News http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4/all en Steve Stevens Demos and Discusses Supro 1624T Dual-Tone Guitar Amp — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-stevens-demos-and-discusses-supro-1624t-dual-tone-guitar-amp-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this new <em>Guitar World</em> video, Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Stevens demos and discusses the new Supro 1624T Dual-Tone guitar amp at his home studio in Los Angeles. </p> <p>From the company:</p> <p>"The Dual-Tone 1×12 combo is the undeniable rock star of the mid-Sixties Supro amplifier lineup. Vintage 1624T amps have been sought-after for decades because they embody the most desirable aspects of the Supro sound. </p> <p>"As the Dual-Tone’s volume knob is turned beyond noon, a fat and compressed clean tone evolves into an immediately recognizable grind that remains articulate and listenable even when turned up to full blast.</p> <p>"This 24-Watt, 1×12 tube combo can easily be driven to glorious saturation at a manageable gigging volume while retaining exceptional clarity and bandwidth, at any level of gain."</p> <p>Although he's best known for his work with Billy Idol, Stevens is a top-flight session guitarist who has worked with a host of artists, including Michael Jackson and Vince Neil. He also recorded the theme song from <em>Top Gun</em>! </p> <p>Idol's new album, <em>Kings &amp; Queens of the Underground</em>, features Stevens and will be released October 21 on Idol's own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. It's Idol's first album in almost a decade. </p> <p>For more about Supro amps, visit <a href="http://suprousa.com/">SuproUSA.com</a>. For more about Stevens, <a href="http://billyidol.net/steve-stevens/">head here.</a> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jpttzhOy8QE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-stevens-demos-and-discusses-supro-1624t-dual-tone-guitar-amp-video#comments Steve Stevens Supro Videos Amps News Gear Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:15:43 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22614 Joe Bonamassa Talks Fender Strats and His New Album, 'Different Shades of Blue' http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassa-talks-fender-strats-and-his-new-album-different-shades-blue <!--paging_filter--><p><strong><em>This is an excerpt from the December 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this Joe Bonamassa story, plus features on Slipknot, Slash, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Gilbert, Motionless In White, Electric Wizard and more, including lessons, tabs and reviews of new gear from D'Angelico, Washburn, Boss, Morley, Lace Music and Carr Amps, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=JoeBExcerpt">check out the December 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></strong></p> <p><strong>The House Is Rocking: To celebrate the release of his new album, <em>Different Shades of Blue</em>, Joe Bonamassa invites us over for a look at his ever-growing collection of vintage axes and amps.</strong> </p> <p>“There’s nothing on my new album that’s going to outplay Clapton, Hendrix or the other greats,” says six-string roots-and-rock rabble-rouser Joe Bonamassa. “That’s not what I’m trying to do. My job in 2014 is to keep that kind of organic music alive.”</p> <p>For Bonamassa, that means fanning the flames of the blues. So after recording his new <em>Different Shades of Blue</em>, he headed to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in late August to build a bonfire—playing a sold-out concert with a set list culled from the catalogs of genre giants Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf that was shot for DVD. </p> <p>“We had 10,000 people,” he says. “That’s what I call ‘proof of life.’ There’s always talk about the blues dying out, but it won’t. You just have to make it a little different. That’s where the Black Keys and Jack White have succeeded and I’ve failed. They’ve actually convinced college kids that they’re listening to hip music—but it’s just blues twisted a new way—while I’m playing for the college kid’s parents.”</p> <p>That’s not entirely true. Bonamassa’s broadsword tone, conflagrant licks, dusted-soul singing and cinematic songs have sliced through the striations of demography with an efficiency unseen by any roots-based guitar slinger since Stevie Ray Vaughan. He’s a social-media darling who sells out auditoriums and amphitheaters in a flash. And despite putting out his own albums and DVDs, he’s hit Number One on the <em>Billboard</em> blues chart a record dozen times, sells more music than most major-label artists and was nominated for a Grammy in 2013. No wonder the guy owns one of every Gibson Les Paul made between 1952 and 1961, including the two 1959s—his beloved “Spot” and “Principal Skinner” Les Paul Standards—that he played on <em>Different Shades of Blue</em>.</p> <p>Bonamassa’s fortunes turned north when he kicked the beer-and-barbecue circuit in favor of partnering with his producer, Kevin Shirley, a decade ago. Their alchemical mix of music and marketing smarts has resulted in gold. But <em>Different Shades of Blue</em> has a slightly different sheen, raising the already high bar of their studio craftsmanship a few more clicks.</p> <p>There’s even an overture, signaling that something special is afoot, to set up the 10 original tunes. It’s an instrumental excerpt of Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” that does justice to the original’s sharp-tooted Strat tones. Bonamassa keeps moving like a single-coil shark into “Oh Beautiful,” tastefully coloring his howling expressionist solo with a patina of phase shifter. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z3_GOk36JD0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The intro to “Never Give All Your Heart” recalls Pete Townshend’s <em>Who’s Next</em>–era high-wattage humbucker clangor as it takes Bonamassa back to his beloved Les Pauls. By the time the 37-year-old guitar slinger steps up to solo in that tune, his tone has shifted to a sophisticated-but-brass-knuckled distillation of British blues blasters, ranging from Jimmy Page to David Gilmour, yet his phrasing is the unique blend of elongated melody and textural grit that has become Bonamassa’s own trademark. As <em>Different Shades of Blue</em> ends with the ballad “So, What Would I Do,” it’s clear that in the two years since his previous studio recording Driving Toward the Daylight Bonamassa has revised his sound and refined his songwriting and vocal delivery to land on a new and very high creative plateau.</p> <p>After 20-something studio recordings, live albums and DVDs, Bonamassa and Shirley went searching for new fuel for <em>Different Shades of Blue</em>. They found it in Nashville, where Bonamassa traveled five times in the past year for marathon songwriting sessions with ace tunesmiths James House, Jerry Flowers, Jonathan Cain, Jeffrey Steele and Gary Nicholson.</p> <p>“Kevin suggested that I write all original songs for this album,” Bonamassa recounts. “I can write a decent song, but I’m also a touring musician and have a lot of other projects, so I needed help. These guys were brilliant, patient and inspiring, and, like it says in the title, they helped me make a different kind of blues album.</p> <p>“Most blues guitar players don’t concentrate on singing and melodies. And forget about the bridge—the bridge doesn’t exist. They go straight for the solo. This was all about writing great songs and then playing solos that I believe in and that really speak for the songs, and putting it all on analog tape, which is great for warm lower and upper-midrange guitar tones and still has the right brightness and articulation.”</p> <p>And Bonamassa’s guitars have never been more articulate, speaking throughout the tunes in big, clear, warm, perfectly burnished tones that covey the menu of joy, loss and hope in their lyrics. In part, that’s because he varied his usual Marshall, Dumble and Van Wheeldon Twinkleland amp diet for the sessions, adding new Dumbles—ultimately employing four Overdrive Specials—and, more important, a juicy main course of vintage Fenders including a 1965 Twin Reverb, a 1962 Vibroverb, a 1962 Deluxe, a 1958 Twin and a 1962 Reverb. </p> <p>“The sound of the Fenders was so inspiring that, for the first time in 15 years, I’m changing up my road rig and going out with all Fenders,” Bonamassa says. “I’m going to have to work a little harder, but the warmth and the presence is worth forcing myself to make it work. </p> <p>“Plus, every few years I feel like I need to throw a firecracker into my life, musically and otherwise,” he adds. “In the last year a lot has happened in my personal life, too. A relationship I was in for four years broke up, I moved house… I fear being complacent. If I feel like things are getting into a routine, I want them to be different. I need to keep improving and keep moving forward.”</p> <p>Another change on <em>Different Shades of Blue</em> was the increased presence of Stratocasters—a 1956 blonde Strat, a 1963 sunburst and a 1965 in Lake Placid Blue. “I know people associate me with the Les Paul, and I am a Les Paul guy to the bone,” Bonamassa says. “I love my vintage Les Pauls, I love my signature models with Gibson, and I think Gibson is making some of the best guitars they’ve ever made right now. But I also love the sound of a great Strat. To me, that classic Les Paul tone and that classic Strat sound cover pretty much everything I could ever want to play.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Angela Boatwright</em></p> <p><strong><em>This is an excerpt from the December 2014 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the rest of this Joe Bonmassa story, plus features on Slipknot, Slash, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Gilbert, Motionless In White, Electric Wizard and more, including lessons, tabs and reviews of new gear from D'Angelico, Washburn, Boss, Morley, Lace Music and Carr Amps, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-december-14-slipknot/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=JoeBExcerpt">check out the December 2014 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></strong></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-10-07%20at%2010.21.37%20AM.png" width="620" height="807" alt="Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 10.21.37 AM.png" /></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="/joe-bonamassa">Joe Bonamassa</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/joe-bonamassa-talks-fender-strats-and-his-new-album-different-shades-blue#comments December 2014 Joe Bonamassa Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:36:44 +0000 Ted Drozdowski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22590 IK Multimedia's AmpliTube for iPhone/iPad Adds iOS 8 Support, ENGL Amps, Drum Packs and More http://www.guitarworld.com/ik-multimedias-amplitube-iphoneipad-adds-ios-8-support-engl-amps-drum-packs-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p>AmpliTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The ultimate mobile guitar and bass multi-effects processor app now includes new features and gear that complement its comprehensive recording functions and vast collection of virtual equipment. </p> <p>With its two new high-gain ENGL amps, direct iRig BlueBoard integration, 8-track recorder (on the iPhone and iPod Touch version), cross-app file and purchase sharing, new Loop Drummer Style Packs and more, the new AmpliTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch is the most powerful version to date.</p> <p><strong>The earth-shaking gain of ENGL</strong></p> <p>AmpliTube's amplifier section is about to get a whole lot louder. The latest version introduces two new offerings from ENGL, an innovative German manufacturer whose high-gain amps are tailored to provide that supremely righteous tonality coveted by metal, classic rock and modern hard rock players. The amp heads in AmpliTube are based on the meticulously engineered virtual models found in AmpliTube 3 for Mac and PC.</p> <p><strong>The ENGL E650</strong>: An all-tube head that can conjure up classic rock-god tones from the Eighties and Nineties as well as the heavy crunch and distortion of tomorrow's tone connoisseurs.</p> <p><strong>The ENGL Powerball</strong>: An amp head that's earned its reputation as one of the most powerful and versatile modern high-gain amplifiers off the potent combination of its brutal rhythm tones, super high-gain lead tones and ultra-clean tones.</p> <p>Both amp heads are available as in-app purchases, which means AmpliTube's collection of amps is bigger than ever before. And to coincide with this, AmpliTube now lets users transfer their purchased gear between versions and devices, such as from AmpliTube for iPad to AmpliTube for iPhone/iPod Touch (limited to 10 device transfers per user).</p> <p><strong>Take control with iRig BlueBoard</strong></p> <p>Though AmpliTube is fully controllable from the touchscreen, it really comes alive when paired with IK's iRig BlueBoard Bluetooth pedal controller. iRig BlueBoard gives users a wireless stompbox-like experience with four assignable buttons that can be used to trigger effects and swap presets from the floor. The latest version of AmpliTube makes the pairing even more seamless and powerful by adding built-in support and a new mode that allows for global control of AmpliTube's robust built-in recorder.</p> <p><strong>Eight tracks of tone</strong></p> <p>AmpliTube has always let players record their sessions via its built-in recorder. The latest version expands this capability by giving iPhone and iPod touch users the ability to expand from a single-track to an 8-track recorder through in-app purchase. That means that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users have the same multitrack recording functionality, which is perfect for AmpliTube's new project sharing feature. Now users can share their recordings and music projects across different versions and across different devices via iTunes File Sharing.</p> <p><strong>Powerful Drums</strong></p> <p>For practicing and recording, AmpliTube features a powerful drum module called Loop Drummer. Like a virtual session musician, it provides rock-solid rhythm tracks that sync with AmpliTube's recorder. The latest version of AmpliTube builds on this by adding additional Style Packs for purchase from the in-app store. </p> <p>Style Packs include 64 loops each, and provide eight different song-construction kits based around a core drumbeat style. The new Style Packs include 5 alternate versions of existing AmpliTube favorites - BLUES 2, FUNKY 2, METAL 2, POP 2 and ROCK 2 — plus three exciting new styles — JAZZ, LATIN and REGGAE. Now, no matter their style, guitar players and bassists will be able to practice with a drummer anywhere.</p> <p><strong>And a whole lot more</strong></p> <p>AmpliTube has also been optimized in a number of more subtle ways: It's fully compatible with iOS 8, the new operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.</p> <p>Its MIDI control has been improved by adding more assignable parameters to the built-in recorder. It's now compatible with Audiobus on iOS 8. Its latency and MIDI control have both been improved. And its quick start guide has been replaced by multi-language dynamic tooltips available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.</p> <p><strong>Pricing and availability</strong></p> <p>The new version of AmpliTube is a complimentary update for existing users of all versions of AmpliTube, and it's available now on the App StoreSM as a free or paid app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for only $19.99/¤17.99 for new users. </p> <p>The new ENGL E650 and ENGL Powerball amp heads are available via in-app purchase for $6.99/¤5.99 each. Each new Loop Drummer 2 Style Pack is available via in-app purchase for $3.99/¤3.59.</p> <p>For more information, visit <A href="www.amplitube.com">amplitube.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/ik-multimedias-amplitube-iphoneipad-adds-ios-8-support-engl-amps-drum-packs-and-more#comments ENGL IK Multimedia News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:40:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22612 Slipknot Premiere New Song, “Skeptic" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/slipknot-premiere-new-song-skeptic-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Slipknot will release their new album, <em>.5: The Gray Chapter,</em> next Tuesday. In anticipation, the band has been rolling out songs from the record for streaming online.</p> <p>Today, the band released their latest single, “Skeptic.” Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.</p> <p><iframe src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:track:1A2a273nII7fBrhtzu5R9d" width="620" height="365" 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="/slipknot">Slipknot</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/slipknot-premiere-new-song-skeptic-listen#comments Slipknot News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:24:27 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22611 Before Judas Priest: Guitarist Richie Faulkner Covers David Gilmour, Brian May and Randy Rhoads — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/judas-priest-guitarist-richie-faulkner-covers-david-gilmour-brian-may-and-randy-rhoads-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Below, check out three videos of U.K. guitarist Richie Faulkner, all of which were filmed <em>before</em> he was named K.K. Downing's successor in Judas Priest in April 2011.</p> <p>From top to bottom, you can watch Faulkner play the solos to Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Mr. Crowley" — covering the fancy fretwork of David Gilmour, Brian May and Randy Rhoads, respectively.</p> <p>By the way, Faulkner has good taste; each of these solos is included in <em>Guitar World's</em> guide to the <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/50_greatest_solos">50 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.</a></p> <p>Below the aforementioned videos, we've also included a clip of Faulkner in action with Judas Priest, playing a solo of his own! It's from the band's <em>Epitath</em> DVD from 2013. Enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/r2-uklN0ADQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rrFpfiyo1mw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/h4vNMNNdZyw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bXRRG6vJero" 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="/judas-priest">Judas Priest</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/judas-priest-guitarist-richie-faulkner-covers-david-gilmour-brian-may-and-randy-rhoads-video#comments Judas Priest Richie Faulkner Videos News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:09:11 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22610 Foo Fighters and Rick Nielsen Perform Cheap Trick's "Stiff Competition" on 'Letterman' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-and-rick-nielsen-perform-cheap-tricks-stiff-competition-letterman-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen took the stage with Foo Fighters on <em>Late Show With David Letterman</em> to perform Cheap Trick's 1978 tune "Stiff Competition."</p> <p>Dave Grohl played drums while Taylor Hawkins did his best Robin Zander imitation, right down to the white suit.</p> <p>Earlier that day, the band (just Foo Fighters — no one from Cheap Trick was involved) premiered a new song, "Something from Nothing," <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-something-nothing-listen">which you can check out right here.</a></p> <p>"Something from Nothing" is the first song from their new album, <em>Sonic Highways</em>, which will be released worldwide November 10. It will be previewed in a new HBO documentary series, directed by Grohl, called <em>Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways</em> that will premiere tonight, October 17. </p> <p>The TV series chronicles the making of <em>Sonic Highways</em> through interviews and collaborations with local artists in each city (Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, Washington, D.C.). Artists such as Fugazi/Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye, Beastie Boys' Mike D, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Willie Nelson and Joan Jett are interviewed.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lZ_vPKhisJc" 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="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/cheap-trick">Cheap Trick</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-and-rick-nielsen-perform-cheap-tricks-stiff-competition-letterman-video#comments Cheap Trick Foo Fighters Rick Nielsen Videos News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:16:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22609 Guitar World's Paul Riario Puts D'Addario's NYXL Strings to the Test on the Streets of NYC — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-paul-riario-puts-daddarios-nyxl-strings-test-new-york-city-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In this brand-new video, <em>Guitar World</em>'s Paul Riario — armed with a Charvel Jake E. Lee signature model guitar — hits the gritty streets of New York City with D'Addario's new NYXL strings.</p> <p> The goal? To put NYXL strings into the hands of New Yorkers (and a superhero or two) to see if the strings really do "allow you to strum harder, stay in tune better and bend further."</p> <p>Several guest stars — from Testament's Alex Skolnick to the Naked Cowboy to Spiderman to guitarist Wayne Krantz — seem to agree the strings hold up to the test!</p> <p>For more information about D'Addario's NYXL strings, visit <a href="http://www.nyxlstory.com/">nyxlstory.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/yePDRnWahLg?list=UUqHkFMEmOPFO3ahcrrBAj4w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-paul-riario-puts-daddarios-nyxl-strings-test-new-york-city-video#comments Alex Skolnick D'Addario Paul Riario Accessories Videos News Features Gear Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22578 Big Wreck Premiere "Hey Mama" Music Video — Exclusive http://www.guitarworld.com/big-wreck-premiere-hey-mama-music-video-exclusive <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Hey Mama," the new music video by Canadian rockers Big Wreck.</p> <p>The song is from the band's latest album, <em>Ghosts</em>, which was released in June. </p> <p>"It's a concept video filmed up in Muskoka, Ontario, over three days," the band told us. "It's telling the story of a man who is plagued with regret, who is haunted by his past and may have gone to drastic measures to keep the woman he loves.</p> <p>"It was filmed completely guerilla style with a team of four people. Fun fact: The bugs got so bad in the woods at some points that we had to shut off the camera because the lens was blocked by mosquitoes."</p> <p>Big Wreck headed into Revolution Studios and Vespa Studios in Toronto to record the 13 songs that make up <em>Ghosts</em>. The band approached this album with a renewed sense of wonder toward the things that turned them on to rock in the first place. </p> <p>“Prior to this, and before Albatross, I always had to sneak music in somewhere between a designed pop hit,” says frontman and guitarist Ian Thornley. “That was never really my bag. This time I just sort of said, ‘you know what, I’m going to make an album that I would really, really want to hear and that I’m madly in love with,’ and that’s what we did.”</p> <p>For more about Big Wreck, visit <a href="http://www.bigwreckmusic.com">bigwreckmusic.com</a> and follow them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BigWreck">Facebook.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zM0XDSkFLYg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/big-wreck-premiere-hey-mama-music-video-exclusive#comments Big Wreck News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:49:46 +0000 Damian Fanelli http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22608 Sample Guitar World's New 'In Deep with the Major Modes' DVD Featuring Andy Aledort — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/video-sample-guitar-worlds-new-deep-major-modes-dvd-featuring-andy-aledort <!--paging_filter--><p>The latest in Andy Aledort's In Deep instructional DVD series, <em>In Deep with the Major Modes</em> includes more than 100 minutes of instruction! It's available now at the Guitar World Online Store!</p> <p>In this DVD, you'll learn:</p> <p> • Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes.<br /> • Essential fingering patterns and keys.<br /> • How to create licks from scale patterns.<br /> • Major pentatonic and hexatonic scales.<br /> • Blues soloing using thirds and sixths<br /> • Hybrid-dominant scales<br /> ... and much more!</p> <p>Your instructor is <strong>Andy Aledort</strong>, a longtime contributor to <em>Guitar World</em> magazine and the author and producer of hundreds of artist transcriptions, books and instructional DVDs. He has influenced and inspired guitarists around the world for many years. </p> <p>During his tenure at <em>Guitar World</em>, Aledort has written lesson features on players such as Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Dimebag Darrell and Yngwie Malmsteen, among others. </p> <p>He also has created many of <em>Guitar World</em>'s best-selling instructional DVDs, including <em>Play Rock Guitar, How to Play Hard Rock and Heavy Metal</em> and <em>How to Play the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold As Love</em>, which can be found at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=secondarynav&amp;utm_campaign=store">Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p>As a guitarist, Andy has worked live and in the studio with Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and the Band of Gypsys rhythm section of bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles. Aledort has been a member of original Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts' band, Great Southern, and performed with Buddy Guy, Double Trouble, Paul Rodgers and many other legends. His solo blues-rock album, <em>Live at North Star 2009</em>, is available on Steve Vai's Digital Nations label.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/in-deep-with-the-major-modes-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=MajorModesDVD">For more information, visit the Guitar World Online Store</a> and check out the free lesson below!</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2746050936001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2746050936001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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We were introduced to them earlier this year when Sarah <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-exclusive-15-year-old-guitarist-sarah-command-performs-andy-mckee-and-joe-satriani">covered songs by Joe Satriani and Andy McKee.</a></p> <p>The song was originally on Ross' 1999 <em>Passion Session</em> album 1999. It also has been covered by McKee.</p> <p>The Command Sisters were winners of the John Lennon Bus Songwriting Contest (“Take Me Home"/"The Alberta Song”) and were asked to perform at the Main Stage at NAMM in Anaheim in 2014.</p> <p>While there, the Sisters performed at the She Rocks Awards (honoring Sheila E, Janie Hendrix and other women in music). They were seen at the Sundance Film Fest in January; Charlotte and Sarah also were honored to be chosen to perform for Jowi Taylor's 6String Nation in February. </p> <p>Summer festivals included Boots &amp; Hearts, Cavendish and Blueberry. The Commands have just announced that they are finalists in the Canada's Walk of Fame Emerging Artists Mentorship program and have been invited by the Canadian Consulate and Shanghai International Arts Festival to perform five shows in Shanghai CHINA this month.</p> <p>Find out more at <a href="http://www.thecommandsisters.com">thecommandsisters.com</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2skuqHZcucg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-15-year-old-sarah-command-plays-tight-trite-night-don-ross#comments Acoustic Nation Don Ross Sarah Command Videos Blogs Videos News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:19:37 +0000 Acoustic Nation http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22607 Foo Fighters Premiere New Song, "Something from Nothing" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-something-nothing-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Dave Grohl &amp; Co., also known as Foo Fighters, have premiered "Something from Nothing," the first song from their new album, <em>Sonic Highways</em>.</p> <p>The album, which will be released worldwide November 10, was recorded in eight studios in eight different American cities. It will be previewed in a new HBO documentary series, directed by Grohl, called <em>Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways</em> that will premiere tomorrow night, October 17. </p> <p>"Something From Nothing," which you can hear below, was recorded at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. </p> <p>The TV series chronicles the making of <em>Sonic Highways</em> through interviews and collaborations with local artists in each city (Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, Washington, D.C.). Artists such as Fugazi/Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye, Beastie Boys' Mike D, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Willie Nelson and Joan Jett are interviewed.</p> <p>Check out the song below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Y3B0Vx_yQgo" 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="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-something-nothing-listen#comments Foo Fighters News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:02:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22606 Bill Frisell’s Tele-Portation: 'Guitar in The Space Age'! http://www.guitarworld.com/bill-frisell-s-tele-portation-guitar-space-age <!--paging_filter--><p><em>"To you I shall put an end, then you'll never hear surf music again."</em> — Jimi Hendrix, “Third Stone From The Sun”</p> <p>Oh, Jimi … you would’ve loved this. Surf music? I’ll say! Straight from the valleys of Neptune. </p> <p>With <em>Guitar In The Space Age!</em>, Bill Frisell and his talented friends (drummer Kenny Wolleson, bassist Tony Scherr and fellow string wizard Greg Leisz) turn the collars up on their pressurized black leather space suits and head back to the future. </p> <p>The controls are set for the tunes of Frisell’s youth; the quartet’s sonic filters process the music and turn it into something very familiar and very new. As soft-spoken as Frisell is in conversation, he’s some kind of fearless adventurer with a guitar in his hands.</p> <p>There’s funked-up blues (“Messin’ with the Kid”), there’s Brylcreemed sneer (“Rumble”), there’s classic twangorama (“Rebel Rouser”) and happy burble (“Cannonball Rag”). But as recognizable as it all is, there’s plenty of new ground broken as well. </p> <p>Consider the band’s take on the Kinks’ “Tired of Waiting for You”; the original melody is offered up gently and wistfully … slightly psychedelicized, but straight enough for church. And then things begin to get a little glazey-eyed about three-and-a-half minutes in, wandering way off into the field of flowers as Wolleson and Scherr slo-roll-and-tumble their way along and Frisell and Leisz explore the inner soul of a tie-dyed raga.</p> <p>Sure, you’ve heard “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Surfer Girl” and “Telstar” before, but you’ve never heard them quite like this. Amongst the classics are two newly penned Frisell originals — “The Shortest Day” and “Liftoff” — totally kindred spirits. </p> <p>And you know what the coolest thing of all might be? Frisell covers all this wild-ass sonic territory with a very humble and familiar vehicle … but I’ll let him tell you about it. </p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: I’m pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but I want to hear the story from you. Folks might listen to this album and expect that you used an arsenal of guitars for all the ground you cover, but … </strong></p> <p>Yeah … [laughs] I ended up playing just one guitar for the whole thing. It's a Telecaster made by J.W. Black. I can't remember if I’ve told you about him before, but I met him a long time ago. He used to work for Roger Sadowsky in New York back in the Eighties, before moving out to California. He was around in the early days of the Fender Custom Shop … one of the first guys who made those relic guitars, you know? J.’s incredible … his knowledge of Fender stuff is outrageous. He’s restored many, many Fifties and Sixties vintage guitars, and I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody who knows them inside and out the way he does. </p> <p>When he puts something together, it's like you’re getting to play one of those real old guitars … but everything is working right. [laughter]</p> <p>J only builds for customers in Japan these days, but I’m very fortunate to have a few guitars he’s put together. The Tele I used on this album is special because it has a Bigsby vibrato on it, which is so great for this kind of music. And it has a bridge that’s made by a guy named John Woodland.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JtiT-lEkcNY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Oh, Woody. The Mastery bridge, right?</strong></p> <p>You know about them?</p> <p><strong>I put a <a href="http://www.masterybridge.com">Mastery bridge</a> on my Esquire last year after you mentioned it to me.</strong></p> <p>Oh, cool! [laughs] I’d forgotten we’d talked about it.</p> <p><strong>It was the same thing; it seemed like the perfect bridge to try after I installed a Bigsby.</strong></p> <p>Yeah, exactly. Woody makes a Tele bridge with the Mastery saddles on it that’s open in the back so it works with the Bigsby. It’s great.</p> <p><strong>How about pickups?</strong></p> <p>Those came from a guy named Jeff Callahan in Eureka, California — <a href="http://callahanpickups.com/">Callahan Pickups</a>. He was another guy J. hooked me up with. I’m really liking Jeff’s pickups. I have them in this Tele, and I have some in a Strat, too.</p> <p>That came from this super-luxurious situation … [laughs] I went to J. Black’s place, and he had this guitar set up so I could switch out the pickups. He’d made it so that he could just slide the pickguards in and out. I tried about eight different Strat pickups that day. It was a total blind test. I didn't know what I was listening to or anything … just a couple hours of going back and forth and trying to figure out which ones I liked. The Callahan pickups just stood out like crazy.</p> <p>You know … J., Woody, Jeff … I’m so lucky to know people like that.</p> <p><strong>How about amps on this album?</strong></p> <p>I had this one amp that I really like. It’s an old Gibson … oh, boy … I think it's called an Explorer. It’s real low power and one 10-inch speaker. I used that and a Carr Mercury that was in the studio. That was the thing: we recorded it in Portland, Oregon. Usually I can't even use my own amps and stuff.</p> <p><strong>You were home, then … almost. [Bill lives in Seattle.]</strong> </p> <p>Yeah, almost. [laughs] It was weird, because usually it would be, “Now’s my chance,” you know — fill my car with guitars. But this time I ended up with just that Tele.</p> <p><strong>I love it. I’m a longtime champion of the versatility of the Telecaster and the Esquire … both of which are often labeled as limited in their sound.</strong></p> <p>That’s true.</p> <p><strong>And Greg was on a beautiful old Jazzmaster?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, he played that through the whole thing, along with pedal steel on some stuff. He played a 12-string on one song … I’m trying to think …</p> <p><strong>Oh, Lord, it had to be “Turn, Turn, Turn,” didn't it?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, just a little part in there. </p> <p><strong>Before I heard it for the first time, I wondered what the guitar voice would be on that song. The obvious was a take on Roger McGuinn’s 12-string Rick jangle, but you had very little of that.</strong></p> <p>There’s not many overdubs on the record; 99 percent of what you hear is just the four of us playing, but Greg did overdub the 12-string in a few places. It’s the only part of the record that was done in the computer age. [laughter] Some of what you hear on “Turn, Turn, Turn," though, is just our two guitars — his Jazzmaster and my Tele together.</p> <p><strong>Undoubtedly you’ve burrowed into some of these songs over the years, but were there ones that you’d never actually played before?</strong></p> <p>That was part of the thing about it: when I think back to when I first heard that music, I think, “Wait a minute. Between, say, 1963 and 1968 — a five-year period — the amount of music I was moving through and moving past … wow.” [laughs] I mean, like, going from the Ventures to Miles Davis in five years … there’s no way I could play all of those songs.</p> <p>I kind of played some of it, but I had barely figured out how to push down the strings and then I’d be moving onto something else … push it away and move on to the next thing … really quickly.</p> <p>So now it’s like, “Oh, wait a minute — I want to look harder at this stuff that got me going in the beginning.” Like “Pipeline” … or “Baha” by the Astronauts? Those were songs that got me super fired up about the guitar way, way back — and I could never play them then.</p> <p>Now I’m trying to play “Baha,” going “Whoa, whoa, wait a second … this is a lot harder than I thought it was.” That happened with a lot of these songs.</p> <p>When I did the John Lennon album, that was another revelation: “Wait a minute … I don't know these songs at all.” There’s all kinds of stuff in there that you start uncovering and, man …</p> <p><strong>I think that’s the same thing with, say, Duane Eddy’s playing. You listen to “Rebel Rouser” and, on the surface, I think some folks think it’s relatively simple. But it's the tone and phrasing … not a million-notes-a-minute.</strong></p> <p>Yeah, there’s so much more than just whatever the notes are. And we didn't even do “Rebel Rouser” the way Duane Eddy does it; he’s changing keys every time through and we didn't do that. [laughs] That would’ve made it way harder. [laughter]</p> <p>There’s so much in this music. For me, it just keeps on going and going and going …</p> <p><em>A former offshore lobsterman, Brian Robbins had to wait a good four decades or so to write about the stuff he wanted to when he was 15. Today he’s a freelance scribe, cartoonist, photographer and musician. His home on the worldwide inner tube is at <a href="http://brian-robbins.com/">brian-robbins.com</a> (And there’s that <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BrianRobbinsWords">Facebook</a> thing too.)</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/bill-frisell-s-tele-portation-guitar-space-age#comments Bill Frisell Brian Robbins Interviews News Features Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:33:18 +0000 Brian Robbins http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22605 Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig: The Defiled Perform on an Iceberg in Greenland — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/j-germeister-ice-cold-gig-defiled-perform-iceberg-greenland-video <!--paging_filter--><p>A gigantic Iceberg has been turned into the most unlikely of gig venues in the Greenland Sea, as U.K. metal band the Defiled (Nuclear Blast Records) performed on top of the floating platform for the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig, which sees artists put to the test as they perform in unconventional, ice-cold conditions.</p> <p>Braving freezing temperatures and fast-flowing ice, the group performed the special set to a host of locals from the nearby town of Kulusuk, who ventured out to the ice field to watch this once-in-a-lifetime experience from fishing boats and leisure craft.</p> <p>As an internationally touring band and part of the Jägermusic program, the Defiled are used to spending long stretches on the road together, which helped prepare them for the unusual nature of this tour. Flying from the U.K. to Iceland, the group then transferred to the island town of Kulusuk, Greenland, before trekking over-land and sea to their base on the neighboring island Tasiilaq, which has a population of just over 2,000.</p> <p>Prior to taking to the icy stage, Frontman Stitch D, along with keyboard player The AvD, bassist Vincent Hyde and drummer Needles spent time getting to meet local musicians and watching them perform their own traditional music, before inviting them and other residents to come and witness their unique one-off performance. </p> <p>Renowned for their distinctively dark and imposing on-stage dress, which provided a stunning visual contrast to the bright white ice cold surroundings, the Defiled played a 30-minute set featuring tracks from their latest album, <em>Daggers.</em></p> <p>Stitch D said, “This has to be one of the most insane gigs we’ve ever played! You see these things on TV documentaries but it’s not until you get to see them in real life that you realize just how big and amazing icebergs are. Although it was cold, I don’t think any of us noticed once we got started as the stage location literally takes your breath away."</p> <p>To see pictures of the Defiled taking on the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig Challenge, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JagerMusicUK">facebook.com/JagerMusicUK.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/G0BUVYnZvX8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/j-germeister-ice-cold-gig-defiled-perform-iceberg-greenland-video#comments The Defiled Videos News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:13:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22604 Led Zeppelin Premiere Alternate Mix of "Rock and Roll" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-premiere-alternate-mix-rock-and-roll-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Later this month, Led Zeppelin will release deluxe, remastered editions of <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> and <em>Houses of the Holy</em>. </p> <p>Each reissue will contain a second disc featuring previously unreleased alternate mixes, in-progress versions of songs and more.</p> <p><em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> includes an alternate mix of "Rock and Roll." The track, which features a different blend of guitars, can be heard below.</p> <p>"'Rock and Roll' has just got that cheeky energy about it," Jimmy Page told <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/led-zeppelin-alternate-mix-rock-and-roll-20141016">Rolling Stone</a>. "It's a party. 'It's been a long time since I rock and rolled.' It says it all, really. It's great lyrics and it's a great performance."</p> <p>"As a song, it was actually kind of punky; pre-punk," John Paul Jones added. "It was really fast too, onstage anyway. It just got really quick, a lot of energy. It's a lot of fun to play. The crowd loved it. We loved it."</p> <p>The deluxe editions of <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> and <em>Houses of the Holy</em> will be released October 28.</p> <p><iframe src="http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid3840505216001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAAyiIY-k~,nwbxG65xosVylGX5EGc8PHvubPefPQj6&amp;bctid=3840268534001&amp;width=620&amp;height=365&amp;autoStart=false" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></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="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/led-zeppelin-premiere-alternate-mix-rock-and-roll-listen#comments Led Zeppelin News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:20:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22603