VAN HALEN LAUNCH ESPN.COM TAKEOVER
FANS CAN STREAM 6 NEW SONGS / ENTER DAVID LEE ROTH “TATTOO” CONTEST
A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE FEBRUARY 7TH
To celebrate the release of A Different Kind of Truth on February 7th, Van Halen has teamed up with ESPN.com for some very special promotions. As part of the takeover fans can now stream 6 new tracks off the album, enter a sports “Tattoo” contest conceived by David Lee Roth himself, and rank the best David Lee Roth Van Halen albums. Check out the takeover here: http://es.pn/AvG1PQ.
Earlier this month Van Halen announced their return to the live stage with an extraordinary 2012 North American tour. The announcement was made during a once-in-a-lifetime performance at the intimate Café Wha? in New York City. Known around the world for some of the most iconic live performances in music history, the legendary rock band will begin their tour on February 18. Kool & The Gang will join Van Halen for select tour dates.
A Different Kind of Truth is Van Halen’s first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the band’s classic multi-platinum album 1984. The band recently released a video for lead single “Tattoo” which can be seen here: http://youtu.be/3WfQ-hV3WtA.
Pre-order the deluxe edition of A Different Kind of Truth on iTunes.
ESPN Takeover: http://es.pn/AvG1PQ
A Different Kind of Truth deluxe pre-order: http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/a-different-kind-truth-deluxe/id493652877
Finally… it`s done. Shadowmaker the new studio album from German metal legends RUNNING WILD is ready to hit the shops. Recorded at the PJ Music Studios in Hannover (Germany) by Peter Jordan, Niki Nowy and bandleader Rock N´Rolf, the album contains 10 brand new tracks.
Rock N´Rolf talks about the recordings and future plans in a video message:
Shadowmaker will be released in the US/Canada on April 24th through SPV / Steamhammer in the following configurations:
=> First edition in complete black jewel case with silver printing and bonus DVD
=> Double Gatefold LP with printed inner sleeves and clear vinyl
=> Limited box set incl. 2LP, jewel case, DVD, poster, sticker, postcard and 30 page book in LP size
For more information on Running Wild, check out the websites below.
OVERKILL have revealed a behind the scenes video that outlines the recording process they used for their upcoming new record “The Electric Age.”
Recorded at GEAR Studios, owned and operated by bassist D.D. Verni, the video outlines specific gear and techniques used and how it had shaped the bands raw unfiltered sound over the last few releases. View the video HERE.
OVERKILL will release “The Electric Age” due out on eOne Music March 27, 2012.
The record will be released in Europe on Nuclear Blast Records on March 30, 2012.
The band will tour the US this spring on their very own KILLFEST 2 this spring in support.
OVERKILL is Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (vocals), D.D. Verni (Bass, Backing vocals), Derek “The Skull” Tailer (Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals), Dave Linsk (Lead guitar, Backing vocals) and Ron Lipnicki (Drums).
DAILY SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR
PAUL GILBERT’S GREAT GUITAR ESCAPE
JULY 9-13, 2012 AT FULL MOON RESORT IN BIG INDIAN, NY
FEATURING GUEST INSTRUCTORS INCLUDING
Guthrie Govan, Tony MacAlpine, Chris “Kid” Andersen, Scotty Johnson and Sam Coulson
The daily schedule for Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape is now available. Full details are listed below and can be viewed at: http://www.greatguitarescape.com/schedule.html.
The first annual Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape–featuring acclaimed guitarist Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X)–will take place July 9-13 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Guitar players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join Paul Gilbert and other expert musicians for this experience focused on the techniques, styles, and life of the modern working musician.
Paul’s musicianship was praised in the January 2012 issue of Guitar Player magazine. Writer Matt Blackett noted, “His sense of melody, composition, and humor in his solos is world class, and his chops and execution—which have always been off the freaking hook—just keep getting better.”
Here are comments from some of the instructors for Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape:
“When I was in high school, I would look ahead to every summer vacation and think, ‘This summer, I’m really going to get better.’ Those summer days were a chance to take my extra time and focus it all on the guitar. The result was noticeable bursts of improvement in my technique, my ability to improvise, and my ability to write songs. These musical leaps always seemed to happen when I could remove the distractions of daily life and spend hours getting deeper into the instrument. With the help of the teachers at The Great Guitar Escape, and the stunning location of the Full Moon Resort, I know that you will take similar leaps yourself…from “instant gratification” techniques and phrases, to musical ideas and philosophy to last you into the future… Let’s make this summer the one where you take your guitar playing and musicianship to a new level. I’ll be practicing my guitar until I see you there!”
Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats, Dizzee Rascal, Asia, The Fellowship, The Young Punx):
“I’m flattered and honoured that Paul Gilbert invited me to be involved with his Great Guitar Escape – and I must say I’m looking forward to it immensely. There’s something very cool about the idea of guitar players getting together in a pleasantly tranquil location to celebrate their chosen instrument…and Paul‘s roster of tutors encompasses an impressively diverse range of playing styles, so this promises to be a musically mind-expanding experience for everyone who attends. Most pleasing!”
Tony MacAlpine (CAB, Planet X):
“The Great Guitar Escape is an excellent way to learn and interact with professional guitar players and an even better way to have a super time in a great environment where improvement is the goal!”
Chris “Kid” Andersen (Rick Estrin and The Nightcats, The Terry Hanck Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop):
“I am very proud to be part of Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape. If there are any guitarists out there who couldn’t pick up a thing or two from the incredibly diverse lineup of instructors who will be at their beck and call during this week, I can only assume that they are busy doing some incredibly well-paying gig, or that they are contractually obligated to do something to pay off their debt to Satan that week. Regardless of whether you are a shredder, jazzer, rock god in training, funkazoid, bluesman or a chicken-picker, you are going to have a great time and get a chance to meet up, learn from and jam with some people that’ll fit your taste and make your every day of this experience. Personally, I am eagerly anticipating seeing Guthrie Govan doing an impression of me! “
Scotty Johnson (Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Paul Gilbert, Robben Ford’s Fords and Friends, The Ford Blues Band, The Blindside Blues Band):
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this landmark event. Clinics by day, jamming every night, throw in the beautiful scenery and this is as close to heaven as a guitar player can get!”
Sam Coulson (UK guitar virtuoso):
“I am looking forward to this July’s Great Guitar Escape with even greater anticipation! It makes me extremely proud to be teaching and playing alongside my fellow contributors. It is my belief that everyone attending will find themselves in a magnificent environment to soak up all the musical ideas they possibly can. And furthermore, what a great location to do so in. The amazing beauty of upstate New York will be the perfect place to stand up next to a mountain and chop it down with the edge of your hand! Needless to say I am thoroughly excited to perform and teach at Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape!”
Kelly Lemieux (bassist for Goldfinger, Electric Love Hogs, 22 Jacks, MD.45, King of Clubs, Fear):
“What an amazing thing to be a part of. I’m sure this will be a great learning experience for everyone involved. I can’t wait for this summer! I’m shopping for bug repellent right now!”
The daily schedule for Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape is as follows:
Monday, July 9
Meet and Greet with Instructors
Paul Gilbert – Introduction Seminar
Concert with Paul Gilbert Band
Tuesday, July 10
Scotty Johnson – Crash Course in Music Theory: The Language of Musicians
Paul Gilbert – 5 Steps to Alternate Picking
Kid Anderson – Rock ‘n’ Blues Vocabulary I
Paul Gilbert – Hands-On Beginners Course I
Tony MacAlpine – Advanced Heavy Rock I
Guthrie Govan – Choose Your Notes Wisely: Note Choice and Improvisation
Concert/Jam with Paul Gilbert and all instructors
Wednesday, July 11
Sam Coulson – Vibrato, Sustain, and Ripping Tone I
Paul Gilbert – Stuck Technique – Unstuck!: Break Through Your Technique Barriers
Bring your guitar!
Rodney Holmes – Groove Inventions I
Mike Arellano – Guitar Tech 101
Paul Gilbert – Hands-On Beginner’s Course II
Scotty Johnson – Essential Skills for the Working Guitarist I
Tom Size – Crash Course in Modern Mixing
Kid Andersen – Rock ‘n’ Blues Vocabulary II
Kelly LeMieux – Bass Guitar On Tour I
Concert/Jam with Paul Gilbert and all instructors
Thursday, July 12
Sam Coulson – Vibrato, Sustain, and Ripping Tone II
Scotty Johnson – Essential Skills for the Working Guitarist II
Paul Gilbert – Melodic Phrasing with Arpeggios and ‘Arscalios’
Tony MacAlpine – Advanced Heavy Rock II
Rodney Holmes – Groove Inventions II
Paul Gilbert – Beginner’s Course III
Guthrie Govan – It’s All in the Details: A Guide to Articulation and Control
Kelly LeMieux – Bass Guitar On Tour II
Concert/Jam with Paul Gilbert and all instructors
Friday, July 13
Paul Gilbert Speech/Meet and Greet with Photo
For full details about Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape, visit:
SLASH–the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter–is currently in a Los Angeles studio putting the finishing touches on his second solo album. The as-yet-untitled disc is due out May 22 on SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI and will follow his 2010 debut album Slash and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
For the new album, SLASH—along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)–have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by SLASH and Kennedy, and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage airing weekly beginning today at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYbyb8xXTQ. SLASH also talks about the album and forthcoming tour (dates TBA) this Q&A:
Looking at all your Twitter updates, you sound really pumped about the new disc. This time around, you and Myles wrote all the songs and he sings lead on all the tracks. What inspired this scenario since your debut solo album featured multiple vocalists (including Myles on two songs)?
Well having Myles sing on the first record inspired me to take him on the road, then taking him on the road inspired me to have him sing on the whole record. So yeah the tour last year definitely inspired the decision for him to sing on the new record. He has a really broad range. He is just very musical as far as his melodic style is concerned and he’s also very lyrical and just a really powerful singer. There’s a lot of positives about the way he sings.
Perhaps you want to talk a bit here about your other bandmates and what they each bring to the sound?
There’s Brent who is probably one of the best drummers I’ve ever played with–he has a great way of playing very powerful rock n roll while still being able to keep it behind the beat and sexy. And then Todd has got to be one of the most overall talented musicians I’ve worked with, just a really great bass player. Todd’s very quick in the studio, a quick learner and creative as a writer; on top of that, he’s also a great singer.
Beyond you and Myles writing all the songs and Myles singing all the leads, in what other ways is the new album perhaps different from your debut solo album?
Myles and I basically collaborated on the new material. The main thing is we wrote these songs together which is a big difference from the last album where I wrote each song with all of the different collaborators. The whole creative nucleus is between Myles and me. On top of this, the whole rhythm section of Brent and Todd brings something to the table and changes the dynamic completely from the last record–it’s much more cohesive.
With your record company Dik Hayd Records, you remain an independent artist and work with major companies for distribution. Can you talk about how you as an artist benefit by this scenario in these interesting times for the music industry?
It puts me more in the driver’s seat of how I want to market the record, but even more importantly than that, I’m not giving half of everything that comes in on the album to the record company.
Eric Valentine returns as producer for the new disc. What do you feel he brings as a producer to these songs and the overall approach?
The first thing we always talk about with Eric is he’s an extremely gifted musician, but he is basically as talented an engineer, so it makes for a great combination as a producer. As a person he’s easy to work with–he’s very patient and he lives and breathes what he does. That’s a lot like how I am, we’re similar; I can call him at any moment and ask him a question or share an idea I have with him. He’s always in his element and it’s something that I can appreciate.
You toured the world seven times with the last album. What are your tour plans for the new album?
Right now we’re starting off with radio shows in the states and then we’ll do as much of Europe as possible. We’ll also tour in Asia and Australia, and try to hit South Africa this year as well as India and a couple other spots. Trying to just broaden our horizons a bit.
Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time. He has received countless accolades and awards including his forthcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set for April 2012. In 2007, Slash was inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk (located in front of Guitar Center in Hollywood) alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. An original member of iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Grammy-winning Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” The band dominated the 1980’s and 90’s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard-charging rock music. After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash’s Snakepit, and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles. Slash recently landed on the top of the charts with his first true solo album, Slash. In addition, Slash was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who named him as an official selection for 2011 to receive a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame. In February 2011, he performed at the Super Bowl XLV half time show, seen by more than 106 million people, becoming the most-watched program in U.S. television history (Nielsen Co.).
“Granite”, the first album by Doogie White & La Paz will be released on February 13th (in US on March, 6th).
I thought back to how my world was back then… It was surprisingly easy. It’s just about bumping into an old girlfriend and saying sorry while still trying it on. Love the arrangement and the Hammond on the chorus really gives it a lift. A simple but heartfelt wee song.”
And so the full band started to rehearse and it was clear that they could still play a bit. The band just gelled: just like old times and the gigs were a terrific success. And so the idea of re-recording some of the favourites from the set that had never had a proper production job was conceived.
And now for a music video that is horrifyingly different….. check out the new video “Open Your Eyes” from Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, starring Danny Trejo. “Open Your Eyes” is on the new Maylene and the Sons of Disaster album, IV.