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Children of Bodom Announce Headlining Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Children of Bodom guitar tabHard partying (and harder rocking) Finnish band Children of Bodom (COB) has announced a North American headlining tour in support of their new album Relentless Reckless Forever, which landed at #41 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week of release. The North American leg of Children of Bodom's "Ugly World Tour" will kick off in Los Angeles on June 24 and run through July 24 in Montreal where COB will perform alongside KISS, Motörhead and more as part of the "Heavy MTL" hard rock festival.

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"We are psyched to see all of our friends in North America and to play our new songs live for all of the Bodom maniacs," commented COB guitarist/vocalist Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho. "Get ready to throw it down!" Support on the Children of Bodom tour will come from Devin Townsend, with openers Obscura and Septic Flesh rotating positions each night.

Recorded in Finland with famed rock producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Monster Magnet), Relentless Reckless Forever is the seventh studio album of Children of Bodom's illustrious career. COB's high-energy hooks and electric energy forge stadium-sized heavy metal anthems that seethe with both marvelous musicianship and a phenomenal pop prowess. The first single and video from the album is the "party song" "Was It Worth It?" The "Was It Worth It?" video was filmed on location at Pennsylvania's Action Sports compound Camp Woodward and sees COB join forces with two-time X Games gold medalist and two-time Thrasher magazine "Skater of the Year" Chris Cole and noted pro skaters Jamie Thomas, Garrett Hill and Tom Asta to deliver a one-of-a-kind "audio and visual experience" that perfectly captures the band's live intensity. Check out "Was It Worth It?" below.

Tour Dates:
6/24 Los Angeles, CA
6/25 San Francisco, CA
6/26 Portland, OR
6/27 Seattle, WA
6/28 Vancouver, BC
6/30 Calgary, AB
7/2  Edmonton, AB
7/3  Saskatoon, SK
7/4  Winnipeg, MB
7/5  St. Paul, MN
7/6  Chicago, IL
7/8  Atlanta, GA
7/9  Orlando, FL
7/10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
7/12 Pittsburgh, PA
7/13 Norfolk, VA
7/14 Springfield, VA
7/15 Springfield, VA
7/16 New York, NY
7/17 Philadelphia, PA
7/19 Worcester, PA
7/21 Halifax, NS (* no Devin Townsend)
7/23 Toronto, ONT
7/24 Montreal, QC

Canadian fans have the opportunity to purchase special COB ticket +album + merch bundles. For further details, please visit this location.

Styx and Yes Co-Headlining Progressive US Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Multi-platinum rock band Styx joins forces with the world's most quintessential prog-rock band Yes for a 22-city summer tour extravaganza that embarks on July 4th, and concludes August 3rd in Mountain View, CA. Tickets will go on sale starting the weekend of April 8th.

"When I first heard Yes, I knew that the music world was forever changed," says Styx singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw. "They took progressive rock to a place that had never been expressed in such an impressive yet accessible way. Who among you didn't make it a point to learn the acoustic guitar intro to 'Roundabout?'  We're very excited to tour with them for the very first time."

"We are excited to have Styx on tour with us. I consider them to be in the vein of Yes and the cutting edge of prog-rock in America," says Yes founder/bassist Chris Squire.

Yes guitar tabs and jam tracks
Styx guitar tabs and jam tracks 

Styx is currently putting the finishing touches on Regeneration, Volume 2, which contains newly re-recorded versions of  "Renegade," "Blue Collar Man," "Too Much Time On My Hands," "Queen of Spades," "Coming Of Age" (Damn Yankees), "High Enough" (Damn Yankees), "Snowblind," and "Miss America."  Both this album and Regeneration, Volume 1 will be available for sale at every stop along the tour route. 

Fly From Here is the first album Yes has recorded for close to a decade and was produced by the legendary Trevor Horn in the spirit that Yes was founded. The return of Horn along with the maestros that make up Yes has brought back the fluid freedom that their music's ingenuity is best known for. Yes holds a shrewd insight and creative vision that challenges audiences as they stretch the boundaries of music.

Yes's performance will feature the title track from their new album Fly From Here as well as plenty of music from hit albums such as Drama, Fragile, Close to the Edge, and 90125.

**Additional dates including details of July 4th kick-off to be announced.**

7/5  Holmdel, NJ+
7/7  Canandaigua, NY+
7/8  Mashantucket, CT*
7/9  Gilford, NH*
7/11 Wantagh, NY+           
7/12 Bethel, NY+
7/14 Alpharetta, GA*
7/15 Orange Beach, AL+
7/16 Nashville, TN*
7/18 Kansas City, MO*
7/19 Noblesville, IN*
7/20 Clarkston, MI+
7/22 Thackerville, OK+
7/23 Oklahoma City, OK*
7/24 Maryland Heights, MO*
7/26 Morrison, CO*
7/28 Boise, ID*
7/29 Woodinville, WA+
7/30 Goldendale, WA+
8/2  Los Angeles, CA+
8/3  Mountain View, CA*

* Denotes STYX closes
+ Denotes YES closes

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Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 04-05-2011

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 5, 2011 at 3:08 PM

You know how picking up a new guitar or plugging into a new amp—or even just playing with some of your own gear that you haven't touched in a while—often inspires new riffs and licks or a certain mood? Well, when I plugged into a most excellent Krank Revolution 2x12 combo amp recently, I couldn't help but "krank" it up and "krank" out some Pantera riffs and licks, which in turn inspired this week's Dimebag Darrell shred-blues lick.

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Dime had several signature techniques, among them his screaming whammy harmonics, high-speed legato runs, and heavy, grinding blues licks like the one presented here. Variations of this lick are heard in both "Walk" from Vulgar Display of Power and in the title track of Cowboys From Hell. The phrase is culled from the E blues scale (E-G-A-Bb-B)—or as Dime described it in the November 2003 issue of Guitar One magazine: " ... the 'Dimebag' scale - blues/pentatonic/chromatic - which is my whole thing." And even though it is just a blues-scale lick, Dime made it "metal" by making the chromatic movement between the 5th (B), b5th (Bb/A#), and 4th (A) the focal point. But remember, Dime was a Texan, and while you can take the guitarist out of Texas, you can't take that Texas shuffle out of the guitarist, and so he caps the phrase with a tasty 4ths-based  move leading to bluesy resolution on the major 3rd (G#).

Dimebag Darrell guitar tab


Subway Busker Turns Guitar Into a Drum Set

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 5, 2011 at 11:10 AM

First there was Michael Hedges and Preston Reed, who pioneered percussive acoustic guitar technique. More recently, guitarists like Monte Montgomery, Kaki King, Raul Midon, and Andy McKee inspired a new generation to explore the acoustic guitar as a drum set. And now, there's Guitaro5000, a New York City subway busker who's created the most credible snare drum sound yet on an acoustic guitar simply by attaching a tin can lid to his guitar using a document clip. Best of all, he shows you how he does it right here ... awesome!

Johnny Winter Covers Blues Classics With Special Guests on New Album

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM

According to, Johnny Winter will be getting a little help from friends such as Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi, among others, on his new album, Roots, due out later this year.

Some of the blues classics Winter will cover on Roots include Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," Chuck Berry's "Maybellene," Muddy Waters's "Got My Mojo Working," Gatemouth Brown's "Okie Dokie Stomp," and Billy Butler's "Honky Tonk."

Johnny Winter guitar tab and video lessons

Who was the most influential pre-1950s guitarist?

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM

We see poll questions all the time about the most influential guitarists of all time, with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck often topping the lists. But what about their heroes? Or the heroes of their heroes?

At, we love going old-school from time to time, so we ask you, who was the most important pre-1950s guitarist? Don't see your favorite on the list? Leave a comment and let us know who we missed!



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Eric Clapton I'm Tore Down Live

Posted by Michael Mueller on April 1, 2011 at 9:34 AM

This morning, I happened upon a blog post written by guitarist Rik Emmett at, where he talks about the myriad examples of amazing guitar tone produced with a Gibson ES-335, including the video below of Eric Clapton performing Freddie's King's timeless shuffle "I'm Tore Down."

"I'm Tore Down" guitar tab and jam track

Few guitarists have used as many different guitar tones as Clapton has through his career. Aside from his famous Cream-era "woman tone" and his solo-era Strat sounds, among others, Clapton produced two of the greatest guitar tones of all time: His powerful 1960 Les Paul through a Marshall JTM-45 holy grail of blues-rock tone on John Mayall's Blues Breakers "Beano" album, and the scorching blues tones on his 1991 masterpiece, From the Cradle—arguably the best blues album of the past 20 years.

So, just because it's Friday, and because it's just so darned good, take a moment to enjoy some of Slowhand's finest fretwork.


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