New Satriani Album And Tour!

Wow, 2018 is gonna be a big year for Joe Satriani fans! Joe has announced a new record called What Happens Next, and it’s out on January 12. It features the rhythm section of Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith, so I can’t wait to hear the results. Visit Joe’s website to hear a preview of the track ‘Energy.’ And Joe is also kicking off a new G3 tour on January 11 with John Petrucci and Phil Collen. I’m really excited about this one because that’s three of my favourite guitarists from my teen years (who am I kidding – now too!) on the one bill, and it will be really interesting to see what Phil does in a solo context. 

Here’s the press release about the new record and tour.  Read More …

Ernie Ball Music Man St Vincent Signature

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St. Vincent is such a great guitarist and such a compelling artist overall, and very deserving of a signature guitar. She’s been playing Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee models recently and now Music Man and St. Vincent have teamed up for a bold new guitar design. There are a few little hints of existing models too: the bridge appears to be the one from the John Petrucci Majesty and the V carve of the top is reminiscent of the Armada. But the overall design is very original and it looks to be really functional too. It must be an utter blast to play and I can’t wait to check it out.

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DiMarzio John Petrucci Nylon ClipLock Guitar Strap

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PRESS RELEASE: DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of a signature ClipLock® Quick Release Guitar Strap specially designed for and with John Petrucci, Dream Theater guitarist extraordinaire and esteemed DiMarzio endorser. John Petrucci is a longtime user of our ClipLock® Quick Release Guitar Straps, and we are delighted to release a ClipLock® Guitar Strap made to John’s custom specifications. The John Petrucci ClipLock® Guitar Strap is 2-inch black nylon and features John’s JP shield logo in gray and black stitched to the lower front portion, just above the heavy-duty clip and bushing that attaches to your guitar. The strap is available with either blue or red topstitching.

Petrucci fan? Click here to buy the Sterling by Music Man JP100D John Petrucci Signature model with DiMarzio pickups.

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Dream Theater – Melbourne, October 29, 2014

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I first started listening to Dream Theater with A Change Of Seasons – back then the albums weren’t released locally here in Australia, so we had to pay huge prices for imports – and I immediately had that feeling of ‘This is the band I always wished existed!’ My brother and I soon went back and checked out Images And Words and Awake and I was blown away by the scope of the music, the intensity of the performances, the creativity of the arrangements and the depth of the lyrics. It took a long time for Dream Theater to finally tour Australia (0n the Chaos In Motion tour) and this brief run of two Australian dates was only their third ever tour down here, and first with Mike Mangini behind the kit.  Read More …

Sterling By Music Man JP70D

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If you want to add a little of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci’s sonic mojo to your tone – a rather worthy goal, if you ask me – you could do a lot worse than to check out Petrucci’s line of signature guitars through Ernie Ball Music Man. They occupy a unique niche among shred-friendly guitars because their construction feels much more “serious-persons’ guitar” than the average shred plank. But Music Man guitars come with a price tag that reflects their quality. i.e.: they’re pretty dang pricey. So with the Sterling By Music Man line, the company has endeavoured to bring more affordable versions of some of their designs to players who might not have the financial wherewithal to walk home with the California-made stuff. The JP70D is based on Petrucci’s first Music Man model (there are a few other shapes now including the JPX and Majesty), and it’s made in Indonesia. Read More …

VIDEO PREMIERE: Dream Theater – ‘The Looking Glass’

I Heart Guitar is proud to present the Australian premiere of Dream Theater’s new video for ‘The Looking Glass’ from their self-titled 2013 album.

Dream Theater – Looking Glass from Roadrunner Records on Vimeo.

Read my interview with Dream Theater’s John Petrucci here. And if you can’t see the video above, check dreamtheater.net.