Melbourne Guitar Show!

Me and my trio are playing at the Melbourne Guitar Show on the first day of the two-day event, August 8, and here’s an interview by Paul Cashmere of Noise11 with me, Rob Walker of the Australian Music Association and Phil Cebrano.

Want a taste of what we’ll be playing? Click here to see a few minutes of shreddage from a sneaky little warm-up gig we played last weekend.

AmpliTube MESA/Boogie!

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Well then, this is pretty much the best news ever!

PRESS RELEASE: IK Multimedia is proud to announce AmpliTube® MESA/Boogie®, a new collaboration with the R&D Team at Mesa Engineering that brings some of the most legendary tones from the original boutique manufacturer’s amplifiers and cabinets to AmpliTube® 3 Custom Shop for Mac and PC. Read More …

Melbourne Guitar Show. And I’m Playing!

 

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Are you in Australia? Think you can get yourself to the Melbourne suburb of Caulfield on August 8 and 9 (which is really easy because there’s a train station right there)? Come along to the Melbourne Guitar Show! It’ll feature all sorts of displays, performances, seminars, workshops and even opportunities to buy gear right there on the day (which is exceedingly rare for a show like this in Australia). Performing artists include Jeff Lang, Lloyd Spiegel, Davidson Brothers, James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Nick Charles, King of the North, Racer Axe and many more, one of whom is …me! I’ll be playing a set of instrumental progressive-rock-shred-metal-fusion with my trio, which includes Geoff Mison of Pony Music and Defryme on drums and my former Upperhand bandmate Rohan Drew on bass. We’ll be onstage at midday on Saturday August 9. Come along! Here’s the press release: Read More …

BackStory Events Live Interview Series to Host Guitar Icon Joe Satriani

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PRESS RELEASE: BackStory Events, a new series of curated live, feature-length interviews with iconic artists and musicians, announces guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani as an upcoming guest. The event will focus on Satriani’s new album Shockwave Supernova, and much more, and will take place Friday, July 24, 2015 (the album launch date) at the AOL Studios in New York City.  

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Marty Friedman To Tour The USA

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Oh this is cool! Marty Friedman is doing a solo tour of the USA for the first time in over a decade, in support of his album Inferno. Marty says: “On the rare occasion that I stop and think I about it, I realize I’ve done an insane thing: I left a successful international band to concentrate my efforts on the domestic music scene of a country thousands of miles from my home. Different culture, different language, different planet. Since I went to Japan, so many Americans have supported me, and while many doubted I would ever play live in my homeland again, now it’s happening. Choosing the setlist and doing prep for this tour has been a blast. Words can not describe how excited I am about finally touring North America!”

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Chris Cornell To Reissue Debut Album Under Proper Title

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Now this is cool news. I’ve always enjoyed Chris Cornell’s first solo album, Euphoria Morning. Now it’s being remastered and re-released and, in an interesting twist, being given a new name which is funnily enough its old name. Cornell originally planned to call the record Euphoria Mourning but was talked out of it. I like this title. It puts a different spin on the material and seems to make a lot more sense. I might just have to get this on vinyl when it comes out on August 14.

PRESS RELEASE: When GRAMMY-winning, GOLDEN GLOBE® nominated singer/songwriter and rock icon Chris Cornell was about to release his 1999 solo debut on Interscope/A&M/Geffen Records, he was dissuaded from his first choice for the title, Euphoria Mourning, and reluctantly dubbed it Euphoria Morning. Now, 16 years later, Universal Music Enterprises is correcting that admitted misjudgment, re-releasing the re-mastered album under its original name on August 14, for the first time on vinyl as well as reissuing digitally and on CDEuphoria Mourning will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and include a download card featuring 320 kbps MP4 audio ripped directly from the vinyl. Read More …

Plini Goes On Tour

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After years tucked away creating bedroom epics, PLINI has emerged as a living & breathing musical entity, set to embark on his first Australian headlining tour this August. PLINI will be joined on stage by the powerhouse drum-sensation that is Troy Wright and a selection of members from the tour’s special guests THE HELIX NEBULA, who will also be supplying their flavour of technical wizardry every night.

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Great Simpsons Guitar Moments

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The Simpsons has always been a music-friendly show, with many great cameos from the likes of Aerosmith, James Brown, The Ramones, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Jack White… the list goes on and on. One of the best things about being a guitar nerd is that you see guitars everywhere you look, and we obsessed types can find plenty of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it guitar moments in The Simpsons. Here are a few of my personal favourites. What are yours? Share it in the comments! Read More …