INTERVIEW: Adrian Belew

Adrian Belew

The Crimson ProjeKCt is a King Crimson offshoot featuring three current members of that historic, nay, iconic band – Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto – along with Julie Slick, Tobias Ralph and Markus Reuter. And a typical Crimson ProjeCKt concert is a marathon of musical might which shifts through many moods and configurations. Belew explains: “What happens is this: Stick Men (Levin, Mastelotto and Reuter) play a set of their music (which includes a Crimson track or two), then the Power Trio (Belew, Slick, Ralph) plays a set of my music (which also includes a Crimson track), then Tony and Pat and I play a Crimson song (as yet another trio), and then comes the big finale: both trios play more than an hours-worth of Crimson music as a double trio! It’s a helluva show!” And the group is coming to Australia and New Zealand to spread their particular brand of musical majesty in June and July, with shows in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle. Read More …

INTERVIEW: Living Colour’s Vernon Reid

VernonReidFew guitarists are as endlessly creative as Living Colour’s Vernon Reid. One of those rare individuals who seems to be able to summon inspiration and individuality to them on request, Vernon’s playing ranges from the subtle and traditional to the sublimely outrageous. Living Colour are in Australia for the Soundwave festival and a few of their own side shows with Alter Bridge. I Heart Guitar caught up with Vernon recently to talk about it.

Correct me if I’m wrong but did you guys book this through Twitter? It kinda looks like that’s how it happened! I saw the Living Colour Twitter account tweeting to Soundwave that you’d like to do the festival, and a few weeks later it was announced.

I guess that’s the power of social media!  Read More …

INTERVIEW: Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton

For a while there it looked like Aerosmith were done. Steven Tyler had fallen off the wagon (and subsequently the stage), and at some point he was in consideration for a proposed Led Zeppelin tour in the absence of an unenthusiastic Robert Plant. Along the way bass player Tom Hamilton was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer (he recovered but the cancer returned last year, and after treatment he’s recovering well). And of course Tyler went off and took a job as a judge on American Idol too. When the band finally reconvened and hit the studio, the question was “Which Aerosmith will be making an album? The 70s bluesy rockers? The 80s/90s hard rock superstars? The FM smash balladeers?” It turns out the answer was “All of them.” Music From Another Dimension! manages to have something to appeal to fans of all three of the band’s main eras, and with 15 tracks on the standard edition it’s pretty much a case of “If you don’t like the ballads, there’s plenty of the other stuff.” Whether intentional or not, Aerosmith seems to have found a way to please everyone.

Hi Tom!

Hi! Have you had a chance to listen to the record?

Yeah! I like that there’s three Aerosmiths here – the 70s feel, the 80s/90s stuff and the ballads. Something for everyone who likes something about Aerosmith.

Yeah, I noticed that’s how it came out. Every era of our career is represented. I don’t think it was a conscious decision. We’ve learned that it’s so much about songs, and we’ve dipped into different styles throughout our career. What always comes back is it’s all about songs. We want to have really kickin’ drums and blasting guitars, and Steven singing amazing vocals. And I’m a musician so sometimes I’ll listen to music just for the bass player, but not that often. I really believe that the song is the thing.

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NAMM 2012: Parker Maxx Fly 7-string

Finally, the Parker 7-string that I always thought should exist, does exist. Parker unveiled this beauty at NAMM, and in person it looked like a pretty well-hewn axe. The particular natural tone and attack of the Parker Fly is something I’ve always thought would translate particularly well to seven strings. Of course, at RRP $5,999 USD it won’t be cheap…

It has a mahogany body reinforced with carbon fiber glass epoxy with a Parker 7 string bridge, a Seymour-Duncan Distortion SH6N pickup in the neck position and a Seymour-Duncan Distortion TB6 in the bridge position. Oh and there are Ghost piezo saddles with a MIDI preamp. Available in dusty black, galaxy grey, and metallic red, all in gloss finish.

NAMM 2012: Parker Maxx Fly Bass

Here’s the fretless version from the NAMM floor. Scroll to the end to see a press shot of the fretted version.

The MAXXimum In Basses

The new Maxx Fly Bass represents the culmination of Parker’s finest work in a bass. Sacrificing nothing in terms of design and aesthetics, this bass is the ultimate in its class and is a powerhouse of features. It is a bass that a professional musician will turn to time and time again. It will be debuted at Winter NAMM 2012 and be available for $5999.99.

The body is crafted of swamp ash. It’s built to sound big, featuring an EMG® ‘P’ Split-Neck pickup, an EMG® ‘MMCS’ bridge pickup, and an EMG® Piezo Buffer. The Parker designed Hipshot® Bridge also houses the Ghost® Piezo saddles. It is available in a gloss finish, with colors including dusty black, 3-tone sunburst, and candy lemon yellow.

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NEWS: Parker Vernon Reid, Adam Dutkiewicz signature models

It’s a big year for Living Colour fans, with the release of the new album The Chair In The Door on September 15 (more info here, or keep reading to see video of one of the tracks performed live) and the new Parker DF824VR Dragon Fly. Can’t wait to try this one out!

Here are excerpts from the press release:

The DF824VR from Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid
Vernon Reid is best known for his role in Living Colour, which he founded in 1984. The DF824VR was crafted in his honor.

The DF824VR is constructed of a poplar body, top and neck with a Parker Finger Joint set neck, and carbon composite fretboard. The DF824VR has a Floyd Rose original bridge, Grover tuners, EMG SAX neck and middle pickup and an EMG 81X bridge pickup. Available now in a violet pearl and black cherry finish with black hardware.

The DF842AD from Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz
Grammy-nominated heavy metal group Killswitch Engage has become one of the hottest touring bands since they hit the charts in 2004 thanks to influential guitarist, Adam Dutkiewicz. Parker teamed up with Dutkiewicz to create a guitar that reflects his extremely articulate yet wild and unpredicatable style.


The DF842AD is expertly crafted of a mahogany body and top, mahogany neck with a Parker Finger Joint set neck, and carbon composite fretboard. Additional features include a Parker Tremelo bridge, Sperzel locking tuners, an EMG 85 pickup and an EMG 81 bridge pickup. Available now in black ice and dusty black finish with black hardware.

For more info, visit parkerguitars.com and Premier Guitar, and thanks to Guitar Noize for once again retweeting awesome news! Man, you’re on it today!

NEWS: Parker Vernon Reid Dragon Fly

If you’re following Living Colour’s Vernon Reid on Twitter you have probably already seen this. If not, here’s prototype #1 of the Parker Vernon Reid Dragon Fly.

A few points of particular interest:

* New body shape

* Floyd Rose bridge, instead of Parker’s usual model

* Synth pickup

* New headstock shape

Looks like it’s shaping up to be a very versatile and innovative guitar. Can’t wait for further updates!

NEWS: News for March 18, 2009

Eventide shipping PitchFactor Harmonizer
The Eventide PitchFactor Harmobizer stomp box is now shipping. The PitchFactor includes ventide’s 10 best Harmonizer pitch and delay effects featuring 1.5 seconds of stereo delay and simultaneous pitch shifting effects resulting in the most flexible stompbox in its class. PitchFactor features 100 stunning presets, USB for upgradeability, instant program change, true bypass, tap tempo, three footswitches for immediate preset access, a built-in Tuner and MIDI. Useable in mono or stereo, with line or instrument level inputs and outputs.
Source: Harmony Central.
Buy:
Tunnel Vision Music.

Chickenfoot studio photos
Producer/engineer and inventor of the ReAmp John Cuniberti has posted photos of some recording sessions of Chickenfoot, the supergroup featuring Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar and Chad Smith. Check the photos out at Cuniberti’s site.
Source: Blabbermouth.net

Parker MIDI Fly available for order
The Parker MIDI Fly, which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, is now shipping. It includes MIDI, Piezo and magnetic pickups, and looks freaking cool.
Source: Parker.
Buy:
Parker Fly Mojo MIDI Electric Guitar Taxi Cab Yellow from Musician’s Friend for $3,999

Herman Li, Alex Skolnick added to National Guitar Workshop
Herman will appear to give a special clinic at the Rock Summit in Purchase, NY during July 19-24.
Alex will appear at the Rock Summit in McLean, VA during the week of June 27th through July 2nd
Source: Guitar Workshop.

New Placebo album
Placebo will self-release a new album on June 6. According to undercover.com.au, the album was recorded with Tool producer David Bottril, and was mixed by Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins). I went through a big Placebo phase back in the day, and they make great use of the awesome Fender Bass VI.
Source: Undercover.com.au.