Gus G Leaves ESP For Jackson

Gus G Jackson

Photo by Tim Tronckoe

Didn’t see that one coming! Gus G has left ESP and hooked up with Jackson, making him the first Ozzy guitarist since Randy Rhoads to be a Jackson player. Nice. And Gus says he’ll continue to use his Seymour Duncan Gus G Blackouts, which are killer pickups. Here’s the press release.

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Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute

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PRESS RELEASE: One of the most venerated guitarists ever to grace hard rock music, the late, great Randy Rhoads (heralded as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) will be celebrated in the truest of fashions with the release of Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute on March 3, 2015 via UDR Music.

A collection of 11 classic Rhoads co-written songs, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute is performed by twenty top contemporary artists, including old friends and performing partners Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, his brother Kelle Rhoads and more designated musicians like Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Chuck Billy, Alexi Laiho, George Lynch, Gus G., Bruce Kulick, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa and others.  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 …

NAMM 2010: Guessing game: Whose guitar is this?

Here’s something ultra mega cool that I saw at NAMM the other day. It was rotating in a display case for added dramatic effect and so its Ultra Awesome could radiate from all sides. It’s the actual, real, totally legit, very instrument a certain megastar played. But which megastar? Let’s play a little guessing game. If you get it in 1, you’re a Metal Ninja. Get it in 2 and you’re an esteemed Rock Corporal. If it takes you to 3 you’re just plain run-of-the-mill Rad, and if you don’t know what it is by the time you see the final photo then you just plain suck. Sorry.

COOL PLAYER ALERT: Dario Lorina

I recently saw this awesome interview with Lag-playing guitarist Dario Lorina on Metal Sludge and thought “that dude’s I Heart Guitar worthy.” At the age of 16 he was playing guitar for Jani Lane. He has since graduated to the lead guitar spot in Lizzy Borden, and there are rumours swirling about that he’s about to take on a pretty big job with a much higher profile. What could that be? So I’m issuing an official Cool Player Alert for Dario Lorina. By the way, notice that he simultaneously looks like both Randy Rhoads and Zakk Wylde (when Zakk first joined Ozzy, I mean)?

Here’s a little excerpt from his bio:

Dario Lorina is a 19-year-old guitarist who has been making waves in the music industry. At age 16, he was recognized for his passion and what some may call exceptional talent, and began touring with multi-platinum songwriter and Warrant front man, Jani Lane. During that time Dario strongly made a reputation and name for himself as a player and has gained the respect of many which has given him the opportunity to play with various notable artists. He has been touring consistently throughout the USA and Europe since 2006.

“Dario Lorina, playing it the way it should be played”…Jani Lane (Warrant)

In 2006 he was featured in an instructional video entitled “Rock Begins” which was targeted towards a younger audience and taught the basics of rock guitar. He’s received attention from major companies, USA and abroad, such as Coffin Case, Marshall Amps, Crafter USA, Snap Jack Cables, Sfarzo Strings, PikCard and the European guitar company, LAG who has since invited him to the annual Musikmesse fair in Frankfurt, Germany for the past two years to work with the company on promoting their guitars. Dario was featured in Guitar Player Magazine and Europe’s Guitare Xtreme Magazine and asked to join Motorhead for a song at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, NV. He is also featured in the Music Star Productions new All Star DVD (2008) with George Lynch, Bruce Kulick, Jennifer Batten and Darrell Roberts as “Next Generation of Rock Guitar” with Dario Lorina and more. (See Blog)

“He has the skill and heart that reminds me of Randy Rhoads”…Vegas Rocks Magazine

Here’s some video of Dario shredding it up at NAMM

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