Megadeth bass shredder nonpareil David Ellefson just checked in with Jackson, as he very kindly does from time to time, with holiday best wishes and some monstrous Megadeth news regarding plans for 2011. Here he is:
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for all your fantastic support to me this year. Megadeth just received a double-platinum award in Sydney for the Big Four: Live in Sophia, Bulgaria DVD in Australia. It has gone gold and platinum in several other countries and has been a huge seller across the board!
We announced the “European Carnage” tour for March/April 2011 with Megadeth and Slayer, and so far two more “Big Four” dates have been announced in the U.K. and France for July. There is more great stuff in the works for 2011, including work on a new album early in the New Year.
Happy holidays to you all, and I look forward to seeing you!
Jackson is thrilled to receive just-in holiday wishes from Death Angel guitarist and good friend Rob Cavestany, currently shredding the European concert road on the 23-date Thrash Fest tour.
Further, Cavestany wanted us to pass this tour update on to you, along with a bonus behind-the-scenes tour video and best wishes:
Twenty shows in a row so far on this insane Thrash Fest Tour of Europe with Kreator, Exodus, Death Angel and Suicidal Angels! This tour has been crushing! Here is a little video teaser of the action on the road and behind the scenes. Dig it …
Jackson couldn’t help but notice that three-fifths of the list of current Grammy nominees for Best Metal Performance consists of Jackson-wielding bands. That’s 0.6 percent of all nominees, which is pretty impressive, really. And that would be, more fully, Best Metal Performance for solo, duo, group or collaborative performance, with vocals, singles or tracks only.
Five metal acts are in the running, three of which are well-known for having one or more Jackson-playing artists. These three are Iron Maiden, nominated for “El Dorado” from 2010 album The Final Frontier; Lamb of God, nominated for “In Your Words” from 2009 album Wrath; and Megadeth, nominated for 2010 single “Sudden Death,” the band’s first release with bassist David Ellefson following his return to the band this year.
The remaining two nominees are Korn, nominated for “Let The Guilt Go” from 2010 album Korn III: Remember Who You Are; and Slayer, nominated for “World Painted Blood” from the 2009 album of the same name.
The 53rd annual Grammy Awards ceremony and telecast is scheduled for Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Recently assembled quintet the Damned Things isn’t merely a heavy metal supergroup—it’s a veritable bunch of heavy metal superheroes. The Damned Things wielded their instruments to fight all that is evil in the group’s new video for single “We’ve Got a Situation Here,” which appears on mid-December debut release Ironiclast.
If you love lasers, costumes and fake blood, you’ll love the video, written and directed by Metalocalypse creator Brendon Small (the Damned Things guys are all big Metalocalypse fans) based on an idea by Patton Oswalt. Just watch as Damned Things guitarist and thrash godfather Scott Ian pulverizes the bad guys with his silverburst Jackson Soloist.
The Damned Things are undoubtedly a musical force to be reckoned with, comprising members of Anthrax (guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano), Every Time I Die (vocalist Keith Buckley) and Fall Out Boy (guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley). While everyone in the band has experienced his own considerable successes, the debut album displays a love for classic rock anthems and powerful melodies with heavily metallic intensity that turns out to be much more than the sum of its parts.
“All of us came together as people and musicians incredibly smoothly,” Ian said. “If we had to force any of the parts, this wouldn’t have happened. It was kind of like our dream scenario … but it actually worked. It’s one of those few-and-far-between situations.”
The Damned Things are slated to hit the road in early 2011, with Ian wreaking onstage havoc with his Jackson Soloist models at album release shows at the House of Blues in Chicago on Dec. 12 and at Rebel in New York on Dec. 13. A Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance is also scheduled for Jan. 13, so set your DVRs accordingly.
We are most pleased to announce that the winner of our fall 2010 Jackson/Revocation JS32 Warrior™ Guitar Giveaway is Mark Fowler of Fleming Island, Fla.
Fowler will soon be shredding away on a sleek black JS32 Warrior with a Floyd Rose® trem unit, the model played by Revocation shredder and vocalist David Davidson. The outlandish looking, brutal-sounding guitar is autographed by all three members of the Boston extreme metal trio, and Fowler will also receive a copy of Revocation CD Existence is Futile (as will five second-place winners).
Jackson congratulates Mark Fowler on his win, and stay tuned to Jackson online for more molten contests and giveaways.
Guitar Center Hollywood in Los Angeles will host a special in-store “Sessions” event with Def Leppard guitarist and longtime Jackson signature artist Phil Collen at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.
“I’ll demonstrate, jam on guitar and talk about Def Leppard hits, Man Raze music and even a couple of Cybernauts tunes,” Collen told Jackson. Man Raze is Collen’s trio with bassist Simon Laffy and Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook; Cybernauts is Collens’ David Bowie cover band with Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott and Bowie’s early-’70s Spiders From Mars rhythm section, bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick Woodmansey. The event will also include a Q&A session.
Guitar Center Hollywood is located at 7425 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif., 90046.