カテゴリー: FEATURES (English)

Vol.72 Jon Herington / April 2017

Jon Herington


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Jon Herington is a NY based producer/singer/writer/guitarist. Herington is known as being the guitarist for Steely Dan since 1999, he has also worked with Boz Scaggs and Madeleine Peyroux. Herington gained support from passionate music enthusiasts here in Japan too. As a solo artist, he has released 6 albums and this brand new album “Adult Entertainment” is an enjoyable album for any fan of his professional guitar work, with its crossover music style that adopts Rock, Jazz and Country in its melodies and arrangements. Jon Herington talked to MUSE ON MUSE about his musical background and his brand new imprint “Adult Entertainment”

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Vol.71 Stevie Salas / March 2017

Stevie Salas

B’z singer Koshi Inaba and Stevie Salas launched the INABA/SALAS project, releasing their critically acclaimed studio album “Chubby Groove”, showcasing a superb collection of music with great quality and originality. The project also set out on the “Chubby Groove Tour 2017”, fascinating fans across Japan and proving their identities as true rock stars. This project has definitely helped Stevie Salas to succeed in obtaining recognition from the Japanese domestic music fans too. Stevie Salas showed a great impact to the rock industry when he debuted in 1990 with the “Stevie Salas Color Code” album, displaying a unique and original sound created by a blend of funk, psychedelic, and hard rock essences. Alongside his solo projects and bands, Stevie Salas has also played for big names such as Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart on tours and recordings. Stevie is also known as the “Idolmaker” with his role in tying up “American Idol” contest winners to the record labels.

Stevie Salas talked to MUSE ON MUSE about his recent tour and recording experiences with the INABA/SALAS project, as well as his involvement in the movie “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World”.

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Vol.70 COSMOSQUAD / February 2017

COSMOSQUAD

COSMOSQUAD have just released ‘Morbid Tango’, their first studio album since 2007’s ‘Acid Test’. For the new set, Kevin Chown, who has been working with Jeff Kollman for EDWIN DARE and Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, joined Kollman and Shane Gaalaas as a bassist. The album is driven by not only aggressive tunes where flashy and versatile guitar solos run into heavy guitar riffs and weighty grooves from the rhythm section, but also tunes have striking melodies are played with a supremely toned guitar sound. The whole set is captivating from beginning to end, and listeners will be thrilled by COSMOSQUAD’S spectacular stories. Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled and pay close attention to the cover artwork and CD inserts, which are said to include visual clues which will unpick hidden messages in the songs. MUSE ON MUSE interviewed Jeff, Shane and Kevin about their new masterpiece also touched upon ‘Teen Metal Years’, the project Jeff and his brother Tommy Kollman released in 2016 under the alias ‘Jeff & Tommy’.

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Vol.69 Trevor Rabin / -2- January 2017

Trevor Rabin


MUSE ON MUSE interviewed Trevor Rabin who is scheduled to play in Japan this coming April with fellow ex-YES members Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman as ARW (Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman). Trevor talks about his recent tour with Jon and Rick, 26 years since they shared the stage together on the 1991 YES reunion tour, as well as about future recording possibilities with ARW.

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Vol.68 Keith Scott / -1- January 2017

Keith Scott


Keith Scott is the man that perfectly expresses and delivers the rock n’ roll spirit of Bryan Adams, supporting him as the guitar player for numerous recording and tours over the years. Bryan Adams is scheduled to play in Japan very soon for the first time in 5 years, and everyone can be sure to hear Keith Scott’s melodic guitar performances filled with a great rock feel. Keith took time to talk to MUSE ON MUSE about the upcoming Japan tour.

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Vol.67 BLINDMAN / December 2016

BLINDMAN

Leading Japanese melodic Hard Rock Band “BLINDMAN” are about to drop their 9th original full album “TO THE LIGHT”
This new instalment came about after a change in personnel, with these supreme Hard-Rock pieces the fruits of a beautiful melding of the expressive singing of new vocalist Ray together with the intricate rhythms of young, skilful drummer Shun Minari and the melodic production and tasteful guitar accompaniment of Tatsuya Nakamura.
MUSE ON MUSE interviewed the leader of BLINDMAN Tatsuya Nakamura & the precociously talented drummer Shun Minari about the new album “TO THE LIGHT”

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Vol.66 Kee Marcello / November 2016

Kee Marcello


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Former EUROPE guitar player Kee Marcello has released his latest album “Scaling Up”, featuring a variety of tunes from melodic and catchy to hard edged. Kee Marcello recorded “Out Of This World” and “Prisoners In Paradise” with EUROPE, and fascinated his fans with his clever licks and great sense of technique on the guitar. His latest album still displays such trademarks and style, and the album also showcases Kee’s talents not only as a guitar player, but as a singer and composer as well. Supported by bass player Ken Sandin and drummer Darby Todd, the Kee Marcello Band proves themselves as an energetic live band too. Kee Marcello took time to talk to MUSE ON MUSE about his latest studio effort.

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Vol.65 Philip Sayce / October 2016

Philip Sayce


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Philip Sayce has just released his new live album titled “Scorched Earth Volume 1”. The album showcases Philip’s powerful and emotional singing, along with a dynamic performance and sound on the Stratocaster guitar, all captured into the album without any overdubs nor fixes. The album definitely displays the real musicianship that Philip Sayce is all about.
The album title also gives the fans some expectation for a 2nd and maybe even a 3rd live album coming up after this. Check out Philip talking to MUSE ON MUSE about “Scorched Earth Volume 1”.

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Vol.64 Trev Lukather / September 2016

Trev Lukather

Trev Lukather has just released his latest single “Only Girl” via digital download. Trev is the son of world renowned musician and guitarist Steve Lukather, and is also a talented singer, songwriter, and guitar player. His multiple talents definitely prove himself to be a high quality rock musician.
Trev Lukather’s EP “Trev” released in 2008 showcases some very impressive tunes with great hooks and melodies. The musical arrangements, including Trev’s guitar riffs and simple but “to the point” licks, as well as guitar solos that stick to your ears, enhance the tunes creating an incredible rock album.
Trev has also been working with various artists as he makes his name in the music industry step by step. He writes for artists such as American rock act HALESTORM, in which he received his first gold disc, and also is the musical director for Lindsay Loha, Paul Rey (Epic), Ryan Cabrera (Atlantic/Universal), etc. Trev Lukather took time to talk with MUSE ON MUSE, with some deep insights into his music.

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Vol.63 Carl Verheyen / August 2016

Carl Verheyen

Carl Verheyen, known for his work with British rock group SUPERTRAMP, is one of the busiest musicians in the LA studio scene. Carl has worked and collaborated with numerous famed artists, as well as on film and television soundtracks. He has recently released his latest solo album “The Grand Design”, which appeals to a wide range of music fans with a high quality collection of vocal songs featuring Carl’s soft and clear vocal performances. No worries for the guitar freaks that look forward to listening to Carl’s extraordinary guitar techniques! The album definitely displays all of Carl Verheyen’s musicianship including great guitar tones with dynamics, phrases and licks with style, and numerous musical arrangements that are nothing but fascinating. Hear what Carl has to say about “The Grand Design”.

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