I Heart Guitar

I Heart Guitar

Discussion with musicians, guitar makers, industry folk and just plain interesting people. By music journalist Peter Hodgson

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May 7, 2020 18 min
Each time Firewind released an album over the last 20 years, it wasn’t just the brilliancy of exceptional guitarist Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Arch Enemy, Dream Evil) that fans were in awe of, but also the skills of every one of the band’s vocalists. Fantastic riffs, hooks and solos by the gifted hands of guitarist Gus aside, it’s the great vocal melody – an integral part of every Firewind song – that’s causing a stir. In that respect n...
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World-renowned guitar hero Al Di Meola welcomes a new decade with an ambitious follow-up to his 2013 studio recording All Your Life: A Tribute to the Beatles with a sophomore homage to the Beatles, entitled Across The Universe, due out on earMUSIC on March 13, 2020.

Al Di Meola’s exquisite mastery of the fretboard is equal only to his appreciation of the Beatles’ legacy that has inspired generations of both musicians and music fans...
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February 1, 2020 14 min
Songwriter Andrew Farriss offers up a funky country groove 'Good Momma Bad' as the second single from his highly anticipated forthcoming self-titled debut album. I caught up with Andrew to talk about the record, guitars, and the challenges of stepping into the spotlight.

Photographer credit: David Christopher Banks
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January 3, 2020 12 min
John 5 is about to begin his first ever solo tour of Australia. We geeked out a bit because of course we did.

Full tour details here! https://silverbacktouring.com.au/john5-2019/
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November 29, 2019 23 min
Pinnacle Music Group are absolutely thrilled to announce that the legendary guitar virtuoso MARTY FRIEDMAN will be returning to Australia, for the first time with his full “Super Band” across four VERY intimate venues.

With a career of over thirty years with some of the world’s biggest heavy metal acts on top of an absolutely monumental solo career, Marty Friedman is a household name for guitarists across the world, and Australian f...
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November 29, 2019 15 min
How does a musician, who happens to be pretty handy on the guitar, but lives in the most isolated capital city in the world, get some of the finest Blues guitarists on the international music scene to take part in his latest project? Simple. He asks them.
Australian blues-rock barnstormer, Matty T Wall has been on a rapidly rising career trajectory since his 2016 debut release Blue Skies was nominated as Best Blues Album (Internati...
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October 31, 2019 15 min
Melbourne Australia's progressive instrumental project I Built The Sky will release their third album, The Zenith Rise, on November 1.

I Built The Sky is led by guitar wizard Rohan 'Ro Han’ Stevenson and has been slowly climbing the ranks of the progressive shred guitar community for some time now with high level supports, headlining slots and international praise for their previous releases all going towards building an imp...
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October 24, 2019 17 min
After two solo records and work with several guitar legends, Nili Brosh (Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Tony MacAlpine) is no stranger to instrumental guitar albums. However, her latest effort Spectrum steps beyond the expected and into a global exploration of musical genres. A literal spectrum, the album seamlessly blends from one genre to the next, starting in one place and ending up in a completely different one; all t...
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Recorded live at the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show, my guests are James Norbert Ivanyi and Jeremy Barnes as we discuss the state of modern guitar.

James Norbert Ivanyi: https://jamesnorbertivanyi.bandcamp.com
Jeremy Barnes: https://www.facebook.com/jeremybarnesmusic

Want more live episodes like this but wish the sound quality was better? Subscribe to Patreon so I can afford to get a nice Rode Rodecaster Pro and start putting on dedicated...
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September 4, 2019 23 min
GANG OF FOUR Australian and New Zealand November 2019 Tour Dates
Saturday November 2nd PERTH Rosemount
Tuesday 5th November ADELAIDE Lion Arts Factory
Thursday 7th November BRISBANE The Zoo
Friday 8th November SYDNEY Manning Bar
Saturday 9th November MELBOURNE Croxton
Tuesday 12th November AUCKLAND Tuning Fork
Wednesday 13th November WELLINGTON San Fran

Tickets: On sale now:
From: https://metropolistouring.com/tours/gang-of-four/
NZ Ticket...
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August 14, 2019 57 min
Bryan Beller's new album, "Scenes From The Flood" (out September 13) was many years in the making. It represents a huge leap in Beller's already considerable compositional confidence, and is packed full of so, so, SO many guitar legends. Hear Bryan talk about the album, the personnel, the gear and more in this long-form interview. And watch the video for “Volunteer State," featuring Joe Satriani, at https://www....
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July 27, 2019 16 min
Stryper's Michael Sweet calls in for a chat about his November Australian acoustic tour, his Washburn guitars and other matters of guitaristic importance.
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July 11, 2019 19 min
Tal Wilkenfeld has a brilliant new album called Love Remains, packed full of great songs and incredible musicianship. You should totally get it.

Wanna support I Heart Guitar (and by extension my little family and our dreams of getting another dog soon)? patreon.com/iheartguitar or paypal.me/iheartguitar, my friend.
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July 4, 2019 10 min
Help Christian Martucci find his lost BC Rich!

Stone Sour/Black Star Riders guitarist Christian Martucci is looking for the BC Rich Mockingbird he lost when he was 16. He’s been searching for this unique and sentimentally important instrument for years with no luck. Do you have a lead on this guitar? Contact Christian via Instagram at instagram.com/christianmartucci and help him get his baby back!

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July 3, 2019 21 min
Join my guest Mr. Steve Vai as we discuss the new Generation Axe live album (Vai, Zakk Wylde, Nuno Bettencourt, Yngwie Malmsteen and Tosin Abasi) plus magical thinking, spiritual questing and Vai's current guitar obsession, Synergy Amps.

Wanna support I Heart Guitar (and by extension my little family and our dreams of getting another dog soon)? patreon.com/iheartguitar or paypal.me/iheartguitar, my friend.
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June 27, 2019 27 min
Devin Townsend talks about his new record Empath, the load-lightening joys of acoustic tours, his new Prestige signature guitar and the importance of accepting the silly with the epic.

Wanna support I Heart Guitar (and by extension my little family and our dreams of getting another dog soon)? patreon.com/iheartguitar or paypal.me/iheartguitar, my friend.

An Evening With Devin Townsend Australian Tour Dates

Thornbury Theatre, Melbourn...
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June 13, 2019 15 min
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June 10, 2019 17 min
KISS is doing one last lap of the world before hanging up their dragon boots. On this episode my guest is KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who talks about what the iconic Spaceman character means to him, plus plenty of good old-fashioned guitar geekery.

For KISS tour dates, go here: https://www.kissonline.com/tour
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June 3, 2019 22 min
Peter chats with Duff McKagan about his new Fender bass and his even newer solo album, Tenderness.

And hey, check out The Cure performing Disintegration live in Sydney! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9uSPf9WDbw

If you'd like to help support I Heart Guitar, visit patreon.com/iheartguitar or donate to paypal.me/iheartguitar
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January 30, 2019 31 min
Dave Leslie is about to conduct his first ever guitar clinic extravaganza and he wants you to know about it!
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