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Peter Hodgson of Gibson.com recently conducted an interview with Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN). An excerpt from the chat follows below.

Gibson.com: I’ve always wanted to ask you how you rank yourself as a guitarist. It takes balls to stand up there with Eddie Van Halen or Joe Satriani. I’ve been lucky to jam with Satriani and Vai, and to a certain point it’s intimidating but also at a certain point you’ve just got to tell yourself “Screw it, this is what I do.”

Sammy: I’m a little bit intimidated if we go too long, but in CHICKENFOOT and VAN HALEN, I just put the guitar on and got a big cheer always, and then I’d burn for a little bit and then take it back off before I ran out of chops, y’know? I rate myself as a guy that can play, and I can express myself extremely well but only in one language. I can only play blues-based guitar. And when a guy like Joe steps up there, he can play. Once he finishes with my repertoire, he can go into French, Spanish and Russian on the guitar! He’s just so versatile and fluent. Eddie‘s not as fluent and versatile. Eddie‘s got a style for himself and he’s very much in that pocket, but Joe can play anything. He freaks me out. When Joe and I start to write together, he’ll show me some chords and I’ll start singing, then I’ll pick up a guitar just mainly to figure a lick out: “What chord is that? What are you playing?” so I can know what notes I have to choose from to sing. Then he’ll go “That was a cool lick, what did you play?” and I’ll go “[Expletive], I don’t know!” I don’t get it. I just play.

Gibson.com: There were so many great guitar players to come out of the ’80s where you knew they’d kind of fade away, but even early on it was apparent that we’d still be hearing about Joe Satriani in 40, 50 years.

Sammy: Oh, Joe‘s here to stay. I think he’s going to have a kind of Jeff Beck career. He’s going to have these little windows where he gets a little bump, a little more publicity, a little more recognition, and then he kinda just cruises along, then all of a sudden somebody’s gonna say, “Wow, Joe Satriani‘s the best guitar player in the world” and everybody gets hip again. He ain’t going nowhere. The thing that amazes me the most about Joe‘s guitar playing over any other musician is he knows exactly what he’s playing and he can play it twice, three times exactly the same. He works his parts out but he does it really quick. It’s not like it takes him forever to come up with a part. He comes up with it, BAM, instantly, and he knows every note he’s playing and I don’t know how he does it. He’s too smart for his own good. But you’re a lucky man if you stood up and played next to Joe Satriani. What I do is, I learn. He immediately makes me better because it makes me aware of what I’m playing, because if I see him solo I think, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” So I start to think a little more, like “Oh I know why that note works.” So he just enlightens. He’s enlightening to play with. I don’t know if that works for you, but that’s how it works for me.

Read the entire interview at Gibson.com.

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Sammy Hagar answered fan-submitted questions this past Tuesday, September 24 as part of a live Google+ Hangout event. You can now watch the question-and-answer session below.

Hagar‘s first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, is likely to sell between 13,000 and 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 24 via Frontiers

Hagar enlisted three legendary musicians — Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal — to round out the final three tracks on “Sammy Hagar And Friends”. The effort was preceded by the CD’s first single and video for the high-voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans also have an opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, packaged in a high-gloss digipak. The deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5”, recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “making-of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout”, and more.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” track listing:

01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
05. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
06. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
07. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
08. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
09. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) (Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute * Exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD)

From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock, “Bad On Fords And Chevrolets” with Ronnie Dunn, “All We Need Is An Island” with Nancy Wilson, “Going Down” with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and “Father Sun”, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. “Sammy Hagar And Friends” is Hagar‘s first solo album since 2008.

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Sammy Hagar‘s first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, is likely to sell between 13,000 and 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on September 24 via Frontiers

Hagar enlisted three legendary musicians — Toby Keith, Mickey Hart and Taj Mahal — to round out the final three tracks on “Sammy Hagar And Friends”. The effort was preceded by the CD’s first single and video for the high-voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans also have an opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, packaged in a high-gloss digipak. The deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5”, recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “making-of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout”, and more.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” track listing:

01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
05. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
06. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
07. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
08. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
09. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) (Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute * Exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD)

From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock, “Bad On Fords And Chevrolets” with Ronnie Dunn, “All We Need Is An Island” with Nancy Wilson, “Going Down” with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and “Father Sun”, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. “Sammy Hagar And Friends” is Hagar‘s first solo album since 2008.

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Cutter of Envision Radio Networks“Hangar 19” podcast recently conducted an interview with the incomparable guitar aficionado Joe Satriani. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Satriani last month kicked of an extensive U.S. tour, and first-ever cross-Canada trek, supporting his new album, “Unstoppable Momentum”. The tour launched on August 29 in San Diego, California before crisscrossing its way across the U.S., in addition to a trans-Canadian tour where Satriani will be hitting many Canadian cities for the very first time. The North American tour will end with a show on October 26 in Oakland, California. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran bandmate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson).

“Unstoppable Momentum”, Satriani‘s 14th studio album, was released on May 7. The CD debuted at No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart, giving Satriani his highest chart position in over 20 years, and first single, “A Door Into Summer”, landed in the Top 10 on the Classic Rock radio chart.

Interview (audio):

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Experimental metal act EPHEL DUATH will return with its first album in five years, “Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness”, on November 19 in Europe and November 26 in North America via Agonia Records.

A video trailer for the CD featuring album artwork created by visionary artists Dehn Sora and Aeron Alfrey can be seen below.

Ignited by commitment and passion, “Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness” is a multi-layered hybrid of death metal, jazz and post rock, and a strong statement from a band never bounded by rules. With intuition set as the only significant parameter, EPHEL DUATH takes an uncompromising will to experiment, to a whole new level of intensity.

“This album holds together all that EPHEL DUATH‘s music has touched in the last fifteen years and pushes its boundaries even further,” comments EPHEL DUATH mainman Davide Tiso. “Lyrically, the new songs dig deep in higher self subject matters, combining brutally visual imagery with a painfully honest soul-searching quest.”

Featuring eight new songs and reaching over 50 minutes of total length, “Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness” includes a unique line-up of: Marco Minnemann (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST, JOE SATRIANI) behind the drums, Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, JOE SATRIANI) on bass, lead singer Karyn Crisis (CRISIS) along with Tiso. The album was produced by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios in New York.

“Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness” track listing:

01. Feathers Under My Skin
02. Tracing The Path Of Blood
03. When Mind Escapes Flesh
04. Within This Soil
05. Those Gates To Nothing
06. Through Flames I Shield
07. Hemmed By Light
08. Shaped by Darkness

“Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness” will be available in digipack CD, double LP and digital formats.

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Episode 215 of the “Iron City Rocks” podcast (web site) features an interview with the incomparable guitar aficionado Joe Satriani about his new album, “Unstoppable Momentum”. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

Satriani last month kicked of an extensive U.S. tour, and first-ever cross-Canada trek, supporting “Unstoppable Momentum”. The tour launched on August 29 in San Diego, California before crisscrossing its way across the U.S., in addition to a trans-Canadian tour where Satriani will be hitting many Canadian cities for the very first time. The North American tour will end with a show on October 26 in Oakland, California. Joining Satriani on the road are veteran bandmate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson).

“Unstoppable Momentum”, Satriani‘s 14th studio album, was released on May 7. The CD debuted at No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart, giving Satriani his highest chart position in over 20 years, and first single, “A Door Into Summer”, landed in the Top 10 on the Classic Rock radio chart.

Interview (audio):

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In a brand new interview with CBS News, legendary rocker Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) spoke aboout first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar & Friends”, and his time with VAN HALEN, which he fronted from 1985 to 1996.

“It seems like so long ago, but at the same time it’s such a big part of me,” Hagar said of his VAN HALEN sting. “If I had never done that, this record that I just did, ‘Sammy Hagar & Friends’, would sound different if I had never been in VAN HALEN.

“Everything I’ve ever done has made me what I am today. But fronting a band like VAN HALEN, I don’t know… It seems like it was so right at the time, but today it doesn’t quite fit in my lifestyle and my world. I don’t know why. But, you know, I think about that. I like the way I fit in CHICKENFOOT. We have a different kind of thing. I like being new. I really do. I just gotta say it. I love being new. I’d rather do a record like this.”

Hagar added that his time in VAN HALEN was “wonderful.”

“I will play ‘Right Now’ and ‘Finish What You Started’, ‘Why Can’t This Be Love’, ‘Dreams’ for the rest of my life,” he said. “There’s no question about it. I will play those songs for the rest of my life. There are a lot of songs that I won’t. But those songs will be played for the rest of my life because they were great, great, great. I like keeping those in my back pocket.”

Among the high-profile guest performers and/or writers on “Sammy Hagar & Friends” are Hagar’s CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, and Joe Satriani, along with Kid Rock, Ronnie Dunn, JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, HEART‘s Nancy Wilson and various members of MONTROSE. The album will feature covers of BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”.

For his new solo set, Sammy Hagar partially revived his early-’80s supergroup with JOURNEY‘s Neal Schon, with the addition of his CHICKENFOOT bandmates Michael Anthony and Chad Smith.

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The song “Bad On Fords and Chevrolets” from Sammy Hagar‘s first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, can be streamed at Billboard.com.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” is set for release by Frontiers Records on September 24 in North America, September 29 in the U.K., and September 27 in the rest of Europe, and was preceded by the CD’s first single and video for the high-voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid Rock, Joe Satriani and Denny Carmassi.

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, packaged in a high-gloss digipak. The deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5”, recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “making-of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout”, and more.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” track listing:

01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
05. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
06. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
07. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
08. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
09. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
11. Space Station #5 (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) (Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute * Exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD)

From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock, “Bad On Fords And Chevrolets” with Ronnie Dunn, “All We Need Is An Island” with Nancy Wilson, “Going Down” with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and “Father Sun”, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus”Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. “Sammy Hagar And Friends” is Hagar‘s first solo album since 2008.

The release of “Sammy Hagar And Friends” will follow on the heels of his “Four Decades of Rock” summer tour which kicked off July 26 in Tucson and will wrap on September 7 in his hometown of San Francisco. The 14-city tour celebrates Hagar‘s arsenal of hits from his career-spanning success as a solo artist, songwriter and frontman for VAN HALEN, MONTROSE and CHICKENFOOT. The tour, which features Hagar and his band, THE WABOS, will also see influential bandmates from his career, including Michael Anthony, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more joining him on select dates. Hagar and his lineup of guest stars will take fans on a hit-filled retrospective from the Red Rocker’s prolific career. Fans can also expect some surprise “friends” to join Hagar on stage for a sneak peek of tracks from the new album.


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On September 10, Magna Carta will release DAVE MARTONE / GLEN DROVER‘s “Live At Metalworks” as an audio CD with bonus DVD.

A trailer for the effort can be seen below.

“Live At Metalworks” captures audio/video performances by Martone and Drover which were streamed live over the internet on September 25, 2011. This show was viewed by over 25,000 people in over 63 countries around the World.

Martone — a true modern guitar hero — performs with his band on such guitar virtuouso tracks as “The Goodie Squiggee Song” and “Dinky Pinky” from Martone‘s Magna Carta debut, “Clean”. Other highlights of Martone‘s set include a cover of CHARLIE DANIELS BAND‘s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”. Another special moment occurs when Martone brings Drover on stage for an encore version of JOE SATRIANI‘s “Crush Of Love”.

Drover — best known for his work in MEGADETH — performs with his band (which includes SAGA keyboardist Jim Gilmour) on a version of FRANK ZAPPA‘s “Filthy Habits” as well as “Colors Of Infinity” and “Ascension” from Glen‘s Magna Carta debut, “Metalusion”. Drover brings Martone back on stage for an encore version of MEGADETH‘s “Symphony Of Destruction” with Glen on vocals.

* Dave Martone – Guitar and Vocals
* David Spidel – Bass
* Gary Grace – Drums

01. The Goodie Squiggee Song
02. Bossa Dorado
03. Angel Fish
04. The Devil Went Down To Georgia
05. Got Da Blues
06. Dinky Pinky
07. Crush Of Love (with Glen Drover)

* Glen Drover – Guitar and Vocals
* Jim Gilmour – Keyboards
* Paul Yee – Bass
* Chris Sutherland – Drums

08. Frozen Dream
09. Illusions Of Starlight
10. Colors Of Infinity
11. Filthy Habits
12. Ascension
13. Ground Zero
14. Symphony Of Destruction (with Dave Martone)





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Guitar virtuoso also admits the band likely won’t work together in the next nine months.

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