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Yngwie Better Than Ever in Seattle

Yngwie Malmsteen/Gary Hoey/Bumblefoot - Guitar Gods Tour 2014
Showbox Market - Seattle, WA 6.26.14
Review/Photos" "Iron" Mike Savoia



What a day it was! One of Time magazines 10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players back in Seattle. For Yngwie Malmsteen, it's been over 10 years since he last played Seattle on the G3 Tour in 2003. I first saw Yngwie way back Jun 12, 1985 at the Mountaineers building in Seattle on the Rising Force Tour. Four more times he played Seattle and I saw them all before but last nights show at the Showbox Market took the cake. Before I talk a little bit about the show let me mention that earlier in the day Yngwie, Gary Hoey & Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns 'N Roses) went all the way to Guitar Center in Lynnwood to do a Q&A and M&G with fans (view all photos). What a great time that was for everyone that packed the place to see the guys. 



Yngwie, Gary and Bumblefoot answered tons of questions ranging from beginners to the advance players in the audience. Loved how accommodating they all were to even the most simplest question of "How do I play faster?". Bumblefoot even had some of his hot sauce on hand to sell and when asked about it gave one of the best "ShopHQ" channel-like sales I've ever heard. Everyone got a laugh out of it.

Back to the show. Opening the whole show was Guns 'N Roses lead guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal. Jamming through a 7 song set that included songs like "Turnaround", "Raygun" and "Abnormal" it was his ending "Pink Panther Theme" song that got everyone's attention. 

He rocked out his signature double neck gold Vigier guitar like a madman. One of the necks fretless and the other fretted. Thing is so big he had a hard time bending over to open his bottle of water. I ended up grabbing it and helping him open it in which he thanked me during the show to the crowd. Check out Bumblefoot online at www.bumblefoot.com



Next up was Gary Hoey. World renowned guitarist who nearly got the Ozzy job back when Zakk Wylde ended getting it but took Ozzy's advice and moved to LA where in 1993 he eventually landed a Top 5 rock radio hit with the Focus cover of "Hocus Pocus". 



Gary's new album, “Deja Blues,” takes on his blues side of playing in which he opened his show with "Going Down" and later showcased the title track during his set. Not only is he technical in his playing but he showed complete feel that sets himself from the rest and not pigeonholed in the only shredder category. Check Gary out online at www.garyhoey.com



Of all the years I've seen Yngwie Malmsteen play, I have to admit I've never seen him in such great mind, body and spirit. Saw him smile more times this day than all the years combined. This great spirit really showed. 





Blasting through a set that included "Evil Eye", " "Seventh Sign", "Rising Force", "Baroque & Roll", "Overture / From a Thousand Cuts / Arpeggios from Hell", "The Star-Spangled Banner", "Black Star", "Spellbound" and " I'll See the Light Tonight" to name a few, I'm still in awe how fast, precise and technical he is with everything he plays. This God among Gods of the electric guitar kept his show interesting with his showmanship of throwing guitars, kicking guitar picks to the crowd and playing stuff us normal humans can only dream of playing. His neo-classical playing style in heavy metal can be closely viewed when he releases a new live DVD/CD this August. Check Yngwie out online at: www.yngwiemalmsteen.com

For more photos on KISW: http://www.kisw.com/Yngwie-Malmsteen-Guitar-Gods-Tour-2014/19322389
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Guitar Gods Yngwie Malmsteen, Bumblefoot next week

The 2014 Guitar Gods tour featuring Yngwie Malmsteen with Gary HoeyBumblefoot hits Seattle next Thursday (6/26/14) at the Showbox Market. BUY TICKETS - All ages, doors at 7pm show at 8pm.

Hailed by TIME magazine as one the Top 10 greatest electric guitarists of all time, Yngwie Malmsteen is not of this world. For over 20 years I've been seeing him doing things on guitar your mind just can't comprehend. Yes, "I'm not worthy" will replay in your head over and over watching Yngwie play! Malmsteen became known for his neo-classical playing style in heavy metal back in the early 80s with Steeler & Graham Bonnet's Alcatrazz but it wasn't until he released his first solo album Rising Force in 1984 that slammed the whole guitar world on it's ear changed everything you heard from rock and metal guitarists in the remaining 80s. Not only is he an amazing guitarist he's one hell of a showman and his live shows are always exciting to watch. What's even more cooler is he started playing guitar after seeing our very own Seattleite Jimi Hendrix on TV. So you can probably guess they'll be a cool Hendrix portion to his Seattle show! Check out Yngwie at the 50 Years of Loud (Marshall) at Wembley Arena below.

Also on the bill, Yngwie hand picked the amazing Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns 'N Roses) & the one and only Gary Hoey!



Unfortunately originally scheduled tour guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions) had to drop off the tour at the last minute because of a visa issue (see press release at bottom of blog). In his place they added (little confused on this since it's a Guitar God show) the blues rock Gary Douglas Band to the tour. 

If you wanna meet Yngwie, Bumblefoot and Gary Hoey they'll be doing a special Q&A and autograph appearance at Guitar Center in Lynnwood, WA at noon the day of the show. Click here to see all the info on Yngwie's website regarding the Guitar Center appearances.

Check this shot I did of Yngwie way back at the Foundations Forum in the Burbank Hilton in Los Angeles like 20 years ago!


ULI JON ROTH’s PRESS RELEASE

“Unfortunately, we are forced to cancel my participation in this tour due to unforeseen circumstances which are beyond our control.

“We don’t know why, but work visas got mysteriously delayed for no apparent reason to the point where we were left with no other reasonable choice but to cancel at this late stage. In over 30 years of obtaining U.S. visas this has never happened to me, but I guess there’s always a first.

“I would have loved to play for the North American audience on this tour, like so many times before, but I’m sure my three guitar-playing friends will be just fine without me and will more than make up for it with their considerable skills. I’m wishing them best luck and lots of inspiration!”

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KISW Pain in the Grass Tickets now on sale

KISW 99.9FM Pain in the Grass 2014 tickets now on sale! CLICK HERE TO BUY!! 
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September 12th at the White River Amphitheater starting at 5:15pm:
Main Stage: Rob Zombie, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Buckcherry & Pop Evil.
Side Stage: New Medicine, Escape The Fate, Redlight King, Sons Of Revelry & Seattle's own
Amanda Hardy.

For all show info please visit http://kiswpaininthegrass.com and remember to watch for all our coverage after the show here on KISW.com!
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#TBT KISW Local Licks 1985 w/ Shadow

How about this for a #TBT (Throwback Thursday) KISW post. Going through the garage tonight I found a cassette tape that had a clip from KISW's Local Lick's/Metal Shop back on 2/27/85! What did it include? How about Mike McCready's band Shadow before he went global ruling the world with Pearl Jam! Bassist Rick Friel is interviewed (he's 18 here as I was too) and their classic track "Don't Count The Tears" is played. Loved this band, they reminded me of the early Def Lepppard meets Kiss guitar sound. We'd go see 'em at local Skate Kings and other places and I always remembered watching Chris Friel on drums, amazing then and amazing now. I can remember listening to KISW as early as 1980 after the whole KJR am radio phase of the 70s ended and people moved to the better sounding FM dial! So I've probably been listening and following KISW longer than many of you blog readers been alive. Yes, consider me one of the Godfather fans of Seattle's Best Rock KISW 99.9FM! Now go crank this video! Shadow knows!
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Ukulele Slayer!

I know that headline had to catch your eye! You gotta see how awesome Chicago guitarist Rob Scallon is on his ukulele covering Slayer's "War Ensemble" - solos, headbanging and all! What's even cooler is it was mixed by our very own Seattle Riffs, Beards & Gear dude "Fluff" aka Ryan Bruce! Watch the original Slayer video then Rob's "War Ensemble" ukulele instrumental. Hail Don Ho! I mean Slayer ;) "Iron" Mike

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Steel Panther open All You Can Eat Tour in Seattle

 

Note: Since I was working with Behemoth this same night, Stephanie covered the Steel Panther show/photos for me ;) Here's her quick review & photos:

What can I say about the latest concert given by Steel Panther Saturday night at Showbox SoDo? Bad boys, raunchy music, raunchy shtick, lots of spandex and one hell of a good time. It's their formula and it continues to work. During "Community Property" Michael proudly announced that Seattle was the best crowd so far on the tour. Satchel astutely informed Michael that it was the first night of their North American tour so....... I'm going to hold onto the best crowd comment. The other cities have a high bar to beat us. ;)






I was privileged to have a full show pass to capture photos from their entire set and all of Michael Starr's outfits. I only had to duck and cover a few times as I was standing where a crowd surfer would likely land.  Now that the band has 3 full length albums under their belt, some of the songs I had become accustomed to hearing have been dropped off the set list to make room for songs off of their newest release - All You Can Eat.

Visit Steel Panther online: http://steelpantherrocks.com

For more show photos visit KISW.com gallery HERE
For full-show photos visit my gallery HERE

Review: Stephanie Savoia



Set List:
Bold songs are from the newest CD All You Can Eat:



"Pussywhipped"
"Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World"
"Asian Hooker" 
"Just Like Tiger Woods"
"If I Was the King"
"Eyes of a Panther"
"Gangbang at the Old Folks Home"
"Tomorrow Night"
Satchel's guitar solo
"Gold Digging Whore"
"The Burden of Being Wonderful" 
"Gloryhole"
 
"Death to All but Metal"

Encore:
"Community Property"
"17 Girls in a Row"
"Party All Day"

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Behemoth & Steel Panther tonight

Are you ready to ROCK tonight Seattle? Hopefully you got your tickets to either show cause they're both SOLD-OUT! Few tickets might possibly be available at the doors.

BEHEMOTH - Studio Seven - Metal Alliance tour with Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and more. SOLD-OUT! This all ages show starts at 5:45 PM.

Poland's Behemoth are on the blazing trail of their new and most successful album release "The Satanist" which debuted the highest of any death/black metal band ever on Billboard's 200 at #34! Brutal, melodic and bone crushing sounds with mood and tempo changes unheard of from this extreme metal genre! Here's my favorite track on the new album - "Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer"

STEEL PANTHER - Showbox Sodo - All You Can Eat Tour with Future Villains opening. SOLD-OUT! This 21 & Over show starts at 8pm.

Steel Panther's latest release "All You Can Eat" just came out 4/1/14. Debuted on Billboards 200 at #40. The greatest 80's Hair Metal band ever still alive and kicking the world's ass, or did I mean licking? HA HA! Death To All But Metal!

 Watch for our photos from both these shows soon! "Iron" Mike

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Sevendust return to Seattle

Last night's Sevendust show was one for the ages. A band predominantly know for plugging in and crushing your head live, came to town to promote their new release. An acoustic CD, "Time Travelers & Bonfires", with a show titled "An Evening With Sevendust." A sit down acoustic version that attendees or the band will never forget. The buzz and energy inside the sold-out El Corazon (the smallest venue on this tour) was something no one will forget. Fans screaming the lyrics, chanting Sevendust over and over between songs, a somewhat civilized mosh pit (unfortunately some drunks didn't wanna play nice) but I don't wanna dwell on any negative but Sevendust did seize a moment during one of the drunk fights.



Guitarist Clint Lowery broke out with a line "Please No Fighting" with a little riff then the whole band kicked some music while Clint adlibbed more lyrics which totally defused the situation. Clint was on fire with his out-of-the-blue creativity this night. Bursting into another at-the-moment created song about dragons and fire, it was rather hilarious. Sevendust singer Lajon Witherspoon even laughed and questioned Clint on his little song creation.



The band were very emotional on this night. Tears streaming from Lajon with all the crowds love and the very personalization lyrically of some of their songs and the many ups and downs they've been through. Something you never see from a metal band but these guys have been through the ringer over the years and for them to still be around today is a blessing to them and we as fans. We will NOT let Sevendust die, they are too good for that.

With a 16-song setlist that included older classics like "Black", "Angel Son", "Denial" & newer tracks off the "Time Travelers & Bonfires" CD like "Come Down" & "Under it All" the show had 2 parts with a little 15min intermission between sets.

The show had that cozy feel with candles and some Christmas white lights but it was a little too dark for my taste no fault of the band. El Corazon is not known for good lighting which is unfortunate with some many great bands that come to play there. Even guitarist Clint Lowery mentioned it's so dark he can't find his guitars on his rack ha! So I hardly took any photos because of that issue, especially on Clint/Vinnie darker side of the stage. I think the most lit dude onstage this whole night was KISW's DJ personality Ben The Psycho Muppet introducing the band to the stage ha!

Definitely get out and see this intimate tour. Lots of dates left in the U.S. through June (view remaining dates) and beyond. Check out the new acoustic CD being streamed on Guitar World's Soundcloud page (listen here) or buy now here. "Time Travelers & Bonfires" is a collection of acoustic versions of older and brand new Sevendust songs! 



Visit Sevendust online: http://www.sevendust.com & https://www.facebook.com/sevendustofficial  

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Concerts this week BLS & Sevendust

Hopefully everyone made it out to either the Dream Theater or Volbeat shows last night in Seattle, unfortunately I took the night off recovering from 3 weeks gone on the Monsters of Rock, Moody Blues and the Cruise to the Edge cruises in the Bahamas/Mexico, but later this week I'll be back out and so should you! Tomorrow night at the Showbox Sodo the opening night of Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society Revolver Golden Gods Tour starts for the just released (4/8) new album 'Catacombs of the Black Vatican' on eOne Music.

Opening the show is Devil You Know (featuring ex-Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones) and the one and only Butcher Babies! All-ages, show starts at 8pm click here to buy tickets!

Friday night Sevendust arrive to Seattle on their latest tour at El Corazon in support of their brand new CD "Time Travelers & Bonfires" releasing in stores today (4/15) on 7Bros. Records/ADA Label Services.

Sevendust re-recorded six classic tracks acoustically and cut another six new acoustic numbers for this release. This show will be an all-acoustic treat for fans! Don't miss it! 21 and over only, show starts at 9pm. Click here to buy your tickets nowStream the new CD here from Guitar World on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/guitarworld/sets/sevendust-time-travelers-bonfires and buy here.

For all other KISW sponsored shows this week please visit: http://calendar.kisw.com

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NAMM Media Day & Metal Masters 5

January 22, 2014 - "Iron" Mike & Stephanie Savoia
Media Day at the 2014 NAMM Show!



We have the privilege of getting a preview to about 20 of the new music related creations being released in 2014. Along with these mini media booths, there is a stage where we get to see speakers and demonstrations of several of the inventions/new versions. This is our third year covering NAMM for my KISW blog and this was the best year for demonstrations.

The day started with a demonstration of The Dube. The Dube is the invention by former Mann U and Celtic footballer Dion Dublin. The Dube is similar to a Cajon drum box but does have a few more advantages. Cajons have 1 playing side where are The Dube has 4 playing sides along with the corners which act as the bass drum. The smallest Dube is a 9 inch cube and has a retail cost of $145. This is such a fun drum.



Next for us to see were a trio of cajons by Sela Cajons. The first cajon was the beginner level snare. The beginner was an assemble yourself version and will take about a half hour to assemble. The middle level cajon was fully assembled but still considered a more beginner level cajon. The third was also an assemble yourself, but this was the full Pro version. The snare can be turned on and off. This model has a much more pro looking and feeling finish than the entry level model.



GJ2 unveiled their first signature model - the MMM. This is the Mick Murphy Model. This is a SICK guitar. The cut of the body, the matte finish, the pick ups, just the whole thing in general is ridiculously awesome.

 

Dave Smith instruments demonstrated their Prophet 12 Module. It’s something very compact and can fit easily into small studio spaces as well as large.

 

Parliament Funkadelic’s Kim Manning demonstrated the new hand held air keyboard from Hohner, Inc. This keyboard comes in 32 or 37 keys and is completely air powered. With very little effort, you can blow into the mouthpiece and create some fun accordion type sounds.

 

Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM, along with former Yankee and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams spoke about NAMMs mission to bring music to youth not only in North America but to bring NAMM to Europe.

 

When Bernie finished up his speech, D’Angelico presented Bernie with his signature guitar. It’s a Yankee blue starburst pattern and there will not be many made. I don’t remember the exact number, but it was less than 200 and each will be signed by Bernie.

 

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus’ Executive Director Brian Rothschild brought the mission of the bus to us. I didn’t realize it spent so much time on the road actually getting the gear in the bus into the hands of kids around the country. With so many schools cutting back on or eliminating art and music programs, this tour bus is sometimes the first time a child can have a hands on experience with musical instruments or musical tools.

 

Along with the tour bus, the Los Angeles College of Music’s new songwriting chairperson Art Alexsakis, of Everclear. You heard that right. Art is now contributing to teaching students how to really write songs. This is a relative first in music colleges and I think it will go a long way influencing other music college offerings. As a special treat, Art also sang Everclear’s hit song ‘Santa Barbara’. {See video below}

 

IK Multimedia brought us the fun hands free midi program controllers called iRings. I got to play around with these and it was too much fun changing the number of tracks that were playing and special effects.

 

The last demonstration was by the band SHEL. They demonstrated new mandolins by Weber Fine Instruments. These 4 sisters (there were 2 at the demo) from Colorado are really pretty dang amazing. Even the Fender reps were asking them all sorts of questions after their demo.



Stephanie's favorite product of the day was The Dube. I think the drummer of the family may be getting one for his birthday or next Christmas. My favorite product had to go to Fender Guitars American Deluxe Plus. A new guitar that has a solderless system and a 'Personality Card' slot in the back of the guitar! Mind blowing capabilities to sounds like never before! Watch my sample video: 



Metal Masters 5 - House of Blues - Updating later but here's some pics!


 

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