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Buckethead Suffering From Life Threatening Heart Problem

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

 

 

 

Buckethead (Brian Carroll) was recently featured on the Coming Alive Podcast please check it out and listen to the entire interview.

“Well, really recently – I have a heart problem where my heart beats out of rhythm.

“It’s been doing it for a long time, but recently it just really kicked up and became really intense. I really didn’t know what was going on.

“I just tried to deal with it and let it do what it did, and eventually it would stop. But it got really intense, so I went to the doctor and they said, ‘You’re on the verge of having a stroke.’

“I’m like, ‘Wow…’ Because I felt so good prior to having it, I was doing pretty well and everything.

“They suggested I had a thing called an ablation, they go in and freeze your heart. It’s supposed to do something with the nerves, because they said my heart was fine, but it could be a genetic thing, they didn’t really know.

“I had that procedure, and it didn’t really stop it, and I’m still dealing with it. I take medication, which is tough, because I never took anything my whole life, although if I eat food or drink something that’s probably worse anyway. [Laughs]

“So it’s been really difficult, it’s scary. Even walking across a room is difficult. Luckily the medication I’m thankful for, because it’s kept it from going berserk. But it’s pretty intense.

“It seems like now I’m letting this thing sort of exist now in me, I can’t really escape it.

“I’m always aware of the intensity of my heartbeat, it’s just not something that I’d ever experienced, so it definitely kind of scares me. But I also see that it is also doing a lot of good, because I need to do all of the things I want to do.

“I just feel an urgency now.”

 

On a side note I was lucky enough to go see Buckethead with my Brother a few years ago in a tiny venue.  And to this day I have never been more in awe of a live guitar player.  We wish Buckhead the best!

 

GZ

Derek Sherinian Talks Getting Fired From Dream Theater In Interview With Mike Portnoy And Eddie Trunk Sons Of Apollo

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The time was 1997, My most favoritist band in the whole wide world Dream Theater had parted ways with their keyboard player Kevin Moore and added a fella named Derek Sherinian.  All of us heavy Dream Theater nerds were floored.  It was like if Leonard Nimoy had left Star Trek and they just threw another pointy eared dude in there and still called him Spock.  However, in the words of Charlie Murphy.. This cat could ball…  So it was all good. The album rocked and away the fans went.  Till they canned him…..  For Jordan Rudess.  Who by the way, can also ball.

Derek is in a new band call Sons of Apollo and they’re bad ass.  A super group made up of Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth), and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force).

 

Take a listen to this clip from Eddie Trunks show discussing the firing.

 

Sons of Apollo is the Super Group You Should Be Listening To Check It Here With Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

 

Mike Portnoy has another super group and I dig it!  He’s reunited with former Dream Theater keyboard player Derek Sherinian as well as Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and also added  Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force).

Their debut album titled Psychotic Symphony was produced by Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

Sons Of Apollo got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about Sons Of Apollo is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity – a lethal combination!”

But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested Sons Of Apollo and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”

 

 

Tracklisting:

“God Of The Sun”
“Coming Home”
“Signs Of The Time”
“Labyrinth”
“Alive”
“Lost In Oblivion”
“Figaro’s Whore”
“Divine Addiction”
“Opus Maximus”

 

Check out the video for Coming Home.

 

Intro Interview Part 1

 

Intro Video Part 2.

 

Signs Of The Time Album Track.

Teaser.

Sons Of Apollo will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.

“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. Sons Of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”

Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring Sons Of Apollo to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”

Check Out New Joe Satriani Tune “Energy” Featuring Chad Smith and Glenn Hughes

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Guitar Superhero Joe Satriani announced his new album recently.  “What Happens Next” is slated to be released January 12.  He’s discussed a bit of what we can expect from the record with his new single “Energy”

Energy is a straight ahead rock track and won’t sound unfamiliar to Satriani fans.  “The son ‘Energy’ shows the power, fun and excitement of true and spontaneous musical chemistry,” Satriani says.  “Chad Smith, Glenn Hughes and me rockin’ out, not holding back, reveling in the moment.”  Keeping things simple on this record is important for Satriani, who adds, “I said to Chad in an early text, ‘No odd time signatures, no progressive stuff, pure rock and soul.  The last two records really showed that I was enjoying playing with progressive elements, and when I reached the end of Shockwave Supernova, I said, ‘I think I’ve done it.  For some reason, I don’t feel like going back over that anymore.”

Satriani also announced the lineup for the next G3 tour in which he will be joined by Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.  Listen to the new singer “Energy” Below and pre-order What Happens Next HERE………

“What Happens Next” track listing:

01. Energy
02. Catbot
03. Thunder High On The Mountain
04. Cherry Blossoms
05. Righteous
06. Smooth Soul
07. Headrush
08. Looper
09. What Happens Next
10. Super Funky Badass
11. Invisible
12. Forever And Ever

 

Does Guitar Tonewood Matter?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

A new tonewood video is making it’s rounds and this is a topic that everyone has an opinion on.  There are clearly two separate camps that get rabid with each other almost to the point of flat earthers vs round earthers. (Except for the clear visual evidence of the round earth)  There was that one scientific study that one time that said there is virtually no sonic difference see HERE!!!!   And then there are bunches of not as scientific studies.  That’s what I like!

People spend a ton of money chasing that “tone” i’m mainly going to focus on electric guitar as acoustic (IMO) is an instrument more critical of it’s construction and materials.  And being that’s it’s acoustic it really only has a few things to shape it’s sound.  Unlike the electric that has the “electric” components that are changing the the way the instrument sounds which can create many variables.

For me personally I don’t spend a lot of time researching tone woods for my guitars.  I look more into finish I am trying to achieve, as well as neck and fret board.  I’m personally a firm believer that if you want to significantly change the guitar sound the easiest and most drastic way to do that is with a pickup swap.  Being that pickups are voiced to accomplish different types of sounds that seems to be the component that would make the most sense.  Next of course being the amp you’re playing with.  For me, my guitars of choice are usually Ibanez RG 550 or similar style, many of my guitars have the electronics attached to the pick guard not even touching the wood directly which to some degree lessens the wood argument.  There have also been various acrylic guitar that sound basically indiscernible from their earthy counterparts.  With all these things considered is it worth your money to go out of your way with a bunch of wood combinations?  Well, no answers here.  But my opinion…..  No.

While I do agree that different woods make sonic differences I believe they’re subtle.  And those subtle differences are going to become less noticeable once time comes to dial your desired tone in with your amp or your choice in pickups.

 

But, here is an interesting demonstration of difference in woods.  While this video is gaining popularity, I do wish this was done in a bit more controlled situation.   Maybe with equipment better than an iPhone and maybe with a mic on a speaker to give some consistency.  But meh, it’s a solid enough indicator of wood impacting tone.

 

 

 

 

 

Guitar Isolation Cabinet or ISO Box Build

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

 

 

Here is my quick write up on my isolation box.  As you can see I have it loaded with my Mesa Boogie 2×12 loaded with Celestion Vintage 30’s and I love this thing.  The specs are pretty simple.  Basically it’s like this…

 

The front and back panel are 28″ tall x 36 1/2″ wide 3/4″ MDF.

The side panels are 28″ tall x 38″ wide.

The top and bottom panel are 38″x38″

If I were you I’d play around with the dimensions until you get what seems workable for you.  I wanted to have room on the top and in front for mics and such.

 

I screwed mine together with simple deck screws I had.  I use 2 hinges for the top that are 6″ hinges.  I used a simple weather strip door seal with adhesive back to go around the edge leaving a gap for cables.  And then a handle on the top.  Inside I used a staple gun to staple my 2″ foam and I used around 50 squares of 12″x12″ acoustical foam.  And of course I put casters on the bottom for easy movement.

My biggest recommendation if you decide to build one would be to make sure you build it where you want it as it’s going to be wider than a lot of doorways leaving you disassembling it when you want to change rooms.  This problem actually kept me from tolexing it which I wanted to do but hey, Namm stickers will always do.

Lastly, while this does cut a lot of volume it’s not quite and I think you’ll notice while it kills 20+db it really kills the top end so from outside the box all you’re really hearing is rumbling which isn’t as piercing .  My studio is on the other side of the wall and with the door closed, I can use my studio monitors to dial it in without much bleed through the wall.  However it is still audible upstairs, and if kids are an issue it’s still IMO too loud to not wake them.  (Maybe)  But to be sure, if you want to really cut volume the box in a box method would be your solution.  Basically build a box roughly 6″ or so bigger all the way around and then foam also between the boxes as air gap and foam will create greater noise reduction.


Line 6 Helix Soldano SLO 100 Patch Dial In

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Here is the YouTube video I did dialing in a Soldano SLO patch for the Line 6 Helix. I used the stock cab sims. If you dig the video and want to try the patches download them….

HERE. GZ SLO 100

And HERE.. GZ SLO 100 Lead

 

Line 6 Helix Rack High Gain Demo and Patch Download

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

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Here is my first quick recording with the Line 6 Helix Rack. All sounds were recorded with the Helix. If you dig it and want to try out the patches I used, click the link below and give them a shot. Included are the high gain patch I used, as well as the lead and clean. Make sure to subscribe on my YouTube and keep an eye out for my podcast on iTunes. I’m just getting ready to start posting some episodes talking more Helix stuff.

Line 6 Helix Patch Download Here!!!!

Ibanez Gio Mikro and Line 6 Spider IV 15 Toontrack Superior Drummer Demo Video

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

There is more to come with this as I am doing full reviews on both the guitar and the amp. But here is a quick ditty I put together using my Son’s 3/4 scale Ibanez Gio Mikro, a Line 6 Spider IV 15, Shure SM57 and drums with Superior 2.0.

Sensaphonics Namm 2016 Interview With Michael Santucci

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Every year I attend at least the winter Namm show if not winter and summer. And every year I leave with something that has me talking, something that on the trip back I keep going back to how cool that product was. And it’s generally not an amp or guitar I see tons of those and in general I think that we have those types of things pretty much figured out. Small things here and there will change your experience but we pretty much know what we’re getting into from instrument to instrument. And obviously not to discount any instrument manufacturer but the improvements from piece to piece are generally small modifications. Such as different woods or no woods, different type of pickups or change in drums heads.

In Ear Monitor (IEM) technology however, while great still has a lot of things that could be done to improve the experience for the user. In my conversation with Dr. Michael Santucci of Sensaphonics a few things became clear in short order. First, not only does he really know his stuff but also knows exactly what struggles you’re having with monitors. He has a great understanding of using IEM’s and all the downsides of them. And after doing some research you will find that not only is he a well-respected audiologist but also genuinely interested in musicians and creating a product to help make their lives better and safer. Part of what piqued my interest was they are set on solving problems associated with using IEM’s not just kicking out another ear hole filling sound device. It’s great to see a company that looks at a problem and really sets out to find a way to fix it. Think like anti lock breaks. Breaks worked pretty good before ABS for a lot of years. Cars stopped but ABS made breaks way better and has probably saved countless lives. The things Sensaphonics are doing in short looks at all the things we dislike about using IEM’s and tries to make them better.

I personally use a competitor’s product and I must start with a disclaimer. I love my in ears and I would buy from them again. My vendor has been great and helpful to me but I still have various issues with my molds and fit. In talking with the company I use they are more than willing to help me make things better but I have yet to take those steps. Mostly because I haven’t wanted to be without my molds for an extended period and I wasn’t certain if the steps taken were going to really fix my problems. In short I have a fit issue, once I get them inserted and comfortable they will only stay sealed as long as I really don’t move my mouth. The minute I smile the seal breaks and then disappears the bottom end and a chunk of my volume. My vendor discussed building up my molds and working on a solution but after talking to many that also use hard acrylic molds I found that for many this is just the way it goes. Enter my bass player…

What got me interested in talking with Sensaphonics was my giddy bass player who attended a presentation at Namm 2016 titled “In Ear Monitor (IEM) Fundamentals and Hearing Conservation. The speaker was Michael Santucci. After the presentation my bass player meets back up with us and says “I think I’m gonna buy these” after he talked about what was discussed I decided I wanted to see for myself as well as see if they would be kind enough to discuss with us on camera. In short he did order a set from them. He did not order the 3D active ambient which actually have mics built into them allowing you to blend ambient sound with your monitor mix. He just order a set of IEM’s in hopes that it would take care of his current issues he has with several pairs of IEM’s. I myself love the idea of the full package but the price tag is high, around 2k if you want the 3D’s with a single full range driver. $2500 should you want dual drivers. I’m by no means knocking the price they are great pieces of equipment and their list of artists speaks for itself. But I gotta get a few more pennies rattling around in my jar before I can pull the trigger on these. So for now I will just deal with problematic molds 🙁

Below is my video with Michael where he is covers everything from materials used in their product to how the brain perceives sound. As well as their 3D Active Ambient technology option. He covers a lot of information in this video but they have even more details on their site. For further info check out www.sensaphonics.com