Ministry’s Sin Quirin Gives Update On New Ministry Record, Three Headed Snake And Future Plans

By Andrew Catania

Sin Quirin is a two-time Grammy nominated guitar player from LA. Sin is a member of Ministry and a primary songwriter on the 2007 Ministry album The Last Sucker and 2013’s From Beer to Eternity.

Thе fіrѕt tіmе Mіnіѕtrу guіtаrіѕt SіnhuеSіnQuіrіn рlауеd іn рublіс wаѕ аt аn еіghth-grаdе tаlеnt ѕhоw at whаt wаѕ thеn Jоhn Muіr Junіоr Hіgh Sсhооl іn Burbаnk. Thе Mеdіа Cіtу native hаѕ tоurеd аll оvеr thе wоrld ѕіnсе thеn аnd рlауеd аt numеrоuѕ vеnuеѕ, but оnе ѕіtе hоldѕ a ѕресіаl рlасе іn hіѕ hеаrt.

On Aug. 10 аnd 11, 2007, Quіrіn аnd Mіnіѕtrу lеаd vосаlіѕt Al Jоurgеnѕеn hаd thе орроrtunіtу tо рlау аlоngѕіdе rосk bаnd Chеар Trісk аt thе Hоllуwооd Bоwl tо сеlеbrаtе thе 40th аnnіvеrѕаrу оf thе Bеаtlеѕ’ “Sgt. Pерреr’ѕ Lоnеlу Hеаrtѕ Club Bаnd.”

In аddіtіоn tо hіѕ rоlе іn Mіnіѕtrу (со-wrіtіng сrеdіtѕ оn Mіnіѕtrу’ѕ 2007 rеlеаѕе, Thе Lаѕt Suсkеr, & 2013’ѕ Frоm Beer tо Etеrnіtу аnd guіtаr оn 2008’ѕ Cоvеr Uр аlbum) аnd рrіmаrу wrіtіng сrеdіtѕ fоr RеvCо’ѕ Sеx-O Olуmріс-O аnd Gоt Cосk?, Quіrіn tоurеd thе U.S. аnd worked wіth DJ Hаrdwаrе оn thе 2009 RеVаmр tоur. Hе hаѕ bееn Grаmmу nоmіnаtеd twісе, bоth tіmеѕ wіth Mіnіѕtrу, thе fіrѕt fоr ‘Undеr mу Thumb‘ frоm Cоvеr Uр – 2008 аnd thе ѕесоnd tіmе аrоund fоr ‘Sеñоr Pеlіgrо‘ frоm thе lіvе 2009 аlbum Adіоѕ… Putа Mаdrеѕ.

In 2010, Quіrіn jоіnеd Lоrdѕ оf Aсіd fоr Sеxtrеmе Bаll 2010. In 2011, іt wаѕ аnnоunсеd thаt hе wоuld bе jоіnіng Amеrісаn Hеаd Chаrgе. Hе іѕ сurrеntlу wоrkіng оn a nеw рrоjесt, Suреrmаnіс – a Lоѕ Angеlеѕ-bаѕеd rосk bаnd со-fоundеd bу Quіrіn аnd vосаlіѕt & muѕіс рrоduсеr Kаllаghаn (Chаrlеѕ Mаѕѕаbо).

In аddіtіоn to hіѕ wоrk wіth Suреrmаnіс, іn Jаnuаrу 2014, Quіrіn аnnоunсеd hіѕ fоrау іntо thе EDM wоrld bу rеlеаѕіng nеw іnduѕtrіаl/аggrоtесh/еlесtrо dаnсе trасkѕ tо fаnѕ.

Nеаrlу 10 уеаrѕ аftеr thоѕе реrfоrmаnсеѕ, Quіrіn’ѕ сuѕtоm Sсhесtеr was to bе оn dіѕрlау аt thе Hаrd Rосk Cаfе іn Hоllуwооd. Hоwеvеr, іnѕtеаd оf bеіng іt dіѕрlауеd аt thе Hоllуwооd lосаtіоn, thе guіtаr wаѕ ѕеnt tо thе соmраnу’ѕ соrроrаtе оffісе іn Flоrіdа.

“Thеу wеrе gоіng tо рut іt оn dіѕрlау ѕоmеwhеrе еlѕе, but wе fоught tо trу аnd gеt іt bасk tо mу hоmеtоwn аnd ѕо іt’ѕ fіnаllу hеrе,” Quіrіn ѕаіd.

Dеѕріtе hаvіng played аt vеnuеѕ bіg and ѕmаll, Quіrіn, whо ѕtіll lіvеѕ іn Burbаnk, ѕаіd thаt рlауіng wіth Chеар Trісk аt thе Hоllуwооd Bоwl, whісh wаѕ hіѕ fіrѕt аnd оnlу tіmе реrfоrmіng аt thаt vеnuе, wаѕ thе mоѕt mеmоrаblе рlасе hе hаѕ реrfоrmеd.

Aѕ a ѕеlf-рrосlаіmеd bаnd gееk, Quіrіn ѕаіd hе rеmеmbеrѕ tаkіng all thе muѕіс сlаѕѕеѕ bоth ѕсhооlѕ hаd tо оffеr аnd раrtісіраtіng іn marching bаnd, jаzz bаnd аnd аnу оthеr muѕісаl рrоgrаm thе ѕсhооlѕ provided. Hе аttrіbutеѕ hіѕ ѕuссеѕѕ tо hіѕ tіmе аt Jоhn Muіr аnd Burbаnk Hіgh.

Sin, Hope you’re well!  What’s going on with you and Ministry these days?

SQ:  We just got back from a European tour in June; The new record is done. And we’re going back out on the road we have a US tour that starts mid-October to mid-November.  First I heard the record is going to be out in October, but now I’m not sure if it will be out in October or if it will be out in early 2018, but the record is done.  It’s already mastered, and it’s ready to go, but I’ve heard a couple of different things from management on when it will be released because there is a whole label thing that they’re dealing with right now. But then we start all over again in 2018 we’ll get another world tour happening, so we’re still busy.

Can you say which label you’re talking too?

SQ: I can’t say at this time.

What does the new record sound like?

What I can say is what I’ve been hearing from the people that have heard it is they keep saying that it’s a combination of the Dark Side of the Spoon, Filth Pig and Psalm 69. So it’s a slightly slower vibe than what we’ve been doing the last few records, but it’s equally as heavy but just not as fast if that makes any sense. It’s still very dark and has a just ominous vibe and feel to it. So it’s it’s along those lines. 

What is the writing process for the band?

Al does all of the lyrics in Ministry. When I first came into Ministry in 2000 I mean, I was in Revolting Cocks in 2006 and then into ministry. Right after that. I helped co-write the Last Sucker. Back in 2006-2007. Basically, I would show up with riffs and ideas, and then we would just work them out in the studio. On this album I mean it was a little bit more of a band effort than in the past few records. I came up with song ideas Caesar came up I think with one or two. I think Jason did as well and so we all collaborated with Al on this. So it was more of a band vibe on this album. 

As far as writing process is the same. It’s weird in how I have like I’m always writing so I’m always tracking and demoing stuff and I always like sort of catalog things like okay this could be a ministry you know the song or whatever. So I always have a handful of those in my arsenal.  So when it was time to start writing for this record I had a couple of ideas already tracked. So I just showed up with those and they ended up on the record. But then at the same time, there were days where I would come to the studio with nothing. And by the end of the day, we would have a new song idea. So we do it either on the spot or sometimes we show up with an idea already in hand there’s no real set formula to how we go about making records a lot of it is managed just on the spot sometimes.

What side projects do you have at present?

SQ: The latest one that I’ve got is a project called Three Headed Snake, and that’s that’s kind of like my just fun project you know I’ve wanted to do for a while, and it’s very old school. Power metal kind of stuff is nothing like Ministry at all. My singer Johnny Ray.

He’s just an amazing vocalist and so we’re set to go into the studio to track in the E.P. in the next month or two, and we hope to have it out before the end of the year hopefully. But it’s just an old school power metal you know project that I’ve been I mean like I said wanting to do for a long time and it’s just me touching on my old metal roots of you find out when I grew up in L.A. listening to you know bands like Warrior,  Malice, and Loudness.   it’s a lot of heavy guitars, but it’s just like old school power metal.  It’s not like every time I do a project for some people always think that I’m doing like an industrial thing and this is not the case at all.

What happened to Super Manic? 

SQ:  It’s kind of on the backburner simply because we all got so busy. Charles Mosabo, the singer he had moved here from France when we first started working together, and he’s an incredibly talented producer and him just I mean swamp in the studio all the time. He began working and writing and producing bands for their on Epitaph Records, and he’s just become insanely busy with that. So you know we might go back to that at some point we talked about it all the time. He and I are still in contact, and it was a fun side project that we that we started and we might go back to it if schedules permit. You know at some point it’s come down to a scheduling thing you know with a lot of the stuff nowadays. So it’s tough just to have found the time to do everything that you want to do, and you have just to prioritize things and try to make time and find time

Walk me through your rig

 SQ: I’m endorsed by Blackstar amps and by Schecter guitars. My main rig is a Blackstar Series One hundred watts head or two hundred watts had depending on you know the size of the place that I’m playing at. So it’s always Blackstar Amplifiers. My main guitar is my signature series Schecter Sin Quirin V-1 EMG pickups 57/66 in there. It depends on what I’m playing with Ministry my pedalboard consists of my Digitech whammy my Dunlop crybaby wah pedal MXR carbon copy delay.  I use with the ministry of my old Ibanez Bi chorus pedal from the 80s.

 

What’s the rest of 2017 and early 2018 have in store for you?

SQ:  I’ve got a DJ gig in Phoenix September 2nd and also that day I’m going to be doing a guitar clinic slash meet and greet at Zero Records in Phoenix that afternoon.  That’s Saturday, September 2nd in Phoenix. So guitar clinic in the afternoon and then a DJ gig that night and I think it’s called the Fetish Ball in Phoenix Then September 15th Ministry is playing Riot Fest in Chicago with Nine Inch Nails and New Order and a bunch of bands. 

U.S. tour that starts October 13th. I want to say in Worcester Massachusetts. Yeah. And then it goes through I believe November 12th I think it ends in in Austin Texas.

Check Sin out at his official website @ https://sinquirin.com/

Madam X Featuring Roxy and Maxine Petrucci, Sign With EMP Records Monstrocity Due Out 10/31

Legendary Detroit Hard Rockers MADAM X has signed a deal with EMP LABEL GROUP, who will release their long-awaited sophomore release MONSTROCITY on October 31st, (October 27th in EUROPE) on CD and Digital, with a limited edition vinyl release planned for November. Produced by Madam X at Metro 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, MI, and Mixed by Michael Wagener (MEGADETH, METALLICA, SKID ROW, OZZY OSBOURNE), with additional mixing by Mark Slaughter, Monstrocity is a hard-hitting classic Metal/Rock record sure to serve as a proper return to form for Madam X, and a kick in the ass for fans old and new.

 

Formed in 1981 by sisters Roxy and Maxine Petrucci, Madam X recruited bassist Chris “Godzilla” Doliber and vocalist Bret Kaiser, who released their classic, Rick Derringer produced, Jet Records debut WE RESERVE THE RIGHT in 1984, spawning the hit Rock single “High in High School”. 4 years later, after Roxy departed to join future Arena Rock superstars VIXEN, and original vocalist Kaiser was briefly replaced by an unknown Canadian singer named Sebastian Bach, Madam X disbanded, and would remain mostly inactive until 2014, when the original lineup reunited at the Sweden Rock Festival.

Fast forward to 2017, when the Petrucci sisters collaborated with vocalist Mark Slaughter on a Lemmy Kilmister tribute track for their VIP AFTERSHOW project, Slaughter who introduced Roxy to EMP LABEL GROUP head of A&R Thom Hazaert, who released a 12” “KILMISTER” single for AFTERSHOW, and the conversation soon shifted to the upcoming MADAM X release.

Says Hazaert, “When I connected with Roxy, and we were working on The Aftershow stuff, and she told me they were working on a new MADAM X record, I was extremely excited at the prospect of releasing it. After a brief courtship, we decided to put it out together, and I can honestly say I’m still excited. Madam X is such a kickass Rock band, I was always a huge fan of their first record, and to be able to release its follow up over 30 years later is just insane.

Adds drummer Roxy Petrucci, “Hell may not be pretty, but good things will find their way out.!! It takes an enormous pair of metal balls to sign a band like Madam X, David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert at EMP put their love of metal first, and crushed it by signing Madam X! Raw and flawed, Monstrosity will be unleashed onto the world in fall 2017! Long live Rock n Roll but immortalized in Metal!

The album features 12 hard-hitting slabs of Rock, including the pummeling title track “Monstrocity,” “Resurrection,” “Nitrous,” and an updated version of their 1984 hit “High In High School.”

George Lynch Discusses Lynch Mob’s New Album, Offers Career Advice To Zakk Wylde, And The Latest On Another Dokken Reunion

By Andrew Catania

I caught up with George Lynch to discuss the new Lynch Mob album, any potential Dokken reunion, and his future 2018 plans.

Congratulations on the new Lynch Mob Album The Brotherhood.  Personally, this is my second favorite Lynch Mob album as the first Lynch Mob is my favorite.  A classic!

GL:  Well thank you.  That’s saying something.

Photo by Renee Jahnke

What is your favorite song on the new record?

GL:  Miles Away is a beautiful song it’s Pink Floyd’ish.  It’s intense, and that came out of soundcheck rehearsals when we’re on tour, and there was this typical thing you kept quiet, and we got to the point where we were playing it as sort of an interlude piece in between other songs. We did it quite a few times probably a dozen times, or more words become a song, and we developed this song by jamming it live in front of audiences which is interesting so yes, but it’s just I did that stand out.

One of the standout tracks is Main Offender which was the first single primarily written by the drummer Jimmy D’Anda.  And although we all handed him some parts and things like that; we got good things from Jimmy in the end. So it was some fresh blood, and then I say Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde which is another song interestingly which was created while we were on the road just jamming at sound check. We never jam the song live in front of the audience. The bones of it were built on the road, and then we brought in the studio and developed it from there. And that’s the second video that’s coming out.  It’s a trippy video.

The main feature of the song that I love is just that trance like hypnotic groove at the end that just goes and goes up.

Chris Collier produced The Brotherhood.  He also did the KXM albums?

GL:  Yeah I mean the band produced. The producer is a tricky word I get you know when I was in bigger bands in the 80s we’d have producers who did a lot less than Chris Collier did. Who could maybe be listed as an engineer, so it’s tricky.  I would say to be fair that any record that Chris has been involved in with me whether it’s KXM or Lynch Mob or others. It’s pretty fair to say he’s a co producer because we use him as a sounding board for ideas and a multi-instrumentalist. He does it all like Jeff Pilson in that respect.  Chris is kind of a utility guy I’m excellent at a lot of things, but Chris is very knowledgeable, with music theory and music history from engineered to mixing mastering.  Chris could get up there and help with background vocals or help Oni flesh out the vocal melody with words. He gets his hands involved in all areas of the music that we’re creating.

Have you thought about producing Lynch Mob Records yourself? 

GL:  I’m not much of a producer.  I used to produce stuff years ago.  Zakk Wylde doesn’t live far for me he lives up the street. We were talking at one point a few years ago, and I tried to be really honest with him, and it was a bit different to be objective I said without hurting feelings or anything, and I mean Zakk’s in a way better place than I am in the marketplace and so it’s a very widely recognized and a fantastic musician.

What I thought was his records don’t do him justice you know. I mean I feel that he could present himself in a lot better way with the right team or producer or writers. But you know what I’m just expressing my opinion, I suggested to him why don’t we get together, and you don’t even have to put my name on it. You don’t even have to pay me. But we live right down the street from each other, and maybe we’ll work on songs together in crafting some songs that are a little more memorable, with bigger hooks sonically a little bit more sophisticated.  He’s such an amazing musician because of so many different things I j know how well directed it is. And that’s just my humble opinion.

Of course, that never happened. So my point is I’d say to your question of whether I would ever consider producing it could be possible in a particular situation that was tailor made to what I can do.

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Are you considering doing a solo album? 

GL: I’m considering doing an instrumental solo album next year, but I have many projects going on.  I’ve Never done one. I thought if I do it I figured I need to bring in somebody complete an objective outside influence that takes control. And so you know I’ve done records on my own now for the past 40 years. So maybe I need some fresh ears and eyeballs and new thinking. You know somebody they’ll take me in a whole different direction I’ve never thought of it.  I’d love to have Daniel Lanois produce it.

You’re considered one of the top shredders of all time.  

GL:  I wouldn’t consider myself a shredder by any means. I was practicing last night. I read somewhere somebody said gee I think that I don’t know what they’re referring to but they said something about me and I don’t think I ever heard was the first time I ever heard George attempt it’s like sweeping.  I don’t sweep. Any time I sweep is when my wife asks me to grab a broom and clean up. That’s as close I get to sweeping. I’m not that guy. I have no interest in it. I think at one point it starts looking silly.

I always try to elevate my abilities to a certain point. I’m not a woodshed guy that sits there and practices you know 10 hours a day or anything like that.

I don’t think I want to get complacent in my in my place and my style. I like to push myself.  You know I’m not going to transform myself. It’s not super secret or anything, so shredder is not a term that applies to me.

Photo by Renee Jahnke

Which guitars of yours did you use in The Brotherhood?

GL:  The rhythms were one of my ESP’s I can’t remember which one like the Tiger or the Kamakazi.

George Lynch Les Paul I’ve built it the specs of the 59 or 58 standard, and then I’ve got a beautiful couple of Teles a couple ESP Tele’s, and I’ve got a Linhof tele, and sometimes I’ll throw those on the second track when I want something with more spunk. For solos,  I guess I mix it up I’ve got to get a kamikaze with great sustain.  On some of the tracks where I want that infinite like Steve Vai sustaining kind of the thing. My Kamikaze is probably the bulk of the soloing and when I do ear candy for atmospheric stuff at the very end of the recording process who knows what I’ll bring.

What’s your guitar neck sizes and ratios? 

GL: I have necks that can go from seven and a half radius to no radius. My necks are a 16-inch radius.

What does the rest of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 have in store for you? 

GL: I’ve recorded seven albums in the last two years. So I’ve got to Lynch Mob Brotherhood coming out on September 8th. Next step is we have Sweet and Lynch’s second album coming out in November of this year. Then we have the Ultrasonics record which is finished, and that is coming out January 2018. A team with Corey Glover and guys from War and Tower of Power. That’s our second record. Then we’ve got a Dokken Live DVD and album with new studio tracks coming out sometime early next year as well as a Lynch Mob Live DVD/CD next year. Then I have a project called The Banishment. Tommy Victor from Prong that I’ve been working on for about five years, and we’re hoping to get that out later, the music’s all been made it’s just a slow process getting the vocals finished, and that will come out at some point, and I might even be missing a project here.

Are you going to rejoin Dokken for another reunion?

GL: No there’s nothing. I’m pushing for it. But you know unless all parties are or wanted to happen it’s not going to happen. For various political and economic reasons, there’s there are reasons why it won’t happen. I think those are pretty strong arguments that it won’t. But you know what. Having said that I think there might be a couple of one offs here and there but I’m not sure I’m interested in doing that.

Do Female Guitarists Get More Scrutinized Than Male Guitarists?

By Andrew Catania

A guitar has been one of the instruments that make music sound great. However, these tunes depend on who is playing it. There has been a huge stereotype that guitarist has to be males. To a significant point of analysis of what has been happening, this can be said to be plain truth.

In the recent past, the saying of “what a man can do a woman can do better” has been put into reality. Ladies have been seen to be in a revolution of taking up the roles that the general society referred as male oriented. Guitar playing has not been one of them. However, this has been coming in a handful of challenges.

Taking into consideration that there aren’t many female guitar playing role models, the unique one who stands to break the norm gets herself cornered with a lot of curiosity from examined in cases where they would want to go public and be involved in some musical bands. Be that as it may, we have to comprehend what causes this. One purpose behind young ladies not taking up the instrument is that the female guitarist has been fetishized and generalized to a degree which is offensive in its mildest shape, and intensely horrendous something else

The artists among you visit YouTube would have most likely experienced channels and recordings of young ladies playing guitar. If you look down at the remark areas of these recordings, you will see a considerable measure of indecent references to their looks, the most pleasant of which would read “wed me” and much more. Individuals post recordings of themselves on Youtube for approval of their abilities. When other females who were already feeling persuaded meets this, they end up holding back since they would never wish to get themselves in such situations.  Society has a lot to blame for this.  When an untalented hack wears a push-up bra, leather pants and can only play three chords, men will blow up the viewer numbers with their fascinations being other than the person’s ability or skills.  Making talented female guitarists sometimes suffer from lower viewership

When it comes to matters performance in clubs and such entertainment halls, you may get a huge multitude not coming to enjoy the music but just to have a look at a lady guitarist. In cases where long and risky performances, women are known to be the most vulnerable. They fear the unknown that may happen.

Indeed, even at school the part of the gang persona related with young ladies who play guitar prompts them getting extreme thankfulness for their abilities. Then it is like how young women who claim to be such a nerd. Then again, the most mainstream male clients on Youtube are in fact practically immaculate. This still leaves the big names and innovative virtuosos, about every one of whom is male.

Lita Ford broke the barrier for most female guitarists today.  In my interview with Lita, she said she endured horrific treatment from others.  We’re lucky enough today to have super talented, strong, creative women guitarists that don’t have to deal with what Lita Ford did some 30 years ago.

All said and done; I believe guitar playing is more of a matter of passion than any learning. An individual only needs to be self-motivated to try it out. The female guitarists of today are phenomenal with the occasional push-up bra, leather wearing pants that can only play three strings trying to give the majority a bad rap.

Adrenaline Mob’s Tour Manager Jane Train Passes Away

ADRENALINE MOB‘s tour manager Jane Train passed away earlier today (Wednesday, August 23), a little over a month after she suffered “catastrophic injuries” in a crash that killed the band’s bassist.

Train‘s mother, Lucille Joyner, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey shared the news on Facebook, according to The Citizens’ Voice.

“August 23, 2017, Janet chose to be with Jesus,” she wrote.

The 48-year-old’s attorney, Ed Ciarimboli, said she was in “pretty bad shape” Monday at the University of Florida Health Shands Burn Center in Gainesville, Florida five weeks after ADRENALINE MOB‘s RV was struck by a tractor-trailer near Micanopy, Florida. The accident occurred when the tractor-trailer — dispatched by Largo, Florida company Twiss Transport Inc., veered off Interstate 75, crossed at least one full traffic lane before leaving the road, splitting the RV in half and causing it to become engulfed in flames.

Ciarimboli and attorney Greg Fellerman expect to file a lawsuit against the trucking company in connection with the incident this week. Officials are awaiting the release of the tractor-trailer driver’s toxicology report, Ciarimboli said.

It was previously reported that a total of nine people were in the vehicles. One died on the scene, six a to area hospitals, and the other two declined medical treatment. The majority of those injured were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital and North Florida Regional Medical Center.

ADRENALINE MOB bassist David “Z” Zablidowsky was killed in the crash.

Robert Dressler, 45, of Plains, who was the band’s soundman on the tour; and Jason McCole, 41, of Wilkes-Barre, who was driving the RV, were also injured.

The Citizens’ Voice reported earlier in the month that Twiss Transport has a “satisfactory” rating from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, despite the fact that the company received 87 violations during the past 24 months. Of that total, 26 violations were for unsafe driving, 31 for hours-of-service compliance, 28 for vehicle maintenance and two for controlled substances and alcohol.

The company was also involved in 14 crashes, not including the ADRENALINE MOB crash, including one which caused a fatality, and seven that caused injury.

ADRENALINE MOB singer Russell Allen posted a message on his Facebook page in which he revealed that he helped pull Train and McCole from the wreckage before the RV became engulfed in flames. Allen sent special thanks to passer-by and Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick Dumon for his “bravery in assisting me.”

Train, whose real name is Janet Rains, is best known as lead singer of ’80s cover band M80.

GoFundMe page created for Rains‘s recovery expenses has raised more than $21,000

ReverbNation Artist Vernon Neilly

Vernon Neilly award-winning guitarist/producer at 19 years old started working at the #1 radio station in South Florida WEDR (99Jamz) as a radio air personality, his radio and music industry experience led him to be the owner and founder of his own internationally distributed record company, Boosweet Records. Boosweet Records is an award winning independent record label based in Los Angeles, California, that has been releasing musical products successfully since 1999. Boosweet Records was one of the first music labels in the world to distribute music using digital files making Vernon a pioneer of the digital music movement, along with mp3.com, way before Apple iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Emusic, got in the game.

Vernon Neilly is also a Billboard Charting “Top 10” award winning recording artist, who has recorded with, toured with, produced, and worked with some of the most legendary names in the music business. These include the late blues legends Johnny Guitar Watson, and Etta James. The Temptations, Guitar virtuosos, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Kiko Loureiro, Frank Gambale, Jennifer Batten, and Slash. Funk/Rock pioneer George Clinton, bassists Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Jeff Beck), Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani), TM Stevens (Steve Vai), Juan Nelson (Ben Harper) and many more international artists. His CD’s “G-Fire” and “G-Fire II” garnered Vernon two consecutive Music Awards. His current CD Outta Time has already achieved another Billboard Top 10 single with the controversial single “They Don’t Care,” with the accompanying video seen by millions of people world wide.

 

Vernon and his CD’s have also been featured in magazines such as Guitar Player, Guitar World, Total Guitar, Guitar One, 20th Century Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Jazz Improv Magazine, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Urban Network, Ebony, Our Weekly, Guitar Player Brazil, Cover Guitarra (Brazil), Smooth Jazz News, Abyss Jazz, All About Jazz, Cutaway Guitar Magazine(Spain), Todo Guitarra Y Bajo(Argentina), Musico Pro(Mexico, Central, and South America), Young Guitar(Japan) and many others, and also a myriad of newspapers, e-zines, and podcasts globally. Songs from his CD’s have been used in the programs MTV’s Made, BET’s Jazz Impressions, and PBS radio as background musical themes in the United States. He is music is played all over the world every day on radio programs, also on new digital radio platforms such as Pandora, Slacker, Radio, Itunes Radio, XM, DMX, Music Choice and other popular internet stations. Also in the United States, his music is played in car dealerships, supermarkets, hotels, fast-food places, restaurants, and clubs. Vernon has had the privilege to appear and be interviewed on several late night talk shows, including the popular Brazilian shows Programa Do Jo and Ronnie Von with viewers of more than 50,000,000 people, and recently on Fox Network Argentina’s Nunca Es Tarde to 20,000,000.

Vernon extended his career to acting  both in movies and television and now, Vernon can be seen on televisions, iPads, tablets, smartphones across the world in 3 major film company releases, UniversalsAlong Came Polly“, Warner Bros. “Starsky and Hutch“, and the most recent, Columbia PicturesWalk Hard“. Vernon has also appeared in the UPN Network’s hit television sitcom “One On One,” and “Girlfriends,” both now in syndication globally.

Adding to his great lists of accomplishments Vernon is endorsed by many well-known instrument manufacturers, Parker Guitars, Seymour Duncan, Morley, Xotic Effects, Giannini acoustic guitars and strings, Meteoro amps, Tecniforte cables, Digitech, Levy’s straps, Wampler pedals and other sponsors. Vernon is one of only a handful of guitarists in the world to have his signature guitar string. Vernon made history in the country of Argentina by conceiving and putting on the first guitar competition in the history of that country, which was a huge success called Guitar Power. Major media supported it in Argentina, MTV, CM, and Argentinian radio giant Rock & Pop 95.9.

Import Versus American Made Guitars

By Andrew Catania

Rаngе, bоth іn соѕt аnd іn fеаturеѕ, but fоr ѕоmе рlауеrѕ a lоng-ѕtаndіng vіеw оf guіtаrѕ mаnufасturеd оvеrѕеаѕ аѕ ѕоmеhоw іnhеrеntlу “іnfеrіоr” ѕtіll holds ѕwау. Iѕ thеrе any juѕtіfісаtіоn tо thе dеrоgаtоrу vіеw оf Amеrісаn-mаdе guіtаrѕ, оr dо thеу оffеr ѕоmеthіng tо juѕtіfу thеіr рlасе іn thе mаrkеt?

In rеѕроnѕе, bоth Fеndеr аnd Gіbѕоn dіd twо іntеrеѕtіng thіngѕ: thеу рurѕuеd thеіr оwn оffѕhоrе manufacturing, аnd thеу іmрrоvеd thеіr Amеrісаn-mаdе guіtаrѕ. Bоth mаkеrѕ аnd оthеrѕ оn thе hоmе frоnt hаvе ѕіnсе rоаrеd bасk wіth a vеngеаnсе. Mеаnwhіlе, Jараn еxреrіеnсеd іtѕ оwn bооm аnd rеlаtеd соѕt іnсrеаѕеѕ, аnd thе mоrе аffоrdаblе рrоduсtіоn еxраndеd оut tо Kоrеа, Mаlауѕіа, Indоnеѕіа, Chіnа, аnd, сlоѕеr tо hоmе, Mеxісо. Stіll, mоrе thаn 40 years оn frоm thе оrіgіnаl “сhеар guіtаr glut,” оffѕhоrе-mаdе guіtаrѕ аrе аgаіn vіеwеd іn thе еуеѕ оf ѕоmе рlауеrѕ аѕ ѕесоnd оr thіrd rаtе аltеrnаtіvеѕ аnd реrhарѕ, tо thоѕе реорlе, thеу аlwауѕ hаvе bееn.

Thе nаѕtіеr ѕіdе оf ѕuсh vіеwѕ іѕ оссаѕіоnаllу fоund іn a ѕоrt оf xеnорhоbіа, a “thеу саn’t роѕѕіblу mаkе ’еm as gооd аѕ wе саn” аttіtudе. Aѕѕеѕѕеd wіth аnу lоgіс, thоugh, thаt bеlіеf juѕt dоеѕn’t hоld wаtеr. Whіlе thе lоwеr соѕt оf lаbоr іn mаnу Aѕіаn аnd Mеxісаn fасtоrіеѕ hеlрѕ tо turn оut a mоrе аffоrdаblе рrоduсt, thіѕ іѕ ѕtіll fаr frоm “ѕwеаt ѕhор” рrоduсtіоn. Thеѕе guіtаrѕ аrе mаdе bу ѕkіllеd wоrkеrѕ, whо lіkеlу tаkе аѕ muсh рrіdе іn thеіr jоbѕ аѕ dо wоrkеrѕ іn Amеrісаn guіtаr fасtоrіеѕ.

And tаkе thеѕе fасtѕ оnbоаrd fоr a mоmеnt: іn a rероrt bу Pеаrѕоn, рublіѕhеd іn thе Huffіngtоn Pоѕt іn Nоvеmbеr 2012, Sоuth Kоrеа rаnkеd ѕесоnd іn thе wоrld fоr ԛuаlіtу оf еduсаtіоn аnd grаduаtіоn rаtеѕ (bеhіnd оnlу Fіnlаnd), fоllоwеd сlоѕеlу bу Hоng Kоng, Jараn, аnd Sіngароrе, іn thаt оrdеr. Surе, ѕuсh ѕtudіеѕ hаvе brоаdеr іmрlісаtіоnѕ thаn thоѕе thаt іmрасt guіtаr mаkіng, but thеу аlѕо рrоvіdе a ԛuісk реrѕресtіvе аdjuѕtmеnt fоr аnу аѕѕumрtіоnѕ оf іnhеrеnt “ѕuреrіоrіtу” іn Amеrісаn ѕkіll оr асhіеvеmеnt.

Alѕо, оf соurѕе, mаnу оffѕhоrе-mаdе guіtаrѕ аrе mаnufасturеd undеr thе аuѕрісеѕ оf Amеrісаn mаkеrѕ: Gіbѕоn/Eрірhоnе, Fеndеr/Sԛuіеr, PRS, Grеtѕсh, аnd оthеrѕ buіld guіtаrѕ оvеrѕеаѕ tо thеіr оwn U.S.-оrіgіnаtеd dеѕіgnѕ аnd сlоѕеlу соntrоl thе ԛuаlіtу іn оrdеr tо fіll a mаrkеt thаt thеу ѕіmрlу соuldn’t rеасh thrоugh dоmеѕtіс рrоduсtіоn аlоnе. Dо thеѕе “water dоwn thе brаnd іmаgе,” оr gіvе ассеѕѕ tо gооd rеndіtіоnѕ оf сlаѕѕіс dеѕіgnѕ tо mаnу рlауеrѕ whо juѕt соuldn’t аffоrd thеm оthеrwіѕе?

Ultіmаtеlу, wе саn’t deny thаt mаnу оf thе wоrld’ѕ fіnеѕt luthіеrѕ аrе аt wоrk tоdау іn ѕmаll ѕhорѕ аnd lаrgеr сuѕtоm ѕhорѕ аlіkе іn thе U.S. аnd еlѕеwhеrе іn thе Wеѕtеrn wоrld, рrоduсіng ѕоmе оf thе vеrу bеѕt guіtаrѕ еvеr mаdе, аnd thеѕе rеmаіn іnѕtrumеntѕ tо bе рrоud оf. At thе ѕаmе tіmе, ѕkіllеd сrаftѕmеn аrе dоіng оutѕtаndіng wоrk bеуоnd thеѕе ѕhоrеѕ, tоо, mаkіng hіgh-ԛuаlіtу guіtаrѕ thаt рlау аnd ѕоund better fоr rеlаtіvеlу lеѕѕ mоnеу thаn еvеr bеfоrе.

Chооѕе уоur іnѕtrumеnt ассоrdіng tо the ѕресѕ аnd fеаturеѕ аnd рrісеѕ thаt ѕuіt уоu аnd mоѕt іmроrtаntlу, іtѕ fееl іn уоur hаndѕ аnd іtѕ ѕоund tо уоur оwn еаrѕ rаthеr thаn аррrоасhіng wіth аnу bіаѕ rеlаtеd tо whеrе іt wаѕ mаdе.

Whitesnake 30th-Anniversary Reissue of Self-Titled Album To Arrive In October; New Studio Record Due In 2018

WHITESNAKE had already released a string of Top 10 albums in England before the band conquered the world in 1987 with their eponymous record, also known in some countries as “1987”, which was certified multi-platinum and featured the smash single “Here I Go Again.” The classic album turns 30 this year, and Rhino is celebrating with four new versions, including an expansive boxed set.

“Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition” will be available on October 6 for $49.98. The 4-CD/DVD collection includes the original album with newly remastered sound, unreleased live and studio recordings, classic music videos, concert footage, a thirty-minute documentary, featuring a new interview with David CoverdaleWHITESNAKE‘s founder, and lead singer. The music comes with a sixty-page hardbound book that’s filled with rare and unseen photos from the era, an extended essay based on new interviews with Coverdale, plus a booklet of the album’s lyrics, handwritten by Coverdale. The audio will also be available via digital download and streaming services.

Three other versions of “Whitesnake” will also be available the same day. A Deluxe Edition will be offered in both 2-CD ($19.98), and 2-LP ($29.98) versions, each including the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of unreleased bonus recordings. A single-disc version of the recently remastered album will also be available.

This also marks the first release under a newly signed catalog deal with WHITESNAKE and Rhino Entertainment, the catalog division of Warner Music Group. This new deal includes both the North American and Japanese rights, marking the first time a substantial amount of the WHITESNAKE record will reside under Warner Music Group worldwide.

“It gives me great joy to finally have so much of my WHITESNAKE catalog all under the same roof with the Warner family, and I’m thrilled to be now working with this tremendous team on a worldwide basis,” says Coverdale. “I have great memories of being with Warner back in my days with DEEP PURPLE. Then when I was with Geffen, they were distributed by Warner, so it feels like coming home to now have WHITESNAKE there. This elaborate reissue is the perfect project to kick off the new relationship.”

WHITESNAKE is one of the all-time great rock n’ roll bands, with David being an absolute icon as a vocalist and front man,” says Rhino president Mark Pinkus. “We are thrilled to now have so much of the WHITESNAKE catalog with Warner on a global basis and are excited for the fans to see what great releases we have planned for the coming years.”

Soon after its release in April 1987, “Whitesnake” became a huge success around the world, selling multi million copies. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard album chart and spawned four popular singles: “Still Of The Night,” “Give Me All Your Love,” “Is This Love” (which reached #2) and the #1 hit “Here I Go Again.”

“Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition” comes with an entire disc of unreleased live performances featuring Adrian VandenbergVivian Campbell, and Tommy Aldridge, recorded during the band’s 1987-88 tour. The music includes live versions of several tracks from “1987”, plus WHITESNAKE classics “Slide It In,” “Love Ain’t No Stranger” and “Slow An’ Easy.”

An additional disc spotlights the creative process behind “Whitesnake” with a selection of eleven unreleased demo and rehearsal recordings, including early versions of nearly every song on the album called “87 Evolutions”. The final disc introduces newly remixed versions the album’s four singles and includes rare radio mixes, as well as songs from “87 Versions”, an EP released exclusively in Japan.

The DVD from “Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition” includes music videos for the four singles, all of which have been carefully restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time. Also, the DVD also features a new thirty-minute documentary about the making of “Whitesnake,” a new promo video made especially for this set of the 1988 version of “Here I Go Again” and unreleased live footage from the 1987-88 tour.

According to Billboard, a WHITESNAKE home video will follow on Record Store Black Friday (November 24) as well as a coffee table book chronicling “The Purple Album” cycle from 2015. An all-new WHITESNAKE studio album is planned for 2018, along with a world tour.

“It was a lot of fun to do,” Coverdale told Billboard of the “Whitesnake” reissue, “because I don’t go back a lot. I learn from the past to apply those lessons to the future and the present. But my gratitude for (the album) is beyond words. I’ve only ever gone into a studio to try to improve on the last record…There was no, ‘Right, I’m going to sell thirty-odd million fucking records!’ It was amazing, just amazing, so it’s great to revisit all of this.”

Coverdale also revealed that he has been getting together with WHITESNAKE guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra for regular writing sessions for a new album that will likely arrive late spring of 2018. “I’m very excited about it because it’s the first opportunity both Reb and Joel and I have had to sit down and write together,” Coverdale said of what will be WHITESNAKE‘s first set of original material since 2011’s “Forevermore.” “There’s a lot of what one would refer to as arena rock; Reb and I were talking the other night over dinner, and he said, ‘Man, there are so many songs here that no matter where we play — Portugal or Brazil or Tokyo — they’re gonna get this hook. They’re going to be punching the fucking air and have a great night.’ And I went, ‘Oh, absolutely — and more than usual,’ which is great. I can’t do throwaway shit. The only reason I’m doing this record are the songs are going to be a great WHITESNAKE album for WHITESNAKE fans — and the band. It’s fascinating.”

“Whitesnake: Super Deluxe Edition” 4CD/DVD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster:

01. Still Of The Night
02. Give Me All Your Love
03. Bad Boys
04. Is This Love
05. Here I Go Again ’87
06. Straight For The Heart
07. Looking For Love
08. Children Of The Night
09. You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again
10. Crying In The Rain
11. Don’t Turn Away

Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]:

01. Bad Boys/Children Of The Night*
02. Slide It In*
03. Slow An’ Easy*
04. Here I Go Again*
05. Guilty Of Love*
06. Is This Love*
07. Love Ain’t No Stranger*
08. Guitar Solo – Adrian and Vivian*
09. Crying In The Rain*
10. Still Of The Night*
11. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City*
12. Give Me All Your Love*

Disc Three: 87 Evolutions [Demos and Rehearsals]:

01. Still Of The Night*
02. Give Me All Your Love*
03. Bad Boys*
04. Is This Love*
05. Straight For The Heart*
06. Looking For Love*
07. Children Of The Night*
08. You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again*
09. Crying In The Rain*
10. Don’t Turn Away*
11. Crying In The Rain (Lil’ Mountain Alternate Take Ruff Mix) *

Disc Four: 87 Versions [2017 Remixes]”

01. Still Of The Night – Remix*
02. Is This Love – Remix*
03. Give Me All Your Love – Remix*
04. Here I Go Again 87 – Remix*
05. Standing In The Shadows – 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
06. Looking For Love – 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
07. You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again – 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
08. Need Your Love So Bad – 1987 Versions, Japanese Mini-Album
09. Here I Go Again – Radio Mix
10. Give Me All Your Love – Single Version

DVD:

01. Still Of The Night – Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1
02. Here I Go Again 87 – Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1
03. Is This Love – Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1
04. Give Me All Your Love – Music Video, Restored and Remixed in 5.1
05. Documentary about the making of 1987 Album*
06. Here I Go Again – Purplesnake Video Jam*
07. Crying In The Rain – 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*
08. Band Intros – 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*
09. Still Of The Night – 1987 Tour Video Bootleg*

“Whitesnake: 30th Anniversary Edition” 2LP Track Listing:

Side One:

01. Still Of The Night
02. Bad Boys
03. You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again
04. Straight For The Heart
05. Here I Go Again 87

Side Two:

01. Give Me All Your Love
02. Is This Love
03. Children Of The Night
04. Crying In The Rain
05. Don’t Turn Away

Side Three:

01. Still Of The Night – 2017 Remix *
02. Is This Love – 2017 Remix *
03. Give Me All Your Love – 2017 Remix *
04. Here I Go Again 87 – 2017 Remix *
05. Looking For Love

Side Four:

01. Bad Boys/Children of the Night – Live*
02. Here I Go Again – Live*
03. Is This Love – Live*
04. Give Me All Your Love – Live*
05. Still of the Night – Live*

“Whitesnake: 30th Anniversary Edition” 2CD Track Listing:

Disc One: Original Album 2017 Remaster

01. Still Of The Night
02. Give Me All Your Love
03. Bad Boys
04. Is This Love
05. Here I Go Again 87
06. Straight For The Heart
07. Looking For Love
08. Children Of The Night
09. You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again
10. Crying In The Rain
11. Don’t Turn Away

Disc Two: Snakeskin Boots [Live On Tour 1987-88]:

01. Bad Boys/Children Of The Night*
02. Slide It In*
03. Slow An’ Easy*
04. Here I Go Again*
05. Guilty Of Love*
06. Is This Love*
07. Love Ain’t No Stranger*
08. Guitar Solo – Adrian and Vivian*
09. Crying In The Rain*
10. Still Of The Night*
11. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City*
12. Give Me All Your Love*

* Previously unreleased

ReverbNation Artist Scott Verville

Scott Verville is a multi-talented, well-rounded musician. His job as a military musician took him around the world performing for millions. He’s a guitarist, trumpet instrumentalist, singer, composer & arranger with over twenty-five years of professional performing experience. He’s played in numerous rock, and top 40 bands around the states were honing his skills as a guitarist, singer, and composer. He’s also performed at Disney World and Sea World theme parks as a trumpet instrumentalist.

Scott holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida and a Masters Degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of South Florida. While putting himself through school, Scott performed in a variety of rock and top 40 bands in the Orlando area as well as performing at Disney World and Sea World theme parks as a trumpet instrumentalist.

After finishing grad school, he worked with the Army Band for 4 years as a musician. His duties included guitarist and lead vocalist of the rock band, solo and lead trumpet in the jazz bands, and staff arranger. After his tour with the Army, Scott immediately joined the Navy Music Program where he performed until retiring in AUG of 2015.

Scott has performed for President Clinton, President Bush and many other high-ranking government officials from around the world. He has also carried out with, or opened for: Blood Sweat and Tears, Lee Greenwood, Rob McConnel, Marcus Printup, Barry Greene, Peter Erskine, Jamey Aebersold, and many others.

Scott has 2 CD’s to his credit, “VERVILLE” and “RED-n-VERV.” They both can be found on iTunes, CD Baby, eMusic, Napster, Amazon and many other outlet sources.


His song “Skinny Girls” (off the VERVILLE CD) was selected for the “Best Artists 2010, VOL 3” compilation CD, and most recently his comedy Christmas song “The Christmas Blues” was selected for the 2015 compilation CD, “Screw The Holidays VOL 2.” Both of these CD’s can be found on iTunes and most internet outlets.

Scott is also an endorsed artist with US Masters Guitar Works, SIT Strings, JH Audio and Italia Guitar Straps.

To find out more about Scott Verville check out the events calendar or visit his website at www.verville-music.com

Jon Levin’s Still Rokken With Dokken

By Andrew Catania

Jon Levin is the current guitarist for Dokken.  He was involved with music very early on in life.  He began playing piano at age 4, trumpet by age 7, and guitar at age 9.  Instead of having formal lessons, Levin played along with his favorite musicians including Randy Rhoads, Eric Clapton, and George Lynch.  He played in a club band called Devias at age 19 in the Long Island, New York area and then auditioned for and joined the German Band Warlock at age 22.  When the grunge scene took over in the early 1990s, Levin took a break from being a musician because he wasn’t interested in that type of music.  Levin went to Law School and moved to the West Coast to become an entertainment lawyer.  In his capacity as an entertainment lawyer, Levin has served as legal counsel, working with Jim Paidas of Paidas Management, on a myriad of licensing programs; some of which include Orange County Choppers, Dog the Bounty Hunter, American Hot Rod and Rockstalgia

In 1998, Levin got a call from Jeff Pilson, Dokken’s bassist, who asked him to play some solos on a demo.  He anticipated playing on a solo album for Pilson, but when he eventually arrived at the studio, Dokken in its entirety was there.  Levin played on a Dokken track called ‘Dancin’ known as ‘The Irish Song,’ which originally was supposed to be included on the Erase the Slate album but was later included on the Long Way Home import instead.  However, Levin didn’t join the group full-time until late 2003.  He’s praised by many hardcore Dokken fans for his George Lynch-influenced style of playing.

Throughout the late 80’s, Levin had built himself a solid career as a heavy metal guitarist, most notably with the German Band Warlock.  When Nirvana hit, he saw the writing on the wall.  Levin graduated in 1996 and by 1997 had his practice in Century City.  He used his old music contacts to build his client list, specializing in entertainment contract law, as well as the occasional divorce case because, well, rock stars get divorced a lot.

He still plays guitar in his spare time, but his old music career was the furthest thing from his mind.  So far, in fact, that when one of his clients, a member of Dokken, invited him down to the studio to “play a few solos,” he showed up in a suit and tie. “I’d been in court that day, I think.”  Levin had assumed that he would be helping out his friend and clients solo project.  Instead, he was greeted at the studio door by one of his childhood idols, Don Dokken himself.

Growing up playing in bar bands on Long Island, Levin had studied the solos of Dokken’s original guitarist, George Lynch.  So despite his nerves and Dokken’s deliberately vague directions, he nailed the audition and was invited to perform with the band at a Fourth of July concert in Dallas just a few weeks later, and it was a sold-out show.   There were 20,000 people in attendance.  Despite the success of that gig, Levin opted to go back to his law practice.  “I was getting my business going, and I didn’t want to let that go,” he explains.

He’s been with the band ever since, enjoying the career resurgence they’ve had since their 2003 album, ‘Hell to Pay.’  Levin himself, who now co-writes most of the bands material, had a strong hand in shaping the record.  “I wanted us to do a Dokken-sounding record,” he explains; a concept Don Dokken was slow to commit to, but has since fully embraced.

Jon Levin playing guitar with Dokken

Also, Jon Levin and Lynch Mob shared some moments together.  Lynch Mob released several albums, but the most popular will always be Wicked Sensation in 1990.  Dokken, on the other hand, had more releases and live albums, but neither was able to reach the popularity they had when they were together.  With that being said, in 1993, they gave it another try.  It was a disaster.  They also put out an album that Don claimed was completely controlled by Lynch and was an act to ruin the Dokken name.  Lynch argued that Don refused to modernize his music this was an attempt to put the Dokken name to rest because the album ‘Shadow Life’ was terrible and poorly received.  In 1997, they broke up again when George walked out on a European Tour.

Both went their separate ways again and recorded materials that have done very little to the Heavy Metal landscape, but their names come up in a big way a couple of years ago when they decide to do a song together at Rocklahoma.  It went well. However, one song doesn’t make a band.  Jon Levin is a man wearing two caps, namely an incredible guitarist as well as a lawyer.