NEWS: Contrive tour with Opeth, ready Devy-mixed album

The following press release pretty much says it all – Contrive are supporting Opeth in Australia this week – but let me just take a moment to say things seem to be freaking awesome for Contrive at the moment. A few weeks ago singer Paul Haug got to sing ‘Dead Skin Mask’ with Slayer when Tom Araya’s voice blew out (watch it here), and their forthcoming album is mixed by Devin Freaking Townsend. Luckyducks!

Melbourne trio CONTRIVE head off on tour as direct support for OPETH this week commencing in Brisbane.

The dates and Contrive onstage times are as follows:

Sunday Nov. 22 – The Tivoli, Brisbane (18+); On stage 8:00pm
Monday Nov. 23 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (Lic A/A) – On stage 8:00pm
Wednesday Nov. 25 – Palace Theatre, Melbourne (18+) – On stage 9:00pm

These upcoming shows will focus purely on the CONTRIVE’s forthcoming second album titled “The Internal Dialogue”, set for release in early 2010, mixed by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, Canada.

New merchandise is being launched exclusively at these shows.

The band are currently shopping the CD around to various labels to secure a deal for its release.


NEWS: Chickenfoot updates site, gives away Ibanez JS!

The Chickenfoot website ( been upgraded and to celebrate the relaunch one lucky winner can get their hands on an autographed Ibanez JS with Chickenfoot graphic!!! WANT! Read my interview with Joe Satriani about Chickenfoot here.

The Chickenfoot site says:

Hello People of the Foot! We are excited to invite you to check out the updated version of the site, and most importantly, encourage you to start uploading your photos and videos from the tour! If you don’t already have an account, just create one and you’ll be off and running!

Most importantly, we are also celebrating the site launch with a BRAND NEW CONTEST — UPLOAD YOUR BEST LIVE VIDEO FROM THE TOUR AND WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED CHICKENFOOT GUITAR + FULL MERCHANDISE SWAG PACKAGE! Entries are voted on by the community and Joe, Chad, Mike and Sammy will be choosing the grand prize winner themselves in a SPECIAL LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE DEC 5 VEGAS SHOW. We’re putting the final touches on it now and you can expect to get a special peak at SOUNDCHECK, see the guys announce the winner, and answer a few questions from you fans. More details coming, upload your videos and start voting on others today! To post a video, log in and click on the “PROFILE” link up there on the top of the page to the right under the logo, then click the “Add video” link. You can view videos by visiting the MEDIA section and videos also will show up on their tour detail page.

We’ll be updating you in the coming weeks with more details on the site but please start poking around and see some of the cool new features that we have for the awesome community of fans who have supported the band so amazingly on the whirlwind trip from the album’s release to GOLD! Once you are logged in, you can add tour photos, tour videos, and even maintain a blog here at CHICKENFOOT.US. We’ll pick our favorite blogs and feature them on the home page.

Please be thoughtful and only post appropriate content (that means photos and videos from the shows)– we will be keeping an eye on things and switch to moderated first if it becomes necessary.

Oh yeah, one last thing… ON DEC 1st for ONE NIGHT ONLY, you can check out a world premiere of CHICKENFOOT LIVE theater show in participating theaters. For more details read here.

NEWS: Jim Dunlop Crybaby Rack Wah giveaway

Jim Dunlop is giving away a Crybaby Rack Wah at their site. Now, these units seem pretty hard to come by and they’ve been used by some of the biggest names in the biz. Personally I use a Jim Dunlop Buddy Guy Crybaby and I love it to bits, but I’ve heard such continually high praise for the Crybaby Rack Wah that it’s almost worth going the rack route just to have one for the bragging rights!

Here’s some info on the giveaway on the Dunlop blog.

The Crybaby Rack Wah – the ultimate in control and versatility. Found in the top studios and racks of the world’s best guitarists, the Crybaby Rack Wah is usually reserved for the guitar industry’s elite few. Many swear by it because they can dial in the exact tone they hear for each gig and situation. Well guess what? This month we’re giving one away.


For premium, rich and vocal tone, this King of Wahs is versatile enough to handle an astronomically wide spectral range of Wah sound. Dial in anywhere between a vintage sounding thin “quack” to a fully powerful throaty “growl” with a six position switch that lets you select your sweep frequency range. Then for fine-tuning use the on board EQ and the variable Q control, which allows you to determine where the shape lies in the frequency. Go +10db of boost on up to six controller inputs for coverage anywhere onstage. Used by the pros and serious Wah players.

Artists List
Kirk Hammett
Phil Demmel/ Machine Head
Rob Flynn/Machine Head
Jim Root/Slipknot-Stone Sour
Mick Thomson/Slipknot
Mark Morton/Lamb of God
Kerry King/Slayer
Jeff Hanneman/Slayer
Joe Perry/Aerosmith
Tommy Thayer/Kiss
Damon Johnson/Alice Cooper Band
Dave Kushner/Velvet Revolver
Richard Fortus/NIN-Guns n Roses
Bumblefoot/Guns n Roses
DJ Ashba/Guns n Roses
Mick Mars/Motley Crue
Ted Nugent
Bjorn Gelotte/In Flames
Jerry Cantrell/Alice in Chains
John Garcia/Trisha Yearwood
Pete Anderson
Steve Lukather
Doug Aldrich/Whitesnake
Zoltan Balthory/ Five Finger Death Punch
Vivian Campbell/Def Leppard
Corey Beauliue/Trivium
Tom Dumont/No Doubt
Robin Fink/NIN