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Vol.87 Clif Magness / July 2018

Clif Magness

Clif Magness has released numerous classics for not only himself, but also for other producers. The tune with Quincy Jones “The Places You Find Love” won Grammy wards. “All I Need” in 1984 for Jack Wagner is considered to be the best tune Jack has released. He also produced the hit tune “Impulsive” for Wilson Phillips in 1994, the album “FOR THE LOVE OF STRANGE MEDICINE” for Steve” Perry from Journey, who is well known in Japan as well as worldwide, the hit album “LET GO” for Avril Ramona Lavigne and for countless others.

His “PLANET 3” with Jay Graydon and Glen Ballard released in 1991 fascinated AOR/Rock fans by its superb vocals and song writing. Clif, who is a big influence in music industry, just released his new solo album “LUCKY DONG” the songs are filled with his signature vocal, soothing catchy melodies, heavy chorus works, and arrangements which emphasize the power of music.
Clif Magness took some time to talk to Muse On Muse about his new set “LUCKY DOG”.

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Vol.86 Angel Vivaldi / June 2018

Angel Vivaldi

The guitarist Angel Vivaldi has been receiving remarkable attention for his musical works especially on Youtube. Angel’s music video for “A Martian Winter” which was dropped in 2012 went viral and hit more than 6 million views. His other music videos went on to hit over a few hundred thousand views and he currently has over one hundred thousand people subscribed to his youtube channel.
His highly technical guitar skills truly are an art form all their own and Angel’s sense to implement them at the right time really make the songs shine. The contrast of shredding technical guitar riffs and catchy beautiful melodies work well on the heavier tracks.
Listener’s have been attracted to the new album for it’s technical guitar, his musical taste and high production value. Also having guest musicians Nita Strauss from Alice Cooper and Guss G on the album helped to build the hype.
He took some time to talk to Muse On Muse about his musical background and his brand new set “Synapse”.

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Vol.85 Lance Lopez / May 2018

Lance Lopez

Guitarist Lance Lopez is known for the blues project Supersonic Blues Machine with Fabrizio Grossi and Kenny Arnoff. Their two released albums featured Walter Trout, Steve Lukather, Robben Ford, Billy F. Gibbons, Eric Gales and Warren Haynes as guest guitarist. Lance magnificently collaborated with those prominent guitarists with his emotional guitar performances and vocals.
Lance recently released his new solo album “TELL THE TRUTH” inviting Fabrizion Grossi on as a producer. This new album is not merely just a blues record it also features passionate hard rock guitar performances by Lance.
Lance Lopez took some time to chat to Muse On Muse about his brand new set “TELL THE TRUTH”

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Vol.84 Michael Landau / April 2018

Michael Landau

Michael Landau just released his new solo album “Rock Bottom” which is his first solo release following his 2012 instrumental album “Organic Instrumentals”. The new album features fellow BURNING WATER members Ted Landau and David Frazee, displaying a live and musically independent vibe. The album not only showcases Michael’s superb guitar performances, but also proves itself to be a collection of gems with layers and layers of sonic essences that enhance the music with every listen, making it a highly addictive album. Here’s what Michael has to say about “Rock Bottom”.

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Vol.83 Steve Lukather / March 2018

Steve Lukather


Photo by Larry DiMarzio

TOTO has just released their newest Greatest Hits package “40 Trips Around The World” which commemorates the band’s 40th anniversary. This new package includes a collection of well-known long time favorites, along with 3 newly recorded tracks that showcase the trademarks and essences of what TOTO is all about. As the band has just embarked on their European tour in support of the new Greatest Hits album, Luke-san took some time during his busy schedule on the road to talk to MUSE ON MUSE about his recent TOTO release, autobiography, as well as some of his future plans.

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Vol.82 Jared James Nichols / February 2018

Jared James Nichols

The one and only Jared James Nichols has a unique and versatile style of guitar playing where he plays without the use of a guitar pick. His delicate playing style contrasts with his heavy wild style. This rewarded original guitarist has released his latest album “BLACK MAGIC”. In this album Nichols expresses his American Hard Rock and Blues sound. Also the vocals on this album carry a very personal tone which captivates the audience with his rock feelings. Muse on Muse interviewed Jared James Nichols about his new set “BLACK MAGIC”

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Vol.81 Carl Verheyen / January 2018

Carl Verheyen

The guitar master, Carl Verheyen is known for working on albums with numerous big name artists, countless soundtracks for film and television, and with his very own Carl Verheyen Band. Carl released his album “The Grand Design” in 2016, followed by a successful tour before releasing his latest album “Essential Blues” which featured various blues tunes, all recorded in a “live” style recording. The album displays detailed expressions and tones on the master’s guitar, along with Carl’s warm and brilliant vocal performances. The album not only appeals to guitar music fans, but also to a wider range of music lovers. Carl Verheyen talked to MUSE ON MUSE about his latest “Essential Blues” album.

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Vol.80 Jennifer Batten / December 2017

Jennifer Batten


Photo by Ali Hasbach

The SCHERER/BATTEN project features Marc Scherer, vocalist extraordinaire with a skyscraping clear voice, along with female super guitarist Jennifer Batten, known for working with artists such as Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. SCHERER/BATTEN has just released their album “BattleZone”, produced and written by Jim Peterik, who is also known for his prolific collection of songs including SURVIVOR’s “Eye Of The Tiger” and “Burning Heart” from the Rocky movies.
The SCHERER/BATTEN album displays a great collection of pleasant yet catchy and melodic rock tunes featuring a great vocal performance by Marc Scherer, and Jennifer Batten’s melodic guitar along with a taste of some flashy licks and energetic performances.
Jennifer Batten took some time with MUSE ON MUSE to talk about the new album, and also shared her thoughts about the current music scene, as well as some of her memories with Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck.

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Vol.79 Tony MacAlpine / November 2017

Tony MacAlpine


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The return of Tony MacAlpine from his serious illness was a wonderful news for his fans in all over the world. He proves who he still is through the long-awaited new album “Death of Roses” which contains 7 brand new recordings. Those dramatic tracks of “Death of Roses” have not only aggressive heaviness, but also beautiful melodies and sounds which were carefully composed by Tony himself who never compromise. This new set showcases his enormous talent as a guitarist and a composer, and his high musical standard.
Tony MacAlpine talked to MUSE ON MUSE about his significant album “Death of Roses” which celebrates his return to the front line of music scene.

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Vol.78 Simon Phillips / October 2017

Simon Phillips

The Super Drummer Simon Phillips has released new album titled “PROTOCOL IV “ which is 4th album under the alias Protocol. Simon teamed up with Greg Howe whose ultra technical guitar play has gained status amongst enthusiasts of Hard Rock & Fusion music and A young and promising keyboard player Dennis Hamm who plays for Thundercat and Ronald Bruner Jr. for this brand new album.
Beautiful guitar melodies played by the new member Greg Howe, following impressive keyboard melodies by Dennis Hamm are the introduction of the new album “PROTOCOL IV”. Its musicality became even deeper and this impressive pieces approach not only their old fans, but also other underground music supporters.
This time, a skilled Japanese drummer Shun Minari interviewed Simon about his new set “PROTOCOL IV”. Shun is active in the front line of supporting artists and recording sessions in Japan, most notably for BLINDMAN,

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