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Updated: 2017-11-23T02:31:10.938+08:00


Arabella Vitanc Canceled Concert


Arabella Vintac will not perform at the announced concert at "The Cave Rock Club" in Stockholm, Sweden this Saturday 16th January 2010. The reason of the cancellation was not specifically mentioned, according to their official website, the concert is cancelled due to tragic personal reasons.

They expect to hit the stage at another date, which will be announced later. Stay tuned for more updates.

Christmas Music


Do you ever imagine a rockstar or a metalhead playing Christmas Music ? I bet you never think of it. Imagine today you are going to watch Megadeth concert, you enjoy the trash metal songs being played, you enjoy every second of it. In the end of the show the band suddenly make an announcement that they are going to perform there again next month, but this time no more metal songs, no more headbanging.

The band announces " Next month we will be performing again on this stage. We will play tons of Christmas songs for you, please don't buy any ticket, Free Christmas Music for all. "

I'm sure you will be shock and dying going to hell.Hehe. Well this is not a fiction story, Megadeth member really did this, Dave Ellefson (former bass player founding member Megadeth) said he was proud to be part of a project. "I am proud to be playing songs that have been well crafted with a true message concerning the Spirit of Christmas.”

Visit Free Christmas Music for full story.

Buckethead Signature Les Paul


Guitar manufacturer Gibson has mentioned about Buckethead Signature Les Paul in their official website recently.

"From his prolific solo work, to his prominent memberships in the supergroup Praxis and rock legends Guns N’ Roses, Buckethead has displayed one of the most fiery creative personas of our times, and has continually affirmed his stance in the upper echelon of contemporary shredders. Equally attention-grabbing as his incendiary chops, Buckethead’s stage show and visual presence remain unique among the rock field, and his Gibson guitars—a white Les Paul in particular—have always been a big part of that. As Gibson continues to roll out the Rocktober action, the Buckethead Signature Les Paul celebrates this unparalleled artist’s achievements. With an oversized, chambered Les Paul body, a marker-less ebony fingerboard, and Buckethead’s choice of Gibson’s contemporary ceramic humbucking pickups—complete with modified electronics and “arcade” style kill switches—this is a Les Paul like none to have come before. It’s primed to get you noticed, and designed for utmost performance for the contemporary rock, metal, and shred performer."

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Read the complete news at Gibson.

Chris Broderick's New Guitar


Chris Broderick the guitarist for US trash metal band Megadeth has issued an update about his new guitar. This fantastic guitar which includes a brand new Vic artwork on it has been produced by guitar manufacturer Ibanez.

I'm wondering if it will be available as a custom guitar, how much it will cost?Hmm..........




First of all,if you haven`t read the first lesson, I highly suggest you do so. (enter link)On this lesson I`ll be showing you various arpeggios, each one with its unique sound.hopefully you`ll find something you like and add it to your guitar playing.Section 1: Diminished Arpeggios (Cause neo classical farts love it!)Well if you`re familiar with the works of becker, friedman, moore, etc`, you know they just love to use those diminished runs.E||---------------5h--8--||B||------------7---------||G||-----5h--8------------||D||--7-------------------||A||----------------------||E||----------------------||The most common shapes of that kind are the 4 string shapes(shown above), which can be extended if you take the same thing 3 frets higher, and from there another 3 and so on.E||---------------------||B||---------------------||G||---------------------||D||--------------7--10--||A||--------6--9---------||E||--5--8---------------||Thats also a diminished run,on the lower strings.Here`s a nice diminished arpeggio I've come up with, that covers all 6 strings:E||-----------------------------5h--8--|B||--------------------------7---------|G||-------------------5h--8------------|D||------------4h--7-------------------|A||-----3h--6--------------------------|E||--5---------------------------------|Thats about it for this section. use those shapes to get an idea about the sound and tonality of diminished.Section 2: Pentatonic Arpeggios (break out of the box)Every guitarist knows the pentatonic scale and can play it "in boxes". The problem is that most guys are stuck in those boxes and can't really expand the pentatonic sound to more stuff.Becker showed in the AIM clinic some pentatonic ideas, which are original and great. His advice is to change the order of notes in the scale. Meaning, if we`re playing in A pentatonic minor, the notes are: A,C,D,E,G. So if we play those 5 notes in any order, how much we want to, we`ll get a pentatonic tonality.Here is a pentatonic arpeggio,which sounds really awesome.E||--------------------------5h--10--||B||-----------------------8----------||G||--------------------7-------------||D||-------------5h--9----------------||A||----------7-----------------------||E||--5h--10--------------------------||You can check if you`d like to, you`ll see that all the notes in that arpeggio are from the A penta. Minor scale. Thats one idea that you can utilize to every penta. Minor key you want.Next is another arpeggio, which is actually famous! This is the arpeggio used in the intro of becker`s "perptual burn".E||--17p-12------------------------12h-17-||B||---------15------------------15--------||G||------------16p-12----12h-16-----------||D||-------------------14------------------||A||---------------------------------------||E||---------------------------------------||This guy is A penta. Minor too! Becker just changed the order of the notes and got a great fresh sound, from an overly used scale.Last idea for this section is actually playing the penta. Minor scale!Well not exactly, we`ll play it by sweep picking.E||--------------------------------------10h-12h-15-||B||-------------------------------10h-13------------||G||----------------------7h-9h-12-------------------||D||----------------7h-10----------------------------||A||-------5h-7h-10----------------------------------||E||--5h-8-------------------------------------------||Its pretty obvious, you got here the A penta. Minor scale, played in 3 different octaves. The key here is to make the arpeggio not sound like the same pattern repeated 3 times.In order to do that, you`ll need to learn to sweep it, pick every string just once, meaning left hand is all legato. It might seem like an akward thing to sweep, but its possible and sounds great in my opinion!Section 3: Weird Stuff.The first weird arpeggio I`ll show is the Augmented. This one is rarely used, mostly because its so damn dissonant! Although you can hear it on cacophony`s "black cat" in the end o[...]

Slash’s Solo Album "Sahara" Been Released In Japan.


Japan Fans will get the first taste of Slash’s upcoming solo album with the release of "Sahara." The new single is a collaboration with iconic B’z front man, Koshi Inaba. Included with the single is a b-side version of "Paradise City," featuring Fergie and Cypress Hill's B Real and Syn Dog. Look for it at your favorite music store.
For all you other fans outside of Japan – Keep your eyes out for those imports!

More news at here.

Deep Purple The Real Highway Star For 40 Years.


British legendary band Deep Purple already exists for 40 Years and still rocking. What a great achievement. The band's popular songs like "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" had been written and composed long time ago back in the 60's?/70's but still got high popularity and being listened by many of the younger generations.

Recent interview conducted by reveals that Deep Purple didn't shows any sign to quit from the music industries, in fact I believe they never know the word of "retirement" in their life. Ian Gillan the frontman of Deep Purple for 40 years said they’ll be in full writing mode around February.

“I take that a bit badly,” Ian says. “I mean, we’ve always been doing this. Live music is what we do – make new songs that we include in the act every now and again.”

“No-one’s done any writing yet,” says Ian. “I’ve got about 50 songs in my library at the moment, but they’re not for Deep Purple.”

Rapture of the Deep was the band’s last studio album, released in November 2005, and fans have been hoping for something new in 2010.

Complete news at here.

A Cheap Seat


Here is another online concert tickets broker. Tickets for Metallica, AC/DC, Kiss and other great hard rock/metal band are available. Hurry, the last ticket for your favorite band is waiting for you.

The awesome part of this website is that it is not for concert tickets only but also include many other events like sports and theater. You can easily find variety type of tickets in one website, absolutely a one stop center for tickets, what a great idea.

Yngwie Malmsteen Covers Michael Jackson Song


Neoclassical guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen will include a cover song from Michael Jackson in his new album called "High Impact". Michael Jackson super hit song "Beat It" has been chosen by Yngwie as a bonus track. The set is described as "a mind-boggling, high-paced instrumental compilation record. Yngwie's The song "Beat It" will contains Malmsteen's own magical touch and Tim Ripper Owens on Vocals. The album will be released on December 8 and should be very interesting, it is an absolutely a must buy album. Track listing: 01. Caprici Di Dablo 02. Brothers 03. Blitzkrieg 04. Trilogy Suite 05. Red House 06. Finale 07. Magic City 08. Arpeggios From Hell 09. Far Beyond The Sun 10. Cantabile 11. Blue 12. Overture 1622 13. Fugue 14. Beat It (MICHAEL JACKSON cover) Pre-order is available at: BEST BUY • AMAZON • FYE[...]

Direct TV


I've found an amazing website while surfing the internet recently. The website is about Direct TV. Their offer is so great and undeniable. That is why I wrote an entry specifically for this website and want to share to all of you about their fantastic offer.

Nowadays, Satellite Directv or better known as Direct TV Satellite become so popular and a must buy product for every house. If you want to be a part of it, you have just found the correct website. This website provides a variety selection of TV provider from local channels to international channels. Be sure to visit the site, you won't regret it.

Win A Free Guitar Lesson From Kiko Loureiro


Want to get a guitar lesson directly from Kiko Loureiro? Guitar string manufacturer Addario has conducted a contest to find a lucky winner which will have an exclusive moment with kiko Loureiro. Who knows this is your lucky time, so don't hesitate to enter the contest.

To participate you will have to record and send one video which carries a performance and a music of Kiko. The song is a free choice and the video must have minimum duration of 1 minute and principle of 2 minutes. The contemplated ones in 1º, 2º and 3º place will be chosen by Kiko Loureiro himself!

The winner of the competition will have the possibility to pass one afternoon with Kiko Loureiro in the Sonic Extreme studio in São Paulo /SP in the first fortnight of December. Kiko will give a lesson based on the music chosen by the winner upon registration.

The lesson will be recorded and will show Kiko giving lesson to the winner.The video will be published in the site of the Express Musical comedy, Of Addario and in their official page of YouTube.

The great winner still takes pra house 10 endorsement Of Addario of line XL (009, 010 or 011)!Idea must creative and which shows the participant knowledge of guitar. Correct execution of chosen music, adequacy to the duration stipulated for the competition and creativity is an election of criteria.

Competition ends in 30th of November! Good luck!

* Each candidate will be able to submit only one video, that will have to be published in the YouTube, or any site that the content has supported, and link generated sent in the act of the registration.

Translation is not accurate, read the original post at here (In Portuguse Language)

Alyson Avenue Live in Stockholm


Alyson Avenue the Swedish rocker will be performing in Stockholm, Saturday 16th of January 2010 at The Cave Rockclub.

"This is the First time Alyson Avenue plays in the capitol of Sweden and We are really looking forward to meet the Melodic Rock Audience of Stockholm."

Stay tuned for more updates

Kiko Loureiro 'Let there be Rock' Radio Show


Kiko Loureiro will be featured 'Let there be Rock' Radio Show on October 27. "I will present some of my favorite songs of all time, and I've chosen some real cool tracks. It would be great if you could listen to the show via the internet stream: ."

The 2-hour show starts at 9PM CET (Amsterdam time) on Tuesday October 27. In other time zones start time is:

- London 8PM

- New York 3PM

- Los Angeles Noon

- Rio de Janeiro 5PM

- Moscow 11PM

- Tokyo 5AM (Wednesday October 28)

- Sydney (7AM (Wednesday October 28)

"I will present my favorite top 3 songs of my own playing in the first hour of the show, and my top 3 favorite songs of all time in the 2nd hour of the show. "

More news at here.

Girl Went Missing After Attending Metallica Concert.


A 20 years old girl Morgan Dana Harrington was missing after attending Metallica Concert. She was last seen while attending concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA.

"Morgan has blonde hair and blue eyes, is 5'6", 120 lbs., and was wearing a black 'PANTERA' T-shirt, black skirt, and black boots. She was not carrying I.D. or a cell phone. Morgan was separated from her friends shortly before 9pm at the venue. Police have been searching the area since Monday.

"We encourage anyone who has any information regarding Morgan's disappearance to please come forward. Additionally, if you or anyone you know shot video footage or took photos of the concert or audience, please check to see if there is anyone in your photos who might resemble Morgan. Please contact the Virginia State Police at (434) 352-3425 or the UVA Police at (434) 924-7166 or if you have any information.

"Our thoughts are with Morgan and her family for her safe return."

Mustaine Said Blabbermouth & Roadrunner Don't Like Megadeth


In Megadeth forum section of the band's website, Dave Mustaine has commented the negative thought about people hating Megadeth.

"There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of a 'Big Four' tour [featuring METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX], and while I find the timing peculiar, the opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because we all are really so very different now, and the chances of this happening are probably not going to come around again in the future; due to personal plans, new ventures, and the inevitable passing of torches to the next generation in each of our respective genres (or the sub-genres that were created).

"Our crew and the Japanese crew were keeping it just to our friends and the top acts. In fact, at one time we had me and Kerry King [SLAYER guitarist] talking, Dave Lombardo [SLAYER drummer] holding court with several people, Akira Takasaki [LOUDNESS] was hanging with Shawn [Drover; MEGADETH drummer], Glenn Tipton from JUDAS PRIEST, the guys from ANVIL, and lots of journos, photogs, and record company people all in my dressing room.

"Funny, it seems like Blabbermouth and Roadrunner USA are the only people who don't like me or MEGS anymore.

"Such a shame.

"I knew I shouldn't have done this. Why didn't I trust myself?

"I regret a lot of things in my life, but this is the most regrettable."

(Visit the band's official for full news.)

Atreyu Release Video for Storm to Pass


Atreyu has released the video for their first single "Storm to Pass." Their highly anticipated seventh album, Congregation of the Damned will be released soon, stay tuned for more updates....

Watch the video below:

Akira Takasaki Joined Megadeth On Stage.


Akira Takasaki has joined Megadeth on stage to play "Symphony Of Destruction''. Akira Takasaki is a famous Japanese metaller and a current guitarist for Loudness. Loudness drummer Munetaka Higuchi has departed in November last year from cancer.

Sadly only an audio of the performance available, do inform if someone has a video footage of it.

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Guns n’ Roses | Canada Tour


Guns n’ Roses have revealed plans to bring Chinese Democracy to Canada. According to Rolling, various Canadian Websites teased a huge announcement concerning Gn’R touring Canada. This tour will starts January 13th in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and stretches to the North until February 4th in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The earliest presale begins October 21st. General admission floor seats and reserved seats in the stands are available; prices range from $49.50 to $89.50 Canadian before service charges.

Guns n’ Roses Canadian tour dates

Jan. 13 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
Jan. 16 – Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome
Jan. 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
Jan. 19 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
Jan. 20 – Regina, SK @ Brandt Centre
Jan. 24 – Hamilton, ON @ Copps Coliseum
Jan. 25 – London, ON @ John Labatt Centre
Jan. 27 – Montreal, PQ @ Bell Centre
Jan. 28 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Jan. 31 – Ottawa, ON @ Scotiabank Place
Feb. 1 – Quebec City, PQ @ Colisee Pepsi
Feb. 3 – Moncton, NB @ Moncton Coliseum
Feb. 4 – Halifax, NS @ Metro Centre

Steve Vai | That Metal Show


Steve Vai the guitar virtuoso will appear as a special guest on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show on Saturday November 7th at 11:00pm.

For fans outside of the USA, the show will be available to view online soon after it airs.

The Live Line Give Away


The Live Line is giving away free prizes to the fans. All you have to do is filling the required information. Prizes includes an autographed Anthrax t-shirt, a signed Trivium poster, an autographed All That Remains CD, signed picture from Sirius, stickers from Shadows Fall, and more.

Chickenfoot | CD/DVD Limited Edition.


An interesting news arrives from supergroup Chickenfoot, there is an exclusive Deluxe Limited Edition of the Chickenfoot album in the coming of first November. According to the news, the cost will be $9.99, the CD includes all 12 tracks, including Bitten By The Wolf.

DVD includes an hour of new video footage featuring videos for every song including live performances from Montreux Jazz Festival (Soap on a Rope, Sexy Little Thing & Down The Drain), and exclusive footage from the road, in rehearsal, and in the recording studio. Both official music videos for "Oh Yeah" and "Soap On A Rope" are also included.

Click the picture for pre-order. More details are still to come, stay tuned for updates.




Steve's Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class will hit Calgary and Toronto this November. The details of the event are as follows :

Sunday, Nov. 22
Venue: Engineered Air Theater
City: Calgary, Canada
Time: 3:00pm

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Venue: Rock Star Music School
City: Bolton, Ontario, Canada (Toronto)
Time: 6:00pm

Tickets to the Calgary master class will be available through Music Center Canada West (tel. 1-403-246-6480.) Tickets to the Toronto master class will be available only through's online Ticket Store.

Tickets are USD$250 and go on sale on Monday October 12 at 1:00pm PDT. Both classes are limited to 100 attendees.

To read more about the Alien Guitar Secrets Master Class, including an outline of the course and topics covered, visit our general information page. Some details will be updated on this page, so please check back on Monday for additional information.

Alyson Avenue | First Concert Date


Alyson Avenue, the Swedish rock band will be performing in Växjö, Friday the 13th of November at Club Dirty Harry. More information can be found at Club Dirty Harry and Harrys in Växjö.

This is their first concert ever, please visit the url provided for more info.

The previous Alyson Avenue's vocalist was Anette Olzon, she is the current singer for the band Nightwish. This Classic Rock band which was formed in 1989 had released two albums, Presence Of Mind (2000) and Omega (2003), both albums were re-released in 2009.

Alexi Laiho, Fan meet and greet in Canada


Alexi Laiho the frontman of Finnish metallers CHILDREN OF BODOM will be at Steve's Music Store to take part in a fan meet-and-greet on September 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Steve's Music Store is located at 51 Saint-Antoine West (Metro Place d'Armes) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. No photos or filming will be allowed. Fans must come early if they want to meet Alexi.

In other news, COB's new album "Skeletons In The Closet", will be released on September 23 through Spinefarm. This album is a selection of cover versions, some of them existing recordings, others specially laid down for this release. Please support them by buying the original one. Stay tuned for more updates.

Yngwie Malmsteen Rock Band Metal Track Pack


In his Myspace, Yngwie wrote:

A standalone disc of 20 metal tracks is headed for retailers on October 13

It's been rumored for a while now, but Harmonix officially announced that another Rock Band Track Pack will be coming to retailers this year -- this time around, it'll be focused on the metal genre. For a suggested price of $29.99, the Rock Band Metal Track Pack will feature a total of 20 songs that can either be played on the standalone disc or imported into your other RockBand games.

Rock Band Metal Track Pack, like all Rock Band software, is compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero® and other third party music video game peripherals and microphones.

Complete Track List:

1. All That Remains - Two Weeks
2. At the Gates - Blinded By Fear
3. Black Tide - ShockWave
4. Blue Öyster Cult - Transmaniacon MC*
5. Bullet For My Valentine -Waking the Demon
6. Children of Bodom - Are You Dead Yet
7. Evile -Thrasher
8. Godsmack - I Stand Alone
9. The Haunted - D.O.A.
10. Hawkwind - Master Of The Universe*
11. I Mother Earth - Levitate*
12. In This Moment - Forever
13. Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
14. Lacuna Coil - Closer
15. Lamb of God - Laid to Rest
16. Motörhead - Killed by Death*
17. Nazareth - Hair of the Dog*
18. Queens of the Stone Age - 3’s & 7’s
19. Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade*
20. Yngwie Malmsteen -Red Devil

More news at here.