NEWS: Marty Friedman to tour Australia, Asia with A-Mei!

Kudos to Truth In Shredding for being first with this awesome news. Marty Friedman is about to announce Australian and Asian tour dates for very very soon!

Marty has teamed up with Taiwanese superstar A-Mei for a tour of Asia and Australia starting late November. The ever evolving pop diva will launch a bold new image by collaborating with Marty to show her yet unseen aggressive side. The tour is an elaborate stage production and fans of Marty outside of Japan will now be able to enjoy Marty`s playing in a new and amazing context. Exact tour dates and more details soon to follow.

Marty`s “Tokyo Jukebox” solo tour is currently in the planning stages and is set to follow the A-Mei tour. Stay tuned!!

Awesome! I’ve never seen Marty live before. I’ll post the dates as soon as they’re released.

NEWS: Truth In Shredding ‘Shred This’ competition

Head on over to Truth In Shredding and check out the Shred This competition! This is such a cool idea. Record a video of yourself playing over a pre-determined backing track, post it as a response to the competition video on YouTube, and you could win one of several killer prizes – not to mention being featured on an awesome website that puts my news gathering to shame!
Here’s some info:

HOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION:
1 Watch the video, get the backing track http://tiny.cc/shredthisbt

2 Record a response video and upload to you tube

3 Complete this form: http://tiny.cc/shredthis

4 Add your video as a response to the competition video

5 Promote your video!

6 WIN!

Prizes

3rd: Vinnie Moore To The Core CD

2nd: Andy James 3 x DVD’s from his extreme guitar series, SIGNED!!!!

1st prize: $199 guitar foot pedal! MI Audio Tube Zone Overdrive Pedal

NEWS: Tony MacAlpine switches to Ibanez

Just spotted this one on the Twitter feed of Laurie Monk from Truth In Shredding. If you haven’t bookmarked Truth In Shredding yet, go do it now then come back here. I’m not going anywhere.

You back? Ok.

Tony MacAlpine has left Carvin for Ibanez. A July 2 statement on his website says:

Tony has joined the Ibanez family and will now be playing Ibanez 6, 7, and 8-string guitars exclusively.

“It’s a real honor to be part of the Ibanez endorsee family,” said Tony, “and I’m looking forward to breaking out the 7 and 8-strings on the road!”

8-strings huh? Cool! I still haven’t been able to get my hands on an 8-string but an Ibanez RG2228 is at the top of my wish list ($1,799.99 at Musician’s Friend).¬†Hopefully having a player such as Tony rockin’ the 8 will encourage Ibanez to keep making them for years to come (and maybe even expand the range). I wrote a little wrap-up of production-model 8-strings a few months ago. You can read it HERE.

  
The 7-string guitar Tony has in the pic appears to be an Ibanez S7320 with replacement pickups that look like DiMarzios (the stock Ibanez model has Ibanez-made pickups with black pole pieces). See it HERE, where you can buy it for $699.999 from Musician’s Friend.