NEWS: Ozzy, KISS, Rex quits Down, top 50 American rock bands

Epiphone ‘70s Inspired Les Paul Custom Blackback – click the pic for more info

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Ozzy’s Health Advice Coming to Book Stores

KISS’ Paul Stanley on Blowing Stuff Up

Rex Brown Leaves Down

Also, this week Gibson is counting down the top 50 American rock bands, and you’ll find some of my contributions scattered throughout the week. Check it out! There are some very cool and sometimes overlooked choices.’s Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time – #50-41’s Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time – #40-31

My AmpliTube 3 EVH Soldano preset

Hey! Stumbled across Eddie Van Halen’s Soldano settings online (a Soldano SLO100 played a big role in the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album in 1991) and decided to see how it would sound if I used those settings on the Soldano SLO100 model in IK Multimedia’s excellent AmpliTube 3 (the amp model is available as an extra through the AmpliTube Custom Shop). I also added some pitch shifting and delay like Eddie used on the album. If you have AmpliTube 3 you can download the patch here. Hope you dig it!