Features http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/5/0 en The Top 10 Blues-Approved Overdrive/Distortion Pedals http://www.guitarworld.com/la-grunge-top-10-blues-approved-overdrive-distortion-pedals <!--paging_filter--><p>The origin of guitar distortion goes back to the earliest electrified blues guitarists. </p> <p>They didn’t care that their primitive tube amps were breaking up and distorting, as long as they were loud. Soon, blues guitarists grew quite fond of those nasty, gnarly distorted tones, and they sought to replicate them by any means necessary. </p> <p>Enter the overdrive pedal. Designed to push an amp to the brink, the overdrive pedal allows players to summon singing sustain, compelling crunch, and glorious grit at any volume level, giving guitarists the bite and balls they need for genuine blues-approved tone. </p> <p>While a handful of purists prefer to plug a guitar straight into an amp, most blues guitarists these days have a handful of overdrive, distortion and even fuzz boxes in their rigs. </p> <p>Thanks to the proliferation of boutique pedal builders over the past 20 years, there are easily more than a thousand distortion devices available to help guitarists find their signature blues sound. </p> <p>The following pedals are the top 10 classics and modern marvels that get our mojo working when we spank that plank and crank up the volume.</p> <p><strong>10. Way Huge Pork Loin</strong> </p> <p>By blending modern soft-clipping BiFET overdrive and classic clean “British” preamp tone pathways, the Pork Loin allows players to dial in raw, raunchy tones that never lose bottom-end clarity or definition. The Pork Loin plays a massive role in Joe Bonamassa’s bigger-than-life modern blues sound. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/gearphotos/PorkLoin.jpg" width="500" /> </p> <p><strong>9. Klon Centaur</strong> </p> <p>The Klon Centaur’s legendary clean boost transforms a guitar’s natural tone the same way a livestock farmer turns a piglet into a prize-winning porker—by making it bigger, fatter, juicier, meatier and more muscular. </p> <p>Centaur designer Bill Finnegan discontinued production several years ago, driving prices for used Klons well above $1,000, but he’s trying to bring a similar pedal to the market again with the same hand-selected parts, attention to detail and signature sound that the numerous “klones” have failed to match. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/gearphotos/KlonCentaur.jpg" width="500" /></p> <p><strong>8. PaulC Audio Tim</strong> </p> <p>Thanks to its impressive tonal range and expressive touch sensitivity, the Tim is a favorite of tube amp aficionados who don’t want to sacrifice the dynamic response of their favorite amps but need more gain and tonal-shaping capabilities. With the EQ controls set at 12 o’clock, it provides some of the most transparent clean boost and overdrive tones available. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/gearphotos/Fin.jpg" width="500" /> </p> <p><strong>7. Fulltone Full-Drive 2</strong> </p> <p>Fulltone makes an impressive variety of incredible overdrive, distortion and fuzz pedals, including the OCD, PlimSoul and Fat-Boost FB-3, but when it comes to the blues, most guitarists choose the Fulltone Full-Drive 2. </p> <p>With separate overdrive and boost footswitches and mini toggle switches for selecting clean boost, midrange emphasis, MOSFET clipping and more, the Full-Drive 2 is a versatile overdrive pedal that makes it easy to dial in your own signature blues tones. </p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/full%20drive.jpg" alt="full drive.jpg" width="540" height="429" /></p> <hr /> <p><strong>6. Ibanez TS-808 Tube Screamer</strong> </p> <p>Thanks to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s use of an Ibanez Tube Screamer (he replaced the TS-808 with a TS-9 and TS-10 later in his career), this pedal has gone on to become the best-selling and most copied overdrive pedal of all time. </p> <p>The Tube Screamer’s output boost and signature midrange hump, along with a characteristic warmth that the TS-808’s successors lack, make it ideal for playing fat, aggressive solos that destroy everything else in its path. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/gearphotos/Tubescreamer.jpg" width="500" /> </p> <p><strong>5. Electro-Harmonix Big Muff π</strong> </p> <p>Most staunch traditionalists think that the raunchy fuzz tones of a Big Muff π are a little too furry and furious for the blues, but that hasn’t stopped a new generation of blues-inspired players from using one. The Big Muff is a key element of 21st century blues as envisioned by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and Jack White of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/gearphotos/BigMuff.jpg" width="500" /></p> <p><strong>4. Dallas-Arbiter Rangemaster Treble Booster</strong> </p> <p>Eric Clapton’s alleged use of a Dallas-Arbiter Rangemaster Treble Booster on John Mayall’s legendary <em>Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton</em> album remains the source of much controversy, but the Rangemaster was also a key element of Rory Gallagher’s late-Sixties rig that similarly redefined blues guitar tone during the British blues revival, thanks to its marvelous midrange and gritty germanium transistor grind. </p> <p>Numerous clones are available today, including the Analog Man Beano Boost and Keeley Java Boost. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/gearphotos/Rangemaster.jpg" width="500" /> </p> <p><strong>3. Boss BD-2 Blues Driver</strong> </p> <p>Not since the late Seventies, when the Ibanez Tube Screamer and Boss OD-1 made their debut, has a mass-produced overdrive pedal won over the great unwashed and cork-sniffing tone snobs alike. The BD-2 delivers a wide variety of overdrive tones, from creamy to crunchy, with personality that ranges from retro smooth to modern blues-rock raunch. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/gearphotos/BossBluesDriver.jpg" width="500" /></p> <p><strong>2. Blackstone Appliances MOSFET Overdrive</strong> </p> <p>This pedal’s nameplate and crinkle finish may have the retro-cool vibe of a Thirties toaster, but underneath the hood lies a modern circuit that uses small-signal MOSFETs and an unconventional input stage to cook up distortion and overdrive with rich harmonic overtones that will melt your face off like a million-watt microwave. </p> <p>“It’s heavy stuff, not the sound of a popcorn machine,” says Billy Gibbons, who used the Blackstone in tasteful excess on several new ZZ Top tunes.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Blackstone.jpeg" width="620" height="472" alt="Blackstone.jpeg" /></p> <p><em>Blackstone photo by William Baeck, <a href="http://williambaeck.com/WilliamBaeck.com/Home.html">williambaeck.com</a></em></p> <p><strong>1. Analog Man King of Tone</strong> </p> <p>With a two-year waiting list, the Analog Man King of Tone is one of the most sought-after overdrive pedals, and for a very good reason: it provides a clean boost that preserves a guitar’s tone, making it sound bigger, badder and more bodacious, with just the right amount of natural-sounding distortion. </p> <p>Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gary Clark Jr. and Buddy Miller are just a handful of the pros who have discovered that the King of Tone truly rules.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/gearphotos/AnalogMan.jpg" width="500" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/la-grunge-top-10-blues-approved-overdrive-distortion-pedals#comments Boss EHX Electro-Harmonix Fulltone Ibanez Kion October 2012 PaulC 2012 Guitar World Lists Effects News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:30:09 +0000 Chris Gill 16822 at http://www.guitarworld.com How to Buy a Fuzz Box: A Guide for the First-Time Buyer http://www.guitarworld.com/how-buy-fuzz-box-guide-first-time-buyer <!--paging_filter--><p>Is there anything more luscious than a Big Muff? </p> <p>Who can resist those hairy, in-your-face mouthfuls of fuzz? It’s the box guitarists dream about plugging into all day and night. No wonder Electro-Harmonix named the Big Muff Pi distortion pedal after it. </p> <p>But the Pi ain’t the only box in town. In fact, there are probably more than 300 models of overdrive, distortion and fuzz pedals in production today. How do you decide which one is right for you? Well, good readers, it’s time to practice your licks and get ready to blow some tweeters as we show you 10 things you should know before you buy a fuzz box.</p> <p><strong>01. What’s Your Flavor?</strong></p> <p>Distortion pedals generally come in one of three varieties: overdrive, distortion and fuzz. Overdrive provides a gain boost that pushes an amp harder and causes it to distort. Distortion processes the guitar’s signal and transforms it into a screaming, vicious beast before it hits the amp. And fuzz produces an extreme form of distortion called square-wave clipping: like a Sixties barbershop, everything that goes into it come out with a flat top. Note: Many manufacturers use these terms interchangeably, so don’t ignore overdrive or fuzz boxes when you want distortion and vice versa.</p> <p><strong>02. Fuzz Factors</strong></p> <p>When auditioning a pedal, make sure you play chords as well as single-note riffs and leads. As true fuzz pedals produce exaggerated distortion, they generally can’t handle chords other than a fifth diad, familiarly known as a power chord. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid fuzz altogether. The best fuzz boxes can make a single note sound like a 2,000- pound bee plugged into a wall of Marshalls, while the worst pedals will make your guitar sound like an elephant dropping a 2,000-pound load of dung.</p> <p><strong>03. No Gain, No Pain</strong></p> <p>If you plan on using a distortion box for playing lead, make sure that it also provides a good amount of gain boost, otherwise your guitar signal may disappear faster than Michael Jackson evading a summons. Extra gain can increase sustain, which is a good thing, but excessive gain may result in noise, feedback and hiss…which can also be a good thing. At the very least, the gain control should provide enough boost to match the guitar’s volume level when the effect is bypassed. Many players use overdrive pedals like the Ibanez Tube Screamer to boost the guitar’s gain for solos.</p> <p><strong>04. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?</strong></p> <p>With the exception of a handful of overdrive pedals like the Klon Centaur, most distortion boxes boost or cut EQ frequencies and affect the guitar’s tone. Many pedals sound wicked when you’re playing by yourself, but their sound virtually vanishes when you use them with a band, and you end up looking like the world’s worst air guitarist. If the pedal you’re auditioning has tone controls, dial in a sound you like, then have a friend jam along with you. If the tone doesn’t cut through, you may want to consider another pedal.</p> <p><strong>05. Avoid the Idiot Setting</strong></p> <p>While many pedals sound great with every knob turned up to 11, some pedals, like the Z-Vex Fuzz Factory, generate such extreme distortion that they don’t produce any sound at all when everything is maxed. The best tones usually lurk in those elusive in-between settings, so take your time and tweak those knobs. Start with the knobs turned down and work your way up.</p> <p><strong>06. Talk Dirty to Me</strong></p> <p>A lot of distortion pedals sound best when the amp is dialed to a clean setting. But many stomp boxes, especially overdrive and fuzz effects, sound better when the amp has a dirty edge. Experiment with various amp distortion settings while you mess around with the pedal’s knobs. Get rough with that amp; no one will slap you or call you a perv.</p> <p><strong>07. Crashing by Design</strong></p> <p>They don’t call them stomp boxes for nothing. Look for a pedal that is built like a tank and will support your weight even if you should balloon to John Popper-like proportions. Control knobs should be easy to reach and see, but they shouldn’t be placed where you can mistakenly step on them and disrupt your carefully dialed-in settings. The bypass switch should engage with a noticeable click, or the pedal should have an LED that lets you know when the effect is on.</p> <p><strong>08. Battery Aggravations</strong></p> <p>Trust me—James Hetfield wasn’t singing about the Duracells in Kirk Hammett’s Boss distortion in “Battery.” You may think your pedal is going to last all night because you put the Energizer Bunny in it, but remember that rabbits have a habit of dying when it’s least convenient for you. If you plan to use your pedal onstage, buy one that can be powered with AC. You may need to shell out a few extra bucks for an AC adapter, but in the long run it’s a lot cheaper than what you’ll spend replacing batteries.</p> <p><strong>09. Drastic Bypass</strong></p> <p>Look for pedals that offer true-bypass circuitry. This feature removes the pedal’s electronic circuit when the effect is switched off, letting your guitar signal pass through the pedal without affecting its tone or gain. Effects without true bypass bogart tone like your bass player sharing his stash, and when you chain several of these pedals together your tone will be as mighty as an outfielder on steroids. If someone offers you a triple bypass, leave the store immediately—you probably walked into Surgery Center by mistake.</p> <p><strong>10. Ignore the Tone Snobs</strong></p> <p>Tube-amp elitists may declare that everything solid-state is crap, yet they exalt the tones of players like Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, each of whom relied heavily on solid-state Rat, Fuzz Face and Tube Screamer pedals, respectively, to create their signature sounds. Fuzz fanatics argue at length about the virtues of germanium versus silicon transistors. Don’t obsess about minute electronic circuitry details; let your ears be your guide. There’s nothing wrong with using a pedal with an integrated- circuit design if it sounds sweeter to you than an expensive tube-equipped stomp box.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/how-buy-fuzz-box-guide-first-time-buyer#comments fuzz Effects Blogs News Features Gear Magazine Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:10:04 +0000 Chris Gill 10906 at http://www.guitarworld.com Zero to Sixties in Five Pedals: Five Modern Effects that Conjure Far-Out, Vintage Tones http://www.guitarworld.com/zero-60s-five-pedals-five-modern-effects-conjure-far-out-vintage-tones <!--paging_filter--><p>Many guitar players—at some point—can't help but fall under the spell of the sounds found on classic rock albums of the mid- to late Sixties. </p> <p>Players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and Robby Krieger were synonymous with wah, fuzz, univibe and/or tremolo. Throw George Harrison and Brian Jones into the mix and you get sitars and other sound- (and mind-) altering effects. They were always experimenting, changing things up, trying to outdo each other. </p> <p>Modern players who are obsessed with classic Sixties rock sounds can glue their eyes to eBay, waiting for pricey, hard-to-find vintage gear to show up. Or they can check out these five easy-to-find, modern effect pedals, as chosen by a group of <em>Guitar World</em> staffers including Gear Editor Paul Riario. </p> <p><strong>Vox V846-HW Hand-Wired Wah Wah</strong></p> <p>Stop, children, what's that sound? ... Well, if we're talking about the Sixties (and we are), it's probably Jimi Hendrix playing "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" on a Fender Strat through a Vox V846 Wah Wah pedal.</p> <p>Vox actually created the first wah pedal in the Sixties, spawning an army of imitators that continues to grow, NAMM Show after NAMM Show. Back in the day, the Vox wah and its competitors found their way into the hands—or in this case, the feet—of countless top-notch rock guitarists, from Hendrix to Jeff Beck to Jimmy Page to Eric Clapton. But again, Vox was there first. </p> <p>Just a few years ago (2011), the company issued its V846-HW Hand-Wired Wah Wah Pedal, which does a fine job of capturing the tone, feel and weight of the original Vox pedal. Every component in the new model—inductors, resistors, capacitors and the potentiometer—is carefully selected. And like its name suggests, each unit features hand-wired turret board construction with no printed circuit boards. The only difference is a true bypass, a handy update for modern players. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.voxamps.com/v846hw">Check out this pedal at voxamps.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V8dx4oS9FVI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face Distortion</strong></p> <p>The Sixties may have started out clean, but by the end of the decade there were some pretty gnarly distortion and fuzz sounds filling clubs and arenas around the world. </p> <p>Among the most distinctive fuzz tones of the late Sixties undoubtedly belonged to Jimi Hendrix, who utilized a Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face to add that extra layer of dirt to his already gritty brand of hard blues. Unless you're quick on the draw with your eBay bids or simply owned one back in the day, you won't have much luck finding Hendrix's original fuzz source these days, but fortunately Dunlop has produced a faithful replica in the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face.</p> <p>Hand-wired and built around a BC108 silicon transistor, the Hendrix Fuzz Face is nothing less than a meticulous reproduction of the original pedal, one you'll need if you'll want to summon your inner-voodoo child.</p> <p>And if a Tone Bender is more your thing, check out the <a href="http://www.williamsaudio.co.uk/Tonebender-MK11-Professional.html">OC81D Williams Vintage Tone MK11 Professional</a>, as used by Ben King, a former Yardbirds guitarist. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/jhf1-jimi-hendrix-fuzz-face">Check out this pedal at jimdunlop.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/18bBbNeMyhA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar</strong></p> <p>You're in a Sixties cover band. The rowdy, drunken audience is clamoring for your "Paint It, Black" / "Norwegian Wood" medley. Do you just play the sitar parts on your Fender Esquire and smile knowingly, like, "Yeah, I know these notes were originally played on a sitar, but what the hell am I supposed to do?" Well, yes, you could do that. But you also could check out Electro-Harmonix's Ravish Sitar pedal. </p> <p>As we say in a recent <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/buyers-guide/products/buyers-guide-2013/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=60sPedals">Guitar World Buyer's Guide</a>, it's the "world's best sitar emulation for guitar. With the Ravish Sitar pedal, Electro-Harmonix has streamlined the essence of the sitar into a compact enclosure that offers a polyphonic lead voice a tunable sympathetic string drones that dramatically react to your playing with adjustable timbre."</p> <p>And besides all that, guitarists can finally tackle "Bangla Dhun," Ravi Shankar's 15-minute Indian-music recital that kicks off <em>The Concert for Bangladhesh</em>. Or not! </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ehx.com/products/ravish">Check out this pedal at exh.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4GZGDYJ77xA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Dry Bell Vibe Machine V-1</strong></p> <p>You'll find vibe effects all over the music of Jimi Hendrix and Procol Harem's Robin Trower, a fact that, in and of itself, makes a good vibe pedal an essential part of any Sixties guitar rig. </p> <p>There's no shortage of great vibe units to choose from, but for our money, the Dry Bell Vibe Machine is the top of the heap. Not only is it among the more compact options, it allows for maximum tone control with its "Bright" switch, avoiding the sound-dampening side effects of some of the other pedals on the market.</p> <p>If you want to nail that Hendrix-at-Woodstock tone, adding this little beauty in your arsenal certainly can't hurt. What it can't help? Your nerves playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of a few hundred-thousand fans.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.drybell.com/vibe_machine_v1_en.html">Check out this pedal at drybell.com.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YeMgNpS1EmM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Fulltone Supa-Trem 1</strong></p> <p>As <em>Guitar World</em> has said in past reviews, Fulltone's Supa-Trem 1 is a tremolo pedal that lives up to its name. As you can tell by the photo in the gallery below, it's a simple, basic, gimmick-free effect that inadvertently captures the look of Sixties pedals while working hard to capture the sound. </p> <p>From personal experience, it's also a rugged pedal that can take a licking and keep on waving. It features a footswitchable Half/Full speed footswitch that stays in tempo and lets you channel some authentic-sounding Leslie-like moves. Another footswitch lets you choose between "Soft" smooth wavering or "Hard" square-wave machine-gun stutter. There's also an internal trimmer to fine tune the feel of the waveform.</p> <p>As a side note, Sixties rocker John Fogerty uses one of these pedals today to recreate his powerful CCR-era tremolo effects.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.fulltone.com/products/supa-trem-1">Check out this pedal at fulltone.com</a>.</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o7wfrMUXywo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimi-hendrix">Jimi Hendrix</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/eric-clapton">Eric Clapton</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beatles">The Beatles</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/george-harrison">George Harrison</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/cream">Cream</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jimmy-page">Jimmy Page</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/robby-krieger">Robby Krieger</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/zero-60s-five-pedals-five-modern-effects-conjure-far-out-vintage-tones#comments Damian Fanelli Dry Bell Dunlop EHX Electro-Harmonix Fulltone George Harrison Jimi Hendrix VOX Guitar World Lists Effects News Features Gear Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:16:27 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart 16374 at http://www.guitarworld.com New Book: Note-for-Note Transcriptions of Every Song on Black Sabbath's '13' http://www.guitarworld.com/new-book-note-note-transcriptions-every-song-black-sabbaths-13 <!--paging_filter--><p>Start learning every song on Black Sabbath's successful 2013 album, <em>13</em>, right now! The official <em>13</em> tab book is available now at the <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/black-sabbath-13-tab-book/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=BlackSabbath13">Guitar World Online Store</a>.</p> <p>The book features all 11 songs from the deluxe version of the album. Track list:</p> <p> • God Is Dead<br /> • End of the Beginning<br /> • Pariah<br /> • Peace of Mind<br /> • Zeitgeist<br /> • Loner<br /> • Age of Reason<br /> • Damaged Soul<br /> • Dear Father<br /> • Live Forever<br /> • Methademic</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/tab-books/products/black-sabbath-13-tab-book/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=BlackSabbath13">The book is available at the Guitar World Online Store for $19.99.</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="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-book-note-note-transcriptions-every-song-black-sabbaths-13#comments Black Sabbath News Features Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:06:09 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20141 at http://www.guitarworld.com Leviathan's Jef Whitehead Discusses 'Scar Sighted' and Why He Still Won't Tour http://www.guitarworld.com/my-war-leviathans-jef-whitehead-discusses-scar-sighted-his-biggest-influences-and-why-he-still-wont-tour <!--paging_filter--><p>“I don’t really know <em>why</em> I’ve been talking with all these people lately,” says Jef Whitehead from his studio in northern Oregon. </p> <p>Whitehead is the exceptionally private and talented multi-instrumentalist behind the one-man black metal band Leviathan. </p> <p>Since he started self-releasing Leviathan demos in the late Nineties, Whitehead—or Wrest as he is credited—has chosen a solitary path that steers clear of today’s industry standard of press cycles, live shows, Twitter updates, video teasers, photo ops and tell-all interviews.</p> <p>“To me it takes away from the mystique of the music,” he says. “The whole moniker thing in black metal is very important to me, along with the corpse-paint, feeling dead, creating otherworldly music and making something that’s not like Mel Bay: How to Play Guitar Correctly. I bet some of your readers would hear Leviathan and think, Hey that guy is not the best guitar player. Because I’m not! [laughs] But I ape my way through it.”</p> <p>In talking with Whitehead it instantly becomes clear that he’s self-effacing and humble when it comes to his craft. He’s quick to flip questions about his own style into deep discussions about his eclectic influences, which range from Van Halen, the Police and Black Flag to Celtic Frost, Immolation, Ved Buens End and Judas Iscariot. But the fact is he just might be the most unique and creative black metal artist operating in America today. </p> <p>As Leviathan, he’s released numerous splits, singles and studio full-lengths, including the recent <em>Scar Sighted</em>. He’s also issued some utterly haunting and beautiful ambient black metal as Lurker of Chalice, and has collaborated with a who’s-who of underground tastemakers including Nachtmystium, Twilight and Sunn O))). Along with his musical output, Whitehead is also a well known and sought-after tattooer and fine artist, who designs not only his own album artwork but has been commissioned to create pieces for bands like Converge and Today Is the Day.</p> <p>Despite his prolific artistic output, Whitehead’s life has not always been on an upward trajectory. His struggles with alcohol and substance abuse and lapses in sobriety have caused him to languish at times, and descend into a dire self-destructive place. </p> <p>One particularly grim moment occurred in 2011, when he was charged with a litany of counts stemming from an argument with an ex-girlfriend. Ultimately, it came out that the accuser had fabricated many of the charges, and all of them were dropped except domestic battery. Whitehead maintains that even that charge was bogus. While he chooses to not speak about the circumstances surrounding that particular incident, he’s open and candid when it comes to his sobriety.</p> <p>“I can’t do anything when I’m getting loaded,” admits Whitehead. “I was sober for 11 years, from 1995 to 2006. All of the first part of Leviathan was done in that first sober stretch. I had a lot of anger and sadness and it was my form of therapy, as corny as it sounds. Then things just shit the bed in 2006 and I started a pretty rough seven years. During [2011’s] <em>True Traitor, True Whore</em> I was doing horrible things to myself during that whole thing. And you can hear it. We listened to it the other day and it’s so sloppy.”</p> <p>It was about two years ago that Whitehead turned a corner and entered into a new, more productive chapter of his life. He moved to Oregon from his longtime home of San Francisco, got clean, and met his girlfriend Stevie Floyd, who also happens to be a pretty serious visual artist, tattooer and guitarist with the bands Dark Castle and Taurus. Together the two have an adorable eight-month-old girl, who, incidentally, is present throughout our interview, quietly observing the proceedings from her baby seat.</p> <p>Whitehead has also softened, if only slightly, his anti-press stance. He has begun to speak with a few outlets, including <em>Guitar World</em>, about the wildly inspired, pummeling and dynamic new record. Thanks to his regained creative focus, <em>Scar Sighted</em> stands as the most ambitious, focused and fully realized Leviathan record to date. It encompasses the icy viciousness of his early lo-fi four-track black metal releases, dark atmospheric excursions (reminiscent of Whitehead’s side-project Lurker of Chalice), jaw-dropping drumming, and doom, noise, thrash and death-metal guitar departures. Whitehead performs all instruments and voices on <em>Scar Sighted</em>, and weaves a dizzying tapestry with his arrangement of these elements, which were expertly captured by the skillful producer/engineer Billy Anderson.</p> <p>“At first it was daunting to work with Billy, because his résumé contains records that changed my life,” says Whitehead of working with Anderson, whose credits include influential records by bands like Melvins, Neurosis and Sleep. “I like shitty production. I played him a couple examples [of lo-fi black metal] and he was like, ‘Alright.’ Later I found he was actually thinking, Oh my god that’s terrible. [laughs] But working with him was amazing. There’s clarity in the new record, but it’s not Hot Topic bubble gum.”</p> <p><strong>You’re known for creating some of the most extreme metal out there. But I’m curious about where you started. Did you like Zeppelin and Van Halen like the rest of us?</strong></p> <p>There were three records that my mom had when I was growing up that I first noticed the guitar on: <em>Led Zeppelin III</em>, Mothers of Invention’s <em>Absolutely Free</em> and Spirit’s self-titled first record. Those left an impression on me, and in particular Randy California’s playing on the Spirit record. There was just something about the sound of the neck pickup and those warm solos. I didn’t pick up a guitar until I was about 13. My mom got me one. I was into punk rock and I would watch videos on MTV trying to figure out those stretchy chords Andy Summers [of the Police] was doing. Then when I figured out the barre chord, I remember the first song I learned was “Hungry Wolf” by X. But at the same time I was also listening to Dio, Ozzy and Van Halen. I was, and am, a huge Van Halen fan.</p> <p><strong>But even before guitar you were trained as a drummer, right? Did you find that helped make your transition to guitar easier?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, I’m mostly a drummer. My uncle had drums when I was a kid. Drumming has always come a little more naturally to me. I was in jazz band in junior high and high school. Absolutely. I’m way better with my right-hand rhythm playing than the left. Way better at strumming than fretting. It translates to bass too. Actually as far as my comfortableness with my ability to play I’d rank it drums, bass and then guitar. </p> <p><strong>So you’re growing up in California in the Eighties, playing drums and guitar. You also got into skate culture at the time, right? How was that tied in to your musical upbringing?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, I was balls deep in skateboarding. I was a sponsored amateur. I skated in a couple smaller competitions, and I got second a couple times. Anyway I ended up getting away from a living situation, and I was staying with a friend from high school. We were best friends, and we skated every day. He also had a guitar and we were trying to learn every Tony Iommi riff. <em>Kill ’Em All</em> had just come out, so we were trying to figure all that out, too, very ham-handedly. Then I found Venom and Celtic Frost. I was also way into trying to figure out how to play guitar like [Black Flag’s] Greg Ginn, [Anthony] Bones [Roberts] from Discharge and Rikk Agnew from Christian Death and the Adolescents. </p> <p><strong>Coming from your punk background, how did discovering bands like Celtic Frost and Venom affect own your own developing style?</strong></p> <p>It definitely upped the aggression for me. Celtic Frost’s <em>Morbid Tales</em> and <em>To Mega Therion</em> were way more pissed off. Punk is pissed and fast, but Celtic Frost also had that evil vibe to it. There wasn’t anything really like that. Then I got into weirdo rock. </p> <p><strong>What do you consider to be weirdo rock?</strong></p> <p>The more abstract stuff. I guess you’d call it post-punk. That angular discordant punk rock style done by people who can play. Guitar players like David Pajo and Duane Denison, or Ash Bowie from Polvo and Nick Sakes from the Dazzling Killmen. Oh and I love Paul Leary from Butthole Surfers, and [Kevin] Geordie [Walker] from Killing Joke. <em>Fire Dances</em> and <em>Revelations</em> were a huge influence on me.</p> <p><strong>In terms of black metal guitar influences, did the Norwegian movement in the early Nineties mean anything to you? </strong></p> <p>Of course. Snorre Ruch of Thorns, to me, really invented that minor-chord chromatic-progression thing. I’ve asked a bunch of people how he gets that sound and they say it’s direct with a bunch of mids. His songwriting and approach to guitar are perfect to me. And also Carl-Michael Eide of Ved Buens End and Virus. He’s one of my favorite all-around drummers and musicians. But as far as black metal guitar playing I’m more influenced by Andy Harris of Judas Iscariot. That guy’s a genius. Then there’s the death metal stuff, like [Incantation’s] John McEntee and [Immolation’s] Robert Vigna. I’m a huge Immolation fan. And also John Gossard from Weakling and Dispirit. He’s an amazing guitarist who thinks very differently. </p> <p><strong>You weren’t always a solo act. Can you talk about your experience playing in bands?</strong></p> <p>The first band I was in was called Home Brew when I was 15. Then I was in an Eighties metal funk band with slap bass called Gasm. Then it was Gift Horse in 1991. That guitar player, Doug Hilsinger, had a huge influence on me. Most of the stuff I was learning was power chords, and he encouraged me to play all six strings and let chords ring out. He used a lot of delay and he’s the one who influenced me to do volume swells with delay. Watching him play was really amazing.</p> <p><strong>What influenced you to break out and form Leviathan as a solo project? Did you lose interest in working with other people?</strong></p> <p>No, when we were in Gift Horse I just always had these songs. I wanted to sound like the Melvins and play songs that would break people’s bones. Doug was more into songwriting as a craft, stuff like Polvo and Chavez, and I was more into riffs. </p> <p>He would always tell me to get a four-track. So I eventually got one. I found out about black metal in ’96 or ’97 and I was really influenced by it. I started doing Leviathan and another project called Renfield, which turned into Lurker of Chalice. A lot of it was instrumental. The first Leviathan stuff I did was with a Gibson Sonex, which I traded for a tattoo. But I could never get the pickups screwed in right so it made a shit-ton of noise. And I had this little Peavey combo. Some of that stuff is on the second disc of <em>Verräter</em>, the first thing that I ever put out.</p> <p><strong>You were programming drums on those early releases right?</strong></p> <p>I had a Roland V-Pro digital drum set, because I lived in San Francisco and we’re all on top of each other. All my neighbors would hear was the thud of the digital drums…and me screaming. [laughs] I would just plug it right in to the Tascam four-track. That’s before I got a Line 6 POD. </p> <p><strong>What guitars were you playing back then?</strong></p> <p>Tim Lehi, who I [tattooed] with, is an incredible guitar player. Really inspirational. We both fell in love with black metal around the same time. He helped me get my first good guitar, which was a 1995 neck-through Paul Reed Smith. We were super into Today Is the Day, and that’s the kind of guitar Steve Austin played. I miss that guitar. I did everything except Lurker with that guitar. For Lurker I borrowed a 1969 Les Paul from Tim, because I wanted the guitar tones to be heavier. But it’s still direct through a POD and a four-track.</p> <p><strong>Playing live has never been a part of Leviathan. Why is that?</strong></p> <p>I don’t think that a lot of this music is meant to be played live. I’ve actually never played guitar live in front of people. I’ve played drums a bunch in front of people. It’s not really a fear thing. Because if I was doing Leviathan, unless I sang, it would be a cover band. </p> <p><strong>You can’t rock the drummer-as-singer move.</strong></p> <p>[laughs] Nah man I can’t do the Night Ranger. Actually one of the first U.S. black metal bands was called Profanatica, and Paul Ledney sang and played drums. He sat really low so you couldn’t even see him. You would just see a tom, an afro and mic stand. But no, I don’t think I could do that.</p> <p><strong>2008’s <em>Massive Conspiracy Against All Life</em> is the first album where Leviathan’s sound really jumped up in terms of production.</strong></p> <p>Yeah that’s the first album where I had someone actually record it using a program instead of a four-track. That was the first one with real drums on it too. I was still using the Paul Reed Smith. On the following album, True Traitor, I used [engineer/producer] Sanford [Parker’s] Gibson V for most of that. And <em>Scar Sighted</em> is all Stevie’s custom Monson [Morningstar], and my neck-through Gibson Explorer that I used for the clean tones.</p> <p><strong>You recently got hooked up with your own custom Monson, right?</strong></p> <p>Yeah, Stevie got me one for my birthday in July. It’s called the Redemption and has a maple neck, ebony fingerboard with my “Freezing Moon” inlays and a set of custom Lace Drop &amp; Gain pickups. But yeah they’re beautiful guitars and Brent [Monson] is a super nice guy. I’d like to have him build me another guitar.</p> <p><strong>You’ve expressed being unhappy with the final result of your last record, <em>True Traitor, True Whore</em>. Were there specific things you wanted to correct when you began work on <em>Scar Sighted</em>?</strong></p> <p>Well, I was sober this time, and I wanted to put some thrashy, for lack of a better word, stuff on there. Stevie’s from Florida, so there’s a lot of death metal being played in our studio. I’m not exactly sure what tuning is on her Monson guitar, but it’s a longer scale and has baritone strings so it’s a lot deeper. I played through a Peavey Triple X Atlas Custom and a Hovercraft Dwarvenaut and a 2x12 1x15 cabinet. But basically it’s the same as I’ve always done: try and make a record that I didn’t hate.</p> <p><strong>Is isolation still critical to your process? </strong></p> <p>It’s a huge part. With Lurker, and most of Leviathan, I was completely alone. I have a family now and things change. Stevie is totally supportive, but with our work and living situation there hasn’t been a lot of music making in the last couple months. But isolation has a giant effect on me when I’m making music. Just having people in the room when you’re working changes everything for me. It’s like, “Perform!” I’ve kinda gotten over that. But I’m still the guy who goes into the music store to try a guitar and I’m like, “Um, I’ll just buy it.” Because I don’t want to play in front of people. [laughs] It’s like that [HBO sketch comedy series] <em>Mr. Show</em> guitar lesson scene, “Wait, wait. No, wait, wait. No, wait.” [laughs] Seriously.</p> <p><strong>Your songs exhibit great dynamics and restraint, which really help elevate the chaotic parts when they arrive. Does that composition style come natural to you?</strong></p> <p>I’m not a patient person, but I work at trying to find that patience. [laughs] A lot of that is from listening to stuff like [Polish composer Krzysztof] Penderecki, but also stuff like Caspar Brötzmann’s <em>Mute Massaker</em> record. But dynamics are huge for me. And trying to figure them out is really hard, but really fun.</p> <p><strong>Another cool technique that you employ in the middle of “The Smoke of their Torment” is when you’re thrashing and then throw in an exaggerated rake of one chord.</strong></p> <p>Yeah the drag. That’s all influenced by Carl-Michael Eide. That’s listening to [Ved Buens Ende’s] <em>Written in Waters</em> over and over again.</p> <p><strong>You’ll also mix things up by adding acoustic passages, such as in “Dawn Vibration” and “Within Thrall.”</strong></p> <p>Stevie has a plug-in Chet Atkins nylon-string classical guitar that I used. Now I have a nice Takamine acoustic, but I didn’t have it when I was recording.</p> <p><strong>“Gardens of Coprolite” has some amazing drum sections. Do you typically find yourself writing drums or guitars first?</strong></p> <p>A lot of Leviathan begins with me playing drums and then writing guitar parts over it afterward. But I do have guitar riffs and then try and figure out a beat under it. That song is definitely drums first and then figuring the rest out later. </p> <p><strong>I’m curious about the creepy sound on “A Veil Is Lifted.” Is that a harpsichord plug-in?</strong><br /> Oh man, that’s an auto-harp that was in the studio. I tried it out and it wasn’t in tune but it sounded really cool. I knew I wanted to put it somewhere because it’s super creepy.</p> <p><strong>Between your art and musical output you seem to be in a pretty productive period of your life. Now that <em>Scar Sighted</em> is out what’s next?</strong></p> <p>We have a stack of Leviathan demos. Hopefully we’re gonna do four or five vinyl releases of just demos. I might just call it Wrest. Because it’s Renfield, Lurker and some demos that ended up on Twilight. And Stevie and I are gonna do a record as Devout too. We’re also building a recording studio at our new house. We hope to have a spot where we can wake up and go play in our boxers. Well, she doesn’t wear boxers. [laughs] </p> <p><strong>Will the studio be only for personal use, or do you plan to open it up to other musicians that want to record?</strong></p> <p>Open to friends and associates, and to have a place that Billy [Anderson] would want to work. And maybe Sanford would come out here from Chicago. Billy got us a mixing board, and we want to get a bunch of gear, guitars and drum sets for people to use. We want to build a comfortable setup with a kitchen, bathroom, shower and hopefully a place for bands to stay too. I mean, do bands even get label support anymore? So that’s why I’d tell your readers to support underground amp builders and guitar makers. Find somebody you can work with that fits well. And listen to more than one kind of music. Even if you only like death metal…</p> <p><strong>Listen to Van Halen.</strong></p> <p>Well, listen to Van Halen regardless. Even if you’re a hip-hop techno guy listen to fucking Van Halen!</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/my-war-leviathans-jef-whitehead-discusses-scar-sighted-his-biggest-influences-and-why-he-still-wont-tour#comments Jef Whitehead June 2015 Leviathan Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:43:12 +0000 Brad Angle 24483 at http://www.guitarworld.com Agnostic Front's Vinnie Stigma Talks New Album, Biggest Inspirations and a Lifetime in NYC http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-agnostic-fronts-vinnie-stigma-discusses-new-album-his-biggest-inspirations-and-lifetime-new-york-city <!--paging_filter--><p><em>He’s the founding guitarist of seminal New York hardcore band Agnostic Front, loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and has lived in the same Lower East Side apartment for 60 years. But what <em>Guitar World</em> readers really want to know is…</em></p> <p> <strong>I heard you have a new signature guitar coming out with Artist Series Guitar. What can you tell us about it? — Tommy</strong></p> <p>On the front of it is the map of hardcore, with the boots, which is a logo of ours, and the awning of CBGB. I spray painted “Agnostic Front” on the original awning in like 1982. That’s not a Photoshop thing. I made a stencil and spray-painted it on the actual awning. I’ve got EMG 81 pickups in it and I use it as my main guitar now.</p> <p><strong>I’m so stoked for the new Agnostic Front album <em>The American Dream Died</em>. What’s it like writing now that [founding singer] Roger [Miret] lives out of state? Are you guys trading demos online? — Antony</strong></p> <p>We do a lot over the internet. You know how that works today. We lay out a cushion for Roger to lay his words on. We take care of the music and basic structure, and then he’ll put in his two cents. And then I’ll put in my two cents and go back and forth like that. </p> <p>My drummer Pokey [Mo], who used to be in Leeway, works at a studio, and we go rehearse there. My guitar player is Craig Silverman, and he’s from Boston. They got snowed on really bad this year! He just had a baby, so he got to spend the winter with the baby. So that was good. Our last shows were right before Christmas, and we’re leaving to go to Florida and Puerto Rico then we’ll lay low and we’re off to Europe. All winter I’ve been hibernating. All I do is eat, practice and wait to go on tour.</p> <p><strong>Your new CD is called <em>The American Dream Died</em>. Do you think the transformation of New York City from the Eighties to now, with all the luxury condos and banks replacing music venues and bars, is a representation of that? — Craig</strong></p> <p>Definitely yes. Then again, the world changed too, not just New York. Now with the internet, everything’s so high-speed. But we didn't change. I don’t change! [laughs] For 60 years I’ve lived in the same place in New York with my family. I have a friend of mine, Tommy Lombardi, on Spring Street. The only way I get in touch with him is walk up to the building and yell, “Tommy!” And he yells back, “Hey Vinnie!” and throws down the keys. The real New York. </p> <p>Anyway his landlords are trying to get him out because his rent is stabilized. He’s a disabled person, number one. Number two, they go into his house and they wreck it trying to “fix a leak.” They shut the water off and the gas off. Criminal acts! They’re doing it to another guy in the building too. Get this: he’s a retired soldier, an elder person and he’s gay. They wanna fight that? They’re gonna lose! </p> <p>It doesn’t matter to me if you’re gay, old or in the service or not. I champion things like that, and I’m always fighting for people. That’s what hardcore and punk is about. We used to do canned food drives for the homeless, and I used to volunteer at the homeless shelter next to CBGB. I use the platform that I have to speak out for people that can’t speak for themselves. </p> <p> <strong>When it comes to rhythm picking technique are you all downstrokes or a mixture of up/down fast picking. — Pauly</strong></p> <p>A lot of time the attack is down, but I also do alternate picking. I’ll do that old-school shuffling rhythmic thing. Today the picking is a little more sterile—especially with the metal thing—instead of natural and rhythmic. All the guys in the band yell at me like I should do that. [laughs] But I’m like listen, “This is the feel, the rhythm and the flavor!”</p> <p><strong>Who first inspired you to pick up a guitar? — Hollis</strong></p> <p>Jimi Hendrix. He was the most craziest muthafucka. I think he liberated the guitar. I come from that era of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Eric Clapton, right into punk rock. There was no hair or heavy metal for me. I went straight to punk when I heard it, like, This shit is the fuckin shit! [laughs] </p> <p>Here’s where a kid can reach a goal, instead of like seeing some guitarist high on a hill that you’ve gotta praise. Punk taught me that you can be that guy. Like, “Hey, you! Get up there! You can do it even better!” That’s how I felt when I used to see bands. I’d watch them and think I can do it faster, louder and better. That’s the attitude the kids gotta bring. </p> <p><strong>I’ve seen you perform with Agnostic Front many times since the Eighties. Which country or city has the craziest hardcore fans? — Antony</strong></p> <p>Oh my god. It’s been 33 years with this band. I’ve seen a lot. We were in the Carolinas and these paratrooper guys came out and were jumping off the balcony! I played the Wacken [Open Air] festival, which was one of the largest pits in the Guinness World Book of Records. I’m not an internet guy, but somebody showed me a video and I was like, My god I can’t believe it! But I’ve seen so many things. I don’t even know where to start. </p> <p> <strong>I know you trained in martial arts. Did you find it helped keep you focused in life and even in playing music? — Jeffery</strong></p> <p>Definitely yes. All of the above. Anything positive like that is good for you. I’m no guru or karate expert, but it’s just common sense. If one of my friends gets drunk, I say, “Hey, everybody’s got their night.” Then the next day you come out of the matrix and you do 10 push-ups. Martial arts did help me. </p> <p>I just celebrated Chinese New Year’s the other day, and it’s my year, the Year of the Ram. It’s every 12 years and I’m 60 years old. [sings] Hells Kitchen, West Side, December 3, 1965. The world will never be the same, city’s got a new claim to fame! That’s how I write songs! Just about life and real things, not like those bands that write about blowjobs and the highway and girls. I mean that’s fine, okay, I’m down. But there’s just so many things going wrong with the world you gotta stand up and say something.</p> <p> <strong>I know that Roger got into the custom car scene with the Rumblers. Do you have any hobbies like that? — Tim</strong></p> <p>I got a cigar club. Anybody can join that one, you know? [laughs] You don’t need much to join a cigar club, just a cigar and a book of matches. You go to your local cigar store, ask a few questions, try a few cigars, sit down, have a glass of wine, and boom. There ya go! Who’s betta than you, right? [laughs]</p> <p> <strong>I’ve always loved Todd Youth’s playing no matter what band he’s with: War Zone, Murphy’s Law, Danzig, etc. You’ve got a history with Todd, right? — Dylan Fagan</strong></p> <p>Todd Youth is a very great player. He played for Glen Campbell, Ace Frehley and a bunch of others. When he was 12 years old he’d run away to come hang out with me at my house. I used to have to call his mother, like, “Hey he’s here now. You don’t have to call the cops. You want me to send him home?” I actually taught him how to play the guitar. That’s one of my great accomplishments. I also taught Sindi [Benezra] from the Lunachicks. </p> <p>I always say one day when I retire I wanna teach guitar to children and old people. For the old people I wanna do it for the coffee and cake, and for children I wanna do it for a very selfish reason. When they grow up and someone asks them, “Hey, where’d you learn to play the guitar?” I want them to say, “Vinnie Stigma taught me!”</p> <p><strong>You’re one of the founders of New York Hardcore Tattoo shop in New York. But did you ever get into tattooing yourself? — Pauly</strong></p> <p>I tattoo every now and again myself, yeah. Actually I just had my new guitar shipped there because I get ground shipping at the shop. But yeah come on by. Every now and again I’ll do a guest spot, or we’ll have Lars [Frederiksen] from Rancid come by and tattoo. It’s fun.</p> <p><strong>I have been a fan of Agnostic Front for the past 20 years and I love your guitar sound. What is your current amp setup like these days? — Jay Perry</strong></p> <p>Mesa/Boogie, and to be honest with ya, I go direct. You get enough power out of that. Plus we have another guitar player with us. I just cushion him so he can do whatever he does. And that Mesa, god you just look at it and it gets loud. I’m practically afraid of my amp it’s so fucking loud. [laughs] </p> <p>I had my friend hot-rod it, it’s got a thousand buttons on it and I’ve got a kid to take care of it. I don’t know what button to turn! [laughs] I turn ’em all to the right, that’s what I do.</p> <p><em>Photo by Jimmy Hubbard</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-agnostic-fronts-vinnie-stigma-discusses-new-album-his-biggest-inspirations-and-lifetime-new-york-city#comments Agnostic Front Brad Angle Dear Guitar Hero July 2015 Vinnie Stigma Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:39:13 +0000 Brad Angle 24573 at http://www.guitarworld.com Gary Rossington Discusses 'One More for the Fans!' and His Life and Times with Lynyrd Skynyrd http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-rossington-discusses-one-more-fans-and-his-life-and-times-lynyrd-skynyrd <!--paging_filter--><p>Lynyrd Skynyrd’s <em>One More from the Road</em> is among the greatest live rock concert albums—in the pantheon alongside the Who’s <em>Live At Leeds</em>, the Allman Brothers Band’s <em>At Fillmore East</em>, Jimi Hendrix’s <em>Band of Gypsys</em> and Led Zeppelin’s <em>The Song Remains the Same</em>. </p> <p>It captures the band of misfits from Jacksonville, Florida, at their absolute instrumental peak, featuring the scalding three-guitar lineup of Skynyrd co-founders Gary Rossington and Allen Collins and then-newcomer Steve Gaines. </p> <p>The 1976 double-LP also introduced the definitive 13:30 version of “Free Bird,” which became a Top 40 hit, a staple of FM radio and one of the most enduring rock songs—and punch lines—of the late 20th century.</p> <p>“Free Bird” was Skynyrd’s “Whipping Post,” the 22-minute song recorded live in 1971 at New York City’s legendary Fillmore East by a band they idolized, the Allman Brothers. </p> <p>It was also, along with the follow-up studio album <em>Street Survivors</em> in 1977, the last great hurrah for Southern rock, a style that apparently none of its trailblazers ever intended to invent. </p> <p>“We just wanted to be a rock band,” says Rossington today, via phone from his mansion in Georgia. “Sure, we were from the South and we grew up on blues and country, but we really loved the blues and rock that was coming from England, and that’s what we wanted to play.” Like the Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts, who thought of his band with Duane and Gregg Allman as progressive rock, Rossington made peace with the brand over time. </p> <p>Today, Rossington, who’s 63, says he’s also made peace with his demons. The original Lynyrd Skynyrd were a hard-partying bunch, inclined to an excessive amount of excess—booze, drugs, groupies and fights that sometimes sent its members to the hospital, all chronicled in Mark Ribowsky’s new book <em>Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars: The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd</em>.</p> <p>The first half of that title is pulled from the opening lines of “That Smell,” a song original Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant wrote for <em>Street Survivors</em> after Rossington smashed his new Ford Torino into an oak tree and a house while on a bender. </p> <p>“I did get in a car wreck, but we got a good song out of it,” says Rossington. “I still remember the day we cut that in the studio. My guitar sound was hot…with the feedback.</p> <p>“Eventually I learned that drugs are just horrible for you,” he continues, “but that’s the way it was in rock and roll in our time. I can’t do any of that stuff now. I’m not in such great health. I’ve had some heart problems and I’m on the straight and narrow. It’s a lot better than being fucked up all the time, and I thank God I made it through those days.”</p> <p>Rossington is the sole survivor of the original incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd, which lasted for 11 years. The group’s decade-long hiatus began with a nightmarish post-concert plane crash on October 20, 1977, near Gillsburg, Mississippi, that killed Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray just three days after the release of <em>Street Survivors</em>. </p> <p>The accident understandably hangs over Rossington’s conversations about the band like a ghost. He rarely mentions it directly, preferring to complete relevant sentences with terms like, “until, well, you know…” or simply pausing to skip a beat. </p> <p>He understandably prefers to dwell on the positive stuff, including the concert the current version of Skynyrd—featuring him, Blackfoot frontman Rickey Medlocke and Mark Matejka on guitars—played on November 12, 2014, celebrating <em>One More from the Road</em>. Like the original, it was staged at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and recorded. It’ll be released later this summer as a DVD and CD called <em>One More for the Fans!</em> featuring a slew of guests including Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Daniels, Jason Isbell and John Hiatt. </p> <p>“All the guests got to pick a Lynyrd Skynyrd song,” says Rossington. “I wish all the guys who wrote them could have heard it. I think I had the most fun playing with Robert Randolph, who came in carrying his pedal steel under his arm like a purse—no case or anything. And when he plugged in…man! He is so good it’s scary.”</p> <p>There’s more Skynyrd on the way, too. In early April the band convened at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville to record two concerts. The first featured the songs from their debut album, 1973’s <em>(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)</em>, played in its entirety, and the next night they did the same for the 1974 follow-up, <em>Second Helping</em>. And the group is starting to write songs for what will be the 14th Lynyrd Skynyrd studio album. </p> <p>But Rossington says he’s still got a special place in his heart for <em>One More from the Road</em> and the people who he shared the stage with during its recording on July 7, 8 and 9 in 1976, which is where our conversation begins:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vIeK1FV273M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>One More from the Road</em> caught Skynyrd at an instrumental peak, although the July 7 show was only Steve Gaines’ third gig with the band. What did Steve bring to Lynyrd Skynyrd?</strong><br /> Steve was a great player and a great songwriter, and he had a hand in writing some of our best songs for <em>Street Survivors</em>, like “I Know a Little,” and would have written a lot more great ones if things hadn’t worked out the way they did. </p> <p>After Ed King quit the band, Allen and I played as just two guitars for about a year. But we decided we needed another guitarist so we could get back to playing those double and triple leads. We played with Leslie West in New York, and he was going to join us, but that petered out. </p> <p>Then Barry Harwood, who Allen and me later started the Rossington Collins Band with, nearly joined. And then Cassie Gaines, our backing vocalist, introduced us to her brother and told us he was a great guitar player. Everybody says that, but when we met him and he sat in, he had a slide and he was playing the hell out of it! He grew up more on Motown and country, which was different than the blues we came up on. And when he played with us, it was kind of country and jazzy, and that expanded our sound. </p> <p>We rehearsed for a couple of weeks and then recorded <em>One More from the Road</em>. He didn’t even know some of the songs, but he played his ass off. He became a real inspiration to me, Allen and Ronnie. </p> <p>Steve was one of those cats who always had his guitar strapped to him. Even when he was home, he’d be walking around playing guitar. He’d answer the door with his guitar on and play while he was on the phone. If he was watching TV, he’d play during commercials. He inspired me and Allen to really get back into chompin’ down. </p> <hr /> <strong>Talk to me about Ronnie. He had a reputation for being rough and mercurial.</strong> <p>Well, you have to understand that there were two versions of Ronnie. When he was a normal, down-to-Earth guy, he’d be your best friend and do anything for you. But sometimes when he drank he’d go nuts. </p> <p>Mostly, though, we all got along good. He and Steve were close really fast. Steve moved from Oklahoma to a house near Ronnie’s in Florida. He and Ronnie would go to each other’s houses almost every day. They both had little kids and the kids would start playing and Ronnie and Steve would start writing songs. We all used to hang out together all the time, like a big family.</p> <p><strong>But didn’t Ronnie get in a fight with you on your first tour in Europe that was so bad you both had to go to the hospital?</strong></p> <p>That was a bummer, man. It was the first time we drank schnapps. People in the South don’t usually drink strawberry schnapps. We went to this bar in Hamburg, Germany, where they served us ice-cold schnapp—so when we drank it, it tasted like water. I don’t think he meant to do that to me, but he was drunk and out of his gourd. He cut up my hands with a broken bottle. </p> <p>I was hurt, but I could still play. He felt bad about it, and the next day we were friends again. That was all that mattered. My hands hurt when I played and the band was mad at him for a while, but everybody got over it. The bottom line is, we were a band of brothers. All we lived for was playing and being out on the road. That was our dream and it came true. </p> <p><strong>You and Ronnie grew up together, and even then he had a reputation as a bully who everybody feared. How did you get past that?</strong></p> <p>Once we got to know Ronnie, he was like a father to Allen and me. My father died when I was 10 and Allen’s mother and father were divorced, so neither one of us had a man around the house. Ronnie was a couple years older and he taught us how to drive, how to fight, how to ask a girl out… </p> <p>All the stuff you want to learn when you’re growing up. Ronnie and I loved to fish. We learned how to fish together and when we’d get back in town after a tour, we’d go fishing every day or every two days, and maybe even write a song. We were good friends and those were great times.</p> <p><strong>How important was the influence of Eric Clapton and Duane Allman on you and the band?</strong></p> <p>We loved Cream and Clapton’s style, and all the guitar players with the British bands—Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and also Hendrix. But mostly it was Clapton because he was so good and he played more of the kind of blues we were raised on. I grew up listening to him and hoping to be that good one day. Of course, I never made it and I never got near Hendrix, either. I don’t know if anybody will ever be as good as Hendrix again. </p> <p>And Duane and Gregg were big deals to us. They inspired us before they were the Allman Brothers. We would go see all the bands they were in while we were growing up. The Allman Joys played a lot in town, at clubs and teenage dances. We’d go see them anywhere they played. </p> <p>Duane and Gregg were already great, even then, and you could see Duane get better on guitar every week or two. Plus, they were older than us doing exactly what we wanted to do, and they were driving and smoking and had long hair and were out of school. They were as cool as sliced bread! </p> <p>My ’59 Les Paul “Bernice” is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sitting right next to Duane’s and Clapton’s guitars. They were my two biggest idols coming up, so having my guitar right between theirs is great! </p> <p><strong>Are you still a Les Paul guy?</strong></p> <p>Yes, I’m still playing my Les Pauls and my SGs. I also got a D’Angelico EX-SS. It looks like a great big Gibson hollowbody, and it has a really big sound that’s great for slide. Most of the time I use standard tuning for slide. Early on, we didn’t have the time to change tunings onstage, plus I only had one guitar back then, so I learned to play slide in standard.</p> <p>I use a Marshall and I still use a Peavey Mace in the studio. I have a signature Peavey Penta amp for myself that’s kind of like the old Peavey Mace, which they don’t make anymore. But nowadays all the good amps sound about the same. If you’ve got tube and analog gear, it’s all gonna sound warm and good.</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="/lynyrd-skynyrd">Lynyrd Skynyrd</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/gary-rossington-discusses-one-more-fans-and-his-life-and-times-lynyrd-skynyrd#comments Gary Rossington July 2015 Lynyrd Skynyrd Ted Drozdowski Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:47:17 +0000 Ted Drozdowski 24586 at http://www.guitarworld.com Thirty Veteran Guitarists — Including Slash, Steve Vai and John Petrucci — Pick the Song They'd Most Want to Be Remembered By, Part 2 http://www.guitarworld.com/30-veteran-guitarists-slash-steve-vai-and-john-petrucci-choose-song-theyd-want-be-remembered-part-2 <!--paging_filter--><p><em>From the GW Archive: This feature originally appeared in the May 2002 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. The story has a "time capsule" theme: We asked several veteran guitarists to choose the one song they'd most want to be remembered by after many years. Here we are, 13 years later (Does that qualify as "many"?), opening the time capsule to examine its contents! Enjoy!</em> </p> <p>A few decades ago, NASA sent a probe called <em>Voyager</em> straight out of the solar system. Its mission: to make contact with alien intelligence. </p> <p>The capsule was crammed with artifacts—including greetings in more than 50 languages—intended to convey information about Earth's cultures. But just in case those items failed to communicate across language barriers, NASA also included a recording of Chuck Berry performing his rock and roll masterpiece "Johnny B. Goode." </p> <p>For a while after <em>Voyager's</em> launch, the joke around the agency was that a reply had been received from an alien civilization: "Forget the scientific shit," went the message. "Send more rock and roll!" But what songs should be sent? We at <em>Guitar World</em> decided the logical place to start would be the musicians themselves. </p> <p>In a project that started almost five years ago (hence the inclusion of George Harrison in <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-guitar-legends-including-eddie-van-halen-dimebag-darrell-and-jeff-beck-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-1">Part 1</a>), we began asking many of the most influential guitarists in rock, blues and metal one deceptively simple question: "If you had to put one of your songs in a time capsule to be opened sometime in the future, which would you choose, and why?" </p> <p><strong>Check out Part 2 of the story below.</strong><br /> <em><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/thirty-guitar-legends-including-eddie-van-halen-dimebag-darrell-and-jeff-beck-choose-song-theyd-most-want-be-remembered-part-1">Part 1, featuring Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Satriani, Kirk Hammett, John Paul Jones and more, is available here.</a></em></p> <p><strong>Dave Mustaine (Megadeth),<br /> "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due"<br /> </strong> <em>Rust in Peace (1990)</em></p> <p>“Because we will never cease trying to dominate one another.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dlR4XtnmjPc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Steve Vai,<br /> "Love Secrets"</strong><br /> <em>Passion and Warfare (1990)</em></p> <p>"If it's going to be aliens that will discover this piece of music thousands of years from now, I'd pick 'Love Secrets.' The song is an unbridled ride though my imagination. It was void of any contemporary parameters when I wrote it, because the approach I took to composing it was rather unorthodox. </p> <p>"The harmonic structure is very rich; it's a thought-out piece of music, and it's not just a bunch of noise. Somehow, it's very arranged but it's still completely chaotic. </p> <p>"I had a profound dream experience when I was 15 or 16, and the song is the audio reality of that very bizarre and lucid dream stat. After researching this phenomenon, I realized that I was not alone in experiencing incredibly dynamic, rich music in a dream. It was like witnessing a thousand-piece orchestra. </p> <p>"The experience was very intense-it wasn't like I was listening to it with my ears; I was hearing the music with 'inner ears.' The music was <em>raging</em>, and I can't even express what I was experiencing visually. </p> <p>"I tried to reproduce this music, and even though my attempt was a complete failure at best, I still think it's one of the best pieces of music I've ever written. I really think it represents the pinnacle of my ability to combine my spiritual quest in life with my absurd technical inclinations."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rZHjOOAsxtY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Slash (Guns N' Roses),<br /> "Paradise City"</strong><br /> <em>Appetite for Destruction (1987)</em></p> <p>"This is the song that's most indicative of what I'm really into as a musician. One of the things I enjoy about being a guitar player is striving to reach some kind of a goal, even when I'm not sure what that is. </p> <p>And 'Paradise City' was the closest I got to doing what I would consider great, loud, fuckin' riff rock that clocks in at just three minutes. That's where I was headed, and that was the closest I got to realizing my goal in terms of expressing myself on the guitar in GN'R."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zahNMZ1hp9Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Buddy Guy,<br /> "Damn Right, I've Got the Blues"</strong><br /> <em>Damn Right, I've Got the Blues (1991)</em></p> <p>I am especially proud of the lyrics and I really feel them every time I sing this song. If you don’t understand what it’s about, just keep living and you’re going to find out. People think money will make them happy, but if you’re rich you got to worry about keeping it and if you’re poor you got to worry about getting it. That’s why ‘Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues’ is a story that speaks to everyone.</p> <p>“It’s like my pal Bo Diddley said: ‘Even Donald Trump’s got the blues,’ because he has to keep all those women away from his money. Or take Bill Gates: the guy invents ways to make money and every month they try to take him to court for something else. </p> <p>"Someone’s always after him, and that is what they call the blues. It comes to you in all forms and fashions. When I was a kid plowing with a mule, I thought that if I just had $5,000 I’d never have to plow again. I didn’t know you can’t ever get away from it. Damn right.” </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LGpEMPUYUCU?list=PL7507484206994FF7" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne),<br /> "No More Tears"</strong><br /> <em>No More Tears (1991)</em></p> <p>"People seem to like this little ditty. Why? It's a cool tune; I guess the solo's alright, and the guitar tone sounds pretty cool. People ask how I got that low, growling sound at the end of the verses. </p> <p>"It was just a 50-watt amp and a Les Paul with EMG pickups. And I went straight in, didn't run it through anything. When they mixed it, I think they put some SPX90 effect on it. It was in drop-D tuning, and we were at the A=440 pitch. It wasn't like I dropped down to some really low tuning."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CprfjfN5PRs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>John Petrucci (Dream Theater),<br /> "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence"</strong><br /> <em>Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)</em></p> <p>"I'm very lucky because i can get away with choosing an entire CD—this 42-minute composition is the title song of our new album. </p> <p>"It's an easy choice because it is the best possible representation of both my playing and the band's sound, running the gamut of every facet of our music. And because I co-wrote and co-produced it, I am, of course, particularly attached to it." </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bIsQyhfS-YI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains),<br /> "Rain When I Die"</strong><br /> <em>Dirt (1992)</em></p> <p>"This is a song that makes me feel kind of 'purged' when I play it. I think a lot of our material is like a trip trough a dark place and out the other side. </p> <p>"This is a song about a relationship between a man and a woman.You have that rolling, really dark, heavy snaky riff, and the lyrical content is dark. Yet it's very uplifting in the chorus. For me, the chorus is the resolution, coming out of the darkness."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eYhB8U6paBM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd),<br /> "Simple Man"</strong><br /> <em>Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd (1973)</em></p> <p>“ ‘Simple Man’ says a lot, philosophically. I really think I am a simple man, and that’s the best way to be. Just be yourself and believe in God and find a good woman and don’t worry about getting rich and all that. </p> <p>"That’ll come along with the simple things. I went through the drugs and alcohol and that crap, and I quit it all. I wish it hadn’t taken so long, because it ruins a lot of stuff. It’s a dead-end road, and once you get to the end, you gotta turn around and go all the way back. </p> <p>"But when it’s all over, it’s great and you really do get grounded and realize it’s about making music—so enjoy the process.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sHQ_aTjXObs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Kerry King (Slayer),<br /> "Payback"</strong><br /> <em>God Hates Us All (2001)</em></p> <p>“On this record I tried to write more directly about feelings that people have every day, so they don’t have to wonder what I’m talking about and how it relates to them. I think fans are going to hear a song like ‘Payback’ and say, ‘Man, that was me the other day!’ </p> <p>"‘Payback’ was written because everybody at some point in their lives has been wronged, pissed off or cut down by somebody—it’s a feeling everybody knows. </p> <p>"I wanted to pick some dark subjects that would be appropriate on a Slayer record and make them more personal and see if this stuff means more to the fans than some of the stuff on our earlier records.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oRkidxfz0PY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Dickey Betts (The Allman Brothers Band),<br /> "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"</strong><br /> <em>Idlewild South (1970)</em></p> <p>“It’s an awfully strong piece of music in that it allows all of the other players to have something they can really participate in. </p> <p>"It offers a lot of room for players to express themselves, and all of the musicians that have played in the Allman Brothers over the years have loved to play that song. It’s true for me too; we all really enjoy the improvisation that the song allows.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NRu9nFdIXQc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Andy Summers (The Police),<br /> "Message In A Bottle"</strong><br /> <em>Regggatta De Blanc (1979)</em></p> <p>“I think, as a pop song, ‘Message’ has perfect form, with just enough alternation between tension and release to maintain the listener’s interest. Plus, the strong forward motion of the guitar riff maintains excitement all the way through the song. </p> <p>"The lyrics are among Sting’s best—the graphic image of a man alone on an island, the message in a bottle as a metaphor for loneliness, and the surreal image of a hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore to indicate how much loneliness is out there. It also has what I consider Stewart [Copeland]’s finest drum track. </p> <p>"When we recorded it, we learned how to keep the energy of the music up by doing a take and keeping the tape going while we rolled right into another take. For a while we opened our shows with ‘Message,’ and it always made us feel great and totally blew the audience away. To me, the sound of this song is the Police.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Xhwq0iPLSSc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Peter Frampton,<br /> "Do You Feel Like We Do"</strong><br /> <em>Frampton Comes Alive (1976)</em></p> <p>“It started as a song about a hangover. I woke up with a wineglass by the bed and then went to rehearsal with a hangover. </p> <p>"I started playing these chords I’d come up with on the acoustic the night before—D-F-C-G-D—which became the chorus. I added this riff we’d been jamming on in rehearsal, and it all came together. The guys in the band said, ‘C’mon, Pete, write some words—it’s almost there.’ </p> <p>"I said I couldn’t, that I had this really bad hangover. They said, ‘Well, sing about that.’ So I started with, ‘Woke up this morning with a wineglass in my hand.’ Nowadays that’s as far as I get before the audience takes over and sings the whole thing. </p> <p>"When I emphasize the second ‘you’ in the chorus, ‘Do you—you…’ everybody’s arm is in the air, pointing. I didn’t know it when I wrote it, but when I start involving the audience, then the personal suddenly becomes universal. And then it’s not my song anymore—it’s everybody’s.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y7rFYbMhcG8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Scott Ian (Anthrax),<br /> "Only"</strong><br /> <em>Sound of White Noise (1983)</em></p> <p>“Because [Metallica’s] James Hetfield told me it was a perfect song.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Us_IxW5LcvY?list=PLBC21440B4095BBEF" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Kenny Wayne Shepherd,<br /> "While We Cry"</strong><br /> <em>Ledbetter Heights (1995)</em></p> <p>“I was going to say ‘Blue on Black,’ but I went with this one instead, partly because it’s an instrumental. Years from now words, language, may be totally different, but people will still be able to understand the emotion in an instrumental like ‘Why We Cry.’ </p> <p>"I mean, we still feel what Mozart and Bach’s music was about 300 years later. </p> <p>"When the guitar is the only voice in an instrumental or a solo, I can get into a state where the music just flows out of me. And when it’s time to wind down, it almost takes me down with it.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6YF4XlfoXCI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Jimmie Vaughan,<br /> "Planet Bongo"</strong><br /> <em>Do You Get The Blues? (2001)</em></p> <p>“ ‘Planet Bongo’ sums up everything that’s influenced me in music in a single song. </p> <p>"It’s me looking at exactly where I’m from through a pair of blues-tinted sunglasses. It’s all American; you could pick the song apart and find blues, jazz and gospel elements but nothing that’s not uniquely of this country. It’s not going to change the world, but it will help make it a little bit of a more fun place to be.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pCDh8UFCphA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Johnny Winter,<br /> "Be Careful With a Fool"</strong><br /> <em>Johnny Winter (1969)</em></p> <p>“I don’t really know why I’d pick this song, but I think it has a lot of soul and a lot of that good blues feeling. I also think it represents my sound and my style of guitar playing well. I learned it from B.B. King’s original version, which I love.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R-J60ItbBU0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam),<br /> "Nothingman"</strong><br /> <em>Vitalogy (1994)</em></p> <p>"The way this song came together, the way it sounds, the simplicity of it and the intention behind how it came about are all connected. It was a period of time when everybody in the band was a little frustrated. </p> <p>"All of us had been writing, and I knew Jeff [<em>Ament, Bass</em>] was in the studio with this song he had been working on. </p> <p>"So I dropped by to see if I could add some stuff—and within 20 minutes we had that song worked out. With that song, everybody in the band really took some steps toward each other, and something beautiful came out of it."</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Chr2Hg5qNl4" 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="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/john-petrucci">John Petrucci</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/johnny-winter">Johnny Winter</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/dave-mustaine">Dave Mustaine</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/peter-frampton">Peter Frampton</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/lynyrd-skynyrd">Lynyrd Skynyrd</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/30-veteran-guitarists-slash-steve-vai-and-john-petrucci-choose-song-theyd-want-be-remembered-part-2#comments GW Archive John Petrucci Johnny Winter May 2002 Peter Frampton Slash Steve Vai Zakk Wylde Interviews News Features Magazine Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:20:59 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19772 at http://www.guitarworld.com August 2015 Guitar World: B.B. King's Greatest Guitar Moments, PRS Guitars Anniversary, Frank Marino and More http://www.guitarworld.com/august-2015-guitar-world-tribute-bb-king-his-10-greatest-guitar-moments-between-buried-and-me-prs-30th-anniversary-frank-marino <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-august-15-b-b-king/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWAUG15/"><strong>The all-new August 2015 issue of Guitar World is available now!</strong></a></p> <p><em>Guitar World</em>’s August 2015 issue pays tribute to American legend <strong>B.B. King</strong>, who influenced generations of electric blues guitarists. We also take a critical look at King’s 10 greatest guitar moments.</p> <p>Then, North Carolina tech-metallers <strong>Between the Buried and Me</strong> solidify their status as one of prog-metal’s most forward-thinking groups with their new album, <em>Coma Ecliptic</em>.</p> <p>Also, <strong>PRS Guitars</strong> celebrates its 30th anniversary as one of the leading manufacturers of U.S.-made electrics. Take an in-depth look at the shapely six-string stunner known as the S2.</p> <p>Later, legendary Mahogany Rush guitarist <strong>Frank Marino</strong> sets the record straight about his mysterious career, his disdain for the music industry and how the guitar saved his life.</p> <p>Finally, there's our new <strong>string roundup</strong>! <em>Guitar World</em> selects the best and the brightest strings to keep you in tune and playing longer.</p> <p>PLUS: Tune-ups, including <strong>Megadeth</strong> in the studio, <strong>Armored Saint</strong>, Playlist with <strong>Hinder</strong>, Dear Guitar Hero with <strong>Todd Rundgren, Thy Art is Murder,</strong> and more. Soundcheck gear reviews include <strong>Bogner's</strong> Burnley, Harlow and Wessex pedals, the <strong>Vox</strong> Custom Series AC10C1 amp, <strong>Music Man</strong> StingRay Neck Through bass, the <strong>John Page Classic</strong> Ashburn electric guitar and more!</p> <p><strong>Five Songs with Tabs for Guitar and Bass:</strong></p> <p>• B.B. King - "Sweet Little Angel" (live)<br /> • In This Moment - "Whore"<br /> • Five Finger Death Punch - "House of the Rising Sun"<br /> • Death - "Spirit Crusher"<br /> • Ed Sheeran - "Thinking Out Loud"</p> <p><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-august-15-b-b-king/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWAUG15/"><strong>The all-new August 2015 issue of Guitar World is available now at the Online Store!</strong></a></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202015-06-16%20at%201.14.12%20PM.png" width="620" height="804" alt="Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 1.14.12 PM.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="/bb-king">B.B. King</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/august-2015-guitar-world-tribute-bb-king-his-10-greatest-guitar-moments-between-buried-and-me-prs-30th-anniversary-frank-marino#comments August 2015 B.B. King News Features Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:20:18 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24814 at http://www.guitarworld.com The Top 10 Air Guitar Songs of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-air-guitar-songs-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>It used to be something you could do in private, like, well, some other things you're better off doing in private. </p> <p>But that all changed when an upstart Tom Cruise made air guitar a public nuisance in <em>Risky Business</em> all those decades ago. </p> <p>With the house to himself, the underwear-clad Cruise did some mighty Chuck Berry-esque guitar work while frolicking to the chunky blues-rock chords of Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll." Since then, air guitar has become, <em>um</em>, big business. </p> <p>The best thing about playing air guitar? That is, other than the fact that you can be entirely tone-deaf, you don't need to own an instrument, you don't need to read a note of music, and you can have all the musicality of a hockey puck? </p> <p>You can crank the amp <em>way</em> up to "11."<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>10. Chuck Berry, "Johnny B. Goode"</strong></p> <p>If you can't play Chuck Berry's primal rock 'n' roll chords, perhaps air guitar isn't for you. Then again, you can work on that duck walk of his, a stunt best practiced behind closed doors and definitely not in front of mixed company. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6ROwVrF0Ceg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>09. Beastie Boys, "Fight for Your Right"</strong></p> <p>With their punk hearts, hip-hop minds, and Eighties metal sensibilities, the Beastie Boys tried and succeeded for a while in becoming all things to all people. For air guitarists, they did not provide consistently fertile ground, but this frat-boy anthem has become a quiet classic in the annals of flailing airmeisters. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/eBShN8qT4lk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>08. The Who, "Baba O'Riley"</strong></p> <p>Okay, puff that chest out, and splay those legs. It's time for one of the great air-guitar moves in the short history of this amazing art-form—the Windmill. Thank you, Pete Townshend. Though we admit you're a pretty good real-life guitar player, your contribution to the air-guitar oeuvre of poses and mimicry will live on forever. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hKUBTX9kKEo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>07. Aerosmith/Run DMC, "Walk This Way"</strong></p> <p>While air drumming is an art form that has yet to get its due, it plays a large role in injecting Joe Perry's great riff with a funky foundation. And with Run D.M.C.'s rap breaks on this groundbreaking hit, there's plenty of time to preen between duty calls. Officially, however, we'd like to say this is an either/or situation, as in, you can dump the Run DMC version and stick to the original!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4B_UYYPb-Gk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>06. Boston, "More Than a Feeling"</strong> </p> <p>Tom Scholtz's hermetic guitar artistry is legendary, so it comes as no surprise to see his byline on a list of air-guitar songs. The tone alone allows air guitarists to feel the heat of the spotlight, hear the roar of the crowd, and think about what would have happened if they had only learned to play real guitars. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Fm_-sW4Vktw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>05. Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Free Bird"</strong></p> <p>As the solos that close this epic veer off in a million directions like a gorgeous display of fireworks, a seasoned air-guitar vet knows that he need not follow one solo arc specifically. For "Free Bird" is more about "feeling" than it is about technique. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CkTQUtx818w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>04. The Troggs, "Wild Thing"</strong></p> <p>Like the primal scream of the Troggs themselves, this song is great for beginner air guitarists. The melody is familiar and there are enough sexy vocal hooks to distract an audience from noticing big gaps in your technique. Heck, even the local frat boys can figure their way around the fretboard for this three-chord masterpiece. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hce74cEAAaE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>03. AC/DC, "You Shook Me All Night Long"</strong></p> <p>With his manic gestures and incessant mugging, Angus Young may just be the quintessential role model for an air guitarist. Not only is this chord progression standard for all air-heads, but it also provides an amazing sing-along chorus for those players who aren't afraid to sing and play at the same time. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Lo2qQmj0_h4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>02. Jimi Hendrix, "Foxy Lady"</strong></p> <p>Jimi doesn't turn up on a lot of guitar lists because, well, frankly, not many air guitarists dare take on the Great One. The fact is, even pretending to be Hendrix is difficult. Tackle at your own risk. For experienced air guitarists only. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_PVjcIO4MT4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>01. Derek and the Dominos, "Layla"</strong></p> <p>Multiple guitar parts are the ultimate challenge for air guitarists, no matter what their skill level. For example, do you follow Clapton's rhythm track on this classic, or do you take the high road and play Duane Allman's memorable lead line? I think I know what you'd do... </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Th3ycKQV_4k" 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="/lynyrd-skynyrd">Lynyrd Skynyrd</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/acdc">AC/DC</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/aerosmith">Aerosmith</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/chuck-berry">Chuck Berry</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-air-guitar-songs-all-time#comments AC/DC Derek and The Dominoes GO June 2003 Guitar One Jimi Hendrix Guitar World Lists News Features Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:49:06 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24606 at http://www.guitarworld.com Download a Free 'Talkin' Blues, Part 1' Lesson at the 'Guitar World Lessons' Store — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/get-your-free-talkin-blues-lesson-guitar-world-lessons-store-video <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Talkin’ Blues, Part 1</em> an impressive compilation of 10 instructional video lessons and tabs by Keith Wyatt, is now available through the Guitar World Lessons <a href="https://guitarworldlessons.com/product/CBEB4D84-3F62-A0EB-E670-4FD53D1B33F9?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesP1">Webstore</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-world-lessons/id942720009?mt=8">App.</a></p> <p>It joins the ranks of the many lessons already available through <a href="https://guitarworldlessons.com/product/CBEB4D84-3F62-A0EB-E670-4FD53D1B33F9?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesP1">Guitar World Lessons.</a></p> <p>To celebrate this new release, <em>Guitar World</em> is offering the first <em>Talkin’ Blues, Part 1</em> lesson, "Stretch Marks," as a FREE download! Note that all 10 <em>Talkin' Blues, Part 1</em> lessons are available—as a package—for only $14.99.</p> <p>Below, you can watch the trailer for lesson 1, "Stretch Marks," which tackles the mechanics of proper string bending.</p> <p><a href="https://guitarworldlessons.com/product/CBEB4D84-3F62-A0EB-E670-4FD53D1B33F9?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesP1">This new collection,</a> which was produced by Wyatt for his <em>Guitar World</em> print column, "Talkin' Blues," offers a gold mine of blues guitar knowledge and stylistic authority. </p> <p>Wyatt skillfully teaches and inspires as he shows you how to play convincingly in the styles of such legendary guitarists as <strong>Chuck Berry, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, Johnny “Guitar” Watson</strong> and others. </p> <p>Topics include how and when to use fills effectively, making licks groove with accents and swinging eighth notes, jazz-blues chord extensions and substitutions, “chicken pickin’,” low-register phrasing and more, including:</p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 1: Stretch Marks</strong> Keith explains and demonstrates the mechanics of proper string bending technique and provides examples of how to incorporate half-step and whole-step bends into the A Dorian mode and the A minor pentatonic scale, with an emphasis on achieving good intonation (pitch accuracy). He then offers a stylistically authentic 12-bar blues guitar solo, inspired by Albert King, B.B. King and T-Bone Walker, that features a variety of bends applied to the one, four and five chords in the progression. Check out the trailer below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EbRmoDK840o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 2: Hey, Bo Diddley</strong> This chapter pays tribute to the rhythm guitar grooves, chord riffs and bass-line figures pioneered by Bo Diddley, with a look at their musical and cultural origins and their impact on other distinguished blues and rock guitarists who were inspired by Diddley, such as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Pete Townshend, George Thorogood and the Edge. </p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 3: The Art of the Fill</strong> This chapter covers the art of playing interactive, “call-and-response”-type lead guitar fills between a blues vocalists’ phrases and using good taste and discretion, so as to not to interrupt or overshadow a singer’s melody. Keith offers abundant examples of short and sweet licks inspired by such great players as Bobby Bland, Albert King, B.B. King, Freddie King and Guitar Slim. </p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 4: Three Into Two</strong> This lesson addresses the musically exciting “clash” that occurs between even, or “straight,” eighth notes played on the guitar and swing eighth notes played by a drummer, as pioneered by legendary players like T-Bone Walker on “Strollin’ with Bone,” and, more famously, by Chuck Berry on “Johnny B. Goode.” </p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 5: Lowdown and Dirty</strong> Keith explores the guitar’s low register and demonstrates how it can be effectively used when soloing to expand one’s range and put a fresh, ear-catching spin on phrases. Drawing inspiration from players like Freddie King, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Albert Collins, Wyatt crafts an appealing 12-bar solo that’s played entirely on the guitar’s bottom two strings and mostly within the first five frets, employing a combination of open and fretted notes. </p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 6: Accented Speech</strong> This chapter focuses on the importance and musical effectiveness of using accents and varied articulations to make certain notes stand out among others in a melodic phrase, in the same way that a dynamic public speaker enthralls an audience by varying pitch and volume word to word. </p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 7: Chicken Pickin’</strong> Keith begins by offering one-string exercises that have you alternating between picked downstrokes and upstrokes plucked with the bare middle finger, a technique known as hybrid picking, then shows you how to combine hybrid picking with some fret-hand muting to create pitchless “clucks” and how to craft soulful, rhythmically animated licks that also incorporate string bends, using the key of C and the C minor pentatonic scale to demonstrate. </p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 8: “Ain’t Got that Swing?”</strong> Wyatt delves into jazz-blues rhythm guitar playing and introduces big-band-style seventh-chord voicings and the signature “four-on-the-floor” comping (accompaniment) style popularized by guitarist Freddie Green in Count Basie’s rhythm section, as well as Jimi Hendrix on songs like “Up from the Skies.” </p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 9: Taking it Uptown</strong> Building upon the previous chapter, this lesson explores more sophisticated, “uptown” jazz harmony and chord voicings that utilize harmonic “extensions,” such as ninths, 11ths and 13ths, and alterations, such as flat-fives and flat-nines, to inject an exciting feeling of harmonic “tension and release” into a blues progression without fundamentally altering it. </p> <p>• <strong>Chapter 10: Substitute Teacher</strong> This final chapter completes Keith’s fascinating three-part exploration of jazz-blues guitar playing with examples of how great guitarsts like Walker employ passing chords and substitutions within a blues progression to create constant harmonic motion within the 12-bar framework. Keith demonstrates how to use altered dominant chords—dominant seven chords with a sharped or flatted fifth and/or ninth—and diminished-seven chords in conjunction with a chromatic root-note approach to a subsequent chord from a half step above or below to create smooth, slick voice-leading and a dramatically rich harmonic environment. </p> <p><strong>For more information, visit the Guitar World Lessons <a href="https://guitarworldlessons.com/product/CBEB4D84-3F62-A0EB-E670-4FD53D1B33F9?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=TalkinBluesP1">Webstore</a> and download the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guitar-world-lessons/id942720009?mt=8">App</a> now.</strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/get-your-free-talkin-blues-lesson-guitar-world-lessons-store-video#comments free lesson Guitar World Lessons Keith Wyatt Talkin Blues Videos News Features Lessons Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:52:32 +0000 Guitar World Staff 24805 at http://www.guitarworld.com Faith No More's Jon Hudson: "Music Is Supposed to Be a Big Part of Your Life, It's Not Supposed to Consume Your Life" http://www.guitarworld.com/faith-no-mores-jon-hudson-music-supposed-be-big-part-your-life-its-not-supposed-consume-your-life <!--paging_filter--><p>While Faith No More were rehearsing for their 2011 European tour, bassist Bill Gould played his bandmates a new song, the ominous, theatrical “Matador.” </p> <p>Impressed, FNM learned the number and debuted it at a show in Buenos Aires on November 8. </p> <p>The crowd reacted the way most audiences do when they don’t know a tune. Even so, the performance was the catalyst that triggered the notoriously noncommittal Faith No More into action. </p> <p>“When we got back from tour it just seemed like the logical step to work on some more material,” says guitarist Jon Hudson.</p> <p>Slowly but surely other songs surfaced, including the propulsive “Superhero” and the weird, haunting “Motherfucker,” both of which the band debuted in London on July 4, 2013. Less than two years later, <em>Sol Invictus</em>, Faith No More’s seventh studio album (and first in almost 18 years), is finally out and the songs rival the band’s best material. </p> <p>In addition to the aforementioned numbers, there’s the surreal title track, which is reminiscent of Tom Waits crossed with Tricky, “Sunny Side Up,” a sentimental ballad that abruptly morphs into a concoction of hard rock and funk, and the schizophrenic “From the Dead,” which contrasts a dusky bluesy rhythm with spare bells, slide guitar, melodramatic singing and soaring background vocals. We talked with guitarist Jon Hudson about the creative process for <em>Sol Invictus</em>, what he did during the band’s 11-year touring hiatus and how technology has rocked his world.</p> <p><strong>Bill Gould acted as the primary writer, schedule coordinator and producer of Sol <em>Invictus</em>.</strong></p> <p>He definitely made this thing happen. A couple of years ago, he got together to work with [drummer] Mike Bordin. Shortly thereafter, I started getting demos and working on the songs with them. Then gradually everyone else joined in. </p> <p><strong>How did it feel to be working on new material after so many years?</strong></p> <p>It was like a continuation of what we had already done. It wasn’t foreign at all. </p> <p><strong>Once you started working, was there a sense of urgency to finish the album?</strong></p> <p>Not at all. We took our time. There was no deadline to meet and no one knew we were making a record. That took a lot of the pressure off.</p> <p><strong>How do you approach playing the material written by former guitarists Jim Martin and Trey Spruance, and how did you want to make your own mark with the songs you helped write?</strong></p> <p>Live, I play what’s on the records and capture those tones. I don’t feel like it’s important for me to put my stamp on any of the songs, even the ones I worked on. I just play to serve the material.</p> <p><strong>When did you first meet Faith No More?</strong></p> <p>A former bandmate introduced me to them 1989. Then Bill helped me out with a demo after they did <em>Angel Dust</em>. I got the feeling things were not working out with Jim. Bill gave me a demo tape to work on at one point. I worked on several songs and sent them to him, but they ended up working with Trey, which was the right decision.</p> <p><strong>How did you end up joining the band?</strong></p> <p>Bill called me in early 1996 and asked me if I would be interested in joining the band. I didn’t audition, I just jumped in and started working with Bill. I gave him a cassette full of ideas and some of them wound up on <em>Album of the Year</em>, which was really exciting. </p> <p><strong>There was a lot of enmity between some of the members at the time. Was it uncomfortable to work in that environment?</strong></p> <p>I viewed everything as an opportunity. I could see the pressure of trying to deliver another great record was wearing on some of the guys because they were putting their energies into other areas or projects. I felt like this might be their last record, so I wanted to make sure I enjoyed it as much as I could. </p> <p><strong>What did you do after the band broke up in 1998?</strong></p> <p>I got into property management in the Bay area. I needed a paycheck and it allowed me to reexamine the good fortune I already had. </p> <p><strong>A lot of people would have sour grapes about having risen to the top only to return to the nine-to-five grind.</strong></p> <p>Music is supposed to be a big part of your life, it’s not supposed to consume your life. That’s hard to imagine when you’re really striving to make it, but that’s what I learned.</p> <p><strong>How did you end up rejoining the band in 2009?</strong></p> <p>I quit my job because I was tired of it. A few months later, I got word that Faith No More was starting up again. So it was very fortuitous and good timing. </p> <p><strong>How is being in Faith No More today different than it was in the late Nineties?</strong></p> <p>Everyone is more patient now, and as far as recording goes, we have all these new tools so the options are almost unlimited.</p> <p><strong>Did you use different gear to record <em>Sol Invictus</em> than you used for <em>Album of the Year</em>?</strong></p> <p>I played my Les Paul and I used my old JCM800, but we used a DI track on just about everything. We worked with a Kemper, so Bill was able to add certain frequencies to the existing tracks that might not have been so pronounced. </p> <p><strong>How is everyone getting along these days?</strong></p> <p>We’re really enjoying ourselves. We’re able to play big concerts and a lot of people are interested in our record. How can you be unhappy about that? </p> <p><em>Photo: Jimmy Hubbard</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="/faith-no-more">Faith No More</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/faith-no-mores-jon-hudson-music-supposed-be-big-part-your-life-its-not-supposed-consume-your-life#comments Faith No More Inquirer Jon Hudson June 2015 Interviews News Features Magazine Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:41:25 +0000 Jon Wiederhorn 24627 at http://www.guitarworld.com Five Awesome Rock Song Arrangements for Classical Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-five-awesome-rock-song-arrangements-classical-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>We’ve said it once before—classical guitar isn’t limited to classical music. To back that up, we carefully curated a list of five videos featuring awesome rock song arrangements made especially classical guitar.</p> <p>From Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” to Metallica’s “Orion,” these arrangements prove classical guitar is a thing of beauty whose versatility should be admired, explored and should definitely not be underestimated.<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Metallica, “Orion” cover by Rodrigo y Gabriela </strong></p> <p>Few things make us happier than Metallica and classical guitar, and when you combine them both, well that’s just a magical combination. And that’s precisely what Rodrigo y Gabriela’s cover of Metallica’s “Orion” is—sheer magic. Check out their punchy, head-banging arrangement of “Orion” below. Not bad, is it? </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3MP1cO948Ek" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Eric Clapton, “Wonderful Tonight” cover by Daria Semikina </strong></p> <p>In its original state, “Wonderful Tonight” is already a great song. But Russian guitarist Daria Semikina takes it to another level with her arrangement on classical guitar. The soft and velvety sound of the nylon strings offer an extra layer of innocent beauty to the music. By the end of the song, you’re likely to be in a complete state of bliss. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QWdkKMdE7wY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing” cover by Pedro Javier González </strong></p> <p>Who knew “Sultans of Swing” would sound so nice with a Spanish flair? Here, Spanish guitarist Pedro Javier González displays wicked skills through his arrangement of the classic hit song. And if you think he can’t pull off the solo, just wait and see… </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IKN9c1llqhc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>The Beatles, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” cover by Hiroshi Masuda</strong></p> <p>Hiroshi Masuda translates the quirky and playful essence of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” through his arrangement for classical guitar. He captures everything from the bass and the melody, and churns it out into a sophisticated interpretation for nylon strings. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/21eBD9yNyJU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>U2, “With or Without You” cover by Nathan Cragg</strong></p> <p>U2 and classical guitar… and unlikely pairing? Think again! This arrangement is an elegant rendition of the band’s song “With or Without You,” where arranger and performer Nathan Cragg becomes a one-man band delicately performing a chart-topping song on an instrument that isn’t known for its mainstream popularity (yet!). Who would’ve known?</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7zdFGiGwGB4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> We challenge you to come up with your own rock song arrangement for classical guitar! Because you just never know how good Pantera or the Rolling Stones can sound on nylon strings until you give it a try…</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-five-awesome-rock-song-arrangements-classical-guitar#comments Acoustic Nation Blogs Videos Features Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:47:30 +0000 Pauline France 24806 at http://www.guitarworld.com Mass Effect: The Top 50 Stomp Boxes, Devices and Processors of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/mass-effect-top-50-stomp-boxes-devices-and-processors-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p>Has any piece of musical equipment proliferated more, or more rapidly, than the humble electric guitar effect unit? </p> <p>Though there is no official tally, suffice it to say that thousands of stomp boxes, effect devices and processors have been created for the electric guitar over the past 60 years (and that’s not including rackmount effects). Conceivably, more than half of those devices are distortion, fuzz and overdrive effects.</p> <p>So how did we come up with a list of the top 50 electric guitar effects of all time? Actually, it was easy, as most of these stomp boxes and devices turn up in the pages of this magazine on a regular basis every time we ask artists what they use in the studio and onstage.</p> <p>Other effects got the nod for being the first of their kind (like the DeArmond Tremolo Control, which dates back to the Forties and was the first optional effect device) while a few passed muster for being undeniably cool or influential — even if they’re so rare that it will cost you a few thousand bucks to score one on eBay.</p> <p>Popularity also was a critical factor in our choices, although we generally passed over a few best-selling reissues or boutique clones in favor of the real deal. So even though the Bubba Bob Buttcrack Tube Overdrive may sound more soulful than an original Tube Screamer, if it’s little more than a copy with slightly upgraded components, it didn’t make the cut. </p> <p>If you love effects like we do, we hope you'll find this top-50 list a useful guide to discovering the classic effect boxes that have shaped the guitar sounds of rock, metal, blues, punk and many other styles. And if you're like us, it will undoubtedly compel you to plunk down a chunk of cash for a collectible pedal or two on eBay. Don't say you weren't warned.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/mass-effect-top-50-stomp-boxes-devices-and-processors-all-time#comments 2011 Articles Boss GW Archive Ibanez July 2011 Roland Guitar World Lists Effects July News Features Gear Magazine Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:25:16 +0000 Chris Gill 17196 at http://www.guitarworld.com New Book Chronicles 140-Year History of Epiphone Guitars http://www.guitarworld.com/new-book-chronicles-140-year-history-epiphone-guitars <!--paging_filter--><p>In 2013, Epiphone celebrated its 140th anniversary. To help honor the milestone, longtime Epiphone fan and former Gibson historian Walter Carter published <em><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/new-products/products/the-epiphone-guitar-book/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EpiphoneGutiarBook">The Epiphone Guitar Book: A Complete History of Epiphone Guitars.</a></em></p> <p>The epic story of Epiphone spans three centuries, from its old-world roots in the 19th century to the golden age of American guitar makers in the 20th century and onward into the global market of the new millennium. </p> <p>Along the way, the story of Epiphone includes virtually every great artist in popular music including Les Paul, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Joe Pass, Jack Casady, The Band, Paul McCartney, Gary Clark Jr., Slash, Tommy Thayer of Kiss, Zakk Wylde, John Lee Hooker, My Chemical Romance, Joe Bonamassa, Tak Matsumoto, Matthew K. Heafy, Django Reinhardt, Duke Robillard, Paul Weller and Oasis.</p> <p>“Epiphone fans are some of the most dedicated guitar fans in the world,” said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. “Walter has been a friend of Epiphone and Gibson for a long time and he’s written an engaging and thorough history of the ‘House of Stathopoulo.’ All of us at Epiphone are grateful and delighted that this book should be published in time for our 140th Anniversary. It will be a resource for generations to come.”</p> <p><em><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/new-products/products/the-epiphone-guitar-book/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EpiphoneGutiarBook">The Epiphone Guitar Book: A Complete History of Epiphone Guitars</a></em> follows the history of the Stathopoulo family from their home in Greece to their ascension as the premier archtop maker of the jazz age. The story continues as Epiphone becomes part of the Gibson family of instruments and guitars like the Casino and the Wilshire influence the British Invasion, through the modern age as the world’s No. 1 choice for professional, affordable instruments.</p> <p>Carter highlights the fascinating story of how an iconic name helped shape the world of the guitars with beautifully illustrated photographs chronicling the evolution of Epiphone instruments and the extraordinary musicians who played them. The book also features a collector’s section that provides specifications for every Epiphone guitar made from the 1920s to the present.</p> <p>For more information on <em>The Epiphone Guitar Book: A Complete History of Epiphone Guitars,</em> visit <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/new-products/products/the-epiphone-guitar-book/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=EpiphoneGutiarBook">the Guitar World Online Store.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bXiKbll-32Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/new-book-chronicles-140-year-history-epiphone-guitars#comments Epiphone News Features Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:22:27 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18034 at http://www.guitarworld.com