When Labor Day came and went earlier this month, it reminded us of the American labor movement and the contributions American workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the good ol' U.S. of A. However, since we're Guitar World people, we couldn't help but apply those sentiments to music and the people who make it—American bands.
Here's a bit of good news for fans of Ritchie Blackmore and his old bands, Deep Purple and Rainbow. The guitarist has announced he will play four rock-focused shows in Europe in 2016. As any good Blackmore fan knows, he moved away from rock about 20 years ago and now fronts—with his wife, Candice Night—Blackmore’s Night, a traditional folk band.
Hello there! Welcome to my first Guitar World column. I'm looking forward to sharing with you in these pages my thoughts on playing, equipment and the music business. Actually, this isn't the first time I've written a column — I used to do one many years ago for an English music magazine called Beat Instrumental. I did it for about eight months and it was great fun, and I'm sure this one will be too.
Using the same technology that powers the company's B9 and C9 Organ Machine pedals, Electro-Harmonix has unveiled the new Key9 pedal, which emulates classic Wurlitzer and Rhodes sounds as well as organ, vibraphone, marimba, steel drums and a Dytronics-style rackmount chorus.
Multi-instrumentalist Jared Dines has posted a new video, "Guitarists on Drugs." It's his take on how guitarists behave and play when they've taken stimulants—pretty much everything from alcohol to LSD to flakka.
This past Saturday night, Foo Fighters performed the first of three U.K. make-up gigs following Dave Grohl's fractured leg. To make up for the belated gig, Grohl and company treated the Milton Keynes, England, fans to a performance of David Bowie's "Under Pressure," featuring Queen's Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.