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Riot Fest

Gallery: Riot Fest 2019

September 27, 2019
Chicago’s three-day, punk-rock carnival was host to Slayer, Jawbreaker, Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Rise Against, Bob Mould, Rancid, Bikini Kill, Lucero, the Struts, and more. Here are our favorite guitar-related moments from the 15th annual gathering.
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Riot Fest

Gallery: Riot Fest 2015

September 29, 2015
Chicago’s other 3-day festival hosts an eclectic group of artists that span all of pop music.
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Rig Rundown: Gwar (2014)

December 24, 2014
Simulated mutilations and fake blood aside, GWAR are gear junkies like the rest of us.
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Rig Rundown - GWAR's Mike Derks

December 4, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Des Moines, IA, where he catches up with GWAR's gore-tastic guitarist, Mike Derks - aka "Balsac the Jaws of Death."

In this segment, Derks walks us through his current live rig which includes his custom ESP EX which features a "Balsac-approved" GWAR decal on the body and on the fretboard. Its loaded with EMG 85 in the neck and 81 in the bridge. He runs the guitar through a Mesa Boogie TriAxis preamp, Lexicon MPX G2 effects processor, a Mesa Boogie Stereo Simul-Class 295 head, which runs through a custom Vader 4x12.

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