As part of the Jazz Gala featuring Gregg Bissonette the legendary session drummer will also be performing a set of drum clinics. Gregg can be heard, across the years, on albums by Joe Satriani and David Lee Roth, he’s now a regular touring drummer for the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band, he’s an in-demand clinician and has played […]
Van Halen, Fair Warning (1981) The first six Van Halen albums – or fuck off! (Actually, I’m gonna say the first seven…controversial perhaps, but that’s where I’m at). The best of this band is never far from my ears but I recently worked through the whole catalogue in chronological order. Yes, the wheels fall off big time toward the end […]
Steve Vai Modern Primitive Favored Nations Originally released last year as part of the 25th Anniversary package of Passion and Warfare this collection of outtakes and off-cuts, Modern Primitive, now receives the standalone-release treatment, perfect for Vai/guitar fans that didn’t want to fork for “just another copy of Passion and Warfare”.
No, no, hear me out – Steve Vai is one of the very few from the “Shred Shed” that transcends that silly notion. For a start, he knows when he’s being a ham. I don’t think Joe Satriani has that awareness. The movie Crossroads was so important to me growing up. Not the Britney Spears […]
It was the Gary Cherone-version of Van Halen and I look at the setlist now and figure it was a lot more shit than I probably thought at the time. Would I have preferred to see the real Van Halen line up? Of course. No-brainer. Would I have taken Van Hagar over this – of […]
Van Halen, Van Halen (1978) It starts with Runnin’ With The Devil. What a kick-ass way to start an album. Then there’s Eruption. That cat is making alien noises with his axe. And then that cover of You Really Got Me. It’s an amazing way to start an album. But it gets better with Ain’t […]
Van Halen, 1984 (1984) You get to that middle section of Panama where David Lee Roth is all “Yeah, we’re runnin’ a little bit hot tonight/I can barely see the road from the heat comin’ off…” and then there’s the bit, “She’s runnin’, I’m flyin’/Right behind in the rearview mirror now”. And Eddie Van Halen’s […]