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LAMB OF GOD Announces Fall Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 10, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Lamb of God guitar tab WrathOn September 14th Lamb of God will commence the fall Wrath tour in the United States and Canada, combining 25 support shows with Metallica, with 25 headline shows with special guests Gwar and Job For A Cowboy.  The tour will end at Madison Square Garden on November 15th.  This will be Lamb of God's third tour with Metallica after a 3 week run last December in the US and a 7 week tour throughout Europe this summer.  

Wrath debuted at number 2 on the Billboard chart and is on target to be the band's biggest worldwide selling record.  The CD debuted at #1 in Canada, and Canadian fans will get multiple opportunities to see the band on the fall tour.

Get Lamb of God guitar tab here!

9-14 Nashville, TN-Sommet Center
9-15 Cincinnati, OH-US Bank Arena
9-16 Memphis, TN-Minglewood Theater
9-17 Indianapolis, IN-Conseco Fieldhouse
9-19 Montreal, QC-Bell Center
9-20 Montreal, QC-Bell Center
9-21 Providence, RI-Lupos at the Strand
9-22 Montclair, NJ-Welmont Theater
9-23 Pittsburgh, PA-Amphitheater at Station Square
9-25 Oklahoma City, OK-Bricktown Events Center
9-26 Lubbock, TX-Lonestar Amphitheater
9-27 Austin, TX-Austin Music Hall
9-28 San Antonio, TX-AT&T Center
9-29 Dallas, TX-American Airlines Center
10-01 Ft. Lauderdale, FL-Bank Atlantic Center
10-02 Jacksonville, FL-Plush
10-03 Tampa, FL-St. Pete Times Forum
10-04 Atlanta, GA-Philips Arena
10-05 Orlando, FL-Hard Rock
10-07 Little Rock, AR-Clear Channel Metroplex
10-08 Wichita, KS-Cottilion
10-09 Des Moines, IA-Val Air Ballroom
10-10 Fargo, ND-Playmakers Pavilion
10-12 Winnipeg, MB-MTS Centre
10-13 Minneapolis, MN-Target Center
10-15 Cleveland, OH-Quicken Loans Arena
10-16 Knoxville, TX-Valarium
10-17 Charlottesville, VA-JPJ Arena
10-18 Charlotte, NC-Charlotte Bobcats Arena
10-20 Norfolk, VA-Norva
10-21 Raleigh, NC-Disco Rodeo
10-23 Atlantic City, NJ-House of Blues
10-24 Big Flats, NY-TAGGS
10-25 London, ON-JLC
10-26 Toronto, ON-Air Canada Centre
10-27 Toronto, ON-Air Canada Centre
10-29 Moncton, NB-Coliseum Hall C
10-30 Halifax, NS- Cunard Centre
10-31 Quebec City, QC-Colisee Pepsi
11-01 Quebec City, QC-Colisee Pepsi
11-03 Ottawa, ON-Scotiabank Place
11-05 Ft. Wayne, IN-Pierres
11-06 Milwaukee, WI-Eagles Ballroom
11-07 Springfield, MO-Shrine Mosque
11-09 Grand Rapids, MI-Van Andel Arena
11-10 Buffalo, NY-HSBC Arena
11-11 Washington DC-9:30 Club
11-12 Albany, NY-Times Union Center
11-14 New York, NY-Madison Square Garden
11-15 New York, NY-Madison Square Garden

Legends of the Flying V

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 6, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Michael SchenkerOn a visit to a local music store recently, I came across a beautiful old Gibson Flying V. While I've never been all too hot to own one, for some reason, it resonated, and I suddenly found myself doing some quick financial analysis. While that particular V didn't come home with me, I might just keep a closer eye on eBay and Craigslist moving forward. For now, though, here are some of the purveyors of the Flying V who have helped turn it into the iconic rock 'n' roll symbol it is.

Jimi Hendrix
Sure, he may be most synonymous with the Fender Strat, but Jimi Hendrix rocked the V with the best of them. Influenced early in his career by the great V-man Albert King, who like Hendrix was left-handed but played right-handed guitars, Hendrix used a Flying V for much of late 1967 and into early 1968. Owner of three Vs, Hendrix's best-known model was his "psychedelic V," which he painted himself.

Hear the V: Axis: Bold as Love

Lonnie Mack
Even though Stevie Ray Vaughan counts him among his biggest influences, Lonnie Mack is one of the all-time great guitarists who receives far too little credit. An early pioneer of instrumental guitar music, tracks like "Memphis," "Wham!" and "Chicken Pickin'" show off Mack's considerable technique and offer ample evidence to his rightful place in the pantheon of blues guitar greats. 

Hear the V: The Wham of That Memphis Man

Randy Rhoads
Although Randy Rhoads played a Karl Sandoval Flying V (the one with the polka dots), the posthumously released Jackson RR signature model has become an iconic variation on the classic V shape, inspiring legions of heavy metal guitarists from Zakk Wylde to Alexi Laiho. The shape deviation came on the orders of Rhoads, who reportedly wanted it to resemble a shark's fin, thus the longer horn. 

Hear the V: Tribute

Albert King
Known as the "Velvet Bulldozer," Albert King was a monster of a man (6'4" and easily 250 lbs) with a monster blues guitar tone, who played the Flying V like no one else—literally. The left-handed King played a right-handed version upside down without flipping the strings, so that the low E string was closest to the floor. He also used unorthodox tunings, sometimes as low as two steps down, which allowed for his trademark "over-bends."

Hear the V: Live Wire/Blues Power

Michael Schenker
Guitarist Michael Schenker reportedly took up the guitar when older brother Rudolf (Scorpions) brought home a Flying V—kind of says it all, hey? A veteran of the Scorpions and most notably, UFO, Schenker is a true, if underappreciated, guitar hero. In 2004, Dean Guitars produced the Michael Schenker Signature V, which has helped introduce Schenker to a new generation of young guitarists.

Hear the V: Strangers in the Night

ZAKK WYLDE and OZZY OSBOURNE: Is it Over? And Is Gus G In?

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 6, 2009 at 1:06 PM

By now you've probably heard about Ozzy Osbourne's June interview with Classic Rock magazine, in which he said he's shopping for a new guitar player, which would indicate Zakk Wylde is being relieved of duty. His Ozzness claims that his music was beginning to sound too much like Wylde's own band, Black Label Society (guitar tab).

Of course, all of this was news to Wylde, who responded saying he knew nothing about it. As far as he knew, Zakk says, he and Ozzy (guitar tab) were playing the BlizzCon gaming convention together August 21-22, in Anaheim, CA, and then entering the studio to finish the next Ozzy record, for which Wylde has already recorded material.

Wylde then, according to, gave an interview to Paul Marshall, a DJ at Kansas City's 98.9 The Rock radio station, in which he says he called Ozzy and said, "If you're gonna can my ass, say it to my face. Don't be doing this sh*t behind my back; that ain't cool."

With still no official announcement from Ozzy's camp, the latest rumor (again, courtesy of Blabbermouth) is that Greek guitarist Gus G. of Firewind will be playing with Ozzy at BlizzCon this month. The site does point out, however, that this information has not yet been corroborated by anyone in the Osbourne camp and should be treated as a rumor only.

Tune in next week for another edition of "As the guitar world turns ..." Meanwhile, check out some of Gus G.'s fretwork.



Posted by Michael Mueller on August 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Guitar Hero Van HalenNo more guessing as to whose vocals will be featured in Activision's Guitar Hero: Van Halen. The highly anticipated game, which hits stores just in the St. Nick time, on December 22, features David Lee Roth as the vocalist and Wolfgang "Wolfie" Van Halen on bass. (Sorry Sammy and Michael.) The song list is culled entirely from the Roth-era VH catalog and, like the Metallica and Aerosmith versions of Guitar Hero, will feature songs from other hard rockers, including Alter Bridge, Deep Purple, Queen, and Tenacious D.

Get Van Halen guitar tabs here!

Here is the complete song list, as announced by Activision (via MTV):

Van Halen Songs
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
And the Cradle Will Rock
Atomic Punk
Beautiful Girls
Cathedral (solo)
Dance the Night Away
Eruption (solo)
Everybody Wants Some
Feel Your Love Tonight
Hang 'Em High
Hear About It Later
Hot for Teacher
Ice Cream Man
I'm the One
Jamie's Cryin'
Little Guitars
Loss of Control
Mean Street
Pretty Woman
Romeo Delight
Running With the Devil
So This Is Love
Somebody Get Me a Doctor
Spanish Fly (solo)
You Really Got Me

Other Tracks
Alter Bridge - Come to Life
Billy Idol - White Wedding
blink-182 - First Date
Deep Purple - Space Truckin'
Foo Fighters - Best of You
Foreigner - Double Vision
Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom
Jimmy Eat World - Pain
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache
Lenny Kravitz - Rock and Roll Is Dead
Queen - I Want It All
Queens of the Stone Age - Sick, Sick, Sick
Tenacious D - Master Exploder
The Clash - Safe European Home
The Offspring - Pretty Fly for a White Guy
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life
Weezer - Dope Nose
Yellowcard - The Takedown

MASTODON and DETHKLOK Co-Headline Metalocalypse Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 4, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Perhaps the most anticipated and eclectic heavy rock tour of the year has been confirmed and will feature Atlanta's hard rock icons Mastodon to co-headline with the life-size version of Dethklok, the animated band from Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse," along with friendMastodon Guitar Edge covers Converge and High on Fire. The 36-city tour (dates below) will begin October 2, and scorch the nation coast-to-coast. For more info about the tour, including prices ranges and how to order, go to

In other Mastodon news, the band won the Best Video Award at the annual Kerrang! Magazine Awards Show in London last night, August 3. To see the videos for "Divinations," and "Oblivion," both by famed director Roboshobo, go to You can also see the band perform live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, October 29.

Get Mastodon guitar tabs and related lessons here!

Check out Mastodon on the cover of Guitar Edge here!

Adult Swim's Metalocalypse Dates:
10/2/09      Portland,  OR
10/3/09      Seattle,  WA
10/4/09      Vancouver,  BC
10/6/09      Calgary,  AB
10/7/09      Edmonton, AB
10/9/09      Salt  Lake City, UT
10/10/09     Denver, CO
10/12/09     Kansas City,  MO
10/13/09     St.  Louis, MO
10/14/09     Des Moines,  IA
10/16/09     St.  Paul, MN
10/17/09     Chicago,  IL
10/18/09     Milwaukee,  WI
10/20/09     Columbus,  OH
10/21/09     Detroit,  MI
10/23/09     Toronto
10/24/09     Buffalo,  NY
10/25/09     Albany,  NY
10/27/09     Boston,  MA
10/30/09     New York, NY
10/31/09     Washington,  DC
11/1/09      Philadelphia,  PA
11/5/09      Atlanta,  GA
11/6/09      Myrtle  Beach, SC
11/7/09      Orlando,  FL
11/8/09      Pompano Beach, FL
11/11/09     Dallas,  TX
11/12/09     Houston, TX
11/13/09     Austin,  TX
11/14/09     Tulsa,  OK
11/16/09     Las Cruces,  NM
11/17/09     Mesa, AZ       
11/18/09     Las Vegas, NV
11/19/09     Los Angeles, CA


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