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JEFF BECK and ERIC CLAPTON Announce London 02 Arena Show

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 30, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Jeff Beck Eric Clapton guitar tabOn the heels of a stunning collaboration in Tokyo, Japan last February and after much speculation, Jeff Beck (guitar tab) and Eric Clapton (guitar tab) announced today an eagerly anticipated collaboration at the 02 Arena London on February 13, 2010. In what will be one of the must see shows of this decade Beck and Clapton will perform together and apart. The duo have shared the stage at Festivals and benefits previously, but the Japan shows at the Saitama Super Arena marked the first time they had shared the bill at a major arena. Both artists admitted to having a fantastic time on stage together and press gave rave reviews. The concerts were so spectacular for the musicians and fans alike, that the two decided to team up again at London's prestigious 02 Arena. 

"Eric and I played together in Japan earlier this year and had a blast. Since then we have been in regular contact and talked about doing a similar show for our fans. Looking forward to the show in 2010," said Jeff Beck.

"I've always considered Jeff Beck to be one of the finest guitar players around. He's a friend, a great guy, and a truly gifted musician. We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play together again," said Eric Clapton. 

Both Beck and Clapton have long and prestigious musical careers with countless honours and awards to their names. Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice and Clapton is the only artist to be inducted three times. Their musical paths are linked together by the Yardbirds – a band that Clapton left in 1965 and his replacement, ironically, was Jeff Beck. Since those days, Beck and Clapton have remained friends, but have only performed together a few times over the years for an occasional song at a charity event. Now, more than 40 years after the Yardbirds disbanded, the two will join together on the same stage. The duo has said that no exact set list has been discussed but they plan to each do their own respective sets followed by a joint set that is expected to be longer than their first shows in Japan.

Tickets went on-sale Monday, September 28th. Tickets can be purchased at www.bookingsdirect.com. (Maximum 6 tickets per household). Several sections are already sold out, so act fast!

 
 

PRS Guitars Announces Truckload of New Toys

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 29, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Following the company's annual Experience PRS weekend, which was held at their headquarters in Stevensville, Maryland, September 25-26, PRS Guitars has announced a glut of new products and limited-run models.

First up is a 25th Anniversary Dragon model that features a new complex dragon fretboard exotic multi-material inlay and a green ripple abalone Modern Eagle headstock with a black composite shadow veneer, as well as a carved curly flame maple Private Stock top and African striped mahogany back wood. Limited quantities will be available in late 2009 with the remainder being completed in 2010.

The other big anniversary release is a limited run of 25th Anniversary PRS acoustics. Only 30 will be available in the U.S., with another 20 going overseas. Domestic models will include AAAA spruce tops, Madagascar spider web rosewood backs and sides, Brazilian fingerboard and bridge, 25th anniversary bird spanning the space between the 11th and 13th frets, mammoth ivory, rare curly mahogany neck, and a proprietary pickup system.

PRS McCarty SC245PRS is honoring its legendary mentor with the new limited production Ted McCarty SC245 (single-cut) and DC245 (double-cutaway) models. Made in the spirit of the original PRS Sunburst Series, the two models feature a short 24-1/2" scale, special bound fretboard, original PRS birds, Santana headstock shape with curly maple veneer and 1957/2008 pickups or optional Soapbar pickups.

In celebration of Carlos Santana's long history with PRS Guitars, a limited run of Abraxas SE models are now available. These guitars feature a whitewash finish with a graphic from Santana's 1970s-era Abraxas album and a peace sign at the 12th fret.

They are also debuting the Starla X, the newest model in the Mira/Starla series. The guitar has a single-cut, flat obeche body with arm carve, 22-fret sipo wide fat neck, rosewood fretboard, pearloid dot inlays, traditional 2-piece stoptail bridge, vintage style tuners, volume and tone control, and a 3-way blade switch. Mira X Treble and Bass pickups are standard with optional soapbar pickups. Available colors include Vintage Cherry, Black and Sepia Burst as well as new colors such as Cardinal Red, Grandma Hannon Pink, Lime Green, Orange Zest, and Powder Blue.

Finally, PRS is also touting a new amp. The PRS 30 is the first 30-watt cathode biased amp in a series of lower wattage amps that started with the Sweet 16 model earlier this year. The PRS 30 model features a quartet of EL84 tubes with a control layout similar to the Dallas model PRS amp. The amp will be available in head and combo versions. Other features include reverb and a special master volume that's dialed out of the circuit as the amp's volume is at max setting. PRS 30 amps will be available this winter at authorized PRS Signature Dealers and PRS Amp dealers nationwide.

New AC/DC Backtracks Deluxe Box Set Is Also a Guitar Amp!

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 29, 2009 at 2:08 PM

AC/DC Backtracks SetLeave it to Angus Young and AC/DC to release a box set that doubles as a rockin' 1-watt guitar amp! The AC/DC Backtracks Deluxe Collector's Edition, which is due out November 9, comes in a 12x12x4 box designed to resemble a vintage AC/DC guitar amp—complete with the original logo that was spray-painted onto the rear of Angus and Malcolm's speaker cabinets in 1975. The "head" of the amp has a handle that lifts the top off to reveal the contents housed within. 

The box set contains three CDs, two DVDs, one LP, and a 164-page coffee table book, as well as reproductions of original memorabilia such as buttons, guitar picks, and lithographs.

Disc 1 contains Studio Rarities, including original Australian releases of "High Voltage," "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)," "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," and more. Discs 2 and 3 contain Live Rarities, which is pretty self-explanatory. The two DVDs are disc 3 of Family Jewels and a 2003 concert Live at the Circus Krone. The 180-gram LP also contains 12 rarities from CD1, mastered specifically for LP. 

The set is now available for pre-order, for $199 (plus shipping). For more info, and to see a video of Angus Young playing "You Shook Me All Night Long" (guitar tab) through the set's built-in amp, visit www.acdcbacktracks.com.

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Country Jazz Trio Enlist Farm Tractor as Drummer

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 29, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Does your drummer consistently show up late for practice, if at all? Is his time more roller coaster–like than it is in the groove? Perhaps you should consider that metronomic time-keeping machine also known as a farm tractor. The only downsides are high carbon emissions, it's limited to just one tempo, and it tends to run out of gas on long gigs. Enjoy!

 

JACK BLACK Stars in Brutal Legend Video Game

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 29, 2009 at 9:16 AM

We just saw the release of The Beatles: Rock Band and Guitar Hero 5, and we all know the highly anticipated Guitar Hero: Van Halen is around the corner, but if you really want to ROCK, you've got to check out "Brütal Legend."

OK, so it's not a guitar-based game, so why do we care? Because the game stars comedic actor and musician Jack Black (Tenacious D guitar tab) as roadie Eddie Riggs, who "rocks demons to death and leads an army of metal heads to save the world from an ancient evil." 

The game, which is due out in October, features a metal soundtrack of more than 100 songs as well as appearances by Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Motörhead's Lemmy, and the prince of darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne (guitar tab).

In an interview with Billboard, veteran game developer and mastermind behind "Brütal Legend" Tim Schafer talks about how his game stands apart from from the broader music-game genre, how music can rise above the level of a mere soundtrack, and what he believes "Brütal Legend" has in common with Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movies.

Check out the trailer below!

Gibson and Cherry Poppin' Daddies Unveil New Zoot Suit SG

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 28, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Zoot Suit SGGibson Guitar and Steve Perry of the veteran Ska band Cherry Poppin' Daddies are making a Zoot Suit music riot. Universally recognized for the hit single "Zoot Suit Riot," Perry is now jiving away on his own Gibson SG Zoot Suit guitar. The guitar has made quite a colorful statement to guitarists and music fans alike with its unique and radical appearance. Perry plans to perform with his brand new guitar in front of skanking crowds everywhere while the band tours in support their upcoming album releases Susquehanna and Skaboy JFK: The Skankin' Hits of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, both due out tomorrow (9/29).

The new Gibson Zoot Suit SG guitar is the ultimate for stage style and playability. The word "zoot" is jazz slang for extravagant style, which this guitar encapsulates. At first glance, you might think that the unique coloration of the Zoot Suit guitar is simply a clever paint scheme. Incredibly though, there is no paint used on the guitar. Featuring a brand new body built with multiple birch wood laminate, each laminate piece is dyed with a different color then compressed and bonded together to form one solid block of wood. Two coats of satin lacquer are then applied to provide a smooth finish and also help protect the body from any damage. 

Other catchy characteristics of the SG Zoot Suit guitar include the multicolored neck of the Zoot Suit that also constructed using multiple birch wood laminate pieces, and Gibson's legendary 496R and 500T pickups, which feature clear coil forms to see the copper wire, ceramic magnets, and plenty of wire for the screaming' hot pickups.

The Gibson SG Zoot Suit comes in five extraordinary colorful combinations: Rainbow, Black and Red, Black and White, Black and Natural, and Red and Blue. This guitar is one of 2009’s most standout and exciting guitars and produced in limited quantity.

More information on specs, dealer locations, and Zoot Suit artists, please visit www.gibson.com or www.daddies.com.
 

SLAYER Posts New Single Online

Posted by Michael Mueller on September 28, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Slayer guitar tabSlayer has just posted the title track from their brand new album, World Painted Blood, on their official MySpace page. The album will be released on November 3.

For official Slayer guitar tabs and metal video lessons, click here.
 

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