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1st Annual ‘Acoustic 4 A Cure’ benefit concert to feature all-star lineup including Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Nancy Wilson, Billie Joe Armstrong and more

by on Mar.21, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

1st Annual ‘Acoustic 4 A Cure’ benefit concert to feature all-star lineup including Sammy Hagar, James Hetfield, Nancy Wilson, Billie Joe Armstrong and more

On May 15, Sammy Hagar & James Hetfield will unite an all-Star lineup featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart, Billie Joe Armstrong, Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan of Train and more for the 1st annual “Acoustic 4-A-Cure” concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The event will be held at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

Tickets will go on sale this morning, March 21 at 10AM via Live Nation
Tickets are priced $125 each for General Admission. A very limited amount of VIP will be available at $500 each. VIP tickets include access to the VIP

“Acoustic-4-A-Cure” was created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and Bay Area resident Sammy Hagar, an on-going supporter of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital through his Hagar Family Foundation: “I’ve seen first hand the great work they’re doing and how vital community support is,” Hagar said. “I ran the idea of a benefit concert by James (Hetfield) and we quickly had an amazing lineup of artists on board, then Live Nation stepped up with The Fillmore and now we’ve got an epic event –the first of many hopefully – so we can help keep their research and programs funded and on the path to a cure.”

For more info and to get tickets go to: www.acousticforacure.org

Acoustic 4 a Cure poster 5-14-14

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The G4 Experience with Joe Satriani coming to Cambria Pines Lodge

by on Mar.01, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

The G4 Experience with Joe Satriani coming to Cambria Pines Lodge

Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Andy Timmons, and Mike Keneally would like to invite you to The G4 Experience to be held at the picturesque Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, California from August 11-15, 2014.

The G4 Experience is an extension of the G3 concept spawned by Joe over 15 years ago, bringing together some of the best hands and minds in rock guitar. This unique guitar retreat is open to guitarists of all ages and levels and provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with and learn from Joe, Paul, Andy and Mike.

The intimate G4 Experience is available for a maximum of 175 attendees. The event size is limited so every guest will have the opportunity to spend time with each of the featured artists. This unique music camp is open to guitarists of all ages and levels and provides an entertaining and educational once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience.

Camp tuition includes 4 nights lodging, meals, master classes, breakout sessions, live performances and jam sessions. Every attendee will also receive a welcome kit with items including Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert guitar picks and a commemorative G4 Experience poster.

Joe Satriani and Paul Gilbert explain what the G4 Experience is all about: Joe says, “In 1996 I wanted to find a way to work with the guitar players I respected and we launched the first G3 Tour. Since then, I’ve enjoyed countless hours playing and ‘experiencing’ the amazing talents of my peers. The G4 Experience is my chance to expand on the G3 idea. G4 will give everyone a chance to improve their skills, meet like minded players, be inspired, and make some great guitar music!”

Paul, a veteran of his own two Great Guitar Escape events in New York State, comments: “There are seminars throughout the day. It’s really interesting to hear everyone’s different approach to the guitar and how to live life as a musician. Good food and good atmosphere are there to keep your brain fresh and your fingers moving. And every night will be amazing concerts, and opportunities to jam.”

When you’re at G4, you’ll have plenty of time to meet and hang out with the instructors. Paul explains, “There are star performers at the camp, but this is much more than a handshake and a photo. We have enough time to relax and hang out. And you’ll get plenty of concrete guitar ideas, and inspiring memories to take home. One of the best things about this camp is that you don’t just say, ‘Hello, It’s nice to meet you.’ You plug in, and say something with your guitar. That’s my favorite way to meet people.”

Joe elaborates on what he’s looking to get out of the camp experience, “I hope to explore new facets of the instrument, meet some cool new players and make some great guitar music!”

“I just like hanging out with musicians,” Paul says. “It’s really inspiring to spend time with people who have similar passion and goals. The goal of ‘being a musician’ isn’t always supported by friends and family, so it’s really nice to be in a group of people who understand the unquenchable thirst for playing the guitar.”

“The musical interaction between great players always appeals to me and being immersed in a beautiful setting in California is the perfect place for the G4 Experience,” Joe agrees.

Paul sums up the G4 Experience: “I see it as fuel for the musical soul. Whether you’re a pro or a weekend warrior, this ‘fuel’ is something that every musician needs. New ideas. New knowledge. And just the experience of being around like-minded people. That’s often the best vacation of all!”

Hope to see you there!
Joe, Paul, Andy & Mike

Get all the details at www.g4experience.com

Joe Satriani G4 Experience in Cambria

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Marshall of Rock Top 20 Albums of 2013

by on Jan.04, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS

Marshall of Rock Top 20 Albums of 2013

Now that 2013 was here and gone like a flash, I have finally realized it and gotten my Top Album of 2013 posted. There was a lot of great music released. Some were unexpected gems, some had high expectations and sucked, and others still made me believe that some of today's rock can hold up some years from now. Not too much of that, but still some entertaining and riveting music to ROCK to. Check out my Top 20:

20. Jared James Nichols - Old Glory & The Wild Revival

This 5-track E.P. from the 22 year old blues rock prodigy kicks off with an amazing track called 'Blackfoot,' and the rest of the album's material firmly adds this young guitar great to the list of potential future legends. This Berklee College of Music alum is that good. Recognize and do it now. A full album will follow this Spring.

Jared James Nichols EP cover

19. Buckcherry - Confessions

Another great album from a band that continues to not get the acclaim they deserve for what they are...a truly great American Rock band. While these guys have had multiple great albums over the years and a wealth of fantastic material, I really feel they should be more well known in all rock circles. This was a bit of a departure for the band, but still delivered as Buckcherry always do.

Buckcherry Confessions album cover

18. Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum

Joe brought forth another great album of material in 2013 that generally lives up to that of his past. Music you can feel from Joe, right when we needed it. There just aren't any artists around anymore that not only do what Joe does, but does it this well every time.

Joe Satriani Unstoppable Momentum album cover

17. Tedeshi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi put their solo bands on hiatus to form a new group in 2010 that lets the married couple focus on making music together. We are so glad they did. 'Made Up Mind' is the band's third album and continues the feel good blues vibe of their previous studio and live album releases. I have yet to see Tedeshi Trucks Band live, but with dates booked in 2014, I hope to get the chance to see these fantastic musicians and their bandmates perform this great material live.

Tedeshi Trucks Band Made Up Mind album cover

16. Alter Bridge - Fortress

Alter Bridge returned with their new album 'Fortress' in 2013, and it delivered the combo of intense in your face rock along with the emotion and connecting mid tempo tracks that the band puts into each and every release. Alter Bridge has yet to tour the U.S. behind this release, but have multiple dates on tap for 2014. I expect the album to get a resurgence on the charts and hopefully with radio airplay for more of these deserving tracks.

Alter Bridge Fortress album cover

15. Monster Truck - Furiosity

The Canadian rockers from Hamilton, Ontario bring it big time on this, their first full-length album. The band had released two EP's previous to this album, but I was glad to finally discover the band behind this latest release. The band mixes their hard rock, punk and classic rock influences and it comes out crushing like a Monster Truck. To me there is a harder rocking Skynyrd vibe, which I really dig. The band won the 2013 Juno Award for breakthrough album of the year and theyplayed the Download Festival in 2013. They've toured with Slash and others in the U.S. in the past and will be touring in the U.S. with Buckcherry later this month, so look for them and show your support! I really dig their vibe and hope bigger things in the future for them.

Monster Truck album cover

14. Black Star Riders - All Hell Breaks Loose

The band that previously toured as Thin Lizzy decided to recharge with a new album and a new band name and the result was a much acclaimed offering that checks in at #15 on my list for 2013. While still holding onto a core sound, Black Star Riders collectively have a new energy and a exciting future that begins with this album.

Black Star Riders All Hell Breaks Loose album cover

13. John Fogerty - Wrote A Song For Everyone

Fogerty brought a new energy to many of his Creedence Clearwater Revival classic tracks and added some great new songs to this collaborative collection. The likes of Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Foo Fighters and Tom Morello joined country artists Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert on the album with Fogerty, creating some unique new versions of his songs.

John Fogerty Wrote A Song For Everyone album cover (2)

12. Anthrax - Anthems

The sixth EP from the legendary thrash rockers brings versions of the band's favorites from the 1970's together, along with two versions of "Crawl", a song from their previous studio album. Featured covers on the album include 'Anthem' (Rush cover), 'T.N.T.' (AC/DC cover), 'Smokin' (Boston cover), 'Keep On Runnin' (Journey cover), 'Big Eyes' (Cheap Trick cover) and 'Jailbreak' (Thin Lizzy cover).

Anthrax Anthems album cover

11. Alice In Chains - The Devil Put The Dinosaurs Here

The fifth studio album from Alice In Chains, and the second with singer William DuVall, peaked at #2 in the U.S. charts and featured some great tracks like 'Hollow,' 'Stone,' and 'Voices.' The rest of the album has moments, and while not to the level of 2009's 'Black Gives Way To Blue,' overall it warrants a Top 15 finish on my top albums of 2012.

Alice In Chains album cover

10. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam's tenth studio album continued and added to the band's acceptance and future Hall of Fame credentials. The guys are aging graceful, delivering moments of the 90's angst, with an adult and contemporary sound on other tracks. It all works and delivers 'Lightning Bolt' into my Top 10.

Pearl Jam Lighting Bolt album cover

9. Stryper - No More Hell To Pay

Christian rockers Stryper delivered an album stronger than I anticipated and worthy of a Top 10 finish on my list. Micheal Sweet has showed what an amazing talent and leader of the band he is, with his producing, singing, and guitar skills all showcased along with other long time band members Oz Fox, Robert Sweet and Tim Gaines. Stryper's 'No More Hell To Pay' way truly one of the year's rock surprises.

Stryper No More Hell To Pay album cover

8. Queensryche - Redemption

If it wasn't obvious before it's release, this version of Queensryche with all the original members of the band and new singer Todd LaTorre, trumped the Geoff Tate version by far after it. The album is all quality material, and the addition of LaTorre has added a new passion that was seemingly missing with the last few Queensryche records. We shall see if Tate answers in 2014 with an album of his own, but this will be tough to beat.

Queensryche album cover

7. Motorhead - Aftershock

Despite Lemmy Kimister's recent health issues in 2013, the new album from Motorhead was a jack and coke, with a shot of tequila, jager and another shot of jack. The album rocks hard from beginning to end, and while we all want Lemmy to chill out a bit and curtail his favorite intake so he can be with us for as long as possible, this album from Motorhead continues the legacy of the band and the man who is a true rock original.

Motorhead Aftershock album cover

6. Tom Keifer - The Way Life Goes

A great solo offering from the Cinderella frontman that showed a wide range of influences and talents. Tom has always been a fantastic songwriter, with multiple memorable hits from his Cinderella days. That continues with 'The Way Life Goes,' and I hope we get more new solo material in the future from Tom, as well as new Cinderella music.

Tom Keifer The Way Life Goes

5. Pop Evil - Onyx

Michigan rockers Pop Evil continued their onslaught on the airwaves, with two songs from their latest album already going to #1 on the Active Rock charts. The second album from the band has firmly etched the guys as major players in rock, with the ability and talent to take it to an even bigger level.

Pop Evil Onyx cover

4. Stone Sour - The House Of Gold & Bones Part 2

One of the most interesting rock projects of the year, with Corey Taylor raising Stone Sour's influence, even getting closer to the level of popularity of his other band Slipknot. This was the second of the two 'House Of Gold & Bones' albums, and spawned two singles that are in my Top 10 tracks of the year. Combine the two CD packaging and you get an actual cardboard model home, and add the whole comic book issues with that and you have a dynamic, multi-layed project that reached so many on so many levels.

Stone Sour House of Gold & Bones 2 cover

3. Sound City - Real To Reel

A fantastic soundtrack album to Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' rockumentary, the project combined artists that have recorded legendary albums in the past at the iconic Sound City Studios, with an array of great artists that Grohl brought together as the Sound City Players. Two tracks from this album also are featured in my top tracks of the year. If you have yet to see the 'Sound City' movie, you owe it to yourself to check it out and enjoy!

Sound City Real To Reel album cover

2. Black Sabbath - 13

I was upset when first hearing that drummer Bill Ward wouldn't be a part of the Black Sabbath reunion tour and album, but with each listen, the album continues to get better and better to me. The project has been a huge success, with the album and tour both making Black Sabbath one of the rock stories of the year. I still am holding out hope that Ward will get to rejoin his bandmates for shows and recordings at some point (better be soon), but if that doesn't happen, will still have this crushing Sabbath album that kicked my ass.

Black Sabbath 13 album cover

1. The Winery Dogs - The Winery Dogs

This is by far my favorite release of 2013! Master musicianship from the power trio featuring guitarist and vocals from Richie Kotzen, bass from the amazing Billy Sheehan, and percussion by one of today's great drummers, Mike Portnoy. Great songs with great hooks, and a variety of sounds demonstrating three masters meshing in a way that maybe even they didn't think possible. A phenomenal album from a band that I hope continues to stay together and put out more fantastic music. While the band has played some shows in 2013 in the U.S., I'm hoping for more opportunities to see this material live and what they future holds for a band that deserves to be recognized by all rock fans of any genre.

Winery Dogs 2

Others that missed the Top 20:
Megadeth - Supercollider, Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels, Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King, Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol. 1 & 2, Stone Temple Pilots - High Rise (E.P.), Airbourne - Black Dog Barking, Korn - The Paradigm Shift, Kill Devil Hill - Revolution Rise, Krokus - Dirty Dynamite, S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing), Gov't Mule - Shout, Eve To Adam - Locked & Loaded

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‘Concert for Ronnie Montrose – A Celebration of His Life In Music’ due for release on December 10

by on Nov.16, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘Concert for Ronnie Montrose – A Celebration of His Life In Music’ due for release on December 10

When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock's all-time legendary - and influential - guitarists. The result was some of music's most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening - which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.'

Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie's past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups' hits.

Additionally, Ronnie's colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.

The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.

The iconic and legendary Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock - an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. In his short time with Van Morrison Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Nights”. In the Edgar Winter group he left even a bigger Mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein”. But it would be his self-titled release, MONTROSE that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock. This debut in 1973 crafted such classics as "Rock the Nation”, "Bad Motor Scooter," and "Space Station #5." It laid the ground work and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians. His musical Journey lead him to the creation of GAMMA where he crafted songs like "Voyager", "Thunder And Lighting" and "Ready For Action". Ronnie was always searching and reinventing himself musically. Venturing through a brief instrumental period he brought us both "Open Fire" and his masterpiece version of "Town Without Pity".

And now, fans will be able to experience the music of Ronnie once again, with the new DVD, 'Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.' To order and more info go to: www.ronniemontrose.com

SONGS:
1. Overture
2. Open Fire
3. Town Without Pity
4. I Don't Want It
5. Little Suzi
6. One Thing On My Mind
7. Free Ride
8. Frankenstein
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. Razor King
11. No Tears
12. Ready For Action
13. Fight To The Finish
14. Voyager
15. Lighthouse
16. One And A Half
17. Good Rockin' Tonight
18. Rock The Nation
19. Make It Last
20. Bad Motor Scooter
21. Rock Candy
22. Space Station No. 5
23. Connection

BONUS SONGS:
1. Good Rockin' Tonight
2. Rock Candy
3. Oh No You Don't
4. Paper Money
5. Wild Night

Ronnie Montrose Concert for Ronnie Montrose DVD cover

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Joe Satriani brings the ‘Unstoppable Momentum’ to Vina Robles Amphitheatre

by on Oct.30, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Joe Satriani brings the ‘Unstoppable Momentum’ to Vina Robles Amphitheatre

When I first heard Joe Satriani would be making a stop (Oct. 25) as part of the inaugural season at the new Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, California, I knew I had to be there. You can't miss seeing one of the greatest guitarists on the planet, especially when it is virtually in you backyard, as the venue is probably a mere 10 minutes away (with traffic)! Add to that the opening act Living Colour, it was sure to be an amazing night of music.

After a spirited opening set by Living Colour, with vocalist Corey Glover wrapping things up by coming out into the audience as they closed with 'Cult of Personality,' the anticipation for Joe and his stellar touring band rose, as the audience was ready to get their ass kicked musically.

The show was the next to last date on Joe's 'Unstoppable Momentum' tour, backing his fantastic 14th solo album which was released earlier this year. Satch and his signature JS Ibanez guitars were joined on this tour by Mike Keneally on keyboards and guitar (Frank Zappa, Dweeil Zappa, Steve Vai), drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson) and bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa). The entire band are amazing, almost as technically proficient as their boss.

The set included 8 of the 11 tracks on the 'Unstoppable Momentum' album, kicking off the show with the spirited 'Jumpin' In.' A Joe Satriani audience is unlike any other, seemingly in sync with the band and always giving full attention to the mastery of the playing they are seeing. All the amazing tracks from the past showed up in the set as well. 'Flying in a Blue Dream,' 'Ice 9,' 'The Crush of Love,' 'Satch Boogie,' 'Always With Me, Always With You,' 'Time Machine,' and 'Surfing With the Alien,' added to the truly unparalleled musical experience. Add to that the visual backdrops of scenery and images from Joe's past, and it all took you to a different place.

The joy felt at the show was captured in a feeling of satisfaction and amazement that carried over long after leaving the venue. Joe is a Mozart on the guitar, a Beethoven for his generation, and the only one who can carry an entire 92 date world tour with all his fantastic instrumental music. True skill and technical finesse were on display, and it was a pleasure to witness it.

Setlist - Vina Robles Amphitheatre 10/25/13:
Jumpin' In
Devil's Slide
Flying in a Blue Dream
Unstoppable Momentum
The Weight of the World
Ice 9
The Crush of Love
I'll Put a Stone on Your Cairn
A Door into Summer
Lies and Truths
Satch Boogie
Shine On American Dreamer
Three Sheets to the Wind
Cryin'
Drum Solo
Time Machine
Always with Me, Always with You
Surfing with the Alien
Encore:
Crowd Chant
Summer Song

Special thanks to Michelle Gutenstien and Melissa Dragich-Cordero of MAD Ink PR!

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