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Black Label Society to Release Acoustic Album

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 16, 2011 at 2:38 PM

The Song Remains Not the Same(New York, NY) - Black Label Society frontman/guitar god Zakk Wylde is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Song Remains Not the Same (Entertainment One Music) on May 3rd.  The offering features unplugged versions of material from Black Label Society's latest album, Order of the Black, as well as additional material recorded during the Order of the Black sessions. The Song Remains Not the Same was conceived, created and compiled by Zakk Wylde himself and the title is, of course, a nod to one of Wylde's favorite bands, Led Zeppelin.

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In other Black Label Society news, the next single from Order of the Black, "Darkest Days" impacts at radio on March 21st. The track showcases Wylde's softer side with soulful lyrics, a hauntingly beautiful melody and captivating piano played by the guitar icon himself.  An alternate version of the song featuring country superstar John Rich will appear on The Song Remains Not the Same.

After wrapping up a series of sold-out dates in Europe, Black Label Society will return to North America in early May to headline Fuse's Uranium Tour 2011 Presented By Mistress Juliya.  Please see below for tour dates.
The Song Remains Not the Same track listing:

Overlord (Unplugged version)
Parade Of The Dead (Unplugged version)
Riders Of The Damned (Unplugged version)
Darkest Days (Unplugged version)
Juniors Eyes
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Can't Find My Way Home
Darkest Days (featuring John Rich)
The First Noel

Uranium Tour 2011 Featuring Black Label Society. Presented by Mistress Juliya of Fuse
 4 San Diego, CA
 6 Los Angeles, CA
 8 Albuquerque, NM
10 Dallas, TX
11 Houston, TX
13 Denver, CO
15 Des Moines, IA (KAZR radio show*)
17 Buffalo, NY
18 Wallingford, CT
22 Columbus, OH (Rock On The Range*)
23 London, ON
24 Detroit, MI
26 Omaha, NE+
27 Madison, WI+
28 Minneapolis, MN (93X radio show*)
29 Pryor, OK*
31 Chicago, IL

 1 St. Louis, MO**
 3 Atlantic City, NJ**
 4 New York, NY**
 5 Richmond, VA**

*Black Label Society only
**No All That Remains, Rev Theory
+ No All That Remains

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Warren Haynes Band Announces World Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

The Warren Haynes Band announces its inaugural world tour in support of the soul-inspired new album Man In Motion (May 10 Stax/Concord). The tour kicks off at the Wanee Festival and continues throughout the U.S. headlining theatres, amphitheatres and prestigious festivals including Bonnaroo and Haynes' own Mountain Jam.  The Warren Haynes Band will make its NYC debut at the famed Beacon Theatre on May 12 with a special album release performance featuring Stax legend William Bell.

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Warren Haynes guitar tabMan In Motion is also a snapshot of a creatively restless musician who is constantly in artistic motion himself. "Musicians are students for life. We have to continually take new approaches," affirms Haynes. It's not Haynes' first foray as a soul man, however. "Soul music was my first love," says Haynes. "The first LPs I had growing up in Asheville [NC] were greatest hits compilations from Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, James Brown, Junior Walker, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, and The Supremes." 'Man in Motion' contains all original Haynes songs with the addition of original Stax recording artist William Bell's hit "Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday".

The album harks back to another theme of his young life: Haynes started out as a singer before he began playing guitar. "The vocal is more of a centerpiece on 'Man In Motion,'" he says. Haynes' singing shines on the album, with a bold and emotive delivery that shimmers with his smoky vibrato.

'Man In Motion' clocks in at over an hour, allowing for its ten tracks to breathe and develop, punctuated by a stellar rhythm section and sophisticated, moving solo guitar work from Haynes. The studio band includes Ivan Neville on background vocals and organ, Ian McLagan on piano, Ruthie Foster on background vocals, George Porter, Jr. on bass and Ron Holloway on saxophone. Haynes recorded the album at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios to two-inch tape with vintage tube microphones and everyone playing together in the same room. "We recorded it live to capture the emotion, passion, and spontaneity."

For a glimpse of the new material, check out this video of "The River's Gonna Rise," live from the Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC, this past December. For all the latest updates, check Warren's official web site. Tour dates below the video.

04.15 - Live Oak, FL - Wanee Festival
4.23 - Sydney, Australia
4.24 - Melbourne, Australia
4.30 - Woodstock, NY (Warren Haynes Solo)
5.05 - New Orleans, LA
5.12 - New York, NY
5.13 - Boston, MA
5.14 - Philadelphia, PA
5.16 - Chicago, IL
5.17 - St. Louis, MO
5.18 - Indianapolis, IN
5.20 - Gulf Shores, AL
5.21 - Memphis, TN
5.22 - Kansas City, MO
5.24 - Denver, CO
5.25 - Denver, CO
5.28 - Cumberland, MD (Warren Haynes Acoustic with Special Guests)
6.03 - Hunter Mountain, NY
6.11 - Manchester, TN
6.24-26 - Atlantic City, NJ
7.02 - Quincy, CA
7.08 - Paris, France
7.09 - Cahors, France


Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 03-15-2011

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Last week, we took a quick look at David Gilmour's multiple bend technique, where you bend a note up to pitch, hold it, and then take it up even higher before releasing it. This week, we're essentially doing the same thing, except that instead of further bending the string, you're simply going to fret the next higher note while the string is bent and use your pick to sound the note.

I first encountered this cool tool when learning Steve Lukather's most excellent guitar solo in Toto's "Rosanna"—one of the all-time great pop-song solos in my book. As you can hear in this week's lick, though, I've adapted it to a C Mixolydian or hybrid blues setting, in which I emphasize half-step interval between the major 3rd (E) and the 4th (F), a move most commonly heard in B.B. King's phrasing—except, B.B. doesn't bend the b3rd (Eb) up a half step first. In doing so, we get a bluesy little chromatic run up and down the b3rd, 3rd, and 4th. Note that in the slow demo portion of the video, on the repeat of the lick, I end the lick on a vibratoed b7th (Bb), to demonstrate how you could also use this as a call-and-response line.

As you can see in the video, this technique requires bending with your 3rd finger, thus keeping your pinky finger free to fret the note a half step above the bend. It's actually quite simple; just be sure to watch your intonation on the bend. To see a close-up shot of master Luke pulling it off to perfection, check out 3:41 of the "Rosanna" video at the bottom of the page.

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Stunning Guitar Version of Simpsons Theme

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM

While browsing the interwebs this morning, I went to Jon Bloomer's excellent guitar blog,, and saw a post titled "Daniele Gottardo plays The Simpsons theme in epic style." Now, Jon's got mighty fine taste when it comes to posting cool YouTube finds, and he doesn't disappoint here. Prepare to be wowed ...

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Slipknot Announces Touring Bassist to Replace Paul Gray

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 15, 2011 at 8:22 AM

In a statement at their web site, Slipknot has announced that Donnie Steele will fill in for Paul Gray on bass for their upcoming 2011 shows. Steele was the original guitarist in Slipknot and in recent years had reconnected with Gray, who died last May at age 38.

"Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family," said the band. "Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can't think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul's legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer."

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European summer dates:
6/17 Athens, Greece (Sonisphere)
6/21 Sofia, Bulgaria (Sonisphere)
6/24 Basel, Switzerland (Sonisphere)
6/25 Imola, Italy (Sonisphere)
6/26 Dessel, Belgium (Graspop Metal Meeting)
7/2  Helsinki, Finland (Sonisphere)
7/8  Amnesville, France (Sonisphere)
7/9  Stockholm, Sweden (Sonisphere)
7/10 Stevenage, U.K. (Knebworth House)
9/25 Rio De Janiero, Brazil (Rock in Rio)


How to Play Like Stevie Ray Vaughan

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Just when the blues had sunk to its lowest point since its "birth," in the late '20s, along came a Texas tornado named Stevie Ray Vaughan, armed with tone as big as his home state and technique to match. Indeed, it's fair to say that SRV singlehandedly revived the blues and, in the process, became the greatest electric blues guitarist to ever wring the strings. As a result, Vaughan inspired multitudes of guitarists from not only the blues realm but also the rock, metal, country, and jazz guitar worlds to learn his licks and mimic his tone.

Now, 20 years after Vaughan's tragic death, his influence has not waned one iota. To aid in your quest to understand and learn SRV's otherworldly technique and phrasing, we've filmed eight new video song lessons, with onscreen guitar tab:

"Couldn't Stand the Weather"
"Empty Arms"
"Love Struck Baby"
"Pride and Joy"
"Riviera Paradise"
"Scuttle Buttin'"
"The House Is Rockin'"

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Greg Koch Sits in With Joe Bonamassa at Milwaukee Show

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 14, 2011 at 9:52 AM

During Joe Bonamassa's tour stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he invited our dear friend Greg Koch (guitarist extraordinaire, Fender clinician, Hal Leonard author/clinician, gristle king) to sit in on "Blues Deluxe." And, not surprisingly, somebody captured the exchange on video and posted it to YouTube (see video below). On sitting with Bonamassa, Koch said, "Joe was very kind to let me sit in and blow...we have a mutual respect that always results in a good musical exchange and not a sword fight...GOOD TIMES!"

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