PHOTO GALLERY: Marilyn Manson @ Soundwave 2015

One of my favourite recent albums is Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor (and you can read my review of it in Beat magazine here). Manson seems to have been creatively reinvigorated by new collaborator Tyler Bates, composer for the films 300 and Guardians Of The Galaxy among other things. The Pale Emperor takes Manson into some dark places that seem more personal and raw than anything he’s done before. And Manson’s set at the Melbourne leg of the Soundwave festival was informed by this new approach. With Bates as band leader given free reign to choose his own drummer (Gil Yaron) and second guitarist (Paul Wiley) and with Twiggy Ramirez on bass, Manson’s old material has been recast with hints and hues from the Pale Emperor material. While nobody can guess how long Manson will follow this particular musical path, I hope he stays in this zone for a while and explores what this band can do.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Faith No More @ Soundwave 2015

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’re probably aware of what a huge Faith No More geek I am, so I was super excited to get to photograph the band at Soundwave yesterday (and to interview Billy Gould today for Australian Guitar magazine). Here are some of my shots. Faith No More’s new album Sol Invictus is released on May 19.

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New Steve Vai Live Album!

Steve Vai Stillness In Motion

Can’t wait for this one! Steve Vai has signed a new deal with Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, and the first release is a new live album and DVD recorded in LA in 2012 on the Story of Light World Tour.

Click here to order Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A. on DVD.

Click here to order Stillness in Motion: Vai Live in L.A. on CD.

PRESS RELEASE: Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings have signed virtuoso guitarist/composer/pro- ducer Steve Vai to a new multi-album agreement which includes plans to issue two fresh Vai sets in 2015 beginning with the release of Stillness In Motion – Vai Live in L.A. on April 7, 2015. Read More …

Steve Vai On Renman Live Tomorrow

Oh this sounds cool. Steve via will be the featured guest on Steve Rennie’s’s web show Renman Live on his Renman Music & Business site, Wednesday February 11 at 1pm EST/10am PST. You can watch it live on YouTube at and if you need a world time calculator to figure out what time that is where you are in the world, head to

PRESS RELEASE: Renman Music & Business, the music industry mentoring website founded by longtime industry veteran, Steve Rennie (aka “Renman”), will broadcast the next episode of its Renman Live web show this Wednesday, February 11 with special guest, guitarist/songwriter, Steve Vai. The show will air live starting at 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST on the Renman MB YouTube channel at: A teaser video for the episode can be seen online at: Head over to Renman Music & Business at: more info. Read More …

Seymour Duncan Studio Bass Compressor


PRESS RELEASE: The Studio Bass Compressor is a studio-grade soft-knee compressor designed for bassists who want to take control of the dynamics of their sound, from a subtle smoothing-out of peaks and valleys to the most squished and pinched extremes and everywhere in between. It’s extremely low noise and has an easy-to-use control format: The Blend knob allows you to adjust the amount of wet signal so you can bring natural snap back into your individual notes. The Volume knob lets you control the output (or you can push it up and lower the Compression for a great clean boost). The Attack knob regulates how quickly the compressor reacts to your initial pick attack – cranking it up will give a late attack that allows your pick or finger dynamics to come through before the compression kicks in. The Compressor knob is the heart of the pedal and allows you to easily control the dynamic range.  Read More …