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Zakk Wylde Pens Book "Bringing Metal to the Children"

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 6, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Bringing Metal to the ChildrenIf there's anyone in the metal business who knows more than a few stories about the excess and debauchery that can come with life on the road—and can offer tips on how to survive it all—it's king berserker Zakk Wylde. On May 10, Zakk will release Bringing Metal to the Children, described as a "handbook to all things heavy metal, via William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Zakk has released a promo clip for the book, which you can see below.

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In this quasi-biographical account, the Black Label Society frontman and guitarist invites all who dare onto the tour bus for tales of glory, debauchery, and general mayhem, sharing what really goes on behind tour bus windows and backstage doors. The 25-year music vet details his survival techniques for maintaining a life on the road, managing a band of raging vikings, and somehow making it on stage and blowing the crowd away night after night.

Beginning with Wylde's "true rocker test" (TRT), the reader answers and self-scores ten questions to determine if he is a true rocker and should continue reading, or if he's just a complete tool who needs to hand the book to someone more metal. Wylde continues the journey with his epic stories about life on the road, using his Black Label Society (BLS) coaching techniques to instruct the reader on proper touring hygiene, pre-concert preparations, and post-show etiquette. The road stories include wild nights with many of heavy metal's gods including; Rob Zombie, Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell, Alice In Chain's Mike Inez, Skid Row's Snake Sabo, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, professional wrestlers Chris Jericho, Bubba Dudley and Stone Cold Steve Austin, UFC Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin and of course the Godfather of heavy metal, Ozzy Osbourne.

Bringing Metal to the Children also features Wylde's roadmap for success in the music business, tour planning and exclusive tips for the aspiring "metal musician," as well as the best methods for surviving a mosh pit and plans for how to set up a shooting range on the tour bus.

Ozzy Osbourne Honored on Sunset Strip's GuitarTown

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 5, 2011 at 3:57 PM

On Monday, January 10 at 2:00 PM, rock legend Ozzy Osbourne will appear at House of Blues to sign the one-of-a-kind 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model art guitar designed in his honor as part of Gibson GuitarTown on the Sunset Strip. The ceremony will also serve to celebrate the launch of the second leg of Ozzy's U.S. Arena tour, which includes an upcoming Los Angeles area performance on Tuesday, February 1 at the Gibson Amphitheatre. Longtime friend and musical collaborator Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy) will open the Gibson Amphitheatre show.

GuitarTown on Sunset StripOzzy's guitar joins an impressive array of 25 other fiberglass Gibson guitars designed to honor rock legends and the people and places that shaped The Sunset Strip. The guitars are placed along The Sunset Strip as part of a public art project that was launched in August 2010 with the completion of the 1.6-mile Strip's beautification project.

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Ozzy's guitar, which was designed by Los Angeles photographer Nic Adams and utilizes photographic imagery to celebrate the icon, is in good company with other custom-designed Gibson guitars inspired by the music of Slash, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Mötley Crüe, KISS, The Runaways, Brian Wilson, Peter Frampton, Cheech & Chong and more.

This past August, the Sunset Strip and Gibson Guitar launched GuitarTown, a public art project that features twenty-six 10-foot tall fiberglass Gibson Les Paul model guitars, each representing a musician, personality, or artist unique to The Sunset Strip's history and Gibson Guitar.

Personally, it doesn't make much sense to me to honor Ozzy with a guitar. Now, if they brought together a representative of Randy Rhoads's family along with Tony Iommi, Jake E. Lee, Zakk Wylde, and Gus G. to sign it, I'd understand. But who am I to rain on Gibson's parade?

Guitar Instructor Lick of the Week 01-04-2011

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 4, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Happy 2011 GuitarInstructor visitors! I apologize for skipping our lick of the week last week, but I was on holiday—and the 30 inches of snow that dropped on us the day before didn't help matters much, either.

Lead LicksAnyhow, we're back, and this week, we've got a fun, repeating Mixolydian treat from our friend and gristle-crusher supreme, Greg Koch. If you're familiar with Greg's style, you know there's usually a healthy dose of delightfully twisted skullduggery injected into his lines, but this one, taken from Greg's killer Lead Licks book, is a little more straightforward and thus much more utilitarian.

Played over a C7 chord, this repeating pattern draws exclusively from the C Mixolydian mode (C-D-E-F-G-A-Bb). And even though it's not too "out there," Greg makes it unique with the repeated major 3rd to perfect 4th move (E-F). Although it's a consonant sound, it's not nearly as common as the ubiquitous minor 3rd to major 3rd (Eb-E) move typically heard in blues, country, and rockabilly licks.

You'll notice that, even though all the notes fall comfortably into 8th position on the fretboard, I use a first-finger shift between the G and B strings. You could play it in strict position, using your fret hand's middle and ring fingers on the E and F notes, respectively—and that would be a killer exercise—but I think you'll find it much easier to lead with your index finger.

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Pink Floyd Settles Dispute with EMI

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 4, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Last year, Pink Floyd sued EMI over whether or not the label had the right to break up the band's albums and sell the songs as singles without the band's permission. Since they had signed their deal with EMI long before the days of digital downloads, it was a murky issue. A judge sided with the band last March, and a judge dismissed EMI's appeal last month.

But now, having signed a new contract with EMI, all legal disputes between the band and the label have been settled. And strangely enough, the band's singles will continue to be available on iTunes. Go figure ...

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Chuck Berry Collapses in Chicago

Posted by Michael Mueller on January 3, 2011 at 8:37 AM

The father of rock 'n' roll guitar, Chuck Berry, collapsed from exhaustion during a New Year's Night show in Chicago. In a statement on Sunday, Berry's agent said that the rock legend has returned to his home outside St. Louis and is doing fine.

Concertgoers reported that Berry appeared to lose consciousness while seated at his piano. He was escorted off stage and returned 20 minutes later, only to tell the audience he couldn't go on. He did, however, find the strength to do a little duck-walking before leaving the stage for the night (see video below).

We wish Berry a fast recovery and a healthy, rockin' 2011.

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