1980s glam metal legends RATT have announced a summer reunion tour featuring three of the original members, including singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist and Charvel signature artist Warren DeMartini.
Guitarist Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (White Lion, Megadeth) have joined forces with the reunited trio to complete the lineup, and played their first official show at Treasure Island in Welch, Minn., last month. Fan-filmed footage of the concert can be viewed below to get a preview of the band back in action.
RATT will hit select cities in America and Japan, and will also make an appearance at Sweden Rock Festival in June. Get the complete list of tour dates here.
Although Joe Duplantier’s new signature Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 2 HH model is just now about to start shipping to dealers, Duplantier has been using his prototype since recording 2016′s Magma, and it’s held up rather admirably throughout a heavy touring cycle in support of the album.
“I’ve been using my signature model on the road and it’s very solid,” said Duplantier. “I’m pounding the guitar every night. I pound the strings and I need a guitar that’s solid and can handle this for touring.”
It also proved to be studio worthy, too.
“When I started working on the new record I wanted to find the perfect tone for what I was doing,” said Duplantier. “I usually use several guitars because in the studio you can’t make any mistakes and you have to pick the right guitar and this guitar was the winner. I called Charvel right away and was like, ‘Aah this is the guitar in the studio too!,’ which is pretty rare for a guitar to be the ultimate weapon on stage and in the studio. This guitar has both.”
Watch below as Duplantier demos some of its key features and explains why he chose them.
Lead guitarist Henrik Danhage of Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey recently took German instrument retailer and blogger Bandist on a tour of his live rig, which includes an impressive collection of Charvel guitars.
Danhage begins with the amps, pedals and effects he uses to achieve his signature sound, dialing in the details of the channels and settings. Saving the best for last, Danhage also walks the viewer through his prized group of modified Charvel guitars that he plays exclusively.
“All-time favorite,” says Danhage. “Growing up with all the cool players, like Steve Vai, Warren DeMartini, Jake E Lee, you know a lot of those cats had Charvels. I’m so honored that I can work with them and they make me awesome guitars. I couldn’t be happier on the guitar front.”
Watch the interview with Danhage below to get all the details on what he brings to the stage.
Charvel signature artist Warren DeMartini joined RATT bandmates, singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier for a “surprise band” performance on Saturday night on the Monsters of Rock Cruise West. Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT 2010 studio album Infestation, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, White Lion and Megadeth) also joined them onstage.
Watch fan footage below as the band plays RATT’s “Wanted Man” …
Los Angeles heavy metal act Impellitteri has been enjoying the festival scene abroad this summer, including slots at Busan Rock Festival in South Korea, Bang Your Head Festival in Germany and Rock Fest Barcelona.
All the while, guitarist Chris Impellitteri has been shredding away on a Charvel Custom Shop Legacy Bloodsplatter guitar.
Watch below to enjoy some fan footage, including a surprising choice for a metal show in “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in which Impellitteri really shows off his chops.
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Charvel artist Jordan Ziff recently joined Rock Bottom Bros. (a music/social media project based in Phoenix featuring Paul Anthony and Mike Hill) for a new video for a song called “Maurice and Verdine.” Watch below as the trio grooves along to this ode to the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire brothers.
G3, featuring a new lineup comprised by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and the Aristocrats (Guthre Govan, Marco Minnemann and Bryan Beller), have wrapped their European run, but thanks to some excellent fan footage, everyone can enjoy seeing these masterful guitarists in action.
Prior to the tour, the Aristocrats had this to say:
“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Joe and Steve as groundbreaking artists in the world of instrumental rock who continue to bring it year after year. It will be a special privilege to bring our subversive brew of Aristocratic musical mayhem to the G3 stage – and especially the G3 audience. Let the games begin!”
Looks those games included covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” the Police’s “Message in a Bottle” and more.