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Manraze Featuring Phil Collen To Release Sophomore Album August 2

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Manraze punkfunkrockroots The London-based alternative/nuwave rock band Manraze is set to release their long-awaited and highly anticipated sophomore album, punkfunkrootsrock, on August 2nd through Rocket Science Ventures in the U.S. and Canada. The album will also be released July 27th in Japan on Nippon/Columbia and in the Europe and UK via Edel Music. In addition, a Limited Edition version will be available for order in the U.S. as soon as June 1.

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Prior to the album's summer release, the first single "Over My Dead Body" is set to hit iTunes on May 31st. It's a hard-hitting track combining a mixture of fiery Rolling Stones' foot stomping rhythms and Sex Pistols' over the top energetic drum beats. For fans that pre-order the album an acoustic version of the track will be offered as a free download. The remainder of the album's twelve tracks feature many diverse genres including rock, soul and reggae dub, a perfect blend of influences each band member brings to the mix.

It all started in 2004 when Phil Collen, after 20+ years as lead guitarist for Def Leppard, decided to express himself via another creative outlet – something a bit closer to his musical home.  After a chance meeting on the street with Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, the two joined forces as Manraze, with former Girl bassist Simon Laffy rounding out the lineup, and eventually released their debut album Surreal through Universal Records in the summer of 2008 to rave reviews.

In the spring of 2011 the band's single "I Superbiker" was the theme song for the feature documentary of the same name. Directed by Manraze music video director Mark Sloper, the film was released solely in the UK. The documentary is an in-depth exposé into the merciless world of competitive speed bike racing and a look at the men who have dedicated their entire existence to this incredibly dangerous, adrenaline based sport. Mark Sloper's camera follows four superbike riders through their dramatic, life altering Superbike Season. Manraze also released a promotional video for the song and film.  For more information on the movie, visit

punkfunkrootsrock track listing:
Over My Dead Body
I C U In Everything
All I Wanna Do
Closer To Me
Get Action
Edge Of The World
I, Superbiker
Dogbite (Instrumental)

To sneak listen to first single, "Over My Dead Body," click here.

To visit the Manraze direct to consumer store, click here.

To stay up to date on the latest Manraze news, visit their official web site, or follow them on Twitter.

Opeth to Release New Album Heritage September 20

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

(New York, NY): Sweden's most revered and respected progressive metal mavens Opeth will release Heritage, their third album for Roadrunner, on September 20th. The first single and video will be the song "The Devil's Orchard." Heritage follows up 2008's Watershed and 2005's Ghost Reveries, each of which garnered the forward-thinking, genre-bending band some of the best reviews of their career.

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Opeth frontman and guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt weighed in on Heritage, saying, "It will be our 10th album/observation. I dig it; we all do. In fact, it feels like I've been building up to write for and participate on an album like this since I was 19."

Åkerfeldt went a little deeper and described the music contained within Heritage, saying, "It's quite intense at times in some 'old' murky way, and quite beautiful and stark at times, if I may say so myself. It's obvious I'm going to say nice things about it since I wrote basically the whole piece, but I guess it will raise a few eyebrows and it certainly is an acquired taste. I think you'll need a slightly deeper understanding of our music as a whole to be able to appreciate this record. I've realized my influences for this album are so diverse that I can't really say what it sounds like. If I can compare it to any other band, it would have to be Opeth, but it's different from the stuff we've done before. I've listened a lot to Alice Cooper for the last year, yet I can't say it sounds like 'No More Mr. Nice Guy.' I hope you'll like it once you hear it."

The album was produced by Åkerfeldt and mixed along with Porcupine Tree frontman/guitarist Steven Wilson, who is a labelmate of Opeth. Longtime collaborator Travis Smith also worked with Åkerfeldt to create, design and execute the album's artwork.

The track listing for Heritage is as follows:

"The Devil's Orchard"
"I Feel the Dark"
"The Lines in My Hand"
"Marrow of the Earth"

Heritage will be released in several configurations that will certainly incite the interest of Opeth's legion of fans, known for their passion for collecting and collectibles. The album will be released as a standard version; as a special edition loaded with extras; as a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and the bands own official Omerch webstore; and as a double LP. There is something for every Opeth fan, thanks to this expansive variety of options.

Opeth will also embark on a seven-week, headline tour of the US. Dates will be announced imminently.


Australian Rockers Silverchair Go Into Indefinite Hibernation

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 25, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Citing the ubiquitous "musical differences," Australian rockers Silverchair announced on their web site that they are putting the band into "indefinite hibernation."

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It was nearly 20 years ago that singer/guitarist Daniel Johns, drummer Ben Gillies, and bassist Chris Joannou joined forces, all three just 12 years old at the time. In August of 1994, they released a demo of a song called "Tomorrow," which eventually spent six weeks at #1 on the Australian singles chart and in 1995 became the most played song of the year on U.S. modern rock radio. Over the course of their career, the trio sold over 6 million albums.

The band entered the studio in 2009 to begin work on a new record and even did some shows in 2010; however, in the months that followed it became clear that they were moving in different directions, saying, "It's become increasingly clear the spark simply isn't there between us.

"We also want to make it really clear that this decision has been made with the best possible intentions," they continued. "We've always tried our hearts out to make the best music we could possibly make at the time - regardless of commercial consequences."

Joe Satriani and Steve Vai Announce Special Guests for Benefit Concert

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM

(Los Angeles, CA - May 25, 2011) As previously announced, legendary guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai have laid plans for a second benefit concert supporting music industry veteran and friend, Cliff Cultreri. "A Benefit for Cliff II" will take place on Sunday, July 10th at the House of Blues, Hollywood, and will feature performances by both Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests and friends of the duo, including Dweezil Zappa, Orianthi, Brendan Small and Tony MacAlpine, among others.

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In addition to this extraordinary musical event, Satriani, Vai and others have graciously donated various items to be auctioned that evening. Among these items are: Steve Vai signed 20th Anniversary JEM guitar commemorating the entire line of Ibanez guitars. Steve used this guitar for the duration of the 2007 String Theories Tour and on the Grammy nominated song "Now We Run," from the platinum award-winning DVD Where The Wild Things Are. Other auction items include Joe Satriani JS1000 guitar with personalized art, Joe Satriani JS1200 guitar autographed by all the musicians, and a Paul Gilbert autographed guitar.

Benefit for Cliff II

Cliff Cultreri is the A&R executive who "discovered" both Satriani and Vai, as well as many other popular recording artists, while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. Cultreri is suffering from a host of Auto-Immune and Connective-Tissue disorders that are simultaneously attacking his immune system, a 1 in 100 million occurrence that causes severe pain and physical debilitations. During his years in the industry, Cultreri has served as A&R for a number of top names including Allan Holdsworth, Billy Sheehan & Talas, Peter Frampton, Megadeth, Corrosion Of Conformity, Exodus, Anthrax, Death, Venom, Slash's Snakepit, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Modern English, Gene Loves Jezebel, Fat Joe, Common, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, 3-6 Mafia, KRS1, Beatnuts, C Murder, Kurupt, Soulja Slim, RZA, and many others in all genres of music. In 2006, Satriani and Vai joined forces for the first Cultreri benefit show.  They raised money as well as attention to the devastation this disease takes out on both the patient and their family. 

Satriani and Vai hope to raise even more funds with this year's benefit to help Cultreri and his family's financial needs. "Steve and I are looking forward to jamming with friends and raising money for our friend Cliff," said Satriani. 

Tickets prices start at $75 for general admission and are on sale now. A limited number of VIP and Platinum VIP packages are now available through and  Doors will be at 7:00 pm with the show set to begin at 8:00 pm.

Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 05-24-2011

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 24, 2011 at 4:24 PM

After nearly a month of "technical issues," our free lick of the week lesson is finally back. For our return, I chose a cool ending lick that I nicked from blues guitarist Johnny Moeller, who recorded a whole bunch of blues licks lessons that will soon be appearing right here on

This triplet-based lick is rooted in the G hybrid blues scale (combination of blues and Mixolydian, spelled: G-A-Bb-B-C-Db-D-E-F) and is played over the I chord in measures 11-12 of a standard 12-bar blues. This phrase is pretty straightforward, in terms of fingering. The only potential sticking point is the Ab13-G13 chord move at the end. You can see in the video that I fretted the shape with my index finger on the D string, middle finger on the G string, and a pinky-finger barre on the top two strings. You may be more comfortable with a ring-finger barre there or using your ring and pinky fingers on the B and E strings, respectively. Use whatever is most comfortable to you.

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Peter Frampton to Launch Frampton Comes Alive 35th Anniversary World Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Frampton Comes AlivePRESS RELEASE: Following his critically acclaimed new album Thank You Mr Churchill, Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter Peter Frampton will embark on a world tour this June celebrating his multi-platinum-selling live album Frampton Comes Alive! performing the legendary album in its entirety across the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The three-hour show will feature a complete performance of Frampton Comes Alive! along with highlights from Frampton's catalog, including his Grammy Award-winning instrumental album, 2006's Fingerprints. Please visit for list of dates.

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To commemorate the anniversary of the landmark album, Universal Music Enterprises will be making a limited edition offer exclusively through in June. The offer will feature a unique autographed scrapbook containing rare photos and personal reflections from Peter. The scrapbook will be accompanied by Frampton Comes Alive! Deluxe Edition, Frampton Comes Alive II Special Edition and a vintage Frampton t-shirt. Fans who purchase the album starting on June 28 via iTunes will receive an interactive iTunes LP version of the scrapbook and original Deluxe Edition liners and photos, along with an exclusive cover version of "Do You Feel Like We Do" by Warren Haynes.

For the first time ever, Frampton is collaborating with Abbey Road Live to offer fans high quality, live CD recordings of each show in its entirety throughout the tour. These recordings are fully mixed, mastered, individually numbered and are available to buy from the Abbey Road Live booth after the show. Additionally, a bonus audio CD "rocumentary" is included, with Frampton being interviewed by longtime rock radio personality Redbeard. For those who cannot attend the shows the sets will be available to pre-order online from Monday, May 23 at, to be shipped directly to fans anywhere in the world.

Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British teen band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.

American Music Icon Bob Dylan Turns 70

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 23, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Bob Dylan guitar tabWhat can you say about Bob Dylan that hasn't already been said? What praise can you heap onto the legend that hasn't already been heaped? What ... Oh, you get the point. But one thing you can say that he's never heard before is "Happy 70th Birthday, Mr. Dylan," as the iconic singer-songwriter turns hits the septuagenarian mark on Tuesday, May 24.

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Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1941, Dylan learned guitar and harmonica as a child and formed a rock band called the Golden Chords while in high school. After his graduation in 1959, he attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he began performing at local coffeehouses under the name Bob Dylan, taking his name from the poet Dylan Thomas.

In January of 1961, Dylan moved to New York City and quickly made his mark on the Greenwich Village folk community. By fall of that year, Dylan had signed a deal with Columbia Records and released his self-titled debut in March 1962. He then went on a songwriting binge which a year later produced The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, which features several of his most popular tunes, including "Blowin' in the Wind," "Girl From the North Country," "Masters of War," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."

Dylan's now hard-charging momentum continued on his 1964 release The Times They Are A-Changin', by which time he'd developed into a prolific and highly resonant songwriter.

But even with all this early success, Dylan didn't achieve his breakthrough to the wider pop audience until the summer of 1965, when his song "Like a Rolling Stone" became a #2 hit. The song appeared on Highway 61 Revisited, considered Dylan's first full-fledged rock 'n' roll album (featuring the great Michael Bloomfield on guitar!). After his 1966 double album Blonde on Blonde was released, Dylan had sold over 10 million records—quite a feat in that era.

And the story just goes on and on for another 45 years (and counting). For an extensive bio, check out Dylan's biography.


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