you know it's him."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pYiphqchtDA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Steve Marriott </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Small Faces, Humble Pie</em></p> <p>We've read your pro-Steve Marriott comments on GuitarWorld.com "list" stories for quite a while now: "How could you <em>possibly</em> leave out the great Steve Marriott? He was one of the most talented singers of all time!"</p> <p>First of all, we agree. We love Marriott, and there was pretty much no chance in hell he'd be left off this list. </p> <p>We'll get to his legendary voice in a minute. First we'll briefly mention his stripped-down but aggressive guitar playing, the steam engine that propelled a slew of Small Faces and Humble Pie tracks, including "All or Nothing," "Tin Soldier," "E Too D," "Get Yourself Together," "What'cha Gonna Do About It" and so many more. </p> <p>Marriott was the Small Faces' Roger Daltrey, but he also was the band's Pete Townshend, using a host of guitars, including an arguably too-big-for-his-body Gretsch White Falcon, to powerfully make his point in so many Sixties masterpieces.</p> <p>And then there's his voice, a voice that is still considered one of the greatest in classic rock. Can words do it justice? Why not just listen to "Afterglow" below? And below that, you'll find Marriott in action on "What'cha Gonna Do About It" with the Small Faces.</p> <p>Marriott, who would later front Humble Pie — where he joined guitar forces with Peter Frampton — died in a fire in 1991.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4thiClBxhPY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mYvi-l2SRnA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Kurt Cobain </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Nirvana</em></p> <p>“We’re just musically and rhythmically retarded,” Nirvana's guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter, Kurt Cobain, told <em><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/kurt-cobain-talks-gear-and-more-his-final-guitar-world-interview-1992">Guitar World</a></em> in 1991. "We play so hard that we can’t tune our guitars fast enough. People can relate to that.</p> <p>“We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath,” continued Cobain. “And we vomit onstage better than anyone!”</p> <p>So imagine how comical he'd find it to see the mark he's made on popular music. As Vernon Reid of Living Colour put it, "Cobain changed the course of where the music went … . There are certain people where you can see the axis of musical history twisting on them: Hendrix was pivotal, Prince was pivotal, Cobain was pivotal.”</p> <p>Cobain, with his raw emotion and mélange of untuned metal, drunk punk and Seventies pop, slayed the beast called stadium rock. And no, he wasn't a guitar virtuoso by any stretch, but his creativity, his crunch, his off-beat chugging and droning charm made him <em>unique</em>. It's yet another reminder to create your own thing, your own sound, people!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OH9SyQY564U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Eric Clapton </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Derek and the Dominos, Eric Clapton</em></p> <p>What else can be said about the amazing six-string gifts of Eric Clapton, one of the most lauded guitarists in the universe, 1966's blues-breaking virtuoso who went on to blow minds in Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos? </p> <p>Still, If you need to read more, be sure to pick up the March 2014 issue of <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-march-14-eric-clapton?utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWMAR14">Guitar World</a></em> magazine, which counts down his 50 greatest guitar moments — but doesn't mention a word about his voice. </p> <p>It's a voice first heard on the Bluesbreakers' 1966 version of Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' on My Mind," a song Clapton was actually reluctant to sing because he didn't think he was good enough. </p> <p>He eventually shared the vocal duties in Cream with bassist Jack Bruce and went on to sing an endless stream of hits and classic-rock staples, starting with 1970's "After Midnight," "Let It Rain" and "Layla," coasting through the Seventies with "Cocaine" and "Lay Down Sally," kicking it up a notch in the Eighties with "Forever Man" and toning things back down again in recent years. </p> <p>As he told <em>Rolling Stone</em>in 2010, these days Clapton is pretty fond of his voice. "It's taken me to be an older guy, an old man, to have an old man's voice. Because I only liked old men's voices. As a kid, I didn't like pip-squeaked singers. It was always someone with authority. And for a singer to have authority, they have to have some kind of social standing. Otherwise, it's fake."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9TOlZny7B0Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Trey Anastasio </strong><br /> <strong>Bands:</strong> <em>Phish, Trey Anastasio Band</em></p> <p>It just stands to reason that a band with an undying cult following has one hell of a frontman. Such is the case for Phish, whose guitar-slinging (and singing) Trey Anastasio — like the rest of the band — has built a magnetic rapport with the band's fans.</p> <p>Anastasio's fluid lines are often wonderfully mind boggling — and can lead a 38-minute version of "Tweezer" to all kinds of new and exciting places.</p> <p>"Musical inspiration can come from just about anywhere," Anastasio told <em>Guitar World</em> in 2000. </p> <p>"For me, so much inspiration comes from the rhythms of the natural sounds in the air. Walking out in the country, you’ll hear certain sounds — a train, a boat, or maybe a horse walking on the road — and each of these sounds has a rhythm. If your mind is open, the simple rhythms of those sounds can inspire you and spark new musical ideas."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_uCSy67k16c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T_KyptMAcys" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Frontman: Matthew Bellamy </strong><br /> <strong>Band:</strong> <em>Muse</em></p> <p>As <em>Guitar Player</em> <a href="http://www.guitarplayer.com/miscellaneous/1139/breaking-the-mold-are-matthew-bellamys-custom-instruments-and-pianistic-approach-to-composition-forging-the-future-of-guitarcraft/12752">put it in 2010</a>, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy is on a quest for futuristic guitar sounds—to the point of designing his own guitars with built-in effects, wireless MIDI and synth capabilities. </p> <p>Not surprisingly, he’s a huge fan of Tom Morello and Jimi Hendrix, and he tries to channel the spirit of their sonic explorations into technology-fueled approaches that work for him and his compositions.</p> <p>Head on over to YouTube (Or just watch the two impressive clips below) to see how everything seems to come together for Bellamy: technology, composition and serious guitar chops:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4Zc_ms4sRAM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tlGJdKxvLSU" 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="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-guitar-playing-frontmen#comments Damian Fanelli Eric Clapton Jack White James Hetfield Stevie Ray Vaughan TC-Helicon Guitar World Lists News Features Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:41:04 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20723 Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: The Essential Acoustic Cuts of Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-dale-turner-essential-acoustic-cuts-yusuf-islam-aka-cat-stevens <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>Born Steven Demetre Georgiou, Cat Stevens rose to fame in the early Seventies with an impassioned and groovy folk-rock sound that put him in step with singer-songwriter legends like James Taylor, Carole King and Van Morrison. </p> <p>In 1977, a near-drowning experience—coinciding with his receiving a copy of the Koran—prompted Cat to convert to Islam, change his name to Yusuf Islam and retire from the music business.</p> <p>Stevens resumed his music career in the Nineties, and today he’s back on the prowl, touring the U.S. for the first time since 1978 and armed with a new record, the Rick Rubin–produced Tell ’Em I’m Gone, featuring Richard Thompson and harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite, among others. </p> <p>In this lesson, we’ll look at a few of Cat’s classics—acoustic “chord-based” gems, ripe with internal moving voices, ornaments and strums—all of which he performs to this day.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/76634112&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> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-dale-turner-essential-acoustic-cuts-yusuf-islam-aka-cat-stevens#comments Acoustic Nation acoustic nation Cat Stevens Dale Turner March 2015 News Yusuf Islam Lessons Blogs News Lessons Magazine Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:38:44 +0000 Dale Turner http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23409 Dear Guitar Hero: Submit Questions for Vinnie Stigma of Agnostic Front! http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-questions-vinnie-stigma-agnostic-front <!--paging_filter--><p>Got a question for your favorite guitarist? Let us be your go-between. The concept is easy — you submit your queries and we pass them on to some of the world's greatest guitarists. Only the sharpest and funniest questions will be used.</p> <p>This month we're giving you the chance to ask Agnostic Front guitarist, and New York hardcore legend, Vinnie Stigma anything you want! </p> <p>Just email your questions to <a href="mailto:dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com?Subject=Vinnie%20Stigma">dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com</a> and put "Vinnie Stigma" in the subject line. Remember to include your name in the email body, so you can get credited in the magazine, and impress and annoy your jealous friends!</p> <p>Here's "Gotta Go" from 1998's <em>Something's Gotta Give</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Mn1WN5yeag" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Watch Agnostic Front's "My Life My Way"</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EQoIPQ2oKDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>MORE ABOUT AGNOSTIC FRONT</p> <p>New York hardcore pioneers AGNOSTIC FRONT have announced the details for their upcoming eleventh album, The American Dream Died. </p> <p>Commented singer Roger Miret: "We chose this title because we want to open up people's eyes to what's going on in this country. We have a lot to say. Not everyone realizes that our government and the people who run this country are so corrupt, greedy and ruthless. We need to educate the ones we reach. We're losing our values. We address real issues from full blown corruption and scandals to unjust police abuse and brutality. Everything's we stood for as a country is going down the drain. But we still somewhat have our freedom of speech. We're expressing it all through this record while we can."</p> <p>The American Dream Died was produced by MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed and mastered by Paul Miner (H2O, TERROR) and will be released April 4 (Europe) and April 7 (N. America), 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.</p> <p>The record will feature guest appearances by Cricien, Toby Morse (H2O) and Lou Koller (SICK OF IT ALL).</p> <p>The American Dream Died track list:</p> <p>01. Intro<br /> 02. The American Died<br /> 03. Police Violence<br /> 04. Only In America<br /> 05. Test Of Time<br /> 06. We Walk The Line<br /> 07. Never Walk Alone feat. Freddy Cricien, Toby Morse &amp; Lou Koller<br /> 08. Enough Is Enough<br /> 09. I Can't Relate<br /> 10. Old New York<br /> 11. Social Justice<br /> 12. Reasonable Doubt<br /> 13. No War Fuck You<br /> 14. Attack!<br /> 15. A Wise Man<br /> 16. Just Like Yesterday</p> <p>These rarely confronted and always respected leaders of hardcore were established as one of the meanest-sounding bands in the emerging punk genre, helping to initiate the term "hardcore," and placing an entire uproar on the New York map by association. From the start, AGNOSTIC FRONT released a catalogue of fast and violent punk tunes consisting of distinctive and aggressive drumming, fuming guitars, overdriven bass work, and a non-stop barrage of chaotic shouting.</p> <p>AGNOSTIC FRONT’s latest record, My Life My Way, was released on March 22, 2011. It features 13 powerful and anthemic songs laid down by Erik Rutan (MADBALL, GOATWHORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.) at his Mana Recording Studio in Tampa, FL under the watchful guide of producer Freddy Cricien of MADBALL. The record was mastered by none other than Alan Douches (NILE, MASTODON, etc.).</p> <p>Upcoming AGNOSTIC FRONT tour dates:</p> <p>03/18/15 Back Booth – Orlando, FL<br /> 03/19/15 Churchill’s – Miami, FL<br /> 03/20/15 Orpheum – Tampa, FL<br /> 03/22/15 Back Booth – Orlando, FL<br /> 03/21/15 La Repuesta – Santurce, PR<br /> 03/22/15 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL<br /> 04/12/15 Rock Bar Theater – San Jose, CA</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-questions-vinnie-stigma-agnostic-front#comments Agnostic Front Dear Guitar Hero Vinnie Stigma News Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:06:55 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23404 Review: Beatbuddy Drum Machine Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-beatbuddy-drum-machine-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>PLATINUM AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>I’ll try my best to refrain from making drummer jokes, but I will say that finding a good one is probably harder than hitting all six numbers on the Powerball lotto. </p> <p>That’s the reason why drum machines were invented, but one dig against drum machines is that it’s nearly impossible to improvise live with them. Instead you have to remain in lockstep with pre-programmed songs and beats. </p> <p>The Beatbuddy drum machine pedal has changed that, however, allowing musicians to engage intros, fills and rhythm changes as they see fit, with a simple tap of the foot. It’s like having a drummer who can read your mind and is completely at your own control—a concept never imagined possible until the Beatbuddy came along.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the March 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4021304761001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="4021304761001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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And it will do the same for you,” Lukather says.</p> <p>Extensively tested by Lukather, The Luke features hand-selected components for an open and refined sound. The new pedal also features an improved control layout with custom pot tapers resulting in improved control, fine tuning and usability whether you’re playing in a garage or a stadium. The Luke is housed in an octagonal pedalboard-friendly roadworthy case that features a unique cartoon by 'Astro'. From subtle enhancements to drastic tonal changes, The Luke unleashes your guitar's range of possibilities.</p> <p>The Luke will be available to dealers worldwide in March 2015.</p> <p>In addition to the standard edition of the The Luke, a limited production “Luke Launch Edition” of just 100 units is available for pre-order directly from <a href="http://www.toneconcepts.com/">toneconcepts.com.</a></p> <p>In other Lukather news, Toto's new studio album, <em>Toto XIV,</em> will be released the last week of March.</p> <p>For more on Lukather, visit <a href="http://www.stevelukather.com/">stevelukather.com</a>. For more on ToneConcepts, visit <a href="http://www.toneconcepts.com/">toneconcepts.com.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/toneconcepts-launches-steve-lukathers-signature-preamp-boost-pedal-luke#comments Steve Lukather ToneConcepts Effects News Gear Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:10:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23402 Review: Orange Crush 35RT Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/review-orange-crush-35rt-guitar-amp-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong><em>GOLD AWARD WINNER</em></strong></p> <p>Orange is best known for its loud, high-output classic amp heads and extremely popular Terror Series mini tube amps, but over recent years the company has significantly expanded its offerings. </p> <p>A great example is the Crush PiX Series combos, which quickly became some of the best-selling practice amps after their introduction. </p> <p>The new Orange Crush 35RT combo is an extremely affordable-but-versatile Crush Series amp that does away with digital multieffects in favor of a simpler control layout with classic performance features, like two-channel operation.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">For the rest of this review, including FEATURES, PERFORMANCE, the BOTTOM LINE and more, check out the March 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4021302724001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="4021302724001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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It blends — via alternation and superimposition — two incomplete songs, one by Paul McCartney, one by Lennon. </p> <p>Both happened to have been written around the same period and based on the same two-chord motif built around a first-position A chord (with the high A note fingered with the pinky). It is the last true collaboration by Lennon and McCartney.</p> <p>McCartney's share of the song, called "I've Got A Feeling" from the get-go, includes a verse, chorus and bridge and was inspired by his relationship with his soon-to-be-wife, Linda Eastman. Lennon provides alternate verses inspired by his personal upheavals of 1968. </p> <p>"I've Got A Feeling" is one of three "live" songs to be included on <em>Let It Be</em>, having been performed as part of the January 30, 1969, rooftop concert. It features McCartney on vocals and his 1963 Hofner 500/1 (adorned with the rectangular "Bassman" sticker from his Fender Bassman amp), Lennon on vocals and his Epiphone Casino, George Harrison on backing vocals and his rosewood Fender Telecaster, Ringo Starr on Ludwig Hollywood Maple drums and Billy Preston on Hohner electric piano.</p> <p>The gritty, hard-edged song, which McCartney still performs live today, benefits from McCartney's screaming vocals, creative, octave-infused bass line (especially during Lennon's portion of the song) and Harrison's tasteful bends and double stops during McCartney's raucous bridge. </p> <p>Although the version featured on <em>Let It Be</em> is the result of a single live take, Phil Spector edited together three mixes to come up with the final product.</p> <p>Because actual rooftop footage of the Beatles has become scarce on YouTube (Maybe they're finally working on releasing the <em>Let It Be</em> film on DVD), we've included an audio-only clip of "I've Got A Feeling." However, we did manage to find a live rooftop version of "Don't Let Me Down," which we've included so you can get a feel for the moment.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y5Lkjt9kCxA?list=PLQD9vJDjuU-Znw5fDLfw0eRhZc4fVEGtz" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UaAUwRd-xNg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em> <a href="https://twitter.com/DamianFanelli">Follow him on Twitter</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="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/paul-mccartney">Paul McCartney</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/john-lennon">John Lennon</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/george-harrison">George Harrison</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/song-facts-beatles-ive-got-feeling#comments 2011 Beatles Damian Fanelli George Harrison GWLinotte Holiday 2011 John Lennon Paul McCartney Ringo Starr Holiday Blogs News Features Magazine Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:55:40 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/14130 Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi on Fighting with Skinheads, "War Pigs" Inspiration and More http://www.guitarworld.com/black-sabbaths-geezer-butler-and-tony-iommi-fighting-skinheads-and-war-pigs-inspiration <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new March 2015 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, which features an interview with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. For the rest of this interview, plus our guide to the 30 greatest classic Black Sabbath songs, plus gear views, tabs, lessons and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SabbathExcerpt">check out the March 2015 issue of GW at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p>It’s rare that a band emerges and, with one inspired release, simultaneously launches and perfects a genre of music. </p> <p>Such is the singular case of Black Sabbath. Their 1970 self-titled debut, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, took the heavy blues and hard-rock idioms that came before and infused them with anthemic tritone riffs, doom-laden drum tempos, maniacal vocals and diabolical lyrics. </p> <p>Black Sabbath’s pioneering sound would later be christened heavy metal, and in many people’s minds that album still reigns supreme as the best representation of the genre. Many influential bands in their own right have come along and made contributions to heavy music, but all of them—from Judas Priest and Van Halen to Metallica and Soundgarden—hail the supremacy of Black Sabbath. </p> <p>Below, enjoy an excerpt from <em>Guitar World</em>'s new interview with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. Interestingly enough, Butler—who was arrested in California this past Tuesday for assault and vandalism—discussed fighting, including a brawl with skinheads that took place several decades ago.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Geezer, you’ve mentioned before that “Fairies Wear Boots,” [from 1970’s <em>Paranoid</em>] was inspired by a confrontation you guys had with skinheads. Being a longhair yourself, did you run into a lot of problems in England back then?</strong></p> <p><strong>GEEZER BUTLER</strong> There used to be fighting all the time. I used to be a football [soccer] fan—well, I still am—and I’d go down to watch the [Aston] Villa [Football Club]. I had long hair at the time. </p> <p>Then this one day, the skinheads, or hooligans, turned on the people with long hair, even though we were fans too. So after that I couldn’t go down there. This other time we did this gig in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare [in North Somerset, England], and we had a fight with all these skinheads. I think that’s where the lyrics for “Fairies Wear Boots” came from.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u3g0NhJ7__k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Do you remember what kicked off the fight?</strong></p> <p><strong>BUTLER</strong> We didn’t get paid! [laughs] I was the one that used to go collect the check. We’d had this problem where we’d go collect our money and the guy would go, “Oh no, we sent the check in the post [mail].” We were promised that we’d get the money on the night, so I went to the promoter to get it. And he said, “Oh, I already sent it to your manager.” </p> <p>I went outside to the telephone to make a call to the manager and I got surrounded by all these bloody skinheads, going, “Kill him! Kill him!” So I had to time it right so I could throw the phone at them and leg it back into the gig. [laughs] I told Tony, and of course he said, “Come on, let’s go.” And he grabs a microphone stand and we went out for a battle with them. Fucking nuts.</p> <p><strong>Parental groups and decency nags always bemoan the satanic and occult allusions in Black Sabbath lyrics. But Geezer, you were also writing about current social issues, too, on the track “War Pigs.” Were you following the Vietnam War, Civil Rights movement and political unrest going on at the time in the United States?</strong></p> <p>It was actually being covered more [in the press] in England than in America. They had this program on in England, and it showed all the stuff that wasn’t being told to the American people. Stuff like how the president [Lyndon Johnson]’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson, had this road-building company. The Americans would go in and bomb all these roads [in Vietnam]. Then her company would go in and rebuild them and get the money. They weren’t saying all that in America. We wrote “War Pigs” because many American bands were frightened to mention anything about the war. So we thought we’d tell it like it is.</p> <p><strong>In 1971, you released <em>Master of Reality</em>, which saw the band experimenting a bit more with tracks like “Solitude” and the acoustic instrumental “Orchid.” Tony, had you always played acoustic or did you pick it up around that time?</strong></p> <p><strong>TONY IOMMI</strong> No, I never played acoustic that much at all really. I don’t even remember where we did that track, to be honest. I think the idea on the album was to have a bit of light and shade and relax it from the heavier stuff.</p> <p><strong>Speaking of heavier stuff, what were you coughing on during that intro to “Sweet Leaf”?</strong></p> <p><strong>IOMMI</strong> [laughs] I choked me bloody self! It wasn’t intended to happen, and it wasn’t supposed to be on the track. We were in the studio tracking that song, and Ozzy gave me a joint and I nearly choked myself. The tape was on, so of course they wanted to use it to begin the track.</p> <p><strong>BUTLER</strong> You couldn’t have gotten anything more appropriate for a song called “Sweet Leaf.” [laughs]</p> <p><strong>That’s the truth. But the title “Sweet Leaf” was actually inspired by a different type of smoke, right?</strong></p> <p><strong>BUTLER</strong> Yeah the name “Sweet Leaf” came from the [Irish brand of] cigarettes called Sweet Afton. I’d just come back from Dublin. Everyone smoked back then, so I’d be offering them all cigarettes. You’d open the top of the package and it said something like, “It’s the sweet leaf.” I thought, Hmmm, That’s a good title.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IIoVoOfBHW0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>The following year, Sabbath headed to Los Angeles’ Record Plant Studios to track <em>Vol. 4</em>, on which you broke new ground with “Changes.” It’s a piano ballad, and the lyrics are quite touching, which makes it a very unusual track for Sabbath.</strong></p> <p><strong>IOMMI</strong> It was a sad track as well. We were staying in this house and there was a ballroom with a piano in it. It was back in the days of doing a bit of blow and staying up late. And I just started playing and coming up with this idea. We had a Mellotron and Geez started to play the orchestrations. It fit well and came about pretty quickly, considering we’d never done anything like that before.</p> <p><em>Photo: Ross Halfin</em></p> <p><strong><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new March 2015 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, which features an interview with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. For the rest of this interview, plus our guide to the 30 greatest classic Black Sabbath songs, plus gear views, tabs, lessons and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=SabbathExcerpt">check out the March 2015 issue of GW at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-29%20at%2010.15.18%20AM_0.png" width="620" height="812" alt="Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.15.18 AM_0.png" /></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="/tony-iommi">Tony Iommi</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/black-sabbaths-geezer-butler-and-tony-iommi-fighting-skinheads-and-war-pigs-inspiration#comments Black Sabbath Geezer Butler March 2015 Tony Iommi Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:51:18 +0000 Brad Angle http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23391 Learn Eight Classic Eagles Songs with New Book/CD, 'Eagles: Acoustic' http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-eight-classic-eagles-songs-new-bookcd-eagles-acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>The new <em>Eagles: Acoustic</em> book/CD is part of the Guitar Play-Along Series, which helps you play your favorite songs quickly and easily. </p> <p>Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. </p> <p>The audio CD is playable on any CD player, and also enhanced so Mac &amp; PC users can adjust the recordings to any tempo without changing pitch!</p> <p><em>The Eagles: Acoustic</em> includes eight Eagles hits:</p> <p> • After the Thrill Is Gone<br /> • Desperado<br /> • Lyin' Eyes<br /> • New Kid in Town<br /> • Peaceful Easy Feeling<br /> • Sad Café<br /> • Take It Easy<br /> • Tequila Sunrise.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/the-eagles-acoustic/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EaglesAcoustic">This 72-page book is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $17.99.</a></strong></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="/eagles">Eagles</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/learn-eight-classic-eagles-songs-new-bookcd-eagles-acoustic#comments The Eagles News Features Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:49:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18783 Guitar World: March 2015 Gear and Lesson Videos http://www.guitarworld.com/mar2015 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Lesson Videos</strong></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/deep-andy-aledort-jamming-rhythm-and-lead-guitar-over-classic-blues-type-form-video">In Deep with Andy Aledort: Jamming Rhythm and Lead Guitar Over a Classic Blues-Type Form — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-exploring-drop-d-tuning-s-unique-melodic-possibilities-video">Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Exploring Drop-D Tuning’s Unique Melodic Possibilities — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/steel-panthers-satchel-using-classical-style-arpeggios-how-play-weenie-ride-video">Man of Steel with Steel Panther's Satchel: Using Classical-Style Arpeggios, and How to Play the Solo in “Weenie Ride” — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/thrash-course-dave-davidson-more-melodic-options-combining-sweeping-and-tapping-techniques-video">Thrash Course with Dave Davidson: More Melodic Options for Combining Sweeping and Tapping Techniques — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/string-theory-jimmy-brown-attractively-balanced-and-highly-musical-e-minor-hexatonic-scale-video">String Theory with Jimmy Brown: The Attractively Balanced and Highly Musical E Minor Hexatonic Scale — Video</a></p> <p><strong>Audio Lesson Files</strong></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-dale-turner-essential-acoustic-cuts-yusuf-islam-aka-cat-stevens">Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: The Essential Acoustic Cuts of Yusuf Islam, a.k.a. Cat Stevens</a></p> <p><strong>Gear Review Videos</strong></p> <p>• <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-d-angelico-ex-dh-archtop-electric-guitar-video">Review: D’Angelico EX-DH Archtop Electric Guitar — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-orange-crush-35rt-guitar-amp-video">Review: Orange Crush 35RT Guitar Amp — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-beatbuddy-drum-machine-pedal-video">Review: Beatbuddy Drum Machine Pedal — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-guitars-rg-kaoss-rgkp6-guitar-video">Review: Ibanez Guitars RG Kaoss RGKP6 Guitar — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-maxon-od808x-overdrive-extreme-pedal-video">Review: Maxon OD808X Overdrive Extreme Pedal — Video</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/review-jim-dunlop-band-gypsys-fuzz-face-mini-video">Review: Jim Dunlop Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face Mini Pedal — Video</a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-01-29%20at%2010.15.18%20AM_1.png" width="620" height="812" alt="Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 10.15.18 AM_1.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/mar2015#comments March 2015 Videos News Magazine Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:27:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/23397 Man of Steel with Steel Panther's Satchel: Using Classical-Style Arpeggios, and How to Play the Solo in “Weenie Ride” — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steel-panthers-satchel-using-classical-style-arpeggios-how-play-weenie-ride-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the March 2015 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</em></p> <p>This month I’d like to tell you about a Steel Panther song called “Weenie Ride,” from our multi-maxi-selling 2012 album, <em>Balls Out</em>.</p> <p>“Weenie Ride” was our very first piano ballad. Our first album, <em>Feel the Steel</em>, was a huge hit in Asian countries, and everyone knows that they love piano over there, so we decided to include a piano ballad on our next record. Pretty smart, right? </p> <p>Also, when I go to Disneyland I usually see a lot of Asians, and there are a lot of rides at Disneyland, most of them with long lines. So I put two and two together and wrote “Weenie Ride,” which, by the way, has a much shorter line! Just jump right on!</p> <p> “Weenie Ride” is built around a piano part in the key of A minor. There is, of course, a bitchin’ guitar solo in the song, which I am going to show you in this column. A note about the guitar tuning: I always tune down one half step, like Eddie Van Halen. But when we recorded “Weenie Ride,” I played the solo on a standard-tuned guitar. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-march-15-black-sabbath?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=March2015VideosPage">For the rest of this column, including the tabs, check out the March 2015 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience4020340442001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="4020340442001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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