December 2016

Classic Rock

Shred Your Enthusiasm: Buonasera Roccaforzata

January 13, 2012
I want you to learn the songs I learned for my Italian clinic tour.
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DVD Review: The Rolling Stones - Some Girls Live in Texas '78

December 20, 2011
With 1978’s Some Girls—one of the Stone’s biggest-selling studio albums—and its resulting US tour, the band reconnected with their gritty, groovin’, and brash roots.
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Album Review: Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here—Experience Edition

December 20, 2011
While the fine re-mastering job here will make many of these songs a fresh listen again, the real treat of this edition is Disc 2, on which we get to hear the Floyd shaping tracks from WYWH and 1977’s Animals in their preferred laboratory—the stage.
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GALLERY: Steely Dan Touring Gear 2011

August 31, 2011
The guitars, amps, and effects used by Walter Becker and Jon Herington on Steely Dan''s 2011 tour.
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DVD Review: Deep Purple "Phoenix Rising"

August 16, 2011
Phoenix Rising captures a potentially mind-blowing manifestation of the band storming Japan in December 1975, but this version of Deep Purple rarely catches fire in the manner of the classic Machine Head–era unit.
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Rig Rundown - Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke & Mark "Sparky" Matejka

August 10, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks caught up with guitar techs Louis Williams and Chris Rugulo who give us a look at Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke, and Mark "Sparky" Matejka's gear for their Rebels and Bandoleros tour.
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Interview: Kenny Wayne Shepherd - How He Goes

August 2, 2011
Blues-rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd shares details on his rig, becoming a father, and how he’ll probably never get away from the comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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Rig Rundown - Thin Lizzy's Vivian Campbell & Scott Gorham

August 1, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the Vic Theatre where he catches up with Thin Lizzy guitar tech Coty Allinson who walks us through guitarists Vivian Campbell and Scott Gorham's current touring rigs.
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Fretboard Workshop: Connecting Chords

July 19, 2011
As chords move from one to the next in vocal music, the music flows most naturally when each singer sings a smooth melodic line, connecting the notes without awkward leaps.
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Black Country Communion: Rituals of Life

June 14, 2011
Joe Bonamassa and former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes discuss their fateful meeting at NAMM, their reverence for songcraft, and the holy relics used to summon their seething bluesrock rapture on Black Country Communion’s new album, "2".
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CD Review: Queen - "40th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue Set"

June 14, 2011
This first box set out of the three reissue box sets due for release this year contains Queen’s first five albums: 1973’s Queen, 1974’s Queen II, 1974’s Sheer Heart Attack, 1975’s A Night at the Opera, and 1976’s A Day at the Races.
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Warren Haynes: Working-Class Hero

May 17, 2011
Warren Haynes takes us inside "Man in Motion", his first solo album in 15 years. Plus, co-producer Gordie Johnson and bassist George Porter Jr. discuss working with one of rock’s busiest guitar slingers.
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Interview: Elliot Easton - Hello Again

May 9, 2011
The Cars'' Elliot Easton talks about reuniting with his chart-topping new wave bandmates and using a bunch of guitars from his amazing collection to record their classic-sounding new album, Move Like This.
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Hot Tuna: 50+ Years of Flavor Freshness

March 15, 2011
Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen—one of rock’s most enduring and legendary guitar-and-bass duos—chat with Premier Guitar about beer bellies vs. rosewood guitar backs, active preamps vs. passive bass electronics, and Hot Tuna’s first studio album in 20 years.
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Interview: Luther Dickinson - Keys to the Kingdom

February 9, 2011
North Mississippi Allstars and Black Crowes guitarist Luther Dickinson discusses writing and recording the newly-released Keys to the Kingdom, his newfound volume knob tricks, the gear he uses with both groups, and how Ry Cooder helped him break through as a songwriter.
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Brian Ray: 10 Years (And Counting) On a Magical Mystery Tour

January 17, 2011
Paul McCartney sideman Brian Ray talks about the decade he’s spent backing a Beatle—including his one-song audition in front of 80,000 football fans—as well as the smorgasbord of vintage gear he used to track his latest solo album, This Way Up.
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Triads & Pedal-Tones: The Building Blocks for Great Guitar Riffs

November 16, 2010
Triads are three-note chords and form the basis for many of rock’s classic riffs.
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CD Review: Jimi Hendrix - "West Coast Seattle Boy - The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

November 16, 2010
A deep collection of Hendrix alternate takes, early sideman work, studio jams, and live recordings.
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DVD Review: Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker - "Damn the Torpedoes"

September 21, 2010
A documentary covering the creation of the "Damn the Torpedoes" album from the Classic Albums series
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September 2010 Media Preview

August 17, 2010
Don’t Shoot! I’m the Guitar Man, Stones in Exile, Classic Albums: Paranoid
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