Collen looking sharp in the fall 2010 Guitar Aficionado.
The world is accustomed to seeing Def Leppard guitarist and longtime Jackson signature artist Phil Collen in his customary stage attire, which is to say, shirtless. And at 52, hey, more power to him—the man is in astounding physical condition.
But have at a look at the fall 2010 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine, on newsstands now, which features Collen displaying utter sartorial splendor in a stylish fashion spread beginning on page 74. There’s Collen—looking exceptionally sharp in Dolce & Gabbana, Zegna, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and John Varvatos. Seriously, the guy looks fantastic.
Not only that, but the well-tailored guitarist wields several of his prized Jackson models in the layout, including his “Black Cracklejack” Soloist™, a PC1™ and a Dinky™. Well done.
Machine Head's Phil Demmel onstage at England's Download Festival.
Home of Machine Head’s Robb Flynn robbed; four guitars including a priceless gift from Dime among stolen items—keep your eyes and ears open …
Yeah, we know: Robb Flynn of Machine Head doesn’t use Jackson, but that’s not what this post is about, and we love Robb and his magnificent band anyway. And, yes, the fact that Machine Head boasts a bona fide Jackson-wielding maniac in Phil Demmel doesn’t hurt either. Simply put, metal is a community, and regardless of what amps or axes a player uses, when one of us is robbed or hurt if affects all of us. That’s what this post is about.
As you may have already heard, Robb’s San Francisco home was robbed recently, and the thieving lowlife SOBs who committed the crime not only took his Grammy nomination medal and a mini guitar he bought for his son, but also grabbed one of Robb’s most prized possessions—a blue Washburn “Dimebolt” prototype guitar, personally given to him by late, great Pantera axeman Dimebag Darrell. Damn, that’s just plain sacrilegious as far as we’re concerned …
Robb has offered a $2000 reward for the return of the Dimebolt, but this isn’t about money. So if you hear or see anything suspicious, please do the right thing. And if one of the thieves happens to read this, let’s just say that the lyrics to “Ascetics of Hate”—a song ironically written in response to a gutter “journalist” who bashed both Dimebag and our community—apply to you. To quote Mr. Flynn, “I hope you burn.” Here’s also hoping that Robb gets his beloved guitars and medal back.
If you hear, see or know anything about this crime, please contact email@example.com immediately. And please watch this clip about the crime from a Bay Area NBC affiliate:
Anthrax's Scott Ian onstage and airborne at a summer 2010 Sonisphere show.
Jackson fans should be sure to pick up the October 2010 issue of Guitar World magazine, wherein—beginning on page 34, to be precise—they will find a feature article on the “the most exciting metal event of the decade,” the Big Four tour.
That’s Big Four as in Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, all of whom convened over summer 2010 for a historic series of Sonisphere concerts in Europe at which all four seminal metal bands shared the stage for the first time.
We won’t spoil the details by reprinting them here; you’ll just have to pick up GW and see for yourself. But by all means, do look for the shot of Scott Ian brandishing his Jackson as Lars Ulrich makes a face at him. Priceless.
Anthrax guitarist and Jackson signature artist Scott Ian will participate in a one-hour online Q&A session on the Seymour Duncan® User Group Forum from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Pacific time) on Wednesday, Sept. 8.
Ian is a longtime Seymour Duncan user with his own Custom Shop signature bridge pickup, the Scott Ian El Diablo.
Seymour Duncan website administrators expect the session to be widely attended and are hence asking chat participants to join the session early in order to have their questions submitted successfully. Duncan is also requesting that participants refrain from asking multi-part questions so that Ian can post as many responses as possible.
The Metallica website recently announced a firm date for the DVD release of the historic June 22, 2010, “Big Four” Sonisphere Festival performance in Sofia, Bulgaria. At that show, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth—the “Big Four” of U.S. thrash metal—shared a stage for the first time ever, including a show-stopping performance of Diamondhead metal classic “Am I Evil?” that saw all four bands onstage together.
The North American DVD and Blu-ray release date of The Big 4 Live From Sofia, Bulgaria is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2010. Metallica’s website also noted that the disc will be released Oct. 15 in northern Europe and Oct. 18 in “most of the rest of the world.”
The double-disc DVD will include the performances by all four bands, with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. A limited edition “super deluxe” box set will include both DVD discs, five CDs of the live sets, a poster, 24-page booklet, photos and a Big Four guitar pick.
Pre-orders for the DVD are now being taken on the Metallica website.
The historic Sofia, Bulgaria, Sonisphere show was beamed by satellite to more than 800 cinemas worldwide. Billboard estimated that these “cinecasts” were seen by more than 100,000 fans.
The DVD track list is:
ANTHRAX: “Caught in a Mosh,” “Got the Time,” “Madhouse,”“Be All, End All,”“Antisocial,”“Indians”/”Heaven & Hell,” “Medusa,” “Only,” “Metal Thrashing Mad,”“I Am the Law”
MEGADETH: “Holy Wars … the Punishment Due,” “Hangar 18,” “Wake Up Dead,” “Head Crusher,” “In My Darkest Hour,” “Skin o’ My Teeth,” “À Tout le Monde,” “Hook in Mouth,” “Trust,” “Sweating Bullets,” “Symphony of Destruction,” “Peace Sells”/”Holy Wars” (Reprise)
SLAYER: “World Painted Blood,” “Jihad,” “War Ensemble,” “Hate Worldwide,” “Seasons in the Abyss,” “Angel of Death,” “Beauty Through Order,” “Disciple,” “Mandatory Suicide,” “Chemical Warfare,” “South of Heaven,” “Raining Blood”
METALLICA: “Creeping Death,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Fuel,” “Harvester of Sorrow,” “Fade to Black,” “That Was Just Your Life,” “Cyanide,” “Sad but True,” “Welcome Home (Sanitarium),” “All Nightmare Long,” “One,” “Master of Puppets,” “Blackened,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Enter Sandman,” “Am I Evil?,” “Hit the Lights,” “Search and Destroy”
Anthrax’s Scott Ian talks about his welcome “return home” to Jackson at the 2010 Sonisphere Festival in England.
Last year’s Sonisphere Festival at the historical Knebworth site in England was the U.K. debut of this hard-rock/metal marathon, which featured myriad bands over an intense weekend of good ol’ fashioned musical debauchery. Jackson was there in force with its own stage and a Riff ‘n’ Destroy competition that went down the proverbial storm. As soon as we heard the festival would be back in 2010, we immediately signed up—but this time we set up camp in the massive backstage area. How was it? It didn’t suck!
Go ahead and jump: Ian onstage at Sonisphere.
A couple of other entities who were there the first year also returned—the always magnificent Alice in Chains and metal-thrashing New York maniacs Anthrax. What made Anthrax’s appearance even more special was the fact that they were fronted by the one and only Joey Belladonna. Simply put, their short-but-sweet set kicked major ass and left the crowd begging for more, as the below photo proves:
Always leave them wanting more ...
After conquering the 80,000-plus crowd, Scott managed to find time to give us an exclusive interview in our backstage den. A humble porta-cabin, made infinitely more comfortable by a bunch of cool amps and axes … plus 240 (yes 240!) 16-ounce cans of Red Stripe lager! As the Boy Scouts like to say, “Be prepared.” Obviously we did. Here’s Scott’s interview, and enjoy …