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Disturbed Announce Music As A Weapon IV Tour Festival
Chicago metal quartet Disturbed have announced the Music as a Weapon IV tour, which in 2009 expands to a complete lifestyle festival.
"We really wanted to make sure fans attending Music As a Weapon this year got the most bang for their buck," says Disturbed frontman David Draiman, "so we decided to bring in the tattoo artists, the extreme sports complex, the gaming, and the vendor village to go beyond the usual live music experience and give the concerts the feel of a true event. Our feeling in expanding the festival was to give people maximum entertainment value. If they are going to part with their hard-earned money, we need to honor that and give them our all in return."
Disturbed will be joined on the 38-city trek by Killswitch Engage on the mainstage, as well as Lacuna Coil, Chimaira, and other acts to be announced on the second stage. The tour kicks off March 20, in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit Musicasaweapon.com or Disturbed1.com for more info and complete list of tour dates.
Eastwood Monolith Features "Biggest Pickup on the Planet"
Eastwood Guitars, the hip folks who bring you vintage-style repros of Airline, Tokai, and Mosrite guitars, among others, are proud to introduce the Monolith—the only guitar in the world to feature the revolutionary three voice Monolith pickup from rebelSonic. The Monolith is not just the biggest pickup on the planet; it’s a completely new concept in pickup sound and design. The Monolith is actually three totally different sounds, not available in any other pickup, all packed in to one seriously oversized shell. The three Monolith sounds are: JackHAMMER, which is a Humbucker on steroids; cementMIXER, which offers a deep, dirty sludge tone; and icePICK, a P90 on steroids that cuts through the thickest mix. The result is one guitar that takes the place of three.
To make your guitar something special, Eastwood is also making available optional custom chrome and clear plexi pick guards, alternate switch tips and each guitar is professionally preset to Eastwood sonic perfection. For more info, visit Eastwoodguitars.com.
Queensr˙che Salutes The Troops With AMERICAN SOLDIER
Queensrÿche envisions war through the eyes of a soldier with the band's twelfth studio release, the epic concept album American Soldier, due out on Atco/Rhino March 31. The ambitious album encompasses a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Geoff Tate, the group's singer and chief songwriter, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts -- from World War II to Iraq -- Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the front lines into an unflinching musical examination of the life of a solider and the consequences of war.
Tate, Michael Wilton (guitar), Ed Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums) recorded the album in 2008 over the course of nine months. The idea for American Soldier, Tate says, came from hearing stories from fans that are veterans, as well as his own father, who served in both Korea and Vietnam. "My father was a career military man, but until very recently he never spoke about what he went through. I think that reticence is true of a lot of veterans, which means most people never truly understand what it means to be a soldier at war. Hearing what he and some of our fans have endured made me want to share their stories with the world. This is an album about the soldiers, for the soldiers, as told by the soldiers themselves."
Soon after the release of American Soldier, Queensrÿche will launch an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The shows will be presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from American Soldier, Rage For Order, and Empire.
American Soldier track listing:
- "Hundred Mile Stare"
- "At 30,000 ft."
- "A Dead Man's Words"
- "The Killer"
- "Middle Of Hell"
- "If I Were King"
- "Man Down!"
- "Remember Me"
- "Home Again"
- "The Voice"
Former Lizzy Borden Guitarist Killed in Car Crash
Former Lizzy Borden guitarist Corey Daum (a.k.a. Corey James) was killed in a car accident Saturday, January 24, in Nashville, TN. He was 39 years old. According to The Tennessean, a Kentucky man has been charged with vehicular homicide after police said he drove into a concrete wall, killing Daum.
Daum died at the scene of the accident on an Interstate 40 on-ramp on George L. Davis Boulevard. According to police, the car was driven by Charles Wolford of Owensboro, Ky., who admitted at the scene that he had been drinking.
The Ford Explorer driven by Wolford crossed three lanes to get to the interstate on-ramp before striking a concrete wall about 12:30 a.m., witnesses told police.
Wolford is also charged with vehicular assault for the injuries of another passenger, Ravin Wells, 27, of Goodlettsville, who is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Wolford was not seriously injured, police said. None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts.
Daum was a guitarist in Lizzy Borden from 1989 to 1995. He appeared in the videos for "We Got the Power" and "Love is a Crime," as well as on the Master of Disguise tour.
The band's frontman Lizzy Borden paid tribute to the late musician, saying, "He was the nicest guy you could ever meet and the best friend you could want. You were privileged if you had the chance to know him. He was a great talent, an extraordinary guitarist and an amazing singer and performer."
Daum is the second Lizzy Borden guitarist to lose his life in a car crash. Alex Nelson died in a head-on collision in 2004.
GEORGE LYNCH Shreds the NAMM Show Floor
While cruising the aisles of the NAMM show floor in Anaheim, CA, last week, we caught up with one of our favorite guitar instructors, George Lynch. The Lynch Mob guitarist was well-represented at the show, with signature guitars at the ESP booth, his signature Lynch Box amp at the Randall booth, and a brand-new signature Morley Dragon 2 wah pedal, among other cool toys. We asked about his upcoming Guitar Generation tour with Paul Gilbert and Richie Kotzen.
"I'm really looking forward to playing with these guys," says Lynch. "Once upon a time, I thought about having Richie sing in Lynch Mob, but then I thought, what would I do? He's such a great guitar player, they wouldn't need me anymore!
"I'll probably do some covers, like "Mr. Scary" and "Tooth and Nail," he continues. "But mostly, I want to jam. That's what I like to do best. It's a bit of a high-wire act, in that improvised jams not always great, but when they are, they're awesome."
Each guitarist will play a 45-minute set with his own band, followed by an encore jam with all three guitarists onstage. The first three shows have just been announced:
February 25 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
February 28 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
March 02 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
For more on the Guitar Generation tour, including a complete list of tour dates, visit www.georgelynch.com. Meanwhile, here's footage of Lynch jamming at NAMM, courtesy of BayAreaBackstage.com.
RUSH Reveals Retrospective III Set
Anthem/Atlantic recording group Rush has announced details of the upcoming third volume in its continuing compilation series. Retrospective III (1989-2008) arrives in stores on March 3rd.
The collection – available as both individual CD and two-disc CD/DVD set – features tracks culled from the legendary trio’s two decades with Atlantic Records, spanning such acclaimed studio works as 1989's Presto, 1991's Roll the Bones, 1993's Counterparts, 1996's Test For Echo, 2002's Vapor Trails, and 2007's Snakes and Arrows. In addition, Retrospective III features a previously unreleased live version of the classic "Ghost of a Chance," recorded live in Atlanta during Rush's 2008 Snakes & Arrows Tour, as well as two tracks – "One Little Victory" and "Earthshine" – newly remixed by guitarist Alex Lifeson and master mixer Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Mick Jagger, P. Diddy).
The Retrospective III DVD gathers the band's 10 stunning music videos during the Atlantic years, including clips for fan favorites such as "The Pass," "Roll The Bones," "Stick It Out," "Driven," and the Grammy Award-nominated "Malignant Narcissism." What’s more, the DVD includes a trio of live videos filmed in Frankfurt, Germany, during Rush's 2004 R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour, highlighted by a masterful performance of The Who's classic "The Seeker" (originally recorded by Rush for 2004's Feedback). As an added bonus, the band has included a rare televised performance of their calling-card classic "Tom Sawyer" and an on-camera interview featuring all three members.
Both the CD and CD/DVD versions of Retrospective III are available now for pre-order at www.rush.com/preorder. A Deluxe Rush Fan Pack is also being offered, combining the CD/DVD package with a limited edition lithograph highlighting the albums featured on Retrospective III. The first 100 orders will receive an ultra-rare signed lithograph.
Retrospective III (1989-2008) track listing:
- One Little Victory (Remix)
- Workin' Them Angels
- The Pass
- Roll the Bones
- Ghost of a Chance (Live)
- Nobody's Hero
- Leave That Thing Alone
- Earthshine (Remix)
- Far Cry
- Stick It Out
- Nobody's Hero
- Half the World
- Roll the Bones
- Show Don't Tell
- The Pass
- Far Cry
- Malignant Narcissism
- The Seeker (Live)
- Secret Touch (Live)
- Resist (Live)
- Tom Sawyer (Live) and Interview*
MARTY FRIEDMAN To Do Free Clinic at Musicians Institute
Musicians Institute, in Hollywood, CA, is proud to welcome back the incredible talents of guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman on Saturday, January 31, at 4:00 pm in the school's main concert hall (P100). Friedman will hold a clinic, followed by a one song performance by the girl band Beppin San.
"I have a TV show in Japan on NHK called "Paphoo!" (Perform!!)," explains Friedman. "Every episode is a different theme; this time it is on location in L.A., where I will produce a song for this band that I chose out of hundreds of entrants from the entire country." (See them all here.)
The show is free and open to the public, and there are no tickets, so get there early! For more information or directions to Musicians Institute, go to www.mi.edu.