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BOSS ME-70 Guitar Multiple Effects Unit Now Shipping

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 11, 2009 at 9:41 AM

BOSS is pleased to announce that the ME-70 Guitar Multiple Effects, which debuted at the winter NAMM show this past January in Anaheim, is now available in stores. The ME-70 is a floor-based processor that offers the compact design and simplicity of a stompbox, with dedicated control knobs for each effect.

In addition to its Overdrive/Distortion section, the ME-70 features a new Preamp section with the latest sound-modeling COSM engine (derived from the popular BOSS GT-10) for natural response and sound quality.The unit also has a fourth footswitch for even more real-time effects control. The new Phrase Loop function offers up to 38 seconds of recording time, and its EZ Tone function allows for fast and easy tone creation via simple effects presets.

The ME-70 is now shipping with an MSRP of $418.50.

New Kirk Hammett Signature Wah Pedal From Dunlop

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 10, 2009 at 4:23 PM

KH95When high-speed shred and thrash took over the '80s guitar scene, the fabulous wah-wah sounds of hte 70s became largely one giant porn soundtrack joke. That is, until GN'R's Slash and Metallica's Kirk Hammett busted out some wild foot-rockin' wah-drenched solos. Surprisingly, even though he helped bring the Cry Baby back into vogue, Hammett's never had his own signature wah pedal—until now. 

Developed in close collaboration with the metal guitar icon himself, the KH95 Kirk Hammett Signature Wah Pedal from Dunlop has been meticulously tuned and tweaked to deliver the wah-wah sound that Kirk dials in on tour, using his DCR1SR Crybaby Rack Wah. The pedal comes in a dark green and black paintjob with a skeletal footprint design on the treadle pad. The KH95 streets for about $159.99.

Mastodon, Black Keys, Disturbed Cover WBR Classics on New Compilation

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 10, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Considering the hype surrounding Mastodon's new release, Crack the Skye, and the breakthrough success that fans and critics alike believe they are likely to achieve with the album, their choice to cover ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" for Covered: A Revolution In Sound—an eclectic compilation that celebrates Warner Bros. Records' 50th anniversary—is rather apropos.

"When we were approached to choose a song from the Warner Bros. Records back catalog, ZZ Top's 'Just Got Paid' made perfect sense," says Mastodon's Brent Hinds. "And having Billy Gibbons perform a guitar solo on the track made it uniquely special." 

The Covered compilation is available today, March 10th, exclusively through Amazon.com. The album features contemporary WBR artists such as The Used, Mastodon, The Black Keys, and Against Me! performing new versions of classic songs associated with WBR artists like Neil Young, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, and Black Sabbath.

Each contemporary artist chose the song they wanted to interpret. Highlights include The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs performing Madonna's "Borderline" (the accompanying video begins streaming exclusively on Amazon.com today), Disturbed covering Faith No More's "Midlife Crisis," The Black Keys taking on Captain Beefheart's "Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles," and The Used on Talking Heads "Burning Down The House."

"We were really excited to be asked to record a song for the album," says The Used's Quinn Allman. "We were in the studio working on our own album and one day in September we decided on the spot to do 'Burning Down the House' by Talking Heads. We liked the natural energy of the song so we kept it pretty simple and just had fun with it." 

The track-listing for Covered: A Revolution In Sound is as follows: 

1. Mastodon: "Just Got Paid" (by ZZ Top)
2. The Black Keys: "Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" (by Captain Beefheart)
3. Michelle Branch: "A Case Of You" (by Joni Mitchell)
4. Against Me!: "Here Comes A Regular" (by The Replacements)
5. Missy Higgins: "More Than This" (by Roxy Music)
6. James Otto: "Into The Mystic" (by Van Morrison)
7. Adam Sandler: "Like A Hurricane" (by Neil Young)
8. Taking Back Sunday: "You Wreck Me" (by Tom Petty)
9. The Used: "Burning Down The House" (by Talking Heads)
10. Disturbed: "Midlife Crisis" (by Faith No More)
11. Avenged Sevenfold: "Paranoid" (by Black Sabbath)
12. The Flaming Lips W/Stardeath And White Dwarfs: "Borderline" (by Madonna)

Tom Morello Gets New Gig as Street Sweeper

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 9, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) and Boots Riley (The Coup) have joined forces to form Street Sweeper. The group recently wrapped recording sessions for their forthcoming debut album and will be opening all North American dates on the Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction May-June Tour (confirmed dates below). 

"It's revolutionary party jams," says Morello of Street Sweeper. "It's got huge steamroller riffs combined with depth, charge, funk, while Boots unloads clip after clip of incendiary rhymes rich with satire and venom."

"This is a time when the working class is being fleeced left and right," adds Riley. "More families will be homeless and more people will be jobless. They'll need something to listen to on their iPods while storming Wall Street." 

Street Sweeper is currently streaming the track "Fight! Smash! Win!" here. Tour dates with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction are as follows:

May 8 - West Palm Beach, FL  Cruzan Amphitheatre 
May 9 - Tampa, FL   Ford Amphitheatre 
May 10 - Atlanta, GA  Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 14 - Albuquerque, NM  Journal Pavilion 
May 15 - Phoenix, AZ  Cricket Wireless Pavilion 
May 16 - Chula Vista, CA  Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre  
May 18 - Las Vegas, NV  The Pearl 
May 20 - Irvine, CA  Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
May 22 - Mountain View, CA  Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View 
May 26 - Englewood, CO  Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre 
May 27 - Kansas City, MO  Starlight Theatre 
May 29 - Chicago, IL  Charter One Pavilion at Northern Island (NIN/SS ONLY)
May 30 - Noblesville, IN  Verizon Wireless Music Center  Indianapolis
May 31 - Clarkston, MI  DTE Energy Music Theatre 
June 02 - Toronto, ON  Molson Amphitheatre 
June 03 - Darien Lake, NY  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 
June 05 - Camden, NJ  Susquehanna Bank Center 
June 06 - Holmdel, NJ   PNC Bank Arts Center 
June 07 - Wantagh, NY  Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 
June 09 - Columbia, MD  Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 10 - Burgettstown, PA  Post-Gazette Pavilion 
June 12 - Charlotte, NC  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte  

Megadeth Will Headline First Annual Golden Gods Heavy Metal Awards Show

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 9, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Metal is finally getting its own version of the Grammy Awards, and iconic thrash band Megadeth has been tabbed to headline the event. The first annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards will be held on April 7 in Los Angeles, with performances from Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, All That Remains, and Suicide Silence, along with a DJ set from Slipknot's Corey Taylor kicking off the event. Ozzy Osbourne will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Finally a heavy metal award, of the people, by the people, and for the people!" says Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. "This evening's line-up of talent is a heavy metal fan's wet dream! To see Ozzy get a lifetime achievement is long overdue. It is an honor to say, 'YES! Megadeth will headline!'…I doubt Jethro Tull will be getting an award."

America’s first-ever hard rock and heavy metal music award show, hosted by actor/comic Brian Posehn, will be broadcast on MTV2 as a one-hour special debuting Saturday, May 2. The show will also feature special appearances by Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Glenn Danzig, Maynard James Keenan of Tool and Puscifer, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Alice In Chains, Vinnie Paul, Scott Ian, Olympic gold-medalist Shaun White, Chuck Billy of Testament, Protest The Hero, Marta Peterson from Bleeding Through, Isis, Ken Susi and Trevor Phipps of Unearth, Brendon Small from Dethklok, Steel Panther, WWE wrestler CM Punk, Sirius XM radio host Jose Mangin, Chaos radio host "Full Metal Jackie," and many more.  

Steven Tyler to Headline Hollywood Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 9, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Lock up your daughters! Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has just been announced as the headliner for the Hollywood Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp April 29th through May 3rd. Fantasy campers will have the opportunity to rock out with Tyler on Aerosmith hits like "Walk This Way," "Dream On," "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," and more.

In addition to Tyler, the Hollywood session will also feature an all-star roster of instructors including Todd Rundgren, Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Steve Lukather (Toto), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Mark Hudson (producer/songwriter), Alan White (Yes), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), and head counselor Kip Winger (Winger).

Visit rockcamp.com for program and registration details.

The Beatles: Rock Band to Be Released 9/9/09

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Prepare for a Digital Invasion! On 9/9/09, The Beatles: Rock Band will see a worldwide release. The music-based video game will provide "an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles," according to the folks at Rock Band. In addition, The Beatles: Rock Band will offer a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Additionally, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE album project, is providing his expertise and serving as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project.

More details on the game and pre-order will be revealed in the coming months at www.thebeatlesrockband.com.

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