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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 16:04

DAVID ELLEFSON ADDED TO MAIN STAGE LINE-UP

One of the most legendary and innovative bass players in metal, David Ellefson will be appearing on the Main Stage on Sunday 3 March in addition to his Masterclass on the previous day.

His Sunday presentation will be a mostly spoken-word event and is set to be the perfect opportunity for visitors to ask him about his world-class picking style, how he builds bass parts and other related gear and technique issues, as well as Megadeth’s recent Grammy nomination and the band’s forthcoming album (and first since their switch to Universal), Super Collider.

Now we know there’s a bit of a clash with Nate Watts but we couldn’t miss an opportunity like this! If you want to see both artists don’t fret – they’re both at the show on both days so get yourself a Weekend Ticket and have your cake and eat it!

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Tony Iommi, who is knee-deep into recording Black's Sabbath's new album, 13, is already looking beyond that project to something new — a riff-based album with Queen guitarist Brian May.

The idea behind the album, as reported by RollingStone.com this morning, is that fans would be able "build their own songs" around Iommi's and May's unused material.

May mentioned the project in UK music magazine Kerrang! in a feature where fellow musicians were able to ask the guitarist questions. Iommi's question to May was, "When are we going to get to work on that album of riffs together? You know what I'm talking about." May's answer: "Yes, I do know what he's talking about, and I'm very, very keen. The record he's talking about what supposed to be a secret, but I guess he's blown it now."

The idea came to May during a recent visit to Iommi's studio, where the pair discussed the sheer amount of unreleased material the Sabbath guitarist has accumulated over the decades. "I thought it would be great to make a compilation out of them," May said. "The idea was to put all these riffs out in some form so that people could build their own songs from them. You could make your own music with Tony Iommi on guitar!"

Beyond that, the details are sketchy. There is no planned release date or label — or even verification that the project will actually take place. Iommi still has to get through the Sabbath sessions. The band's new album, 13, is expected to be released in June.

To watch Black Sabbath in the studio, check out the behind-the-scenes video the band posted earlier this week:

 

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Legendary Slash has filmed a cameo for actor Charlie Sheen's new TV sitcom "Anger Management". Slash writes on Twitter:

"Charlie's working with a great bunch of people of there."

Sheen, a neighbor and personal friend of Slash's who called himself a "Rock Star From Mars" when he underwent a public meltdown amid his firing from the CBS show "Two And A Half Men", spoke at Slash's Hollywood Walk Of Fame induction ceremony in July. He said, "It's quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on."

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He added, "This star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the '80s."

In an interview with Australia's long-running rock station Triple M during his tour with the Soundwave rock festival in March 2011, Slash spoke about the troubles Sheen was facing at the time, Blabbermouth notes.

"I love Charlie," Slash smiled. "Charlie is probably the most rock 'n' roll character in entertainment today. All things considered, he's been having a little bit of a hard time recently with all the bad press and everything. But he's been managing to get away with what he's been doing on that show and get a raise over the last more than ten years. I think that's pretty cool," he laughed.

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If you're into autographed guitars and helping to fight hunger, you're in luck.

The 27th Annual Hungerthon by WhyHunger is now under way, and up for auction this year are guitars signed by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Maroon 5, David Byrne and Mumford & Sons, to name just a few.

You can place your bids at this location, with all the winning proceeds going to raise funds and awareness for hunger and poverty relief.

WhyHunger, which was founded by songwriter Harry Chapin and New York City radio personality Bill Ayres in 1975, works to support more than 8,000 grassroots and community organizations aimed at fighting hunger.

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Friday, 30 November 2012 14:32

Gibson's Min-Etune – the basics

You may have noticed the optional upgrade of a Tronical Min-Etune tuning system listed when we posted Gibson's 2013 SG and Les Paul line-up.

But what does it actually do?

We take a quick look... What is it?

As you can see from the video (Scroll down to watch), the Min-Etune is essentially an auto-tune system, similar to the one previously found on Gibson's high-end Les Pauls and robot guitars, such as the Dusk Tiger.

You pick the tuning, strum the strings and the tuning pegs turn automatically. Like the systems found in the aforementioned models, it's built by German firm Tronical Components.

How's it different to previous Gibson auto-tuners?

The key difference is that the Min-Etune is hidden in a black box on the back of the headstock and can be installed as an optional extra on a range of more affordable Gibson models, primarily the forthcoming '50s, '60s and '70s Tribute Les Pauls and SGs. In addition, instead of being operated via the guitar control knobs (requiring more body work/wiring), the Min-Etune has it's own controls built into the headstock unit.

What can it do?

We've yet to get hands-on with one, but Gibson has already posted the (27 page!) Min-Etune manual online. Essentially the unit can store three 'banks' of six tunings – six because the presets in the bank you select are indicated by the same LED-lit letters that are used to display the strings.

The bank that you are using is navigated to via a small D-pad and is indicated by the colour of the LEDs. The red bank is the go-to for most standard tunings, including 'Standard', 'DADGAD', 'Drop-D', 'Low D', 'Double Drop D' and 'Eb'; the green bank is all about open tunings and includes options for open E, A, D and G, as well as 'Dobro' and 'All 4th'; finally, the blue bank has six slot free for user-defined presets. So that's a total of 18 tunings available, via what we hope will be an easy interface.

Will it be worth the money? It's too early to say without trying it out for ourselves. 18 tunings at the touch of a button is an exciting prospect, but the fact that it adds a not inconsiderable $400 (approx. £249) to the guitar's MSRP, requires a (supplied) rechargeable battery pack and, judging from early videos, makes a slightly annoying whirring sound when tuning, could deter some. Really though, Min-Etune will live or die by the ease-of-use of its interface.

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If you follow music or the music industry you no doubt are familiar with the long and storied history of Fender.  If you scan through history you will find Fender guitars and amps dating as far back as you can imagine.

The Fender Vintage Reissue ’65 Twin Reverb amp will transport you back to the mid ’60′s and let you create that classic Fender sound that has permeated music history for decades.  The ’65 Twin Reverb amp reproduces the original all tube amp from the 1960′s.  Fender says that its one of the cleanest amps ever.  You get a cool crunch if you crank it up.

The Fender Vintage Reissue ’65 Twin Reverb amp packs 85 watts delivered through 2 Jensen 12s.  The amp is 2 channel with tube vibrato, tube spring reverb and other bells and whistles that make this a must have for serious enthusiasts seeking that special Fender sound.

The Fender Vintage Reissue ’65 Twin Reverb amp specs look like this:

Original all-tube circuitry

85 watts

2 Jensen 12″ speakers

2 channels

Tube vibrato

Tube spring reverb

2-button footswitch

Blackface cosmetics

26-1/2″W x 20″H x 10-1/2″D

64 lbs.

The Fender Vintage Reissue ’65 Twin Reverb amp lists for $1,999.99 but with a little searching you can find some decent discounts.

Source: Fender

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Yes you read that correctly.  Billie Joe Armstrong had a few things to get off his chest during the Green Day set at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas.  One of those things was that they are NOT Justin Bieber!  Do you hear that?  Billie Joe said “NOT JUSTIN BIEBER!!!!!”

Associated Press Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody reports that Billie Joe basically lost his shit, mid-song on stage for everyone with a phone to see and share with their friends.  The freakout resulted in a profanity laced tirade from Armstrong which was triggered by the mid-song notification that Green Day only had one minute left to play. If you didn’t see it coming, Billie Joe will be taking a little time off to get some treatment for substance abuse.

If you’re a Green Day fan you’ve probably already seen the viral video sensation of Armstrong going off that has hit the interwebs.  If you haven’t seen this yet then here ‘ya go.  Be advised.  As you would expect from the power pop, punk icon there is some strong language in the clip.  So if the kids are in earshot of the computer you may want to have them leave the room…

Green Day released a statement to the Associated Press apologizing and making it clear that media giant Clear Channel, who produced the iHeart Radio Music festival, was not responsible for cutting the set short.   (Editorial: probably a good move on Green Day’s part since Clear Channel host’s the festival and they want to be invited back someday).

In related Green Day news, the power pop punk rockers have had to cancel some of their promo appearances in support of the album Uno.  That sucks for Green Day fans but is probably the right move to make.  After all, we’d like to have Green Day pumping out rock anthems for years to come.

Side note:  If you ever find yourself alone (or in a group if you happen to run in the same circles) with Billie Joe Armstrong don’t rush him or tell him he’s only got one minute to go.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012 11:43

The London Acoustic Guitar Show 2012 is Coming!

 

The London Acoustic Guitar Show 2012 is Coming!

 
 
 
 

Come join us over the forthcoming September weekend at the London Acoustic Guitar Show 2012 at the Olympia Conference centre! Don't miss out on an exciting day out for acoustic guitar and music fans.

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The London Acoustic Guitar Show has pulled out all the stops to bring some of the world’s greatest acoustic guitarists and best-selling singer-songwriters together for a weekend of exceptional acoustic music – a one and only chance to watch these world-class artists perform on the same stage over one weekend.

  • 22nd and 23rd September 2012.
  • Tickets are £15 online or £20 on the door.
  • Doors open 10am-6pm.

Try and buy gear with exclusive show discounts and learn and be inspired at the masterclasses and live stage shows. The show will feature artists such as Newton Faulkner, Grant Nicholas and Neil Taylor. Visit the website for the full line up!

For more information, go to www.londonacousticguitarshow.com or call 01926 339 808.

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