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Official Megadeth Guitar Tab for Thirteen Now Available
We are excited to announce that all 13 official, note-for-note guitar tabs for Megadeth's Thirteen are now available here at GuitarInstructor.com. Learn each and every one of Dave Mustaine's pummeling riffs and Chris Broderick's incendiary solos, including the Grammy-nominated singles "Public Enemy No. 1" and "Sudden Death."
You can also now order the official Hal Leonard guitar tab book for Megadeth's Thirteen here.
Megadeth kicks off a joint-headlining tour with Rob Zombie on Friday, May 11, in Holmdel, NJ and wraps up May 26, at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK. The band also announced that they will perform their 1992 album Countdown to Extinction in its entirety on September 7, at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile, in celebration of the classic album's 20th anniversary.
For all the latest Megadeth news and tour announcements, visit Megadeth.com.
Levon Helm of The Band Has Died at Age 71
American folk and rock hero Levon Helm passed away Thursday afternoon (4/19) after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 71.
A statement at Helm's web site read: "Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by family, friends, and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul."
Best known as the drummer for The Band and the voice that anchored classics like "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," and "Up on Cripple Creek," Helm also found fame with his Midnight Ramble concerts held at his home studio "the Barn," in Woodstock, New York. Artists who have performed at the Rambles include Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Hubert Sumlin, Kris Kristofferson, Phil Lesh, Jorma Kaukonen, Justin Townes Earle, Sean Costello, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, among many others.
For a full obituary, please visit RollingStone.com.
Trevor Rabin Releases First New Solo Album in Two Decades
(Hollywood, CA - April 16, 2012) Trevor Rabin releases Jacaranda (Varese Records) his first new solo album in two decades since Can't Look Away. The extremely versatile Rabin covers a wide range of styles on the new album, including rock, jazz, and classical. Trevor Rabin plays all of the instruments himself, with the exception of drums on the tracks, for which he brought in noted jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa), longtime Rabin drummer Lou Molino III, and Rabin's son Ryan Rabin (Grouplove). He also brought in noted bass guitarist Tal Wilkenfeld (Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock) who plays on the track "Anerley Road." Vocalist Liz Constintine is featured on the track "Rescue," inspired by the film The Guardian.
Trevor Rabin is regarded as one of the finest guitarists in the world. His collaborations include working with Seal, Michael Jackson, Manfred Mann, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Paul Rodgers. He is also one of the most sought-after film composers in the business. He has created music that crosses barriers and genres that have made him one of the premier composers of contemporary music. As a guitarist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, producer or recording engineer, He has established himself as a leader in the contemporary music field. As a film composer his credits include: Armageddon, Remember the Titans, National Treasure, Race to Witch Mountain, The Guardian and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Trevor Rabin has received numerous awards including a Grammy, numerous Film and TV Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award (Los Angeles Music Awards), a Career Achievement Award (Temecula International Film Festival), and Gold Medal for Excellence in Film Music Award (Park City Film Festival).
Jacaranda Track List
Through The Tunnel
The Branch Office
Killarney 1 & 2
Storks Bill Geranium Waltz
Me And My Boy
Opeth Reissues Four Iconic Albums
The End Records has reissued four iconic albums from Swedish metal band Opeth, as part of their acquisition of rights to the Music For Nations catalog. These three albums, produced by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), along with the magnificent live DVD and documentary Lamentations, capture Opeth's transformation from black metal masters to prog metal titans.
Blackwater Park (Casebound Legacy Edition)
- Blackwater Park package includes bonus DVD and 28-page full-color casebound booklet/digipak
- The band's first collaboration with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson
- First Opeth album ever released in North America
- Departure from the band's death metal sound and entrance into progressive rock genre
- Only Opeth album to chart the Billboard 200
- Album won Swedish Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance
- Appeared in the Top 20 on Billboard's Heatseekers and Top Independent Albums charts
- Considered one fo the band's heaviest albums
Lamentations (Special Edition)
- Live DVD and 2CD live recording (first time audio and video components will be in one package)
- Includes documentary on the making of sister albums Deliverance and Damnation
Opeth launched the 2012 North American Heritage Hunter Tour with Mastodon on April 4, in support of their latest release Heritage (Roadrunner). To see a list of remaining tour dates, please visit Opeth.com.
Hear the New Rush Single "Headlong Flight" Now!
Canadian prog-rock legends Rush debuted "Headlong Flight"—the first single from their upcoming new album, Clockwork Angels—yesterday at RollingStone.com. Today, the band released the official lyric video to the seven-and-a-half minute heavy rocker on YouTube, and you can see/hear it below.
"'Headlong Flight' was one of those songs that was a joy to write and record from beginning to end," bassist Geddy Lee told RollingStone.com. He goes on to explain that the song was originally written as an instrumental titled "Take That Lampshade Off Yo Head!," but upon reading the lyrics Neil Peart had written for it, they decided to make it work as a vocal tune.
Clockwork Angels, which was produced by the band and Nick Raskulinecz, will be released on Roadrunner Records on June 12.
"World's Oldest Teenager" Dick Clark, Dead at 82
Dick Clark, one of the most influential shapers of modern pop music, died of a massive heart attack at a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday (4/18). He was 82.
As host and producer of "American Bandstand," "American Top 40," and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," Clark was a major force in American pop and rock music for over half a century. As the founder of Dick Clark Productions, the man often called "the world's oldest teenager" for his boyish good looks also built an empire supplying movies, game shows, beauty contests, and more to television, including "The $25,000 Pyramid" and "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes."
During his tenure at "American Bandstand," Clark introduced generations of America's youth to stars ranging from Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry to the Jackson 5, Janis Joplin, Talking Heads, and Madonna. Clark once described the show simply as "I played records, the kids danced, and America watched."
As "whitewashed" as the show could be at times, with the teenage dancers appearing in proper dress to help assuage parents worried of the music's rebellious nature, Clark was also a supporter of artistic freedom and a staunch defender of censorship. He helped give black artists their due by playing original R&B recordings rather than cover versions by white performers, as was often done at the time.
In December 2004, Clark suffered a stroke, leaving him unable to usher in the New Year as he had done every year since 1974 on his show "Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve." Regis Philbin filled in on short notice for the 2005 show, but in 2006, Clark was back on the job, with Ryan Seacrest handling the lion's share of hosting duties. Even with his slurred speech, it was not only heartwarming but just plain right that Clark was there to count down to each new year. He will be missed.
Official Guitar Tab from The Cars Now Available
We're excited to announce that we now offer the official note-for-note guitar tab for 20 smash hits by The Cars. From their late-'70s rockers "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," and "Good Times Roll" to the more pop-influenced sounds of the mid-'80s like "Magic," "Drive," and "You Might Think," the Cars were one of the most important—and successful—bands of new wave rock.
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