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Corey Taylor Winner of the Metal Hammer Legend Award

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I’ve crossed paths with Corey Taylor a hand full of times in my life. The biggest was when I filmed interview footage of them at Blackbird studios in Nashville while Stone Sour was recording Audio Secrecy. Being from Iowa and being active in the music scene you tend to bump into the Slipknot cats from time to time. So I have to say on a personal level these guys are all champs. I’ve never had a bad experience with any of them, as a matter of fact Corey made sure that we got our interview footage with him at Namm just because we were from Iowa. (Which was actually hooked up by his wife who talked to us when everyone else told us to talk to the hand) Jim Root used to play with some other bands before Slipknot got picked up and was always a cool cat, and from my experience kind of a gear nerd!!

So, Corey Taylor won the Metal Hammer Legend award in Berlin and was presented by U.D.O singer Udo Dirkschneider. Which is pretty fitting since he and his band mates have been whooping ass in 2 bands for over a decade!! Link to the loudwire article HERE Or if your as immediate gratification as I am here is the youtube video.

Mark Termonti Project with Wolfgang Van Halen Story

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Last week I posted some rehersal footage that was floating around the tubes with Wolfgang Van Halen rehearsing with the Mark Tremonti Project. At the time I didn’t really know what the situation was other than he was lined up to tour at least for a bit with Mark. Here is an interview detailing the situation. It’s pretty much starting to look like WGVH is a stud!!

Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Joining American Idol

Monday, September 17th, 2012

In my who cares post of the day, it was announced that Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will be joining American Idol. I will admit, I used to watch this show. It used to be fun. You had Simon who was a total dick, and could be because he created industry juggernaut profit monsters, one right after the other. Whether you thought it was an ass or not his opinion counted because he had an eye for that. Then you had Paula, who was really just the drunken feel good judge but we still liked her as a balance to Simons dickheadisms. And of course Randy, who was the industry workhorse. The dude played with a lot of cool people, killer tours and recording sessions and really just carried respect because of his resume.

So now the show sucks, we’re changing judges as much as contestants and I don’t like it anymore. Shut it off!!!!
Link to the announcement HERE

Berklee College Of Music Is Gonna Run You A Couple Of Bucks

Monday, September 17th, 2012

When I was a kid I really really really wanted to go to Berklee, mostly because a lot of my heroes went there. Now, I don’t remember how much jack it took then, I was busy trying to score change for a pack of smokes and a couple of Lil’ Debbies on the way to my next gig. But I do remember that according to my calculations it would have taken a lot and I didn’t have very much. This deficiency created a pretty big barrier between me and my dreams of soaking up musical knowledge at Berklee.

So today I caught this pretty cool article on The Cost of Attending Berklee. And by pretty cool I mean it gave me freakin chills. According to the breakdown which according to the article was provided by Berklee itself, a year of learning how to rock is gonna set you back about $62,319. So times 4 = $249,276. Now let’s look at this a little closer.

Notable Berklee Grads, Steve Vai, Mike Portnoy, Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Stu Hamm, Will Calhoun…..

People in music that have made a ton of money…. Puff Daddy (Dropped out of Howard University as a business major), 50 Cent (Attended a Correction Boot Camp), U2, Lady Gaga (Went to NYU) All of this according to Wikipedia so you know it’s true. (I do my research)

So my lesson to you here is save your quarter million and rap!! Check out the article HERE

Mudvayne Bassist Ryan Martinie Summer Tour With Korn Behind The Scenes

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about Mudvayne. My old band got to play some shows with them before they blew up and became the cool kids on the block. And it’s one of my fondest memories up to one member of the band. Since then I talked with Ryan and Matt at a bar during Namm a couple of years ago. And I still have very fond memories up to one member of the band. Later after that while doing interviews for the magazine, we interviewed the guys from Hell Yeah, again very fond memories of everyone from Mudvayne up to one member of the band.

Ryan, is not only probably techincally one of the best bass players in the genre but also the nicest dude on the planet. I have had great conversations with him everytime I talked to him. Same with Chad Gray, talked with him a couple of summers ago and what a cool dude. Made us feel welcome when working with him. Greg was cool, really cool to interview, he was not very out going but liked to talk a bit of gear. Very fond memories up to one member.

Anyway, here is a really cool behind the scenes video from when Ryan was filling in with Korn. Enjoy and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Unless your with that one member of that one band, then you will probably have a total crapper of a time.

Diamond Nitrox Quick Demo Video with Ibanez RG Giger

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Here is a demo of the Diamond Nitrox. So many moons ago I was asked to film and take part in a project demoing a bunch of heads. My footage wasn’t used. But since I filmed the entire thing I had my footage sitting in my video vault with the other misfit toys including my sex tape from that romantic summer I had with Megan Fox and of course my pro bowl season with the Vikings. But that was a different time and now all I have left are the memories. And this video of my noodling with the Diamond Nitrox.

I have to say this is a really cool head. And maybe someday I can convince the good people at Diamond to loan me one so I can do a proper GearZombiee video with it!! I tend to play kind of all over the place and not a lot of heads work well with that especially for rock. It’s like you either chug, play wide open or whatever. And generally decent cleans are hard to find with higher gain heads. I found that this had good pronunciation great warm lead tone and a totally useable clean. So totally this would be a fun one to get in my studio and do a bunch of videos on!!!

So this is just camera audio and all and my playing isn’t terrible but ohh well. I’m glad I’m starting to post these and they are behind me.

Apple to murder Pandora in cold blood.

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Now, first of I want to say that I am at heart an Apple baby. I love their stuff it really does work great. That being said with the iPhone 5 announcement I am really seriously considering jumping ship to an Android device. I know the popular thing is to say “Android has been doing (insert your function here) for years” But in most cases, the devices are garbage the os is buggy and the UI’s generally suck. But… I want a bigger screen so i’m waiting for the new Moto Razr HD Maxx rather than go after the slightly longer iPhone 5. Its all about girth anyway. Good thing I’m hung like a soup can. But enough about me.

Shares of Pandora stock dropped 20% the other day after Apple anounced that they are developing a service for streaming music and are currently working with labels to hammer out license agreements. This according to an article on Variety found HERE!!!!

So Apple’s patent department, who I think had to be trained by Gene Simmons, patent things like shapes. See they have to so they can sue people who make rectangle phones. But on the flip side they can just kill another business by saying “I’m gonna do that too” Maybe I should try that. It’s like the Jedi mind trick. Perhaps I will start with Jessica Alba… “I can have sex with you better”

Orange Amps Tiny Terror Giveaway

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

If you love Orange amps and lets be serious they are pretty damn cool!! I know GearZombie would love to have some here for videos and testing!! Hint Hint!! But, until then you can enter to win a Tiny Terror and the Every Time I Die album Ex-Lives. Register to win HERE!!!

Mark Tremonti Project With Wolfgang Van Halen Rehearsal Footage

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

So, some footage was posted this week of the Mark Tremonti project practicing with Wolfgang Van Halen. If you’re not familiar, Mark’s solo project is pretty much bad ass, or asstastic or an asstastrophy of global proportions. At the same time screw Wolfgang for being born into Rock n’ Roll royalty and getting to play with all the cool people right out of the box!!!

I’ve been playing in bands most of my life and I can still only find players that either want me to loan them my gear or teach them how to play theirs. Or of course want to be like Tool. Or record drums with one hanging microphone because they were in the best band ever once that nobody ever heard of. Why does everything have to be perfect and sound good?!!?? Sorry bout that, shrink said I should let things out.

Here is the youtube footage of the practice. And below that is a video of the Mark Tremonti Project tune call You Waste Your Time. Which is exactly what you’ve probably done looking at my website Homie can sing his ass off!!!

Led Zeppelin Releasing Concert Film

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Zeppelin is releasing a film called “Celebration Day”  according to Yahoo .  The concert footage was from a charity performance in London and was called the first headline show for the band in 27 years.  The film is scheduled to have a limited theatrical release on November 19th.


Following is the track listing of the upcoming film, which will last just over two hours.

1. Good Times Bad Times

2. Ramble On

3. Black Dog

4. In My Time Of Dying

5. For Your Life

6. Trampled Under Foot

7. Nobody’s Fault But Mine

8. No Quarter

9. Since I’ve Been Loving You

10. Dazed And Confused

11. Stairway To Heaven

12. The Song Remains The Same

13. Misty Mountain Hop

14. Kashmir

15. Whole Lotta Love

16. Rock And Roll.