News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/0 en Stevie Ray Vaughan's Top Five Studio Guest Appearances http://www.guitarworld.com/top-five-studio-guest-appearances-stevie-ray-vaughan <!--paging_filter--><p>For someone who spent a mere seven years in the spotlight, Texan Stevie Ray Vaughan left behind an impressive amount of recorded material.</p> <p>He released four studio albums, a double live album and a Vaughan Brothers album (with Jimmie Vaughan), not to mention enough leftover live and studio material to fill several posthumous albums and a box set. </p> <p>He even found time to perform on albums by several other artists — from Teena Marie to Stevie Wonder to Lonnie Mack — very often with fiery results. </p> <p>With that in mind, here are Vaughan's top five guest appearances as a guest or session guitarist during his "famous" years, 1983 to 1990. We'll discuss his pre-fame session work in another story.</p> <p>And just so the Vaughanophiles are clear, this list does not take into account Vaughan's 1983 Canadian TV studio appearance with Albert King — or anything recorded in a TV studio, a radio studio or a studio apartment. It also doesn't include his 1987 recording of "Pipeline" with Dick Dale because that track is credited to the duo, so neither guitarist is the other's "guest."</p> <p><strong>Be sure to pick up the new October 2014 issue of Guitar World magazine, which features SRV on the cover and celebrates the 60th anniversary of his birth with a "Top 30 Performances" list, a feature about his Number One Strat, the current SRV Grammy Museum exhibit and more. <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">The new issue is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <p><strong>05. A.C. Reed, "Miami Strut," from <em>I'm In the Wrong Business!</em> (1987)</strong></p> <p>A.C. Reed was a respected Chicago-based sideman who started his lengthy career in the '40s and worked with a host of big names, including Magic Sam, Son Seals, Albert Collins and Buddy Guy.</p> <p>"Miami Strut" is a funky instrumental that features Vaughan playing a Strat through a Leslie cabinet, its revolving speaker providing an exceptionally "wet" sound. Note how he plays around Reed's catchy tenor sax riffs, making his guitar an integral part of the track. Vaughan's guitar solo starts around 1:22.</p> <p>Because the album, which also features Bonnie Raitt, was released in 1987, it represents a lost period in Vaughan's discography, since <em>Soul to Soul</em> came out in 1985 and <em>In Step</em> came out in 1989. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GZq5akABb9A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>WHILE YOU'RE AT IT</strong>: Check out "These Blues Is Killing Me" from the same album. Vaughan's guitar solo starts around 2:06. That's Reed on vocals.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_YTQLQiNXIE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>04. Bennie Wallace, "All Night Dance," from <em>Twilight Time</em> (1985)</strong></p> <p>Here's Vaughan guesting with another sax player — this time Bennie Wallace (with Dr. John) — on another blues-based instrumental, a lengthy shuffle called "All Night Dance" from Wallace's now-out-of-print <em>Twilight Time</em> album from 1985. The song also was featured on the <em>Bull Durham</em> soundtrack album in 1988 — and even that's out of print (Good luck finding it for less than $60 on Amazon Marketplace or eBay!).</p> <p>Stevie's guitar solo starts around 3:24, and he really pours it on, dialing up his <em>Soul to Soul</em> sound and including several signature SRV motifs and bends. </p> <p>Like a great songwriter who sometimes relegates jaw-dropping tunes to the cutting-room floor or non-album B-sides, Vaughan recorded this brilliant guitar solo one random day in his career — and then just moved on to the next gig, never really looking back.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vfyhbaJ7CpU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>03. Johnny Copeland, "Don't Stop by the Creek, Son," from <em>Texas Twister</em> (1984)</strong></p> <p>Texas blues guitarist and singer Johnny Copeland (father of blues singer Shemekia Copeland) invited Vaughan to play on two tracks on his <em>Texas Twister</em> album. On "Don't Stop by the Creek, Son," Copeland, a fine player in his own right, stepped aside to let Vaughan handle all the lead work. </p> <p>Although Vaughan's Strat was mixed a little too low in the original vinyl mix (It had to compete with Copeland's acoustic guitar), "Creek" is a fun, engaging, upbeat track with a catchy melody and some nifty guitar work from start to finish.</p> <p>It's worth noting that the original 1984 Black and Blues version of <em>Texas Twister</em> featured two tracks with Vaughan on guitar — "Don't Stop by the Creek, Son" and "When the Rain Stops Fallin'." However, when the album was reissued by Rounder Records in 1986, "When the Rain Stops Fallin'" was gone — and it's still gone. iTunes sells only the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/texas-twister/id446039365">1986 version of the album</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nM9-QRPGc_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>02. Lonnie Mack, "If You Have to Know," from <em>Strike Like Lightning</em> (1985)</strong></p> <p>Serious Vaughan fans got a nice bonus in 1985: Alligator Records released Lonnie Mack's masterful <em>Strike Like Lightning</em> album, which was co-produced by Vaughan and Mack, one of SRV's many guitar idols (Be sure to check out Mack's classic 1964 album, <em><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-wham-of-that-memphis-man!/id285852886">The Wham of That Memphis Man!</a></em>).</p> <p>Vaughan plays on several songs on the album, but he actually plays and sings on "If You Have to Know," making it the closest thing to a straight-ahead bonus SRV track. Check it out below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jMj-q5A7MfM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>WHILE YOU'RE AT IT</strong>: From the same album, be sure to get a taste of "Oreo Cookie Blues," which features Vaughan on acoustic guitar, predating "Life By the Drop" and his <em>Unplugged</em> appearance by five years ...</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZsDcBg4X7fQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>... and don't forget "Double Whammy" (a new recording of Mack's early '60s instrumental hit "Wham!" featuring Vaughan and Mack duking it out in the key of E), "Hound Dog Man" and "Satisfy Suzie," which you can hear below. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Snxi6CW42fE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>01. David Bowie, "Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)," from <em>Let's Dance</em> (1983)</strong></p> <p>Come on, you knew something from David Bowie's <em>Let's Dance</em> album had to be No. 1 on this list. </p> <p><em>Let's Dance</em> served as the world's introduction to Vaughan, who, with Bowie, invented something new by adding Texas-style blues guitar to contemporary, dance-based pop music — raising eyebrows, expectations and bank accounts for all involved.</p> <p>Vaughan plays lead guitar on several tracks, including two of the album's many mega-hits ("Let's Dance" and "China Girl"), but guitar-wise, the song that truly kicks collective ass is the less-famous "Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)." It's also got the album's healthiest serving of SRV; he solos in the middle, adds Albert King-style bends throughout and then solos near the end of the song.</p> <p>Note that Bowie recorded two studio versions of this song in the early '80s; be sure to seek out the <em>Let's Dance</em> version (not that there's anything wrong with the other one).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/n4xpdaIZyzs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>WHILE YOU'RE AT IT</strong>: It just feels wrong to leave out the album's title track — which millions of people can credit as the first time they heard Stevie Ray Vaughan.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/N4d7Wp9kKjA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/top-five-studio-guest-appearances-stevie-ray-vaughan?page=0,5">Click here to read about three more songs featuring SRV!</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>Welcome to the bonus page! Here are three extra tunes that feature Vaughan as the guest guitarist, each interesting in its own way.</p> <p><strong>Stevie Wonder, "Come Let Me Make Your Love Come Down," from <em>Characters</em> (1987)</strong></p> <p>While the Vaughan-heavy video below is promising, it's also misleading. </p> <p>Sadly, the finished studio recording of this 1987 Stevie Wonder track features much less of Vaughan's playing, although he can be heard closer to the end of the song, going head to head with B.B. King. So make the most of this video! </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6loFxCKwQjE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Don Johnson, "Love Roulette," from <em>Heartbeat</em> (1986)</strong></p> <p>What's interesting about this one? First of all, <em>Miami Vice</em> star Don Johnson released an album in 1986. Second of all, he got Vaughan to play on it. Third of all, the album reached No. 17 on <em>Billboard's</em> Hot 100. </p> <p>The album, <em>Heartbeat</em>, was a star-studded affair that also featured Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, Dweezil Zappa and Willie Nelson. Johnson eventually recorded one more album, 1989's <em>Let It Roll</em>.</p> <p>Vaughan's solo on "Love Roulette," which you can check out below, starts around 2:51.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4bFxjRdzWO4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Brian Slawson, "Bumble Bee Blues," from <em>Distant Drums</em> (1988)</strong></p> <p>And then there's little-known but interesting gem — "Bumble Bee Blues" by jazzer Brian Slawson from his <em>Distant Drums</em> album from 1988. Check it out!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mbi8_B_S4DI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Photo: From </em>Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Stevie Ray Vaughan<em> album cover</em></p> <p><em>Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at </em>Guitar World<em>. Follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/DamianFanelli">Twitter</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Be sure to pick up the new October 2014 issue of Guitar World magazine, which features SRV on the cover and celebrates the 60th anniversary of his birth with a "Top 30 Performances" list, a feature about his Number One Strat, the current SRV Grammy Museum exhibit and more. <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">The new issue is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-five-studio-guest-appearances-stevie-ray-vaughan#comments Damian Fanelli David Bowie Johnny Copeland list lists Lonnie Mack Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Wonder Teena Marie Guitar World Lists Blogs News Features Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:46:25 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16097 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos: Guitarists and Rockers Get Moist for Charity http://www.guitarworld.com/als-ice-bucket-challenge-videos-guitarists-and-rockers-get-moist-charity-video <!--paging_filter--><p>What if there were one place where you could tune in to see ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos by your favorite rockers, guitarists and music-biz hangers-on?</p> <p>Dream no more!</p> <p>Because there are new Ice Bucket Challenge videos being posted every day, we've decided to make one file out of them, updating it daily — or at least whenever something applicable or interesting comes along.</p> <p>Right off the bat, below, you'll find videos by Jason Becker, Joe Satriani, Nita Strauss and the Alice Cooper Band, John Mayer, Foo Fighters, Ronnie Wood, Corey Talyor, Eddie Vedder, Geddy Lee and well, the list goes on. Hopefully!</p> <p><strong>For more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (and to donate), visit <a href="http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html">alsa.org</a>.</strong></p> <p>Let the videos begin! If you know of Ice Bucket Challenge videos by other artists, let us know about them in the comments below or on Facebook! 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</div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/als-ice-bucket-challenge-videos-guitarists-and-rockers-get-moist-charity-video#comments ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Dave Davies Eddie Vedder Nita Strauss Richie Sambora Videos News Features Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:16:57 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22205 Johnny Winter and Billy Gibbons Premiere New Song, "Where Can You Be" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-billy-gibbons-premiere-new-song-where-can-you-be-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Earlier today, <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014/08/26/johnny-winter-teams-with-zz-tops-billy-gibbons-on-where-can-you-be-song-premiere/">wsj.com</a> premiered a new Johnny Winter song, "Where Can You Be," which also happens to feature ZZ Top axman (and fellow Texan) Billy Gibbons.</p> <p>The song is from the late Winter's new album, <em>Step Back</em>, which will be released September 2 through Megaforce Records.</p> <p>The album features collaborations with an impressive list of legendary guitarists, including Brian Setzer, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Perry, Gibbons and more. </p> <p>You also might want to check out another song off the album, a searing cover of Elmore James' "I Can't Hold Out" that features Ben Harper. <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-ben-harper-cover-elmore-james-i-cant-hold-out-listen">You can hear it here.</a> </p> <p>Winter died July 16 at age 70.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/y_xFok6utbk" 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="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/johnny-winter-and-billy-gibbons-premiere-new-song-where-can-you-be-listen#comments Billy Gibbons Johnny Winter News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:14:48 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22221 Beatbuddy, "First Guitar Pedal Drum Machine" — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/beatbuddy-first-guitar-pedal-drum-machine-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a demo (and informational) video about the Beatbuddy — "the first guitar pedal drum machine."</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>Beatbuddy was invented out of frustration at not being able to find a drum machine that enabled hands-free live control of a beat. </p> <p>Other drum machines were either complicated table-top devices that are difficult, if not impossible, to control while jamming or are loopers that grant no control of a single repetitive beat loop — no fills, no rhythm changes, no accent hits, no tap tempo, no pause/unpause feature, and of course no computer interface.</p> <p>With detailed input from the musician community, the BeatBuddy was designed to be the perfect solution to this frustration: The power of a drum machine with the simplicity of a pedal.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://mybeatbuddy.com/">myBeatBuddy.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sbJFN_tQ36M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/beatbuddy-first-guitar-pedal-drum-machine-demo-video#comments Beatbuddy Videos Effects News Gear Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:01:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22220 Essential Listening: 10 Stellar Headphone Albums http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-albums-headphone-listening <!--paging_filter--><p>What, exactly, is a headphone album? Well, the definition changes depending on who you are. </p> <p>For audiophiles, a headphone album is a work that is so exquisitely recorded that it demands you listen to each beautifully recorded note under a sonic microscope. Miles Davis’ <em>Kind of Blue</em> fits that bill. </p> <p>For others, a great headphone album is one that makes an intimate album more intimate (such as Bob Dylan’s original mono recordings), or a loud album louder (Rage Against the Machine’s debut album).</p> <p>We’re an unsubtle and hyperactive bunch at <em>Guitar World</em>, so our favorite headphone albums are those that have a lot of activity in the stereo field. As dumb as it sounds, we love it every time a guitar solo takes a shortcut through our skulls as it zooms from one ear to the other. </p> <p>If you don’t know what we’re talking about or you’ve never experienced any of these great albums under the influence of some high-end ear buds, we suggest you go home, put on your best set of ‘phones, turn out the lights, turn up the volume and prepare to have your mind blown sky high.</p> <p><strong>The Jimi Hendrix Experience, <em>Electric Ladyland</em> (1968)</strong></p> <p>If you haven't taken LSD, the good news is you don’t have to. Save your brain cells and listen to this masterpiece under a good set of headphones to get the complete psychedelic picture. On <em>Electric Ladyland</em>, Jimi Hendrix and his brilliant engineer, Eddie Kramer, create a wonderful, three-dimensional sonic world and invite you to step in. This album is not necessarily stoned, but it certainly is beautiful. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/TLV4_xaYynY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Pink Floyd, <em>The Dark Side of the Moon</em> (1973)</strong></p> <p>TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK. DING DONG! BRRRRRRRANG!!!! WIIRRRRRRRRLLLLLLYYYYYY WHIRL…HA HA HA HA! I mean, what else can you say about the <em>Citizen Kane</em> of headphone albums? </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nDbeqj-1XOo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Edgar Winter Group, <em>They Only Come Out At Night</em> (1972)</strong></p> <p>This is a little on the obscure side, but it ranks right up there with <em>Dark Side</em> as an essential Seventies listening experience. The star of the show is the extended version of the hit instrumental “Frankenstein,” but almost every song on the album is a sonic thrill ride.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kbr4qNnffi8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Santana, <em>Caravanserai</em> (1972)</strong></p> <p>This album was originally mixed and released in both stereo and quadrophonic. Designed to be an all-encompassing, complex and exotic listening experience, the percussion surrounds you while the soaring guitars lift you to the heavens. This is the best-recorded album of Carlos Santana’s career, and probably his best album overall. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/XdmevPWZTRg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Dukes of the Stratosphear, <em>Psonic Psunspot</em> (1987)</strong></p> <p>The Dukes of the Stratosphear was a pseudonym used by the British rock band XTC in the mid-to-late Eighties, and their <em>Psonic Psunspot</em> album was a brilliant homage to the Sixties psychedelic pop of the Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Zombies. While the project was a bit of a joke, the songs are brilliant and, due to advancements in recording technology, the sound of the album eclipses anything actually recorded in London in 1967.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0bbqezgfqD8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Cure, <em>Disintegration</em> (1989)</strong></p> <p>They say that guitarist Robert Smith was using hallucinogenic drugs throughout the coarse of this beautifully textured album. Like Hendrix’s <em>Electric Ladyland</em>, the sound of the album reflects his trippy state of mind. Listening to <em>Disintegration</em> under headphones is like stepping into someone else’s dream—and a rather dark one, at that. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X8UR2TFUp8w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Radiohead, <em>Kid A</em> (2000)</strong></p> <p>In the late Nineties, Radiohead wanted to shake up their music. Their solution was to work as a collective—one that would make interesting “sounds”—rather than with each person in band playing a prescribed role. The result was an album that sounded unlike anything else before or since. This philosophy extended to the album’s sumptuous mix, which can only truly be truly appreciated with a pair of speakers right next to your ears.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X3pPvCo-Rt0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Tool, <em>Lateralus</em> (2001)</strong></p> <p>In 2005, four years after its original release, Tool’s <em>Lateralus</em> was released as a limited-edition two-picture-disc vinyl LP in a holographic gatefold package. It took them a while to do it, but they were finally able to create a package that adequately reflected the multi-dimensional music offered inside.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EDlC7oG_2W4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Dream Theater, <em>A Dramatic Turn of Events</em> (2011)</strong></p> <p>While everything sounds “good” these days, it’s hard to find albums that sound “great.” Everything is engineered so loud and compressed that most modern recorded music lacks the kind of space and depth that allows for a true headphone experience. Dream Theater probably doesn’t really give a damn about what is happening in popular music, which is why this album sounds as good as it does. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zJYcVwOP-Gg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Beatles, <em>Abbey Road</em> (1969)</strong></p> <p>Every collection has to have some Beatles, and this is by far their best and most modern-sounding album. Enjoy.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IrW7dlDHH28" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><em>Brad Tolinski is the editor-in-chief at </em>Guitar World.</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="/tool">Tool</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/carlos-santana">Carlos Santana</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pink-floyd">Pink Floyd</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dream-theater">Dream Theater</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/radiohead">Radiohead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-albums-headphone-listening#comments Brad Tolinski Dream Theater Essential Listening Pink Floyd The Beatles Tool Guitar World Lists News Features Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:10:29 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22195 1349 Premiere New Song, "Exorcism" — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/1349-premiere-new-song-exorcism-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Exorcism," a new track by Norwegian black metal tyrants 1349.</p> <p>The song is from the band's new album, <em>Massive Cauldron of Chaos</em>, which will be released September 30 by Season of Mist.</p> <p>More than four years in the making, <em>Massive Cauldron of Chaos</em> sees the band sharpen their orthodox black metal assault with a thrashier edge. Iron-handed tracks like "Slaves," "Godslayer," "Cauldron" and more show that the new album represents 1349 at their most savage and cruel.</p> <p>The album is already available for pre-order at <a href="http://shopusa.season-of-mist.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=1349">season-of-mist.com</a>.</p> <p>The band features Ravn (vocals), Frost (drums), Seidemann (bass) and Archaon (guitars). For more about 1349, visit their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/1349official">Facebook page</a> and <a href="http://www.legion1349.com">official website.</a></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/162864525%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-kPiTH&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true"></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Massive Cauldron of Chaos</em> Track list:</strong></p> <p>01. Cauldron<br /> 02. Slaves<br /> 03. Excorcism<br /> 04. Postmortem<br /> 05. Mengele's<br /> 06. Golem<br /> 07. Chained<br /> 08. Godslayer</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/1349-premiere-new-song-exorcism-exclusive#comments 1349 News Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:09:50 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22217 DVD Is a 'Goldmine' of 200 Quality Country Guitar Licks http://www.guitarworld.com/dvd-goldmine-200-quality-country-guitar-licks <!--paging_filter--><p>Feel like adding some serious twang to your six-string arsenal? </p> <p>Check out an item that's now <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/200-country-licks-guitar-licks-goldmine-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=200CountryLicks">available at the Guitar World Online Store</a> -- the <em>200 Country Licks: Guitar Licks Goldmine</em> DVD.</p> <p>The DVD, which is more than four hours long, features a host of country lead lines (200, to be exact!), phrases and riffs, all thoughtfully presented by guitarists John Heussenstamm, Josh Tovar and Chad Johnson. </p> <p>Every country lick includes a walk-through explanation and note-for-note, on-screen tab. Normal and slow-speed performance demos are included to really help viewers master the licks.</p> <p>The DVD is $24.99 <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/mix-books/products/200-country-licks-guitar-licks-goldmine-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=200CountryLicks">at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dvd-goldmine-200-quality-country-guitar-licks#comments News Features Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:07:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/16433 Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale Play "Pipeline" — a Video That's Got It All http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-dick-dale-play-pipeline-video-thats-got-it-all <!--paging_filter--><p>The video below, a clip of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale performing "Pipeline," one of the most famous surf-guitar instrumentals of all time, has got it <em>all.</em></p> <p>I mean, you've got the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, a righty ... you've got the under-appreciated Dick Dale, a lefty ... you've got Dick Dale's bizarre hair ... you've got Annette Funicello ... you've got some lovely Fender Stratocasters ...</p> <p>You've got Gilligan and the Skipper from <em>Gilligan's Island</em> ... there's Pee-wee Herman, not to mention several high-quality Eighties women in bikinis, a few Wayfarers, Frankie Avalon and more.</p> <p>The clip is, of course, taken from a 1987 comedy called <em>Back to the Beach</em>. For more about this non-classic film, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_to_the_Beach">head here.</a></p> <p>Enjoy!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=OctoberVideosPage">If you're interested in this Stevie Ray Vaughan fellow, check out the all-new October 2014 issue of Guitar World, which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store. We count down Vaughan's 30 greatest guitar performances, check in with his Number One Strat, celebrate 60 years of the Strat and more.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/56SAxtf-RTg" 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="/stevie-ray-vaughan">Stevie Ray Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/stevie-ray-vaughan-and-dick-dale-play-pipeline-video-thats-got-it-all#comments Damian Fanelli Dick Dale Stevie Ray Vaughan Videos Blogs News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:46:49 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22218 ‘One For The Road’: Cinderella Guitarist Jeff LaBar Delivers First Solo Album http://www.guitarworld.com/one-road-cinderella-guitarist-jeff-labar-delivers-first-solo-album <!--paging_filter--><p>For several years, Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar had always promised to make good on his quest to record a solo album. </p> <p>After years of waiting, the time has finally arrived. LaBar’s new album, <em>One for the Road</em>, was recorded in Nashville with long-time friend and engineer Ronnie Honeycutt and features mixing by Cinderella bandmate Fred Coury, with mixing and mastering by Chris Collier (KXM, Lynch Mob, Lita Ford).</p> <p>What’s unique about LaBar's first solo endeavor is that not only does it showcase LaBar’s guitar playing, but it also highlights his singing and songwriting prowess. Aside from drums by Tesla’s Troy Luccketta, all of the instruments and vocals on <em>One for the Road</em> are performed by LaBar, a true "solo” album.</p> <p>The new album also captures the magic and spirit of a genre of music LaBar helped define. “No Strings” has a classic Cinderella feel, while songs like “Asking for a Beating” and ”Nightmare on My Street” take on a far heavier edge. Then there’s the acoustic-flavored “Hello or Goodbye,” which speaks to LaBar’s folk influences.</p> <p>I recently caught up with LaBar and asked him about <em>One for the Road</em>, which was released today, August 26, plus guitars and more!</p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: What was the inspiration behind <em>One for the Road</em>?</strong></p> <p>I had been threatening to do a solo album for quite a while. I've been a singer all of my life and actually started singing around the same time I started playing guitar, so I've always had it in me and always wanted to do it. </p> <p>When Tom [Keifer] announced he was going to be putting out a solo album, which also meant Cinderella was going to be put on hold, my manager Larry [Morand], my wife Debi [Salazar] and everyone around me finally called me on it and said now is the time. So with the help of Troy Luccketta from Tesla and my engineer, Ronnie Honeycutt, I laid down a few tracks.</p> <p><strong>How would you describe <em>One for the Road</em>?</strong></p> <p>It's a little taste of all of my musical influences. When I started out, I was playing acoustic guitar and singing to folk music like the Eagles, Crosby Stills &amp; Nash and Cat Stevens. Then I discovered bands like Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd. From there, I got more into Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. The five songs I'm singing on this record represent each of those heavier influences.</p> <p><strong>What were some of the differences you encountered working on this album as opposed to a Cinderella record?</strong></p> <p>I think one of the biggest challenges was that I didn't have those three other guys in there with me. Over the years, we've all leaned on each other in the studio to help each other out. With Cinderella, it was always four minds and a producer. For this project, it was just me and Ronnie. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zl3fswzTxP0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Let’s discuss a few tracks off of the new album. “Hello Or Goodbye” isn't the kind of song we've come to expect from you.</strong></p> <p>Yeah, that song is a little bit more in the vein of Fleetwood Mac. It could even be a country-style song. </p> <p><strong>What about "Nightmare on My Street"?</strong></p> <p>That one started out in my basement studio. I was in a heavy metal kind of mood and set up a beat on a drum machine and did some jamming. That’s actually how I come up with most of my riffs.</p> <p><strong>Is there any place else where you find inspiration?</strong></p> <p>Some of the music for the album I originally wrote at a Cinderella sound check, after Fred [Coury] got his drums together and started playing a beat. That was actually where I came up with the riff for "Asking for a Beating."</p> <p><strong>What was your setup like for recording the album?</strong></p> <p>I still have my white, now nicely yellowed, 1980 Custom Shop Les Paul. That's my main guitar and the one I used for all of the heavy stuff you hear on the album. I also have an old Strat I used for the clean stuff and a Telecaster for “Hello or Goodbye." For the acoustic songs, I used an Alvarez 12-string and an Epiphone six-string.</p> <p><strong>There seems to be a lot of chemistry in the “band” that was put together for the video for “No Strings." Do you have plans to tour?</strong></p> <p>I’d like to, and we’re working on it. The chemistry you mention comes from the fact that it's actually my son Sebastian on guitar. He plays for a band called Mach 22. The video also features my good friends Jasmine Cain on bass and Matt Arnn on drums. My wife Debi also makes an appearance.</p> <p><strong>What satisfies you the most about completing your first solo album?</strong></p> <p>Because I had been threatening to do it for so many years, the fact that I did it was a big accomplishment. It finally took my friends and loved ones to really encourage me to do it. I hope it makes and impact and that people enjoy it. </p> <p><strong>What would you say has been the highlight of your career overall?</strong></p> <p>The most memorable things are all of the “firsts." Like the first time I walked into an arena when we were opening for David Lee Roth's first solo tour and saying, "Oh my God! I'm playing here!" Or the first time I got a gold record, which was on that same tour. Then there’s the first time we toured Japan or the first time we headlined on the Long Cold Winter Tour with our own lighting and backline. Things like that are my favorite memories.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Jeff%20Labar%20CD%20Cover.jpg" width="620" height="620" alt="Jeff Labar CD Cover.jpg" /></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> http://www.guitarworld.com/one-road-cinderella-guitarist-jeff-labar-delivers-first-solo-album#comments Cinderella James Wood Jeff LaBar Interviews News Features Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:39:33 +0000 James Wood http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22204 Brian Farmer, Warren Haynes' Longtime Guitar Tech, Dead at 53 http://www.guitarworld.com/brian-farmer-warren-haynes-longtime-guitar-tech-dead-53 <!--paging_filter--><p>Warren Haynes’ longtime and beloved guitar tech, Brian Farmer, died Sunday, August 24, at his home near Nashville. Farmer died peacefully in his sleep. He was 53.</p> <p>"He was a close friend, a devoted worker and a lover of life,” Haynes said. “We traveled around the world together and shared many experiences—mostly while laughing. He will be missed by a huge circle of friends and family."</p> <p>Farmer was extraordinarily dedicated to his craft, to the world of guitars and amps, to Haynes and all his projects—and to the music itself. People like Famrer keep the wheels turning and the gears greased and the guitars in tune. The shows don’t happen without them—and no one did any of this better, with more dedication, heart and soul than Farmer. </p> <p>Farmer began working for Gov’t Mule in 1998, brought to the band by his old friend, bassist Allen Woody, who died almost exactly 14 years earlier. Prior to joining the Mule crew, Farmer worked for Johnny Cash for eight years before the Man in Black retired from touring. Farmer was exceedingly proud of his close relationship with Johnny and June Carter Cash.</p> <p>“When Johnny retired, I ran into Allen and said, ‘You need to hire me, you need to hire me,’ Farmer told <em>Hittin' the Note</em> magazine. </p> <p>Months later, Gov’t Mule needed a guitar tech and Woody called his old friend. In the subsequent years, Farmer became an indispensable part of the operation, teching Haynes’ guitars and serving as the band’s equipment manager and stage manager. </p> <p>Farmer has been by Haynes’ side for every gig the busy guitarist has played since 1998—with Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers Band, the Warren Haynes Band, the Dead, Phil and Friends and others.</p> <p>Farmer and Haynes developed an extremely close working relationship.</p> <p>“We have looks that we give each other,” Farmer told <em>Hittin' the Note</em>. “An eyebrow, a flick of the wrist… a shrug of his shoulders …I've learned to listen for things. I can tell sometimes when he's close to breaking a string. With the Mule, I sometimes come out to adjust his amplifier before during and after songs.”</p> <p>"He was one of a kind,” Haynes said. “He lived and breathed his job. He knew a lot more about guitars and gear than I did so I could trust him to keep things working in a technical manner so I could concentrate on the music.”</p> <p>Said Allman Brothers Band manager Bert Holman, ”Brian was a very dedicated, very loyal, very skilled technician. He was from the old school and would help anybody and everybody do their job. If something of Derek or Gregg’s blew up, he’d be the first guy to grab a flashlight or tool and run across the stage because he was a team player. His standard line to any request was, ‘Just tell me what you need.’ Brian always had your back. He was kind to the fans and tried to give them as much time as he could without taking his eyes off the ball, which he never, ever did.”</p> <p>Farmer also had a very close relationship with the Gibson Custom Shop, working with them on all of Haynes' custom guitars.</p> <p>“Brian was more than a visitor to Gibson Custom,” said Rick Gembar, Gibson senior vice president and general manager of the Custom Division. “We were blessed to get to know him over the years as he came and went on behalf of Warren. During those years, he built relationships with everyone, from the front desk to the craftspeople, to me personally. He was a friend, well respected as a technician and genuinely admired for his kindness as much as for his tireless work ethic and attention to detail. Seeing him come through the door was always a welcome sight to the people here. </p> <p>"On behalf of everyone here at Gibson Custom, I send our deepest condolences to his family, Warren, Brian's friends and all others that he touched during his time.”</p> <p>Farmer’s death was greeted with shock and grief across the Internet by fans and musicians alike. It is hard to imagine many other rock and roll road crew members who were more respected and beloved. Among those expressing their sorrow and respect on Twitter were Phil Lesh—“Fare thee well, Farmer; I love you more than can words can tell”—and Derek Trucks.</p> <p>The latter summed things up beautifully in a series of #ThankYouFarmer tweets: “People like Brian Farmer are the backbone of all live music. Without the hard work of folks like Farmer we'd be lost.”</p> <p><em>Alan Paul is the author of </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250040493/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=211189&amp;creative=373489&amp;creativeASIN=1250040493&amp;link_code=as3&amp;tag=alanpaulinchi-20">One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zzNOC5Lk8e0" 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="/warren-haynes">Warren Haynes</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/gov039t-mule">Gov&#039;t Mule</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/brian-farmer-warren-haynes-longtime-guitar-tech-dead-53#comments Brian Farmer Gibson Custom Gov't Mule Warren Haynes News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:50:37 +0000 Alan Paul http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22208 Avenged Sevenfold Premiere Original First-Cut "Unholy Confessions" Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-original-first-cut-unholy-confessions-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Avenged Sevenfold’s reissue of their second album, <em>Waking The Fallen: Resurrected,</em> is available now via Hopeless Records. </p> <p>In honor of the re-release, the band has shared the original first-cut music video for "Unholy Confessions," a song off the album. </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><a href="http://www.revolvermag.com/news/win-an-avenged-sevenfold-waking-the-fallen-resurrected-black-vinyl-box-set-with-exclusive-7.html"><strong>Enter to a ‘Waking the Fallen: Resurrected’ black vinyl box set with exclusive 7-inch single here.</strong></a></p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3FZlG8Jztxk" height="365" width="620" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/avenged-sevenfold-premiere-original-first-cut-unholy-confessions-music-video#comments Avenged Sevenfold Videos News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:57:56 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22203 Limp Bizkit Premiere “Endless Slaughter” Music Video http://www.guitarworld.com/limp-bizkit-premiere-endless-slaughter-music-video <!--paging_filter--><p>A few weeks ago, Limp Bizkit released a new song, “Endless Slaughter,” for free download via <a href="http://www.limpbizkit.com/endless-slaughter/" target="_blank">their website</a>. </p> <p>Now they've released an official music video for the track. </p> <p>Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/m7r1IctCR_A" 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-endless-slaughter-music-video#comments Limp Bizkit Videos News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:55:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22202 Steve Howe Talks Vintage and Line 6 Guitars and New Yes Album, 'Heaven & Earth' http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-howe-talks-vintage-and-line-6-guitars-and-new-yes-album-heaven-earth <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus our Stevie Ray Vaughan 60th-birthday blast features, the 60th anniversary of the Fender Strat, lessons, tabs and reviews of new gear from TC Electronic, Seymour Duncan, Prestige Guitars and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=John5Excerpt">check out the October 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><strong>As Yes take their classic <em>Fragile</em> and <em>Close to the Edge</em> albums on the road, guitar virtuoso Steve Howe sits down for a talk about the making of those groundbreaking prog productions.</strong></p> <p>“Somebody called me the granddaddy of prog-rock,” Steve Howe says with a laugh. </p> <p>“I’m not ashamed to be called that. But the thing that matters most to me is musicality. I don’t think prog is all about technical playing. Much more important are your musical ideas. What choices and decisions are you making in the music? If that’s still an intelligent force within the music, then I like being considered a part of prog.”</p> <p>More than just a part of progressive rock, Howe is one of the music’s great originators. From the moment he joined Yes in 1970, he staked out a bold and vast territorial range for the guitar in a musical form often dominated by keyboard virtuosos like Keith Emerson and his former Yes bandmate Rick Wakeman. What those guys needed banks of pianos, organs and synthesizers to achieve Howe could often attain with just six strings and a boundless imagination. </p> <p>His contribution, moreover, transcends prog-rock or any single musical genre. Steve Howe is one of the most distinctive and original guitarists in all of rock, a brilliant musical colorist whose evocative volume pedal swells and echoey textures possess all the subtle and complex expressiveness of the human voice itself. Howe’s palette has always been incredibly broad, drafting everything from classical and flamenco fire to psychedelic expansiveness to jazzy archtop electric abstraction into the rock guitar vocabulary. </p> <p>At age 67, he’s still in top form, as can be clearly heard on the brand new Yes album, <em>Heaven &amp; Earth</em>. On the disc, Howe is joined by longtime Yes members bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White and keyboardist Geoff Downs, who has been an on-and-off Yes-man since 1980. </p> <p>On vocals is the group’s newest member, Jon Davison, who joined in 2012 and does a superb job of channeling the dulcet melodicism of original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson. Davison even shares Anderson’s spiritual perspective on lyric writing and fondness of Indian guru Paramahansa Yogananda. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IxKoM9imbm8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>While some tracks on <em>Heaven &amp; Earth</em> evoke the prog symphonic majesty of Yes’ Seventies heyday, others skew in a lighter pop direction more in keeping with radio-friendly Eighties Yes recordings, such as their <em>90125</em> album. But in working with legendary producer Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, the Cars, Smashing Pumpkins), on <em>Heaven &amp; Earth</em>, Howe had one supreme mandate.</p> <p>“I told Roy, ‘It’s gotta be Yes.’ ” </p> <p>The prominent presence of Howe’s guitar work on the album is a sterling guarantee that the disc does indeed sound like Yes. Howe’s inventive melody lines and otherworldly textures are woven deep into the polychromatic musical fabric. Never an overtly flash player, Howe will nonetheless sometimes conclude a tuneful guitar passage with a brief burst of sheer incandescent brilliance. The effortlessness with which he executes these dazzling little interludes offers understated testimony to his mastery of his instrument.</p> <p>“I don’t think guitarists should concentrate on being guitarists,” he says. “They should concentrate on being musicians. Being a guitarist can be a dangerous thing if you just want to race off and steal the show all the time on bended knees with your tiddly tiddly tiddly. I think that’s pretty dead in the water. I daresay most people agree.” </p> <p>Once famed for bringing a vast arsenal of guitars with him onstage and in the studio, Howe has taken a more streamlined approach in recent years. His rig is based largely around his Line 6 Variax guitar and Line 6 HD500/Bogner DT50 digital modeling amp and pedal board, which allow him to cover a wide range of traditional guitar and amp tones. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Ne317y_eOYs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>“I think the Variax is one of the most overlooked instruments in the guitar universe,” he says. “The first time I saw it, I knew it was made for me. I like affordable guitars that can make lots of sounds and textures. I’ve got to tell you, the Strat, ’58 Les Paul and [Gibson] ES-175 models, in particular, are sensational on the Variax. Okay, it doesn’t feel like a Les Paul. But when you plug it in and it sounds like one, what’s the problem?”</p> <p>Howe does augment this digital setup with several “real” guitars in his live rig, however, all of which made it into the studio for the Heaven &amp; Earth sessions. These include his mid-Eighties red Fender Stratocaster; a 1955 Fender Telecaster which he has modified with a humbucker in the neck position, six-saddle bridge and Gibson-style toggle switch; a Martin MC-38 Steve Howe signature model acoustic; a Fender dual-neck steel guitar; and a Gibson Steve Howe signature model ES-175 electric archtop. </p> <p>“That one is actually Number One—the first-ever Steve Howe production model 175,” he says. “And I added a third pickup to it, because at the time I was using it cover the sound of the [Gibson] ES-5 Switchmaster that I used on Yes’ <em>Fragile</em> album.”</p> <p>This signature model 175 is based on Howe’s 1964 ES-175D, his first serious electric guitar, purchased new when he was just 17 and an instrument with which he has been closely associated ever since. These days he uses the guitar only in the U.K. where he lives, “because the airlines have been such an effing pain in the butt over the years,” he says. “But I have actually got a ’63 175 as well, which a friend of mine in Fort Wayne [Indiana] found for me. That was there with me in the studio as well.” </p> <p>Another key instrument for Howe onstage and in the studio is his guitarra portuguesa, or Portuguese guitar. Heard on the track “To Ascend” from <em>Heaven &amp; Earth</em>, it is also featured prominently on classic Yes tracks like “Your Move/All Good People” and “The Preacher The Teacher” and “Wonderous Stories.” Strung in six double-string courses, the instrument is tuned unconventionally by Howe: [low to high] E B E B E Ab. </p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the October 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this story, plus the rest of our Stevie Ray Vaughan Top 30 feature, the 60th anniversary of the Fender Strat, columns, tabs and reviews of new gear from TC Electronic, Seymour Duncan, Prestige Guitars and more, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=John5Excerpt">check out the October 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</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="/steve-howe">Steve Howe</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/yes">Yes</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-howe-talks-vintage-and-line-6-guitars-and-new-yes-album-heaven-earth#comments October 2014 Steve Howe Yes Interviews News Features Magazine Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:45:09 +0000 Alan di Perna http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22095 October 2014 Guitar World: Stevie Ray Vaughan's 30 Greatest Guitar Moments, Steve Howe and Yes, 60 Years of the Fender Strat and More http://www.guitarworld.com/october-2014-guitar-world-stevie-ray-vaughans-30-greatest-guitar-moments-steve-howe-and-yes-60-years-fender-strat-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWOCT14">The all-new October 2014 issue of Guitar World is available now!</a></strong></p> <p>In the new issue, we celebrate blues giants <strong>Stevie Ray Vaughan</strong> with an in-depth examination of his 30 greatest recordings — from “Texas Flood” to “Riviera Paradise,” from “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” to “The Sky is Crying." Read about how Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (bassist <strong>Tommy Shannon</strong> and drummer <strong>Chris Layton</strong>) didn’t walk into Jackson Browne’s Down Town Studio in Los Angeles in late 1982 with highfalutin plans about recording their monster debut album. In fact, their sites were set much lower. </p> <p>Also, <strong>Metallica’s Kirk Hammett</strong> teaches you how to play like the great bluesman SRV. Then blues legend <strong>Buddy Guy</strong> pays tribute to his late friend. We go up close and personal with Stevie’s favorite Strat, which is now on display at the Grammy Museum in L.A.</p> <p>Then, <em>Guitar World</em> features <strong>John 5</strong>, the prophet of the Telecaster who shows us some rare mint-condition Teles from his collection and talks about his latest album, <em>Careful with That Axe</em>.</p> <p>Next, as the prog legends take their classic <em>Fragile</em> and <em>Close to the Edge</em> albums on the road, guitar virtuoso <strong>Steve Howe</strong> sits down for a talk about the making of those groundbreaking productions.</p> <p>Finally, as the curvaceous <strong>Fender Stratocaster</strong> marks six decades of innovation and influence, <em>Guitar World</em> celebrates its legacy via 60 players, songs, solos and historical moments.</p> <p>PLUS: An ode to the late <strong>Johnny Winter</strong>, a PureSalem guitar review, Satchel's Man of Steel column returns and much more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass</strong></p> <p> • Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Look at Little Sister"<br /> • Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Testify"<br /> • Scorpions - "Rock You Like a Hurricane"<br /> • Within The Ruins - "Gods Amongst Men"<br /> • Magic - "Rude"</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-october-14-stevie-ray-vaughan/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWOCT14">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-08-12%20at%203.40.45%20PM.png" width="620" height="806" alt="Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 3.40.45 PM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/october-2014-guitar-world-stevie-ray-vaughans-30-greatest-guitar-moments-steve-howe-and-yes-60-years-fender-strat-and-more#comments October 2014 News Features Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:21:02 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22141 Quilter Labs ToneBlock 200 Pedalboard-Size Head — Demo Video http://www.guitarworld.com/quilter-labs-toneblock-200-pedalboard-size-head-demo-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out a demo video of Quilter's ToneBlock 200, a lightweight amp fits on your pedalboard.</p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>The ToneBlock 200 is a next-generation guitar head powerful enough to take on even the most heavyweight amp but light enough and small enough to cozy up on your board with your favorite pedals. </p> <p>With rack-mounting options, you can even build the ultimate stereo amplifier for your rack modelers. With all the tone of Quilter Lab's next generation solid state technology, it is going to feel like you plugged into a tube amp. All analog, no emulation, just amazing tone.</p> <p>The most power you have ever experienced in the smallest possible package. From the pedalboard to the rack, the Tone Block delivers on the promise of lightweight, next generation Quilter tone in the most diminutive of packages.</p> <p>From the Quilter proprietary direct out to the jaw dropping tube-like tone, never before has so much clean headroom been put into such a practical application. Set it up with your pedals or your rack mount effects to achieve incredible results effortlessly.</p> <p>Use it anywhere, in any setting. It is everything you love about tube tone without the tradeoffs or hassles. Plug it in there in the studio through the direct out to record late at night. Then crank it into your favorite cabinets at the gig. All the while without giving up on your tone, your way through the front end you already love. Or just bring it along as a backup. Either way, there is no end to the ways the Tone Block has your back at every gig, every night, any place on the face of the earth.</p> <p><a href="http://www.quilterlabs.com/index.php/products/toneblock-amplifiers/tone-block-200?utm_source=FaceBook&amp;utm_medium=Banner+CPM&amp;utm_term=ToneBlock+200&amp;utm_campaign=Tone+Block+FB+Banner+Campaign">More info can be found in this general area.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DhHLjI89MsY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WaiBF9IXWZw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Specifications:</strong></p> <p>0 - 200 Watts of real world power with calibrated power markings<br /> Gain, Master and Contour controls<br /> 1/4" high impedance input<br /> Dual 1/4" Mono outputs for variable loads 16 to 4 ohms<br /> Proprietary direct out<br /> 4 Pounds<br /> 8 3/8"W x 3"H x 7 1/2"D<br /> Ultra Compact (Roughly the size of a double wide effects pedal)<br /> Universal power supply. (Take it anywhere in the world without need for transformers or switches.)<br /> Locking power cable</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/quilter-labs-toneblock-200-pedalboard-size-head-demo-video#comments Quilter Labs Videos Amps News Gear Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:11:57 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22201