VIDEO: Megadeth ‘Countdown To Extinction’ Live

Countdown LiveThe mighty Megadeth have just released Countdown To Extinction: Live on Blu-Ray, DVD and CD, chronicling last year’s tour comemmorating that classic album’s 20th anniversary. Countdown was a huge album for me, since it was the first Megadeth album that I was able to anticipate the release of; I became a fan after the release of Rust In Peace. And some of the songs from Countdown are still huge for me. “Symphony Of Destruction,” of course, because who hasn’t sweated over that solo? But especially “Architecture Of Aggression.” I’m not sure what it is about that song that hooked me so much but it’s always been one of my favourites. I always loved the title track too, with that cool guitar/bass interplay. Here’s a clip of them performing it from the DVD/Blu-Ray: Read More …

Victory Amplifiers …what’s all this then?

victoryHmm… in my daily internet-rummaging I came across something that looks like it could be very interesting indeed: a new company called Victory Amplifiers. And according to the YouTube teaser video (below) they’re launching with three all-valve models: V10 (a 10-watt 1X12 combo), V50 (a 50-watt two-channel head) and the V100 (a 100-watt three-channel head). Now, new amp companies are a dime a dozen, but these appear to be handmade in the UK, and I don’t know about you but some incredible amp companies have come out of the UK over the years. They have a Facebook page where they’ve just unveiled pics of these three beauties too (below) and a sneak peek at a V100 circuit board which looks very cool! The Victory Facebook page says the head designer is Martin Kidd, who is well-known in British amplification circles, and word is that Guthrie Govan has been using them lately, so I’m super-excited to hear these amps in action!  Read More …

My Sammy Hagar Interview

SammyI recently had one of those huge ‘career highlight’ things: I interviewed Sammy Hagar about his new album. I’ve always been a bit of a Sammy fan – Van Halen’s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge was one of the first real rock albums I ever owned – so it was really great to get the chance to spend 20 minutes talking guitar with the Red Rocker himself. In particular I was curious about how Sammy rates himself as a guitarist, because he’s pulled off some pretty impressive shreddage over the years and gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani. You can read the full interview here, but here’s a snippet: Read More …

Reverend Releases Silver Metal Flake Pete Anderson Models

eastsider_SMF_1 copyPete Anderson is cool. Reverend guitars are cool. Sparkly stuff is cool. Wo what happens when you put all three of them together? Oh lordy, it’s a coolness overload. Anderson is such a ridiculously talented guitarist – did you know that one time I bought a Dwight Yokham album solely to steal Pete Anderson licks? No? Well ya do now. And you should do it too, because he’s a walking encycloedia of guitaristic goodness. Now Reverend’s Pete Anderson PA-1 RT and the Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider models are available in Silver Metal Flake exclusively at Wildwood Guitars in Colorado. Here’s the press release: Read More …