Monday, December 28, 2009

AVENGED SEVENFOLD Drummer Found Dead


According to The Orange County Register, AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer James Owen Sullivan (a.k.a. The Rev) was found dead at his home on Monday (December 28). He was 28 years old.

James Owen Sullivan, a drummer and backup vocalist for the Southern California band Avenged Sevenfold, was found dead at his home on Monday, authorities have confirmed.

Sullivan, who went by the stage name The Rev, appears to have died of natural causes, Huntington Beach police Lt. John Domingo said. Police were notified by firefighters who had responded to Sullivan's home about 1 p.m.

Sullivan was 28. The Orange County Coroner's Office is investigating the death.

Avenged Sevenfold formed in Huntington Beach in 1999. Sullivan was a member from the beginning.

Since then, the five-man group has put out four albums and won Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. The group's self-titled fourth album hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2007. According to a message posted by Zacky Vengeance on the band's MySpace page, the group was hard a work on a fifth album.

By Monday evening, whispers about Sullivan's death had spread to the band's fan sites on the Internet, which quickly filled with messages of condolence.

Monday, December 14, 2009

John Frusciante has left Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Band working with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer


It would appear that John Frusciante is no longer working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers - so says a source close to the band in an exclusive interview with MusicRadar.

"Josh Klinghoffer has been playing with the group for a couple of months now," says the source. "Optimistically, the Peppers are trying to lock down a replacement for John, who has apparently quit.

"Mentally, John checked out a long time ago. He's interested in doing his own thing, his own albums - the whole big rock band machinery just doesn't appeal to him anymore."

The news that Frusciante has quit can hardly be viewed as surprising. During a podcast interview with MusicRadar earlier this year, the guitarist was lost for words during a routine question about the status of the group. He paused for nearly 30 seconds (later edited) before awkwardly stating that the Peppers had "no plans."

Frusciante also refused to be introduced to be as 'guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers,' preferring instead to be called, simply, 'guitarist.'

Klinghoffer's a well-liked LA player

Oddly enough, Klinghoffer is not only friends with the Chili Peppers but with Fruscinate as well. "Josh has been on everybody's radar for quite some time," says the source. "He's extremely popular within a certain circle of LA musicians.

"The big thing right now that the band will have to consider is, Can Josh write great songs? Can he help push them forward? Everybody knows he can play, but the Peppers need somebody who can come up with amazing material and get them moving again."

Get Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Tom Morello together to pick the best albums and songs of the decade and you're bound to have a wild cage match of o

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Get Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Tom Morello together to pick the best albums and songs of the decade and you're bound to have a wild cage match of opinions, right? Not as much as you might think.

U2 showed up, in various forms, on everybody's lists. Oasis (one of Ulrich's all-time favorite bands), Muse and System Of A Down also made strong showings.

For those who might think that these hard-hitting monsters of Metallica and Rage Against The Machine limit their listening habits to shredologists, you've got another thing coming: The Dixie Chicks and Amy Winehouse figure in with Morello's choices for the decade's best. (Somewhat shockingly, he names one of his own albums, One Man Revolution, which he recorded under his alter ego of The Nightwatchman, as a top pick as well. The man digs himself - go figure.)

The rest of the complete, handwritten lists can be viewed at Metal Sucks.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Classic Rock Awards 2009

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"It's quite an experience to be in a room packed with almost every one of your heroes" said Joe Bonamassa in accepting the Breakthrough gong at last night's Classic Rock Awards. It's a sentiment we have to admit to sharing.

On arrival at last night's awards – hosted at London's regal Park Lane Hotel – MusicRadar was greeted with an awesome barrage of celebrity the likes of which we'd never seen.

Look, there's Slash! There's Ronnie Wood! Pete Townshend! Brian May, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Ginger Baker! These were people whose music we'd grown up listening to – bona-fide rock legends we'd idolised as kids, now all together under one roof.

The atmosphere was genuinely electric. An hour in and all the star guests had arrived - the party was now in full swing. Drinks were being quaffed, old bandmates reunited and glamorous young women apparently hired to look glamorous, young and, well, like women were being, erm... politely accosted by a '60s rock 'n' roller we shan't name. (His girlfriend kept an eye on him though – we guess you can't always get what you want.)

Marshall Classic Rock Roll Of Honour 2009 – full list of winners


Best New Band
Voted for by readers of Classic Rock magazine
Sponsored by Mean Fiddler
Winner: Chickenfoot

Album Of The Year

Voted for by readers of Classic Rock magazine
Sponsored by Universal Catalogue / Lost Tunes
Winner: AC/DC Black Ice

Band Of The Year
Voted for by readers of Classic Rock magazine
Sponsored by Guitar Hero
Winner: Iron Maiden

Best Reissue

Voted for by readers of Classic Rock magazine
Sponsored by Live Nation
Winner: Black Sabbath Reissues

DVD / Film Of The Year
Voted for by readers of Classic Rock magazine
Sponsored by Play.com
Winner: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Event Of The Year

Voted for by readers of Classic Rock magazine
Sponsored by Alchemy
Winner: Download Festival

Outstanding Contribution
Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Monitor Audio
Winner: Ronnie Wood

Tommy Vance Inspiration Award

Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Rhino
Winner: John Bonham

Innovator

Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Eagle Rock
Winner: Ginger Baker

VIP Award

Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Dannoff Premium Vodka
Winner: Doc McGhee

Metal Guru
Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Bravado
Winner: Biff Byford

Spirit Of Prog
Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Planet Rock
Winner: Dream Theater

Marshall 11 Award
Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Marshall
Winner: Billy Gibbons

Childline Rocks Award
Winner: Steve Harley

Classic Songwriter
Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Sony Music
Winner: Paul Rodgers

Classic Album
Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Provogue
Winner: Aerosmith Rocks

Breakthrough
Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Rock Radio
Winner: Joe Bonamassa

Comeback Of The Year
Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by EMI Music
Winner: Mott The Hoople

Living Legend

Chosen by a Classic Rock Judging Panel
Sponsored by Marshall
Winner: Iggy Pop

courtesy @ musicradar

Yamaha unveils DTX-Multi 12 percussion pad

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PRESS RELEASE: Drummers, Producers, DJs, and beginners and experts alike will all welcome the superb newDTX- Multi 12from Yamaha. The most powerful all-in-one percussion device ever created, it brings the professional power, sound and creativity of the acclaimed high end DTX range to musicians at a highly affordable price.

The understanding of musicians needs are immediately apparent when you power up theDTX-Multi 12and with its powerful inbuilt module and 12 on board percussion pads the device is completely self-contained.

It's bursting with many of the high end features that characterise the DTX range and will be the choice of professional drummers the world over. A perfect tool for live performance, production or practice it's expected the instrument will have much broader appeal beyond the drumming fraternity.

Feature packed, theDTX-Multi 12boasts over 1200 stunning voices in high quality covering drums, percussion and keyboard sounds, many drawn from Yamaha's professional Motif synthesizer range and many completely new. Up to 200 custom set ups can also be created and stored with ease to suit any musical context using all internal sounds and 42 types of effects.

Alternatively additional sounds can be loaded and stored into the onboard 64MB of memory and allocated to any pad for total customisation

For established drummers theDTX-Multi 12will bring a huge new sound set and performance capability to current set-ups and compliment any musical setting. The unit is designed to easily integrate into an existing acoustic set up or act as a stand alone unit. DTX- Multi 12will also prove invaluable to composers thanks to the included Cubase AI 5" software which facilitates quick and easy computer connectivity.

Performing at the highest level for pro players, a wide range of play modes ensure it can adapt to any style, up to four voices can be assigned to a single pad for simultaneous or sequential playback and a wide range of dynamic options are made available.

Versatility is enhanced with 128 on-board phrase patterns covering a wide variety of styles and users can also record their own patterns and assign them to pads. A sophisticated click track function also allows players to control the unit instantly, ideal for live shows.

TheDTX- Multi 12is perfect for computer musicians too, functioning as an excellent input device connectivity is simplicity itself via a single USB cable. The included Cubase AI5 DAW software facilitates the recording and extensive editing of MIDI data, it can also function as a high quality sample playback device with 64MB of flash ROM on board.

For live use, the pads feel great and allow creative freedom, they can be played with sticks, hands, fingers and palms, totally responding to every dynamic nuance and for added creative power Hi-Hat controllers and kick pedal pads can be added if you wish to use theDTX-Multi 12as a compact stand alone electronic drum kit.

We are really excited about the launch of this product which will bring the many possibilities electronic drums can offer

'The DTX-Multi 12 is the perfect tool to bring the many possibilities electronic drums can offer to any acoustic drummer or percussionist' explained product manager Gavin Thomas 'This launch is testament to Yamaha's extensive research into players demands and the first of many new exciting products currently in development'.

WATCH: Foo Fighters' New Video

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The alt-rock giants release the Tom Petty-esque "Wheels," off their upcoming greatest hits package.

By Peter Gaston (spin.com)

Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters have been drifting further and further into the mainstream over their 15-year existence, but their latest single and video, "Wheels," culled from their upcoming Greatest Hits package, is their most straightforward salvo yet. Watch the video below.

The song, which leaked last week, feels far more Kings of Leon than Queens of the Stone Age. Its midtempo strumming brings to mind some of the brawnier stuff coming out of Nashville these days.

It also has the nostalgic feel of a band looking back on a remarkable career that included a rise from the ashes of one of rock'n'roll's most iconic bands. "When the wheels touch ground, and you feel like it's all over," Grohl sings, "there's another round for you." Here's hoping that's true for Foo Fighters.

Greatest Hits arrives Nov. 3, and will also feature a second new song, "Word Forward."

And if you're craving heavier rocking from the Foos camp, catch Dave Grohl in the thumping power trio Them Crooked Vultures, and bassist Nate Mendel in the reunited Sunny Day Real Estate.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Roland V-Compact Series TD-4S in my living room :D

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The Roland TD4S is an electronic drum set that is a pleasure to play. With Roland's patented mesh V-Pad snare, the TD4S drum set is ideal for practice, thanks to its Mix in function, Coach Mode, and Quick Rec. Roland TD-4S electronic drums are also a great choice for the project studio, with improved sound quality and expressiveness, and MIDI output for sequencing or triggering other sounds.

TD-4S Drum Module
With 4 times the wave memory of its predecessor, the Roland TD-4S Drum Module is loaded with great drum and percussion instruments and kits. Drum kits can be customized with virtual tuning and muffling for the kick, snare, and toms. Natural ambiance effects can be adjusted as well. Custom Controls
Drum sounds onboard the Roland TD-4S can be customized to suit your personal style. Just like with a real acoustic drum set, the TD-4's kick, snare, and toms can be tuned up or down quickly across a wide range. The amount of muffling can be user-customized as well, from '70s-style choked funk to open-cannon stadium rock.

Coach Mode
The Roland TD-4S is equipped with Roland's acclaimed Coach Mode, which helps you build speed, stamina and accuracy. Five skill-building exercises are onboard, including the new Warm Ups that lets you practice different exercises consecutively for 5, 10, or 15 minutes. The Tempo Check also helps you keep consistent time by lowering the metronome volume when you are playing accurately or vice versa, and raising the click volume when you are playing out of time.

Quick REC
The TD-4S drum set's "Quick REC" feature allows you to immediately record and play back your performance. It's a great tool for listening objectively to what you've played, and charting your progress. And don't forget the TD-4's built-in metronome for keeping yourself in time. If you record with the internal metronome on, the TD-4 Electronic Drum Set can even evaluate your accuracy afterward during playback.

Roland V-Compact Series TD-4S Electronic Drum Set Features:

* Center mounted TD-4 sound module
* Wave-expanded sound module with 125 instruments and 25 kits
* Patented mesh head for the snare
* Velocity sensitive toms and cymbals with choke capability
* Tuning and Muffling for the kick, snare, toms can be adjusted via the buttons and dial on the front panel
* Coach Mode with new exercises such as Warm Ups and Tempo Check for building your accuracy and endurance
* Quick Rec function for recording your performance with just one button
* Mix In connector for playing along with external audio sources
* Compact, lightweight, and stable drum stand
* Cable harness and DB-25 connector for fast and clean cable connection

Includes:
* (1) TD-4 Percussion Sound Module
* (1) PDX-8 Mesh Snare Drum Pad
* (3) PD-8 Dual-Trigger Tom Pads
* (2) CY-8 Dual-Trigger Cymbal Pads
* (1) CY-5 Dual-Trigger Cymbal Pad
* (1) KD-8 Kick Trigger Pad
* (1) FD-8 Hi-Hat Control Pedal
* (1) MDS-4 Drum Stand
* Bass drum pedal not included

You don't have to break the bank to get professional drum sounds!!
wheeew dreaming when i put this gear in my living room :D xD

Sunday, November 01, 2009

DOWNLOAD Unreleased Live Nirvana Song!




Unreleased Live Nirvana Song!
Get a rendition of "Scoff," recorded live in 1990 and featured on Sub Pop's 20th anniversary reissue of Bleach.

For Nirvana fans seeking a distraction from the war over Kurt Cobain's Guitar Hero avatar, Seattle label Sub Pop has just the thing: An unreleased live version of "Scoff," recorded Feb. 2, 1990, during a gig at Portland, OR's Pine Street Theatre. Download the track below!

"Scoff" appears on 20th anniversary reissue of the trio's debut album, Bleach, which arrives Nov. 3 on CD and 180 gram white vinyl, with a complete live recording of the 1990 gig with their original drummer, Chad Channing. Jack Endino, the original producer behind Bleach, re-mixed the original tapes of the live show for the special reissue.

"The release is a tribute to the vision of Kurt Cobain," Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic wrote on his Seattle Weekly blog. "Jack [Endino] and I got test pressings earlier this summer and the vinyl sounds killer. It's going to be pressed on white vinyl -- just like the first issue. I put the tone arm down and the bass growl of "Blew" is there in all its Grunge glory."

"Considering it only took about 30 hours in the studio, and the equipment we used, I'm glad it sounds as good as it does," Endino told Novoselic.

Actually, "Scoff" sounds great: Cobain's guttural vocals and chugging guitar hit hard and with a clarity many other live recordings lack, no doubt a testament to Endino's studio wizardry -- but, more importantly, Nirvana's ability as a live band. Download "Scoff" below.
Nirvana, "Scoff" Live At Pine Street Theatre (DOWNLOAD MP3)

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Admits He Tried to Sing for Velvet Revolver


Photo: Webber/WireImage.

Slipknot singer Corey Taylor has finally confirmed rumors that he tried out for Velvet Revolver’s vacant lead singer slot, telling Altitude TV, “I had a meeting with those guys, we did some demos together, and it just didn’t work — for whatever reason.” Since Scott Weiland’s departure from Velvet Revolver in April 2008, everyone from Lenny Kravitz to Sebastian Bach to Chris Cornell to obscure Canadian singers have been rumored to be the permanent fill-in for VR, but Taylor is among the first to reveal that he actually tried out for the job.

“It was just really cool. It was one of those things where it’s like I could have got to jam with legends, man, in my opinion,” Taylor said, adding that he’s still on good terms with the band. Slash had previously said in passing that Taylor had worked with VR, and while it seemed like Taylor might take over as lead vocalist, the band decided against it, Blabbermouth writes.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, even though Slash is currently hard at work at his own solo album, he’s still devoted to the singer search. “We (VR) know the right guy is out there somewhere,” Slash wrote in a MySpace post in August 2009. “It’s possible somebody could turn up before I do my tour and we could start working on new material sooner than later, in a perfect world.”

Mike Byrne: New Pumpkins Drummer


Billy Corgan has announced that nineteen year-old Portland, Oregon, drummer Mike Byrne has joined the Smashing Pumpkins and will make his debut with the band on their next album and tour. “I’m super excited to be playing with the band,” says Byrne. “Dream come true, man.”

Byrne, who’s played in indie Portland bands Moses, Smell The Roses, and the Mercury Treeheard, heard about the Pumpkins’ open call for a new drummer on the Internet this past April and submitted his materials. Byrne was immediately called to attend an audition in Los Angeles, where Corgan liked what he heard.

Byrne has been playing drums since he was eleven and formed his first band, Mercury Tree, at fifteen. His influences include post-rock bands like Mogwai, Maserati, and Maps And Atlases as well as the Pumpkins. “It was a really good time in my life to hear the Pumpkins’ music when I was thirteen. It just connected with me and it was sort of a window into something really different and eclectic. The band was a little bit more willing to take risks than a lot of the groups I had been listening to.”

“I was astounded by how many great drummers wanted the chance to try out for The Pumpkins,” said Corgan. “We counted over a thousand submissions, and what made Mike stand out was that he just seemed to have that X-factor that all the great drummers have, a stunning blend of power, speed, and grace. I’m excited to work with him moving forward; he truly deserves this opportunity. I believe in my heart he will push me to be a better musician.”

For more on the Smashing Pumpkins, visit www.smashingpumpkins.com.

Friday, October 09, 2009

MUDVAYNE Release New Album In December, First track avalable on streaming


"Beautiful And Strange", a brand new song from MUDVAYNE, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song will appear on the group's new self-titled album, which is due on December 22 via Epic. The artwork for the CD will be printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink (see video below), making it only visible under a black light (a source of light whose wavelengths are primarily in the ultraviolet).

"Mudvayne" has been described by drummer Matt McDonough as "the best" CD "the band has recorded since our second album, 'The End Of All Things to Come'." The effort will be released in three different formats — a standard jewel case edition, a deluxe version packaged with a black light and a super deluxe edition that features a larger black light, a special edition blacklight-reactive poster and more.

MUDVAYNE's
forthcoming album was produced by Dave Fortman's (SLIPKNOT, EVANESCENCE) right-hand man, Jeremy Parker, and is "a little more retro for MUDVAYNE" from a songwriting point of view, according to singer Chad Gray. "We've been kind of making this natural progression, and I think for this one, we just sort of naturally regressed," he told Noisecreep. "We took the smarter songwriting guys that we've become and mixed it with the not-smart songwriting guys that we were ... I mean, we used to just take 20 parts, cram it together, and call it a song. Over time, playing in a band, you kind of know what to expect. It doesn't really make it easier, but you kind of have this thing in your head that you kind of know where you're going. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel before entering the tunnel. It's faint, and dim, but it's there."

MUDVAYNE's fourth studio album, "The New Game", has sold more than 200,000 copies in the United States since it came out in November 2008, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD shifted 48,000 units in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on The Billboard 200 chart.

thx to blabbermouth

Radiohead are recording new album


Joe Bosso, Fri 9 Oct 2009, 12:11 am BST


Remember when Thom Yorke said Radiohead were done making albums? Turns out that isn't the case at all. In fact, the band's co-guitarist Ed O'Brien says the group is booked to start recording a full-length disc this winter.

"We were misquoted," O'Brien says in an interview with NME, referring to a piece that ran earlier this year in which Thom Yorke said, "None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again...It'll kill us."

Although the group did release online tracks such as Harry Patch (In Memory Of) and These Are My Twisted Words, many took Yorke's words at face value.

O'Brien, however, states the case loudly and bluntly: "We will be making an album!" In fact, he says the whole group shares an affection for the tangible feel of physical CDs and vinyl.
Nothing like the real thing

"We love the artwork; that's really important, the physicality," he said. "And we all like vinyl. That's not going to go away. I still like CDs as well. I got the Speech Debelle CD the other day - I nearly downloaded it from iTunes but I thought, 'No. I want the physical thing.'"

O'Brien doesn't go into specifics as to what kind of album Radiohead are going to make make (he says These Are My Twisted Words "could have been the darker side of In Rainbows"), but he laughs at the idea of the group recording in Oxfordshire during the harshest of months.

"Typical Radiohead," he says. "We're going into the studio in winter. It's always miserable! Are we at the whim of the seasons? We are! When you're in a studio in the countryside, the music you make is definitely affected by what season it is."

Eigenharp the instrument of the future



Eigenlabs' Eigenharp is an instrument like no other. It has remarkably sensitive keys that you can press; strip controllers that you can rub; and a breath pipe that you can blow into. To call it unique almost feels like an understatement.

Yesterday, MusicRadar was invited along to The Hospital in London for one of several Eigenharp launch events. As you'll see in the video above, we got the chance to speak to its creator and to quiz someone who's actually learned to play it.

Will you want one? Almost certainly, but whether you'll be able to afford the £3,950 asking price for the flagship Alpha model is another matter entirely. There is, however, an entry-level option in the shape of the Pico. At £349, we'll wager that this will be finding its way into a stocking or two this Christmas.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Marshall launches MA Series amplifiers



PRESS RELEASE: For the best part of 50 years the sight and sound of a Marshall valve amplifier has been the envy and dream of many a guitarist. Legendary artists such as Slash, Jeff Beck and the late great Jimi Hendrix, plus rising stars like Ray Torro (My Chemical Romance) and Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) continue to inspire with their raw talent and mighty valve-powered Marshall backlines. So when it comes to tone, it's clear that professional guitarists love valves.


Now Marshall invites you to experience valve tone for yourself with our most accessible range of valve-driven guitar amplifiers ever – introducing the all-new, all-valve MA Series.
Heart of tone

With a classic ECC83/EL34 pre and power amp combination at its heart, the UK designed and engineered MA range is indeed built on solid pure-valve foundations. The MA Series provides both head and combo versions in either 100 Watt or 50 Watt outputs, all sharing the same trusty feature set.

The dual channel design provides an abundance of tonal possibilities, while the straightforward front panel layout and individual EQ sections means achieving the sounds you want couldn't be simpler.

With single coil pickups the Clean channel delivers clear bright notes, whilst switching to humbuckers and cranking the volume pot leads to natural signal break up, ideal for both cutting Indie-style rhythm and vintage rock riffing respectively.

Hit the Channel selection switch and the uniquely voiced Overdrive channel lets you experience the full potential of Marshall valve power, from glorious bluesy crunch to hard driving rock and all points in-between. Engaging the Overdrive's Boost function provides extra gain for both pounding metal madness and fret-burning solos alike.
The right balance

The difference between your overdrive and 'boosted' sound is governed by the MA's Crunch Balance control. Increasing the Crunch Balance moves your normal overdrive sound closer to that of your 'boosted' tone. Alternatively, backing off the Crunch Balance control decreases the amount of gain

and volume in your unboosted overdrive tone only, allowing the jump from say crunch to metal instantly, via either the front panel or the included 2-way footswitch. Used in this manner, the Crunch Balance has the ability to create a pseudo third channel from the Boost function, further increasing the MA Series' tonal spectrum and versatility.
Finishing touches

Additional tonal fine tuning is provided by a Master section consisting of Presence, Resonance and Reverb, and if pedals, FX boards and stomp boxes are your thing, then a serial FX loop is also included across the range.

The 2x12" MA100C (UK RRP £663) and 1x12" MA50C (UK RRP £548) combos both contain the newly developed AX-75 speaker, custom-voiced to match the tone, feel and response of the whole MA Series perfectly. These speakers can also be found in the new full-sized M412A and M412B 4x12" speaker cabs.

Finally, both the MA100H (UK RRP £599) and MA50H (UK RRP £480) heads feature semi-transparent baffles and illuminated chassis, allowing your valve-powered tone to literally shine. Whether you're finally realising a full Marshall stack dream, searching for a rugged gigging workhorse, looking for your first valve amplifier, or all three, the Marshall MA Series provides the answer.

Now is the time to discover valve tone. "Information taken from official press release"

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Michael Jackson Soundtrack Single “This Is It” Out October 12th

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Details about the soundtrack for the Michael Jackson documentary This Is It have been revealed, and the biggest news is that the two-disc collection will feature two versions of a brand new Jackson song titled “This Is It.” The song, which will feature in the film’s closing credits, includes background vocals by Jackson’s brothers. The previously unreleased track will be released as a single on October 12th, two weeks before the This Is It film hits theaters for a two-week limited engagement starting with advance screenings on October 27th.

“This song only defines, once again, what the world already knows — that Michael is one of God’s greatest gifts,” said John McClain, a co-producer of the This Is It film and soundtrack and a co-executor of Michael Jackson’s estate. The soundtrack, like the film, will be released on October 27th. Disc one of the This Is It album will contain the original album masters of the hit songs included in This Is It, sequenced in the order that they appear in the film. The first disc will close out with the two versions of “This Is It.”

Disc two will feature previously unreleased versions of some of Jackson’s most famous songs, plus an unreleased spoken word track of a poem written by Jackson titled “Planet Earth.” The set will also come with a 36-page commemorative booklet stocked with photos of Jackson’s last rehearsal for his planned This Is It concerts. As Rolling Stone previously reported, a brief clip of Jackson rehearsing “Human Nature” was unveiled on the This Is It official YouTube page. The trailer for the film premiered during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

(courtesy : Rolling stone)

Joe Satriani: how Jimi Hendrix changed my life

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Joe Satriani, Thu 17 Sep 2009, 9:25 pm BST



"The day Jimi Hendrix died, I can still remember it like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful day in suburban Long Island. I was 14 years old, I was on the Carle Place High School football team, and I was standing outside the gym, all suited up and ready to go onto the field for practice. Everything was right in the world.

"Suddenly one of my teammates came up to me - he had just been home for lunch so he saw the news on TV - and he said, 'Hey Joe, you know that guy you like so much, Jimi Hendrix? I heard he just died.'

"I'm pretty sure I was about the only kid in school who knew who Jimi Hendrix even was. Through my older siblings, I was getting turned on to all the great music that was happening at the time, and I really loved Hendrix. So this kid, my teammate, thought I should know.

"The minute he told me, my whole life flashed before my eyes. I don't think this kid expected the impact it would have on me. It was such a blow. I was devastated, shattered, in a fog of emotion. Without so much as taking another step towards the field, I turned around, went back into the gym and I told my coach, 'Jimi Hendrix just died, and I'm quitting the team to become a guitar player.'

"I was anticipating an argument - the coach was a former marine and a pretty tough guy - but he just stared at me. Maybe I looked so crazy or despondent, I don't know, but he simply said, 'Well, all right. Go right ahead.'

"Jimi Hendrix died today and I'm going to devote my life to playing the electric guitar" a then-14-year-old Joe Satriani to his family at the dinner table


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK NEWS

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Summit Entertainment, Chop Shop Records and Atlantic Records have announced the release of "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK," the musical companion to the highly anticipated second installment in Summit's film franchise. Due in stores and online October 20th, the entire soundtrack features songs that will appear in the movie, highlighted by Death Cab for Cutie's brand new single "Meet Me On the Equinox." "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON" is slated to open in theatres nationwide on November 20th.

In just one week, "Meet Me On the Equinox" has already exploded onto the modern rock charts, landing at No 26. The song, which is the soundtrack's first announced track, debuted in full on September 13th at MTV.com in conjunction with MTV's Video Music Awards.
The video companion to the song, which was shot in Toronto by director Walter Robot, will premiere soon.

"We wrote 'Meet Me On the Equinox' to reflect the celestial themes and motifs that run throughout the TWILIGHT series, and we wanted to capture that desperate feeling of endings and beginnings that so strongly affect the main characters," said Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer. "This song marks the first attempt that Death Cab for Cutie has ever made at contributing new, unreleased material for a film. It just seems a perfect synergy that a band from the Northwest would create a song for a series of novels set in the Northwest. We are not only proud to be a part of the TWILIGHT legacy but also honored to join so many other fantastic artists that have leant their amazing creativity to this soundtrack." more..

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Slash pays tribute to Les Paul

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Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash has paid tribute to the electric guitar pioneer Les Paul, who died today (13 August) aged 94.

Slash is one of the players most-identified with the iconic Gibson Les Paul, and over the last 25 years there are few players who have done more to continue to popularise the design.

Slash has his own signature range of Gibson and Epiphone Les Pauls.

Slash said: "Les Paul was a shining example of how full one's life can be, he was so vibrant and full of positive energy.

"I'm honoured and humbled to have known and played with him over the years, he was an exceptionally brilliant man."

Les Paul passed away at 94

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Les Paul, one of the most revered guitarists in history and the father of the electric guitar, passed away last night, August 12th at the age of 94. Paul’s manager confirmed to Rolling Stone that cause of death was respiratory failure, and a statement from Gibson indicates Paul was suffering from severe pneumonia and died at a hospital in White Plains, New York.

An inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy Hall of Fame, Paul is credited as the inventor of the electric body guitar and the pioneer of recording techniques like electronic echo and multi-tracking. Paul also had a celebrated career as both a solo artist and with singer Mary Ford, his wife until 1964. In 2003, Rolling Stone named Les Paul to our list of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and his influence on guitar greats who followed him is undeniable. “He was one of the most stellar human beings I’ve ever known,” Slash posted on his Twitter today, referring to Paul as his “friend and mentor.” Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani released a statement that reads, “Les Paul set a standard for musicianship and innovation that remains unsurpassed. He was the original guitar hero, and the kindest of souls.”

In the early ’50s, Paul and Ford had a string of hits including Mockin’ Bird Hill,” “How High the Moon,” “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” and “Vaya Con Dios.” Paul also began experimenting with the electric guitar, building the Les Paul Recording Guitar, an instrument that allowed for “hot” pickups and “fatter” tone than the Fender on the market. Paul linked up with Gibson Guitars and his six-string became one of the guitar maker’s signatures.

Around this time, Paul also made the first-ever eight-track recording, as well as the dual-pickup guitar, the 14-fret guitar, and various types of electronic transducers used both in guitars and recording studios. For his achievements as a technician, Paul was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005, joining Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

Paul was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1915, a fact noted in the name of the 1980 Les Paul documentary The Wizard of Waukesha. Last November, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honored Paul with its annual American Music Masters Concert, where Slash, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Richie Sambora and the Patti Smith Group’s Lenny Kaye paid tribute to Paul (watch footage from the event, below). Kaye told the audience, “Before Les, guitars were only amplified. Les made them truly electric.” During his acceptance speech, Paul joked, “Everybody thought I was a guitar until I played here tonight.” One thing is for certain: Les Paul is responsible for changing the way rock & roll sounds and he will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

11 legends of the Flying V and Explorer

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Gibson's original Flying V and Explorers - and the many copies they've spawned - are some of the flashiest guitars you can strap on.

Here's MusicRadar's countdown of 11 of the guitarists who have made the dramatic shapes their own.


1. James Hetfield

On the Kill ’Em All album, Hetfield was using a V copy with Gibson truss rod cover, then the rhythm king’s white ‘More Beer’ and ‘So What’ (named after the permanent marker scrawl on their bodies) 1984 Explorers became veterans of every Metallica session from 1984’s Ride The Lightning until 1991’s Black Album.

Unlike his other guitars, neither have EMG pickups – and the ‘More Beer’ features Seymour Duncans.


2.Hendrix's psychedelic Flying V

Hendrix owned three Vs: an originally black specimen he hand-painted with a eye-catching psychedelic, floral design, and which he toured in 1967 and 1968 (reissue pictured), a sunburst example from 1969 that now resides with the Hard Rock Cafe, and a 1969 lefty version created for him by Gibson (also the first V to feature an inlaid pearl logo). Did he use one on All Along The Watchtower? Some experts believe so. MORE

Thursday, July 30, 2009

METALLICA 'rare' performace at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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METALLICA played "Master Of Puppets" and "Enter Sandman" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 4, 2009, with the band's former bassist Jason Newsted and his replacement, Robert Trujillo, both taking part in the performance (the group played as a five-piece). They also led a "surprise jam" at the end of the night consisting of "Train Kept A Rollin'", with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' Flea, LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page, AEROSMITH's Joe Perry and Jeff Beck.

METALLICA was inducted by RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea. With his hair dyed blue and wearing a vintage METALLICA T-shirt under a green blazer, Flea recalled the first time he heard METALLICA, in 1984 while on tour with the PEPPERS. It was 3 in the morning, they were tired, crammed into a van and sick of being on the road, and "this music comes on the radio, and I couldn't believe that it fucking existed," Flea said, according to MTV.com, as guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield jokingly covered his daughter's ears. "It was like I had been living in this normal world, where I knew what everything was that came on the radio, and all of a sudden my mind was being blown by this beautiful, violent thing that was unlike anything I had ever heard before in my life."

Flea profanely described staring at the radio in awe at this music that was explosive, precise, aggressive and intense, with wild and bizarre rhythm changes that he couldn't describe. "I didn't know what it was; the only thing I knew for sure was that it was a mighty thing," he said of "Fight Fire with Fire", likening METALLICA's unique sound to a rarified "cosmic chemistry" and paying moving homage to the special gift of late bassist Cliff Burton, who died in 1986 in a bus accident while on tour with the group.

"When a person gets rocking to their music, everything else disappears, and that person is just one with the rock," Flea said. "It is an inexplicable, awesome thing, and I bow down to it."

Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich hugged onstage after giving speeches, and both thanked fans who have followed the band through its ups-and-downs that included the death of Cliff Burton.

"I think rock and roll is about possibilities and about dreams," Ulrich said. "The fact that the six of us can be up on the stage tonight, snot-nosed kids, outcasts, loners who grew up in very different parts of the world, in very different situations and make it here tonight, to this wonderful night in front of all these people down here ... Rock and roll truly is about possibilities. Look at us. METALLICA's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Can you fucking believe that?"

Hetfield started his thanks with a list of bands he'd like to see enter next, which included KISS, RUSH, THIN LIZZY, TED NUGENT, IRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD. He also dedicated the award to the young musicians trying to make it. "Dream big and dare to fail," he said. "I dare you to do that. Because this is living proof that it is possible to make a dream come true."

courtesy: blabbermouth

Friday, July 24, 2009

The world's largest pedalboard

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Well, he did it! Last week we told you about Jaux King and his plan to nab Guinness World Records glory by building and operating the world's largest pedal board. And Wednesday night, during a pre-Summer NAMM bash in downtown Nashville, King and his partner, Aljon Go, pulled it off.

The pedalboard consisted of 142 different pedals, 13 loaded pedal boards and truckload of guitar cable. The device performed as expected, without any glitches or noise problems, before a crowd of approximately 300 invited industry professionals.

"The night was a smashing success," says Jaux King, one of the founders of GearTrap.com "We had a little bit of noise when we first fired it up last night, and it was a little worrisome. But we were able to reconfigure a few things and it all worked great. It actually sounded as good as my little setup at home. We had two noise suppressors in the chain and they made all the difference."

King is hoping to get the pedalboard sanctioned by officials from Guinness. "Obviously, I have a ton of witnesses," he says. "There's a series of applications that we have to submit. But the good thing is, we're pretty much doing our own thing here. I heard about a guy who was trying to just turn on a bunch of pedals, but that's kind of bogus. Ours is a fully mounted consistent pedal board. Nobody's ever tried something like that before."

Now that he's achieved one goal, King says he's already thinking big about next year. "We're already working on breaking our own record," he says. "We have an undisclosed goal in mind. Suffice to say, it's going to be ridiculously bigger than this year's board."

Blink-182 Play First Night Of Reunion Tour

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If any Blink-182 fans attending the opening show of the band’s tour had been wondering whether the band had matured during their five-year breakup, they quickly had their answer. After the group’s second song, “Feeling This,” guitarist Tom DeLonge announced, apropos of nothing, “Motherfuck fuck shit.”

“Good point,” agreed bassist Mark Hoppus.

Playing the Joint at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas last night, the band played 22 vintage Blink-182 songs in an hour and a half, seasoning the set with plenty of wisecracks. Hoppus congratulated the crowd at being present at the first real Blink-182 concert in five years—and then, following that thought to its logical conclusion, announced that the audiences at all the other shows on this tour could “suck it.”

The especially good news: Travis Barker, who nearly died in a plane crash last September, is not only up and around, but remains a beast on the drums. He attacked his kit like it had insulted his mother—and for an encore, did a show-stopping solo to a hip-hop track while spinning around on a giant turntable. (In larger venues than the 4,000-person capacity Joint, Barker’s drum riser will also have a rigging system that allows it to levitate during his solo.)

The set list was mostly drawn from the band’s last three albums (Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, and Blink-182), and ranged from the pop-punk of “All the Small Things” to moodier material such as “Always.” The audience moshed and crowd-surfed like it was 1999, and shouted enthusiastically, if somewhat inchoately, at the stage. “We need
an elected representative to speak for you,” suggested Hoppus. “When you all speak at once, it gets jumbled.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Most popular Guitar Endorsements

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In the light of Joe Satriani possibly jumping ship from Peavey to Marshall for his amplification needs as reported over on MusicRadar last week, i thought, just for fun, that i’d make a list of his endorsements over the years just to see how many entries i’d come up with.

Four days later, i'm still compiling a list, not just of Joe’s deals but as many people we could think of as we found our on-line research took many twists and turns, leading us towards a number other players...

So, there follows an in no way complete list of selected guitarists and their signature equipment that’s been made available for punters to buy over the years: not necessarily the stuff they use but gear that bears their name.

Additions, corrections and omissions, as ever, gratefully received...and hey, this is only supposed to be a bit of fun

Joe Satriani
Peavey amps – JSX Series
Ibanez guitars – JS Series
Vox effects – Satchurator, Time Machine, Big Bad Wah
DiMarzio pickups – Fred, Mo’Joe, PAF Joe
Planet Waves – signature straps and picks

Nuno Bettencourt
Washburn guitars – N6, N4, N2
Randall amps -
Dean Markley – signature set --- MORE

Monday, July 06, 2009

Top Modern Rock song (july 2009)

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This is update modern rock chart per july 2009 by top40-chart which combine World Heavy Metal, Hard Rock & Alternative Singles (USA, Germany, UK, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Australia).

The top of the chart is,,, Linkin Park with song called new divide (ost Transformer 2) i post about this album track list and download on my previously post,
21 guns by green day also on those album track list.

Here is official video clip for new divine by linkin park, once again : autobot rules! heheh



1. New Divide - Linkin Park
2. Know Your Enemy - Green Day
3. 21 Guns - Green Day
4. The Sound Of Madness - Shinedown
5. Up All Night - Hinder
6. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
7. All I Want - Staind
8. Hey You - 311
9. Careless Whisper - Seether
10.Notion - Kings Of Leon
11.Burn It To The Ground - Nickelback
12.Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups
13.Chasing The Dragon - Epica
14.How Could You?- Saliva
15.Drowning (Face Down) - Saving Abel
16.Desolation Row - My Chemical Romance
17.I Get Off - Halestorm
18.The Night - Disturbed
19.You're Going Down - Sick Puppies
20.Last One To Die - Rancid
21.Sink Into Me - Taking Back Sunday
22.Lifeline - Papa Roach
23.Spellbound - Lacuna Coil
24.Far From Over - Rev Theory
25.Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant
26.Battle For The Sun - Placebo
27.Contagious - Trapt
28.Angels Forgive Me - Firewind
29.Funny The Way It Is - Dave Matthews Band
30.Seasons - Veer Union

Michael Jackson Memorial Service

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Photo:Bouys/AFP/Getty

Michael Jackson will reportedly be buried at Hollywood Hills, California’s Forest Lawn Cemetery, CNN reports after speaking with law enforcement officials. While the family has not yet confirmed the report, LAPD assistant chief of staff Jim McDonnell said that the police were working with the family on “a package of events” tomorrow, July 7th, including the public memorial service at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Police have already set up barricades outside of the Forest Lawn Cemetery, CNN reports, and a caravan of news vans have descended on the site following rumors of the service being held there began late last week.

AEG Live, the concert promoter behind Jackson’s This Is It! concerts in London and tomorrow’s memorial service, said that there would be no funeral procession. While it’s unclear whether Jackson’s body will be at the memorial service, his brother Jermaine Jackson said last week that the family was plotting a funeral service that morning of July 7th, likely before the 1 p.m. PST start of the memorial service.

Nearly 1.6 million people registered for the Staples Center memorial service, for which only 8,750 pairs of free tickets are available. Fans began being notified yesterday whether they should go to Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium to receive a pair of tickets to tomorrow’s service, and auction Website eBay is already stocked with people trying to sell their unique codes needed to pick up tickets. According to CNN, tickets will also be handed out today outside the Staples Center, using a wristband system to circumvent the scalpers. This Is It! co-director Kenny Ortega will direct the memorial service, while Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich will produce the event. Jennifer Hudson will be among the performers, CNN confirms. TMZ adds that Mariah Carey will also perform the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There” at the memorial.

In other Jackson news, Madonna paid tribute to the King of Pop during her July 4th performance at London’s O2 Arena, where Jackson was to begin his run of 50 concerts next week. One of Madonna’s dancers dressed like Jackson and performed some of the Thriller singer’s signature dance moves to a medley of “Billie Jean” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” “Let’s give it up to one of the greatest artists the world has ever known,” Madonna told the crowd. “Michael Jackson. Long Live The King!”

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Black Clouds and Silver Linings Download

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Hey friend for you DT maniac i have special post for you. It's about DT newest album Black Clouds & Silver Linings which i post on my previous post here
This is officially video clip from one of their song called A Rite of Passage



and finally (drumrollll,,,,,) you can download full album here, i've got it from my friend when i chat with him last night. Don't forget guys, I wait your review about this album by comment on this post.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack listing and download :)

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Last week i saw this movie at cinema,, it's very awesome movie for me. I search the soundtrack which play by any modern rock band and i got some info.

The soundtrack for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comes out June 23. The summer sequel has big special effects and big bands.

Linkin Park has the theme song called “New Divide.” Joining them are Green Day, Nickelback, The Fray, Taking Back Sunday, Cheap Trick and more.
Complete coverage of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The film’s director and executive producer Michael Bay asked Warner Bros. Records’ multiplatinum rock band Linkin Park to provide the sonic backdrop to the live-action robot fantasy film. Not only did the band write and record the film’s theme song, entitled “New Divide,” specifically for the soundtrack, they were also asked by Bay, Oscar®-winning composer Hans Zimmer, and award-winning composer Steve Jablonsky to contribute to the score. “New Divide” is currently available for purchase on iTunes.

The track listing for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: The Album is as follows:

1. Linkin Park “New Divide”
2. Green Day “21 Guns”
3. Cavo “Let It Go”
4. Taking Back Sunday “Capital M-E”
5. The Fray “Never Say Never”
6. Nickelback “Burn It To The Ground”
7. The Used “Burning Down The House”
8. Theory Of A Deadman “Not Meant To Be”
9. The All-American Rejects “Real World”
10. Hoobastank “Don’t Think I Love You”
11. Staind “This Is It”
12. Avenged Sevenfold “Almost Easy”
13. Cheap Trick “Transformers™ The Fallen Remix”

and here special download this album for you guys
autobot rules!! hehe..

King of POP Michael Jackson dead at 50

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that law enforcement and city officials have confirmed that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died today after suffering what has been reported as a cardiac arrest. Jackson was 50. According to reports, Jackson was not breathing when paramedics were called to his Los Angeles home this afternoon, June 25th. Paramedics at the scene performed CPR on the singer, who was then transported to the UCLA Medical Center. Jackson arrived at the hospital in a deep coma; attempts to resuscitate him failed as he was completely unresponsive. He was declared dead at 2:26 p.m. PST.

(Look back at Jackson’s life and career, in photos.)

Immediately following news of Jackson’s hospitalization, an unnamed member of the Jackson family told TMZ that the singer was in “really bad shape,” with Jackson’s father Joe adding that his son was “not doing so well.” In recent years, rumors of ill health have dogged Jackson, though the singer nor his reps ever confirmed any reports. (Read the music world’s reactions to Jackson’s death.)

Jackson was in Los Angeles for rehearsals for his This Is It! run of concerts at London’s O2 Arena, scheduled to begin on July 13th and run through the early months of 2010. As reported in the new issue of Rolling Stone, sources say that Jackson was frequently absent from the show’s rehearsals, and the run’s opening four shows were postponed for what an AEG Live rep called the “massive and technically complex” nature of the show.

As a testament to Jackson’s appeal despite years out of the musical spotlight, all 50 shows of the London run quickly sold out. Jackson is survived by his three children and an immeasurable musical legacy.

courtesy: musicradar

Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Metallica Signature ESPs

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Hey guys,, here i found new special ESP signature for you. After making a whale-sized splash at the recent LIMMs shindig, i’ve had word that the two new eagerly-awaited Metallica Signature models from ESP, James Hetfield’s Iron Cross and Kirk Hammett’s Ouija models, are incoming to Blighty.



KH-2 OUIJA BLACK

* Neck-Thru-Body
* 25.5” Scale
* Alder Body
* Maple Neck
* Ebony Fingerboard
* Locking Nut
* 42mm Neck Width
* Extra Thin U Neck Contour
* 24 XJ Frets
* Black Hardware
* Gotoh Tuners
* Floyd Rose Original Bridge
* EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
* Finish: BLK w/ Ouija Graphic

IRON CROSS ESP

* Set-Neck
* 24.75” Scale
* Mahogany Body
* Maple Top
* Mahogany Neck
* Ebony Fingerboard
* 42mm Bone Nut
* Thin U Neck Contour
* 22 XJ EVO Frets (Gold) Ni-Free Alloy
* Distressed Gold Hardware
* Sperzel Locking Tuners
* Schaller Straplocks
* Tonepros Locking TOM & Tail
* EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
w/Distressed Gold Covers
* Finish: Distressed BLK

Both are severely limited editions restricted to output this year only, and you can see ‘em both below (the Ouija, like certain builder’s vans, is also available in white)...

Best news is that, thanks to UK distributors Selectron, Guitarist has first dibs on both guitars, so expect them to feature prominently in an issue not a million miles away...
More from ESP here...

Evanescence members form We Are The Fallen

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Booted players team with American Idol singer
Joe Bosso, Wed 24 Jun 2009, 6:38 pm BST



Three ex-members of the goth-rock band Evanescence, all given the heave-ho by frontwoman Amy Lee, have formed a new group called We Are The Fallen, and they've picked American Idol finalist Carly Smithson as their singer.

The Dublin-born Smithson joins guitarist/songwriter Ben Moody, guitarist John Lecompt and drummer Rocky Gray in We Are The Fallen. (Bassist Marty O'Brien completes the lineup.)

The name game
Their name, while perhaps a sly reference to Evanescence's 2003 breakthrough album Fallen, has already gotten them in a bit of hot water. Originally the band called themelves The Fallen, but a ceast-and-desist order from another group with that name lead them to lengthen their moniker.

"There's not really an Evanescence now. It's Amy Lee playing...with a bunch of other guys hired to play our parts" ex-Evanescence guitarist (Ben Moody)

So now they're We Are The Fallen, and they've just debuted their first single Bury Me Alive. Can't we all just get along?

With We Are The Fallen going one way and Evanescence going another (Amy Lee is cutting a new album with Terry Balsamo on guitar and Tim McCord on bass; no word yet on a drummer), the question remains: can the two groups co-exist peacefully?

"We outgrew each other. Very few bands have been able to maintain their original members forever" (Amy Lee)

"We wish them the best," says Moody of Lee's new lineup. Still, he adds: "There's not really an Evanescence now. It's Amy Lee playing as Evanescence with a bunch of other guys hired to play our parts."

Lee describes it as "a difficult situation, as is every dramatic situation our band has gone through. We outgrew each other. Very few bands have been able to maintain their original members forever."

Doesn't sound like a double-bill we'll be seeing anytime soon.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Joe Satriani switches to Marshall?


Finally satch using marshal like mostly rock guitarist use,, here is the news about it.

Despite a longstanding relationship with Peavey that has yielded the highly-regarded JSX signature amp, Joe Satriani appears to have switched to Marshall backline on Chickenfoot's European tour.

A news release that MusicRadar received this morning from Marshall Amplification reads as follows:

"Marshall Amplification plc is pleased to announce that Joe Satriani will be using a Marshall backline for Chickenfoot. The Supergroup, made up of four rock legends, started the European leg of their world tour 20 June and will be heading back over to the states in August to continue.

"Joe contacted Marshall amps prior to the first show at the Nova Rock festival in order to check out some new Marshall gear. Marshall took some amps to the rehearsals, and Joe loved the tone of the JVM 410.

"What can I say? I guess I'm crazy... But, I'm just looking to achieve the best guitar sound every moment I'm plugged in, and that brought me back to Marshall Amps." Joe Satriani (Chris Vinnicombe,musicradar, Tue 23 Jun 2009, 12:44 pm BST)



"Joe used the JVM410 for the show at the Nova Rock festival and will be visiting the Marshall factory this week to have a look around and try out different speaker cabinets.

"Chickenfoot recently released their debut album and has taken the states by storm, going in at number 4 on the Billboard Album charts."

Where this leaves his relationship with Peavey remains to be seen. If you have tickets to any of the upcoming Chickenfoot shows and you catch a glimpse of Satch's backline, let us know what he's using!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

KISS “Days From Finishing” New Album

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Kiss are wrapping up their first new LP since 1998’s Psycho Circus, guitarist Paul Stanley revealed in a post on the band’s official Website yesterday. “We’re about four days from finishing the new Kiss album. Eleven tracks, and it IS everything I’ve told you. It IS classic. It IS all written within the band. And IT ROCKS BIG TIME!,” Stanley writes.

In news that will likely distress old school Kiss fans, Stanley also revealed that guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer will both handle lead vocal duties at some points on the album. “The songs, sound and playing will knock your socks off. You will all be as proud and excited as we all are,” Stanley added. When Rock Daily spoke to bassist Gene Simmons in March, the God of Thunder described the LP as having a “classic ’70s rock & roll vibe. Meat and Potatoes.” “There’s nothing to prove to anybody,” Simmons said. “We’re not interested in musical trends or anything else. We’re too long in the tooth for that.” No release date has been announced yet.

However, when Kiss do release their new album, it will apparently be a Walmart exclusive. Simmons revealed the news to an unlikely source — actress Denise Richards — during a Sirius XM visit. The promotional blitz will include Walmart dedicating an area of their stores to the band and dubbing it “Kiss Korner,” Simmons told Richards in the video posted at Blabbermouth. Rumors of a deal along the lines of AC/DC’s massively successful exclusive with the retail giant first emerged after Simmons and Stanley attended an Arkansas Walmart shareholders meeting on June 5th.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Parker Fly Mojo MIDI Electric Guitar

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hi guys,, check this cool gear from parker, i found it when i looking for some information about parker. Combines cutting-edge MIDI technology with innovative Parker designs.
Utilizing plug-and-play connectivity, the Fly Mojo MIDI Guitar allows players to create a world of unique tones with the simplicity and quality that musicians have come to expect from Parker. The Fly Mojo MIDI Guitar features a Roland GK-KIT-GT3 Divided Pickup that allows for full integration with the Roland V-Guitar System, GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer, or any BOSS GK Effect pedals.

Along with the MIDI capability, the Parker guitar features Seymour Duncan Jazz (neck) and JB (bridge) pickups, Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners, a Parker custom vibrato bridge, and an exclusive Fishman Piezo electronics system. The Fly Mojo MIDI neck is constructed from a carbon glass epoxy fretboard fused to a single solid piece of mahogany.

Parker Fly Mojo MIDI Electric Guitar Specifications:

* Tones/Sounds: Thick, warm and heavy sounds
* Body Wood: Mahogany
* Neck-body Joint: Reinforced carved multiple finger joint
* Neck wood: One-piece mahogany
* fretBoard: Carbon-glass-epoxy .020" composite
* Fretboard shape: 10"- 13" compound radius
* Neck shape: Wide, regular
* Fret size: .045" high, .095" wide
* Nut: GraphTech
* Nut width: 1.68"
* Scale: 25-1/2",
* # of Frets: 24
* Fret material: Hardened stainless steel
* String Spacing: Bridge: 2.14" Nut: 1.43"
* Truss Rod: Dual function truss rod
* Bridge: Parker custom cast aluminum vibrato bridge, stainless steel saddles
* Vibrato System: Custom flat spring with balance adjustment, 3-mode step stop: fixed, bend down only. or floating
* Tuners: Sperzel locking

Electronics
* Magnetic pickups: Seymour Duncan Jazz (neck) and JB (bridge) Humbuckers
* Pickup selector: 3-way with push/pull coil tap
* Piezo system: 6-element Fishman piezo
* PreAmp/Mixer: New and improved Active Custom Fishman stereo preamp
* Other Controls: Volume, Vone with push-pull coil tap; Piezo volume, Pickup/Piezo 3-way selector
* Output: Split stereo or summed mono; "smart switching" jack

Miscellaneous

* Finish: Polyurethane
* Weight: 5 pounds
* Strings: D'Addario EXL 120, .009" - .042"
* Case/Bag: Parker Fly custom hard case

Parker Fly Mojo MIDI Electric Guitar Features:

* MIDI support utilizing The Roland Gk-Kt-Gt3 Divided Pickup kit
* Seymour Duncan Jazz (neck) and JB (bridge) Pickups, exclusive Fishman Electronics system
* Solid one-piece mahogany body and neck coated with a carbon glass epoxy
* Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners
* plug and play Integration with Roland V-Guitar System, Gr-20 Guitar Synthesizer, or any BOSS GK Effect pedals
* Parker custom-cast aluminum vibrato bridge, stainless steel saddles
* Seymour Duncan Jazz (neck) and JB (bridge) magnetic pickups
* 3-way mag pickup selection with push-pull coil tap
* Custom Fishman piezos and stereo voltage-doubled pre-amp
* Custom Parker vibrato system
* 5 lb.

Parker Fly Mojo MIDI Electric Guitar Includes:

* custom hardshell case

Ludwig Announces Anniversary Edition Stainless Steel Pro Beat Outfit




Since 1909, Ludwig has been making exceptionally crafted percussion products for drummers of all styles. During the 100th Anniversary year, Ludwig is proud to announce the release of the Ludwig Anniversary Edition Stainless Steel Pro Beat outfit.

The 1970's were a time of great innovation at Ludwig's Damen Avenue facility. True to Ludwig's tradition of innovation, these stainless steel kits were forged for unprecedented volume, sustain, and power in heavy music. Ludwig's new Anniversary Edition Stainless Steel Pro Beat outfit is a true testament to our timeless roots. Only 100 kits will be made available, all of them hand-rolled and tooled by drum smith Ronn Dunnett.

The first 50 made will feature a polished chrome steel finish and brass hardware; the second 50 with brushed stainless finish and chrome hardware. This ultra-thin stainless shell and bearing edge on each drum creates a tone of such enormity that they simply have to be experienced to be believed. "Each drum in this collection tells a story," says Symphonic Percussion Director of Marketing Jim Catalano. "There is so much history that is represented in these drums and they are truly something special."

These models will be limited to 100 pieces each worldwide
for more information, visit their web site at http://www.ludwig-drums.com/.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Chickenfoot Announce Addditional 2009 North American Tour Dates




The Band’s Self-Titled Debut Album Release, Their First TV Appearance
And Their First In-Store Appearance Scheduled For June 5th

Chickenfoot, comprised of guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, and Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, and bassist Michael Anthony have announced their first major North American tour beginning on August 2nd in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Chickenfoot will make their first ever TV performing appearance during the first week of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien on Friday June 5th. Following the Conan taping, Chickenfoot will autograph the band’s debut self-titled CD at an in-store appearance at the Best Buy Los Angeles store at 11301 W. Pico Blvd. for an hour beginning at 8 p.m. Their self-titled CD will be released through major retailers and digitally on June 5th and is currently available for pre-sale through Best Buy at www.bestbuy.com/chickenfoot. Amazon will offer a special $3.99 sale price to download the whole Chickenfoot CD from June 5th – 8th only.

This upcoming tour will visit larger venues than the May North American club tour which sold out in a matter of minutes and received strong reviews. The North American tour includes a free show on August 15th at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. All dates will go on-sale June 13th, with the exception of the August 24th show in Boston, which will go on sale June 12th. Additional dates will be announced shortly.

CHICKENFOOT NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR DATES:
Aug. 2 Citadel Hill Halifax, NS
Aug. 4 The Sound Academy Toronto, ONT
Aug. 5 Riverplex Amphitheatre Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 7 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
Aug. 8 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
Aug. 10 Myth St. Paul, MN
Aug. 11 Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO
Aug. 13 Fifth-Third Ballpark Comstock Park, MI
Aug. 15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Cleveland, OH
Aug. 17 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
Aug. 18 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
Aug. 20 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
Aug. 21 Borgata Spa & Resort, Music Box Atlantic City, NJ
Aug. 23 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH
Aug. 24 Bank Of America Pavilion Boston, MA
Aug. 26 Ntelos Pavilion Portsmouth, VA
Aug. 27 The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory Charlotte, NC
Aug. 29 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Aug. 30 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Sept. 5 Harveys Resort Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe, NV

Chickenfoot’s self-titled debut is a hard rock album that sets the standard for rock music. “The album is an 11-song slab of raging rock,” says writer Joe Bosso of Guitar World magazine. Chickenfoot is produced by Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones) and mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica). The band’s first single, “Oh Yeah,” has been embraced by radio. It is the #1 single on the classic rock charts and the #1 most added single in the mainstream rock charts. The #7 most added single on the active rock charts and the #5 most added on the rock charts which are a combination of active and mainstream rock panels. Keep an eye out for FMQB Productions’ radio special, Inside Chickenfoot, which will air on radio stations nationwide on June 5th -14th.

For more information about Chickenfoot, the upcoming self-titled debut album Chickenfoot and tour dates, please visit www.chickenfoot.us. Fans can also stay connected with Chickenfoot by becoming a fan of the band on Facebook or following their Twitter updates with @chickenfootjoe.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

John Petrucci Gears

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Last night i chat with my friend and we talk about any guitarist rig. He wants to know about john petrucci's (JP) rigs and setting. Today i search about any information about JP and i got it any information for his.

Here is a list and some photos of the gear John is currently using for touring especially for you don !! :)

Guitars
1 Musicman JP BFR Rubyburst Baritone
1 Musicman JP BFR Walnutburst Baritone
1 Musicman JP BFR Walnutburst 7 String
1 Musicman JP BFR Blackburst 7 String
1 Musicman JP BFR Tobaccoburst
1 Musicman JP BFR 2006 Ltd. Edition Black w/Gold Hardware
2 Musicman JP BFR Blackburst
1 Musicman JP BFR Walnutburst
1 Musicman JP BFR Rubyburst
1 Musicman JP Blue Sparkle Doubleneck

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Global Metal


Once more about heavy metal film my friend tell about a film called "global metal". This film is release After "Metal a headbanger journey" by sam dunn (antropolog which concern on metal music).

In GLOBAL METAL, directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn set out to discover how the West’s most maligned musical genre – heavy metal – has impacted the world’s cultures beyond Europe and North America. The film follows metal fan and anthropologist Sam Dunn on a whirlwind journey through Asia, South America and the Middle East as he explores the underbelly of the world’s emerging extreme music scenes — from Indonesian death metal to Chinese black metal to Iranian thrash metal. GLOBAL METAL reveals a worldwide community of metalheads who aren’t just absorbing metal from the West – they’re transforming it. Creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass-consumerism.

Heavy Metal in Baghdad

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Some time ago my friend tell me about something interest with documenter film called "Heavy Metal in Baghdad".
this film tell about four musicians with band called Acrassicauda struggling to make a go of the rock and roll life in the middle of a war zone.

If popular perceptions are to be believed, then every Iraqi citizen would be a worshipful Muslim who hates all pop culture (particularly anything emanating from America) with a fervent zeal. Not so the Metallica-loving lads of Acrassicauda, the heavy-metal quartet from Baghdad portrayed with true concern and understanding in a documentary that succeeds (almost in spite of its filmmakers) in illustrating the necessity of art in even the worst situations.

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and here's for ACRASSICAUDA's BIO

Born out of a basement rehearsal space in Baghdad, Acrassicauda (Latin for “Black Scorpion”) is Iraq’s only heavy metal band. Tutored by music instructor and guitar virtuoso Saad “Yngwie” Say and inspired by western bands like Metallica, Slayer and Slipknot, they began writing and playing metal in 2001. They soon learned that their dream of performing live in Iraq was going to be no easy task.

Original members Firas (bass), Tony (lead guitar), Marwan (drums), Faisal (rhythm guitar) and Waleed (lead vocals) were only able to play 3 shows before the war started in 2003. Soon after, Waleed retired from the band and fled the country, leaving Faisal to fill the void of lead singer. Due to increased security precautions throughout Iraq, it became difficult to practice or even get through a show without serious problems. As the situation worsened in Baghdad they began receiving death threats from insurgent groups and religious fundamentalists accusing them of Satan-worship. Eventually, it proved impossible to find any venue that was safe to perform in.

Thanks to generous donations made on their behalf, the band now resides in Turkey after living a year as refugees in Damascus, Syria. In their seven years as a band they have managed to play only 6 concerts in Baghdad, 2 in Syria and one in Turkey. The war has all but destroyed their dream to live in peace, grow their hair long, bang their heads and play metal as loud as they want. Life in Turkey is proving extremely difficult for them. Acrassicauda is literally a band on the run.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Dan Donegan Gear and Amplification

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Dan Donegan (born August 1, 1968 in Oak Lawn, Illinois) is an American musician and guitarist for Disturbed. Donegan began playing guitar as a teenager and eventually formed a band called Vandal, which was an '80s-style hair band. Recently, Donegan was added to the guitar show "Chop Shop's" list of "Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time" at number 76.

Early on with his career with Disturbed, Donegan played Gibson Les Paul Standards and SGs. Then, he switched to play a few Paul Reed Smith models, the Tremonti Model and a PRS Singlecut. In 2005, Washburn Guitars built Donegan his own signature model called the Maya, named after his daughter. Donegan is a fan of GHS Boomer guitar strings and uses the 12-52 gauge set. He also uses Seymour Duncan pickups in his guitars.



Donegan has primarily used Randall(his signature being the 1082) and Mesa Boogie Amplifiers, using Randalls for indoor events, and using MESA amps for outdoor gigs. He used to play on Marshall amps during the very early days of Disturbed.

Donegan also uses the DigiTech Dan Donegan, The Weapon, that DigiTech made for him. He also uses the DigiTech Whammy Pedal and has been seen using the DigiTech Metal Master distortion pedal. According to an interview in 2000, Donegan also uses the BOSS PH-2 Super Phaser, a Dunlop Crybaby Wah, and an Ernie Ball Volume pedal. He also uses a BBE Sonic Maximize.


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