Neck and neck: Beaulieu and Malmsteen in the April 2011 Guitar World.
Jackson shredders, under no circumstances should you miss the April 2011 issue of Guitar World magazine, in which Trivium guitarists Corey Beaulieu and Matt Heafy sit down with their hero, Swedish shred master Yngwie Malmsteen, to talk shop.
The ever-Jackson-wielding Beaulieu is pictured with his Custom Shop King V™ model, and there’s even a sidebar on “original shredder” Niccolo Paganini. It’s a fascinating feature, so get thee to a newsstand near you; the April GW is on sale now …
Turns out that Def Leppard guitarist and longtime Jackson signature artist Phil Collen and Fox News talk show host/former Arkansas governor/onetime presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee had such a great time playing together at the NAMM show just this past January that they decided to reprise their performance.
Hence the clip below, in which the two seemingly unlikely bandmates teamed up once again, this time on the March 7 edition of Huckabee’s eponymously titled Fox News show. Collen brought along guitarist Steve Brown and drummer Kyle Fiero; the three joined their host—no slouch on bass, that Mike Huckabee—for a scorching rendition of Def Lep classic megahit “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson talks Jackson in a new interview on metal website BW&BK (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles), noting that Jackson bass guitars are his “weapons of choice” and that Jackson “is a big part of the Megadeth legacy.”
Ellefson, always a good interview, also waxes eloquent on upcoming Jackson in-store signing events with his bandmate and fellow Jackson signature artist, guitarist Chris Broderick; his recent bass clinics with fellow Big Four bassist Frank Bello (Anthrax); his Rock House instructional DVDs; Megadeth’s highly successful recent reinvigoration and, of course, the metallically historic Big Four shows.
This just in: U.S. thrash metal’s celebrated Big Four have announced that they’ve just added to their scheduled list of historic concert appearances with a July 3, 2011, performance in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Scandinavia is an especially vital metal stronghold, and so shred fans throughout the icy vastness of Northern Europe will undoubtedly be delighted to welcome the Big Four—Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax—to Swedish soil. The July 3 Gothenburg appearance comes several weeks after the Big Four’s sole North American appearance on April 23 in Southern California.
On July 3, the Big Four will play Gothenburg’s Ullevi, which is the largest stadium in Scandinavia with a concert capacity of 60,000.
The Big Four first shook metaldom in summer 2010 with a series of European Sonisphere festival shows that saw all four bands performing together on one stage for the first time ever.
Two of Jackson’s favorite bass shredders, Megedeth signature artist David Ellefson and fellow Big Four bassist Frank Bello of Anthrax, took part in what was surely a most slammin’ pair of bass amp clinics on Feb. 25 in a New York Sam Ash location and on Feb. 26 at Daddy’s Junky Music in Boston.
Take a look at the Examiner.com video interview below, in which Ellefson is seen wielding his Jackson signature bass model with his customary mastery. Dig how he has the whole room singing along on “Holy wars … The Punishment Due” from seminal Megadeth 1990 thrash-terpiece Rust in Peace.
And by all means do keep in mind that Messrs. Ellefson and Bello and their respective bands will once again join with Metallica and Slayer—this time on U.S. soil—for a single historic North American concert appearance of the Big Four, Saturday, April 23, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
Def Leppard will kick off its 2011 world tour most auspiciously by headlining the U.K.’s venerable Download festival on Friday, June 10, at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. The band was just named as the festival’s third headliner (see video below), along with previously announced acts System of a Down and Linkin Park.
The mighty Sheffield rockers remain one of the world’s biggest and most successful live acts. The band last played the U.K. in 2009—headlining the Download festival that year after a hugely successful sold-out U.K. arena tour in 2008. The 2011 Download festival takes place June 10-12.
In other Def Lep news, the group will release new album Mirrorball this summer. The album features mostly live tracks, along with three brand-new studio songs and a bonus DVD of live performances and intimate backstage footage shot on the road. Also set for release this summer is coffee table book Def Leppard: The Definitive Visual History, with photos by noted rock photographer Ross Halfin. Further, Joe Elliott-fronted side project Down ’N Outz will support Paul Rodgers during an April U.K. tour, and Def Leppard will join Heart and Kansas on a two-month U.S. summer tour.