News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Charvel Announces Pro Mod Super Stock Special Edition Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/charvel-announces-pro-mod-super-stock-special-edition-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Charvel has announced its new Pro Mod Series Super Stock SD1 FR Special Edition guitar.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Charvel’s limited-run Super Stock SD1 FR wraps a radiant Sunset Orange Flake gloss finish around a classic San Dimas body, lending a brilliant look to a powerful tone machine built for the harder side of rock.</p> <p>Other premium features include a quartersawn maple neck with an oil finish and comfortable Pro Mod profile, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12”-16”) with 22 jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan ’59 (neck) and JB (bridge) humbucking pickups with cream bezels, three-position chrome-tip toggle pickup switch and single knurled control knob (master volume), top-mount Floyd Rose FRTO1000 double-locking tremolo bridge and locking nut and non-locking Charvel tuners.</p> <p>While we await a demo video (or for this guitar to be sent to GW HQ), tell us what you think of it based on the photo below and the details above!</p> <p><strong>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.charvel.com/">charvelguitars.com</a>.</strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Charvel%20Super%20Stock%20620.jpg" width="620" height="198" alt="Charvel Super Stock 620.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/charvel-announces-pro-mod-super-stock-special-edition-guitar#comments Charvel FMIC Specialty Brands Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 01 Aug 2014 19:43:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22018 Sixx:A.M. Reveal 'Modern Vintage' Cover Art, Track Listing and Trailer Video http://www.guitarworld.com/sixxam-reveal-modern-vintage-cover-art-track-listing-and-trailer-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Sixx:A.M. have announced that their third album (cover art pictured to the left and below), <em>Modern Vintage,</em> will be released October 7. </p> <p>The band also will release a new single, "Gotta Get It Right," next week.</p> <p>Sixx:A.M. includes bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba.</p> <p><strong><em>Modern Vintage</em> Track list:</strong></p> <p>01.    Stars<br /> 02.    Gotta Get It Right<br /> 03.    Relief<br /> 04.    Get Ya Some<br /> 05.    Let’s Go<br /> 06.    Drive<br /> 07.    Give Me A Love<br /> 08.    Hyperventilate<br /> 09.    High On The Music<br /> 10.  Miracle<br /> 11.  Before It’s Over</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eqxJAjZS9VY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-08-01%20at%201.31.51%20PM.png" width="620" height="618" alt="Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 1.31.51 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/sixxam-reveal-modern-vintage-cover-art-track-listing-and-trailer-video#comments Nikki Sixx Sixx A.M. Sixx:A.M. Videos News Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:36:37 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22017 Limp Bizkit Premiere New Song, "Endless Slaughter" http://www.guitarworld.com/limp-bizkit-premiere-new-song-endless-slaughter <!--paging_filter--><p>Limp Bizkit have released a new song, "Endless Slaughter," which is available as a free download over at <a href="http://www.limpbizkit.com/endless-slaughter/" target="_blank">their official website</a>.</p> <p>Listen to the track below (while you're watching the lyric video) and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2yQC-wil8hg" height="365" width="620" allowfullscreen="" 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="/limp-bizkit">Limp Bizkit</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/limp-bizkit-premiere-new-song-endless-slaughter#comments Limp Bizkit Videos News Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:24:30 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22016 Slipknot Premiere New Song, “The Negative One” http://www.guitarworld.com/slipknot-premiere-new-song-negative-one <!--paging_filter--><p>After a long series of video teasers for their highly anticipated fifth album, Slipknot have premiered a far-beyond-heavy new song, "The Negative One." </p> <p>It's their first original song in six years and first ever without drummer Joey Jordison, who split with the group in 2013, and bassist Paul Gray, who died in 2010. </p> <p><strong>The track can be streamed at <a href="http://www.slipknot1.com/" target="_blank">slipknot1.com</a>. Sorry, but we can't stream the song in this story. When you get to slipknot1.com, just press "Unlock Song," and the track will start playing. No email address required!</strong></p> <p>As always, give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p>Corey Taylor has described the musical direction of the new album as "a great mesh" of 2001's <em>Iowa</em> and 2004's <em>Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses).</em> </p> <p>"You've got the gorgeous melodies and the artistic direction of <em>Vol. 3</em>, and then you've got the absolute brutality of <em>Iowa,</em>" he said. "And I think people are gonna lose their minds when they hear it."</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="/slipknot">Slipknot</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/slipknot-premiere-new-song-negative-one#comments Slipknot News Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:17:16 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22015 Born of Osiris' Lee McKinney on Pantera's 'Cowboys From Hell' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/born-osiris-lee-mckinney-panteras-cowboys-hell-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Pantera</strong><br /> <em>Cowboys From Hell</em> (1990)</p> <p>My dad turned me on to all the metal I listened to when I was younger. We’d listen to a lot of Randy Rhoads and Ozzy Osbourne. </p> <p>But when he played Pantera’s <em>Cowboys from Hell</em> for me, that was what really made me want to play metal and be in a band. That Pantera record changed everything for me. I was probably 12 when I first heard it, which was about 10 years after the record came out, and I would look up all their videos online. </p> <p>I remember the "Primal Concrete Sledge" video in particular. It was live, and so crazy. Pantera had that clicky kick drum and rhythmic chugging, and of course Dimebag Darrell’s lead work. The groove behind <em>Cowboys from Hell</em> was a different take on the other stuff I was listening to at that time, and it really drew me in.</p> <p>Unfortunately I never got to see Pantera live, which is a major bummer. But traveling on the Mayhem festival, I’ve met a lot of people that were close to Dime, like Rita [Haney, Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend]. It’s cool to hear all the stories about him. He seemed like such an awesome guy. </p> <p>To this day, I still listen to Pantera. We tour a lot with another band from our label, Sumerian, called After the Burial. When we get with them, it always turns into a Pantera listening party, and <em>Cowboys from Hell</em> is always in the mix.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3DOamgay6Mw" 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/born-osiris-lee-mckinney-panteras-cowboys-hell-record-changed-my-life#comments Born of Osiris July 2014 Lee McKinney Pantera The Record that Changed My Life News Features Magazine Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:54:57 +0000 Lee McKinney http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21921 25 Things Every Guitarist Should Know http://www.guitarworld.com/25-things-every-guitarist-should-know <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Many people believe that possessing talent alone is enough to guarantee an artist success in the music business. Nothing could be further from the truth. In a perfect world, the best musicians — the best guitarists — would be amply rewarded for their abilities. The music business, however, is far from perfect. </em></p> <p>And unless you're one of the blessed few (such as Eddie Van Halen) who can single-handedly change the course of guitar history, the harsh reality is that killer chops and perfect time impress only other guitarists, not the people who hire you or buy the records.</p> <p>Talent, of course, is any artist's basic bread and butter, but whether you're a fingerpicker or a two-handed tapper, in order to survive the music business and distinguish yourself from the thousands of other guitarists who are after your gig, you must boast some other essential qualities. These range from good people skills to practical, common-sense approaches to your business (Fact it, that's what it is), both of which will help you stand out from the pack — and believe me, there's nothing more frightening that a pack of hungry, feral guitarists. </p> <p>For your edification, I have crunched these qualities — the many do's and don'ts of guitar existence — into 25 hardheaded, clearly wrought maxims. Learn them, memorize them, master them and imbibe. You'll be a better person for it, a better guitarist, and you just may make your way from the garage to the arena stage.</p> <p><strong>01. Nobody likes an asshole</strong></p> <p>Reality check: Most musicians don't give a damn whether you're the second coming of Jimi, Eddie or Buck Dharma. They just want someone with a good attitude who will play the parts correctly. And since most of your time is spent offstage, relating with the other musicians on a personal level becomes as important as relating to them musically. Remember-no one is indispensable. Just ask David Lee Roth.</p> <p><strong>02. Having a great feel is your most important musical asset</strong></p> <p>No one will want to play with you if you have bad time. You must have a great feel-it's that simple. By "great feel" I mean the ability to lock in with the rhythm section and produce a track that grooves. If there's one thing I would recommend you to constantly work on, it's developing your groove. Listen to the greats to learn how grooves should be played: from rock (Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" to 16th-note funk (James Brown's "Sex Machine") to blues shuffle ("Pride and Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughan). Tape yourself (with a metronome) playing them-you'll be able to isolate and work on your problem areas. Or pick up the excellent JamTrax series (Music Sales), a series of play-along tapes covering everything from blues to alternative to metal, to stay in shape. This is the one area where you should be most brutal in your self-assessment. You'll be a much better player for it.</p> <p><strong>03. Develop your own sound </strong></p> <p>There's no better way to learn how to play than to cop licks from your favorite guitarists. The problem to watch out for is when you start sounding too much like your favorite player. Remember, rules, especially musical rules, are made to be broken.</p> <p><strong>04. Be on time</strong></p> <p>You wouldn't believe how many musicians don't believe that punctuality is important. It is crucial.</p> <p><strong>05. Listen, listen, listen!</strong></p> <p>When you're on stage or in the studio, don't be in your own world-listen and interact with the other musicians you're working with. React to what they're playing. Don't play too loud or get in the way when someone else is soloing. Put their egos ahead of yours-your number will always be called if the other musicians feel that you made them sound better.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>06. Know what you want to be</strong></p> <p>The most successful people in the music business are totally focused-they have specific goals in mind and do whatever is necessary to achieve them. The simple realization that you don't have to be a musician to be a rock star and don't have to be a rock star to be a musician can spare you years of cynicism and bitterness.</p> <p><strong>07. Play for the song, not for yourself</strong></p> <p>It's imperative to play what's idiomatically correct. For example, don't play Yngwie licks on Bush's "Glycerine" or a noodly jazz solo on Soundgarden's "Outshined," no matter how much it impresses you. I learned this the hard way while auditioning for a punk singer. I thought I'd show her what a good, well-rounded musician I was and ended a thrash song in A with an Am(add9) chord, instead of a more appropriate A5. I was promptly shown the door.</p> <p><strong>08. Play with musicians who are better (and better known) than you</strong></p> <p>There's no faster way to improve and jump up to the next level than to play with great musicians. You'll learn the tricks of the trade, and pick up on their years of experience in the trenches, as well. But if you want to be a star, there's no better way to kick-start your career than by ingratiating yourself with someone famous and be seen sycophantically swilling drinks with him or her at the coolest bar in town.</p> <p><strong>09. Less is more</strong></p> <p>Most players you hear or read about pay lip service to what has become the guitardom's ultimate cliché. The fact is, though, what's glibly easy to say is not necessarily easy to do. I learned this on a gig backing up a singer on a cruise ship (It was the actual "Love Boat!"). Back then, I couldn't read music or play over changes very well, so during the first show, in abject fear, I played very sparsely-only what I was sure would work. After the show, the singer told me she had never worked with so sensitive an accompanist.</p> <p><strong>10. Image does matter</strong></p> <p>This is one of the sad truths about the music business. The good news, however, is that not every musical situation calls for the same image. So use some common sense-if you're going to be auditioning for a wimpy jangle band, don't come dressed like a Marilyn Manson cast-off.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>11. It's essential to have a great touch, or vibrato</strong></p> <p>There are players who say it took them 10-15 years to develop a great vibrato. They're the lucky ones-most never find it. Your touch is like your fingerprints-it's what distinguishes your blues playing, for instance, from that of countless other guitarists. Think of B.B. King or Jimi Hendrix-they are instantly recognizable. There are two main types of vibrato: one generated by the wrist (a la Hendrix and B.B. King) and the other from the fingers (favored more by classical guitarists). To determine which type works for you, check out your favorite guitarists' vibratos and try to imitate them. You can also pick up B.B. King's video <em>Bluesmaster</em> (Volume 1) to see his unique "bee-sting" vibrato demonstrated in-depth.</p> <p><strong>12. Get your sound/tone together</strong></p> <p>I can't emphasize enough how important this is. Know your gear well enough so that it works for you, not against you. For example, if you're looking for a Stevie Ray tone, you won't get it with a Les Paul going through a Marshall. You'll need a Strat running through a Fender Bassman (with an Ibanez Tube Screamer for extra punch). Unless you're a studio tech-head, a great guitar and amp (with an overdrive or chorus pedal) will probably sound 10 times better than a refrigerator full of rack-mounted shit (believe me, I've been there).</p> <p><strong>13. Practice what you don't know, not what you do know</strong></p> <p>In order to improve, you must practice. That sounds frightening, but let me reassure you that good practicing doesn't necessarily entail sitting grimly in a basement (while the other kids are outside playing), mindlessly running scales and arpeggios-you can get all the technique you need by learning licks from your favorite guitarists. For example, Eric Johnson's intro to "Cliffs of Dover" is a veritable lexicon of minor-pentatonic ideas. Here are the three axioms of good practicing:</p> <p>A. Master small bits of music first (no more than four to eight notes at a time), then connect them to form longer passages.<br /> B. Start out playing new ideas at a slow tempo (this builds muscle memory), then gradually work up to speed. It's much better to play slow and clean than fast and sloppy.<br /> C. Always practice with a metronome</p> <p><strong>14. Get your business chops together</strong></p> <p>Business chops are just as important as musical ones, if not more so. If you want to make money as a musician, you have to start seeing yourself as a business and your music as a product. Acting against the stereotype of a musician (you know — stupid, drunk and gullible), as hard as that may be, will show club owners and record execs that you're not a pushover.</p> <p><strong>15. Be fluent with both major and minor pentatonic scales</strong></p> <p>In rock, pop, blues or country situations, knowing these scales will enable you to get by 80 percent of the time. I heartily recommend my book <em>Practical Pentatonics</em> (Music Sales)-a nifty little volume that covers just about all you need to know to be comfortable using the pentatonic scale in real-life gigging situations.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>16. As soon as you learn something cool, apply it immediately to a real-life musical situation</strong></p> <p>Many guitarists learn tons of licks that sound great when played in the practice room. But the minute they get on stage, they have a hard time integrating this new material into their playing. Before you learn something new, you should have an idea where you could fit it in.</p> <p><strong>17. Learn as many melodies as you can</strong></p> <p>Not only does learning melodies to tunes (any tunes) increase your repertoire, it also (subconsciously) gives you an incredibly distinct edge in developing your phrasing. Ideally, you should be able to duplicate any melody you hear.</p> <p>A. Listen to how singers interpret melodies and try to mimic their phrasing on the guitar.<br /> B. Try to play back any, and I mean any, melody you hear-be it a TV commercial, nursery rhyme or the Mister Softee ice cream truck theme.<br /> C. Always learn a melody on more than one place on the guitar neck. You want to play the melody, not have the melody play you.</p> <p><strong>18. Know your place</strong></p> <p>When a bandleader asks you to play something a certain way, smile and do it! Don't argue. Don't pout. Don't think you know better. Don't be an asshole. You'll have plenty of time to be in charge when your three-disk epic rock opera adaptation of The Jeffersons gets picked up.</p> <p><strong>19. Contrary to popular belief, taking lessons and listening to other styles of music doesn't hurt</strong></p> <p>It never hurts to broaden your scope, no matter how great a player you already are or how much you think you've already learned all there is to know. Opening your mind to other styles and techniques makes you a better, more well-rounded musician. Period. A great teacher can inspire and enable you to develop as a creative, exciting player.</p> <p><strong>20. Learn as many tunes as possible, from start to finish</strong></p> <p>It doesn't matter what style you like to play in, the more tunes you know, the easier it is to get a gig or kick ass on a jam session. And there's no excuse for not doing it-even if you're not at the point where you can learn tunes off the recording, you can avail yourself of the hundreds of transcription books out there. Heck, you can learn five new tunes a month just by reading <em>Guitar World</em>!</p> <hr /> <p><strong>21. Develop authority as a player</strong></p> <p>You have to get to the point where you feel as creatively comfortable in front of hundreds of people as you do in front of your sister and the dog. And the only way you can attain that authority is by putting in the time. Playing at home only gets you so far-it's imperative that you play out as soon as you can. Attend jam sessions. Take less-than-ideal gigs, just for the experience. Take any gigs, for that matter-it's the experience that counts!</p> <p><strong>22. Hang out with other musicians</strong></p> <p>The best way to get contacts and gigs is to be seen and heard. How can anyone recommend you if they don't know who you are? As unpleasant and greasy as this may sound, do your best to befriend other guitarists. Though there's intense competition amongst players, most of your work will come as a result of recommendations made by other guitarists.</p> <p><strong>23. Know the fundamentals</strong></p> <p>Being able to hear common chord changes will help you learn tunes off the radio faster. Knowing a little basic theory will help you with your songwriting and your ability to intuitively come up with rhythm parts. For example, knowing that the harmonic structure of most blues tunes is I-IV-V (C-F-G) and that early rock ballads were usually built on I-vi-IV-V progressions (C-Am-F-G) will help you to play just about any tune in those genres or compose one of your own. One more plug: you also might want to check out my book <em>The Advanced Guitar Case Chord Book</em> (Music Sales) to get an idea of how to apply cool chord voicings to common progressions in all types of music.</p> <p><strong>24. Be careful out there</strong></p> <p>As soon as you or your band become somewhat popular, all sorts of characters are going to start crawling out of the gutter with designs on you. Have fun, but don't go overboard. And always keep an eye on your equipment-it's your life's blood. And try to save some cash.</p> <p><strong>25. Don't shit where you eat</strong></p> <p>Don't fuck the singer. Don't fuck the drummer's girlfriend. Don't fuck the drummer's dog. Don't fuck the drummer. Don't backstab your bandmates. Don't pocket tips. Don't be an asshole!</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/25-things-every-guitarist-should-know#comments GW Archive Guitar World Lists News Features Magazine Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:46:47 +0000 Askold Buk http://www.guitarworld.com/article/11121 DVD Combo Pack — 'Talkin' Blues' Parts 1 and 2 — on Sale at Guitar World Online Store http://www.guitarworld.com/dvd-combo-pack-talkin-blues-parts-1-and-2-sale-guitar-world-online-store <!--paging_filter--><p>The <em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD Combo Pack is <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/talkin-blues-dvd-combo-pack/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesCombo">available now at the Guitar World Online Store</a> for a special sale price — $24.95 (down from $29.98)!</p> <p>Get both <em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVDs from Keith Wyatt in this special combo offer! That's four hours of in-depth video lessons on essential blues elements and guitar-playing techniques.</p> <p>Don't miss out on this amazing blues tutorial at a great price!</p> <p><strong><em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD Part 1:</strong></p> <p> Precision string bending<br /> Low-register phrasing for musical effect<br /> How to use fills effectively<br /> Chicken-pickin' phrases for a funky feel<br /> How to bring your licks to life with accented notes<br /> Jazz-blues techniques:extensions, alterations and substitutions<br /> How to make licks groove with swinging eighth notes</p> <p><strong><em>Talkin' Blues</em> DVD Part 2:</strong></p> <p> "Street Jazz" chord extensions and alterations<br /> Soloing over chord substitutions<br /> How to play like Blink Blake and Charlie Christian<br /> How to match the solo to the song<br /> "Dead thumb (or pick)" technique<br /> Conversational phrasing<br /> Sixth and ninth chords<br /> The New Orleans sound</p> <p>Your instructor: For more than 35 years, Wyatt has been active as a guitarist and educator specializing in American music. He is a prolific author of books, instructional videos and columns on subjects ranging from theory and ear training to beginning guitar methods and blues and "roots" styles. Since 1978, Keith has been an instructor at the world-famous Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he also serves as Director of Curriculum. Since 1996, he has been touring internationally and recording with LA's legendary Blasters. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/talkin-blues-dvd-combo-pack/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesCombo">This combo pack is available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dvd-combo-pack-talkin-blues-parts-1-and-2-sale-guitar-world-online-store#comments News Features Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:44:40 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21855 Johnny Depp and Aerosmith Perform "Big Ten Inch Record" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-depp-and-aerosmith-perform-big-ten-inch-record-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Johnny Depp keeps turning up at Aerosmith shows. Not in the audience, mind you. On stage.</p> <p>Just a few weeks ago, he performed "Train Kept A-Rollin'" with the band in Mansfield, Massachusetts. (See RELATED CONTENT over to the left, just below the photo.)</p> <p>This past Wednesday night, he showed up on the other coast — at the Forum in Inglewood, California — to play Bull Moose Jackson's "Big Ten Inch Record." Aerosmith originally recorded the tune for 1975's <em>Toys in the Attic.</em></p> <p>You can check out a bit of fan-filmed footage of the event below. As always, let us know what you think of it in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cNuyIm8X4vI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-depp-and-aerosmith-perform-big-ten-inch-record-video#comments Aerosmith Johnny Depp Videos News Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:42:30 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22014 Gus G Premieres Music Video for "Blame It on Me" Featuring Mats Levén http://www.guitarworld.com/gus-g-premieres-music-video-blame-it-me-featuring-mats-lev-n <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of a new music video from Ozzy Osbourne/Firewind guitarist Gus G — "Blame It on Me," featuring Mats Levén of Candlemass.</p> <p>The track is from Gus' solo debut, <em>I Am The Fire</em>, which was released March 18 via Century Media Records.</p> <p>Gus handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on the album. </p> <p>He's also joined by a host of friends and guests, including drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo) and Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy), bassists David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Marty O'Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are the Fallen) and vocalists Leven, Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther) and many more.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eCcB3VSWK1A" 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="/gus-g">Gus G</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gus-g-premieres-music-video-blame-it-me-featuring-mats-lev-n#comments Candlemass Gus G Mats Levén Videos News Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:28:31 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22013 Kirk Hammett, Exodus, Death Angel Members Perform Judas Priest's "Grinder" and Metallica's "Seek & Destroy" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-exodus-and-death-angel-members-perform-judas-priests-grinder-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out some fan-filmed footage of Metallica's Kirk Hammett performing Judas Priest's "Grinder" and Metallica's "Seek &amp; Destroy" with Exodus and Mark Osegueda of Death Angel. Note that Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo joins the band for "Seek &amp; Destroy." </p> <p>The jam session took place last Friday, July 25, at Hammett's "Fear FestEvil After Party" at the San Diego Comic-Con International. </p> <p>As we have reported 17,000 times, Hammett was a member of Exodus' original lineup before replacing Dave Mustaine in Metallica in 1983. </p> <p>As always, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook! We admit the videos are on the dark side, the sound is actually pretty decent.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/vVJQNWGfOgs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tw-JwSQ7cCA" 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="/exodus">Exodus</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/judas-priest">Judas Priest</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/metallica">Metallica</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metallica-exodus-and-death-angel-members-perform-judas-priests-grinder-video#comments Exodus Judas Priest Kirk Hammett Metallica Videos News Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:12:57 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22012 Black Veil Brides' Jake Pitts on Metallica's Black Album — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/black-veil-brides-jake-pitts-metallicas-black-album-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Metallica</strong><br /> <em>Metallica</em> (The Black Album) (1991)</p> <p>Metallica’s Black Album (<em>Metallica</em>) definitely changed the way I looked at the guitar and what my goals were going to become in life. </p> <p>I can’t remember the exact moment I discovered the album, but I do remember I was around 13 years old and had gotten this new cool toy for my birthday called the Rhythm Bandit. It was a little device you would hook up to your CD player and flip a switch that was supposed to isolate the rhythm guitar. </p> <p>I remember sitting in the living room of our little house in Boise, Idaho, for hours and hours, learning every song on the Black Album with the help of the Rhythm Bandit, which allowed me to hear the guitar parts better. </p> <p>I actually went to one of my guitar lessons and said I wanted my guitar to sound like Metallica, but I wasn't talking about my playing—I was talking about tone. </p> <p>I don’t know anyone who understands tone at that age, as most kids just want to crank the gain to 10, but I've always had a good ear for sound. I never would have thought back when I was sitting on my living room floor learning those songs that I would be doing one of my albums with the legendary Bob Rock himself.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CD-E-LDc384" 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/black-veil-brides-jake-pitts-metallicas-black-album-record-changed-my-life#comments August 2014 Black Veil Brides Jake Pitts Metallica The Record that Changed My Life Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:52:13 +0000 Jake Pitts http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21922 We Are The In Crowd's Jordan Eckes and Cameron Hurley's Summer Tour Survival Guide — Warped Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/we-are-crowds-jordan-eckes-and-cameron-hurleys-summer-tour-survival-guide-warped-tour <!--paging_filter--><p><em>In this new feature from the August 2014 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>, the guitarists of Avenged Sevenfold, Morbid Angel, Trivium and other metal acts tell how they'll beat the heat and tame the crowds on the season's biggest tours.</em></p> <p><strong><em>TODAY: We Are The In Crowd's Jordan Eckes and Cameron Hurley — WARPED TOUR</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Jordan Eckes</strong></p> <p><strong>Tips for playing in extreme heat?</strong></p> <p>Stay hydrated and don’t play on an empty stomach! The last thing you want to do is pass out onstage and cause a panic. Trust me: playing on 120-degree days is no joke. </p> <p><strong>One item you’ll carry with you at all times this summer?</strong></p> <p>Sunglasses.</p> <p><strong>Considerations when playing an outdoor show versus an indoor show?</strong></p> <p>When you’re running entirely DI like we do, there will be times when the wind will completely throw the sound around, so you need to be aware of that. And we always need to be prepared for rain. </p> <p><strong>Primary gear you’ll be playing this summer?</strong></p> <p>Nothing too fancy, just my Music Man Reflex custom and an Avid Eleven Rack for amp simulation. For a long time I used a JCM 900 through a Palmer PDI-03 speaker simulator, but it makes life so much easier having a two-space rack. Once everything is mixed at front-of-house, it’s really hard to tell what's “real” and what’s digital these days.</p> <p><strong>Tips for winning over a tough crowd?</strong></p> <p>If a crowd isn’t feeling your set, there’s really not much you can do besides try to pump them up. Talk about whoever’s headlining that day, and try to interact with the crowd instead of playing your set as fast as possible.</p> <p><strong>Advice for a band just starting to play live?</strong></p> <p>Get your drummer on a click. It will make your live show more enjoyable and you’ll grow tighter as a band. Don’t be afraid of laying out banter for your set before a show. Make sure your lead singer knows what he or she needs to say before a particular song. Just have fun—and, please, use a floor tuner!</p> <p><strong>Cameron Hurley</strong></p> <p><strong>Your sweatiest concert ever?</strong></p> <p>It was at the Cockpit in Leeds, England, on our headlining tour of the U.K. earlier this year. The venue is shaped like a giant soup can, and when it’s packed it feels like you’re playing in one, too. Our clothes didn’t dry for about two days after that.</p> <p><strong>Tips for playing in extreme heat?</strong></p> <p>Pace yourselves, stay hydrated, and try not to drink too much alcohol before you play. There isn’t much more you can do about the heat, so you’d better get used to standing around in sweat-soaked clothes.</p> <p><strong>One item you’ll carry with you at all times this summer?</strong></p> <p>I tend to lose most of things I should carry on me at all times. But one thing I’ll never tour without is my FGN Masterfield guitar. It’s a beautiful, Japanese-made semi-hollowbody, and I can get just about any sound I’m looking for out of it.</p> <p><strong>Considerations when playing an outdoor show versus an indoor show?</strong></p> <p>Don’t underestimate how much the sun will wear you down. The first few times you have to play outside in the middle of the summer, you’ll feel like you just ran a triathlon. If it's really sunny and you use a lot of pedals, try putting them somewhere onstage where there’s shade. There’s nothing worse than looking down at your tuner and seeing nothing but the glare from the sun.</p> <p><strong>Primary gear you’ll be playing this summer?</strong></p> <p>Over the past few years, we’ve slowly transitioned to having a fully digital setup. I’m playing an Avid Eleven Rack with a MIDI-controlled pedal board. It’s simple and easy to travel with, and it’s very convenient to transition from using it for writing and demoing when we’re off tour to using it as a live rig on tour.</p> <p><strong>Tips for winning over a tough crowd?</strong></p> <p>Some crowds are harder to please than others. On a good day, everything just connects, the crowd is responsive, and we put on a show we feel great about. Other days you need to put in more work, raise the energy and get in their faces a bit more. Don’t lose confidence if the crowd doesn’t seem blown away. Chances are there was at least one person who loved it, and they’ll remember it.</p> <p><strong>Advice for a band just starting to play live?</strong></p> <p>When you’re first starting out, you might be more worried about playing a perfectly tight set and forget that you also need to put on an entertaining show. Keep the crowd engaged, and get them involved with the show so they can connect with more than just the music.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BM3Rv2RO1Do" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/we-are-crowds-jordan-eckes-and-cameron-hurleys-summer-tour-survival-guide-warped-tour#comments 2014 Summer Tour Survival Guide August 2014 Cameron Hurley Jordan Eckes We Are The In Crowd Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:45:56 +0000 Jeff Kitts, Sammi Chichester http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21727 Periphery's Misha Mansoor Discusses Dream Theater's 'Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/peripherys-misha-mansoor-discusses-dream-theaters-metropolis-pt-2-scenes-memory-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><strong>Dream Theater</strong><br /> <em>Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory</em> (1999)</p> <p>“This is the album that got me into progressive music and made me think differently about guitar.</p> <p>"It’s the most formative album for me in deciding I was going to be a musician and take guitar seriously. Before hearing <em>Scenes from a Memory</em>, I was mostly a drummer. I was probably 15 or 16 when my friend from high school played it for me. </p> <p>"I had heard the name Dream Theater before, but I didn’t pay attention because sometimes the word prog gets a bad rap, so I kinda wrote them off. But my friend lent me the album along with their DVD, <em>Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York</em>, where they play the album live. The combination of hearing the record and also seeing that they could actually play that stuff live was amazing. They nail it. I didn’t even know it was possible, and it rocked my world. </p> <p>“Before that, I played guitar a little bit, but it was mostly about playing drop-D power chords. Nothing serious. But the possibilities of what music could be expanded so much after I heard <em>Scenes from a Memory</em>. It was a mind fuck. I stopped playing drums and took guitar seriously. I sat down and learned as much of the solos and riffs on that album as I could. That’s how I started developing my chops. </p> <p>“The beauty of John Petrucci is that he’s the whole package. Shredders are a dime a dozen, but this guy writes some of the sickest riffs and best songs ever. I wanted to emulate him and absorb as much of his music as possible. I didn’t even want to be original. Dude, I wanted to straight up be John Petrucci! </p> <p>"<em>Scenes from a Memory</em> was my introduction to Dream Theater, and it’s still my favorite record by them. It has so much sentimental value for me because it had such a big impact on my guitar playing.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9ErC9fF8RBY" 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="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/peripherys-misha-mansoor-discusses-dream-theaters-metropolis-pt-2-scenes-memory-record-changed-my-life#comments Dream Theater July 2014 Misha Mansoor Periphery The Record that Changed My Life Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:27:50 +0000 Misha Mansoor http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21928 The Doors' Robby Krieger Discusses Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' — The Record That Changed My Life http://www.guitarworld.com/doors-robby-krieger-discusses-bob-dylans-bringing-it-all-back-home-record-changed-my-life <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Robby Krieger of the Doors chooses and discusses the record that changed his life.</em></p> <p><strong>Bob Dylan</strong><br /> <em>Bringing It All Back Home</em> (1965)</p> <p>“This guy from Marblehead, Massachusetts, who I knew in school named Bill Phinity turned me onto Bob Dylan. </p> <p>"We had a jug band called the Back Bay Chamberpot Terriers. This was the same time that Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Pigpen were playing in a jug band before they formed the Grateful Dead, but they were a lot better than us. Our only gig was for the Ladies Auxiliary. We played a bunch of Dave Van Ronk stuff. </p> <p>“I was 19 and attending [The University of California] Santa Barbara when <em>Bringing It All Back Home</em> came out. I was taking a lot of acid in those days, and everything Dylan said just really connected with me. There are a lot of great songs on that album—‘Maggie’s Farm,’ ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.’ ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ is one of my favorites. That was actually the first rap song as far as I’m concerned. Dylan used the words like notes. He didn’t really care what they said, just how they sounded. </p> <p>“I always liked the way that Dylan played guitar, although I never tried to copy the way he played.</p> <p>"I was always amazed by how he could play guitar and sing or play harmonica at the same time. But the spirit of Dylan’s music has always stayed with me through everything I’ve done with the Doors and the Robby Krieger Band.”</p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/eJxm58htzqc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/eJxm58htzqc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><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="/bob-dylan">Bob Dylan</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/doors-0">The Doors</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/robby-krieger">Robby Krieger</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/doors-robby-krieger-discusses-bob-dylans-bringing-it-all-back-home-record-changed-my-life#comments Bob Dylan July 2014 Robby Krieger The Doors The Record that Changed My Life Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:25:20 +0000 Robby Krieger http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21930 Prestige Guitars at 2014 Summer NAMM: Musician Pro — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/prestige-guitars-2014-summer-namm-musician-pro-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As always, several members of the <em>Guitar World</em> crew were on hand at the 2014 Summer NAMM Show in lovely and talented Nashville, Tennessee, taking pics, getting the latest gear news and shooting plenty of videos.</p> <p>While we were at the show, we stopped by Prestige Guitars' booth. Our visit is chronicled in the video below. </p> <p>In the clip, we get the lowdown on the particulars of Prestige's Musician Pro hollow-body electric guitar. </p> <p>Take a look and tell us what you think in the comments below or on Facebook. And while you're at it, be sure to check out our massive <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/2014-summer-namm-show-photos-gear-galore-nashville">2014 Summer NAMM photo gallery.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/p1mD77kLc24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/prestige-guitars-2014-summer-namm-musician-pro-video#comments Prestige Guitars Summer NAMM 2014 Videos Electric Guitars News Gear Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:22:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/21963