Gear Porn by Dave Leslie: Ernie Ball Music Man EVH

EVHI remember it as if it was yesterday. February 24 1992 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Baby Animals were out on tour as the support act for Van Halen on the last half of their F.U.C.K. tour. We had been on tour for about a month and were having a blast! We felt as if we were part of a travelling juggernaut, 10 semi-trailers, 8 tour buses, a production that almost needed its own postcode it seemed so huge… The venues were all arenas averaging about 10,000 people and because of the good airplay that Painless was getting on MTV, the audiences were very receptive. Our show consisted of 40 minutes of the rockin’-est stuff we had, played as hard as we could then run laughing offstage to do a Meet & Greet, get changed and then prepare to watch VH play… Read More …

Twelve Foot Ninja Hit The Road In Oz

14-54-thickboxFresh from their national tour with the legendary Fear Factory and recent praise from the likes of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Dino Cazares (Fear Factory), Wolf Van Halen (Van Halen/Tremonti), Misha Mansoor (Periphery) and the folks at Soundwave, genre-bending five-piece Twelve Foot Ninja will bring their sharpened live show to Australian venues this August, September and October for their last homeland tour before heading to Europe, USA, and Canada – where they will undoubtedly become utterly huge. Check out the dates here. Read More …

Want Marty Friedman To Play On Your Tracks?

Exotic Guitar CartThe rather legendary Marty Friedman has released his first guitar loop library, titled Exotic Guitar, which seems to be pitched at the producer and DJ markets, but hey, there’s no reason you can’t take these loops and add them to your guitar compositions too, right? A total of 65 patterns varying in length were recorded and looped at 140 BPM. It’s priced at $24.99 and can be previewed at loopartists.com/store/53. If you purchase this set and use them in a track, I’d love to hear the results. By the way, you can read my 2010 interview with Marty here.