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Gary Richrath (REO Speedwagon Guitar Legend) – Rest In Peace

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , on September 14, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

As reported by Kevin Cronin, (lead singer, musician and songwriter for REO Speedwagon), on the band’s Facebook:

Hi friends, kc here. My longtime friend and collaborator Gary Richrath passed away earlier today. I feel so sad. Gary was both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath. The entire REO Family mourns his death and shares in the grief of his family, friends, and fans. These words do not come close to expressing the depth of emotions I am feeling at this time…kc


The Metal Odyssey family expresses condolences to the family, friends and former bandmates of Gary Richrath. May Gary Richrath rest in peace.

Gary Richrath was only 65 years old.





Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, rock guitarists, rock music with tags , , , , on August 4, 2015 by Metal Odyssey



Highest Charting Instrumental Rock Album In Soundscan Era

Joe Satriani - Shockwave Supernova - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #9733JSMO

Set To Perform On The TONIGHT SHOW – This Evening


Chart Debuts In UK & Australia/New Zealand Also Top 25

(LOS ANGELES, CA – August 4, 2015) – Joe Satriani’s 15th studio album, Shockwave Supernova, has earned the multi-Grammy nominated guitarist his highest U.S. chart position of his career! The album debuts today on the Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart at #19, the highest debut of his 30-year career, topping his former highest, 1992’s The Extremist, which hit #22 on its debut. In addition, the album also debuted at # 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart and ranks as the highest charting all-instrumental rock album on Billboard’s Top 200 in the soundscan era.

To celebrate, Satriani will be sitting in with The Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, this evening. Tune in to NBC at 11:35/10:35c pm to watch the iconic guitarist trade licks with Capitan Kirk and the rest of the band.

In addition to the U.S. chart success, Satriani also had high debuts in Australia/New Zealand at #23 and in the UK where it entered the chart at #22,making this his highest UK chart position since the self-titled, ‘Joe Satriani’ in 1995, which reached #21.

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For two decades, Satriani has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. His studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

Joe Satriani will set off on the start of his “Shockwave World Tour 2015” on September 17th in France. The European leg will run through November 10th with the ending show in London. The U.S. portion of the tour is set to begin early in 2016 with an announcement expected next month. Joining Joe for the “Shockwave Tour” is Marco Minnemann (drums), Bryan Beller (bass) and Mike Keneally (keys & guitar).

Watch the first video for title track, “Shockwave Supernova”:

To purchase Shockwave Supernova:




Source: MAD Ink PR

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On This Day In METAL History – July 23rd… From SLASH To AFTER THE BURIAL

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , , on July 23, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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On July 23rd, 2011 – The great DEF LEPPARD had their hit single. Pour Some Sugar On Me, ranked at #2, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Yup. Here’s something even better: DEF LEPPARD’s fourth studio album, Hysteria, was sitting at #1, on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. This superb album went on to sell 20 million (plus) units worldwide. Whoa, man!

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On July 23rd, 2011 – The exceptional IRON MAIDEN performed at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. This was a date on The Final Frontier Tour. Hail Maiden!

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On July 23rd, 2015 – Minnesota’s AFTER THE BURIAL have their album, Wolves Within, ranked at #16, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whiz-bang! This album was released back in the Winter of 2013.

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On July 23rd, 2015AFTER THE BURIAL have their album, In Dreams, ranked at #46, on the iTunes Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums Chart. Whoa! This album was released back in 2010. AFTER THE BURIAL are currently touring on The Summer Slaughter Tour – North America.

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SLASH Made In Stoke Live promo album pic!

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On July 23rd, 1965, SLASH was born in the UK. Happy Birthday, SLASH! This legendary guitarist & Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer is universally famous for his career with Guns N’ Roses. SLASH has carved out his post Guns N’ Roses life with an amazing musical career which currently boasts his band: SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. Long Live SLASH!

* Shown above: SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy LIVE (CD cover) Made In Stoke 24/7/11 and Guitar Player cover feature from October 2014.


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Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock guitarists, rock music with tags , , , , on July 17, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Joe Satriani - publicity pic - 2015 - Shockwave Supernova - #33MOSLLMMSOT

Joe Satriani - Shockwave Supernova - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #9733JSMO

“Behind The Songs” – Web Series Premieres

REDDIT “AMA” Session Confirmed for July 24th

AOL’s “BACKSTORY” Event in NYC on July 24th


(Los Angeles) Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, is gearing up for the release of his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on Friday, July 24th. The weeks leading up to the album release continue to be filled with exciting activity from the renowned guitarist.

Recently, SATRIANI began debuting a web series he’s dubbed, “Behind The Album,” which gives fans a rare glimpse behind the scenes while making “Shockwave Supernova”. The album was co- produced with John Cuniberti and recorded at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller. The band are featured, with SATRIANI, in the “Behind the Album” series discussing the album recording process, the songs and the themes behind the album.


On release day, Joe will participate in a Reddit “AMA” event where his fans will be able to ‘Ask Joe Anything’ during the online press conference event at 1pm ET. That same evening, Joe will be the special guest on the new AOL original series, “BackStory” involving a live, feature-length interview with the guitar virtuoso to air from the AOL Studios in New York City. The event will allow guests to enjoy a seat at an exclusive, career-spanning live interview, a meet-and-greet with Satriani, an autographed copy of Shockwave Supernova, plus complimentary beverages. Satriani will be interviewed one-on-one by respected journalist, Brad Tolinski as they discuss the new album and much more.

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Leading up to the album’s release, exclusive song premieres have taken place on various music websites and accompanying “story videos” have followed on Satriani’s website and through his social media. This week, Rolling Stone premiered an exclusive video of the iconic guitarist as he interprets various pop culture and art references, off the cuff interpretations left the magazine staff in awe.
Check out the video here:

Fans are able to pre-order the new album with an exclusive signed poster only at Joe selected the art for the poster from fans who submitted it. The album is available for pre-order on: Amazon ( and iTunes ( and will also be available to order as 2 LP 120 gram vinyl.


Source: MAD Ink PR





Posted in classic rock, guitarists, Hard Rock, Music, rock guitarists, rock music with tags , , , , on May 12, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Joe Satriani - Shockwave Supernova - promo album cover pic - 2015 - #9733JSMO

World Tour Begins September 17th in Europe – U.S. Tour Planned Early 2016

“CRYSTAL PLANET” – Satriani’s Sci-Fi Animation Series in the Works


(Los Angeles – May 12, 2015) Legendary guitarist, JOE SATRIANI, announces plans to release his 15th solo studio album, Shockwave Supernova, on July 24th, making him one of the first to utilize the new “Friday, Global Release Day” for music.

It would be easy to call Shockwave Supernova a “masterpiece” or “the last word on guitar” from the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer. Satch, however, sees it much more personally. He has consistently advanced the artistry of the instrument; an effort he dedicated himself to on September 18, 1970, the day his idol Jimi Hendrix died.

Recorded late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, Satriani assembled the dynamic trio of world-class musicians who had recently been part of his global tour; renowned keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, a veteran of several Satch outings and recordings; along with drumming whiz Marco Minnemann and bass extraordinaire Bryan Beller. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life,” says Satriani.

The album also sees Satriani once again joining forces co-producer and engineer John Cuniberti. Satch and Cuniberti share production on Shockwave Supernova, as they have on numerous albums – their shared history dates back to the guitar star’s 1986 debut album, Not Of This Earth and its follow-up, the platinum-selling, critically acclaimed, Surfing with the Alien.

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Minnemann and Beller handle the bulk of Shockwave Supernova’s rhythmic duties, with the exception of four cuts – the driving “Keep On Movin’,” full of wondrous Satch guitar wizardry and Keneally’s playful piano, “In My Pocket,” a deliciously greasy, souped-up take on Swing, along with “Crazy Joey” (a deliriously effervescent romp) and “Scarborough Stomp” (a relentless upbeat rocker) – find Satriani joined by another powerhouse rhythm section: the esteemed drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (whose work includes the likes of Frank Zappa, Sting, Paul Simon, among others) and Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney (whose resume includes Alanis Morrisette, Celine Dion and Rob Zombie, to name a few).

Recently, during the final performance of his two-year Unstoppable Momentum tour, Satriani had an epiphany; he found himself, “playing the guitar with my teeth an awful lot. I thought, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s as if something else, or somebody else, was driving me to do it.” Satriani seized upon this moment of self-realization as the springboard and creative center for his alter ego “Shockwave Supernova,” the outlandish and extroverted ‘performance side’ of the normally shy and reserved guitar virtuoso. With this new persona as partner, Satriani launched his wildly ambitious 15th solo album, Shockwave Supernova.

In a creative and engaging alternative venture, Satriani, a lifelong science fiction fan, has reached out to the future, through the medium of animation. Finally recognizing the on-stage symmetry with his alter ego allowed Satriani to also take a risk on this particular style of storytelling. He says, “Guitarist Ned Evett and I have created an animated series called Crystal Planet. The actual Crystal Planet is our very own Earth, set billions of years in the future. The hero of the show uses music generated by a unique electric guitar to travel through time while the show’s characters struggle to preserve the future and past of humankind.” More information on Crystal Planet and how and where fans will view the series will be coming shortly.

Fans are now able to pre-order the new album with an exclusive signed poster only at Joe will be selecting art for the poster from fan submitted art – check Joe’s FB page for more details ( The album is available for pre-order on Amazon ( and iTunes ( and will also be available to order as 2 LP 120 gram vinyl.

As was previously announced, Satriani and Steve Vai, will perform at a third benefit concert in support of music industry veteran and their good friend, Cliff Cultreri. “A Benefit for Cliff III” is set for Friday, June 12th at 8pm at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. This event will feature performances by Satriani and Vai, as well as special guests, Animals As Leaders. In addition, Satriani and Vai, along with other artists, have graciously donated various items to be auctioned at the event. Among these items are autographed guitars as well as a chance to join Satriani’s “G4 Camp” taking place June 28 – July 2 in Cambria, CA.


Source: MAD Ink PR




Eddie Van Halen – Is Cover Feature For Guitar World June 2015 Issue

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock guitarists, rock music with tags , , , , on April 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

Eddie Van Halen - Guitar World - promo cover pic - June 15 - 2015 issue - #6684EVHMO

From Guitar World:

Guitar World’s June 2015 issue features Eddie Van Halen. In this exclusive interview, Eddie chronicles the making of Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, Van Halen’s first official live recording with David Lee Roth. Also, EVH resurrects Ed’s mysterious Star guitar as part of its Stripe Series.

Get your copy today for $7.99!





JEFF BECK LIVE+ New Live Album Spanning The Legendary Guitarist’s Vast and Varied Career, Along With Two New Studio Tracks, Available May 5th

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock music with tags , , , , , on April 9, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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LOS ANGELES – Jeff Beck earned raves last year for his spellbinding performances during the hugely successful double-bill tour with ZZ TOP. Fans can relive Beck’s thrilling guitar gymnastics from those shows with a new live album that touches on key eras from the legendary artist’s influential career. The album captures a snapshot of Jeff’s work in 2014, with two newly recorded studio tracks also included, his first new music since 2010’s Grammy®-winning Emotion & Commotion.

Packed with more than an hour of music, JEFF BECK LIVE+ will be available from Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, on May 5 for a list price of $18.98 (CD) and will also be available digitally. The album will arrive as Beck is in the midst of an East Coast solo tour, which includes newly added dates in May. This trek also features make-up dates from the same ZZ TOP tour this album was recorded during, before it was cut short due to an injury to ZZ TOP bassist Dusty Hill.

The 14 live performances on JEFF BECK LIVE+ were recorded at multiple venues in 2014 and feature Beck backed by his band: vocalist Jimmy Hall, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Jonathan Joseph and guitarist Nicolas Meier. The quintet explored Beck’s vast catalog—which stretches across five decades—with performances of “Morning Dew” (from Truth, 1968), “Superstition” (from Beck, Bogert, Appice, 1973), “Big Block” (from Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop, 1989), as well as two Grammy-winning tracks: his cover of the Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” and “Hammerhead.”

LIVE + concludes with two new studio tracks: “Tribal” and “My Tiled White Floor,” with   guest vocals from Ruth Lorenzo and Veronica Bellino, respectively. These aggressive new songs mark Beck’s first studio recordings since 2010 and show a stark departure from the sound on his previous album as the guitarist continues to push the envelope of musical innovation, just as he has his entire career. These tracks are sure to whet the appetite of Beck fans as the guitarist prepares his 17th studio album, which is expected later this year.

Throughout his career, Beck has also proven to be a brilliant interpreter of other’s songs. This live album doesn’t disappoint with covers of “Danny Boy,” Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing,” Mahavishnu Orchestra’s “You Know You Know,” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Beck’s career took off in the mid-1960s, after replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitarist for The Yardbirds on the recommendation of his friend Jimmy Page. He played on several of the rock group’s hits, such as “Heart Full of Soul,” “Shapes of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once with The Yardbirds in 1992 and again as a solo artist in 2009. He has won numerous Grammy Awards, including two in 2011.

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Track Listing:

1. “Loaded”
2. “Morning Dew”
3. “You Know You Know”
4. “Why Give It Away”
5. “A Change Is Gonna Come”
6. “A Day In The Life”
7. “Superstition”
8. “Hammerhead”
9. “Little Wing”
10. “Big Block”
11. “Where Were You”
12. “Danny Boy”
13. “Rollin’ And Tumblin’”
14. “Going Down”
15. “Tribal”*
16. “My Tiled White Floor”*

*New Studio Recording

Jeff Beck Solo Dates
April 13 The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
April 15 The Paramount Huntington, NY
April 16 The Paramount Huntington, NY
April 17 The Paramount Huntington, NY
April 18 The Capitol Theatre Port Chester, NY
April 19 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
April 21 Ulster Performing Arts Center Kingston, NY
April 22 Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, NJ
April 24 Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, NJ
April 25 The Strand – Capital Performing Arts Center York, PA
April 26 The Palace Theatre Greensburg, PA


April 30 Cedar Park Center Cedar Park, TX
May 1 Winstar Casino Thackerville, OK
May 2 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX
May 3 Concrete Street Corpus Christi, TX
May 7 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
May 8 Cruzan Amphitheater West Palm Beach, FL
May 9 St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, FL
May 10 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Alpharetta, GA

Jeff Beck Newly Added Solo Dates – on sale dates noted:

May 12 The Kentucky Center –Whitney Hall Louisville, KY*
May 14 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI ***
May 15 Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH*
May 16 PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
May 17 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
May 19 Fox Theater St. Louis, MO *
May 21 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL **
May 22 Riverside Theatre Milwaukee, WI*
May 23 State Theater Minneapolis, MN*

*on sale April 10
** on sale April 11
*** on sale April 17


Source: MAD Ink PR





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