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New Avenged Sevenfold Album Debuts at Top of the Charts

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 4, 2010 at 1:26 PM

A7X Nightmare guitar tabAvenged Sevenfold's highly personal fifth studio album, Nightmare, bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and also No.1 on Billboard's Hard Music, Digital, Internet and Alternative Album Charts. It's the band's highest first-week chart position ever, selling over 162,500 units in its first week thanks to the band's devoted and rabid fanbase, who consider themselves part of a worldwide A7X family. 

Avenged Sevenfold guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks

Nightmare's impressive chart showing has been fueled by the success of its title track, which has become ubiquitous at rock radio stations across the country. The band also is currently featured on the cover of a special issue of Revolver magazine completely devoted to them, and in the current issue of Guitar Edge, which has the official guitar tab for "Nightmare."

Produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem) and mixed by noted engineer Andy Wallace, Nightmare was in the works when the band's beloved drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, passed away. The Los Angeles Times has praised Nightmare's "elegiac power ballads," and called it "the band's most personal effort yet."  On August 17th, Avenged Sevenfold will set out to co-headline the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival with Disturbed. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater plays drums on Nightmare and will also tour with the band for Uproar. The current tour dates are as follows. For complete ticket and tour information visit and


Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" Hits Ten Million YouTube Views

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 3, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Wow, there's some serious Whitesnake karma going on 'round here. Just yesterday, I found a photo of myself with former Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake/Blue Murder guitarist John Sykes, the man who inspired me to buy a Les Paul Custom. Then, I picked up said Les Paul Custom and jammed along to Whitesnake's "Crying in the Rain," which is one of my favorite Sykes tracks. And now, today, I get a small press blurb informing me that the video for Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again" has now surpassed 10 million views on YouTube (see video below).

"Here I Go Again" guitar tab

As many of you likely know, Sykes wrote much of Whitesnake's smash 1987 self-titled album, including Zeppelin-esque "Still of the Night," and was then unceremoniously sacked before the record was finished and subsequently replaced by guitarists Adrian Vandenberg, who played the solo on "Here I Go Again" and finished the record. Later, Vivian Campbell was also added, thus completing the now-famous "made for MTV lineup."

If that sounds like a cheap shot, it isn't. Campbell told me in an interview for Guitar Edge a few years ago that the first time he, Vandenberg, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge, and of course, singer/bandleader David Coverdale were all together in one place was for the video shoot for "Still of the Night." Telling words, but hey, it paid off, as the album went on to hit #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sell over eight million copies, and become one of the definitive albums of '80s rock.

So fire up the Trans Am, crank down the windows, crank up the 'Snake!


Musicians Institute Instructor Dale Turner Releases Debut Album

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 2, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Dale Turner Mannerisms MagnifiedMy good friend and former colleague at Guitar One magazine, Dale Turner, has "finally" released his debut solo album, a 12-song platter titled Mannerisms Magnified. While I've long known Dale as an ace guitarist with a vast stylistic palette, I didn't realize he was so intent on becoming a one-man rock band. But on Mannerisms, he's achieved just that, playing all guitars, bass, drums, piano, mandolin, accordion, and various vocal sounds (including a pretty decent mouth trumpet).

While Mannerisms Magnified is a full-on rock band record, the songs are all based on acoustic guitar and voice arrangements, which means songcraft is the top priority here. Album highlights include "She-Hab," a humorous take on a relationship with the wrong girl; "Morality Rule," which takes on the hypocritical actions of some on the moral right; and "Exit Wound," a gloriously twisted composition built on musical mischief and vocal adventure.

Dale claims among his influences such monster talents as Jeff Buckley, Jimmy Gnecco (Ours), Elliott Smith, Mike Patton, Ty Tabor, Jon Brion, Jeff Beck, and Brian Wilson. And while you can hear all of them seeping through the fabric, the finished tapestry is all Turner. It may have taken him longer than he would have liked to put this collection of songs out there, but it was worth the wait.

You can hear a preview of Mannerisms Magnified below, at Dale's official MySpace page, and at his web site, And if you like what you hear, you can buy the album at, iTunes, and


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