Van Halen will tour North America this summer and fall in support of their new live album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert. The tour, which will feature David Lee Roth at vocals, is expected to kick off July 5 in Seattle and wrap up October 2 in Los Angeles.
Five-time Grammy nominee Ford, who has worked with George Harrison, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and many others, describes the 11-song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done,” a pretty staggering observation considering his extensive discography, which includes more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands.
For the uninitiated, a B-bender is a contraption (the perfect word for it) that lives in- or outside your guitar and allows you to pull—usually with some sort of arm, palm, shoulder or hip movement—your guitar's B string up a perfect whole step. So, a B note would suddenly become a C# (or a C, if you don't bend the string all the way).
The notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce a quick succession of notes has been around since the invention of the pick itself. Jazz players from the Fifties would use the approach in their improvisations, and Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out sweep-picked arpeggios.
Below, check out "Another Heart," the new lyric video from Tremonti. It's the new single from the band's second album, Cauterize. Download the single via iTunes as of today, March 24, and the complete album June 9.
Fans of Jeff Beck—and of vintage gear in general—might get a kick out of the video below. In the nearly 15-minute-long clip, which appears as bonus content on Beck's 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Party DVD, Beck shows off some of his favorite guitars.
If you recall, in September 2014, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne announced that the legendary metal band, which enjoyed an extra-successful 2013 and 2014, would be releasing their final album this year. It turns out they'll also be playing their final show this year. As in, last show ever. The end.
Seated across from one another in a cavernous, chilly San Francisco photo studio, Tosin Abasi and Guthrie Govan are deep in conversation, dissecting and debating the relative merits of various guitar neck tone woods. They’re both clearly attuned to the same profound level of guitar geekery—fretboard brothers. But it’s hard to imagine two human beings more different in appearance.
Joe Satriani and Steve Vai have announced plans for a third benefit concert in support of Cliff Cultreri, a music industry veteran and their good friend. “A Benefit for Cliff III” will take place 8 p.m. June 12 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. This event will feature performances by Satriani, Vai and Animals As Leaders.