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Brand New Transcriptions of Guns N' Roses Guitar Tab Classics!
The guitar editors at Cherry Lane and Hal Leonard recently visited the vault, dusted off a few old Guns N' Roses classics, and decided to give them a guitar tab makeover. Now those new, accurate, note-for-note guitar tabs are available exclusively online here:
In addition, we've also got over 30 other GN'R guitar tabs right here.
New Slash Album Title and Cover Art Revealed
PRESS RELEASE: Slash—the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter—has revealed the cover artwork and album title for his second studio album Apocalyptic Love. Due out May 22, the new album features Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and will be released on Slash's own label Dik Hayd International and distributed through EMI. Slash is currently in a Los Angeles studio putting the final touches on Apocalyptic Love. This week he announced his headlining U.S. tour will begin May 3 in Baltimore. A fan pre-sale is happening now on www.slashonline.com, with the regular on-sale starting tomorrow, Friday, February 17. See the full itinerary below, with more dates to be added.
Apocalyptic Love, will follow his 2010 debut album Slash and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
On Apocalyptic Love, Slash—along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)—have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by Slash and Kennedy and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage below.
Slash's 2012 headlining U.S. tour dates are as follows:
5/3 Baltimore, MD
5/5 Rockingham, NC
5/7 Orlando, FL
5/10 Biloxi, MS
5/13 Boone, IA
5/14 Minneapolis, MN
5/16 Madison, WI
5/17 Grand Rapids, MI
5/19 Columbus, OH
5/20 Camden, NJ
5/26 Albuquerque, NM
Iron Maiden Announces Maiden England World Tour This Summer
Legendary Brit-metal band Iron Maiden will hit the road this summer with their Maiden England World Tour, which includes a series of North American dates, beginning June 21, in Charlotte, NC. The Maiden England World Tour will closely mirror, in terms of production and content, the original 1988 concert video of the same name (see below*), shot on the Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour. Special guests will include Alice Cooper and Coheed & Cambria.
Comments vocalist Bruce Dickinson, "We have great fun playing the History of Maiden Tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It's always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original Seventh Son Tour re-visited - with many other surprises!"
In most venues, tickets will go on sale on March 2 and 3 but watch this site or check local venue information for fuller details. Fan Club members should check out ironmaiden.com for exclusive first day ticket presales and contest to be "First To The Barrier."
In what should be welcome news to the ticket-buying public, Iron Maiden is working with promoters to arrange a paperless ticketing system, in an attempt to eliminate as much ticket scalping and third-party sales as possible, helping to ensure fans pay no more than face value—especially for prime seats.
For all the latest tour info, visit www.ironmaiden.com.
*Maiden England 1988 Longform Video VHS Tracklisting:
Moonchild, The Evil That Men Do, The Prisoner, Still Life, Die With Your Boots On, Infinite Dreams, Killers, Can I Play With Madness, Heaven Can Wait, Wasted Years, The Clairvoyant, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, The Number Of The Beast, Hallowed Be Thy Name, Iron Maiden.
MAIDEN ENGLAND 2012 TOUR DATES:
6/21 Charlotte, NC
6/23 Atlanta, GA
6/26 Boston, MA
6/27 Wantagh, NY
6/29 Philadelphia, PA
6/30 Washington, DC
7/2 Newark, NJ
7/5 Chicago, IL
7/8 Quebec, QC
7/11 Montreal, QC
7/13 Toronto, ON
7/14 Sarnia, ON
7/16 Buffalo, NY
7/18 Detroit, MI
7/19 Indianapolis, IN
7/24 Winnipeg, MB
7/26 Calgary, AB
7/27 Edmonton, AB
7/29 Vancouver, BC
7/30 Auburn, WA
8/1 Salt Lake City, UT
8/3 San Francisco, CA
8/6 Phoenix, AZ
8/9 Irvine, CA
8/12 Albuquerque, NM
8/13 Denver, CO
8/15 San Antonio, TX
8/17 Dallas, TX
8/18 Houston, TX
Please note there will be a few dates added within this period.
Top 10 Hair Metal Power Ballads
Does anything suggest Valentine's Day quite like a long-maned, make-up-wearing dude pronouncing his love via song to a girl who may or may not be as pretty as said dude? Yeah, yeah, make fun, but all joking aside, few artists do love songs quite a hair metal power ballad, and since those songs form the soundtrack of my youthful romances, they will always hold special significance for me.
So, here are our top 10 hair metal power ballads. And in case you want to serenade that special someone with one of these tunes this Tuesday, February 14, click on the title to get the guitar tab or a lesson!
10. "I'll Be There For You" Bon Jovi
Any song that proclaims "I'd die for you" marks a pretty strong proclamation of eternal love, hey?
9. "High Enough" Damn Yankees
Even Nuge's gum-chawing posturing with that zebra-striped PRS and matching cape couldn't kill the mood.
8. "To Be With You" Mr. Big
Yes, I'll have the power ballad, hold the power.
7. "Hysteria" Def Leppard
Hysteria is typically not a good thing, but I think the Sheffield boys were simply reaching for hyperbole to describe when they "get that feelin'."
6. "Love Is on the Way" Saigon Kick
If you're wondering where the "power" in this ballad is, it's in the downright spine-tingling chorus vocals, my friends.
5. "Sweet Child O' Mine" Guns N' Roses
Cue that sweet Axl sway and sing "Oh, oh, oh, ooh ..."
4. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" Poison
What was it with hair metal guys wanting to be cowboys?
3. "More Than Words" Extreme
When your rhythm section waves their lighters, you know you've got a hit.
2. "Heaven" Warrant
Want to write your own power ballad, this arrangement is the ultimate template. RIP, Janie.
1. "Love of a Lifetime" Firehouse
If marriage is the ultimate symbol of everlasting love, then the hair metal song most often heard at weddings must be the ultimate power ballad.
#1-Plus: "I Remember You" Skid Row
OK, THIS is the greatest power ballad—ever. Sebastian Bach's pipes, that rockin' solo? Oh, yeah! Unfortunately, we don't hold the rights to offer the guitar tab. (Hint: the main riff is G-Cadd9, occasionally it goes to open D, and the chorus is G-D-Em-C. Shh ... don't tell.)
Eddie Van Halen Back in Top Form at L.A. Forum
Like so many guitarists of a certain age (let's just say we've reached the other side of the vaunted hill), hearing and seeing Eddie Van Halen for the first time in our teen years, back in the early '80s, sparked the desire to pick up and learn how to play the plank.
But then came the train wreck. I recall taking a former colleague to see the reunited "Van Hagar" at Madison Square Garden about six or seven years ago; it was the first time he'd ever seen Eddie play live, and well, "embarrassing" doesn't begin to describe Ed's downright painful performance. We left that show thinking it was all over.
But with the band's new album, A Different Kind of Truth, and its accompanying U.S. tour, the guitar gods have seen fit to give Ed one more chance, and judging by the following video of his guitar solo at a private event at the Los Angeles Forum a few nights ago, Eddie has tapped into the fountain of youth and capitalized on the opportunity. This six-minute clip shows an energized Eddie Van Halen in top form, and as a result, has me very excited for this year's stop at the Garden, where I hope to be once again bowing to the master.
Metallica Announce 2-Day Orion Music Festival for June 2012
In a live video stream from their web site on Tuesday, February 7, legendary metal band Metallica announced the creation of the Orion Music + More annual music and arts festival, which will take place on June 23-24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Metallica will headline both nights of the event and announced they will play their self-titled "Black" album in its entirety on one night, and Ride the Lightning in its entirety the other.
"We've had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years," said Lars Ulrich. "Finally this year all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious. After the most incredible of weeks ever in December 2011 celebrating our 30th anniversary at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, bringing the spirit of that week, the looseness of that week, the possibilities of that week, the fan interactive elements of that week, and the (fill in your own blank here) of that week to a festival setting is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves."
Here are more details from the official press release:
Orion Music + More will feature multiple live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Metallica will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play "The Black Album" in its entirety one night Ride The Lightning in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012. The lineup for Orion Music + More will span multiple musical genres. From punk to country, over 20 bands will perform, including: Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Metallica Met Club fan club presale starts February 8th at 10am (Eastern) and runs through Friday, February 10th at 10pm (Eastern). Met Club members get first dibs on buying festival tickets and with a couple of options to choose from.
- A Super Special Price at $125 including all fees for a 2-Day pass OR
- The MET CLUB ULTRA 2-DAY PASS, which includes Front of Stage Viewing Area Access, Exclusive Ultra Lounge Access & More for $225 including all fees!
Tickets will go on-sale to the public on Saturday, February 11th at 10 am (Eastern) for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit www.orionmusicandmore.com to buy tickets.
Carlos Santana Live at Montreux 2011 2DVD Set Due February 21
New York, NY--Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Santana Live At Montreux 2011 on a 2DVD set and Blu-ray in a exhilarating set of jazz, Latin, funk, soul and rock 'n' roll. The 23-song show weighs heavily on the side of the songs that fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist (inducted in 1998) have loved over the years.
Filmed in high-definition and recorded in DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1 and LPCM Stereo, it's a total jam-packed evening of percolating percussion, soaring lead guitar solos and the kind of funky bass/drum action that has kept this band in the forefront of popular music for over 40 years.
Live At Montreux 2011 is a career-spanning show that covers all the bases: from Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman," Babatunde Olatunji's "Jingo" and Willie Bobo's "Evil Ways" to John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme." Carlos Santana has always had a knack for making his cover versions become spectacularly his own. His interpretive flair reached its zenith with 2010's Guitar Heaven which contains his scintillating take on Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love." Add his numerous originals, including "Smooth" and "Maria Maria," his signature style of inspired and spiritual guitar playing and you have the kind of DVD that burns with intensity.
Extras include interviews with Carlos and Cindy Blackman Santana, and a very special peek behind-the-scenes. Guest artists include the husband/wife guitar team of Susan Tedeschi and Allman Brother Derek Trucks as well as drummer/wife Cindy Blackman Santana. Over three hours long, this is the Santana concert his fans have been waiting for!
Spark Of The Divine
Back In Black
Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen
Oye Como Va
Corazon Espinado / Guajira
Benny & Cindy Solo
Carlos Speaks / Novus
Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile) / I Want You
Batuka / No One To Depend On
Duende / Open Invitation
Make Somebody Happy / Right On Be Free
Evil Ways / A Love Supreme
Sunshine Of Your Love
Smooth / Dame Tu Amor
Soul Sacrifice / Dennis Drum Solo
Samba Pa Ti
Into The Night
Love, Peace And Happiness / Freedom