REVIEW: Tony MacAlpine – Concrete Gardens


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!

2015 AU Poster
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
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 

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’.

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!


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!


Melbourne Guitar Show low res

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 …

Meet The BOSS DD-500 Digital Delay

From Filled with newly developed BOSS technology, the DD-500 is the most powerful and versatile stompbox delay ever created. This incredible sound-creation toolbox offers 12 distinctive delay modes with exceptional audio quality, plus deep editing controls, a graphic display, patch memories, MIDI, and much more. From basic echo to dead-on emulations of classic delays to incredibly lush spatial textures that take your breath away, the DD-500 will launch your music places you never thought possible.

  • Studio-level stereo sound with 32-bit/96 kHz processing throughout
  • 12 versatile delay modes from vintage to modern deliver unlimited creative possibilities
  • Unrivaled real-time expression with customizable control settings for onboard and external switches
  • Graphic LCD for easy, intuitive operation while performing and editing
  • Onboard patch memories and hands-on controls
  • Equipped with a built-in Phrase Looper, MIDI, USB, and more
  • Selectable buffered or true-bypass operation
  • Runs on four AA-size batteries or PSA-series AC adapter

Return Of The DOD Gonkulator!


First it was the DigiTech Meatbox, now the mighty DOD Gonkulator is back! From “Freq out!” The updated DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator (2015) has all of the clangy, robotic sounds of the infamous ‘90’s era original, but with a far more flexible, adjustable, carrier signal control. The adjustable carrier signal allows you to tune the ring modulation giving you the ability to go from slightly-skewed modulation to wildly, atonal chaos. But wait there is more to the Gonkulator than just off-kilter pendulous tones, the Gonkulator is actually two effects in one! The Gonk has an aggressive distortion circuit to further mangle your guitar’s signal. Read More …

BackStory Events Live Interview Series to Host Guitar Icon Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani
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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