Features http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/5/all en Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — Alice Cooper Vs. AC/DC http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-alice-cooper-vs-acdc <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Vote Now!</h1> <p><strong>ALICE COOPER</strong> go head to head with <strong>AC/DC</strong>. We don't need to tell you about these bands. We'll let the recently shot videos below do the talking! Vote now; you have one full day! </p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8308989.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8308989/">Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — Alice Cooper Vs. AC/DC</a></noscript></p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8vRdX9GWfIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tmgZpqyQLFU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Van Halen</strong> (55.32 percent) defeated <strong>Phish</strong> (44.68 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-20 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/240370443/Bracket-9-20" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-20</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/240370443/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_11445" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-alice-cooper-vs-acdc#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands News Features Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:24:46 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22367 The Color Morale, "Lifeline (Left to Write)" Guitar Playthrough Video http://www.guitarworld.com/color-morale-lifeline-left-write-guitar-playthrough-video <!--paging_filter--><p>In the video below, Aaron Saunders from Rockford, Illinois, post-hardcore band The Color Morale does a guitar walkthrough of "Lifeline (Left to Write)," a track from his band's latest album, <em>Hold on Pain Ends</em>.</p> <p>The album, which was released on September 2, is available on iTunes <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hold-on-pain-ends/id895266739" target="_blank">here</a>. </p> <p>The band is currently on a fall tour with We Came As Romans through October 5, and will embark on the Get Real Tour with labelmates The Word Alive, which routes through Europe and returns to the U.S. for a nationwide tour. Full tour dates below the video. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/u6E1J7RupmE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>THE COLOR MORALE TOUR DATES</strong></p> <p>w/ We Came As Romans, For Today, Crossfaith, and Palisades<br /> 9.20 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose ***<br /> 9.21 - Tulsa, OK @ Vanguard ***<br /> 9.22 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live<br /> 9.24 - Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock<br /> 9.25 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live<br /> 9.27 - Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre<br /> 9.28 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco<br /> 9.30 - Knoxville, TN @ The International<br /> 10.1 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel<br /> 10.2 - Newport, KY @ Thompson House<br /> 10.3 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall<br /> 10.4 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre<br /> 10.5 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection<br /> *** w/ For Today </p> <p><strong>European Tour w/The Word Alive</strong></p> <p>10.19 - York, UK @ Fibbers<br /> 10.20 - Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms<br /> 10.21 - Cardiff, UK @ Clwb ifor Bach<br /> 10.22 - Manchester, UK @ Sound Control<br /> 10.23 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse<br /> 10.24 - Norwich, UK @ Epic Studios<br /> 10.25 - Brighton, UK @ Audio<br /> 10.26 - Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy 2<br /> 10.27 - London, UK @ Underworld<br /> 10.28 - Southampton, UK @ Joiners<br /> 10.29 - Paris, France @ La Boule Noire<br /> 10.30 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Kellerklub<br /> 10.31 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Dynamo<br /> 11.1 - Oberhausen, Germany @ Kulttempel </p> <p><strong>w/The Color Morale, Our Last Night, Dead Rabbitts, and Miss Fortune</strong></p> <p>Nov 7 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA<br /> Nov 8 - Sacramento, CA @ Assembly<br /> Nov 9 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House<br /> Nov 11 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock<br /> Nov 12 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre<br /> Nov 13 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls<br /> Nov 14 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova<br /> Nov 15 - Dallas, TX @ The Door<br /> Nov 16 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar<br /> Nov 18 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum<br /> Nov 19 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room<br /> Nov 20 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly<br /> Nov 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade<br /> Nov 22 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club<br /> Nov 23 - West Springfield, VA @ Empire<br /> Nov 25 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom<br /> Nov 26 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium<br /> Nov 28 - Reading, PA @ Reverb<br /> Nov 29 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre<br /> Nov 30 - Plymouth, MI @ Compuware Arena<br /> Dec 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar<br /> Dec 2 - Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room<br /> Dec 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom<br /> Dec 4 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes<br /> Dec 5 - St Paul, MN @ Amsterdam<br /> Dec 6 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose<br /> Dec 7 - St Louis, MO @ Fubar<br /> Dec 9 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre<br /> Dec 10 - Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre<br /> Dec 11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue<br /> Dec 13 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theatre</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/color-morale-lifeline-left-write-guitar-playthrough-video#comments Videos News Features Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:12:12 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22397 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — Phish Vs. Van Halen http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-phish-vs-van-halen <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Van Halen</strong> (55.32 percent) defeated <strong>Phish</strong> (44.68 percent). Thanks for voting! </p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/odqcJOo_tt0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BbsW_Dp0mpM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Rammstein</strong> (54.42 percent) defeated <strong>Slipknot</strong> (45.58 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far.</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-20 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/240370443/Bracket-9-20" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-20</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/240370443/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_11445" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-phish-vs-van-halen#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Features Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:18:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22366 Darkest Hour Premiere Video Lesson for "The Misery We Make" http://www.guitarworld.com/darkest-hour-premiere-video-lesson-misery-we-make <!--paging_filter--><p>In the following video, Darkest Hour guitarists Michael "Lone Star" Carrigan and Mike Schleibaum show you everything you need to know to play "The Misery We Make"—from their new self-titled album—correctly.</p> <p>For more information about Darkest Hour, check them out <a href="http://officialdarkesthour.com" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/7tSRVPk4LLQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/darkest-hour-premiere-video-lesson-misery-we-make#comments Videos News Features Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:02:43 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22390 Meshuggah Release Trailer for Remastered 'I' EP — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/meshuggah-release-trailer-remastered-i-ep-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Swedish extreme metal legends Meshuggah have released a trailer for their remastered version of <em>I</em>, the band’s one-song EP from 2004 set for release on September 30 in North America.</p> <p>Watch the video on Meshuggah's official Youtube channel below.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/muBHPsb2C_0?list=UUxLbFcGicScOE07gwngd18g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The <em>I</em> EP reissue includes the remastered 21-minute title track, two live tracks recorded during the 2012-2013 Ophidian Trek World Tour, plus an extremely limited studio track recorded in July 2003 (at Meshuggah’s own Fear &amp; Loathing studio in Stockholm, Sweden) which has never appeared on a studio album. Album artwork &amp; concept are courtesy of Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake.</p> <p>The track listing for <em>I</em> is:</p> <p>1 - I<br /> 2 - Bleed (Live)<br /> 3 - Dancers To A Discordant System (Live)<br /> 4 - Pitch Black</p> <p>Click <a href="http://smarturl.it/MESH-I-RE-MASTERED" target="_blank">here</a> to pre-order the <em>I</em> CD, digipak, special edition green vinyl, or t-shirt bundle.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/meshuggah-release-trailer-remastered-i-ep-video#comments Videos News Features Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:55:03 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22389 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — Slipknot Vs. Rammstein http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-slipknot-vs-rammstein <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>SLIPKNOT</strong> going head to head with <strong>RAMMSTEIN</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Rammstein</strong> (54.42 percent) defeated <strong>Slipknot</strong> (45.58 percent). Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6asMFkCU79M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UgwVmPPJ2C4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Black Sabbath</strong> (60.39 percent) defeated <strong>the Paul McCartney</strong> (39.61 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far.</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-18 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/240177765/Bracket-9-18" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-18</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/240177765/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_25991" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-slipknot-vs-rammstein#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands News Features Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:40:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22364 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — Black Sabbath Vs. Paul McCartney http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-black-sabbath-vs-paul-mccartney <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>BLACK SABBATH</strong> going head to head with <strong>PAUL McCARTNEY</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Vote Now!</h1> <p><strong>BLACK SABBATH</strong> (60.37 percent) defeated <strong>PAUL McCARTNEY</strong> (39.63 percent). Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/WLxMdOd7dC4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cNIetQ6rgBA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Allman Brothers Band</strong> (52.09 percent) defeated <strong>Metallica</strong> (47.91 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far.</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-18 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/240177765/Bracket-9-18" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-18</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/240177765/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_25991" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-black-sabbath-vs-paul-mccartney#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Features Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:41:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22362 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 2 — Metallica Vs. Allman Brothers Band http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-metallica-vs-allman-brothers-band <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>METALLICA</strong> going head to head with <strong>ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND</strong> (52.09 percent) defeated <strong>METALLICA</strong> (47.91 percent). Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3PCFt3so9AM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Rx_UaQx5eZQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Muse</strong> (53.47 percent) defeated <strong>Jack White</strong> (46.53 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far.</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-16 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239963146/Bracket-9-16" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-16</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239963146/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_47335" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-2-metallica-vs-allman-brothers-band#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Features Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:49:15 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22361 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Muse Vs. Jack White http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-muse-vs-jack-white-0 <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>MUSE</strong> going head to head with <strong>JACK WHITE</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Vote Now!</h1> <p><strong>MUSE</strong> (53.47 percent) defeated <strong>JACK WHITE</strong> (46.53 percent). Thanks for voting! </p> <h1>Let's Go to the Video!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/QS29hC5sKzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RkhZ4h9DrTo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Queen</strong> (73.08 percent) defeated <strong>Red Hot Chili Peppers</strong> (26.92 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! Tell your friends to tell <em>their</em> friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-15 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239859856/Bracket-9-15" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-15</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239859856/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_40731" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-muse-vs-jack-white-0#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Features Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:42:16 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22337 Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Discuss the Rocking Relationship Between Guitars, Cars and Everything in Between http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-and-zz-top-s-billy-gibbons-discuss-rocking-relationship-between-guitars-cars-and-everything-between <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus new Gibbons/Beck photos by Ross Halfin, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, MXR &amp; Eddie Van Halen, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=email&amp;utm_medium=daily_enews&amp;utm_campaign=GWNOV14">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><strong>The Surreal Thing: As they prepare to hit the road together for a summer tour, Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons wax philosophical on the rock and roll relationship between guitars, cars and everything in between.</strong></p> <p>It’s a hot, sunny California day as Jeff Beck and ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons stroll through the lush courtyard of Hollywood’s swanky Sunset Marquis Hotel. </p> <p>Ripe for caricature, they are perhaps two of the most distinctive-looking performers in rock history. Beck, with his much-imitated rooster shag haircut, and Gibbons, dressed in full hipster Wild West drag, look almost disconcertingly the same as they have for the past three or four decades. </p> <p>If we hadn’t invited them ourselves on the eve of their first tour together, it would be easy to mistake them for a mirage from one of those surreal ZZ Top videos that dominated MTV in the Eighties. </p> <p><em>Surreal</em> is actually a word that pops up quite often in conversations with both musicians over the next few days. It’s certainly a fitting adjective to describe aspects of their music. </p> <p>Since Beck’s stunning 1965 debut with the Yardbirds, he has thrilled and confounded guitarists with his exciting and often avant-garde approach to the instrument. His playful and imaginative take on Willie Dixon’s “Ain’t Superstitious” from <em>Truth</em>, his 1968 album with Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on bass, certainly rivaled anything Jimi Hendrix was creating at the time. </p> <p>And his consistently innovative work on tracks like “Going Down” (1972), “Blue Wind” (1976),” “Where Were You” (1989) and “Hammerhead” (2010), which won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, continues to push the limits of what can be done on a Fender Stratocaster without getting arrested.</p> <p>And anyone with even a passing knowledge of ZZ Top knows how strange they can be. Comprised of Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, the Little Ol’ Band from Texas has defied any civilized notion of what traditional rock musicians should look and sound like. Yet, their wonderfully skewed take on the blues has helped them sell somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million albums, and they continue to play the world’s biggest concert halls.</p> <p> Gibbons, in his inimitable deep Texas drawl, concurs that surreal is indeed the word of the day. “One of the highest compliments that ever came my way was sent from [guitarist] Jimmie Vaughan,” he says, chuckling. “He said, ‘Oh yeah, Gibbons is out there.’ But if there’s actually an ‘out there,’ guess what? We’ll go out there and find Jeff Beck!”</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=GibbonsBeckExcerpt">Enjoy this excerpt from our interview with Gibbons and Beck. For the entire story, pick up the November 2014 issue of Guitar World.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/6qr1Lc9Gm7k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>GUITAR WORLD: Billy, what does Jeff Beck mean to you? What is his importance as an artist?</strong></p> <p><strong>BILLY GIBBONS</strong> Before Jeff and ZZ Top embarked on this tour, I received a phone call from the production office asking about design preferences for our backstage passes. The reply was simple: “Well, there’s a juicy guitar image fitting to go on the ZZ side of the pass, and there awaits a superb geetar view for Jeff’s side as well.”</p> <p>On one side, we chose a view of the infamous, Pearly Gates, my fine ’59 Les Paul ’Burst, and on the other side, we landed an image of Jeff’s magnificently battle-scarred 1954 Fender Esquire used with the Yardbirds. When you’re using the word importance, one can easily find it in the guitars that Jeff Beck and I pounded the sides off long ago. Jeff’s guitar certainly stands as a pivotal piece, marking the point where bravery stepped in with a willingness to experiment, moving the six-string expression far outside any previously proven lines. The visual impact of that beat-up war club is still meaningful and forceful to the extreme. </p> <p><strong>Jeff, what do you find cool about Billy and ZZ Top? </strong></p> <p><strong>JEFF BECK</strong> Just think about how people went for Billy’s sound and the band’s image. ZZ Top went completely against the grain of all one would expect iconic rock to be. That’s what I love about them—they are this wonderful quirky backfire. Billy’s tone is great, and so are his songs. You wouldn’t really expect these bearded guys to write all these great tunes about cars and girls. </p> <p><strong>Both you and Jeff introduced a surrealistic element into the blues. In Jeff’s case, his versions of “I Ain’t Superstitious” and “Going Down” wink at traditionalism. ZZ Top often references the blues, but they also have a little irreverent fun with the genre. How important is it for you to let your audience know that you are self-aware? You know: “I’m not from the Delta, but I still love this music and there’s a way to modernize it.”</strong></p> <p><strong>BECK</strong> When you are taken with any music with inner gusto, you don’t think too much about it—you just have to have it! </p> <p>For example, I was playing in a blues band before I joined the Yardbirds, and I was really into Bo Diddley, who made the best use imaginable out of playing one chord. His outrageous jungle rhythms were so powerful and hypnotic, he didn’t have to change keys. We basically took his idea of the one-chord vamp, and while the band played, I would just slack all my strings and then really pull on them to make the most ridiculous and surreal sounds with slap echo so that people would just look up.<br /> It wasn’t premeditated. </p> <p>I just wanted the audience to look at me and listen! I did all kinds of outrageous things like that at the time, like taking two guitars and have them feedback against each other, and it was that kind of attitude that eventually got me the job with the Yardbirds. They didn’t want someone to play a beautiful slide guitar solo, or someone that sounded like Earl Hooker. </p> <p>They wanted someone that would hold an audience. I had something no one else had, and however crude or outrageous it was at the time, it worked. It wasn’t all that calculated. It was just my way of saying, Here I am. Ultimately, I had to tone some of it down when I joined the Yardbirds, because we were going on television playing pop singles. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/i9OJB_AEePQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>Billy, how important is it for you to add a little touch of the “untraditional” to your traditional blues?</strong></p> <p><strong>GIBBONS</strong> This position was being prodded in a discussion in Memphis, Tennessee, with a dear friend, Waltaire Baldwin. We came up together in Houston and kept our friendship for a long time. Waltaire is a poet. Gave me a John Lee Hooker disc when we were 12 and then showed me how to draw blues harmonica. </p> <p>Waltaire and I were in deep contemplation at 89 Union Street Saloon, sitting atop a table right near the corner window, overlooking the Mississippi. We both agreed that although we never picked cotton, didn’t grow up on plantation, it did not necessarily prevent creating an honest attempt making the truth of the blues a backbone of interpretation. The one ZZ tune that really captures this thought is, “My Head’s in Mississippi.” </p> <p>Although it ain’t the Thirties, all that hard-rhythm shuffle boogie coupled with a surrealistic Howlin’ Wolf’s delivery creates a subdued assembly of visual pictures. The great Memphis guitarist and producer Jim Dickinson once remarked, “Oh yeah, you guys are doing what I like. You’ve become a Salvador Dali—the Dali of the Delta.” Once you get that far along, the point’s made!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/pN69GC2amTg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><strong>What is the cosmic connection between the appreciation of an automobile and a guitar?</strong></p> <p><strong>GIBBONS</strong> It’s a big question, but a good one! What’s really the wicked connection is that they can be loud and fast; yet, they can also be quite elegant. While I was in Spain visiting Nacho Baños, the noted authority on early Fifties blackguard Fenders, we spent more than a day and a night—make it days and nights—talking about automotive elegance and the connection with the unchanged beauty of that original Fender. Call it the Telecaster, the Esquire, the Broadcaster or call it the No-caster—it’s become one of those timeless things.</p> <p><strong>BECK</strong> Guitars and cars offer experiences that are both quite amazing. The other day I was thinking, Why are there so many people in cars? It’s because it’s such a pleasure to have that experience, regardless of where you are going. It’s almost habit forming. You want to control your movement, but at the same time your brain is going at an unnatural speed and you’re putting yourself in danger. </p> <p>There’s that element of excitement every time you turn the ignition. It’s not that you’re just driving from point A to B—you’re enjoying every second of being in control of your life…or avoiding death! Listening to great rock and roll music also gives you this exhilarating sense of awareness similar to what you have when you are driving. </p> <p>There are other more obvious connections. Hot rods are cool looking and rock and roll is cool looking, and they both came of age at the same time in the Fifties. If America never created anything else, thank you very much for the hot rods and rock and roll!</p> <p><em>This is an excerpt from the all-new November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the rest of this story, plus new Gibbons/Beck photos by Ross Halfin, not to mention features on Weezer, George Thorogood, MXR &amp; Eddie Van Halen, the guitar pick revolution, Nita Strauss and Black Veil Brides, plus gear reviews (Epiphone, Zoom, Gretsch, TC-Helicon, Mesa and more) and lessons by Marty Friedman and Steel Panther's Satchel, <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-14-billy-gibbons-and-jeff-beck/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=GibbonsBeckExcerpt">check out the November 2014 issue of Guitar World!</a></em></p> <p><em>Photo: Ross Halfin</em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/1114_Gib%26Beck.jpg" width="620" height="805" alt="1114_Gib&amp;Beck.jpg" /></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="/zz-top">ZZ Top</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/billy-gibbons">Billy Gibbons</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jeff-beck">Jeff Beck</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/jeff-beck-and-zz-top-s-billy-gibbons-discuss-rocking-relationship-between-guitars-cars-and-everything-between#comments Billy Gibbons Brad Tolinski Jeff Beck November 2014 ZZ Top Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:34:29 +0000 Brad Tolinski http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22338 Turn Your Guitar Into a Full Band with Chris Woods' 'Percussive Acoustic Guitar' Book/DVD http://www.guitarworld.com/turn-your-guitar-full-band-chris-woods-percussive-acoustic-guitar-bookdvd <!--paging_filter--><p>Turn your acoustic guitar into a full band with <em><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/percussive-acoustic-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=PercussiveAcousticGuitar"><br /> Percussive Acoustic Guitar</a></em>, a comprehensive book/DVD set by guitar virtuoso Chris Woods.</p> <p>Providing detailed, step-by-step instruction on a variety of percussive guitar techniques, this book includes warm-ups, exercises, full pieces and practical “how-to” training that will get you slapping, tapping and enjoying your guitar like never before. </p> <p>The high-definition DVD reinforces all the material in the book and features Woods himself as your personal instructor. No matter what style of music you play, <em>Percussive Acoustic Guitar</em> will change, enhance and progress your entire approach to the guitar! </p> <p>It covers: string slapping, body percussion, tapping, harmonics, alternate tunings, standard notation and tab and more, with lots of exercises and full pieces to play!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/products/percussive-acoustic-guitar/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=PercussiveAcousticGuitar">Percussive Acoustic Guitar is available now for $19.99 at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/a4i9hCwG74A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/turn-your-guitar-full-band-chris-woods-percussive-acoustic-guitar-bookdvd#comments Acoustic Nation News News Features Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:29:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20947 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Queen Vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-queen-vs-red-hot-chili-peppers <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>QUEEN</strong> going head to head with <strong>RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>QUEEN</strong> (73.08 percent) defeated <strong>RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS</strong> (26.92 percent). Thanks for voting! </p> <h1>Let's Go to the Videos!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sTgRlWdzUWA?list=PL2tMgWgIvcWm43buGy5qfDwO38eq3T7vY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rGkjDkw2pOo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>RAMMSTEIN</strong> (67.88 percent) defeated <strong>RADIOHEAD</strong> (32.22 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! Tell your friends to tell <em>their</em> friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9 -14 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239743694/Bracket-9-14" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9 -14</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239743694/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_72684" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-queen-vs-red-hot-chili-peppers#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Features Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:36:54 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22342 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Rammstein Vs. Radiohead http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-rammstein-vs-radiohead <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>RAMMSTEIN</strong> going head to head with <strong>RADIOHEAD</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Vote Closed!</h1> <p><strong>RAMMSTEIN</strong> (67.88 percent) defeated <strong>RADIOHEAD</strong> (32.12 percent). Thanks for voting! </p> <script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8" src="http://static.polldaddy.com/p/8299122.js"></script><p><noscript><a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/8299122/">Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Rammstein Vs. Radiohead</a></noscript></p> <h1>Let's Go to the Videos!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UgwVmPPJ2C4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Yg_PkILY6EE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winners</h1> <p><strong>Alice Cooper</strong> (89.53 percent) defeated <strong>Dillinger Escape Plan</strong> (10.47 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! Tell your friends to tell <em>their</em> friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-13 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239653311/Bracket-9-13" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-13</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239653311/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_58553" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-rammstein-vs-radiohead#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Features Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:18:20 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22343 Guitar World's Battle of the Greatest Live Bands: Round 1 — Dillinger Escape Plan Vs. Alice Cooper http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-dillinger-escape-plan-vs-alice-cooper <!--paging_filter--><p>We don't know about you, but around here, September brings to mind tours and massive live shows — probably because it's the only month where summer and fall, the two biggest rock touring seasons, collide.</p> <p>So, as our thoughts turn to the gigs we've reported on, witnessed and celebrated this year, we thought we'd get our readers — as in, you guys! — involved as we attempt to pinpoint rock's greatest live band or artist!</p> <p>Welcome to <em>Guitar World</em>'s official readers poll for September (It's the first readers poll we've conducted since November 2013, all you poll haters out there), the Battle of the Greatest Live Bands. It kicked off Wednesday, September 3.</p> <p>Although we (obviously) had thousands of artists and/or bands to choose from, we decided to narrow things down to a mere 32 names, which is perfect for a month's worth of intense — and fun (it's supposed to be fun, people!) matchups. All the artists were carefully selected by <em>Guitar World's</em> entire editorial staff. </p> <p><strong>Most importantly, note that this poll involves ONLY still-existing bands, so you won't get to watch the Doors duke it out with Led Zeppelin! Pantera will not go head to head with Cream. The Jimi Hendrix Experience will not compete with ... you get the idea.</strong></p> <p>Here are our 32 artists, in alphabetical order, and you can check also out the entire bracket of matchups at the end of this page.</p> <p><strong>AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers Band, Black Sabbath, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eagles, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Jack White, Kiss, Korn, Metallica, Muse, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Phish, Queen, Radiohead, Rammstein, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Rolling Stones, Rush, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Tool, U2, Van Halen and ZZ Top.</strong><br /> <br /></p> <p>Today's matchup finds <strong>DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN</strong> going head to head with <strong>ALICE COOPER</strong>!</p> <h1>Today's Matchup: Voting Closed!</h1> <p><strong>Alice Cooper</strong> (89.53 percent) defeated <strong>Dillinger Escape Plan</strong> (10.47 percent). Thanks for voting!</p> <h1>Let's Go to the Videos!</h1> <p><iframe width="620" height="465" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jmhSJzx5Ntg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8vRdX9GWfIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <h1>Yesterday's Winner</h1> <p><strong>Black Sabbath</strong> (70.15 percent) defeated <strong>U2</strong> (29.85 percent). Thanks for voting! Head <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/tags/battle-greatest-live-bands">HERE</a> to see every matchup so far. Tell your friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far! Tell your friends to tell <em>their</em> friends so that they, too, can see every matchup so far!</p> <h1>Behold the Latest Bracket</h1> <p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"> <a title="View Bracket 9-12 on Scribd" href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/239575137/Bracket-9-12" style="text-decoration: underline;" >Bracket 9-12</a></p> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" src="//www.scribd.com/embeds/239575137/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;show_recommendations=true" data-auto-height="false" data-aspect-ratio="undefined" scrolling="no" id="doc_25217" width="100%" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /></p> <h1>How the Bracket Was Compiled</h1> <p>Here's how the bracket was — very unscientifically — compiled.</p> <p>We drew the artists' names out of a hat (It was, in fact, a Quebec Nordiques baseball-style cap) to help us create our bracket, which is available for your viewing pleasure below. Obviously, none of these of bands are ranked or come from a previously compiled list, so we chose purely random matchups to have as little impact as possible on the final outcome. We're actually pretty pleased with the way the bracket turned out!</p> <p>Remember that, as with any poll, genre might occasionally clash against genre, so you'll just need to decide which artist has (or has had) the most to offer within his/their genre, perhaps which one has or had more natural talent or technical skill, which one had the biggest influence on other live acts, etc.</p> <p>Let's get started! As always, you can vote only once per matchup (once per device, that is), and we'll be posting match-ups pretty much every day of the month, sometimes more than once per day, just to give you an early warning! </p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-battle-greatest-live-bands-round-1-dillinger-escape-plan-vs-alice-cooper#comments Battle of the Greatest Live Bands Features Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:07:03 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22344 Periphery's Mark Holcomb Demos the ProTone Haunted Delay Pedal — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/peripherys-mark-holcomb-demos-protone-haunted-delay-pedal-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb demos his signature delay pedal, the Haunted Delay by ProTone Pedals. Look for a new Periphery album in late January 2015!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YHEu-KkS0yg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/peripherys-mark-holcomb-demos-protone-haunted-delay-pedal-video#comments Videos News Features Gear Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:04:49 +0000 Guitar World http://www.guitarworld.com/article/22356