The legendary Warren DeMartini is slated to head to Japan soon with former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E Lee to attend a series of meet-and-greets with fans.
The duo actually share a long history together, as Lee was briefly a guitarist in RATT and his departure opened the door for DeMartini to join the band.
As DeMartini gears up to hop across the pond, Charvel.com caught up with him to talk about the sold-out events and his relationship with Lee.
Charvel.com: What can you tell us about the clinics? Have you done this before?
DeMartini: I’m very excited to spend a few days with my old pal Jake E Lee. I’ve done one clinic in Japan way back during our first or second visit there sot this is almost a first for me. We haven’t worked out what we’re going to do yet, but I think we’re going to be talking a lot about our Charvel guitars and our history with the brand. And of course, we’re going to play.
Charvel.com: How did you first get involved with Charvel?
DeMartini: I kind of happened onto it by accident. I was visiting Grover [Jackson] one day, and he was making several necks based on a classical guitar template. They were very wide and thin, and I really liked the feel of them. He made some for me, and I had those put on the Crossed Sword … and pretty much everything I was experimenting with at the time. I’ve got three or four guitars that have that template. That was the guitar I recorded “Lay It Down” with and “You’re In Love.” By then, I had a good collection of amps, and those guitars were all part of the sound back then. It was a great find, and they still sound great. I have the original within reach. (more…)
This or the Apocalypse has been touring in support of their 2012 album Dead Years, and a member of their street team recently put together a music video for the song “Hard Branch to Snap” featuring live footage from the road.
The clip combines performances from four different shows from March 13-17, 2013.
Gojira has released a new video for the track “The Gift of Guilt” from their 2012 album L’Enfant Sauvage, and while the live footage might not be as amazing as seeing the French metallers in person, it certainly captures the heaviness of their show.
In addition, Gojira has a new split EP out with Roadrunner Records labelmates Kvelertak that is available for free. Each band contributed three songs to the EP, including Gojira’s “The Gift of Guilt.”
Havok recently released a video for the song “Worse Than War,” a track from their latest album Unnatural Selection. The Colorado thrashers are currently on tour with Soulfly before they head to Europe in late November.
Guthrie Govan is featured in the November edition of Guitar World, where the genre-bending virtuoso talked about his band the Aristocrats and their sophomore studio album Culture Clash.
Govan also touched on his history with the guitar, why he picked it up and who has influenced him over the years.
“I had this wide-eyed fascination with all of music when I was three years old and learning to play my first Elvis Presley songs on guitar,” he told the magazine. “And something that I figured out a long time ago is that music is all around you. You don’t just have to learn guitar solos from your favorite records; you can learn jingles from the TV; you can learn the music that the ice cream man is playing. I’ve always tried to stay open to all the noises I hear around me.”
Read a portion of the feature here and pick up a copy of the Aristocrats’ new album and DVD here.
In addition, check out a preview of the live DVD Accept the Mystery: The Making of the Aristocrats’ Culture Clash below.