カテゴリー: FEATURES (English)

Vol.9 Joseph Williams / March 2012

Joseph Williams

In September, 2011, Joseph Williams appeared in front of the Japanese audience and put on a great performance as the lead singer for the re-united TOTO. Joseph talked to us about the Japan Tour, about his project WILLIAMS/FRIESTEDT with Swedish guitarist/composer Peter Friestedt, as well as some insights on his songwriting.

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Vol.8 Michael Landau / February 2012

Michael Landau

Photograph : Miles Overn

11 years from his last album, and his first all instrumental album since his first album “Tales From The Bulge” released in 1990, Michael Landau now releases his newest studio effort “Organic Instrumentals”. The new album can be described as high quality hard fusion, and Michael Landau explains to us about his approach to playing guitar on this new album filled with superb music and quality sound production.

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Vol.7 Richie Kotzen / December 2011

Richie Kotzen

Richie Kotzen has released his new album “24 Hours”, an album well balanced out between excellent guitar technique and songwriting. Richie’s great vocal performance and songwriting with style should appeal not only to guitar players, but to mainstream rock music listeners as well. We were able to ask Richie about the new album, as well as about his guitar playing, including his newly developed technique of playing without using a guitar pick.

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Vol.6 Jordan Rudess / October 2011

Jordan Rudess (DREAM THEATER)

DREAM THEATER have just released their newest studio effort “A Dramatic Turn Of Events”. As the title speaks for itself, DREAM THEATER went through some dramatic changes, after parting with drummer Mike Portnoy, who was a key person and leader of the band along with John Petrucci. The band went on to record the new album with the new drummer, Mike Mangini. Jordan Rudess contributed to the new album with his versatile and delicate keyboard sounds, enhancing dynamics to the tunes with his quality techniques, as well as contributing with the songwriting. Jordan talked to us in detail about the new album.

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Vol.5 Derek Sherinian / October 2011

Derek Sherinian

Derek Sherinian is the Ex-DREAM THEATER keyboard player currently playing for BLACK COUTRY COMMUNION formed by Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Joe Bonamassa. Derek is also known for working with Billy Idol and is know releasing an album featuring a hard rock oriented fusion sound.

Participating in the album are Steve Lukather and Simon Philips, who just finished a successful tour to Japan in September as members of TOTO. Steve Stevens, Joe Bonamassa, Tony MacAlpine, Doug Aldrich, and others also take part in the album, all contributing excellent performances.

Derek talks about his album “Oceana” and about the various musicians taking part in the recording.

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Vol.4 Paul Mahon (THE ANSWER) / October 2011

Paul Mahon (THE ANSWER)

Produced by Grammy nominee producer Chris Frenchie Smith, THE ANSWER have released their 3rd studio album “Revival”. Paul Mahon is the guitar player of the band, making up an important part of the band’s sound with his thrilling and energetic performances. Paul talked to us about the new album “Revival”.

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Vol.1 Steve Lukather / July 2011

Steve Lukather

PHOTOGRAPH BY ASH NEWELL

Steve Lukather is currently back with the re-united TOTO, scheduled for a Japan tour in September, 2011. Steve Lukather talks about the new best of TOTO album, as well as about playing guitar, his music, and other topics.

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