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Best Wood: New ZZ vs Aero vs KISS

Best Wood: New ZZ vs Aero vs KISS

Not sure whether classic-type rock is dead or what, but doesn’t seem to be much of it lately. Maybe laptops and Pro Tools killed the ability to record great woody tones – with frickin’ air around it, not every nano-slot of the sound spectrum filled up! – but I don’t think that’s it. So when […]

December 28, 2012 | By | 6 Replies More
DiMarzio Gravity Storms Kick A**!

DiMarzio Gravity Storms Kick A**!

Earlier this year I got an awakening, in the form of checking out the YMI5150 Model-A axe. Lots to love there, but the awakening was the DiMarzio Super Distortion. Really a re-awakening because I’d used DiMarzios (Super Distortions and Dual Sounds) for years back in the day. Bang! Was a shot to the ears. Fell […]

September 28, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More
Skynyrd Covered: Some Wood! (Part 1)

Skynyrd Covered: Some Wood! (Part 1)

First of all, gotta say it takes large cojones to cover a band of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s stature beyond just one tune. It may even take huger ones to get a PR firm to broadcast that to the world. In other words, here in Wood-land, you better nail it or do something truly interesting with it, […]

September 7, 2012 | By | Reply More
Test Drive: YMI5150 Model-A Guitar

Test Drive: YMI5150 Model-A Guitar

You may know I frequent the metroamp.com forum – or more accurately the Edward Van Halen subforum of that forum, simply because that’s hands down the best forum for all things gear related to EVH. Couple months ago one of the regulars there said he was putting together some guitars for sale based on a […]

April 4, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Show ‘Review': Van Halen at the Garden

Show ‘Review': Van Halen at the Garden

Took my 10-year-old son to see Van Halen at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 1. I think he was more excited to see them than I was – not that I wasn’t, but this was the mighty Van Halen whose tunes the both of us have copped, jammed to and listened […]

March 8, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
New VH Kicks A** Big-Time!

New VH Kicks A** Big-Time!

So everyone’s asking me, “Where the F is your review of the new Van Halen?” And I’m like, “I’m workin’ on it, man!” One reason it took a little bit is I wanted to catch up with Pete Thorn to get his comments on the tracks. If you haven’t heard of him, Pete is an […]

February 10, 2012 | By | 9 Replies More
EVH Fans, Get This Book Now!

EVH Fans, Get This Book Now!

If I ever had a doubt I’m a huge Edward Van Halen fan (never had any doubt, but…), any such insane thought was erased when I finished reading Neil Zlozower’s new Eddie Van Halen book. Yep, reading. Actually got a little emotional at the end of it (*sniff*), reading Nuno Bettencourt’s story about a recent […]

November 30, 2011 | By | 5 Replies More
1st Listen: BCC2 Rocks – Again!

1st Listen: BCC2 Rocks – Again!

Hasn’t even been a year since the first Black Country Communion (BCC) record came out, and the guys have already cut another one. That’s awesome, but even better is that the new one absolutely rocks! These guys are keeping the classic rock flame alive big-time. If you need a reminder, BCC is the “supergroup” consisting […]

May 24, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Review: Cry Baby Doc Worth Checking Out

Review: Cry Baby Doc Worth Checking Out

The documentary “Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World” was released a few months back. Did you hear about it? Since I’m not a frequent Cry Baby (or any wah or pedal) user, I didn’t feel compelled to track it down for a look-see. But then I saw recently that the entire movie – […]

May 12, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Review: Bonamassa’s Dust Bowl Clapton-esque

Review: Bonamassa’s Dust Bowl Clapton-esque

It’s no secret that I like Joe Bonamassa. The guy is flying the flag – of blues, blues-rock and classic rock. Works hard too. Tours his butt off and puts out new music like bands used to do in the old days: Black Rock about a year ago, Black Country Communion (they’re touring, so get […]

March 22, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Sanyo Pedal Juice Review, Pt 2

Sanyo Pedal Juice Review, Pt 2

High Voltage! by John Drenning Okay, I’ll come clean. I have a Big Stupid Pedalboard. It’s a Furman with eight power taps, four power outlets, casters and an extendable handle like the bags flight attendants use. It takes up about the same amount of floor space as a foosball table. On it are two buffered […]

February 18, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More

Gig Test: Sanyo Pedal Juice, Pt 1

by John Drenning How many of you went from being actual rocker to armchair rockers? I’m sure I’m not the only one…otherwise who’s buying all those Paul Reed Smiths?! Played my first show at 17: Hondo Strat copy, Whirlwind coiled cord, Arion Metal Master pedal, and the ultimate sacrilege, silverface Fender Twin with Celestion SideWinders. […]

February 16, 2011 | By | 4 Replies More
King’s X: ‘Dogman’ All Killer, Tabor’s Rig

King’s X: ‘Dogman’ All Killer, Tabor’s Rig

How sweet is it to put in a disc you haven’t heard for a while and have this great music pour out at you? Maybe your iPod pulls up a random “haven’t heard that in a while” tune, which is cool, but it’s not the same as having an entire album of slammin’ tuneage banging […]

November 16, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
BCC Still Good, Santana…Not So Much

BCC Still Good, Santana…Not So Much

Been listening to the new Black Country Communion album quite a bit, liking it more and more. Listened to the new Santana album 2x – one time too many! Her’s more on both.

September 21, 2010 | By | Reply More
Black Country Communion Is Classic Good!

Black Country Communion Is Classic Good!

You remember the buzz about this band? The buzz goes like this: Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes – and former Dream Theater member Derek Sherinian on keys. (No offense to Derek, he’s just not as well known as the first three guys.) The buzz was all about classic rock. Zep’s in the heritage there, […]

August 27, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More