Fascinating Facts About Steve Vai’s Passion And Warfare


Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare turned 25 years old this past July, and the guitar has never been the same. Part hard rock, part psychedelia filtered through 80s neon, part Looney Toons soundtrack, part Zappa, Passion & Warfare found Vai breaking out on his own with an incredible level of focus and determination. Read More …

Help find Reb Beach’s stolen Suhrs

From Reb’s Facebook page:

Dear all,
I have some terrible news. Two of my beautiful Suhr guitars have been stolen. My first Suhr “modern” with the sunburst quilted top (Serial #8370), and the Suhr strat with the double color paint and the mirror pick guard (Serial #2653). It’s green or purple, depending on what angle you look at it from. I am so deeply upset about this.
They were stolen from my garage in Pittsburgh while I was on the road last year. If anyone knows anything about the whereabouts of either of these guitars, please contact me on my message board at www.rebbeach.com, or on my facebook page ,http://www.facebook.com/RebBeach

REVIEW: PRS SE Bernie Marsden

Long before Whitesnake was a hairspray-squirting, chart-topping, glitzy pop-rock band  they were a whiskey-swillin’, bar-room-fight-havin’ blues rock band. And some of their best blues rock was courtesy of one Bernie Marsden. This English guitar great has now been honoured with a PRS SE signature guitar and, as expected, it offers a slightly modern take on a classic vibe.


Marsden’s signature singlecut PRS SE looks at once familiar and exotic. It has a thick maple top with flame maple veneer in Vintage Sunburst finish, atop a deep mahogany body. The curves are very distinctively PRS, especially the treble side cutaway and the slightly square shoulder on the bass side, but the finish looks like it’s from another era. It’s perfectly applied, with no signs of paint bleed or rough buffing anywhere. Held up at an angle the clear coat is positively glassy.


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PRS SE Bernie Marsden Signature Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst from Musician’s Friend for $649.

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NEWS: Whitesnake outsells Britney Spears

I don’t know if this means Whitesnake is kicking ass or if Britney Spears is really hitting the skids, but it seems that Amazon.co.uk preorders for Whitesnake’s cracking new album Forevermore were a whopping 35% higher than those for Britski’s Femme Fatale.

The Sun somewhat condescendingly says “The ageing stadium-fillers, led by Yorkshierman David Coverdale, are probably best known for their anthems “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again”.” Well, to me they’re better know for the anthems “Walking In The Shadow Of The Blues”, “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” and the delightfully ribald “Slide It In,” not to mention the super-awesome cover of the album Lovehunter. But I digress. The Sun quotes an Amazon spokesperson thusly: “Britney Spears is one of the most successful global pop acts with a career spanning more than ten years but, even with this pedigree, she is being overshadowed and outsold by the elder statesmen of British rock. Whitesnake were already releasing their fourth album in 1981, the year Britney was born, and it is a major achievement to be racking up more pre-orders than the pop princess.”

Read my review of Whitesnake’s Forevermore here. Forevermore is out now on Frontiers.

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CD REVIEW: Whitesnake – Forevermore

David Coverdale and his extremely capable Whitesnake collective dish up a dirty, bluesy follow-up to the more metallic Good To Be Bad in the form of Forevermore. If Good To Be Bad was a naughties update of some of the louder moments of the band’s 1987 album, Forevermore is what would happen if the Whitensake sound of the early 80s was updated in 2011. It’s more aggressive, more powerful and usually a lot faster than, say, an album like Lovehunter, but retains much of the blues-based melody, groove, phrasing and bluster (with an occasional dose of Slip Of The Tongue-era glitz). Whereas Good To Be Bad would make a great work-out album, Forevermore is driving music. Party music. Sex music.

The album hits hard from the beginning with “Steal Your Heart Away,” which drives forward with a heavy blues groove, augmented by subtle organ and harmonica. It’s the kind of track Coverdale-Page would have done really well if they’d gone for a louder production style. Meanwhile the solo section in “All Out Of Luck” represents the closest Whitesnake has come to the Slip Of The Tongue sound since the days when Steve Vai was spinning his Ibanez Universe around his neck. The rest of the song rocks with a dirty single coil guitar tone.

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