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SLAYER, MEGADETH Team Up For American Carnage Tour

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 16, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Megadeth guitar tabSlayer. Megadeth. Two names synonymous with fierce, crunching power. Two bands whose histories are inevitably intertwined in defining the thrash/metal genre. Individually, their respective prowess and accomplishments are impressive; but together, they're brutal and unstoppable. Megadeth and Slayer will join forces to co-headline "American Carnage," the most blistering, the most explosive, and the most eagerly antcipated mega-tour of the winter - and you do not want to miss it.

"American Carnage" will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, Washington, for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20. Ticketmaster is offering a special presale for most shows from Wednesday, November 18 at 10 am until Thursday, November 19 at 10 pm.

"American Carnage" is the first time that Slayer and Megadeth will have toured the U.S. together since 1991's epic "Clash of the Titans" tour. To celebrate that, and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the "1991 price" of $10.00. These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they're gone, they're gone. Megadeth has also teamed with to provide an Ultimate Fan Package including premium seats, meet and greets, pre-show parties and more.

In addition, Testament, who was also on the '91 "Clash of the Titans" bill, will be special guests on the entire tour, marking the first time that all three bands have shared a stage together in more than 18 years, and making this a "must see" metal event.

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"American Carnage" tour dates:

18 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA
19 Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR
21 Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA
22 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA
23 Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
25 Magness Arena, Denver, CO
26 Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
27 El Paso Coliseum, El Paso, TX
29 Verizon Wireless, Houston, TX
31 Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN

1  Gwinnett Arena, Duluth, GA
2  Broadbent Arena, Louisville, KY
4  Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN
5  UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
6  Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
9  Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT
11 Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ
13 Susquehanna Center, Camden, NJ
14 Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA
16 Pavillon de la Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC
18 John Labatt Centre, London, ON
19 Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
20 Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
22 Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB
23 Metro Centre, Halifax, NS

Gibson Unveils BUCKETHEAD Signature Les Paul

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 16, 2009 at 9:53 AM

BucketheadFrom his prolific solo work, to his prominent memberships in the supergroup Praxis and rock legends Guns N' Roses, Buckethead has displayed one of the most fiery creative personas of our times, and has continually affirmed his stance in the upper echelon of contemporary shredders. Equally attention-grabbing as his incendiary chops, Buckethead's stage show and visual presence remain unique among the rock field, and his Gibson guitars—a white Les Paul in particular—have always been a big part of that. As Gibson continues to roll out the Rocktober action, the Buckethead Signature Les Paul celebrates this unparalleled artist's achievements. With an oversized, chambered Les Paul body, a marker-less ebony fingerboard, and Buckethead's choice of Gibson's contemporary ceramic humbucking pickups—complete with modified electronics and "arcade" style kill switches—this is a Les Paul like none to have come before. It's primed to get you noticed, and designed for utmost performance for the contemporary rock, metal, and shred performer.

Get more info and all the specs at

For some truly insane Buckethead licks, riffs, and techniques, check out the video below, which was filmed in late 2005 for the January 2006 issue of the now defunct Guitar One magazine. If you have that issue laying around, the tab for all these examples is there.


Jensen Announces the Jet Falcon Speaker

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 13, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Jensen Musical Instrument Speakers is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Jensen Jet series, the 12" Falcon. This 50-watt speaker introduces a new style of cone—a secret, magical green cone that is specially designed to ensure optimum tone, no matter the style of music.

The Falcon's tone is warm and full-bodied with lows that are rich and fat, and it responds to overdrive distortion with a colorful crunch. Jensen also announced they will be releasing more Jensen Jet series speakers somewhere on the horizon. For more info, visit

Jensen Jet Falcon speaker

The Who Set to Play Super Bowl XLIV

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 13, 2009 at 2:42 PM

The Who guitar is reporting that, according to a source, legendary rock act The Who (guitar tab) will be the featured performer at halftime of Super Bowl XLIV, on February 7, 2010, in Miami, Florida. The NFL has not yet confirmed the report, saying, "When we have something to announce, we'll announce it." 

The Who also, through their web site, have stated that the gig is pure speculation, but it's now being reported at outlets such as Billboard and the New York Post, and the SI reporter seemed awfully darned sure of his source. 

Meanwhile, guitarist Pete Townshend continues to work on a new musical titled "Floss," in the style of "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia." "Floss" conveys the story of a married couple whose relationship gets into difficulty and estrangement until a series of dramatic events in a hospital emergency ward bring them both to their senses. Several of the songs will be featured on a new Who record scheduled for a 2010 release. "Floss" will be heard in concert for the first time in 2011.

Officials to Restore Birthplace of Bluesman ROBERT JOHNSON

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 12, 2009 at 5:58 PM

There is no artist with greater mystique Delta blues legend Robert Johnson. Popular mythology has Johnson selling his soul to the devil in exchange for his otherworldly guitar technique. It's also been long storied that he was poisoned by a jealous man in 1938, yet three different markers claim to be the site of his demise. What we do know, however, is that Robert Johnson was born in 1911, in a home built by his stepfather, Charles Dodds, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi.

Now, 71 years after his death, the AP reports that local officials in Hazlehurst plan to restore the home in which Johnson was born, in hopes of bringing tourism revenue to Copiah County, which sits about 100 miles north of the Mississippi Delta, and a little over 200 miles south of the famed intersection of US 61 and US 49, better known as "the crossroads."

"It's amazing that after all these years, people still talk about Robert Johnson on the level that they do," said the bluesman's grandson, Steven Johnson.

The home, which is now owned by Copiah County and was verified as Johnson's birthplace in a letter from his half-sister years ago, has fallen into disrepair. Janet Schriver, the executive director of the Copiah County Office of Cultural Affairs, said they hope to raise $250,000 for the restoration project.

The AP article also mentions that producers are shopping a script on Johnson's life penned by Jimmy White, the screenwriter for the Academy Award-winning film Ray.

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KATATONIA Posts Video From New Album Night Is the New Day

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Swedish progressive metal band Katatonia has posted a music video for "Day and Then the Shade," the first single off their latest release, Night is the New Day, on their official MySpace page. The new video was directed by Lass Hoile (Opeth, Porcupine Tree), and can be seen below.

Night is the New Day is Katatonia's eighth studio album, and their first release since the highly acclaimed The Great Cold Distance, in 2006.  The new record was released in the U.S. this week, on November 10th, on Peaceville Records.

For more on Katatonia, visit

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As the AEROSMITH World Turns

Posted by Michael Mueller on November 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Aerosmith guitar tabDespite Steven Tyler's announcement at Joe Perry's gig Tuesday night in New York City that the singer is not leaving Aerosmith, it appears the drama is not yet over. In an interview with, Perry clarifies the problem, explaining that while Tyler never said he was leaving Aerosmith, he does want to take a two-year hiatus to work on other projects—which doesn't sit well with Perry and the rest of the band.

"Aerosmith wants to work," Perry told Billboard. "We're gonna ... do something—I'm not exactly sure what yet, but the band's too good to let it sit around. We're not going to wait for Steven."

Meanwhile, all we can do is wait. Will they "Come Together," or is a "Permanent Vacation" inevitable? Tune in next week (or more likely, tomorrow).

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