MUSIKMESSE 2012: Laney TI100 Tony Iommi signature amp

Laney has offered an official Tony Iommi amplifier since 1994, but this year they’ve announced a new tube beastie, the TI100. It’s a 100 Watts RMS head with four 6L6 valves in the output section, twin channels, footswitchable variable Pre Boost on each channel, 3 band EQ, Volume, Enhance, and Presence controls.

The Metal Lord says:

“Almost 40 years ago I embarked on my musical journey with Laney. My first signature Laney amp, the GH100TI came out almost 20 years ago and it served me faithfully on the biggest stages in the world with Black Sabbath as well as recently with Heaven & Hell. Read More …

Black Sabbath reunite

So the original Black Sabbath is back. How do you feel about this? Me, I’m a huge Sabbath fan – Sabbath was my first CD, in fact – but I’m kinda hesitant to get too excited. I loved Ozzy’s last solo album, Scream, but he runs hot and cold live. And I’m always a bit skeptical whenever anyone mentions Rick Rubin as producer – what, Nick Raskulinecz too hard to pronounce? Rubin’s hands-off style works great for some bands but not for others. For example, Metallica’s Death Magnetic could have been something really special with a little bit of extra work guidance.

Anyway, I’d love nothing more than for this reunion album and tour to be super-great. But I’ll wait until I actually hear something before getting too giddy.

Here’s the press release:

After much speculation, the original four members of BLACK SABBATH – guitarist Tony Iommi, singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward – have reunited to record their first new studio album in 33 years with producer Rick Rubin (SLAYER, METALLICA) and to embark on a massive world tour in 2012.

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REVIEW: Gibson SG Special 60s Tribute

The SG Special, a Gibson SG loaded with P-90 pickups, has at one time or another been the axe of choice for iconic players like Peter Townshend, Carlos Santana and even Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi. The SG is traditionally a somewhat trebly guitar, and P-90s emphasise this even further to create a sound that’s unlike anything else on the Gibson roster. The SG Special ’60s Tribute honours those old models in a much less costly manner, finding a low-cost solution to the pricey and time-consuming finishing process.

The Gibson SG Special ’60s Tribute is a limited-run instrument available in Worn Cherry, Worn Natural, Worn White or Worn Ebony. I reviewed the Worn Ebony model. It features a solid mahogany body with a set (ie: glued), quarter-sawn mahogany neck featuring unbound rosewood fretboard with simple, understated dot position markers. The neck shape is Gibson’s SlimTaper profile, which is .800″ thick at the first fret and .875″ at the 12th. It’s not really the slimmest neck you’ll ever come across but it’s certainly thinner than Gibson’s 50s profile. All the expected – nay, demanded – SG curves are here

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NEWS: Who Cares (Iommi, Gillan & friends) release charity single

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WHO CARES — the renewed musical union between legendary DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan and none other than BLACK SABBATH’s Tony Iommi: the undisputed master of heavy guitar riffs — will release its debut digital single on May 6th via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The physical cd/dvd single will be made available in Europe on May 24 through earMUSIC and June 27th in North America via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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NEWS: Lick Library ‘Jam With Black Sabbath’ DVD

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Lick Library Unleashes ‘Jam With Black Sabbath’ Guitar Tuition DVD

Further extending its metal collection, Lick Library unleashes Jam with Black Sabbath into the world. This double DVD and CD set features the nimble fingers of Danny Gill taking you through all the fine points of playing the guitar with that deep, heavy sound synonymous with Tony Iommi.

One of the first and most influential heavy metal bands, Black Sabbath helped define the genre with albums like the quadruple platinum Paranoid. MTV ranked them as the ‘Greatest Metal Band’ of all time and Tony Iommi is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential guitarists in the heavy metal world. Along with legend Jimmy Page he is credited with pioneering the mammoth riffs of heavy metal.

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