Ryan J Downey
There's nothing like speedy fingers burning "fire" across a fretboard to create some warmth in the wintertime. Starting the day after Christmas, Alex Skolnick from Testament and Chris Broderick of Megadeth will cohost the first annual Skolnick & Broderick's Winter Guitar Retreat in New York's Catskill Mountains.
Often when a person begins a statement "with all due respect," it's safe to assume that what's about to be said could be interpreted as less than respectful. And when an ex-bandmate is involved?
Back in the day, a band had fewer tools available when they wanted to correct a rumor, but social media has dramatically expanded that. Bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee recently hopped on Twitter to shoot down reports that Motley Crue would be playing their first ever Indonesian show as part of their October tour.
Whether fans will cry foul at the forthcoming collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed remains to be seen. But at least one organization has rejected cover artwork for the experimental project which unites the ex-Velvet Underground frontman with the biggest band in heavy metal: the London Underground.
Clinics are a great opportunity for experienced and aspiring musicians to get up close and personal with some of the shredders at the top of the game. Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has participated in an increasing number of them recently and just announced a half a dozen more for October.
The Megadeth rhythm section of drummer Shawn Drover and founding bassist David Ellefson released a video statement through Roadrunner Records from deep in the heart of the set for the music video for 'Public Enemy No. 1.' The song is the first single from the band's upcoming album, 'TH1RT3EN.'