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12-Year Old Guitarist Enlisted to Play for AC/DC

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 8, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Siobhan Ozege of reports that 12-year old Canadian guitarist Spencer "Young Angus" Grabinsky played a special gig in Toronto this past Tuesday (10/6) to help promote the upcoming release of AC/DC's new deluxe box set Backtracks. You can see him ripping through "Highway to Hell" below.

Grabinsky, who not only played through much of the catalog but also dressed the part in a schoolboy outfit, calls AC/DC his heroes, and that given the chance to meet them, he'd love to "thank them for being my heroes ... they're so talented and really inspire me."

As reported here a couple of weeks ago, the AC/DC Backtracks box set contains three CDs, two DVDs, one LP, and a 164-page coffee table book, as well as other assorted memorabilia. The set will be released on November 10. To pre-order, go to

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New ALL THAT REMAINS Video "Forever in Your Hands" Debuts on MySpace

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 7, 2009 at 6:30 PM

All That Remains guitar tabAll That Remains will debut their video for their latest single, "Forever in Your Hands," exclusively at starting on October 7th. The video will also air on an episode of MTV2's Headbangers Ball hosted by the band on the morning of October 18th at 2:00 AM ET. Filmed this summer in Washington DC while on the Mayhem tour, the video is directed by David Brodsky (Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence) and features cameos by Adam D. and Joel Stroetzel of Killswitch Engage, Shannon Lucas of The Black Dahlia Murder, and Byron Davis and Doc Coyle of God Forbid. The video will be available for sale on iTunes on October 13th. ATR will also be offering a free download of the song "Frozen" on the band's MySpace page. This song was previously unreleased in the United States and only available in Japan.

In other news the band's hit single "Two Weeks" is  now featured on the Rock Band Metal Track Pack, a standalone disc available October 13th at retail stores nationwide. The Metal Track Pack will feature 20 metal tracks from artists including Lamb of God (guitar tab), Bullet For My Valentine (guitar tab), Judas Priest (guitar tab), and more.

All That Remains is currently on the hardDrive live tour with Lacuna Coil and Maylene & The Sons of Disaster. They will continue on the road this winter co-headlining with The Devil Wears Prada on the Napalm & Noise Tour (support from Story Of The Year and Haste The Day).

For a complete list of tour dates, click here.

KISS Army Worldwide Book Release to Coincide with KISS Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Kiss Fanzine BookLos Angeles, CA/October 6, 2009 – In celebration of releasing their first studio album in eleven years, Kiss has pushed up the release of their book KISS Army Worldwide: The Ultimate Fanzine Phenomenon to coincide with their North American tour.

For the first time in KISS history, KISS fans everywhere will get an inside look and visual history told through concert photos and unique fanzines chronicling the iconic band from their beginnings in the 1970s until today. KISS Army Worldwide: The Ultimate Fanzine Phenomenon includes never before released photos, rare fanzine covers, unique and engaging content, and other shared memorabilia from both the fans and the band. This is the ultimate must-have for every KISS fan!

The book features commentary by legendary front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who provide invaluable insight on topics such as the rock and roll DIY aspect of fanzines, how these fanzines greatly contributed to the band's evolution into one of the most epic and legendary bands in music history, as well as the band's appreciation of their adoring fans. In addition, it showcases interviews with members of the KISS Army from all over the world.

With KISS fans giddy with anticipation for the band's first album in over a decade and their North American tour this fall, this book will become an essential item for millions of KISS fans everywhere.  Finally, here is the ultimate book for KISS fanatics!

In stores, October 2009.  $22.95 US/$28.95 CAN.  ISBN-13: 9781597775113.  Author, Gene Simmons.

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MARTIN GUITARS Featured at CNN Website

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 5, 2009 at 3:18 PM

In an era when cable news seems more interested in tea baggers and Jon and Kate plus Eight plus divorce minus Jon equals ratings hit than it is in matters that actually affect our lives, it's nice to see a feature like this one on the venerable Martin Guitar company. CNN's Chris Turner traveled through the rolling hills of Pennsylvania's farmland to the home of Martin Guitars in Nazareth, to speak with current man in charge, Christian Martin IV, about what makes Martin guitars so special and in the process how they've become an icon of the acoustic guitar industry.




METHODS OF MAYHEM Invite You to Record on Their New Album

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 5, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Starting today, October 5th, Methods of Mayhem's Public Mayhem album collaboration project is up and running! Tommy Lee and Methods producer Scott Humphrey have posted isolated instrument tracks, or "stems," from the upcoming album on the website Anyone with a great musical idea is invited to play a part in helping to achieve true "public mayhem," i.e. collaborate on the album. A wide range of formats are available to work with, including RiffWorks, WAV, Logic, GarageBand, ProTools, and the Four Track 3.0 iPhone application. 

Methods of Mayhem promo

Participants will also have a chance to perform with Methods of Mayhem at their record release show.  Public Mayhem is set for release in early 2010.

To watch Tommy Lee and Scott Humphrey explain the concept's inception, visit either or Roadrunner Records

A charitable donation will be made on behalf of all participants to the MusiCares Foundation. Established by The Recording Academy in 1989, MusiCares provides emergency health and human services and addiction recovery resources to music people in need. Whether artists or other industry professionals, MusiCares is there with a safety net of support for those who have given the gift of music to our lives.

Following the launch, video and sound updates will be posted at featuring submission highlights and weekly giveaways for the best audio and video entries. 

Magnatude Records Presents Jam On Guitars

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 5, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Jam on GuitarsThe Jam Band Culture has produced some of the most inventive and diverse music that the rock genre has seen in a long time, and Magnatude Records has captured performances by some of the leading lights in this field. Jam on Guitars, which features outstanding players like Steve Morse (guitar tab), Chris Poland, Alex Skolnick, and Michael Lee Firkins (video guitar lessons), illustrates the fact that it's not all about technique but rather it is about substance. The album is available October 13.

Track List:

"Took The Words Right Outta My Mouth" Michael Lee Firkins
"Free In The Park" Steve Morse
"Scorch" Alex Skolnick Trio with Charlie Hunter
"Dance To The Music" The Clinton Administration (Charlie Hitchcock, Fareed Haque, Michael Lee Firkins)
"Gulab Jammin" The Fareed Haque Group
"Downside Up" Oz Noy with Mike Stern
"Lake Shore Drive" OHMphrey (Chris Poland and Jake Cinninger)
"Flashlight" The Clinton Administration
"Dump Truck" Robert Walter's 20th Congress
"Rome" Tishamingo
"Disdots" Ozric Tentacles
"Starlite Jamboree" Bill Cutler

New BARNEY KESSEL Jazz Signature Licks Book from Hal Leonard

Posted by Michael Mueller on October 5, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Barney Kessel guitar ace Wolf Marshall is one of Hal Leonard's most prolific instructional book authors, and now he's added yet another jazz chapter to his ever-growing volume of Jazz Signature Licks books. In Barney Kessel, Wolf takes an in-depth look at the style and techniques of the legendary jazz guitarist. The book contains lessons on 14 top tunes, including "Barney's Blues," "Indiana," and "Salute to Charlie Christian." The included CD features a demo of each track.

Here's the full song list:

Barney's Blues
Begin The Blues
Contemporary Blues
Easy Like
Foreign Intrigue
Indiana (Back Home Again In Indiana)
(I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
Minor Mood
On A Slow Boat To China
Salute To Charlie Christian
64 Bars On Wilshire
Speak Low
Vicky's Dream

For more on Barney Kessel, visit


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