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Metallica Will Release Recording of 2008 Fan-Only Show in Nashville

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 6, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Burbank, CA – On June 12th, 2008, on the eve of their headlining performance at the Bonnaroo Music Fesival, multi-platinum rock band Metallica played an intimate, surprise performance at The Basement, an 150-capacity venue below Nashville record store Grimey's New & Preloved Music. In attendance were ecstatic Metclub fan club members, Grimey's staffers, a few lucky friends, and members of local law enforcement agencies! (For a taste, see the video below.)

Now the explosive energy of that hot and sweaty, packed-to-the-rafters show has been captured on the recording Live at Grimey's, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on the day after Thanksgiving, November 26th (known in retail circles as Black Friday).

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Live at Grimey's, which includes such highlights as "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," a blistering "Master of Puppets," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," will be released on standard CD plus as a limited-edition two-disc set on regular-weight 10" vinyl with a gatefold jacket.

In keeping with Metallica's steadfast support of independent music retailers, Live at Grimey's will be sold to those who support Record Store Day, an annual event on the third Saturday in April that celebrates the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and hundreds of stores internationally. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in Mountain View, CA, on April 19th, 2008. Please visit for a list of all participating retailers. 

The track listing for Live at Grimey's is as follows:

No Remorse
Harvester of Sorrow
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Master of Puppets
Sad But True
Seek and Destroy


Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 10-05-2010

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 5, 2010 at 5:25 PM

The other night, I heard "The Wind Cries Mary" on the local classic rock station, and it reminded me of just how timeless Jimi Hendrix's R&B-style double-stop moves really are. So that became the basis for this week's lick. "The Wind Cries Mary" is filled with fine examples of this quintessential Jimi Hendrix guitar technique, but it's the closing moments of his solo from which this lick derives.

The first half of the lick is basically a double-stop treatment of the E major pentatonic scale (E–F#–G#–B–C#). In bar 2, a single-note line sets up the Esus4 (E–A–B) to E (E–G#–B) closing statement. Here, the lick is cast over an E major chord, but you can also use it over the relative C# minor chord.

For more licks and insight on Jimi Hendrix's guitar style, check out our Jimi Hendrix lessons by Doug Boduch, Wolf Marshall, and Greg Koch, or visit our Jimi Hendrix feature page. Also, be sure to check out Andy Aledort's excellent lesson on how to play "The Wind Cries Mary" and myriad other Hendrix tunes.

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Tommy Emmanuel and Frank Vignola Backstage Jam

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 1, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Thanks to my friend and colleague Chris Buono for turning us onto this one. Australian acoustic fingerstylist extraordinaire Tommy Emmanuel is in the midst of a U.S. tour, along with fellow jaw-dropping picker Frank Vignola. The pair played Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Tuesday, September 21, and before the show, took part in an impromptu backstage jam on Brahms's "Hungarian Dance #5," which was captured on video and posted at YouTube.

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In the video, Emmanuel is playing a 1935 Gibson "Kalamazoo" parlor acoustic, which has a very interesting back story. A few years ago, Emmanuel visited a fan who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The fan was so grateful to Emmanuel for taking the time to visit with him that he gave the guitarist his 1935 Gibson parlor guitar.

As for the performance here, all we can say is, "Wow!" Check it out:


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