Richie Sambora Adds Melbourne Date

SamboraPRESS RELEASE: Celebrated American rock icon RICHIE SAMBORA has announced he will play an additional and incredibly intimate Sidewave show whilst in Melbourne for Soundwave Festival 2014 with all profits going to The Starlight Foundation. For the first time in over ten years , Australian fans will have the opportunity of a lifetime: To see one of the greatest musicians and singer- songwriters of our time performing material from his solo records with a few surprises thrown in.  With three acclaimed solo albums that have highlighted a more personal and intimate side to Richie’s songwriting, (1991’s Stranger in This Town, and 1998’s Undiscovered Soul and 2012’s Aftermath of the Lowdown, which spawned the powerful single “Every Road Leads Home To You.” ) this promises to be a mind-blowing night of rock and roll! Read More …

NAMM: Dean Markley Signings

PRESS RELEASE: Dean Markley announces a meet and greet opportunity with Lita Ford at 3:00PM on January 24th, at booth # 5766 along with Orianthi and Alice In Chains Mike Inez during this year’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show in Anaheim, California. After spending all of last year on tour supporting her latest release, she is lining up to do it again this year and it starts at NAMM.  A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. Lita is a founding member of The Runaways, one of the first girl groups who unexpectedly broke down barriers in the punk era as well as the male dominated world of rock music, causing a stir with their six rebellious releases. Read More …

Orianthi PRS Guitar Auction

Laura-Whitmore-and-Orianthi-with-guitar-to-the-rightThe WiMN (Women’s International Music Network) are giving you the opportunity to bid on a rare piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia: a Paul Reed Smith Orianthi Signature guitar and autographed by the queen of shred herself. This beautiful scarlet red guitar was graciously donated by Paul Reed Smith and comes with a padded case. Orianthi’s autograph reads: “Peace, Love & Rock, Orianthi.” As seen in the photos below, Orianthi signed this guitar at the 2013 She Rocks Awards, where she was honored with the Inspire Award. Read More …

Orianthi ‘Heaven In This Hell’ Video

orianthi-heaven-in-this-hell-coverOrianthi has just released the video for her single Heaven In This Hell, which you can view below. In the video Orianthi uses a PRS JA15, which I asked her about recently. “That’s a new guitar I’ve totally fallen in love with,” she said. “It’s amazing. The pickups, everything about it, it’s just incredible. I play Custom 24s and 22s and my own model a lot, and when I was out at their headquarters in LA I played a black one, then I had a video shoot coming up for Heaven In This Hell and it’s all in black and white, and I wanted something that was going to pop and look kind of ‘classic rock.’ So I reached out to PRS and I was like, ‘Hey, I’m looking at using a PRS that’s really different and I really dig the JA15 I was playing before…’ then after that I didn’t want to give it back. I love it! It just sounds so good. And I’m really fussy with guitars. They all have different personalities. Some you really take to, and when you hit a chord or play a melody it’s just right. And this guitar is so great, plugged in or not plugged in.”

Here’s the video:

 

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NAMM: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs + Earl Slick & Orianthi

It was one of the coolest damn things ever: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs with special surprise guests Earl Slick and Orianthi rocking the Duesenberg Guitars and 65 Amps party at the Imperial Ballroom in Fullerton, California as part of NAMM 2013. I had the stupidly good luck to be there with a few friends so I got to see this killer performance in person.

Check it out!

NAMM 2012: PRS SE Orianthi, Navarro, Fredrik Åkesson models

PRS continues to go from strength to strength with their SE line. The quality of these babies just keeps going up and up, and the variety and creativity of the sig models is pretty impressive too.

Opeth’s Fredrik Åkesson joins bandmade Mikael Akerfelt as an SE artist with this classy little number (Pics below). Single extra-deep cutaway for better upper fret access, maple top with quilted maple veneer and thick mahogany back, 24.5” scale length, 22 fret wide fat mahogany neck with ebony fretboard and PRS bird inlays, and TonePros adjustable stoptail bridge. As per Åkesson’s request the controls are flipped around with the treble pickup controls in front of the bass pickup controls. Makes sense to me, dude.

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Orianthi joins Alice Cooper’s band

Wow, rumour is that Damon Johnson has left to focus on Brother Cane, and as Orianthi confirmed on Twitter about an hour ago, she’s in! This’ll be cool! (Follow Orianthi on Twitter)

Orianthi has a pretty sweet PRS SE signature model which you can buy
here.

Check out Orianthi playing “School’s Out” with Alice on American Idol!