New Van Halen Live Album Details

VanHalen_Live_Cover_SmallerOkay, so you’ve surely heard by now that Van Halen will release their first ever live album to feature David Lee Roth. There was, of course, Live: Right Here, Right Now back in the 90s, and I wore that damn thing out on VHS and cassette. This new album, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, is only being released as audio, but here’s what’s super-cool about this one compared to Live: Right Here, Right Now: the band has gone for a warts-and-all approach with no vocal touch-ups, whereas Sammy Hagar revealed in his autobiography that the band very heavily re-recorded that first record. Kudos to the mighty VH for keeping it authentic. Read More …

Joe Holmes Returns In Farmikos

Farmikos_JoeHolmes2Joe Holmes has set up a YouTube channel for his new band, Farmikos, and they’ve posted a teaser for the song “Exit Stencils” which you can watch below. The video features Joe cutting lead guitar for the song at Mouse House in Pasadena, California. A student of Randy Rhoads (literally, not just in a ‘he studies his playing’ way), Joe has held a few pretty damn high profile gigs over the years, including playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band between 1995 and 2001, and playing for David Lee Roth on the tour for the A Little Ain’t Enough album in place of an ailing Jason Becker. The dude can play, as you’ll hear in the video. Check out the Farmikos website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Read More …

Steve Vai’s DLR-era Marshall stack is for sale!

If you were thinking of buying Eddie Van Halen’s Diver Down/1984 Kramer Frankenstrat but were holding off until you could find just the right amp to pair it with, look no further: Steve Vai is auctioning his Marshall 100 watt Plexi modified by the legendary Lee Jackson and used on David Lee Roth’s Eat ‘Em And Smile album, with some of the proceeds going to his Make-a-noise foundation.

There’s plenty of info at GuitarTV and on the eBay auction page itself, but here’s a snippet:

“The 100 watt Marshall JMP was given to Ted Templeman by Steve Stevens during the NYC recording sessions for “Eat Em and Smile.” The amp was then modded to Steve’s liking by Lee Jackson, famous for performing sought after custom modifications to Marshall amplifiers for top artists in the 1980′s and 1990′s. It was Steve’s main amp for the “Eat Em and Smile”sessions and used on the entire David Lee Roth tour. The 100 watt plexi head features an extra gain stage, frequency adjust control, effects loop & master volume. The head has been well maintained in Los Angeles and features matching Drake transformers, KT88 quad-matched power tubes & hand-selected pre-amp tubes to Steve’s liking.”

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