NEWS: Steve Turner’s CD available for download

A few months ago I interviewed guitarist Steve Turner, a monster player who I supported at the first Shredfest gig way back in 2007. You can read the interview here

Steve has now made his EP, Not In Kansas Anymore, available as a download.

CLICK HERE to download the EP for $7.95 and CLICK HERE to go to Steve’s website.

Steve is working on his next CD with drummer Zoltan Csorsz from the Flower Kings.

NEWS: Black Sabbath 3CD Paranoid edition makes life worth living

So when did you first discover Black Sabbath? For me I think it was the Dio era on the Wayne’s World soundtrack (the song ‘TV Crimes), but it wasn’t long before I also heard Ozzy-era Sabbath, and life was never the same. To celebrate 100 years since the classic Paranoid album was released, Universal has announced a special 3-disc deluxe edition of the album.

This story is from Music-News.

Paranoid is the first release in a set of Black Sabbath deluxe expanded editions. Each remastered album includes an additional disc of previously unheard outtakes, demos and instrumental tracks taken from the original studio sessions.

Paranoid is expanded to a triple-disc containing the extremely rare 1974 Quadraphonic mix of the album. The album also includes deluxe digipak gatefold packaging with expanded booklets containing rare and previously unseen photographs, comprehensive sleeve-notes telling the story behind each album and include images of rare single covers and memorabilia from the period.

Full album tracklisting:

‘Paranoid’ 3 CD

Disc 1 (Original Album):
1. War Pigs
2. Paranoid
3. Planet Caravan
4. Iron Man
5. Electric Funeral
6. Hand Of Doom
7. Rat Salad
8. Fairies Wear Boots

Disc 2 (1974 Quadrophonic Mix):
1. War Pigs
2. Paranoid
3. Planet Caravan
4. Iron Man
5. Electric Funeral
6. Hand Of Doom
7. Rat Salad
8. Fairies Wear Boots

Disc 3
(Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks):
(Tracks 1-8 recorded at Regent Sound Studios, 16 & 17/6/70)
1. War Pigs (instrumental)
2. Paranoid (alternative lyrical version)
3. Planet Caravan (alternative lyrical version)
4. Iron Man (instrumental)
5. Electric Funeral (instrumental)
6. Hand Of Doom (instrumental)
7. Rat Salad (instrumental)
8. Fairies Wear Boots (instrumental)

The Deluxe Expanded Edition of ‘Paranoid’ is released through Universal Music on the 6th April 2008.

CLICK HERE to buy Black Sabbath albums on

NEWS: Dave Navarro back with Ibanez?

Check out this footage of the reunited Jane’s Addiction rocking the Echoplex in Los Angeles on Monday February 16. Notice anything different? Yep, Dave Navarro’s using a white Ibanez RG with a humbucker and two single coils, black headstock, gold-plated hardware, PRS-style knobs and a PRS tremolo. This appears to be an Ibanez LA Custom Shop creation. So is Dave no longer with Paul Reed Smith?

NEWS: (Updated w/photo) Go back to your homes, Dave Mustaine didn’t cut off his hair

Megadeth fans rioting in the streets after Dave Mustaine’s post that he had cut off all his hair in Scotland yesterday are advised to return to their loved ones and right the cars they upended in the mass hysteria. Reports from Megadeth’s latest Priest Feast set in Scotland reveal that Dave musta been joking, as he had a full head of hair to whip around. This photo is courtesty of Megadeth forum member Ultrachronic. Thanks for letting me use the pic!

I for one would like to thank Dave and his sense of humour for all of the extra blog traffic. Cheers!

UK and Ireland Priest Feast dates with Judas Priest, Megadeth and Testament:

Tue 10th Feb – Dublin O2 Arena
Wed 11th Feb – Belfast Odyssey Arena
Fri 13th Feb – Sheffield Arena
Sat 14th Feb – Birmingham NEC
Mon 16th Feb – Glasgow SECC
Tue 17th Feb – Manchester MEN Arena
Wed 18th Feb – Nottingham Arena
Fri 20th Feb – Cardiff CIA
Sat 21st Feb – London Wembley Arena

NEWS: National Guitar Workshop 2009 season

Add this one to the list of stuff that makes we wanna pack up and head to the US for a while:

National Guitar Workshop Announces 2009 Season with Special Guests Buddy Guy, Paul Gilbert, Jimmy Herring, Jimmie Vaughan and Pat Metheny

The National Guitar Workshop is proud to announce our 2009 season. This year we will be presenting week long workshops across the country and featuring guest artists such as Paul Gilbert, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Herring, Pat Metheny, Jimmie Vaughan, and many more.


Litchfield, CT—Februrary 12, 2009 – The National Guitar Workshop is excited to announce the curriculum and guest artists for the 2009 season. This year’s program will feature Paul Gilbert, Buddy Guy, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, Pat Martino, Robben Ford, David Wilcox, Robert Lee Castleman, Brent Mason, Stu Hamm, Peppino D”Agostino, Ed Gerhard, Andrew York and John 5. Courses will be offered in rock, blues, jazz, country, classical, music technology, songwriting, and guitar exploration.

Check out for more information.

NGW features locations nation-wide with campuses in New York, Austin, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Each location offers a wide variety of courses, all taught by world renowned musicians.

In association with Performing Songwriter Magazine, NGW is proud to present the Songwriting Summit featuring David Wilcox and Robert Lee Castleman. In addition, the workshop is offering a seminar on Country Guitar featuring Brent Mason, and a special Modern Acoustic seminar with Ed Gerhard and Peppino D’Agostino.

Events are happening across the country for rock players. The New York campus will hold two Rock Summits featuring Paul Gilbert and very special guest to be announced, while the LA Rock Summit will include a clinic by world renowned shred virtuoso John-5. Also at our LA Rock Summit we are happy to announce that bassist Stu Hamm will be an Artist in Residence during the summit.

The Jam Summit, taking place at our New York campus will feature both Jimmy Herring (Widespread Panic) and Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) giving a special clinic on improvisation and presenting their unique take on the Jam scene.

Taking place in Austin, Chicago, and Connecticut are three Blues Summits, which will include appearances by some of the most influential bluest guitarists in the world. NGW is pleased to have Buddy Guy making a rare clinic appearance in Chicago. Jimmie Vaughan will be giving a clinic on his unique style in Austin, and the New York campus will feature the legendary blues guitarist Robben Ford.

The National Guitar Workshop is very excited to present Pat Metheny at the Jazz Summit in New York. This will be a rare chance to be a part of an intimate workshop with one of the most respected jazz guitarists in history. A great addition to the McLean, VA campus will be the appearance of one of the fathers of modern jazz guitar, Pat Martino, who will be a featured guest in the Giants of Jazz guitar seminar.

Our curriculum has also expanded to also include classes on Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Desktop Music Production. These music technology classes are powered by Apple®.

For a complete list of dates, locations, guest artists and classes offered please check out our website

If you are interested in connecting with other musicians and learning more about National Guitar Workshop from a student’s perspective, you can join our free community site

About National Guitar Workshop:

The National Guitar Workshop is celebrating over25 years of providing high quality music education to students of all ages. The curriculum is wide ranging with courses in Rock, Blues, Jazz, Acoustic, Songwriting, Music Technology and Classical. NGW offers expert instruction for guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists and vocalists.