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ENTER SANDMAN Gets a Jazzy Makeover and It Rocks
Whether you loved Metallica Version 2.0 or hated them, there is no arguing that their 1991 smash hit "Enter Sandman" is an anthem for the ages. Along with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Enter Sandman" set the tone for rock music in the '90s, and helped bring both Metallica and heavy metal into the mainstream.
While every budding rock star dreams of writing such a memorable riff or hit song, the reality is that very, very few do. But Los Angeles-area musician Andy Rehfeldt is doing the next best thing: he's achieving a modicum of YouTube fame with his stunning interpretation of the Metallica hit (along with songs by Lamb of God, Dragonforce, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, and others).
Below is Rehfeldt's smooth jazz take on "Enter Sandman." While this has been done before, what makes his version stand out is not only his brilliant reharmonizations but also maintaining singer James Hetfield's live vocal. Although the intro seems to take awhile to gather steam, when the vocal kicks in, so does the evidence of Rehfeldt's interpretive genius. And his smooth jazz guitar solo ain't too shabby, either!
And thanks to my former colleague and brilliant guitarist in his own right, Chris Buono, for sharing this.
Fender Introduces New Deluxe Series Strat and Tele
Press Release: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 30, 2010) – The latest incarnations of Fender's acclaimed American Deluxe series Stratocaster and Telecaster guitar models (see images below) are designed to deliver high-tech cutting-edge tone, tradition and innovation to the modern guitarist.
All seven—four new Stratocaster models and two new Telecaster models—are conceived as tonally sophisticated modern iterations of both timeless instruments. All feature a trio of groundbreaking advances—new compound radius fretboards for exhilaratingly effortless string bending anywhere along the neck (never before offered on a Fender instrument), quiet new N3 Noiseless pickups for supercharged Stratocaster sparkle and Telecaster spank with no hum, and reconfigured S-1 switching for even more pronounced tonal options.
The American Deluxe Strat also includes a two-point synchronized American Deluxe tremolo bridge with pop-in arm, beveled neck heel and staggered locking tuners, as does the American Deluxe Ash Strat, which features the distinct grain pattern of an ash body. The American Deluxe Strat V Neck also shares these features, plus a classic tinted maple neck with a 1950s "V" shape. The American Deluxe Strat HSS has all the features of its siblings and a DH-1 humbucking bridge pickup, LSR roller nut and new "passing lane" switch that instantly routes the signal from any pickup position to the bridge position with the tone circuit bypassed, which will increase complex overtones and volume.
The American Deluxe Tele and American Deluxe Ash Tele both present the 21st century editions of Fender's classic original. They too feature compound radius fretboards, N3 noiseless pickups, reconfigured S-1 switching, staggered locking tuners and beveled neck heels. Both also feature six chromed brass bridge saddles. The American Deluxe Tele has a bound-top contoured body; the American Deluxe Ash Tele has a traditional ash body.
For more information, visit www.fender.com.
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KORN Signs With Roadrunner Records - New Album Due This Summer
New York, NY: Roadrunner Records announced today the worldwide signing of multi-platinum, genre-defining hard rock band Korn to the label. Korn III - Remember Who You Are is the band's ninth album overall and their first album for their new label. It was produced by Ross Robinson, who also manned the boards for the band's explosively definitive self-titled 1994 debut, as well as the follow up, 1996's Life is Peachy.
Bursting onto and instantly dominating the hard rock scene in 1994, Korn have proven to be one of the pre-eminent bands in the world, as well as one of the most influential and significant bands on the hard rock musical landscape for the past two decades.
"We called this record Korn III - Remember Who You Are because it really feels like a return to that attitude we had on the first two records," bassist Fieldy said. "And when it came to putting this record out, we could not think of anyone better to help us than Roadrunner, the only label that even understands rock music anymore."
Fieldy also checked in from the band's current tour, taking time to greet fans while the band was trekking around the snowy Alaskan terrain.
Over the course of eight releases, Korn have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, inspiring a disciple-like devotion among their fanbase along the way. Korn also notched six Grammy nominations and have won two; one for Best Short Form Music Video for "Freak on a Leash" from 1998's Follow the Leader, as well as one for Best Metal Performance for "Here to Stay" from 2002's Untouchables. They have also been nominated for nine MTV VMAs, having picked up two wins for "Best Rock Video" and "Best Editing" for "Freak on a Leash." Korn also launched their own massively successful touring festival, "The Family Values Tour."
It's beyond evident that Korn are one of a kind and have secured a firm place in the history of rock 'n' roll, thanks to their signature blend of twisted, throbbing guitar riffs, syncopated chaotic funk beats, a schizophrenic bass thump and an unmistakable cathartic howl.
Korn's current lineup is Jonathan Davis (vocals), Fieldy (bass), James "Munky" Shaffer (guitar) and Ray Luzier (drums).
The band will spend the summer headlining the third annual Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. They will also embark on a South American run, as well as headline the Jagermeister Music Tour in America beforehand.
New OZZY OSBOURNE Song to Debut on CSI: NY
Ozzy Osbourne's new song, "Let Me Hear You Scream," from his upcoming Epic Records album, Scream, will have its world premiere during an episode of "CSI: NY," to be broadcast Wednesday, April 14 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
In the episode, "Redemptio," a death row inmate's (guest star Harold Perrineau, "Lost") final request brings Dr. Hawkes (series regular Hill Harper) to a Pennsylvania prison and face-to-face with a tragic incident that he has kept secret for many years, just as a prison riot erupts and traps Hawkes inside. The story was written by executive producer Peter M. Lenkov, with the teleplay by Lenkov and Bill Haynes.
"We were looking for something high energy and irreverent to sell the madness of a prison riot," said executive producer and episode writer Peter M. Lenkov. "We immediately responded to the new Osbourne tune. The song exceeded our expectations and brought exactly the right tone to the episode."
"When I heard they were going to use 'Let Me Hear You Scream' for a prison riot scene, I thought, 'Well, now that's something I know about,'" says Ozzy, who spent time in prison in the U.K. for burglary before his 18th birthday.
Ozzy Osbourne's career has spanned four decades and his music is as relevant today as ever. The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has sold over 100 million albums worldwide – 50 million with Black Sabbath and as many as a solo artist. In 2003, he was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard's "Walk of Fame." Osbourne is not only a legend and an icon, but is a pioneer in his genre of music.
"CSI: NY," a crime drama inspired by the drama series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," is about forensic investigators who use high-tech science to follow the evidence and solve crimes in the Big Apple.
Shred For Your Life Guitar Battle To Be Held April 17
The 6th annual "Shred For Your Life" Guitar Battle will be held on April 17th, at Webster Hall, in New York City. Brainchild of musician/artist Marc Razo (not to be confused with shredder extraordinaire Marc Rizzo), Shred For Your Life features guitarists from age 13 to 54 in a headcutter's duel, judged this year by singer Andrew W.K., drummer Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio), and actor/writer Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2). If you're wondering why there are no guitarists among the judges, well, you're not alone. But this is a "shred" contest in name alone. You don't have to be the genetic clone of Steve Vai to do well—but judging by the videos below, you do have to have fun. And hey, as the song goes: "If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere."
The winner will receive a 3-foot tall guitar pick trophy and a guitar crown (you'd think they'd find a guitar sponsor to give away a cool new axe). Past winners include Chris Maxwell (Skeleton Key/Elegant Too), Alex Nemiz (Mod Rocket - first female winner and first teenager to win), and Blake Mills who won in 2007 has worked with Band of Horses, Jakob Dylan, Julian Casablancas, and Cass McCombs.
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Top 10 Guitar-Based Cover Songs of All Time
Cover tunes can be a risky proposition, but every once in a while, an artist reworks a classic so well that it completely overshadows the original. Here are 10 of our favorites!
10. "You Shook Me" Led Zeppelin
This Willie Dixon-penned blues from Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut showcases a few of what would become Jimmy Page's signature licks.
9. "Train Kept A-Rollin'" Aerosmith
This Tiny Bradshaw song has been covered by Johnny Burnette, the Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and many others, but none tops Aerosmith's balls and bluster!
8. "Higher Ground" Red Hot Chili Peppers
I can't say that the Chili Peppers really improved on this Stevie Wonder classic, but they certainly honored his genius with this high-energy romp.
7. "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" George Thorogood
John Lee Hooker is the king of one-chord blues, as he ably showed on his 1966 version of this tune. But Thorogood's blue-collar sound and playful demeanor perfectly suits the content.
6. "The Man Who Sold the World" Nirvana
It's safe to say that David Bowie is tired of heyoung fans approaching him after concerts to say they think "it's cool you're doing a Nirvana song." Ouch!
5. "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" Jeff Beck
To this day, Beck's take on "Lovers" remains the standard by which instrumental guitar ballads are measured.
4."The Sky Is Crying" Stevie Ray Vaughan
This Elmore James tune has been played by more blues guitarists than you can shake a pool cue at. But Stevie Ray's is the go-to version.
3. "You Really Got Me" Van Halen
Some people credit the Kinks' original version as the advent of heavy metal, but Van Halen's raucous and playful romp is definitive.
2. "Hallelujah" Jeff Buckley
This Leonard Cohen tune has been covered by almost 200 artists, but only Jeff Buckley achieved perfection.
1. "All Along the Watchtower" Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix simply owns this Dylan tune. Honorable mention to Dave Matthews for his spine-tingling live performances of it.
JONNY LANG Checks In From NJ Stop on Hendrix Tribute Tour
This year's Experience Hendrix Tour is soon drawing to a close, and judging by Joe Satriani's comments at Music Radar, it seems to have been a blast. So we decided to check in for ourselves. Sitting in his tour bus outside of the Wellmont Theater today, in Montclair, New Jersey, guitarist Jonny Lang filled us in on what it's been like to play some of the greatest guitar music ever recorded with some of the greatest guitarists on the planet.
Tell us about your experience with the Experience Hendrix tour.
It's been pretty awesome. I get to play with these amazing guitar players every night. It's really like a family thing, because we're together day and night. And there are no egos, which is surprising given all the guitar players who are here! Everyone's just really down to earth.
Who has knocked your socks off the most?
Everybody, really. Eric Johnson is insanely good, just an incredible guitar player. Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), who plays with me on my three-song set each night, has been incredible as well.
Which songs are you playing?
We do "Fire," "The Wind Cries Mary," and "Spanish Castle Magic."
Did you get to choose the songs?
No, they pretty much told me which songs I was gonna do. We've done "Spanish Castle Magic" in my band on and off for years, so I asked about doing that one. No one had it yet, so I got it, and that's been really comfortable for me.
Joe Satriani said in a blog post that you and Brad really lit it up playing "Fire" in Chicago.
Really? He said that? Wow!
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In addition to the Experience Hendrix Tour this spring, Lang will be releasing his first-ever live album, Live at the Ryman, on April 20, on Concord Records. You can purchase the album exclusively at his web site, Jonny Lang.com, now. It's Lang's first record since his Grammy-winning 2006 release Turn Around.
About playing the Ryman, home of the Grand Ole Opry, Lang says: "It's one of those magical places where you just can't help but be inspired. I think a lot of that magic and inspiration makes it way onto this recording. It's a collection of some of the best songs from our studio recordings – only more energized, thanks to a great group of musicians and a very receptive live audience."
After a short break following the Experience Hendrix Tour, Lang and his band will be hitting the road for a summer full of shows. Check out his web site, JonnyLang.com, for all the latest info.
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