Tony MacAlpine Postpones Tour Due To Illness

Wishing Tony MacAlpine a speedy recovery. He’s a great guy and I know Thump Music has been working really hard to bring you this tour. Looking forward to welcoming Tony to Australia when he’s well enough to rock for us. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way, Tony.

PRESS RELEASE: To my friends in Asia and Australia, it is with great disappointment and regret that I must announce the postponement of my tours in Asia and Australia. Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, medical doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely that we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me that this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week. Recovery from this surgery will take a month – right when I was scheduled to tour the Australasian region. Read More …

Vintage Unleashes 7-String And A Bad, Bad Pun

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I love a cheesy pun as much as the next dude but the heading of this Vintage press release, well…

Vintage 7 String Set to B a Winner

Vintage guitars are proud to announce the release of their very first 7 string model. The V7HTBB has an Eastern Poplar body matched to a super strong Maple triple laminate neck, with through body stringing for awesome sustain, rock solid tuning and down tuned chunky riffing over the Wilkinson Tune-O-Matic bridge. Two specially designed Wilkinson PHS7 double coil pickups have been matched and calibrated to capture every doom-laden riff, pinched harmonic and everything in-between. Priced at just £229 making it an incredibly affordable addition to every guitar players arsenal the V7HTBB is finished in gloss black. Read More …

Megadeth, Children Of Bodom To Tour Australia

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WOO!!! This is gonna be one of the biggest tours of the year. The mighty Megadeth – Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Chris Adler and Kiko Loureiro – are touring Australia in October with special guests Children of Bodom. Both bands are about to release new albums: CoB next month and Megadeth in time for the tour. More info at daintygroup.com. See you in Melbourne! Here’s the press release. Read More …

Black Lightning Gallery Steve Vai Signature Edition

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Black Lightning Gallery has just unveiled the Steve Vai Signed Editions, beautifully presented, historically awesome images photographed by Gene Kirkland and personally signed and numbered by Steve and Gene. There are two images in the run: “Wings Of The Storm,” featuring Steve during his Whitesnake era during the “Fool For Your Loving” video shoot in 1989, and “Goin’ Crazy,” capturing Steve in 1985 with his famous flame guitar as seen in the David Lee Roth ‘Goin Crazy’ Video from Eat ‘Em And Smile.

These images are both printed to the highest standards at Giclée Fine Art print archival gallery quality and they’re extremely limited: only 15 of each exist, priced at $777 each unframed or $930 framed. They’re each presented with a signed Certificate Of Authenticity and each print is numbered in sequence as ordered. This is serious ‘deluxe mancave’ stuff.

REVIEW: The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash Live! & Tres Caballeros

It’s been intriguing to watch The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann) grow. I was lucky enough to be at their very first performance, before they even had a band name or Aristocrats-specific material. And since then they’ve played countless gigs (actually Bryan Beller could probably name them all – he seems great at stuff like that) and inspired musicians all over the world to push their abilities to new levels. And I guess that’s the big caveat for The Aristocrats: it’s pretty much ‘musician music.’ I know of one or two non-musicians who listen to them but for the most part this is a band that seems best appreciated by those who are trained to take in the nuances of what The Aristocrats are putting out there. This year there have been two new Aristocrats releases, the live album Culture Clash Live! and the new studio record, Tres CaballerosRead More …

Chicago Music Exchange Unveils Exclusive USA-made Fender Jazzmaster

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PRESS RELEASE: Chicago Music Exchange releases the brand new exclusive Fender American Special Jazzmaster in limited edition colors, Olympic White, and Sonic Blue. Only fifty of each model will be produced Fender and Chicago Music Exchange worked together to develop a professional quality Jazzmaster at an accessible price point. Built in the USA, this new take on a classic provides vintage sound and style while acknowledging contemporary appointments, innovation, and reliable playability.

REVIEW: Tony MacAlpine – Concrete Gardens

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We all know Tony MacAlpine can play – a careers’ worth of flawlessly dazzling performances has seen to that, whether solo, with Planet X, Steve Vai, CAB, and PSMS with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian. But what makes Concrete Gardens stand so uniquely among MacAlpine’s catalog is that he’s managed to create an album that he flits in and out of modern progressive metal styles (yes, there’s even a certain djentiness to some of the tracks) without sounding like he’s trying to mimic the current crop of acts like Periphery and Scale The Summit, while also infusing his compositions with enough melody and song craft to keep non-guitar players happy. Read More …

Tony MacAlpine To Tour Australia!

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One of the most accredited, acclaimed and awesome musicians’ musician, the great Tony MacAlpine will be touring Australia in October! Tony will be performing his classic albums Edge Of Insanity and Maximum Security live in their entirety, plus material from his new album Concrete Gardens. Joining Tony are Brazilian drum legend Aquiles Priester (Angra, Hangar, Primal Fear) and bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Dio Disciples). 
The name Tony MacAlpine is synonymous with modern musical virtuosity. Whether performing as a solo artist, band member, session player, touring hired-gun, or as a producer, Tony continues to prove that he truly is one of rock’s most amazing and versatile musicians. He incorporates classical, jazz and fusion influences into the hard rock/metal genre on both guitar and keyboards.
In his 28 year career he has produced, written and arranged eleven solo instrumental studio albums, released four albums with his jazz-fusion band CAB, three albums with his progressive rock band Planet X, and many others.
A classically trained pianist and violinist, Tony began his musical education at age 5 as a piano major and at age 12 picked up the guitar and became a leader in the neoclassical guitar virtuoso movement of the mid to late 80s. 
His debut album Edge Of Insanity (1986) and 1987’s Maximum Security are cited by countless guitarists as major influences and his output in the 90’s was prolific. Guitar World Magazine recently listed Edge Of Insanity at #4 in the Top 10 Guitar Shred Records of All Time.  
In the late 90s, Tony joined forces with Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol) and Virgil Donati (Steve Vai, Scott Henderson) to form progressive rock band Planet X. He joined the band of fellow guitar virtuoso Steve Vai where he played both guitar and keyboards In 2007, Tony was the featured guitarist for French pop legend Michel Polnareff’s highly successful comeback tour in France. He also appeared in the 2008 award-winning motion picture Crazy: The Hank Garland Story making a cameo as Wes Montgomery. In 2012, Tony joined forces with Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth) and Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Joe Bonamassa) to form the super group PSMS.
Tony’s list of credentials are too numerous to list – Read his Full Bio HERE
Watch Tony perform Tears Of Sahara and Concrete Gardens on EMGTV
TOUR DATES
Saturday, October 3: John Inverarity Music & Drama Centre – Perth
Monday, October 5: The Gov Hindmarsh – Adelaide
Wednesday, October 7: The Bendigo Hotel – Melbourne
Friday, October 9: Wesley Theatre – Sydney
Saturday, October 10: Crowbar – Brisbane
Doors open at 8pm
General admission and VIP tickets on-sale now!
Tickets available from facebook.com/THUMPMUSIC 

VIP packeges include the following:

• 1 ticket entry from 6:30pm including a meet & greet with Tony.
• Priority seating (where venues are seated).
• 1 professional photograph with Tony MacAlpine available from Thump Music in hi-res after the tour. (VIP email to linked photos.)
• 1 VIP Exclusive Tour Laminate. • 1 Tour Poster to have signed.
• 1 Exclusive Limited Edition CD/DVD of Tony’s latest Album ‘Concrete Gardens’.