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YouTube Smash "River Flows in You" Arranged For Solo Guitar
If you add up the YouTube views of all the various uploads of the beautiful piano instrumental "River Flows in You" by Korean pianist Yiruma, there's certainly over 50 million—though I admit I'm guessing; who's got time to find every upload and add it up? Either way, it's one of the most popular compositions of the past year.
As a result, "River Flows in You" has also become one of the top-selling piano sheets during this same period. But what about us sensitive pony-tailed guitarists? You've come to the right place. Our crack transcription and editorial staff has put together a beautiful solo guitar arrangement of Yiruma's masterpiece, and it's now available for download!
Red Hot Chili Peppers to Issue 18 Previously Unreleased Sides From I'm With You Sessions
LOS ANGELES, CA - June 18, 2012 - Red Hot Chili Peppers announced today they would unveil 18 previously unreleased sides from the I'm With You sessions. Each of the songs will be available worldwide both digitally and on vinyl, with two sides per seven-inch. The first pair of sides - "Strange Man" on the A-side and "Long Progression" on the B-side - will be released on August 14, 2012. The second pair of sides - Magpies and Victorian Machinery - will be released on September 11, 2012. The third pair of sides - "Never Is A Long Time" and "Love Of Your Life" - will be release on October 2, 2012. The fourth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released November 6, 2012. The fifth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released December 4, 2012 and the sixth pair of sides (titles TBD) will be released December 18, 2012. The final two releases will be released in early 2013.
Each of the nine seven-inches released will be able to combined by fans to create one larger piece of artwork.
"Finding songs that seem to want to join hands with others is a special task that require the right people... and the right songs!" said RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. "Some songs seem to have a lot more of an agenda than others. Some songs play well with others and some songs need more attention and a little extra care. Here are some songs that seemed to want to pair up and take a later train. Keep your eye on them, they're up to something..."
Each of the nine seven-inches will feature cover artwork by Kelsey Brookes. Brookes' well-documented background in microbiology, surf culture and folk art combine in explosive prisms of raucous color, bold imagery and timeless motifs. His work has appeared in countless group shows, art fairs, and magazines such as GQ, Modern Painters, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay and Dazed and Confused.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on a world tour in support of I'm With You, and playing sold out arenas around the globe.
Mark Tremonti On His New Solo Album
Between recording and touring schedules with Creed and Alter Bridge as well as being a dedicated family man, it's a small wonder that guitarist Mark Tremonti somehow found time to write and record his debut solo album, All I Was. But then, if you know anything about the man's work ethic, it's really not that surprising. One of the most prolific songwriters in today's rock environment, the odds of running into Tremonti without a guitar in his hands are, well, you might have a better chance of winning a guitar duel with him.
But coming up with the riffs and melodies was just one part of the equation this time out, as All I Was also marks Tremonti's lead vocal debut. Lucky for him, the "woodshed" is a familiar environment; all he needed was to bring a new tool to the workbench.
So, you're a singer now!
Yeah, I guess so! But it's not that new to me. I've been writing songs since I was 11 years old, so I'm always singing—even if it was poorly at times.
What was the biggest challenge?
When I write songs, I sing in a quiet falsetto, so the biggest change was when we started rehearsals. I thought I'd just do my best and it would be enough, but singing at full volume is when you notice the change in control and the delivery of notes. So that was the first time I really practiced singing, and as a result my confidence went up and I became more comfortable.
Do you have any trouble playing and singing at the same time?
We did live demos, so I knew I could do it. We recorded the entire album live, and the first video, "You Waste Your Time" (see below) is from that session, which was just three days before Creed tour. There were only one or two spots where I had trouble.
Were you worried about muddying the waters between your solo material and the Creed and Alter Bridge styles?
I think it sounds different than both bands right off the bat, with the different rhythm section and a more aggressive style. For this record, I went to my roots, using fast downpicking and gallop-style riffs that never felt like they belonged in a Creed or Alter Bridge song. With this band it was no-holds-barred. Garrett's (Whitlock) drumming was all-out; he had green light to push himself and he was excited to do it.
When you first mentioned doing a solo album a few years ago, I thought we might hear more of an instrumental release.
My passion is songwriting, so I didn't want to do just an instrumental shred record. Half the songs on this album were tried out with Alter Bridge and Creed and just didn't fit, but they were good songs and I didn't want to see them go to waste.
I know you're a huge blues guitar fan. Did you consider doing a blues tune or something out of the box?
I love everything from Son House and Muddy Waters to Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan, so if and when I do something like that, I want it to be a complete blues experience, and I don't feel like I'm there yet with the blues.
All I Was is scheduled for a July 10 release. For all the latest info, please visit www.tremontiproject.com.
Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison Holograms Coming to a Stage Near You?
According to Billboard, the estates of Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Jim Morrison are considering the possibility of staging live performances using holograms of the icons.
We're trying to get to a point where 3-D characters will walk around," said Jeff Jampol, who manages the estates of Jim Morrison, Otis Redding, and Janis Joplin, among others. "Hopefully, 'Jim Morrison' will be able to walk right up to you, look you in the eye, sing right at you and then turn around and walk away."
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Janie Hendrix, who is the president and CEO of Experience Hendrix, says she's been working with the London-based Musion Systems to create a virtual version of Jimi. "For us, of course, it's about keeping Jimi authentically correct," she told Billboard. "There are no absolutes at this point."
The concept has gained traction following the Tupac Shakur "hologram" seen at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (see video below). The visual effects company behind that performance, Digital Domain Media Group, recently signed a deal to jointly produce virtual "Elvises."
"This is not repurposing old footage that the world has already seen," says Digital Domain CCO Ed Ulbrich. "We're making totally original and exclusive performances so that fans can have new experiences."
Here's video footage of the "Tupac" performance with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at Coachella. Just a warning that the language is rather, uh, explicit. But it shows just how convincing the concept can be.
To quote Brad Paisley, "welcome to the future" folks.
Dream Theater's John Petrucci Talks About Life on the Road
Prog-metal titans Dream Theater are currently gearing up for their upcoming North American tour in support of their 2011 release A Dramatic Turn of Events, which features the band's first-ever Grammy nomination for the single "On the Backs of Angels." John Petrucci recently took time to answer some questions about life on the road.
How do you navigate the challenge of keeping in touch with loved ones while traveling?
While international data plans on cell phones and Wi-Fi access just about everywhere have made this a lot easier than it was 10 years ago, it can still be difficult. It's especially hard when the time zone I'm in is so off from New York, like Asia or Australia for example. Being flipped around by 180 degrees is confusing for everyone! Sometimes a quick text or FB message just to connect can be just the thing to bridge the gap between phone calls or Skype sessions. Obviously the best thing is when my family joins me on tour!
Do you unpack or live out of your suitcase on the road?
With the exception of setting up my computer and devices each day, I find that it's best not to spread out too much and to keep things in the suitcase. This way there is less of a chance of leaving something behind.
On a day off in a city, what do you do with your time? How do you find out which restaurants to go to?
The first thing I do is find a gym and get a good workout in. I also find that I can usually fit in a healthy practice or writing session. The privacy of a hotel room coupled with the occasional jet lag makes for a very creative headspace! Honestly, sometimes it's great to just relax and catch up on some TV shows or watch a movie. There are amazing restaurants all around the world and usually we communicate with one another as to which cool spot someone may have stumbled upon in town. Sometimes just a quick e-mail to say that the room service is good works as well!
Have you ever had a rough time going through customs?
It's sort of hit or miss. Usually things go pretty smoothly with no questions asked. Other times, however, seemingly for no reason, they will pull you aside and go through every bag in detail. It's a real pain and when you're traveling with a group of 20 or more people—it becomes a major inconvenience!
Is there one item that you always bring on tour to remind you of home?
It's difficult being away from my home, wife and kids. Everything reminds me of them! I do have hundreds of pictures in my photo library on my phone and computer that I constantly scroll through to help bring me closer.
What is your favorite album or songs to play on the long travel days?
Travel days are great for catching up on new music that I've been looking forward to checking out. Just sitting on an airplane for hours with no distractions (apart from those annoying captain addresses) ensures a great listening environment and my undivided attention.
For all the latest Dream Theater news, including their upcoming tour dates, please visit DreamTheater.net.
Slipknot to Release "Antennas to Hell" July 24
Iowa metal beasts Slipknot have announced a July 24 release date for Antennas to Hell, a "best of" collection that celebrates the band's full-throttled 13-year career. The 2CD version includes a bonus live CD of the band's 2009 performance at the Download Festival in the U.K. (Complete track list below.)
Antennas to Hell coincides with the band's headlining stint of this year's Mayhem Festival, which runs from June 30 through August 5 and also features Slayer, Motörhead, and Anthrax, among many others. The band is also headlining their very own Knotfest August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and August 18 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The bill also features Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, and more.
This summer will also see Slipknot's first-ever mobile app, Wear the Mask, to be simultaneously released with Antennas to Hell.
For all the latest Slipknot news, including summer tour dates, visit Slipknot1.com.
Antennas to Hell Track Listing:
3. Wait And Bleed
4. Spit It Out
6. People = Shit
8. Left Behind
9. My Plague (New Abuse Mix)
10. The Heretic Anthem (live)
11. Purity (live)
12. Pulse Of The Maggots
14. Before I Forget
18. Dead Memories
Bonus CD: (sic)nesses: Live At The Download Festival, 2009
3. Wait And Bleed
4. Get This
5. Before I Forget
7. The Blister Exists
8. Dead Memories
9. Left Behind
12. Everything Ends
15. People = Shit
17. Spit It Out
Lamb of God's Resolution Guitar Tab Now Online
We've just posted all 14 official guitar tabs for Lamb of God's Resolution, including the pummeling tracks "Straight for the Sun," "Invictus," and "Terminally Unique." Guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler are at the top of their game on this album, churning out some of the most awesome riffs in recent metal memory, so if you're ready to give your chops a workout, pick up a few tabs today!
For those of you interested in the complete guitar tab book from Hal Leonard, we've got that as well. Click here or on the cover image for more info.