Metal Masters 5 To Stream Live

image003The latest in the Metal Masters clinic series has been announced, with a huge line-up of legends from some of the biggest names in thrash and prog metal. And although it occurs during NAMM Week (and NAMM is industry-only which presents certain challenges), Metal Masters is open to everyone. It’s at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California, in Downtown Disney and right near the Anaheim Convention Centre where NAMM is held. So if you’re heading there for NAMM anyway, this seems like a great way to kick off the week. And if you’re not NAMMing but you’re in California, go go go go go! And if you’re not gonna be there, it’ll be streamed online! Here’s the press release.  Read More …

COOL VIDEO ALERT: The Winery Dogs – “Elevate”

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Check out the video below for Elevate, the first single by The Winery Dogs. That’s the new band featuring Richie Kotzen, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan. The lads are planning a few shows in Japan in July, with more dates to be announced shortly. Here’s hoping they make it down here to Australia to make up for the cancelled Extreme/Richie Kotzen tour which was to have taken place right now.

Their self-titled debut album is out on May 15 in Japan via Victor Entertainment, which means an international release can’t be far off. Read More …

NAMM 2012: Samson signing schedule

Some great artists signing for Samon this year, including Geezer Butler, Glenn Hughes, Billy Sheehan, David Ellefson, Kerry King, Mike Inez, Stu Hamm, Rex Brown, Eddie Jackson, Nicko McBrain, John Tempesta, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Rob Caggiano, Frank Bello, Mike Portnoy and more! Stu Hamm will also be doing Hartke demos on each day. Full schedule below.

NEWS: Billy Sheehan Australian clinic tour November 2009

Billy Sheehan is returning to Australia NEXT WEEK for a clinic tour. I haven’t seen any press at all about this one, so let’s spread the word! Retweet! Forward! Email! Shout!

And whoever’s responsible for publicising the tour, um… if I didn’t hear about it until I went to Billy’s Myspace today, and I’m a huge geek about this kind of stuff, uh… well… that’s not great.

Here are the dates:

11 Nov 2009 7:00
Bass Clinic in Perth, Autralia at Kosmic Sound and Light Perth, Western Australia

12 Nov 2009 7:00
Bass Clinic in Melbourne, Australia at Allan’s Music Melbourne, Victoria

13 Nov 2009 7:30
Bass Clinic in Canberra, Australia at Canberra Southern Cross Club Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

14 Nov 2009 1:30
Bass Clinic in Sydney, Australia at The Guitar Factory Sydney, New South Wales

15 Nov 2009 3:00
Bass Clinic in Townsville, Australia at Jupiters Breakwater Casino

Here are a couple of DiMarzio videos featuring Billy.

In this one he talks about discovering hammer-ons from under the shadow of Billy Gibbons’ cowboy hat.

And here he shares a secret trick about his unusual picking technique. This one’s pretty freaking amazing.

CLICK HERE to buy Billy’s new CD, Holy Cow, from Amazon.com.



NEWS: New DiMarzio Billy Sheehan videos

Here are a couple of great new DiMarzio videos featuring Billy Sheehan.

In this one he talks about discovering hammer-ons from under the shadow of Billy Gibbons’ cowboy hat.

And here he shares a secret trick about his unusual picking technique.This one’s pretty freaking amazing.

CLICK HERE to buy Billy’s new CD, Holy Cow, from Amazon.com.


NEWS: Billy Sheehan interviewed on Talking Metal

The latest Talking Metal podcast(episode 261) includes a great interview with Billy Sheehan about Yamaha Attitude basses, the Mr. Big reunion, his solo album Holy Cow, collaborating with guys like Terry Bozzio, Tony MacAlpine and Bumblefoot (not together – imagine what an awesome band that would be) and those rumours that David Lee Roth tried to reunite his classic Eat ‘Em And Smile band a few years ago.

I only discovered Talking Metal a few months ago (I kinda avoided listening to podcasts for the longest time because I knew that I’d find it addictive once I started) but it’s essential listening. Check it out! Recent episodes have included awesome interviews with Duff McKagen and drummer Richard Christy.