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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT RELEASE BRAND NEW HOLIDAY SONG & VIDEO ‘HERE WE COME A-CAROLING’

BLACKMORE’S NIGHT
RELEASE BRAND NEW HOLIDAY SONG & VIDEO

 
‘HERE WE COME A-CAROLING’

 

Blackmore’s Night reveal their new holiday song ‘Here We Come A-Caroling’, taken from the forthcoming 4-track EP of the same name, to be released on December 4th, 2020.

The song is a beautiful rendition of the classic Christmas carol, which is being given a new-yet-traditional sound by Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore. It’s the forerunner of the upcoming “
Here We Come A-Caroling” 4-track EP which will bring the holiday spirit into the homes of many fans during the cold season. 
 
Here We Come A-Caroling’ is available for immediate Streaming and Download: https://blackmoresnight.lnk.to/caroling_single
 
The corresponding 
official lyric video with wonderful animations and festive illustrations is now available on earMUSIC’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/8xJJWJvteFo
 
Blackmore’s Night brand new EP “Here We Come A-Caroling” includes 4 festive tracks and will become available December 4th, 2020, on Limited Edition 10” Translucent Green Vinyl as well as a Limited Edition CD Digipak and Digital.
 
You can pre-order it here: 
https://blackmoresnight.lnk.to/carolingPR
 
 

The Strange Journey Of Guns N’ Roses In Gaming


Guns N’ Roses have had a fascinating and ultimately epic history, complete with one of the more impressive revivals in rock history over the last few years. Throughout this history, we pay attention to the albums, the tours, the memorable quotes and disagreements, and again, recently, the comeback. But along the way, GNR has also established another bizarre legacy that separates it from most any other classic rock group: It has repeatedly tied itself to the video game industry.

This began, really, with something not so unusual. Guns N’ Roses featured heavily in Guitar Hero 3, which was characterized by SB Nation as the best music video game ever. Significantly better than its Rock Band counterpart, and a marked improvement on the first few Guitar Hero installments, this game was the pinnacle of the concept of playing a mock instrument along to real music. Naturally, the game featured a ton of hits from legendary rock groups. But “Welcome To The Jungle” is generally agreed upon as one of the most enjoyable songs to play on the game, and GNR guitar maestro Slash was more or less the unofficial face of the game.

Following Guitar Hero III and its success, GNR made additional gaming history through a strange story about a game that never actually came to fruition. Upset over the franchise’s decision to depict Slash playing “Welcome To The Jungle” (when the band’s leaders had parted ways) and angry that “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was used in the game’s promotions, frontman Axl Rose tried to sue Activision for $20 million. According to Eurogamer, Activision — the game’s distributor — attempted to appease Rose by offering him his own video game. Again, it never came to fruition, but as far as we can tell this would have likely been the biggest game ever relating to a single rock star. If only it had happened….

The next actual game to come about relating to Guns N’ Roses was an online slot reel, which actually came out right on the eve of the band’s thunderous comeback. The idea of a slot game based on a rock group may still sound strange to people who aren’t familiar with it, but in actuality it made perfect sense. Leading gaming portal Cheeky Bingo’s collection of slots feature a number of rock enthused titles in this category such as the Monsters of Rock game, which actually came out in 2019 as a sort of nod to rock ’n’ roll’s growing influence in the arena. So really, the GNR-based game that was designed for this category by NetEnt was a stroke of genius, and one that put some of the band’s biggest hits back on the map with countless gamers around the world.

On top of these various direct and indirect forays into gaming, we recently learned of the Guns N’ Roses pinball game, based on the band’s comeback “Not In This Lifetime” tour and made available around the world. It’s a delightfully old-school move by the band, which partnered with Jersey Jack Pinball to create the game — apparently in line with Slash’s obsession with pinball. Featuring new riffs, classic music, and a mind-blowing array of original artwork, it looks to be one of the cooler pinball machines we’ve seen… frankly ever. It won’t be played as widely as Guitar Hero III or the NetEnt slot game, but it might just be the most interesting Guns N’ Roses game yet.

It all just adds to the band’s fascinating history, and given the group’s powerful resurgence, one can’t help but wonder what sort of game they might produce next.

COSMOSQUAD Announce Pre-Halloween Live Stream Concert; Jeff Kollman Recalls Playing For Eddie Van Halen

Long running Los Angeles, CA all-instrumental prog metal/fusion triumvirate COSMOSQUAD have announced a live stream concert which is set to take place this Friday, October 30th at 7:00pm PST.
The band will be plugging in for a 2-hour set from the Baked Potato in Studio City, CA where the trio has been regulars for the past two decades. COSMOSQUAD foundersJeff Kollman (ALAN PARSONS, GLENN HUGHES) and Shane Gaalaas (DIESEL MACHINE, B’z) will be joined by Corey McCormick (CHRIS CORNELL, PETER FRAMPTON) who is subbing for Kevin Chown on bass. 
Live stream tickets can be purchased for $11.00 from the Baked Potato website at www.thebakedpotato.com/cosmosquad-livestream/. The purchase includes access to re-watch the concert for up to 24 hours starting at 9:00am the next morning. The post-live event video-on-demand option is priced at $13.00. Limited patio seating at the venue is available from 6:00pm for dinner and drinks.
In related news, guitarist Jeff Kollman recently took part in a tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen hosted by Craig Garber of Everyone Loves Guitar sharing thoughts and memories of the iconic guitar great. The podcast can be heard here: www.everyonelovesguitar.com/2020/10/17/eddie-van-halen-tribute/; the video version can be found on YouTube:
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States Kollman: “I always wondered, “when am I ever gonna run into King Edward“. It almost happened in 2008 when COSMOSQUAD was playing at his Frankenstein guitar unveiling but he was in no shape to hang, jam or anything. I finally did get to meet my hero when I played a private event held by Fender CEO Larry Thomas in 2013 where Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM), Chris Layton (STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, ARC ANGELS) and I were the backing band for a number of stars. Edwardwas on the bill as well. It was great to play and have him standing there listening. He didn’t sit in with us and did more of one-on-one Q&A with Larry. He played fantastic, of course – very free flowing and showing off his tapping techniques. When he walked off the stage, he looked at me and showed me his hands as they were shaking. He said, “Can you believe I still get nervous even AFTER the gig?!” My jaw dropped thinking, “Wow, he must feel so much pressure to fill the shoes of the legend that he created.” At first, I was thinking I should be nervous for God’s sakes – I’m playing and, holy shit, Eddie is right there! That night, EVH charged my batteries once again. SO INSPIRING! I ended waiting 7 years before I finally received from the photographer the only pic of us together that day. It came the day after he passed away. Very bitter sweet.” 

Mitch Malloy Comments on the Sad Passing of Guitar God Eddie Van Halen

As the rock community in Southern California continues to process the sad passing of LA’s hometown boy, Eddie Van Halen, fans and friends are finding comfort in the vast memories and stories from Eddie’s life.  California Rock News reached out to Mitch Malloy, who was originally on board to replace Sammy Hagar as the singer for Van Halen to talk about his time with the band and how EVH’s passing has impacted him. Malloy is the lead singer of Great White.

California Rock News: So how did you feel when you heard about Eddie’s death? 

Mitch Malloy: I actually got a text from my radio DJ friend Kevin McKay. I was surprised but I wasn’t surprised. I was shocked but I wasn’t shocked. I immediately felt physically ill and that feeling has eased slightly but it’s lasted nearly three days now. All the memories of Ed and my time with him came rushing back to me. 

California Rock NewsCan you name a lasting memory of Ed that you will always have of him? 

Mitch Malloy: The one thing that keeps coming into my mind is that he always told me he loved me. And I always felt he meant it and he made sure I knew he meant it. 

California Rock NewsAnything else? 

Mitch Malloy: He was not your typical person, not your typical man. He was extremely soulful and deep feeling and I guess that should come as no surprise to the fans as everyone could feel that in his music. It’s rare that someone can translate their soulfulness into their art to that degree. But he did. He was also extremely generous with compliments to me and I felt he fully embraced my talent and told me so often. In fact and this is going to sound terrible to say, so I apologize, but he’s the only person to ever call me a musical genius. But I will of course never forget that moment. He also often told me he would do anything for me…“anything to help,” he said. 

California Rock NewsCan you talk about what it was like to be with him in his home and in the 5150 studio? 

Mitch Malloy: The time I spent with the Van Halens was a special moment in time for me. Wolfie was only a child and Valerie was so warm, polite, and graceful. I will never forget when I was leaving their home to fly home they all came down to the gate to see me off with hugs and heartfelt good wishes. So I’m driving off in the back of the limo waving to them like they are family. New family but family. Amazing people. And the first notes we played together in the studio… he asked me what song I wanted to do first.  I said “Panama!”  So imagine the entire band coming through the massive studio speakers int he wall and it’s turned up so loud that the legs of my jeans were moving all by themselves and the power of Ed’s guitar standing right next to me was mind-blowing.  I’m not sure my feet were actually touching the ground.  The power of Ed, Al, and Mike lifted me off my feet and the adrenaline rush was unimaginable.  I’m not sure I’ve come off it yet.  Lol.  Wow!!!

California Rock NewsAnd how has the loss hit you? 

Mitch Malloy: For me, Ed’s loss is so surreal… just like my time with him.  I’m thankful to have been his pick to replace Sammy. We spent the days together hanging out and playing music. On the third day I was there, he told me I was in the band. Amazing moment for me. We never know why life takes the turns it takes and why some things work and some don’t, but Ed and I had a bond and nobody can ever take that away from me. I carry that with me. Now that he’s gone, it feels amplified somehow. He seems closer now. 

California Rock NewsIs there anything else you’d like to share that wasn’t in the Mitch Malloy Van Halen’s Lost Boy mini-documentary?

Mitch Malloy: Well, I’m not sure it really matters but there was a time he was calling every day. This is right after Gary and he parted ways. In fact, it started that day. He was actually crying, which wasn’t the first time he’d cried with me over the phone. He was just super emotional and awesome. Anyway about a week at least had passed and he was calling daily and then one day he asked me what I thought he should do next. I said, “Honestly??” And I took a deep breath and he said, “Of course, honestly.”  Then I said, “Get Dave back!”  And for the first time ever he yelled at me.  He did NOT want to hear that and I think he felt betrayed by me for suggesting it. 

California Rock NewsOk so in closing is there anything else you’d like to add? 

Mitch Malloy: I’d like to add that the Van Halen experience gave me a lot but the greatest gift Ed ever gave me was his belief in me and I’ve carried that with me my whole career. The world has lost a truly gifted and generous man. 

www.mitchmalloy.com

Van Halen’s Lost Boy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxF4WRORQ9s

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Guns N’ Roses ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Pinball Game Available Worldwide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OscRgrh8G5A&feature=youtu.be

Photo credit for all images: Charles Acosta of Pinballphotos.com.

 Rock and roll legends Guns N’ Roses have teamed with Jersey Jack Pinball–the American-made, #1 industry leader in pinball–to design their very own groundbreaking Guns ‘N’ Roses ‘Not In This Lifetime’ pinball game. The new Guns N’ Roses pinball game elevates the beloved American pastime–which is going through a resurgence worldwide–with innovative new technology, design and sound. The new Guns N’ Roses ‘Not In This Lifetime’ pinball game is made for players, collectors, and newcomersto pinball and is available now, HERE. Watch and share the new Guns N’ Roses pinball game trailer, HERE.
An avid pinball collector and longtime player, SLASH worked hands-on with Jersey JackPinball designer Eric Meunier for over two years, to develop the Guns N’ Roses ‘Not In This Lifetime’ game. As co-designer, SLASH crafted specific game plays and actions, recorded guitar riffs, music, voice, and videofor the new game as well as, four unique guitar features for four playable modes in the game. Pinball designer Eric Meunier is widely known as the designer of one of the best-selling pinball games of all time, Pirates of The Caribbean, which currently sells for $5-7,000.00 over its original asking price. With the new game offering the greatest rock and roll experience under glass, super-fans will now have a chance to own a piece of highly collectible rock and roll memorabilia.
“To have this type of design work and participation from the game’s namesake creating the actual pinball game, has never, ever, been done before in the industry,” adds Jersey Jack Pinball designer Eric Meunier.
A playable work of art, the Guns N’ Roses pinball game merges the latest in sound, video, and design with groundbreaking new technology, elevating classic American Pinball to an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience. The kinetic game brings together the band’s powerhouse live performance, signature sound and wild stage elements, all from their colossal Not In This Lifetime world tour which is now the third highest-grossing concert outing of all time. The concert experience brings the game alive with hundreds of interactive LED lights and multiple LCD displays, players rock out while 21, full-length studio master tracks from Guns N’ Roses blast from the 120 Watt, 2.1 stereo sound system, giving fans a front row seat to custom animations and hours of Not In This Lifetime tour footage. It takes roughly 1.5 million dollars to conceptualize and create a pinball game, gathering engineers, artisans, sculptors, programmers, as well as vendors to create all the wood, steel, and glass parts for the game. The Guns N’ Roses pinball game can be purchased directly through Jersey Jack Pinballas well as, local distributors and authorized dealers for Jersey Jack worldwide.
The Guns N’ Roses “Not In This Lifetime” pinball game is available in three modelsincluding the Standard Edition HERE, a Limited Edition HERE, and the Collector’s Edition–which is limited to 500 units, is signed by Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan and has exclusive features–HERE.
Full features on every Guns N’ Roses pinball game include:
  • The game is designed around playing through the Guns N’ Roses entire 21-song setlist with a concert stage and moving spotlights. 
  • 1 Full-Length Studio Master Recordings of Guns N’ Roses songs are featured.
  • Players need to get fans to cheer and get more Pyrotechnics.
  • All video assets for the game are used in the actual Guns N’ Roses live concert.
  • Exclusive Original Pinball Music created and performed by Slash.
  • Exclusive Original Instrumentation and Sound Effect Recordings performed by Slash, Duff McKagan, and Richard Fortus.
  • Game Narration by Duff McKagan and Melissa Reese.
  • Additional Voice Recording by Axl Rose, Slash, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer, Dizzy Reed and GNR announcer MC Bob.
  • Direction-sensing Spinning Platinum Record.
  • Sculptures: Slash’s Iconic Top Hat, Screaming Axl Rose, Concert Speaker Stack.
  • Original Hand-Drawn, digitally printed Playfield, Cabinet, and Backglass Artwork.
  • Two Guitar Pick-shaped RGB Lit Spinners
  • 120-Watt 2.1 Stereo Sound System.
  • Live Footage and Concert Screen Animations from the Not In This Lifetime World Tour
  • Showcased on the 27” Backbox Display.
  • 7” Stage Display Showcasing Game Rules and Animations.
  • 30 RGB GNR Hexagonal Stage Lighting
  • All 21 Concert Songs playable as Multiball
  • 5 Additional Unique Mutliball Modes
  • Timed Play option for every song.
  • Jukebox Attract Mode Option.
  • Bluetooth Headphone and WIFI Connectivity.
  • New Jersey Jack Pinball HotrailsIlluminable Non-Destructively Mountable Side Rails.
  • Selectable Content Settings: Family Friendly (default), Adult-Adds explicit songs, video content, and voice work.
  • Drumstick Ramp: Two Real Frank Ferrer Thunderchucker Vater Drumsticksinside game.
  • 75+ Mini-insert LED’s for World Map and Music Notes.
  • Not In This Lifetime Final Wizard Mode and much more.
For all things Guns N’ Roses, visit:
About Guns N’ Roses:
In 2016, Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKaganshocked and thrilled fans around the world after revealing they were reuniting Guns N’ Roses for their now historic Not In This Lifetime Tour. The band has brought endless energy to over 150 shows, playing for more than 5.5 million fans worldwide. The iconic rock heroes show off their vast catalogue of hits on the road including “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” and “November Rain.” The Not In This Lifetime Tour has been crowned the third highest-grossing outing of all time. The Guns N’ Roses 2020 North American tour dates have been rescheduled to Summer 2021. The trek will now begin onJuly 10th, 2021 in Milwaukee, WI atSummerfest and will make stops throughout the U.S. and Canada all summer, before wrapping in Los Angeles, California on August 19, 2021. For the latest Guns N’ Roses news, visit: https://www.gunsnroses.com/.
About Jersey Jack Pinball:
Jersey Jack Pinball is the industry leader in quality and technical advancements, reinventing the game by creating groundbreaking pinball machines for seasoned players, collectors, and newcomers alike. Designed and manufactured in Chicago, Illinois, JJP’s state-of-the-art games are conceived on a foundation of pinball’s rich history and engineered with an unflinching eye toward its future. Jersey Jack Pinball machines are built to last and continue to mark unique milestones in the history of pinball, providing owners an exceptional value from day one and for years to come. Jersey Jack Pinball gamesare available for purchase directly through Jersey Jack and through its network of authorized dealers worldwide. For more information, visit: https://www.jerseyjackpinball.com and http://store.jerseyjackpinball.com/.

NAMM Announces Believe in Music Week, January 18, 2021

NAMM Announces Believe in Music Week, January 18, 2021
Believe in Music Week is an online global gathering to unify and support people who bring music to the world. During the week of January 18, 2021, Believe in Music will celebrate music makers around the world, and offer educational events and product demos at the Marketplace. Sign up to receive updates and participate in monthly NAMM Foundation events that keep us all connected!

NEW THIS MONTH: NAMM Foundation September programming includes webinars for college faculty and students, music educators, music service organizations, music makers and more.

  • 9/17: Online Learning: It Can Be More than You Think
  • 9/23: Back to School Health, Wellness & Safety 
  • 9/25: Music and Social Justice: What Should We Be Doing? 
  • 9/29: Spark Joy by Learning Ukulele Basics with Peter Luongo 
  • 9/30: Back to School Access and Equity in Online Learning 

Believe in Music Week
Week of January 18, 2021 

Believe in Music Week is a new virtual event and global gathering to unify and support people who bring music to the world, taking place the week of January 18, 2021. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, there is no path forward to safely hold  The NAMM Show this January in Southern California. While The NAMM Show cannot be replaced, we are excited about Believe in Music Week, which will offer: 

  • A robust marketplace to launch new products and connect buyers and sellers. 
  • Education and events for all segments of the industry. 
  • Live music and concerts to raise awareness and financial support for our NAMM family, especially those in the live event and touring industry.  
  • Participatory music making events. 

The week-long virtual event is open to members, industry professionals from across the music instrument, pro audio and event technology segments, along with music educators, college music students and faculty, nonprofit music organization leaders, media, artists and brand fans. 

PAS Honors Don Lombardi With 2020 President’s Industry Award

Drum Workshop Inc. (DW) is proud to announce founder and president, Don Lombardi has been honored by the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) with their prestigious 2020 President’s Industry Award. The Award recognizes individuals in the Percussion Industry who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their field and exceptional support of the Society.

From humble beginnings Lombardi became a respected professional drummer and drum teacher opening a school called ‘Drum Workshop’ in Santa Monica, California in 1972. Under his guidance, Drum Workshop evolved to become one of the largest and most influential drum designers and manufacturers in the world. Lombardi’s innovative and pioneering approach to product development has led to more than thirty patents being registered in his name and has proved to be one of the key ingredients in the growth of the brand. His stewardship has seen the DW brand portfolio expand to include the revitalized Gretsch Drums, Latin Percussion and Slingerland. In 2008 Lombardi returned to his educator roots when he established the award winning Drum Channel to share his passion for drumming, further develop drum education and grow the drumming community. More recently he has been instrumental in the founding of Drum Workshop Music Foundation a new charitable organization whose goal is to provide the gift of music to underserved communities worldwide.

The PAS President’s Industry Award acknowledges Don Lombardi’s unique contribution to the world of drums, his outstanding achievements as a music educator plus his fifty years of innovation and commitment to the improvement of drums, pedals and hardware.

Speaking about the award Lombardi said: “I’m honored to be presented with an award from the Percussive Arts Society. Though manufacturing and education may seem like two different endeavors, like PAS I’ve always had a passion for education, and in coming up with inventions my goal has always been to improve the quality of a drummer’s life by designing products that make it easier to play, while also providing new tools to create with.” 

Commenting on the award,  Juels Thomas, Education and Events Manager for Drum Workshop and PAS Board Director, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled for Don to receive this much-deserved recognition. Of course everyone at DW knows how important and influential Don is as a pioneer for drumming and education. It’s wonderful to see the whole community also celebrate him for all of his accomplishments so far.

To find out more please go to dwdrums.com/. Drum Channel, the premier source of drum education on the internet, boasts content from the top names in drumming. To find out more please go to drumchannel.com/

ABOUT DRUM WORKSHOP INC.
Founded in 1972, Drum Workshop, Inc. is a family-owned and operated musical instrument company best known for designing and manufacturing award-winning drums, pedals, hardware and accessories under the DW® and PDP® banners. In 2014, the company expanded to include other iconic American instrument brands including Gretsch® Drums, Latin Percussion®, and Ovation® Guitars. DW’s wide range of products is endorsed by many of the world’s top artists including: Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Chad Smith, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Richie Sambora, Mick Fleetwood, Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl among others. Drum Workshop, Inc. is headquartered in Oxnard, California. For more information visit dwdrums.com  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

2 NEW BOOKS CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF ROCK LEGENDS JIMI HENDRIX AND JOHN BONHAMh

Sadly, this September marks 50 years since the passing of Jimi Hendrix and 40 years since the passing of John Bonham. To celebrate both legendary and influential artists, respected author/journalist Greg Prato has assembled two new books, ‘Avatar of the Electric Guitar: The Genius of Jimi Hendrix’ and ‘BONZO: 30 Rock Drummers Remember the Legendary John Bonham.’ Each book is priced at $19.99 for the paperback and $9.99 for the Kindle version:
www.amazon.com/dp/B08GFPM8RS
www.amazon.com/dp/B08GQQSB8K

It is widely believed that Jimi Hendrix was one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time…and quite possibly, THE greatest. All you have to do is compare what rock guitar sounded like before Jimi burst on the scene in the late ‘60s, and what it sounded like after. And in addition to trailblazing new sounds and approaches, his influence reached beyond just the guitar community – he quickly became the literal poster child for the psychedelic rock movement, due to his unique fashion, song lyrics, and a now-iconic performance at Woodstock. But sadly, Jimi’s story also remains one of rock’s most tragic – dying at the age of 27 on September 18, 1970 (just as he was playing some of the biggest concerts of his career and entering a new musical phase). To mark 50 years since his passing, ‘Avatar Of The Electric Guitar: The Genius Of Jimi Hendrix’ has been assembled – comprised of interviews with renowned guitarists (including Kirk Hammett, Alex Lifeson, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, and Kim Thayil, among others), discussing what made Jimi so special, and ultimately, a legend.

Few rock drummers remain as universally praised as Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham. Listen to any Zeppelin album, and you will hear a virtual showcase on expert rock drumming – while never getting in the way of the group’s other members and their contributions, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones. But sadly, one of rock’s all-time greats died tragically young – he was only 32 years old – resulting in the end of one of rock’s most celebrated bands. To mark 40 years since his passing, ‘Bonzo: 30 Rock Drummers Remember the Legendary John Bonham’ has been assembled – comprised of interviews with some of the top drummers of rock (including Kenny Aronoff, Mike Portnoy, John Dolmayan, Brian Tichy, and Steve Gorman, among others), discussing what made Bonham such a special and unforgettable drummer.

Greg Prato is a writer and journalist from New York, whose writing has appeared via such outlets as Songfacts, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and BraveWords. He is also the author of several popular books, including ‘Take It Off: Kiss Truly Unmasked,’ ‘Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story,’ and ‘A Rockin’ Rollin’ Man: Bon Scott Remembered,’ among many others. And you may have even heard him on one of his many radio or TV appearances, which include interviews on ‘The Howard Stern Wrap-Up Show,’ ‘Eddie Trunk Live,’ and ‘Feedback with Nik Carter and Lori Majewski.’ ‘Avatar of the Electric Guitar’ and ‘BONZO’ are his 31st and 32nd books overall.

EXCERPT:
www.songfacts.com/blog/writing/remembering-jimi-hendrix-and-john-bonham
 
 

ORDERING INFORMATION:

‘Avatar of the Electric Guitar: The Genius of Jimi Hendrix’: www.amazon.com/dp/B08GFPM8RS

Watch “Riff Lords” Streaming Now On Gibson TV; Learn How To Play Iconic Riffs With Phil X Of Bon Jovi And Richie Faulkner Of Judas Priest

“RIFF LORDS”

–WHERE ARTISTS TEACH YOU HOW TO PLAY THEIR ICONIC RIFFS–

 

NEW EPISODES FEATURING:

PHIL X (BON JOVI) AND RICHIE FAULKNER (JUDAS PRIEST)

STREAMING NOW

(HERE)

NASHVILLE, TN (May 29, 2020) GIBSON TV, the iconic, American-made guitar maker’s first-ever all-original, worldwide online network–features original series from the world’s best storytellers.

 

GIBSON TV’s new series titled “RIFF LORDS” is a thoroughly epic and unique series which gives viewers the opportunity to learn their favorite riffs directly from the iconic artists who wrote them. Up close and personal, “RIFF LORDS” is a “how to” series that offers a once-in-a-lifetime guitar lesson.

 

All GIBSON TV original shows are streamed for free on Gibson.com (HERE); subscribe to GIBSON TV on YouTube and be notified when new episodes become available (HERE).

Watch and share the latest episodes of “RIFF LORDS” on GIBSON TV here:

 

PHIL X

(Bon Jovi, Phil X & the Drills)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ouyIwd8uWo

Phil X with his Gibson Custom Shop 1964 SG Standard Reissue w/ Maestro Vibrola.

In this episode of “Riff Lords,” guitarist Phil X breaks down how to play some of the most iconic Bon Jovi riffs as well as riffs from his band Phil X and The Drills. Phil X is a prolific session guitarist, having played on albums by Tommy Lee, Methods of Mayhem, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Orianthi, Rob Zombie, Chris Daughtry, Alice Cooper, and many others. In 2013, Phil X began touring with Bon Jovi and became an official member of the band in 2016. For more details on Phil X be sure to check out: https://philx.tv/.

Phil X “Riff Lords” Set List:

“Wanted Dead or Alive”

“Bad Medicine”

“You Give Love A Bad Name”

“Kiss My Troublemaker”

“Talk You Off The Ledge”

“No Woman Of Mine”

“Air Hockey Champion Of The World”

 

Guitars used by Phil X in this video: Gibson Custom Shop 60th Anniversary ‘59 Les Paul Standard: https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSFXC951/60th-Anniversary-1959-Les-Paul-Standard/Cherry-Teaburst, Gibson Custom Shop 1964 SG Standard Reissue w/ Maestro Vibrola: https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/CUSFUM384/1964-SG-Standard-Reissue-w-Maestro-Vibrola/Cherry-Red. 

Richie Faulkner

(Judas Priest)

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yK_yxI7AlU&t=2090s

Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest with his Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul.

In this new Gibson TV Original Series, “Riff Lords” gives viewers the chance to learn the riffs of their favorite songs directly from the guitarist who plays them. In Episode 1 of “Riff Lords,” Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner breaks down the riffs of iconic Judas Priest songs. For more details on Richie and for all things Judas Priest be sure to visit http://judaspriest.com.

 

Richie Faulkner “Riff Lords” Set List:

“Electric Eye”

Painkiller”

“Evil Never Dies”

“Hell Bent for Leather”

“Living After Midnight”

“Heading Out to The Highway”

“You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’”

 

Guitars used by Richie Faulkner in this video: Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Flying V: https://www.epiphone.com/Guitars/Flying-V and a Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul: https://www.gibson.com/Custom-Shop.

 

For all things Gibson: 

GIBSON.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | GIBSON TV

Artwork by Stewart Copeland of The Police Available Now

Stewart Copeland Art

Kansas Announces Their New Album “The Absence of Presence” due in June and “Throwing Mountains” Video

Kansas Announces Their New Album, The Absence of Presence, due in June and “Throwing Mountains” Video

Tony MacAlpine at Universal Bar and Grill, Los Angeles, CA, USA The Electric Illusionist Tour 2020

Videos by Chuck Walker

Pics by Michael Eskenazi

A Bowie Celebration at The Rose, Pasadena, CA, USA North America 2020 Diamond Dogs & Ziggy Stardust 3/6/2020

Photography by Manny Dominguez

A Bowie Celebration Setlist
at The Rose, Pasadena, CA, USA
Tour: North America 2020 -The Diamond Dogs & Ziggy Stardust Tour

KISS Staples Center 3/4/2020

Photos by David Khorsandi

KISS Setlist Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2020, End of the Road World Tour
 

SOUNDCHECK LIVE NUNO DUG PINNICK PHIL X RICHIE KOTZEN LUCKY STRIKE FEBRUARY 2020 2/26/2020

GUEST CURATOR – dUg Pinnick
Legendary Kings X and KXM vocalist/bassist, Dug Pinnick steps in to the Guest Curator role this months to deliver 45 minutes of Jimi Hendrix classics with some notable friends. Dug’s set will start at 11pm

w Special Guests
Nuno Bettencourt- Extreme, Generation Axe, Rihanna
Richie Kotzen – Solo Artist, The Winery Dogs
TheRealPhilX – Bon Jovi, The Drills
Stephen Perkins – Jane’s Addiction, ThinkEXp
Hal Sparks –
Tracey Spacey T. Singleton – Sound Barrier, Praise the Dead
Jeff Marshall – Alan Parsons, Bo Bice, Bleeding Harp
Matt Kjorvestad – dUg Pinnick, Earl Slick, Mark Hudson
Scot Bihlman – Grinder Blues, dUg Pinnick
Ben Lerner – dUg Pinnick, Marco Minnemann
Erick Tatuaca – Poundhound, Hydrenalin, The Savages
Steve Ferlazzo

SOUNDCHECK LIVE RESIDENT BAND
Steve Ferlazzo – Avril Lavigne, Dramagods, Tribe of Judah
Glen Sobel – Alice Cooper, Hollywood Vampires
Carl Restivo – Tom Morello, Satellite Party, SSSC
Joe Augello – Robin Thicke, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Hudson
Julia Lage-Oficial – Richie Kotzen, Kicking Harold, Phoenix Rising

Special Guests:
Will Birckhead – Jennifer Lopez, Hanson, Booker T. Jones
John Bisaha – The Babys
Johnny Martin – LA GUNS, Adler, Chelsea Smiles, Frankie + the Studs
David Goodstein – Jackson Browne, Ricky Martin and Ivan Neville, Joe Perry
Katja Rieckermann – Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Nile Rogers, Dave Stewart

Meet the Cast:

August Zadra – Dennis DeYoung
Matt Fuller – Puddle of Mudd
Mick Scott – Villains in Vogue
Michael Odabashian – Kicking Harold, Zander Bleck
Eliza James Music Inc – Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka
Holly Bisaha – The Babys
Jay Gore – Michael McDonald, Eddie Money, Glenn Hughes
Barry Pointer Music – Hollywood Roses, The Anatomy, Owner/Producer/Mixer at Riott House Studios.
Pierce Akers – Slaves to Humanity
Aiden Amini – Slaves to Humanity
Victor Brodén – LeeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town, Richard Marx,
Jennifer Jo Oberle – Vertical Horizon, Five for Fighting
Leanne Bowes – Hank Von Hell, Corey Feldman, Cyndi Lauper
Brittany Nicole Bowman – Melissa Bottlieb
Michael Martinsson – Shock G., Dilana
Alexander E. Gonzalez – Gonzophonic, Justin Hopkins
Sugarmill Slim – Harmonica
Annette Marie Frank – Mvps, LA ALLSTARS
Lisa Margaroli Music – Jeff Beck, Lou Gramm, Linda Perry

Hosted by the Mega-Host- Izzy Presley

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT OPENER – KEELAN ELLIS

KEELAN ELLIS(lv)/ZAK ST.JOHN(d)/SAM HARMON(b)/MICHAEL O’GRADY(g1)

TEN CENT MILLIONAIRE

HEAVY CROWN

CHIP AWAY AT THE STONE

PIXEL LADY

GLITTER QUEEN

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT OPENER – WAYLAND

MITCH ARNOLD(lv)(g2)/HOSS WRIGHT(d)/DALLAS HALL(b)/PHIL VILENSKI(g1)

I’M NOT ALRIGHT

BE THE LION

THE WORST

HOW LONG

GETTING HIGHER

ACT I – SOUNDCHECK LIVE

WHEN DOVES CRY – Prince

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/GLEN SOBEL(d)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/ELIZA JAMES(vln)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI/JULIA LAGE(bv)

NEW MISTAKE – Jellyfish

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/GLEN SOBEL(d)/JULIA LAGE(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/LISA MARGAROLI/ANNETTE FRANK(bv)

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN – Led Zeppelin

AIDEN AMINI(lv)/GLEN SOBEL(d)/JOHNNY MARTIN(b)/PIERCE AKERS(g1)/BARRY POINTER(g2)

COCHISE – Audioslave

AIDEN AMINI(lv)/GLEN SOBEL(d)/JOHNNY MARTIN(b)/PIERCE AKERS(g1)/BARRY POINTER(g2)

FOX ON THE RUN – Sweet

MICK SCOTT(lv)/BRITTANY BOWMAN(d)/WILL BIRCKHEAD(b)/MATT FULLER(g1)/MICHAEL “THE SWEDE” MARTINSSON(g2)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/ACE VON JOHNSON/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

ELO KIDDIES – Cheap Trick

MICK SCOTT(lv)/BRITTANY BOWMAN(d)/WILL BIRCKHEAD(b)/MATT FULLER(g1)/MICHAEL “THE SWEDE” MARTINSSON(g2)

BEST OF WHAT I GOT – Bad English

JOHN BISAHA(lv)/DAVID GOODSTEIN(d)/LEANNE BOWES(b)/AUGUST ZADRA(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/LISA MARGAROLI/HOLLY BISAHA(bv)

WHERE WERE YOU – Journey

JOHN BISAHA(lv)/DAVID GOODSTEIN(d)/LEANNE BOWES(b)/AUGUST ZADRA(g1)(bv)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)(bv)/HOLLY BISAHA(bv)

SHOCK THE MONKEY – Peter Gabriel

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/GLEN SOBEL(d)/JULIA LAGE(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

ACT II – DUG PINNICK – GUEST CURATED SET

11:00 – ARE YOU EXPERIENCED – Jimi Hendrix

DUG PINNICK(lv)(b)/STEPHEN PERKINS(d)/SPACEY T.(g1)/BEN LERNER(g2)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

PURPLE HAZE – Jimi Hendrix

DUG PINNICK(lv)(b)/STEPHEN PERKINS(d)/RICHIE KOTZEN(g1)

CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC – Jimi Hendrix

DUG PINNICK(lv)(b)/ERICK TATUACA(d)/JEFF MARSHALL(g1)/HAL SPARKS(bv)

FOXY LADY – Jimi Hendrix

DUG PINNICK(lv)(b)/MATT KJORVESTAD(d)/PHIL X(g1)

MANIC DEPRESSION – Jimi Hendrix

DUG PINNICK(lv)(b)/MATT KJORVESTAD(d)/PHIL X(g1)

FIRE- Jimi Hendrix

DUG PINNICK(lv)(b)/SOCT BIHLMAN(d)/NUNO BETTENCOURT(g1)/HAL SPARKS(bv)

VOODOO CHILD – Jimi Hendrix

DUG PINNICK(lv)(b)/SOCT BIHLMAN(d)/RICHIE KOTZEN(g2)/NUNO BETTENCOURT(g1)

ACT III – SOUNDCHECK LIVE

NOBODY’S FAULT – Led Zeppelin

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/GLEN SOBEL(d)/JULIA LAGE(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/SUGARMILL SLIM(harmonica)

CRYSTAL BALL – Styx

AUGUST ZADRA(lv)(acou/gtr2)/MIKE ODABASHIAN(d)/JENN OBERLE(b)(bv)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

WHEN IT’S OVER – Loverboy

AUGUST ZADRA(lv)(g1)/MIKE ODABASHIAN(d)/JENN OBERLE(b)/JAY GORE(g2)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/ANNETTE FRANK/LISA MARGAROLI(bv)

CONTROL – Janet Jackson

ANNETTE FRANK(lv)/ALEX GONZALES(d)/VICTOR BRODÉN(b)/JAY GORE(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/LISA MARGAROLI/JENN(bv)

THE GLAMOROUS LIFE – Sheila E.

ANNETTE FRANK(lv)/ALEX GONZALES(d)/VICTOR BRODÉN(b)/JAY GORE(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)/KATJA RIECKERMANN(sax)/LISA MARGAROLI/JENN(bv)

MIDLIFE CRISIS – Faith No More

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/GLEN SOBEL(d)/JULIA LAGE(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

SO WHAT’CHA WANT – Beastie Boys

CARL RESTIVO(lv)/GLEN SOBEL(d)/JULIA LAGE(b)/JOE AUGELLO(g1)/STEVE FERLAZZO(k)

Eddie Money Tribute Saban Theatre Beverly Hills 2/20/2020

a8115ffe-5bd5-440f-972b-5bee89768383_1252171_TABLET_LANDSCAPE_16_9Star-Studded Tribute To Eddie Money:Hagar/Springfield/Thorogood & More

NAMM Media Preview Day Anaheim 2020 Juanes Los Lobos

NAMM 2020

NAMM 2020 Anaheim

NAMM 2020

SANTA CLARITA BENEFIT CONCERT for SAUGUS HIGH SCHOOL at THE CANYON 1/5/2020

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Gregg Bissonette, Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Richard Marx, Warren Ham, Mick Mahan, Jeff Babko, Cecilia Noel, Matt Scanell,

 

Steve Vai An Earth Dweller’s Return Fathom Gallery 12/14/2019

Photos by Chuck Walker

STEVE VAI: An Earth Dweller’s Return showcases the musician’s hand painted guitars and artwork, created often in airplanes, tour buses, hotel rooms, backstage, and his own home studio. Steve allows his unconscious to guide the process and because of this, he is able to create unique compositions, informed by his unique life experiences and the visual information he’s been absorbing since childhood.

Some of the work is freeform with an almost psychedelic residue and others, have a more hieroglyphic vibe that feels connected to the layout and mathematics of music charts. Steve Vai’s work has an unmistakable rhythm that comes from a creative process born in the recording studio and applied to the visual arts.

Blue Oyster Cult Canyon Montclair 12/6/2019

Photos by Manny Dominguez

ACE FREHLEY CANYON CLUB Agoura Hills 11/15/2019

Kz Guitars: How a One Man Factory in Japan Ended Up Creating Signature Instruments for The Struts and the “Red Special”

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