January 8, 2010 No Comments
Talk about living the dream! If you were in a local band, hadn’t made it anywhere near the “big time” yet, and just loved playing your tunes, what could be bigger than getting asked to take a coveted spot on Motley Crue tour?!
That’s exactly what happened to a band called the Last Vegas. According to reports,
“On a recent night at the venerable Los Angeles music club the Whisky a Go Go, the Last Vegas walked away from a battle-of-the-bands contest with what most developing acts can only dream of: an opening slot on a major arena tour, a recording deal and a management contract.”
Wow. Life really can change with the blink of an eye! In addition to that coveted spot on the Crue tour, the band will also take home a $25,000 check from The Guitar Center, and another $20,000 in brand new gear from Gibson Guitars. Um, I’m beyond jealous now. Just a few days after mentioning not only the 50th Anniversary line of guitars from Gibson, but the Dark Fire as well, I’d do just about anything to get my hands on $20k in Gibson Gear!
Regardless, just goes to show you that even the local guys, even the underdogs, and even the unheard-of’s can make it. Keep picking away on those guitars, walking those bass lines and turning up the distortion, it could happen to you.
November 18, 2008 No Comments
Oh Gibson, why do you tease me so? Why do you first show me 50th Anniversary Guitars, then come out and show me the new Dark Fire that I’ll most likely never be able to own!? Such sadness in the house of Guitar BassMan today. Nevertheless, what kind of guy would I be if I Didn’t report on it, and didn’t get very, very excited for any of you that will in fact, be purchasing one of these bad boys.
The new Dark Fire is already being touted by Gibson as “The Most Versatile Tone Monster Ever Made.” Wow. That is a lofty compliment from a company that has been making some of the best guitars the world has ever seen since their birth. I’m impressed already, by default. So why are they saying it’s the most versatile? How about the fact that they’ve given it something they call “Chameleon Tone Technology?” Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Analog or digital, the Gibson Dark Fire gives you an infinite number of tonal possibilities to let you change the tone of the Dark Fire to match your environment. And it begins with a guitar’s most basic element — the pickups. The Gibson Dark Fire combines two of Gibson’s most popular pickups — the P90h in the neck position and a Burstbucker 3 in the bridge position. Both are capped with new carbon fiber-like pickup covers, impeccably designed to match the Dark Fire’s advanced fade. “
They’ve also given the Dark Fire the ability to blend the acoustic sound from the piezo bridge with the sound from the guitar’s regular, traditional pickups. What this means is, you can now seamlessly play acoustically into electrically with no wonky switches, sound distortions or tone loss. WOW.
The bottom line is, they are saying it’s a guitar capable of producing “every imaginable guitar sound.” SO I suppose no matter what it costs, you’re actually getting a really, really good deal because it’d be sort of like buying one of every single kind of guitar, right? Maybe that’s what I’ll tell my girlfriend when she notices a HUGE chunk of money missing.
November 13, 2008 No Comments
This, is an old story but I’m bringing it up for very good reasons. Awhile back, Metallica had to lecture their management for doing something that could have been online suicide for the band: they deleted and removed early reviews of their stuff from the blogosphere. Oops! At any rate, the band did something rather unprecedented for them, and even apologized to the bloggers that had been wronged. Wow. The Metallica I remember is the same Metallica that went straight after Napster all gun’s blazin’ and even pointed some nasty fingers at online music, NOT the type of guys to yell at their own management for being too harsh on some bloggers that reviewed their early demos of their newest material. Turns out, Metallica of new, is not the Metallica of old and I’m pleased as punch to see that.
That’s right, the heavy metal rockers backed their blogger fans and the reviews they posted after their management demanded that the bloggers/critics take down the posts. The silliest part of the managements decision to have the posts removed was that the early rough cut tracks that the bloggers were reviewing were given TO them and invited to review BY the band. Oops. Here is the statement Metallica offered up after they caught wind of the unfortunate censorship:
“Once we re-surfaced on Tuesday after a few weeks on tour in Europe, we were informed that someone at Q Prime (our managers) had made the error of asking a few publications to take down reviews of the rough mixes from the new record that were posted on their sites,” they wrote. “Our response was ‘WHY?!!! Why take down mostly positive reviews of the new material and prevent people from getting psyched about the next record… that makes no sense to us!’”
There you have it, Kudos Metallica, I like what I see here. So basically, they gave their management a good lecture, reposted the links to the reviews and all was happy in Heavy Metal Land. What this all means to me is, do you think this is a trend that will be continuing? Do you think early, rough demos or rough cuts will be “leaked” to certain bloggers and online critics early to help the band, any band, gauge how it might go over? I know Nine Inch Nails have done some pretty progressive things when it comes to online marketing, who will be next?
Sound off, what do YOU think the “future” of this will be? Will music bloggers be reviewing things that is motnhs away from launch? What do you think?
November 12, 2008 2 Comments
Call me naive but I feel as though Les Paul should have already had about 20,000 Tribute shows given to him. I’m not sure about the actual number that have occured, but I couldn’t be more pleased about the news I just stumbled upon.
Looks like Les Paul, guitar-legend, amazing guy and “Father of the Electric Guitar,” is being honored again, and most rightfully so, at this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame annual American Music Masters series. The concert, to be held this coming Saturday, November 15, and ends a weeks worth of festivities that started yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio. The best news, for all you guitar fans, is that in addition to having the 93-year-old Guitar God play at the concert, he’ll be joined on stage by Guitar Titans Slash, Duane Eddy, Billy Gibbons and the Ventures. Clearly, if you’re at all a guitar fan, this is not a concert you would want to miss.
Les Paul has always been half artist and half inventor, doing more to advance the technology of the electric guitar than almost anyone else in the entire world. Many people believe that the work he did in developing hard-bodied electric guitars is what “made Rock & Roll possible.” That is a compliment worth getting your little butts down to Cleveland for, if you ask me!
November 11, 2008 1 Comment
If you’re a bassist, you probably already know that you’re going to be carrying a much bigger case than anyone else, you’re probably going to have the heaviest and largest instrument that can actually be held on stage, and you’re a much more integral part of the band than you probably get credit for. You probably already know that you’re going to need more tools and gadgets than a regular guitarist, but what kind of things should you always have on hand? What, in short, is the shortlist of tools you need?
I’m glad you asked. I just found a pretty insightful little post that aims to tell you just that, what You need in your tool kit as a bass guitarist. The tools are easy to come by, easy to find and you should have no trouble outfitting your bass case with them in no time at all. Here, according to the article, are the most important items for your bass kit:
# “A philips (cross-head) screw driver.
# An allen key or two (hex key).
# A good set of wire cutters.
# A flat-head screw driver (if you have an older bass).”
What is great is, there are actually full guitar kits, like this one by GIGmate that give you all the tools you need in one fell swoop. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all! Toss in a few extra sets of strings, a cleaning cloth and extra straps and picks and you should be always prepared for whatever hurdles a live gig can throw at you!
November 6, 2008 No Comments
When a guitar legend like The Edge starts talking about guitars, my advice to you, is to sit still, listen quietly, and take some serious notes. While he’s not as loud, flashy or gregarious as many rock and roll legends, The Edge has clearly earned himself a spot in the annals of Rock History. To hear him talk about each one of his favorite guitars, the songs they’ve produced, and the love he has for them, I hate to say it but it gives a guitar lover like me chills.
First and foremost, his love for guitars is apparent. Just look behind him during the interviews and get extremely jealous at the sheer NUMBER of guitars he has in his collection now. Wow. Nevertheless, a chance to hear a musician as talented as The Edge talk about and play his favorite guitars is a pretty special, not-to-be-missed opportunity.
November 3, 2008 No Comments