News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all en Keith Richards Calls Metallica and Black Sabbath "Great Jokes" http://www.guitarworld.com/keith-richards-calls-metallica-and-black-sabbath-great-jokes/25406 <!--paging_filter--><p>In a new interview with the <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/keith-richards-plenty-plenty-article-1.2346653">New York Daily News,</a> legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards slammed the current rock scene—and, to some degree, Metallica and Black Sabbath.</p> <p>Of rock in 2015, Richards said, "It sounds like a dull thud to me. For most bands, getting the syncopation is beyond them. It's endless thudding away, with no bounce, no lift, no syncopation."</p> <p>Of two heavy metal legends he said, "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes."</p> <p>Early last month, in an interview with <a href="http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/interviews/a36899/keith-richards-interview-0915/">Esquire,</a> Richards sounded off on the Beatles, essentially calling their landmark 1967 album, <em>Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,</em> a "mishmash of rubbish."</p> <p>“There's not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. You're starting to do <em>Sgt. Pepper.</em> Some people think it's a genius album, but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like their <em>Satanic Majesties</em> [the Rolling Stones' stab at psychedelia]—'Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we.'</p> <p>"The Beatles, chicks wore those guys out. They stopped touring in 1966—they were done already. They were ready to go to India and shit.”</p> <p>Back to Metallica for a second ...</p> <p><a href="http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/the-rolling-stones-guitarist-keith-richards-calls-metallica-and-black-sabbath-great-jokes/#WYiw0DITZbsS1rvL.01">As Blabbermouth.net points out,</a> in a 2007 interview, Metallica's Lars Ulrich discussed opening for the Stones in 2005.</p> <p>"It's the second show—[we played] two shows [with the Stones] in a row—and some assistant with, like, five walkie-talkies and a water-bottle holder, whatever, comes in before the show and says, 'Do you want your picture taken with the Rolling Stones?' We were like, 'You know what? Sure. Why not?'" he told <em>The Opie &amp; Anthony Show.</em> "So after our show and then they're getting ready to go on, this assistant comes in and says, 'OK, be ready in five minutes' or whatever. </p> <p>"So she comes in, she escorts us into this place in the tunnel leading into the stadium and she says, 'Wait here.' As we're standing in this tunnel, literally, and this band Everclear—who were playing also—they were kind of like over there on their 'X.' So we're standing there and we go over and say 'Hello' to the guys in Everclear, 'Hey, how was your show?' And this assistant comes back and says, 'No. The guys in Metallica stay here, and the guys in Everclear stay over here.' We were like, 'Whoaaah.' </p> <p>"So then about five minutes later the Stones come in, and I swear they didn't stop—they slowed down their pace, or their walk, just slow enough to get, like, two or three pictures taken, two or three frames shot with Everclear, and then they came over to where we were standing waiting, and they all looked at us… No, actually, Charlie Watts said 'Hello' and I think Keith [Richards] nodded or something, and Mick [Jagger] looked like we were all gonna give him pneumonia or something—he had this disgusting look on his face. And then they slowed down long enough while the photographer took two or three frames, and then they walked off. And then the assistant came over and said, 'If the band approves the photo, we'll send you a copy.' That kind of sums up the Rolling Stones experience."</p> <p>Richards' new album, <em>Crosseyed Heart,</em> will be released September 18 via Virgin EMI/Universal Music. It's his first solo album in 23 years. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_btCZWi1jkg" 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="/keith-richards">Keith Richards</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/keith-richards-calls-metallica-and-black-sabbath-great-jokes/25406#comments Keith Richards Metallica News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:10:16 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25406 at http://www.guitarworld.com Watch Jimi Hendrix's Death Announcement from ABC News — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-jimi-hendrixs-death-announcement-abc-news-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix died in London 45 years ago this month—on September 18, 1970. He was only 27.</p> <p>Although all these facts have become common knowledge for rock and guitar fans, there was a moment when it was actual news—the sort of announcement that makes you always remember where you were when you heard it.</p> <p>For instance, I remember I was in my crib with a fresh bottle of baby formula in my hands.</p> <p>Regardless, check out this actual ABC News announcement of the guitarist's death. </p> <p>Although it was totally normal and expected at the time, it's amusing how the reporter treats rock music as if it's something from another planet, a sign of the generation gap that still distanced reporters from a growing segment of the people they were reporting to. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/wpgkRYeBoKw" 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="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/watch-jimi-hendrixs-death-announcement-abc-news-video#comments Jimi Hendrix Videos News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:06:45 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22435 at http://www.guitarworld.com Metallica Imitate Slayer and Other Bands at Donington 1995 — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-imitate-slayer-and-other-bands-donington-1995-video/25402 <!--paging_filter--><p>This one is straight out of the "in case you missed it 20 years ago" department.</p> <p>In this decent-quality clip, which was shot at the U.K.'s Donington Park in 1995, the members of Metallica imitate several of the bands that shared the Donington bill that year, including Slayer.</p> <p>They also have some fun with a few of the imitations. When James Hetfield asks the fans if they enjoyed Machine Head, guitarist Kirk Hammett, drummer Lars Ulrich and then-bassist Jason Newsted start playing "Smoke on the Water" from Deep Purple's <em>Machine Head</em> album.</p> <p>They also imitate White Zombie—or is that Whitesnake? You get the idea.</p> <p>Consider it a random trip down memory lane!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pRR7kPB13MU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-imitate-slayer-and-other-bands-donington-1995-video/25402#comments Metallica Videos News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:56:23 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25402 at http://www.guitarworld.com Freddie King Lesson: Going In Deep with a Blues Guitar Legend — with Video and Tab http://www.guitarworld.com/freddie-king-lesson-texas-blues-video-tab-andy-aledort-in-deep <!--paging_filter--><p>Freddie King is among the triumvirate of the greatest and most influential electric blues guitarists ever, revered with equal respect alongside the legendary blues gods B.B. King and Albert King. </p> <p>Together, they are often referred to as "The Three Kings"—all complete masters of their craft and essential subjects of study for any inspiring blues guitar enthusiast. </p> <p>In this edition of In Deep, we'll examine a few of the trademark Freddie King-isms that have earned him his rightful place as the forefront of electric blues guitar.</p> <p>Of the three Kings, Freddie had a hard-driving intensity that gave his guitar lines and solos a fiery spirit. And though he was blessed with what were arguably the most powerful vocal pipes of the three, he distinguished himself as a player and composer by penning the greatest blues guitar instrumentals in the genre’s history, such as the classic masterpieces “Hideaway,” “The Stumble,” “Sen-Sa- Shun,” “San-Ho-Zay,” “Side Tracked,” “In the Open,” and many others, all songs that have been covered brilliantly by such blues-rock heroes as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan.</p> <p>Freddie King was born as Frederick Christian on September 3, 1934. Though his mother’s maiden name was King, in his early days as a performer he was thought to have changed his last name to King to align himself with B.B. King, then a rising star of blues guitar. </p> <p>His earliest records are credited to “Freddy,” but by 1968 he changed the spelling to “Freddie.” His recording career began in 1956, and by 1960 he had recorded the soon-to-be hit songs “Have You Ever Loved a Woman?,” “Love Her with a Feeling” and the instrumental smash "Hideaway," covered brilliantly by Eric Clapton with John Mayall on the <em>Blues Breakers</em> album, recorded in 1966. </p> <p>Early photos of King show him playing a mid-Fifties Gibson gold-top Les Paul with P-90 pickups, which he used along with a Gibson GA-40 amplifier. Shortly thereafter, he switched to his trademark Gibson ES-345 guitars, cranked to massive volume through Fender Quad Reverbs. </p> <p>He picked with his fingers, using a plastic thumb pick along with a metal index-finger pick, and his string gauges were very unusual: the top three string gauges were .010, .011 and .012—very light for the B and especially the G—while the wound strings were normal light-medium-gauge electric strings.</p> <p>King scored many early instrumental hits, the biggest being the aforementioned “Hideaway,” an easy-grooving 12-bar shuffle in E with a distinct, memorable melody. <strong>FIGURE 1</strong> illustrates a similar melody played within the 12-bar form. </p> <p>As melodic lines are played on the top two strings with abundant use of open notes—akin to the country blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins—a rhythm part is equally attended to, built from palm-muted two-note forms on the bottom two strings and balanced against the melodic development.</p> <p>In bar 2 of the example, a simple open- to-second-fret hammer-on is replaced with a “rolling” hammer-on, wherein the middle finger is hammered onto the first fret, instead of the second, followed by a slide up to the second fret. (This more intricate technique was later adopted and employed frequently by Stevie Ray Vaughan.) </p> <p>Throughout this example, notice the subtle inclusion of single-note phrases that serve to connect the elements of the part while keeping it moving forward.</p> <p>Freddie revisited this melody for another of his classic instrumentals, “The Stumble.” <strong>FIGURE 2</strong> illustrates a similar form, which begins with a melodic line close to that of “Hideaway” but is played over a different chord progression, starting on the IV(four) chord, A, in the key of E. </p> <p>In this 16-bar form, a descending sliding double-stop lick, based on a sixth interval, is played on the G and high E strings, executed by picking the G string with the thumb and the high E string with either the index or middle finger. Pick each pair sharply and in a staccato manner (short and detached), and strive for absolute accuracy as you move quickly down the fretboard.</p> <p>Freddie showcased a similar lick in “Hideaway,” with a band “breakdown” (the band lays out from playing the groove, supplying accented chordal stabs only). <strong>FIGURE 3</strong> offers a lick along these lines, initiated with a very cool and unusual E7add2 chord voicing. The band comes back in at bar 5, over A, and, in this example, further melodic development is performed on the top two strings.</p> <p>A great example of King’s relentlessly hard-driving style is a song called “Boogie Funk,” essentially a one-chord vamp played in A. The roots of this song can be found in the John Lee Hooker classic, “Boogie Chillen.”</p> <p><strong>FIGURE 4</strong> presents a repeating riff, built around an A5 chord, that features muted- string accents along with subtle half-step bends on the low E and A strings. This is played with a “triplet feel,” so what is written as eighth notes is intended to be played as a quarter-note/eighth-note combo within a triplet bracket. I use a pick to play this part, alternating evenly between downstrokes and upstrokes, but Freddie would fingerpick such a part, so try using the thumb for the downstrokes and the index or middle finger (or both) for the upstrokes. In <strong>FIGURE 5</strong>, I add a melodic figure to the form.</p> <p>After building intensity by riding on the I (one) chord, Freddie would switch briefly to the IV (four) chord and play a similar rhythmic lick. <strong>FIGURE 6</strong> offers a part along these lines, to be performed with the pick hand in the same manner as <strong>FIGURES 4</strong> and <strong>5</strong>.</p> <p>These examples just scratch the surface of Freddie King’s genius, so dig deep into his catalog to discover even more for yourself.</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="myExperience1699133089001" 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="1699133089001" /> </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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"Crazy on You" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-dust-wind-vs-crazy-you/25382 <!--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>"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 6 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><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 Seventies, and the want to forget about it all in the heat of the moment. Although only peaking at Number 35 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100, “Crazy on You” still remains a Heart classic. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OZuW6BH_Vak" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> VOTE NOW: </p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9053030.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9053030/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Dust in the Wind" 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 TC Acoustic Bracket on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277830756/TC-Acoustic-Bracket" style="text-decoration: underline;" >TC Acoustic Bracket</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277830756/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_53111" 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="/kansas">Kansas</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-dust-wind-vs-crazy-you/25382#comments Acoustic Nation News Blogs News Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:23:58 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25382 at http://www.guitarworld.com PureSalem Guitars Introduces Vintage-Inspired Cardinal http://www.guitarworld.com/puresalem-guitars-introduces-sixties-inspired-cardinal/25396 <!--paging_filter--><p>PureSalem Guitars adopts an inspired approach and attitude while honoring the electric guitar’s glorious past. It‘s about simplicity in design—wood, wire and strings. It’s rock and roll, not rocket science.</p> <p>To quote David Fair (Half Japanese), "The idea is to put a pick in one hand and a guitar in the other and with a tiny movement rule the world.”</p> <p>PureSalem's Cardinal model combines quality construction and components with off-kilter styling’s and transports us back to an era when rock and roll was free and memories yet to be made. </p> <p>This new 2015 models come equipped with a Bigsby and Vibrola tremolos, Grover tuners, vintage cloth wiring, carved headstock, a new PS logo and the company's custom-wound pickups.</p> <p><strong>TECH SPECS</strong><br /> • Mahogany Body<br /> • Mahogany Neck with binding and Block Inlays<br /> • Rosewood Fret Board<br /> • 24 3/4 Scale Length<br /> • 42.75 Nut Width<br /> • 2 1/16 String Spacing<br /> • Modern C-Shape Neck / Light Satin Finish<br /> • 12 Inch Radius<br /> • Grover tuners<br /> • Vibrola Tremelo<br /> • Roller bridge<br /> • Single coil pickup in bridge, custom wound to vintage specs<br /> • Custom wound PureSalem “MENDIOLA” humbucker in neck<br /> • Vintage style cloth wiring<br /> • 3-Way Toggle with Master Volume and Master Tone<br /> • Med Jumbo Frets<br /> • Dual Truss Rod</p> <p>The Cardinal model carries a retail price of $1,015.</p> <p><strong>For more about PureSalem Guitars, visit <a href="http://www.puresalemguitars.com/">puresalemguitars.com.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/puresalem-guitars-introduces-sixties-inspired-cardinal/25396#comments PureSalem PureSalem Guitars Electric Guitars News Gear Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:21:34 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25396 at http://www.guitarworld.com Five Finger Death Punch Guitarist Jason Hook Says "Betcha Can't Play This" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/five-finger-death-punch-guitarist-jason-hook-says-betcha-cant-play-video/25397 <!--paging_filter--><p>This just-posted "Betcha Can't Play This" video features Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook.</p> <p>Check it out below and have a crack at his lick!</p> <p>The band's new album, <em>Got Your Six,</em> will be released this Friday, September 4.</p> <p>For more about Hook and Five Finger Death Punch, visit <a href="http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/">fivefingerdeathpunch.com.</a></p> <p><strong>Be sure to subscribe to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w">Guitar World's YouTube channel,</a> where you'll find new videos every day.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/88q9R4LILns" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/five-finger-death-punch-guitarist-jason-hook-says-betcha-cant-play-video/25397#comments 5FDP Betcha Can't Play This FFDP Five Finger Death Punch Jason Hook Videos News Lessons Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:58:57 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25397 at http://www.guitarworld.com Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister Walks Off Stage After Three Songs: “I Can’t Do It” http://www.guitarworld.com/motorhead-s-lemmy-kilmister-walks-texas-stage-mid-show-i-can-t-do-it/25395 <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night (September 1), Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister walked off the stage after playing three songs, telling fans, "I can't do it."</p> <p>The bassist, who will turn 70 in December, eventually returned to the stage to apologize to the crowd for the show’s quick end.</p> <p><strong>The band played “Damage Case” (bottom video), “Stay Clean” and “Metropolis” before Lemmy excused himself (top video).</strong></p> <p>Motorhead began their North American tour August 19 in support of their new album, <em>Bad Magic,</em> but the shows have been plagued by a host of issues. They cut short their Salt Lake City gig last week and canceled their Denver show, telling fans that Kilmister was having trouble breathing because of the high Colorado altitude.</p> <p>Motorhead have since issued a statement about the Austin show, while also announcing that the band will not perform tonight in San Antonio. Here's the complete statement: </p> <p>"As you might have heard, Motörhead again had to abbreviate a performance due to Lemmy not feeling well. This is a DIRECT follow-on from the altitude issues in Colorado, and clearly, Lemmy tried to get back at it too quickly. </p> <p>"For this reason, Motörhead will not play in San Antonio tonight, but the show will still go on with Saxon headlining. Lemmy will resume duties the moment he is PROPERLY rested and firing on all cylinders again. The legendary Motörheadbanger patience is much appreciated, and the band send their deepest thanks. More details will be released soon."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cX7P6c0VwBQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ORsOgkdg6vA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/motorhead">Motorhead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/motorhead-s-lemmy-kilmister-walks-texas-stage-mid-show-i-can-t-do-it/25395#comments Lemmy Motorhead Videos News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:33:07 +0000 Damian Fanelli 25395 at http://www.guitarworld.com Nita Strauss Meets Jason Becker and Performs “Perpetual Burn” — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-meets-jason-becker-and-performs-perpetual-burn-video/25394 <!--paging_filter--><p>Nita Strauss uploaded this video a few days ago, in which she’s tricked by her manager/boyfriend, Josh, into performing for her guitar hero, Jason Becker.</p> <p>Strauss, who plays guitar <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-lesson-how-play-alice-cooper-im-eighteen-videoin Alice Cooper’s band</a> and performs with <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/iron-maidens-nita-strauss-and-courtney-cox-trooper-playthrough-video">the Iron Maidens,</a> sets up the situation in the video description on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3HWEDvjRwI9kB8AtScQjBw">her YouTube channel:</a></a></p> <p>“A few months ago, my boyfriend and savvy business manager Josh told me that I had an audition to be the face of a new guitar app that was going to be the next big thing in the music world. Little did I know it was an elaborate trick that would end in me playing a composition by one of my biggest guitar influences—in front of him in his own living room.”</p> <p>For the “audition,” Josh had Strauss learn <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/video-jeff-loomis-plays-jason-beckers-perpetual-burn">“Perpetual Burn,”</a> the title track from Becker’s 1988 album, and one of the finest displays of his virtuoso guitar work. The guitarist, who is one of Strauss’s influences, developed the muscle-degenerative disease ALS in 1989 and is today unable to move or speak. He lives at home in the care of his family. </p> <p>The video opens with Strauss rehearsing “Perpetual Burn” at home, followed by shots of her being driven to an unknown destination. When they pull up to a house, Strauss suddenly comprehends that she’s going to “audition” for the guitar app, at which point she quite understandably exclaims, “I’m not ready.”</p> <p>Strauss isn’t aware of what’s actually happening until she enters the home and sees Becker, at which point she realizes she’s been set up for a nice surprise. </p> <p>Prior to playing, Strauss talks with Becker and his mother, Amy, who translates his eye movements into words. (Becker communicates using a coded system of eye movements devised by his father.) </p> <p>“Can I talk you into playing?” Becker asks Strauss.</p> <p>Amy offers Strauss the pick of Becker’s guitars, which are displayed on the walls, for her to play. “Loiter and play anything you want,” Becker says.</p> <p>Strauss’s performance of “Perpetual Burn” begins at the 5:00 mark, if you want to skip right to the action. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3Ti5rWHOkZ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jason-becker">Jason Becker</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/nita-strauss-meets-jason-becker-and-performs-perpetual-burn-video/25394#comments Jason Becker Nita Strauss Perpetual Burn Videos News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:10:16 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25394 at http://www.guitarworld.com The 10 Greatest Metallica Songs of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/10-greatest-metallica-songs-all-time/25393 <!--paging_filter--><p>Metallica are undeniably the most influential rock band of the past 30-plus years. That fact can be perceived simply by looking at the numbers. </p> <p>They are on the exclusive list of music artists who have sold more than 100 million records, and each of their albums has enjoyed multi-Platinum status, an achievement that even AC/DC, the Rolling Stones and U2 haven’t matched. </p> <p>And while they’ve never really had a bona fide pop hit, dozens of Metallica songs—including “Seek and Destroy,” “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman”—have become vital landmarks on the vast landscape of music history, inspiring new generations of music fans and aspiring guitarists much the same way “Johnny B. Goode,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Stairway to Heaven” inspired previous generations.</p> <p>In that respect, Metallica’s influence can be observed simply by tuning into the very culture of modern music. To put it simply, Metallica redefined metal music. During the early Eighties, bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were considered heavy metal. But after Metallica burst out of the underground and into mainstream awareness, the terms heavy and metal didn’t quite seem to fit those bands any more. </p> <p>Metallica’s sonic signatures—extreme high-gain distortion, rapid-fire down-picked riffs and jackhammer double–bass drum rhythms—became the new vernacular for metal. Since Metallica’s arrival in 1983, thousands of bands—including industrial groups like Ministry, nu-metal newcomers like Korn and unabashed Metallica clones like Trivium—have adopted those characteristics as their own. </p> <p>Having deep influences has certainly helped Metallica hone their craft. Drummer Lars Ulrich’s vast collection of Seventies Euro metal, punk rock and NWOBHM records provided a bottomless well of inspiration during Metallica’s early days, when the band consisted of Ulrich, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (who replaced founding guitarist Dave Mustaine) and bassist Cliff Burton. </p> <p>The band members never stopped searching for new inspirations, discovering unlikely muses like Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western scores, Tom Waits’ lowlife junkyard blues and Nick Cave’s gothic post-punk swamp rock. Along the way they lost members: Burton died in 1986 and was replaced by Jason Newsted, who left in 2001 and was later replaced by Robert Trujillo. But even as Metallica evolved from progressive thrash epics in the Eighties to shorter and more melodic songs in the Nineties, they never lost the essence of their personality—an indefinable intensity that makes Metallica songs as recognizable as any classic from the Beatles or Led Zeppelin catalogs.</p> <p>Considering the band’s lasting and ever-growing influence, we felt an examination of its contributions was long overdue. The following 10 songs are significant mileposts that have shaped and defined much of the hard rock and metal music made today, and they’re also the source of some of the coolest riffs ever written for the guitar. No wonder Metallica remain a powerful force to be reckoned with.</p> <p>If you'd like to explore this topic further, we strongly suggest <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/100-greatest-songs-by-metallica">The 100 Greatest Metallica Songs of All Time.</a> Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>10. “Fade to Black”</strong><br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett<br /> Length: 6:57</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tZF79pTfZYo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. “All Nightmare Long”</strong><br /> <em>Death Magnetic</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich,Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo<br /> Length: 7:58</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NWP9daDpkzc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”</strong><br /> <em>Master of Puppets</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett<br /> Length: 6:28</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zOHfxHZO2BY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. “The Four Horsemen”</strong><br /> <em>Kill ’Em All </em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine<br /> Length: 7:13</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DbiN9mdZRk0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. “Battery”</strong><br /> <em>Master of Puppets</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich<br /> Length: 5:10</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OtT25wLLfJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. “One”</strong><br /> <em>…And Justice for All</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich<br /> Length: 7:24</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sYBMhJt1WCY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. “Ride the Lightning”</strong><br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine<br /> Length: 6:36</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IBKJMZUIuKA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. “Seek &amp; Destroy”</strong><br /> <em>Kill ’Em All</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich<br /> Length: 6:55</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NJzoBmVPeYw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. “Master of Puppets”</strong><br /> <em>Master of Puppets</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett<br /> Length: 8:38</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ujwiWjJLwBg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. “Creeping Death” </strong><br /> <em>Ride the Lightning</em><br /> Writers: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett<br /> Length: 6:36</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3j6_EyAhim8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/10-greatest-metallica-songs-all-time/25393#comments Metallica Guitar World Lists News Features Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:00:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25393 at http://www.guitarworld.com Fastest Guitars in the Country: 10 Essential Country Shred Guitar Songs http://www.guitarworld.com/fastest-guitars-country-10-essential-country-shred-guitar-songs <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, <em>Guitar World</em> picks the 10 essential country shred guitar songs. </p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><strong>Joe Maphis, “Flying Fingers”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Flying Fingers</em></strong></p> <p>The link between blazing acoustic bluegrass and electrified country shred began with Joe Maphis and his furious flatpicking on songs like “Flying Fingers,” which he recorded in 1956. </p> <p>Maphis played both the six-string track and overdubbed octave-guitar unison track using both necks of his custom Mosrite double-neck guitar. During the Fifties, Maphis frequently performed on the <em>Town Hall/Ranch Party</em> television program, shredding the strings along with guests that included Ricky Nelson and a 12-year-old Larry Collins.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/AXarnqkkpPk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Phil Baugh, “Country Guitar”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Live Wire</em></strong></p> <p>Phil Baugh’s original <em>Country Guitar</em> album released in 1965 features numerous dazzling instrumentals, like “The Finger,” but the centerpiece is the title track where he performs uncanny imitations of several guitarists, including Chet Atkins, Billy Byrd, Hank Garland, Les Paul and Merle Travis, who all are worthy of inclusion on this list. </p> <p>Baugh played on Merle Haggard’s early Bakersfield singles during the Sixties and during the Seventies moved to Nashville, where he played on sessions for countless hit records.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nwws6XPZ1JM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Jimmy Bryant, “Down Yonder”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Fastest Guitar in the Country</em></strong></p> <p>Jimmy Bryant (guitar) and Speedy West (pedal steel) recorded incredible instrumental duets during the Fifties that still sound amazing, but Bryant also released some great, overlooked albums on his own during the Sixties. </p> <p>“Down Yonder” from the aptly titled <em>Fastest Guitar in the Country</em> album downplays his usual jazzy flourishes in favor of genuine country twang played in Bryant’s inimitable lightning fast style. Bonus points for the ultra-cool Voxmobile on the cover, which Batmobile and Dragula designer George Barris built for Bryant. </p> <p>Note: Since “Down Yonder” isn't available on YouTube at the moment, we've provided a clip of Bryant and West's "Frettin' Fingers" instead. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ysuei7pagTw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Albert Lee, “Fun Ranch Boogie”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Gagged But Not Bound</em></strong></p> <p>“Country Boy,” which Lee first recorded with Head Hands &amp; Feet in 1971, has become his signature tune, but this song also provides fine examples of Lee’s ultra-precise banjo-style hybrid picking and tasteful melodic sensibilities. </p> <p>“Albert Lee always sounds like Albert Lee,” Brad Paisley says in the May 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>. “His style has evolved into more of a Strat-based sound using the bridge and middle pickup than the twangy Tele tone he used to play.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iywt3tbGbSE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Steve Morse, “John Deere Letter”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Out Standing in Their Field</em></strong></p> <p>Morse has usually included at least one bona fide country shred tune on his albums going all the way back to his recordings with the Dixie Dregs in the Seventies (“Gina Lola Breakdown” and “Pride O’ the Farm” being great examples). </p> <p>This song from his latest Steve Morse Band effort proves that his hyperspeed chicken pickin’ keeps getting better.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EG9R0JFJECo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Hellecasters, “Orange Blossom Special”</strong><br /> <strong><em>The Return of the Hellecasters</em></strong></p> <p>Emerging toward the tail end of the shred phenomenon in the early Nineties, this all-star guitar trio consisting of Jerry Donahue, John Jorgenson and Will Ray showed that country boys could not only play as well as the rockers, but they could also do it with a lot more style, originality, humor and panache. </p> <p>“It’s hard to beat the Hellecasters,” Paisley says. “John Jorgenson is my number-one favorite guitarist. He’s what I’m trying to be.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/snS4u6K5NbY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Michael Lee Firkins, “Big Red”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Chapter Eleven</em></strong></p> <p>Most of the tracks that Firkins recorded in the Nineties fit perfectly with the Shrapnel label’s then-current roster of metal/fusion players, but this Nebraska born-and-bred player couldn’t resist revealing his country and bluegrass chops on occasion. </p> <p>This track is one of his more straight-up country jams, with clean tone as sharp as a Bowie knife.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kuUJkdiV_Z8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Johnny Hiland, “Barnyard Breakdown”</strong><br /> <strong><em>All Fired Up</em></strong></p> <p>One of the most impressive guitarists to emerge on the Nashville scene in recent years, Hiland can be heard tearing it up with Hank Williams III, on sessions with Toby Keith, Randy Travis and others, and even in downtown Nashville’s Lower Broadway honky-tonks.</p> <p>Hiland can play any style of music better than most, but when it comes to country he’s simply untouchable.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/U5t2ivu2qb8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Brad Paisley, “Cluster Pluck”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Play—The Guitar Album</em></strong></p> <p>This instrumental jam featuring Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, John Jorgenson, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner provides a great introduction to almost every current country shredder you should know. </p> <p>“Those guys are all my influences,” Paisley says. “Nobody really outplays anybody else, but when James put on his fingerpicks and did all those bends, double bends and weird arpeggios, I knew that everybody in the room wanted to be him.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/A6BJ2E8eKww" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Marty Stuart, “Hollywood Boogie”</strong><br /> <strong><em>Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down</em></strong></p> <p>The incredible Kenny Vaughan and legendary Marty Stuart go head-to-head on this blazing instrumental that pays tribute to the Fifties recordings of Joe Maphis and Jimmy Bryant while adding their own modern flourishes. </p> <p>Playing Clarence White’s iconic Telecaster, Stuart’s tone remains the ultimate definition of “twang.”</p> <p><strong>NOTE: In the video below, the action begins around 1:10, so you might want to skip ahead.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/r0SDGYSWq_M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/fastest-guitars-country-10-essential-country-shred-guitar-songs#comments Articles Brad Paisley GW Archive Jimmy Bryant Joe Maphis Johnny Hiland May 2013 Michael Lee Firkins Guitar World Lists News Features Magazine Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:24:55 +0000 Chris Gill 18495 at http://www.guitarworld.com Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time Poll: "Wish You Were Here" Vs. "Lola" http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wish-you-were-here-vs-lola/25380 <!--paging_filter--><p>There’s no doubt that acoustic songs have played a lead role in in rock and roll. </p> <p>And while we’ve talked about many of these songs and their origins, taught you how to play them and shared many a thought about ‘em, we think it’s time to get down to brass tacks.</p> <p>While it’s been ridiculously hard to whittle our list down, we now present you with what we think are some of the best acoustic rock songs of all time. </p> <p>Over the next several weeks, we’ll be giving you a chance to vote for your favorites as we aim to name the Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time, presented by <a href="http://www.tcelectronic.com/">TC Electronic</a>!</p> <p>So come back every day and vote. And check out today’s entries below.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”WISH YOU WERE HERE,” PINK FLOYD<br /> <em>Wish You Were Here</em> (1975)</strong></p> <p>The gorgeous title track off of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ hails as the bands most well-known song, and the guitar line serves as one of the most recognizable in rock history. </p> <p>Written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour about feelings of alienation, it also refers to former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett and his downward journey. </p> <p>The acoustic feel is supported by a 12-string guitar, which is produced to sound as if it’s playing through an old AM radio at the beginning of the track, giving the song a strong sentimental feel that goes hand-in-hand with the lyrics of mourning.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DPL_SV3n7IU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>”LOLA,” THE KINKS<br /> <em>Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One</em> (1970)</strong></p> <p>“Lola” is a classic hit by the Kinks, with a story revolving around meeting a beautiful cross-dresser who originally fooled the subject into believing he was female. </p> <p>The song was ahead of its time in 1970, and many stations banned it from getting airplay in Australia because of “controversial subject matter.” Another key factor in the censorship of the song came from the BBC, which banned the track because of the product placement (it had a policy against any product placement in songs) of Coca-Cola, forcing Ray Davies to change the lyrics to “cherry cola” in order to get radio play. </p> <p>The Kinks are known for this song (and their monster hit, “You Really Got Me”).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nVXmMMSo47s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>VOTE NOW:</p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/9053002.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/9053002/">Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time: "Wish You Were Here" Vs. "Lola"</a></noscript></p> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View TC Electronic acoustic rock poll on Scribd" href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/277752753/TC-Electronic-acoustic-rock-poll" style="text-decoration: underline;" >TC Electronic acoustic rock poll</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/277752753/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_24558" width="100%" height="400" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-barsoat-best-acoustic-rock-song-all-time-wish-you-were-here-vs-lola/25380#comments Acoustic Nation Best Acoustic Rock Song of All Time News Pink Floyd The Kinks Blogs News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:18:27 +0000 Acoustic Nation 25380 at http://www.guitarworld.com George Lynch Talks Inspiration and the New Lynch Mob Album, 'Rebel' http://www.guitarworld.com/george-lynch-talks-inspiration-and-new-lynch-mob-album-rebel/25387 <!--paging_filter--><p>It sure has been a busy year for George Lynch. </p> <p>In January, he teamed up with Stryper guitarist Michael Sweet for a new project called Sweet &amp; Lynch. This summer, he released “Shadow Train,” the musical project for his forthcoming documentary, <em>Shadow Nation.</em> </p> <p>On August 21, Lynch—along with vocalist Oni Logan—released a new Lynch Mob album called <em>Rebel.</em> It comes 25 years after the band's debut album, <em>Wicked Sensation.</em> </p> <p><em>Rebel</em> features strong performances by Lynch’s former Dokken bandmate—and current Foreigner bassist—Jeff Pilson, plus drummer Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Slash). </p> <p>Whether it’s the infectious qualities s of the triplet-paced “Automatic Fix," the tasty goodness of “Jelly Roll” or the vintage, in-your-face sound of the Mu-Tron octave divider heard on “Testify," Lynch proves once again that he’s at the ready whenever the cosmos want to send down riffs that stick in your head long after the song is over.</p> <p>I recently spoke with Lynch about <em>Rebel,</em> his career and a few of his other projects.</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What was the genesis of <em>Rebel</em>?</strong></p> <p>Inspiration. It’s almost like a cyclical thing. Like, you’re subconsciously trained to start thinking about a new album every year or so. When inspiration strikes, you’ve got to be ready to respond, and Oni and I felt the need to relieve ourselves of these creative impulses. We’ve put our hearts and souls into this album and have been getting a lot of positive feedback about it.</p> <p><strong>What was the songwriting process like for <em>Rebel</em>?</strong></p> <p>It’s very similar to working on a Sweet &amp; Lynch album or with Jeff Pilson. For <em>Rebel,</em> pre-production was done with just Oni, myself and an engineer. Unlike being in a band, fleshing things out in a rehearsal room, this was a very closed situation that was very intense and self-contained. Usually I’ll come up with the primary architecture of a song and then I’ll look for feedback and ideas. That’s when Oni might make a suggestion or and ask me to try something. From there, I’ll find something and flesh it out. The musical/instrumental inspiration usually comes from me, and the lion’s share of melodies and lyrics come from Oni.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/deJdCFQ76BA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What does the band's touring schedule look like?</strong></p> <p>We’ve done about 50 dates so far this year. We’ll be playing the western part of the country and the mountain states, which includes hitting California pretty hard.</p> <p><strong>What made you decide to start wanting to playing guitar?</strong></p> <p>I’m really not sure. I just had an urgency to play. I remember being 10 and listening to the music my father had. It was really just something I wanted to do. </p> <p><strong>Is it true that you auditioned for Ozzy’s band after he left Black Sabbath?</strong></p> <p>"Audition" is kind of a weird word for it. I was actually up for the gig on three different occasions, including prior to Randy [Rhoads]. I was already in Dokken at the time and took a short hiatus to pursue the Ozzy thing and then came back. Even though I didn’t get the gig, it worked out OK for everyone.</p> <p><strong>This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dokken’s <em>Under Lock and Key.</em> When you look back to that time, what comes to mind?</strong></p> <p>At that point, we had really matured as a band. You could really see the evolution of our writing from <em>Breaking the Chains<em> and <em>Tooth and Nail. Under Lock and Key</em> sounded better than our previous albums. We were really polished and at the top of our game. </em></em></p> <p><strong>What’s your live setup like these days?</strong></p> <p>I’m always mixing it up. My days off on the road are usually spent crawling around pawn shops and mom-and-pop music stores looking for jewels. Right now, I’m playing through my Randall Headhunter, which is my new signature head that'll be coming out soon. We’ve been working on it for about three years now. It’s an amazing amp.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BbBNCj-XaQE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What other projects are you working on?</strong></p> <p>Other than this new album, the project I’m deeply involved in right now is the Infidels. It started out with myself and Pancho Tomaselli from Tower of Power. We’ve also got Angelo Moore on vocals and Chris Moore on drums. It’s a very unorthodox record and has really expanded my abilities as a player. We’re very excited about it.</p> <p><strong>Do you have any advice for up-and-coming guitarists?</strong></p> <p>Everyone goes through phases. When you’re young, you’re full of testosterone and want to rule the world by chasing the dragon and being the fastest and best guitarist and creating the soundtrack that’s in your head, and that’s great. As a player, you should always want to try certain things and learn from others. But eventually, try to develop your own style and create a space for yourself. Because now you’re no longer competing against anyone else. Now you’re only competing with yourself. </p> <p><em>For more about Lynch, visit <a href="http://georgelynch.com/wordpress/">georgelynch.com.</a></em></p> <p><em>James Wood is a writer, musician and self-proclaimed metalhead who maintains his own website, <a href="http://gojimmygo.net/">GoJimmyGo.net</a>. His articles and interviews are written on a variety of topics with passion and humor. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/JimEWood">Twitter @JimEWood.</a></em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/george-lynch">George Lynch</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/george-lynch-talks-inspiration-and-new-lynch-mob-album-rebel/25387#comments George Lynch James Wood Lynch Mob Interviews News Features Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:25:49 +0000 James Wood 25387 at http://www.guitarworld.com Steve Vai Reveals His Favorite New Guitar Player — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-reveals-his-favorite-new-guitar-player-video/25386 <!--paging_filter--><p>Steve Vai has his legions of followers. But who does the guitar legend follow?</p> <p>Turns out it’s a guitarist by the name of Daniele Gottardo.</p> <p>Vai revealed the information in the following message:</p> <p>“Hey Folks,</p> <p>“I’m often asked who is my favorite new young guitar player. Well, here he is: Daniele Gottardo. </p> <p>“He’s Italian, and I have been following him for quite some time now. He has an elegant touch, stunning intonation, innovational style, and he honors the melody. Enjoy, and check out his new record here for a real treat.”</p> <p>So who is Daniele Gottardo? As it turns out, quite a diverse player. In addition to his stunning virtuoso solo work—an expressive and technically superb rock-symphonic fusion—he performs with the jazz project the Nuts and the self-described pop/punk/glam-metalcore experiment Plastik Boobies. (Even if we didn’t tell you the styles of those bands, the names alone would suggest Gottardo defies easy categorization.)</p> <p>Here are a few videos to acquaint you with Gottardo and his music. You can find more at his YouTube channel and follow him on Facebook.</p> <p>“Rimsky’s Beard,” the first track on Gottardo’s second album, <em>Non Temperato.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c0-ote7Kx0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> “Caligula,” also from <em>Non Temperato:</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SJoJGfMWIWc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> Gottardo’s cover of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pnnlEEpSmMQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-reveals-his-favorite-new-guitar-player-video/25386#comments Daniele Gottardo Steve Vai Videos News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:49:52 +0000 Christopher Scapelliti 25386 at http://www.guitarworld.com Sock Puppet Parody of Pantera's "Walk" Features Vinnie Paul — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/sock-puppet-parody-panteras-walk-features-vinnie-paul-video/25384 <!--paging_filter--><p>The wonderfully deranged gang over at Sock Puppet Parody has posted a brand-new video—a sock-puppet parody of Pantera's "Walk" as performed by a fictional band called Hamptera.</p> <p>The Hamptera version of "Walk" is about a disgruntled sock that has lost its grip.</p> <p>Lyrics include, "With each step I slip off of your heel" and "Is there no elastic anymore?"</p> <p>The video, which you can check out below, even features a mini Dimebag Darrell sock puppet (complete with razor blade) and a cameo by Pantera's drummer, Vinnie Paul (as an actual human, not a sock). Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kxit-s0fvkQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pantera">Pantera</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/sock-puppet-parody-panteras-walk-features-vinnie-paul-video/25384#comments Pantera Sock Puppet Parody Videos News Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:45:47 +0000 Guitar World Staff 25384 at http://www.guitarworld.com