PAUL GILBERT To Release Third Guitar Instrumental CD

Posted in Music with tags , , , on July 23, 2010 by randomaxemen

PAUL GILBERT unleashes his third instrumental masterpiece on Shrapnel Records, August 3rd to the world. “Fuzz Universe is my third guitar instrumental album,” explains Gilbert. “Being a fan of pop music and rock bands, I am a reluctant convert into the art of instrumental rock music. But after touring with JOE SATRIANI’s G3, I witnessed firsthand the power of the electric guitar to take center stage and rock the audience. Playing my guitar-driven songs live was a blast! This discovery led to a huge increase in my touring as a solo artist. In the last couple of years, I’ve played nearly 150 shows all over the world, with my guitar leading the way.”

Fuzz Universe title is inspired by Gilbert being so immersed in the world of guitar it made him realize that he lives in a Fuzz Universe. “Every generation of guitar players has their own terminology for the rock guitar sound: Distortion, Overdrive, Gain, Crunch, Saturation, Drive etc. For me, the word is Fuzz”

Gilbert’s extraordinary talent of arranging/composing lends to the new music’s fresh melodies for songs that shows his true diversity and only in Gilbert’s words will you understand:

“On Fuzz Universe, I think I’ve taken a giant step closer to the ultimate rock guitar sound and playing of my dreams. I’ve used many of my signature techniques from RACER X and MR. BIG, but twisted them into new chords, grooves, and emotions.

As always, my influences are diverse and not what you might expect from a “heavy metal” artist. While I was writing the songs for Fuzz Universe, I was immersing myself in BULGARIAN FEMALE CHOIR music, Baroque lute and violin pieces, JOHNNY CASH songs about trains, cows, mules, and mining coal, the BEE GEES, and RONNIE JAMES DIO. I mix all this into my head, and out came endless new ideas for my guitar to chew on.

After several months of being locked in my writing room, I gathered my touring band together and headed to the studio. Jeff Bowders played drums. Craig Martini played bass. Emi Gilbert (my wife) played keyboards. And I bent the guitar strings until I couldn’t play anymore.

As usual, there are no dramatic stories here. No heroin overdoses, motorcycle accidents, celebrity divorces, or band-member boxing matches. The emotion, drama, and power are all in the music. That is the universe that I want to live in”

For more information, please visit Paul’s official website.

News Sources: Brave Words / VQPR



Posted in People on February 25, 2009 by randomaxemen


“… Mr.Big was not the only band for Paul Gilbert – as a matter of fact his career started to take off even earlier, when he was guitarist in a power heavy metal band called Racer X… Now in the beginning of the new millennium Racer X has reunited, and what is more appropriate than throwing a couple of questions at Paul Gilbert to hear about the band as well as get to know some more about his solo-career.”
Interview by Claus Jensen and Erik Pauner

Note: The interview has no date, but the Racer X webmaster, Ken Hower, who is very knowledgeable on such things, places it around Jan/Feb 2001.

“If Paul Gilbert and Racer X would be playing at the same gig – who would be support?”
“I prefer to keep them separate. Plus, I’m spoiled with Japanese shows where there are no support bands and you get to control the whole show!”
Answer revealed in 2009: Andy Timmons.

Check out the interview. It appears to have been done via e-mail.
I don’t have any pictures to jazz this page up right now. Sorry.

A couple Racer X links for you to check out:

Racer X website

Racer X fan message board


Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2009 by randomaxemen




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Interview with Dave Sixx, 2009 (SFM)

Posted in People on February 23, 2009 by randomaxemen
Dave Sixx interview
04/02/2009, by Maurizio Ganzaroli

Source (Italian) is here

Exclusive interview with “Dave Sixx”

Welcome to the altar of heavy metal. Dave Sixx returns with an explosive mixture of distortion, blood potions, raw axe, storming drums, grinding basses and killer voices…

(SFM) What is your musical “background”? When did you begin playing guitar and when did you begin to focus on rock and metal?

(DS) I have started to play in 1989 on bass guitar. It’s only recently (a few years) that I began to play guitar. In the early years I play in a lot of bands of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. I’ve never played other styles, but I also love Blues and Rock n’ Roll. I like all Metal genres (Classic, Black, Death, and really, all Metal). When I first listened to the album Van Halen, I decided to make Music become my life; it was a crazy feeling and I love it! For me the ‘Call’ of Heavy Metal it was like the ‘Call’ of the Harley: it’s the only way to ride the road or to ride the life. I totally adore Heavy Metal! My background is formed by different genres and sounds like Black Sabbath, Kiss, Motley Crue, Stryper, AC/DC, Skid Row, WASP, Billy Idol, Pink Folyd, Benediction, Metal Church, Cradle of Filth, Darkthrone, Death SS, Paul Chain, Aerosmith, Racer X, Twisted Sister, Marduk, and much more… and my guitar influences are Jimi Hendrix, Paul Gilbert, Zakk Wylde, Slash, Y.J. Malmsteen, and John 5. I love also the raw sound of Chris Holmes, and all the great guitarists of the world. I love also Classical Music (I’ve studied violin for many years), so I love Tartini, Paganini, Domenico Scarlatti, and Slohmo Mintz…

(SFM) Could you tell us a little bit about your latest album, and how you wrote the songs? (what the songs are about)

(DS) My SIXXSTERIA or HARDER FASTER is an album for fun and partying (I think). I talk about Harleys, Guitars, Girls and Beer … Fire and Flames ah,ah,ah… I talk of introspection (in Pearls of Wisdom), of self-searching (like the symbolic research of anyone), I pray the Rock n’ Roll Gods in God Rock, and I talk of Freedom. The original idea was to create a CD full of energy and good things …in Italy this album it was said to be ‘very American’ … I hope it is!

(SFM) How many people are involved with you on your latest recording?

(DS) Besides myself, only the drummer Massimo Serra. I play all guitars, bass guitars, piano, synth, voice and chorus.

This is the line-up for the live shows :
Dave Sixx – Voice, Guitars
Viden Spassov – Bass guitar, Chorus
Lord Skarn – Drums, Chorus

(SFM) Your music has a distinct feel of being influenced by AC/DC and Ozzy.

(DS) I thank you. I have, in the past, listened to all the metal is possible. I’m not just a metal fan though. I’m also a big fan of Pink Floyd for example, and many other bands. I really like Blackie Lawless with WASP, and King Diamond, to name a few.

(SFM) There seems to be a focus on the occult and paganism with your music. Could you talk a little bit about that?

(DS) Yeah, The Occult and the Paganism are very important to me, like Honesty and Kindness. All my life is impregnated by this Supreme Energy. It isn’t a pose. From when I was very young, I have received an education about the Occult and Paganism, so I write my music with this energy (my old albums are very infused with Occult… for example Dark Opera or Piccolo Aneddoto Musicale). When I need some Occult Energy I can find it in the ancient HighGate Cemetery London, you know it? It’s amazing, when I walk in this place I’m really happy, and I feel so good.

(SFM) In addition to do you have pages or other sites to share?

(DS) Yes. Here is my official website:

The myspace of my new line of guitars:

The official website of Wayward Star records:

(SFM) What do you predict in your musical future?

(DS) I’ll enter in to the studio to record the follow-up to ‘Sixxsteria or Harder Faster’, because I have a lot of new material written. I am enthused about the atmospheres of light and shadow, and I’m trying to create a sort of bridge between the metal genres, for a new dimension.

I am very busy with my music right now.

I may tour with a band in the near future. I have rehearsed. I can not say anything further at this time about it. I was given the opportunity to bring to the band, a different and interesting sound though.

(SFM) What would be your hidden aspirations or musical dreams?

(DS) My dreams that are ‘which implements, maybe a dream’ hidden ‘could be seen as playing music without borders’ and without having to force the labeling of every single idea. The things that I want more ‘and’ continue living with the music that gave me more ‘a’ emotion, that ‘could make music of my life’ was a big dream … I’d like to realize projects and share with other artists. Most recently, I have found some different artists to work with (Viden Spassov and Lord Skarn). They can create the magic of their art, and we can realize great emotions and know what it means to dream with our art.

Here’s one that could be a dream ‘in the pocket’: that I could also collaborate with these artists.

(SFM) if you could collaborate with an artist of any kind, the past, with who you like to work?

(DS) That’s a good question. I’d like to work with Pink Floyd circa 1970, with the Sex Pistols, with Hendrix, with Billy Idol, WASP circa the early 80’s … Is that too many? I could go on, and on…

Q – You also build guitars. What inspired you to begin this pastime?

A – The love for guitars first, but I also spent many years researching the ancient violins in Cremona, and visiting the great violin makers in Cremona. OK, to build an electric guitar is different then to build a violin, but it is always very emotional for me. I love the woods.
Recently I have played a lot of different vintage guitars, and I have changed my view… in the past, I’ve played only BC Rich guitars, but now I also play vintage Fender guitars. From this new love of mine, it started this new passion (build guitars). Now I have the new SIXXSTERIA (a Telecaster style) and the new STRATOFASTER (a Strato style), but in future I’ll also build a Les Paul style …
Now with this Dave Sixx Handcrafted Guitars, I have recreated my own sound, and it’ s amazing.

(SFM) Thank you very much!

(DS) Thanks to you for this interview, and the work that you have done, to deliver a passion for work done.

Mattias “IA” Eklundh

Posted in People on February 9, 2009 by randomaxemen

Mattias “IA” Eklundh

This guy is HILARIOUS.

Check out his site for sure. (<— there are 2 links there)

Apparently, he’s not a half-bad guitarist, either.  ;)

Here are a few videos of his:

(lots of tricks with volume swells & distortion, sounds like talking… neat, and funny.)



He’s from Sweden. What do you expect? Most of them are very cool!

Ex-Outworld Keyboardist starts new band: Eumeria

Posted in Music on February 9, 2009 by randomaxemen

Former OUTWORLD member Bobby Williamson (keyboards) has joined forces with bassist Shawn Kascak (OUTWORLD), vocalist Jonny Tatum (TIMEFALL), drummer Adam Sagan (COLDERA, INTO ETERNITY), and guitarists Reece Fullwood and Chris Prema to launch a new progressive/power/melodic metal band called EUMERIA. Formed in 2008, EUMERIA is currently working on material for its debut CD, slated for a June 2009 release. Accordign to a press release, “EUMERIA should be of interest to fans of bands such as SYMPHONY X, DREAM THEATER, CIRCUS MAXIMUS, and the like.”

You can check out two songs — “The Key” and “Heirs of Peril” — along with more information at

Kiko Louriero

Posted in People on February 9, 2009 by randomaxemen

Kiko Louriero’s blog

A post from that…
25 January 2009
Here in California

Everything stays the same…. one more NAMM music trade show.
The biggest encounter of musicians and worldwide instrument manufacturers.
It’s easy to meet Gene Simon or Steve Morse on the aisles, or maybe who knows, to meet Steve Vai leaving the bathroom…
I have lots of pictures and nice things to tell. First, I will post it on the next Guitar Player and after more details over here.
Besides NAMM I dropped by at MI ( to lecture at an open house, I did a promotional picture session with Chris Impelitteri (who doesn’t know the fastest scales of the world?) for a Young Guitar cover and I jammed with Living Colour….
Tomorrow I will fly to NY to record some instructional video for an american company. Teaching rock to americans is almost ironic, but it’s ok.
Of course I have been in a hurry and after I will post pictures and tell details.
I miss you all.
Here are a couple videos he is featured in.




He seems mighty busy. He got my attention this way. First, I saw him performing some solo on YouTube last April and it was fantabulous. But the real attention-getter…

“Kiko Loureiro was recently voted as the #1 progressive/metal player in the world by reader polls in two of Japans most popular guitar magazines: Young Guitar and Burrn. He beat out Guitar Gods Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci and a host of others to receive this honor.”
(source:   )

He was voted over PG in 2 magazines from Japan?! (and he claims PG as an influence.)
This is going to require much research on my part. I think those readers are quite possibly insane.
What is this world coming to! … Well, he does have longer hair.
So, I guess pay attention to this guy.