AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE are rumored to be in talks to take part in next year’s North American Gigantour — the acclaimed traveling heavy music festival launched by MEGADETH mainmanDave Mustaine.
No official announcement has yet been made regarding the lineup of the fourth edition of Gigantour, which will once again feature MEGADETH in the headlining slot.
Conceived in 2005, Gigantour — proclaimed “the mother of all shred fests” by Revolver magazine — resurrects metal’s focus on stellar musicianship.
The third installment of the North American Gigantour officially launched on April 12, 2008 in Denver, Colorado with headliner MEGADETH, Swedish metal band IN FLAMES, Finland’s CHILDREN OF BODOM, Arizona’s modern extreme act JOB FOR A COWBOY and Oakland, California heavy power trioHIGH ON FIRE. The 29-date trek criss-crossed North America and wrapped May 22 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The “Gigantour 2″ DVD and CD, which contains footage from the second coming of Gigantour, arrived on April 22 via Image Entertainment.
“Gigantour 2″ features over an hour of blistering performances by iconic and influential heavy metal pioneers MEGADETH — who have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide in a career now spanning 25 years — along withLAMB OF GOD, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, andINTO ETERNITY. Recorded in DTS 5.1 surround sound, the DVD version also features a behind-the-scenes look at the 2006 tour, while both the DVD and CD offer a hidden bonus track — MEGADETH‘s ever-relevant “Peace Sells”.
The “Gigantour 2″ DVD and CD follow Image Entertainment‘s fall 2006 release of the debut “Gigantour” CD and DVD which featured unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY,ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.
According to GigWise.com
Guns N’ Roses will not stage a reunion with their former members, the band’s manager has said.
Ex-guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan have both been linked to a possible return alongside Axl Rose since the release of ‘Chinese Democracy’ in September.
However, in a statement, manager Irving Azoff said: “There are no plans for a reunion, nor have there been any discussions of a reunion, with former Guns N’ Roses band members. In the future, we hope that if media have any questions concerning GN’R, they’d at least check their facts before running inaccurate stories for their own benefit.”
Azoff made no comment on whether Rose planned to return to the road in 2009.
Slash embraced the recent release of ‘Chinese Democracy’ in a recent interview but said he didn’t know about any reunion plans.
Sales of of the album, which arrived after a fourteen year wait, have continued to fall below expectations in the US, where it failed to claim the number one position.
Label bosses at Geffen Records are understood to have shouldered much of the blame on frontman Axl Rose, who has been out of contact for two months.
Classicrockmagazine.com is reporting:
Phil Conalane, singer with Irish rockers MILLION $ RELOAD, has responded to speculation that he is about to join VELVET REVOLVER as their new frontman.
Speaking exclusively to Classic Rock, Conalane interestingly did not issue an outright denial.
He commented: “I’m guessing you were pretty surprised when your ‘source’ informed you that I was to be the new Velvet Revolver singer. So was I! This rumour was certainly NOT started by me nor anyone within the Million $ Reload camp.
“I don’t regard your original story as nonsense. Since Duff [McKagan] remarked to an Irish newspaper that he had been keeping an eye on an Irish singer, but that he wasn’t too keen on disturbing the band he was in, the story has been going around – Ireland’s a small island, so not too many rock singers!
“Most of the stuff that has been written about us is true. Kerri Kelly [SLASH’S SNAKEPIT] is a buddy, we’ve played with Steven Adler and Gilby Clarke, and most of the other stuff that’s been said.
“But it is sad to hear that some people regard this story as a cynical publicity stunt by Million $ Reload. After all it is quite unsettling for the rest of the band to hear your singer could be leaving, with tours in Europe and the US planned for 2009.
“Although having said that, I have received hundreds of emails from all over the world this week, the US, Brazil, Australia etc, from VR fans giving me support. Some of the comments that fans have been posting on various forums are amazing . It’s all quite flattering, really.
Read more here.
Former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has issued the following update:
“Whew, is it Holiday season again already?? I hope all of you had a great year, and are ready to finish it off in grand style!! First, I want to wish everyone out there Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!! Party hard, but party safe. Second, I want to update you on the status of CHICKENFOOT. Chad (Smith – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer) and I just got back this week from recording in the San Francisco area, and I am pleased to say that the basic tracks are finished and smokin’!! Right now Joe is sprinkling some guitar magic on everything, and next week Sam will be doing vocals. Then I’ll be back up there to slather some backround vocals on everything. I can’t wait for all of you to check it out!! Look out 2009!!!!”
Chickenfoot also features guitarist JOE SATRIANI and former Van Halen singer SAMMY HAGAR.
Guitar World magazine has just published its picks for the “100 Worst Guitar Solos” on its web site, GuitarWorld.com.
The list includes tracks by Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, C.C. DeVille, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and more.
Below is an excerpt of that post:
“After two decades of kissing ass, Guitar World tips over a few sacred cows in a definitive guide to guitar parts that blow.
“Guitarists, no matter how good they are, are bound to have the occasional bad night or hit the odd bum note. Legends like Hendrix,Page, Hammett and Harrison have had their share of uninspired moments and times where ambition exceeded their technique. It’s really no big deal.
“Unless you’re caught on tape, that is.
“In a rare moment of pure spite and malice, Guitar World asked several contributors to identify those instances when our greatest guitar heroes took their biggest pratfalls. And, boy, rarely have we seen our writers take to an assignment with greater gusto. It seems that nothing gets a journalist¹s creative juices flowing like asking them to spill a big bucket of bile on a beloved icon. While our writers tended to save most of their venom for undeniably cruddy and inept solos, some had fun throwing darts at performances that were technically adept but which they deemed boring, self-indulgent or just plain absurd. Another favorite pastime was picking on anything remotely involving the talents of POISON‘s C.C. DeVille.
“Now, we enjoy the colorful Mr. DeVille, but unfortunately somebody¹s gotta be the whipping boy, and we guess it’s C.C.‘s turn to feel the lash. But he shouldn’t take it too hard. The flamboyant, hair-sprayed rocker can take solace in the fact that he’s in some rather good company. So pull out the knives, put on the lobster bib and dig in. No one, but no one, gets out of this alive.”
Top 10 “Worst Guitar Solos,” according to Guitar World:
01. POISON – “Guitar Solo” (from “Swallow This…Live!”, 1991)
Guitarist: C.C. DeVille
02. BLUE CHEER – “Summertime Blues” (from “Vincebus Eruptum”, 1968)
Guitarist: Leigh Stephens
03. CARLOS SANTANA – “The Game of Love” (from “Shaman”, 2002)
04. CREAM – Falstaff beer 1967 radio spot
Guitarist: Eric Clapton
05. THE BEATLES – “All You Need Is Love”
Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
Guitarist: George Harrison
06. BLACK FLAG – “Thirsty and Miserable” (from “Damaged”, 1981)
Guitarist: Greg Ginn
07. TED NUGENT – “Wango Tango” (from “Scream Dream”, 1980)
08. THE ROLLING STONES – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (from “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll”, 1974)
Guitarist: Keith Richards
09. MANOWAR – “Sting of the Bumblebee” (from “Kings of Metal”, 1988)
Bassist: Joey DeMaio
10. LENNY KRAVITZ – “American Woman” (from “5”, 1998)
Go to GuitarWorld.com to see the entire list.
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights, we break out some lost tracks from Trixter, Lita Ford, Enuff Z’nuff, and David Lee Roth, while playing some new stuff from Sammy Hagar, Extreme, Joe Satriani, and Overloaded. Classics abound with AC/DC, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, and Mötley Crüe. There’s a whole lot more, too…don’t miss it! Listen to Hard Rock Nights 9-11 pm eastern on classxradio.com!
Bo Bice wants you to have a Very Merry Christmas. He has posted a free mp3 download on his website”Very Merry Christmas”, that is available to anyone that signs up for his mailing list. This is a southern rock Christmas tune, and a rocking tune at that.
Visit this link to get the free download.
One of my all time favorite songs from Switzerland’s Gotthard, is the song “Lift You Up”. This song is about as infectious as it gets. This is from Gotthard’s outstanding 2005 album, “Lip Service”.
When does a Ted Nugent CD not sound like a Ted Nugent CD? When Ted brought in Brian Howe (Bad Company) to sing on this record, it completely changed the sound of the music. The music on “Penetrator” is completely different from the hard rock most folks recognize as Ted Nugent’s. In fact, this disc treads the melodic rock/aor fence with its layered keyboard tracks. Nugent’s blazing guitar is here, but they keyboards really tone it down.
At times the style of Penetrator reminds me a lot of the band Bad English with its pop/rock tendencies.
Nugent rips it up on the song “Tied Up In Love”. I wish they would have left the keyboards off of this song. It really takes the song down a notch, and it doesn’t blend well with Nugent’s acrobatic guitar licks. This is a good song that could have been even better.
Once again, the ultra cheesy keyboards are back on” (Where Do You) Draw The Line”. The keyboards really date this song badly. Nugent’s playing is the best thing about this tune.
“Go Down Fighting” sounds like a lot Survivor tune. In fact, I thought I could hear parts of “Eye of the Tiger” in here. I think it is that same bass sound and rhythm. Aside from that this song is completely different, but it still doesn’t work for me.
The one song on “Penetrator” that does sound like classic Ted Nugent is the tune “Thunder Thighs”. This is the album’s one redeeming song, that I like quite a bit. In the CD booklet, Ted Nugent calls “Thunder Thighs” a career high point. I don’t know if I can completely agree with that statement or not, but it is high point of this album.
I can’t imagine what producer Ashley Howe was shooting for by adding all of the keyboards to the tracks on this song. Did he want the songs to be played on MTV or something? Ted Nugent is a great guitar player, and his style of music hard rock, not pop. It almost seems as if they were trying to have some crossover success with this album. The keyboards really messed up the sound of this record badly.
Brian Howe sounds great, as does Ted Nugent on guitar. If you can get over the cheesy keyboards on this disc, you might like it. This isn’t a Nugent record that I can listen to very often. I will stick with the classic stuff from the 70’s.
1. Tied Up In Love
2. (Where Do You) Draw The Line
3. Knockin’ At Your Door
4. Don’t You Want My Love
5. Go Down Fighting
6. Thunder Thighs
7. No Man’s Land
8. Blame It On The Night
9. Lean Mean R&R Machine
10. Take Me Home
Ted Nugent – Guitars
Brian Howe -Vocals
Doug Lubahn – Bass
Bobby Chouinard – Drums
Alan St. Jon – Keyboards
Peter Wolf – Percussion & Sequences
Background Vocals: Alan St. Jon, Kevin Russel, Todd Howarth, Cynthia Shiloh, Xoe Fox, Rahni Raines