I Heart Guitar Podcast Episode 1: Rich Ward, Tony MacAlpine & Tony Iommi

Well, I’ve finally gone and done it: meet the I Heart Guitar Podcast! The first episode is online now and it features Rich Ward of Fozzy, Tony MacAlpine, and an interview from the archives with Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi. I hope you enjoy it, and there’s a lot more where that came future will include guest co-hosts, gear reviews, blogpods from various events, and lots more.

I’ve also started a Patreon for those who wish to support this site and the podcast. $3 monthly subscribers will get a patron-exclusive bonus podcast each week. 

You can listen to the podcast below, or at the following links:

Here’s where to listen:
I Heart Guitar Podcast on iTunes
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I Heart Guitar Podcast on Podbean

Tony MacAlpine Postpones Tour Due To Illness

Wishing Tony MacAlpine a speedy recovery. He’s a great guy and I know Thump Music has been working really hard to bring you this tour. Looking forward to welcoming Tony to Australia when he’s well enough to rock for us. Sending lots of positive thoughts your way, Tony.

PRESS RELEASE: To my friends in Asia and Australia, it is with great disappointment and regret that I must announce the postponement of my tours in Asia and Australia. Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, medical doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely that we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me that this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week. Recovery from this surgery will take a month – right when I was scheduled to tour the Australasian region. Read More …

REVIEW: Tony MacAlpine – Concrete Gardens


We all know Tony MacAlpine can play – a careers’ worth of flawlessly dazzling performances has seen to that, whether solo, with Planet X, Steve Vai, CAB, and PSMS with Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian. But what makes Concrete Gardens stand so uniquely among MacAlpine’s catalog is that he’s managed to create an album that he flits in and out of modern progressive metal styles (yes, there’s even a certain djentiness to some of the tracks) without sounding like he’s trying to mimic the current crop of acts like Periphery and Scale The Summit, while also infusing his compositions with enough melody and song craft to keep non-guitar players happy. Read More …

Tony MacAlpine To Tour Australia!

2015 AU Poster
One of the most accredited, acclaimed and awesome musicians’ musician, the great Tony MacAlpine will be touring Australia in October! Tony will be performing his classic albums Edge Of Insanity and Maximum Security live in their entirety, plus material from his new album Concrete Gardens. Joining Tony are Brazilian drum legend Aquiles Priester (Angra, Hangar, Primal Fear) and bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth, Dio Disciples). 
The name Tony MacAlpine is synonymous with modern musical virtuosity. Whether performing as a solo artist, band member, session player, touring hired-gun, or as a producer, Tony continues to prove that he truly is one of rock’s most amazing and versatile musicians. He incorporates classical, jazz and fusion influences into the hard rock/metal genre on both guitar and keyboards.
In his 28 year career he has produced, written and arranged eleven solo instrumental studio albums, released four albums with his jazz-fusion band CAB, three albums with his progressive rock band Planet X, and many others.
A classically trained pianist and violinist, Tony began his musical education at age 5 as a piano major and at age 12 picked up the guitar and became a leader in the neoclassical guitar virtuoso movement of the mid to late 80s. 
His debut album Edge Of Insanity (1986) and 1987’s Maximum Security are cited by countless guitarists as major influences and his output in the 90’s was prolific. Guitar World Magazine recently listed Edge Of Insanity at #4 in the Top 10 Guitar Shred Records of All Time.  
In the late 90s, Tony joined forces with Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol) and Virgil Donati (Steve Vai, Scott Henderson) to form progressive rock band Planet X. He joined the band of fellow guitar virtuoso Steve Vai where he played both guitar and keyboards In 2007, Tony was the featured guitarist for French pop legend Michel Polnareff’s highly successful comeback tour in France. He also appeared in the 2008 award-winning motion picture Crazy: The Hank Garland Story making a cameo as Wes Montgomery. In 2012, Tony joined forces with Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth) and Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Joe Bonamassa) to form the super group PSMS.
Tony’s list of credentials are too numerous to list – Read his Full Bio HERE
Watch Tony perform Tears Of Sahara and Concrete Gardens on EMGTV
Saturday, October 3: John Inverarity Music & Drama Centre – Perth
Monday, October 5: The Gov Hindmarsh – Adelaide
Wednesday, October 7: The Bendigo Hotel – Melbourne
Friday, October 9: Wesley Theatre – Sydney
Saturday, October 10: Crowbar – Brisbane
Doors open at 8pm
General admission and VIP tickets on-sale now!
Tickets available from facebook.com/THUMPMUSIC 

VIP packeges include the following:

• 1 ticket entry from 6:30pm including a meet & greet with Tony.
• Priority seating (where venues are seated).
• 1 professional photograph with Tony MacAlpine available from Thump Music in hi-res after the tour. (VIP email to linked photos.)
• 1 VIP Exclusive Tour Laminate. • 1 Tour Poster to have signed.
• 1 Exclusive Limited Edition CD/DVD of Tony’s latest Album ‘Concrete Gardens’.

Tony MacAlpine’s Gear Stolen

From Tony’s Facebook:


Our trailer was broken into overnight at our hotel in Austin, TX, and the thieves stole all of Tony’s guitars.

Serial numbers will be added shortly:
– his black Ibanez Guitars custom 7-string with EMG Pickups installed (serial LA071509); 
– his white Ibanez 7-string with black EMG 707 pickups (serial LA0168);
The above guitars are Tony’s only two Ibanez 7’s and he has been photographed with them extensively. 
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Preorder The New Tony MacAlpine Album

Tony MacAlpine’s new album Concrete Gardens will be released on April 21, and you can now pre-order it in Digital DownloadStandard Edition CD, and Special Edition CD/DVD versions at http://tonymacalpine.spinshop.com. In addition to Tony on guitars and keys, Concrete Gardens features Aquiles Priester on drums, a guest guitar solo from Jeff Loomis, and bass duties divided between Tony, Pete Griffin, Lucky Islam and Sean Delson.

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Agent Cooper to tour with Tony MacAlpine

The other day I recieved this press release from my buddy Mike Martin, an incredible guitarist, super-nice guy, and 20% of Agent Cooper. They’ve just snagged the support slot for T-Mac’s European tour. Nice one!

Agent Cooper (featuring former members of Fozzy and Stuck Mojo) announced as main support for guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlpine’s: “Dream Mechanism” Europe 2012 Tour.

January 25, 2012 Atlanta, GA – Tony MacAlpine “Dream Mechanism Tour – Europe 2012” Special guest support from Atlanta, GA Southern Progressive-Rock band: Agent Cooper.

Tony will be performing a headline set featuring songs from his new solo album and a selection of his past classics – including a performance of the entire “Edge Of Insanity” album as part of the set.

Tony’s powerhouse band is:
Tony MacAlpine – Guitar / Keyboards (Steve Vai, CAB, Planet X)
Aquiles Priester – Drums (Hangar, Angra)
Bjorn Englen, Bass (Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth)
Nili Brosh – Guitar

More details on tickets and special VIP packages at:


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