New Live Video: Dio, Iommi, Butler, Appice

Legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio joins forces with two of the Godfathers of Heavy Metal, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, along with journeyman drummer Vinny Appice for an epic, 15 minute version of the title track. All are in awesome form here. If you're into classic Metal, this will blow you away. “Heaven … Continue reading New Live Video: Dio, Iommi, Butler, Appice

Review: Ballads and Love Songs

Warning: I've no doubt that certain folks will find these songs "corny", and for that matter maybe this entire post as well. That said, if you're not into this type of music, better stop reading now. But bear in mind, always explore every musical genre you can find. Otherwise, you're likely missing out on some wonderful stuff … Continue reading Review: Ballads and Love Songs

Top 10 Most Overrated Drummers of All-Time

I've read so many "best of all time" musician lists online, and 90% of them are total bullshit. I'm sure you've run into a few yourself, where you've felt the same way. A word of advice: At the very least ignore anything originating from Rolling Stone magazine, as they don't know their asses from their elbows. … Continue reading Top 10 Most Overrated Drummers of All-Time

Review: Grand Funk Railroad(s)?

I was just listening to a recording this morning that I haven't spun in a long while, that being Grand Funk Railroad's “Live” album. Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I damned near wore my record needle down to the nub listening to this double album back in the early 70's, when they were … Continue reading Review: Grand Funk Railroad(s)?

Review: Evans Dixson Bass Drum Lift

A new device designed by drummer Arti Dixson and marketed by Evans caught my eye on Amazon, called the "Evans Dixson Bass Drum Lift" (or EDBL for short). As a "Vine" member, I was able to order it for basically zip in exchange for a review there, so I thought I'd give it a try. Up front, this … Continue reading Review: Evans Dixson Bass Drum Lift

Review: Music Nomad FRINE Fret Polishing Kit

I purchased a new Fender Telecaster about a week ago. After sitting it in my guitar rack next to my Strat and Les Paul, I never realized just how much oxidation had built up on the frets of the latter two guitars over the years. A common practice to take care of this is taping … Continue reading Review: Music Nomad FRINE Fret Polishing Kit

Elmo Karjalainen: The “Psychology of Playing”

Elmo Karjalainen, my Finnish Amigo and guitarist extraordinaire, has just released a series of excellent videos entitled the "Psychology of Playing". About this particular video series, in Elmo's own words: "Well, I'd say the clue is in the title. I think it's very important stuff for many people, and I talk about issues that I see every … Continue reading Elmo Karjalainen: The “Psychology of Playing”