February, 2015

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 28, 2015

Joe Bonamassa is one of the busiest guys in rock and roll. Joe spent quite a bit of time in Australia last year, not only touring but also laying down guitar tracks for Mahalia Barnes’ amazing new album ‘Ooh Yea – The Betty Davis Songbook’.

Next up for Bonamassa is a new DVD documentary and CD featuring a recording of his gig at Red Rocks, Colorado in which he paid homage to both Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.

“They always try to write off the blues; well we’ve proven tonight that at least 9,000 people like the blues,” said celebrated blues rock master Joe Bonamassa at that gig. Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and CD on March 24, 2015.

Carved into the bedrock of Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains, the famed amphitheater sets the stage for Bonamassa’s fiery delivery of over 2.5 hours of bluesy guitar-wailing and horn-filled tunes honoring the two Blues greats. Playing to a sold-out crowd of 9,000 fans, this marks the biggest show of Bonamassa’s career, a major milestone for the bluesman.

Bonamassa has an amazing collection of guitars, which you can view on his site where he features one every week. Joe is a Gibson guitar endorsee and has several signature models including a beautiful gold top Les Paul model

The Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks Blu-ray and DVD contains over 1.5 hours of bonus features including exclusive behind the scenes footage, a photo gallery, historic footage of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and a featurette of Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley’s trip to The Crossroads.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 27, 2015

A nice little glimpse at Tommy Emmanuel’s beautiful Maton 808 guitars on his Facebook page

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Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - February 27, 2015

Formed in 2001, Irish band The Script have built up a massive international following and have made a habit of taking out huge awards at major music events such as The Brits and World Music Awards. Normally playing stadiums, The Script played a Sony fan event at The Forum, London late last year. Our friends at Gibson guitars filmed the show and took the opportunity to talk backstage with Mark Sheehan (guitar player and backing vox) and his tech Colin about using the Gibson 2015 Les Paul Standard (and G FORCE™ auto tuning system) on tour and in the studio.
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Posted in Artists, Interviews, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - February 26, 2015

With album sales of 80 million and a back catalogue brimming with worldwide hit singles (The Show Must Go On, One Man Band, Giving It All Away, When I Need You, More Than I Can Say, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Thunder in My Heart etc), you can’t dispute…

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Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - February 26, 2015

We stumbled across this great BBC documentary from a few years ago on the influence of Vox Amps on the British music scene
Vox distributed in Australia by Yamaha Music

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 25, 2015

Forget Dick Dale, Duane Eddy and The Atlantics, this guy takes surf guitar literally

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Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - February 24, 2015

Lou Vecchio from US rock band New Politics discusses Gretsch Walnut Series Drums. Distributed in Australia by Pro Music

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 23, 2015
Incubus' Brandon Boyd. pic by Greg Phillips

Incubus’ Brandon Boyd. pic by Greg Phillips

Report by Greg Phillips. Pics by Greg and James Phillips
As far as weather goes, it was a hot and shitty weekend for a music festival. On the plus side, the threatened traffic nightmares for Soundwave never really happened, despite the abundance of competing activities in Melbourne and the diluted availability of public transport.  While Soundwave this year provided  an array of cutting edge metal and hard rock bands, it also offered up a good dose of 90s grunge era nostalgia.

Day one delivered some formidable company including Millencolin, Godsmack, Papa Roach and  Exodus. Fronted by Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey, LA’s Butcher Babies made a heap of new friends. Judas Priest owned the rock legends spot for the day and super group Killer Be Killed turned out to be the must-see band with their awesome, early 2.20 set. Slash did what Slash does but clearly the day one crowd was here for the horror. Marilyn Manson and Slipknot were both at their threatening best. Corgan’s Smashing Pumpkins provided a wonderful alternative for those who prefer their rock ‘n’ roll less theatrical.


Steel Panther pic by James Phillips

On arrival for day two, we stumbled across former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way. Way is an acquired taste, but surprisingly had plenty of fans enjoying his brand of … well … pedestrian pop rock. Toward the end of Way’s set, attention was rapidly turning to Steel Panther’s stage preparation next door. Steel Panther play it old school, where political correctness is shoved down the front of their pants. They are just very naughty boys. What more can you say. The cheeky repartee flows as quickly as their impressive glam metal guitar licks. The crowd lapped it up. There was never any shortage of guys pumping fists and girls getting their top gear out. With tunes like Glory Hole, Asian Hooker and It Won’t Suck Itself rockin’ from the stage, it’s difficult not to grin at their retro glam pastiche.

Antemasque's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez by Greg Phillips

Antemasque’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez by Greg Phillips

Although playing a main stage, the Antemasque crowd was not as dense as it should have been. Many of the black shirted brigade had instead made their way to Stage 4 to witness a brutal set from industrial rockers Ministry. Those who chose to experience the new project for Mars Volta /At The Drive In cohorts Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, were rewarded with a stunning, energetic set of prog-punk tunes from the band’s excellent self-titled debut album. Omar is the consummate guitarist, emitting lightning fast licks one minute and with just a stomp on a pedal and a chord change, can switch the mood dramatically. As with all of Cedric and Omar’s projects, Antemasque pump frenetically, powered by the solid rhythm section of drummer Dave Elitch and bassist Marfred Rodriguez-Lopez. It will be interesting to see if Antemasque is a project the guys will pursue or invest more time in their own individual projects such as Zavala and Bosnian Rainbows.

Incubus' Brandon Boyd by Greg Phillips

Incubus’ Brandon Boyd by Greg Phillips

It was always going to be enthralling to see how California’s Incubus would go down at Soundwave and their zen intro seemed to test the most ardent metal fans. Still, there were plenty in the audience with a soft spot for their moody, textural tones and charismatic lead singer Brandon Boyd. They didn’t disappoint either, presenting the crowd with the familiar Incubus fare they’d come to hear in addition to material from their soon to be released new album.

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell by James Phillips

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell by James Phillips

Grunge rock pioneers Soundgarden mean so much to so many and were afforded the first longer set of the day. Chris Cornell is the complete frontman, good looking, great voice and a skilled guitar player. To Cornell’s right, the band’s other guitarist Kim Thayil commands respect and not only demonstrated why he’s such a revered guitarist but was also keen to display an arsenal of beautiful looking guitars. The band powered their way through the glory days, Spoonman, Jesus Christ Pose, My Wave and Black Hole Sun. A rare outing of the their tune Birth Ritual from the 90s movie Singles, gave the audience an extra charge of energy. For some, the heat was taking it’s toll, with a steady stream of punters being lifted across the barrier and into the medical tent for attention. Security did their best to keep the front rows cool offering water to drink and the occasional hosing. For someone who has witnessed some ruthless security measures back in the day, it should be noted (and probably never been said in a review before) that the professionalism and demeanour of the Soundwave security crew was really impressive.

Faith No More's Mike Patton by Greg Phillips

Faith No More’s Mike Patton by Greg Phillips

A flower arrangement adorned the front of the Faith No More’s stage. On stage, white curtains flowed in the breeze as Patton and co casually strolled onto a scene resembling an exotic day spa. The crowd was quickly removed from any meditative state as the band tore into ‘Motherfucker’.  The first thing which smacks you in the face with Mike Patton … he with eternally mischievous look in his eyes … is that voice. The man has lost none of his power, particularly evident on the iconic ‘Epic’.  The warped mind of Patton had great joy in instigating the ‘wimmoway’ backing from the crowd for a verse of the ultra-daggy ‘Lion Sleeps Tonight’ before more FNM hits came. They were all there too; Midlife Crisis, Easy, Evidence, We Care A Lot, Ashes to Ashes, Matador etc. Whatever project Mike Patton is involved in is worthy of investigation, this one however is closest to most fans’ hearts. The less-nostalgic  in the crowd had the option of finishing their day up with Lamb of God, New Found Glory or The Devil Wears Prada. As The Worm Turns completed FNM’s triumphant night out as the exhausted crowd headed for the exit. While the format of Soundwave 2016 is under review, the school of 2015 got what they came for and more.

More pics from Soundwave

Steel Panther fans

Steel Panther fans

Steel Panther. pic by James Phillips

Steel Panther preen. Pic by James Phillips

Steel Panther triumph. Pic Greg Phillips

Steel Panther triumph. Pic Greg Phillips

Antemasque's Cedric Bixler-Zavala. By James Phillips

Antemasque’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala. By James Phillips

Incubus' Ben Kenney by James Phillips

Incubus’ Ben Kenney by James Phillips

Soundgarden's Kim Thayil by Greg Phillips

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil by Greg Phillips


Faith No More guitarist Jon Hudson by Greg Phillips

Faith No More guitarist Jon Hudson by Greg Phillips

Mike Patton by James Phillips

Mike Patton by James Phillips






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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 22, 2015

WD-HAN aka WE DON’T HAVE A NAME … but they do! Florida based indie pop rockers WD-HAN were in town for a quick reconnaissance mission and to play a few selected dates. AM’s Greg Phillips caught up with Spencer, Cal and Lea from the band for a chat. Self-belief is…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 18, 2015

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips catches up with Uriah Heep’s unflappable guitarist Mick Box for a chat about their latest album, the band’s long career and their upcoming tour of Australia. Pioneering UK heavy rock band Uriah Heep are unquestionably  rock n’ roll legends. They have sold over 30 million records…

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