Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Music

Do you ever imagine a rockstar or a metalhead playing Christmas Music ? I bet you never think of it. Imagine today you are going to watch Megadeth concert, you enjoy the trash metal songs being played, you enjoy every second of it. In the end of the show the band suddenly make an announcement that they are going to perform there again next month, but this time no more metal songs, no more headbanging.

The band announces " Next month we will be performing again on this stage. We will play tons of Christmas songs for you, please don't buy any ticket, Free Christmas Music for all. "

I'm sure you will be shock and dying going to hell.Hehe. Well this is not a fiction story, Megadeth member really did this, Dave Ellefson (former bass player founding member Megadeth) said he was proud to be part of a project. "I am proud to be playing songs that have been well crafted with a true message concerning the Spirit of Christmas.”

Visit Free Christmas Music for full story.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Buckethead Signature Les Paul

Guitar manufacturer Gibson has mentioned about Buckethead Signature Les Paul in their official website recently.

"From 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."

Read the complete news at Gibson.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chris Broderick's New Guitar

Chris Broderick the guitarist for US trash metal band Megadeth has issued an update about his new guitar. This fantastic guitar which includes a brand new Vic artwork on it has been produced by guitar manufacturer Ibanez.

I'm wondering if it will be available as a custom guitar, how much it will cost?Hmm..........


Friday, November 13, 2009

First of all,if you haven`t read the first lesson, I highly suggest you do so. (enter link)

On this lesson I`ll be showing you various arpeggios, each one with its unique sound.hopefully you`ll find something you like and add it to your guitar playing.

Section 1: Diminished Arpeggios (Cause neo classical farts love it!)

Well if you`re familiar with the works of becker, friedman, moore, etc`, you know they just love to use those diminished runs.


The most common shapes of that kind are the 4 string shapes(shown above), which can be extended if you take the same thing 3 frets higher, and from there another 3 and so on.


Thats also a diminished run,on the lower strings.
Here`s a nice diminished arpeggio I've come up with, that covers all 6 strings:


Thats about it for this section. use those shapes to get an idea about the sound and tonality of diminished.

Section 2: Pentatonic Arpeggios (break out of the box)

Every guitarist knows the pentatonic scale and can play it "in boxes". The problem is that most guys are stuck in those boxes and can't really expand the pentatonic sound to more stuff.

Becker showed in the AIM clinic some pentatonic ideas, which are original and great. His advice is to change the order of notes in the scale. Meaning, if we`re playing in A pentatonic minor, the notes are: A,C,D,E,G. So if we play those 5 notes in any order, how much we want to, we`ll get a pentatonic tonality.

Here is a pentatonic arpeggio,which sounds really awesome.


You can check if you`d like to, you`ll see that all the notes in that arpeggio are from the A penta. Minor scale. Thats one idea that you can utilize to every penta. Minor key you want.

Next is another arpeggio, which is actually famous! This is the arpeggio used in the intro of becker`s "perptual burn".


This guy is A penta. Minor too! Becker just changed the order of the notes and got a great fresh sound, from an overly used scale.

Last idea for this section is actually playing the penta. Minor scale!
Well not exactly, we`ll play it by sweep picking.


Its pretty obvious, you got here the A penta. Minor scale, played in 3 different octaves. The key here is to make the arpeggio not sound like the same pattern repeated 3 times.

In order to do that, you`ll need to learn to sweep it, pick every string just once, meaning left hand is all legato. It might seem like an akward thing to sweep, but its possible and sounds great in my opinion!

Section 3: Weird Stuff.

The first weird arpeggio I`ll show is the Augmented. This one is rarely used, mostly because its so damn dissonant! Although you can hear it on cacophony`s "black cat" in the end of the chorus. Here is one shape that covers all 6 strings, you can derive from it smaller shapes. beware as it sounds very nasty!


I guess you can use it for some shocking breaks, or that kind of stuff.

The next (and last in this section) Arpeggio is the Whole-tone. As you can tell, its based on the whole tone scale. If you`re not familiar with this one, the formula is: 1-2-3-b5-b6-b7. Whole-tone gives you a modern-day classical sound.


Thats pretty dissonant isnt it? Thats what makes this section "weird"!

That concludes this lesson, I hope you learned something new and liked it. On my next lesson I`ll show you exotic arpeggios, some beautiful stuff that becker showed in some clinics he did back in the day.

Courtesy Of becker89


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Slash’s Solo Album "Sahara" Been Released In Japan.

Japan Fans will get the first taste of Slash’s upcoming solo album with the release of "Sahara." The new single is a collaboration with iconic B’z front man, Koshi Inaba. Included with the single is a b-side version of "Paradise City," featuring Fergie and Cypress Hill's B Real and Syn Dog. Look for it at your favorite music store.
For all you other fans outside of Japan – Keep your eyes out for those imports!

More news at here.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Deep Purple The Real Highway Star For 40 Years.

British legendary band Deep Purple already exists for 40 Years and still rocking. What a great achievement. The band's popular songs like "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" had been written and composed long time ago back in the 60's?/70's but still got high popularity and being listened by many of the younger generations.

Recent interview conducted by reveals that Deep Purple didn't shows any sign to quit from the music industries, in fact I believe they never know the word of "retirement" in their life. Ian Gillan the frontman of Deep Purple for 40 years said they’ll be in full writing mode around February.

“I take that a bit badly,” Ian says. “I mean, we’ve always been doing this. Live music is what we do – make new songs that we include in the act every now and again.”

“No-one’s done any writing yet,” says Ian. “I’ve got about 50 songs in my library at the moment, but they’re not for Deep Purple.”

Rapture of the Deep was the band’s last studio album, released in November 2005, and fans have been hoping for something new in 2010.

Complete news at here.


A Cheap Seat

Here is another online concert tickets broker. Tickets for Metallica, AC/DC, Kiss and other great hard rock/metal band are available. Hurry, the last ticket for your favorite band is waiting for you.

The awesome part of this website is that it is not for concert tickets only but also include many other events like sports and theater. You can easily find variety type of tickets in one website, absolutely a one stop center for tickets, what a great idea.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Yngwie Malmsteen Covers Michael Jackson Song

Neoclassical guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will include a cover song from Michael Jackson in his new album called "High Impact". Michael Jackson super hit song "Beat It" has been chosen by Yngwie as a bonus track.

The set is described as "a mind-boggling, high-paced instrumental compilation record. Yngwie's The song "Beat It" will contains Malmsteen's own magical touch and Tim Ripper Owens on Vocals. The album will be released on December 8 and should be very interesting, it is an absolutely a must buy album.

Track listing:

01. Caprici Di Dablo
02. Brothers
03. Blitzkrieg
04. Trilogy Suite
05. Red House
06. Finale
07. Magic City
08. Arpeggios From Hell
09. Far Beyond The Sun
10. Cantabile
11. Blue
12. Overture 1622
13. Fugue
14. Beat It (MICHAEL JACKSON cover)

Pre-order is available at:



Direct TV

I've found an amazing website while surfing the internet recently. The website is about Direct TV. Their offer is so great and undeniable. That is why I wrote an entry specifically for this website and want to share to all of you about their fantastic offer.

Nowadays, Satellite Directv or better known as Direct TV Satellite become so popular and a must buy product for every house. If you want to be a part of it, you have just found the correct website. This website provides a variety selection of TV provider from local channels to international channels. Be sure to visit the site, you won't regret it.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Win A Free Guitar Lesson From Kiko Loureiro

Want to get a guitar lesson directly from Kiko Loureiro? Guitar string manufacturer Addario has conducted a contest to find a lucky winner which will have an exclusive moment with kiko Loureiro. Who knows this is your lucky time, so don't hesitate to enter the contest.

To participate you will have to record and send one video which carries a performance and a music of Kiko. The song is a free choice and the video must have minimum duration of 1 minute and principle of 2 minutes. The contemplated ones in 1º, 2º and 3º place will be chosen by Kiko Loureiro himself!

The winner of the competition will have the possibility to pass one afternoon with Kiko Loureiro in the Sonic Extreme studio in São Paulo /SP in the first fortnight of December. Kiko will give a lesson based on the music chosen by the winner upon registration.

The lesson will be recorded and will show Kiko giving lesson to the winner.The video will be published in the site of the Express Musical comedy, Of Addario and in their official page of YouTube.

The great winner still takes pra house 10 endorsement Of Addario of line XL (009, 010 or 011)!Idea must creative and which shows the participant knowledge of guitar. Correct execution of chosen music, adequacy to the duration stipulated for the competition and creativity is an election of criteria.

Competition ends in 30th of November! Good luck!

* Each candidate will be able to submit only one video, that will have to be published in the YouTube, or any site that the content has supported, and link generated sent in the act of the registration.

Translation is not accurate, read the original post at here (In Portuguse Language)


Monday, November 2, 2009

Alyson Avenue Live in Stockholm

Alyson Avenue the Swedish rocker will be performing in Stockholm, Saturday 16th of January 2010 at The Cave Rockclub.

"This is the First time Alyson Avenue plays in the capitol of Sweden and We are really looking forward to meet the Melodic Rock Audience of Stockholm."

Stay tuned for more updates


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Kiko Loureiro 'Let there be Rock' Radio Show

Kiko Loureiro will be featured 'Let there be Rock' Radio Show on October 27. "I will present some of my favorite songs of all time, and I've chosen some real cool tracks. It would be great if you could listen to the show via the internet stream: ."

The 2-hour show starts at 9PM CET (Amsterdam time) on Tuesday October 27. In other time zones start time is:

- London 8PM

- New York 3PM

- Los Angeles Noon

- Rio de Janeiro 5PM

- Moscow 11PM

- Tokyo 5AM (Wednesday October 28)

- Sydney (7AM (Wednesday October 28)

"I will present my favorite top 3 songs of my own playing in the first hour of the show, and my top 3 favorite songs of all time in the 2nd hour of the show. "

More news at here.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Girl Went Missing After Attending Metallica Concert.

A 20 years old girl Morgan Dana Harrington was missing after attending Metallica Concert. She was last seen while attending concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA.

"Morgan has blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5'6", 120 lbs., and was wearing a black 'PANTERA' T-shirt, black skirt, and black boots. She was not carrying I.D. or a cell phone. Morgan was separated from her friends shortly before 9pm at the venue. Police have been searching the area since Monday.

"We encourage anyone who has any information regarding Morgan's disappearance to please come forward. Additionally, if you or anyone you know shot video footage or took photos of the concert or audience, please check to see if there is anyone in your photos who might resemble Morgan. Please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 924-7166 or if you have any information.

"Our thoughts are with Morgan and her family for her safe return."


Mustaine Said Blabbermouth & Roadrunner Don't Like Megadeth

In Megadeth forum section of the band's website, Dave Mustaine has commented the negative thought about people hating Megadeth.

"There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of a 'Big Four' tour [featuring METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX], and while I find the timing peculiar, the opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because we all are really so very different now, and the chances of this happening are probably not going to come around again in the future; due to personal plans, new ventures, and the inevitable passing of torches to the next generation in each of our respective genres (or the sub-genres that were created).

"Our crew and the Japanese crew were keeping it just to our friends and the top acts. In fact, at one time we had me and Kerry King [SLAYER guitarist] talking, Dave Lombardo [SLAYER drummer] holding court with several people, Akira Takasaki [LOUDNESS] was hanging with Shawn [Drover; MEGADETH drummer], Glenn Tipton from JUDAS PRIEST, the guys from ANVIL, and lots of journos, photogs, and record company people all in my dressing room.

"Funny, it seems like Blabbermouth and Roadrunner USA are the only people who don't like me or MEGS anymore.

"Such a shame.

"I knew I shouldn't have done this. Why didn't I trust myself?

"I regret a lot of things in my life, but this is the most regrettable."

(Visit the band's official for full news.)


Atreyu Release Video for Storm to Pass

Atreyu has released the video for their first single "Storm to Pass." Their highly anticipated seventh album, Congregation of the Damned will be released soon, stay tuned for more updates....

Watch the video below:


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Akira Takasaki Joined Megadeth On Stage.

Akira Takasaki has joined Megadeth on stage to play "Symphony Of Destruction''. Akira Takasaki is a famous Japanese metaller and a current guitarist for Loudness. Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi has departed in November last year from cancer.

Sadly only an audio of the performance available, do inform if someone has a video footage of it.


Guns n’ Roses | Canada Tour

Guns n’ Roses have revealed plans to bring Chinese Democracy to Canada. According to Rolling, various Canadian Websites teased a huge announcement concerning Gn’R touring Canada. This tour will starts January 13th in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and stretches to the North until February 4th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The earliest presale begins October 21st. General admission floor seats and reserved seats in the stands are available; prices range from $49.50 to $89.50 Canadian before service charges.

Guns n’ Roses Canadian tour dates

Jan. 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Jan. 16 – Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Jan. 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Jan. 19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Jan. 20 – Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
Jan. 24 – Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
Jan. 25 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
Jan. 27 – Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
Jan. 28 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Jan. 31 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Feb. 1 – Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi
Feb. 3 – Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
Feb. 4 – Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre


Steve Vai | That Metal Show

Steve Vai the guitar virtuoso will appear as a special guest on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show on Saturday November 7th at 11:00pm.

For fans outside of the USA, the show will be available to view online soon after it airs.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Live Line Give Away

The Live Line is giving away free prizes to the fans. All you have to do is filling the required information. Prizes includes an autographed Anthrax t-shirt, a signed Trivium poster, an autographed All That Remains CD, signed picture from Sirius, stickers from Shadows Fall, and more.


Chickenfoot | CD/DVD Limited Edition.

An interesting news arrives from supergroup Chickenfoot, there is an exclusive Deluxe Limited Edition of the Chickenfoot album in the coming of first November. According to the news, the cost will be $9.99, the CD includes all 12 tracks, including Bitten By The Wolf.

DVD includes an hour of new video footage featuring videos for every song including live performances from Montreux Jazz Festival (Soap on a Rope, Sexy Little Thing & Down The Drain), and exclusive footage from the road, in rehearsal, and in the recording studio. Both official music videos for "Oh Yeah" and "Soap On A Rope" are also included.

Click the picture for pre-order. More details are still to come, stay tuned for updates.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Steve's Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class will hit Calgary and Toronto this November. The details of the event are as follows :

Sunday, Nov. 22
Venue: Engineered Air Theater
City: Calgary, Canada
Time: 3:00pm

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Venue: Rock Star Music School
City: Bolton, Ontario, Canada (Toronto)
Time: 6:00pm

Tickets to the Calgary master class will be available through Music Center Canada West (tel. 1-403-246-6480.) Tickets to the Toronto master class will be available only through's online Ticket Store.

Tickets are USD$250 and go on sale on Monday October 12 at 1:00pm PDT. Both classes are limited to 100 attendees.

To read more about the Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class, including an outline of the course and topics covered, visit our general information page. Some details will be updated on this page, so please check back on Monday for additional information.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Alyson Avenue | First Concert Date

Alyson Avenue, the Swedish rock band will be performing in Växjö, Friday the 13th of November at Club Dirty Harry. More information can be found at Club Dirty Harry and Harrys in Växjö.

This is their first concert ever, please visit the url provided for more info.

The previous Alyson Avenue's vocalist was Anette Olzon, she is the current singer for the band Nightwish. This Classic Rock band which was formed in 1989 had released two albums, Presence Of Mind (2000) and Omega (2003), both albums were re-released in 2009.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Alexi Laiho, Fan meet and greet in Canada

Alexi Laiho the frontman of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM will be at Steve's Music Store to take part in a fan meet-and-greet on September 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Steve's Music Store is located at 51 Saint-Antoine West (Metro Place d'Armes) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. No photos or filming will be allowed. Fans must come early if they want to meet Alexi.

In other news, COB's new album "Skeletons In The Closet", will be released on September 23 through Spinefarm. This album is a selection of cover versions, some of them existing recordings, others specially laid down for this release. Please support them by buying the original one. Stay tuned for more updates.


Yngwie Malmsteen Rock Band Metal Track Pack

In his Myspace, Yngwie wrote:

A standalone disc of 20 metal tracks is headed for retailers on October 13

It's been rumored for a while now, but Harmonix officially announced that another Rock Band Track Pack will be coming to retailers this year -- this time around, it'll be focused on the metal genre. For a suggested price of $29.99, the Rock Band Metal Track Pack will feature a total of 20 songs that can either be played on the standalone disc or imported into your other RockBand games.

Rock Band Metal Track Pack, like all Rock Band software, is compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero® and other third party music video game peripherals and microphones.

Complete Track List:

1. All That Remains - Two Weeks
2. At the Gates - Blinded By Fear
3. Black Tide - ShockWave
4. Blue Öyster Cult - Transmaniacon MC*
5. Bullet For My Valentine -Waking the Demon
6. Children of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet
7. Evile -Thrasher
8. Godsmack - I Stand Alone
9. The Haunted - D.O.A.
10. Hawkwind - Master Of The Universe*
11. I Mother Earth - Levitate*
12. In This Moment - Forever
13. Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
14. Lacuna Coil - Closer
15. Lamb of God - Laid to Rest
16. Motörhead - Killed by Death*
17. Nazareth - Hair of the Dog*
18. Queens of the Stone Age - 3’s & 7’s
19. Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade*
20. Yngwie Malmsteen -Red Devil

More news at here.


Friday, September 11, 2009

Dream Theater | Updated Lifting Shadows

Dream Theater announces an update about their Lifting Shadows.The biography is now ready for pre-sale. In their my space, Dream Theater wrote :

Just to let you all know that the second edition of the Dream Theater biography, Lifting Shadows, is now available to pre-order!


Full details of this updated book can be found at

For the second edition of Lifting Shadows, I've tracked down and interviewed even more people involved in the Dream Theater story. The text has also been thoroughly revised and updated. So there's also a detailed look at the making of the Black Clouds & Silver Linings album, which includes all new interviews with the band. Plus I've also added an appendix which covers the numerous side projects, such as Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, OSI, G3 and other solo albums, with interviews with the likes of Neal Morse, Jim Matheos, Tony Levin and the DT guys. This is edition is also around 40% longer than the original.

Complete news at here.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kiko Loureiro | Our Portuguese language

Kiko Loureiro, the guitarist for Brazillian metaller Angra has posted new blog updates, he wrote:

Here in Portugal all perfect one. Tomorrow it is our show (Cove) and today we were to sanction the show of the Sepulture in the Festival in the Island of the Ermal.

I could not leave to give one verified in this environment with so suggestive name… After all left me to the menu intrigued.

Kiko warns:
It uses the imagination with moderation

Abraços Lusitanos

Translation is not accurate,visit his official blog for more info
(In portuguse)


Monday, August 24, 2009

Kiko Loureiro Wrote about GIT

Angra's guitarist, Kiko Loureiro has posted an update in his blog, he wrote about his experience at Musician Institute one year ago, see the exciting video performance below.

Kiko Wrote:

When postei stows in 2008 in the GIT in Hollywood counting on the chance to also touch with the JD of the Black Label Society and with the Tommy Clufetos of the Alice Cooper and Robbie Zombie

It had promised to send link of the video that had made at the time, but as my head is senile, the lapses of memories happens of form each more frequent time. I leave here vocês to see what it passed in that night… one year later…

Translation is not accurate,visit his official blog for more info
(In portuguse)


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Megadeth's Endgame Updates

Megadeth's new upcoming album "Endgame" has won the 'editors soundcheck' of German monthly metal rag, Rock Hard magazine and is featured as 'album of the month' in the September issue.

This album also was appraised track by track by To quote some of the appraised:


Doesn't Mustaine just love this kind of subject matter? A regime inflicting a brutal new world order on innocent civilians etc - it's probably a bit like being in his band. "Attention! Attention! All citizens report to your district detention centres" says the goon with the megaphone before we get a satisfyingly chuggy riffscape straight from the late 80s. Again the latter part of the song involves the accelerator being buried directly to the floor amid guitar hero meltdown.


Having been touted around for weeks now this, the first single, is a perfectly acceptable, straight-ahead metal track which in truth is one of the album's highlights; fast, power-metal that's a bit like 'Painkiller' era Judas Priest. It's as uncompromising and unintelligent as the title suggests. Mustaine's snarl is the key here as only he could deliver this with such vitriol, and there's more intense playing too as he and Broderick trade lead breaks. It's a welcome return to no-nonsense, well produced technical metal and a good advert for where Megadeth are at at this point.

Nothing Left To Lose

An ominously rumbling bass intro ushers in a rather predictable and plain riff that makes a lot of fuss about going precisely nowhere. Yet true to form, Megadeth rescue the track: the tempo builds to a frenetic conclusion of both track and a surprisingly sturdy album.

This new album will be available worldwide on September 15, a countdown counter


Dream Theater | Canadian PN09 showtimes changed

Recent update from Dream Theater's Myspace revealed showtime changes for Canadian PN09. The news are as follows:

FYI - All of the remainder of the Canadian shows are now an hour later than previously announced:

6pm doors

7pm - STS

7:45pm - BE.

8:35pm - ZPZ

10:20pm - DT

More news about Dream Theater at here.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Alyson Avenue's Presence of Mind And Omega II Digital Downloads

Two previous albums from Alyson Avenue is now available as digital downloads. You can download Presence of Mind and Omega II at CD Baby.

Work has also begun to make the Albums available as Digital Downloads/Streaming on other services like iTunes, Amazon and Spotify e.t.c.

Visit Alyson Avenue's Myspace for more info.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Slash's new album will out next year

Recent update from Slash revealed that his solo album will only available next year, the album which will enter the mixing process in September is really great & deserves tour support according to him.

Slash wrote:

Hey all, hope you're all good. I'm long between blogs, I know.

Anyway, I don't know how I'm supposed to wait until next year to put out this record! It is so fucking cool & I am so anxious to get it out already. We start mixing soon & that will be that, ready to go. But, I have to wait, there's no way around it, for all kinds of logistic reasons & that's the reality.

But, my VR bandmates & I had a meeting a couple of weeks ago & although the search for a singer will continue, I am going to tour on my solo record most likely thru next summer starting in March or April. We (VR) will keep the word of mouth system going & listening to submissions from singers & checking out different singer's sites etc, we know the right guy is out there somewhere. It's possible somebody could turn up before I do my tour & we could start working on new material sooner than later, in a perfect world.

As far as my tour is concerned, I have already started to put together ideas for a kickass band & the plan is to perform some new stuff, Snakepit, VR & Guns stuff. The new album is really great & deserves that I should support it. Plus, I'm really looking forward to getting out there & doing some gigs, its been more than a year since I was on a proper tour & all these one off jams are basically just a tease.

So, there's the update for now, I'm still tinkering away on the solo record but there really isn't much left to do on it but mix it, which starts in September.

Cool, Take care, talk to you soon,

Iiiiii||; ),

Sent via Satan ] ; ) >

Slash's Myspace


Steve Vai | Live In Minneapolis

Steve Vai will release Live In Minneapolis - Where The Wild Things Are on September 29th, 2009 The show was recorded and filmed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis.The album is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and audio CD.

1. Paint Me Your Face
2. Now We Run
3. Oooo
4. Building The Church
5. Tender Surrender
6. Band Intros
7. Firewall
8. The Crying Machine
9. Shove The Sun Aside
10. I’m Becoming
11. Die To Live
12. Freak Show Excess
13. Apples In Paradise
14. All About Eve
15. Gary 7
16. Beastly Rap
17. Treasure Island
18. Angel Food
19. Earthquake Sky
20. The Audience Is Listening
21. The Murder
22. Juice
23. Whispering A Prayer
24. Taurus Bulba
25. Liberty
26. Answers
27. For The Love Of God

More info at here.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Nightwish T-shirt

New Nightwish T-shirt is available (acid burned black in color) which acid burn gives shirt a very distinctive and cool look.

More items available at here.


Kiko Loureiro | Coca-Cola Guitar Fest

Angra's guitarist Kiko Loureiro has posted new update about Coca-Cola Guitar Fest, in his blog Kiko wrote:

I delayed a little to postar link. They forgive.
In June I was for Chile to touch in Coca-Cola Guitar Fest.
The Festival, beyond my presence, counted on the most known guitarist, Alejandro Silva and a competition for guitaristas Chilean.

The video shows as well as was the event, also my face of suffering trying to say the language of the Kiko of the Keys.

The edition is excellent, only lacked my initiative to touch an Underwear ad-lib, where galera all in unison beat palms in accompaniment.

PS: For the uninformed musical comedies: Underwear is the most traditional Chilean rhythm: )

Of direct Kiev to the paulistano chaos and route to the Maceió.


Read the original post in Portuguese at here


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dream Theater | Australia, New Zealand Tour Dates


More dates at here


Chickenfoot | Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ticket Contest

Chickenfoot is playing a free show in Cleveland at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on August 15th. Tickets are free and a random drawing will be done to give away a few more pairs of tickets to anyone who has a CHICKENFOOT.US account (free or paid).

TO ENTER, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS POST A COMMENT ON THIS MESSAGE,here is the link. About a week before the show, they will put all the names in a hat and draw the winners, who will be informed via e-mail. Winners will be placed on the will-call list under the name listed in their profile, so please make sure it is accurate! You may only enter once, so no need to post multiple comments :}

Also, they will only have one chance to send along all of the names so won't be able to correct any names or change them to someone else after the drawing.



Megadeth and Slayer - will perform in Australia and New Zealand when they co-headline six shows in October. Tickets will go on sale to th general public Monday, August 10 at 9AM Sydney time. See details and tour dates.

With over 20 million albums sold worldwide, the icon that is Megadeth culminated the past April with Dave Mustaine’s acceptance of the highly coveted “Golden God” accolade and the band's headline performance at the inaugural Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles. Megadeth – lead guitarist/lead vocalist Dave Mustaine, lead and rhythm guitarist Chris Broderick, bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Shawn Drover – recorded Endgame, their 12th studio album in Los Angeles with Andy Sneap. Known for their ferocious live show, Megadeth will once again bring this intensity to their loyal throng of Australian and New Zealand followers.

5 Oct Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
7 Oct Riverstage (outdoor), Brisbane, Australia
8 Oct Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
9 Oct Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
11 Oct Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
13 Oct Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia

Link: Megadeth Official Website


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Alyson Avenue

Alyson Avenue the Swedish rock band has posted new update, they have been rehearsing to prepare for the coming live gigs.The band is now in pre-production of a third album with a new Lead Vocalist, Arabella Vitanc.

Alyson Avenue wrote:

Rehearsals and Live Gigs....
Over the last weeks Alyson Avenue has been in hectic rehearsals to prepare for Live Gigs. Progress has been great and discussions with various Organizers are ongoing and we will soon be able to announce the first dates and venues where we will play.

If you want to see us/book us please drop us a line at Bookings

/Alyson Avenue, Melodic Rock to Blow your mind!

Alyson Avenue's Myspace


Richie Kotzen New Album, Peace Sign

Richie Kotzen's will release a new album called "Peace Sign" this fall. No exact release date being announced yet, stay tuned for more updates.

In other news, Richie Kotzen live DVD, "Bootlegged In Brazil", was released in Europe on December 5, 2008.It is the first official live performance to be made available by this amazing ex-Poison and ex-Mr.Big.

The DVD features a performance from Kotzen's South American tour in 2007 and includes classic tracks from his repertoire: from the rhythmic labors of "A Love Divine" to "Go Faster" (off Kotzen's last studio album, "Return Of The Mother Head’s Family Reunion") and the great "Doin' What The Devils Says To Do".

Richie Kotzen's AUGUST ACOUSTIC Tour 2009 are as follows:

1 august - Area gens - Ponsacco (Italy)
5 august - Rock Night - Massignano/AP (Italy)
7 August -Piazza - Agnone (Italy)
8 august - Go west estivo - Roccaforzata (Italy)
13 august - Bluesiana - Velden (Austria)
14 august - Village - Habach (Germany)
16 august - Laguna village - Nettuno (Italy)


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kevin Cogill Gets House Arrest

Kevin Cogill, the Guns N Roses' Chinese Democracy uploader gets house arrest, Kevin Cogill was handed one year probation and two months’ home confinement after he was agreeing to produce an anti-piracy message.

Guns N Roses's latest album, Chinese Democracy was released in November, was cost millions and took 17 years to complete. After 'stealing' the album and uploaded it to the internet before the official release, Kevin Cogill was arrested and found guilty. Cogill faced a maximum of a year in prison and the amount of infringement equaled $371,000. After agreed to help produce an anti-piracy public service address with the RIAA, the government withdrew the $371,000 figure and agreed not to fine him.

He informed the authorities that he received the music online and unsolicited — a confession prosecutors said might pave the way for more “targets” to be prosecuted. Cogill uploaded nine songs from the 14-track album on June 18, 2008. Court records show he confessed to the FBI. The case was cracked by an investigator with the RIAA.

Lesson from this news, beware of what you are sharing in the internet, you might become the next Kevin Cogill. Seriously dude, no piracy!



Indonesian heavy metal musicians and their fans will rock Metal Fest 2009 this weekend, Sunday, July 19. News at The Jakarta Globe revealed an exciting news about the country's metal scene and through this concert, it promises an opportunity to see just how far Indonesian metal scene has come.

Jakarta Metal Fest 2009 is the brainchild of event organizer Divisi-20. Yura Lagan, founder of Divisi-20, said Metal Fest was a spinoff of Jakarta Death Fest, which began in 2005 with performances by local extreme heavy metal groups.

Yura said Jakarta Metal Fest 2009 would feature Jakarta bands, as well as bands from around the archipelago that are still building their careers like Kumal from Medan, North Sumatra, and Pernicious Head from Purwokerto, Central Java.

“I wanted to have bands other than the well-known city ones like Seringai and Noxa,” Yuri said. “I saw Kumal when they opened for [German band] Caliban, when they played Jakarta. I only managed to catch their last song, but their mix of Indonesian ethnic music and heavy metal, and their political lyrics in particular, really intrigued me.”

Ari Winarto who will be playing at the festival along with his group Death Valley said, "These kinds of gigs show general audiences that metal can be accepted by the mainstream. It’s not about extreme music — being loud and causing riots — it’s art,” Ari said he was most excited about watching the performance of veteran metal act Mortus.

“For some reason, we always encounter hassles obtaining permission to stage concerts,” Yura said. “But it is never the true metal kids [who cause riots], it is always the same group of guys who come only to stir things up.”

Both Yura and Ari, however, expressed confidence that the festival would come off without a hitch. Ari added, you will not even have to wear a black T-shirt and long wig: “Metal is in the heart. You can be completely naked and still have a heavy-metal soul.”

Read the full story at here.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kiko Loureiro Talks about Tarja Turunen Summer Tour (Part Two)

Tarja Turunen

Kiko, Tarja and friends.

Part two of Kiko Loureiro's blog post about Tarja Turunen Summer Tour is now available. Read the first part of the story at here. For those who are new about this story, Kiko Loureiro was the guitarist for Tarja's Summer Tour. The complete line-up are as follows:

Tarja Turunen (Vocals)
Mike Terrana Drums (Masterplan, Savage Circus, ex Rage, ex Malmsteen)
Maria Ilmoniemi (Keyboards)
Doug Wimbish Bass (Living Colour, Madonna, Jeff Beck, Rolling Stones)
Kiko Loureiro Guitars (Angra)
Max Lilja Cello (Hevein, ex Apocalyptica)

In his blog, Kiko wrote "Directly of palco of the first show in Budapeste for the “Tour-bus”. "

“Tour-bus” is understood as a cocoon-mother with 12 casulicos. These, called in English language, “bunk”, are the beds. For me, however, more they seem half-open coffins with ventinho and luzinha of reading with one cortininha to guarantee the individuality the optimum style “visits soul” of the Brazilian chains. It is truth also that the cocoon-mother has kitchen, bathroom, video game, films, music and colloquy, much colloquy. Everything this on four wheels is clearly.

In it we travel stretches of 15, 20 and up to 36 hours in this tour.

It is practically a Big Brother of the metal with wheels, but without Peter Bial (fortunately). All there searching its peace spiritual, in a introspective wait, not to defenestrar third or proper itself.
Clearly that following cartilha of the Human Rights, we had right to the sun bath in the stops for the coffee of the morning… do not ask on lunch or supper, therefore sun bath, as we know well for law, is a time alone to the day…

Beyond the band with 6 people, we had in the group the entrepreneur, technician of sound, technician of monitor, technician of light, roadie, tour to manager and two drivers.
A collection of multicultural DNAS: Beyond the Finnish and Brazilian uses a keyboard who you, had English, Turk, Argentine, Americans and Germans.
We were for Romênia in Bucharest, country of the Drácula and later for Eslováquia in a city whose name of so complicated my memory made question to forget.

After each show we always came back to the life of the cocoon. The doubt was always the same one: to enter in the project “vodka in the pass” with the Finnish to sleep anestesiado and to dream there of the house bed, or to hibernar in the tomb to the dry one. The countless hours that we pass in this life of clam, provided the possibility to me to vary on the two subjects.

Some photos of the show of Bucharest for vocês. E is clearly the photo of the bus, that beyond all yellow age. The figure with me is the German driver (it notices that the said one likes yellow… and fortunately in the photo it does not appear the bermuda shorts reasons-samambaias to the style “I am foreign well and I go to use to advantage this sun month with my tropical bermuda shorts”)

More soon!

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Kiko Loureiro Talks about Tarja Turunen Summer Tour.

Angra's guitarist Kiko Loureiro has posted new update about Tarja Turunen's Summer Tour. Tarja Turunen is an ex-Nightwish vocalist and now pursuing a solo carier. In his blog Kiko wrote,

Of the old world for Brasilis Land I describe here plus some episodes of this travelling life of musician. Not to only pass my anniversary inside of a AirFrance, I was for Budapeste one days before the necessary one. After all who does not have curiosity to know this city historical. One more time with my colleagues Mike Terrana, Doug Wimbish, Max Lilia, Ilmoniemi Maria for the Summer Tour of the Tarja Turunen.

One day of assay to recapitulate 19 musics of the repertoire and to check the equipment and to know my new technician, the Taneli Finn (photo). As show it is show and palco is palco in any place of the world, shares here some photos of my stroll of tourist in the color city ocre as Chico Buarque observed and of native language incompressible coming long ago of the Urais Mounts.


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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Top 10 Shred Albums

Guitar World's Top 10 Shred Albums of All Time.

1) Rising Force Yngwie Malmsteen I’m laying it on the line right now: Yngwie J. Malmsteen was, is, and always will be the greatest shredder of all time. Hell, he invented the genre with his 1985 debut. The standout track “Far Beyond the Sun” was far beyond what any guitar player had ever imagined possible.

2) Live: Extreme Volume Racer X In the mood for a steaming bowl of notemeal? Check out this 1988 live release from shred poster boys Paul Gilbert and Bruce Bouillet. The best part? There was no pretense of cultural significance with these guys; Racer X was simply speed for the sake of speed.

3) Mind’s Eye Vinnie Moore Only one year after Yngwie unleashed his fury on U.S. shores, Vinnie Moore responded with the “Oh yeah? Check this out” release Mind’s Eye. On “Daydream,” Moore demonstrates his grasp of classical themes and motifs; then, on “The Journey,” he shows he can do it with “feel.”

4) Edge of Insanity Tony MacAlpine The album that launched Mike Varney’s Shrapnel Records, Edge of Insanity shows off Tony MacAlpine’s fearsome shred chops not only on the six-string (“Quarter to Midnight”) but also on the ivories (“Chopin, Prelude 16, Opus 28”).

5) Passion and Warfare Steve Vai Remember the cute MTV video for Vai’s “The Audience Is Listening”? What school-age guitar player didn’t want to live out that fantasy? Melodic, flashy, humorous, and filled with hooks, Passion and Warfare is the bar by which all other instrumental guitar albums are measured.

6) Surfing With the Alien Joe Satriani Just how badass is Joe Satriani? Well, his list of students includes Steve Vai. And “Satch Boogie” was (and still is) the only shred tune that FM radio would touch. But the real highlight of this release is Side 2, which contains the gemini-like clean and distorted tones of “Circles” and “Lords of Karma,” as well as the clean-toned two-handed tapfest “Midnight” and the hypnotic “Echo.”

7) Powers of Ten Shawn Lane From his debut, the now out-of-print Powers of Ten, to his fusion work on Tri-Tone Fascination, the late Shawn Lane exhibited a tremendous sense of melody, even while melting picks with his incendiary technique. If Eric Johnson were a pure shredder, this is what he might sound like.

8) Michael Lee Firkins Michael Lee Firkins A unique shredder, Firkins employed hybrid picking, subtle whammy wobbling, and country-flavored intervallic leaps to craft some surprisingly listenable tunes.

9) Speed Metal Symphony Cacophony Speed Metal Symphony, a mighty opus featuring first-chair guitar virtuosos Marty Friedman and Jason Becker, uses “speed metal” rhythm beds and shifting time signatures to help break up the cacophonous onslaught of all-out shred.

10) Greg Howe Greg Howe A funk-savvy speedster, Greg Howe injected the shred scene with some much-needed shake and soul. The funkdafied “Kick It All Over” kicks off the festivities, and the following track, “The Pepper Shake,” offers a spicy display of Howe’s legato and alternate-picking chops.

Pictures below : Number 1 Yngwie Malmsteen, Rising Force.



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Judas Priest talks about Michael Jackson

Judas Priest bassist Ian Hill has been interviewed by's recently and talks about the death of Michael Jackson and outpouring of grief from his fans.

Ian Hill said “He was an immense star wasn’t he? Let’s face it,” said Hill, who said his death was huge news in England. “He’s a worldwide superstar really and the grief that everybody’s is showing, it doesn’t surprise me at all. He was a very, very talented man. And possibly very troubled but very talented nonetheless and he’s got millions of fans all over the place. It’s big news.”

“We sort of moved in different circles to us,” continued Hill of the Birmingham-bred band. “He was very much a pop star. We’re obviously heavy metal although I’d admire his talents, it’s not the sort of thing that I’d want to go and see. I’ll probably getting flayed online for that but it’s true nonetheless. It’s something I wouldn’t go out of my way to see.” Still, Hill understands those who would be upset they’ll never get to see his comeback. “There’s obviously a lot of people who are heartbroken over his death, there’s a lot of people very disappointed that they’re not going to see his show.”

Hill, whose band plays their only Canadian date at Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre on July 9 ,said he understands why Jackson didn’t seem to deal with his immense fame very well.
“He never had a normal childhood if you know what I mean? Right from day one he was on a stage singing. It wasn’t like a normal upbringing. All of us, we all had comparitively normal working class childhoods and I think you get your basic life rules from there. And obviously Michael didn’t get that. He was thrust into the limelight from day one really so he got a somewhat different view it seems.”


Buckethead's Tribute To Michael Jackson

Guitar virtuoso, Buckethead has made a tribute song for the late Michael Jackson. The song, entitled "The Homing Beacon" is available for streaming at .

Buckethead, real name is Brian Patrick Caroll has released 27 solo albums and performed on over 50 more. He released his latest album "A Real Diamond In The Rough" on 1st of May 2009. The album is dedicated to Buckethead's legal representative, Stan Diamond. This is his second album this year, he released "Slaughterhouse On The Prairie" on January 30 this year.

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Buckethead Released A Real Diamond In The Rough
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Monday, July 6, 2009

Iron Maiden And Direct Sat TV

Do you ever heard about documentary film of "Flight 666" by heavy metal band Iron Maiden? For those who still didn't know, Flight 666 is a 2009 British/Canadian documentary film featuring Iron Maiden and the film follows the band on the first leg of their "Somewhere Back in Time World Tour" between February and March 2008. I didn't see this documentary yet, but as a metalhead I'm very sure of myself that Bruce Dickinson, the band's vocalist will be my number one favorite actor of all time, above Megan Fox I think! :)

Speaking of favorite actor/actress, I've found an excellent and very cool website, check out the site at this link. Some information about this website, this site is an Elite Dealer of DIRECTV Satellite TV. They are offering 3 months free subscription of HBO, SHOWTIME and STARZ. Over 265+ channels are available. Visit the website to see the rest of the offers.

The best part of this site is there is a section where blogger can submit their blog (or get nominated by readers), get voted and win. The first prize is worth $1000 ! Isn't that great? The categories of competition are best blog about a TV actor, TV actress, movie actor, movie supporting actor, among others. To see the full lists of categories and awards prizes, visit the website. If you are a blogger and your niche is related to one of the category, why don't you give it a try and submit yours? May be this time will be your lucky day, who knows right? You also can nominate your favorite blogs, all you have to do is visit this link and submit your nominees website.

If you think that my blog is good enough and has all the criteria, then please nominate me in the Best of the Best Awards. Hehehe.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Funny Metal Videos

Compilations of funny metal videos.

Video 1 : Grandma metal, an old Brazilian woman dancing heavy metal.

Video 2: Metal band, Hellvetica in a KFC funny commercial.

Video 3: Headphone testing by three metalheads.


Nightwish Graspop Metal Meeting Videos

Video footage of Nightwish performing at Graspop Metal Meeting can be viewed below. It was held on June 26-28, 2009 on the festival grounds of the Boeretang in Dessel, Belgium.

For those who still didn't know, Nightwish new vocalist, Anette Olzon is officially a blogger now, you can find her blog link at Anette Olzon's Official Blog. Click here to see information about Anette's old band Alyson Avenue.

Enjoy the videos!



New video footage of Chickenfoot performing at Nova Rock festival has been uploaded by fans. As previously mentioned, Chickenfoot is a rock band lined up by musicians Joe Satriani on guitar, drummer Chad Smith , bassist Michael Anthony and vocalist Sammy Hagar.

Chickenfoot LP is packaged in heat-sensitive artwork, which means when you put your hand on the CD inlay, photos of the band members will be revealed behind the Chickenfoot logo! According to Blabbermouth, Chickenfoot's self-titled debut album has sold 199,000 copies in the United States since its release. Chickenfoot first got together more than a year ago when they started jamming in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Although they called the band Chickenfoot at the time, guitarist Joe Satriani told The Pulse of Radio that nobody thought the name would stick.

"Sammy's [Hagar] saying, 'Oh, you know, we can call it Chickenfoot,' and everybody laughs and says, 'Yeah, okay, it'll never be called Chickenfoot, of course, that's a horrible name.' And that's the way it was for about nine months, until finally someone said, 'You know, you can't change it now, everyone's calling you guys Chickenfoot.' So we wound up with that name, I think, quite by accident." (Source,


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Haydn's Symphony No. 88 - Paul Gilbert Cover By Annie Grunwald

Check out this amazing video by young and talented guitar women. The song she was covering is Haydn's Symphony No. 88, Paul Gilbert's version (Originally written by Joseph Haydn).

Annie Grunwald says:

I recorded this video last year in December and decided to post it now... It's not perfect like I wanted it to be but it took so much effort to memorize I thought it was worthy enough for youtube bahaha. This was the piece I played for my Berklee audition.

Haydn's Symphony No. 88 by Paul Gilbert

Annie Grunwald is 18 years old and live in the U.S, more news about her at here.



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