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STEVE VAI’s ‘Modern Primitive’ + ‘Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition’ To Be Released In June


Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Steve Vai‘s “Modern Primitive / Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition”, a celebratory 2CD collection of classic tracks and previously unreleased music, on Friday, June 24.

Steve Vai and Legacy Recordings are commemorating the 25th anniversary of “Passion And Warfare” with a special 2CD edition of the album which includes the first-ever release of Vai‘s “Modern Primitive” songs and recordings. Based on song sketches and works-in-progress penned and recorded by Vai following the release of “Flex-Able”, his debut album, in January 1984, the music on “Modern Primitive” has been completed by Vai for release as a full album disc and the second CD is the bonus remastering of the “Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition”.

“The music on ‘Flex-Able’ is so vastly different from ‘Passion And Warfare’, one could wonder if the same guy actually made both records,” Steve writes in his liner notes for the collection. “‘Modern Primitive’ is the missing link between these two records. It’s sort of Cro-Magnon Vai.”

Newly remastered from the original analog tapes, the “Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition” disc includes, as bonus tracks, four previously unreleased recordings from the “Passion And Warfare” sessions.

“Modern Primitive / Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition” is being released as a 2CD physical collection while each disc will be available as a separate title on all digital platforms.

The 2CD “Modern Primitive / Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition” will be housed in a 4-panel soft-pack with a 20-page “Modern Primitive” booklet and a 24-panel “Passion And Warfare” poster fold.

In addition to the first-time release of his “lost” “Modern Primitive” music, composer/producer and electric guitar virtuoso Steve Vai will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album “Passion And Warfare” with a world tour starting on May 28 featuring — for the first time ever in concert — full performances of his groundbreaking instrumental rock masterpiece in its entirety.

“Performing this record from top to bottom (with some very special surprises in the works) is something I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Vai said. “There are songs here I’ve never performed before, and I’m delighted that 25 years after its release, I feel as though my guitar chops are as much up to the task as ever before.”

Often cited as one of the greatest and most influential instrumental rock guitar albums ever recorded, Vai‘s “Passion And Warfare” was originally released through Relativity/Epic in September 1990 and has been certified gold by the RIAA. Inspired by a series of dreams Vai had experienced as a young man, “Passion And Warfare” has been described by the artist as “Jimi Hendrix meets Jesus Christ at a party that Ben Hur threw for Mel Blanc.” Recorded at The Mothership, Vai‘s home studio in the Hollywood Hills, “Passion And Warfare” includes the classic track “For The Love Of God”, cited as one of the best solos of all time in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll.

“Modern Primitive / Passion And Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition” track listing

“Modern Primitive”

01. Bop!
02. Dark Matter
03. Mighty Messengers
04. The Lost Chord
05. Upanishads
06. Fast Note People
07. And We Are One
08. Never Forever
09. Lights Are On
10. No Pockets
11. Pink and Blows Over: Part 1
12. Pink and Blows Over: Part 2 (Mars Attack)
13. Pink and Blows Over: Part 3 (Jazzbo Paddle-foot)

“Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Edition”

01. Liberty
02. Erotic Nightmares
03. The Animal
04. Answers
05. The Riddle
06. Ballerina 12/24
07. For Love Of God
08. The Audience ls Listening
09. I Would Love To
10. Blue Powder
11. Greasy Kid’s Stuff
12. Alien Water Kiss
13. Sisters
14. Love Secrets
15. Lovely Elixir (Bonus)
16. And We Are One (Solo #2) (Bonus)
17. As Above (Bonus)
18. So Below (Bonus)



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Ritchie Blackmore Return to Rock

After nearly two decades of playing Renaissance music, Ritchie Blackmore made his long-awaited return to rock with a new lineup of Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow last night (June 17). You can watch video above and below.

The concert took place at the Monsters of Rock Festival in St. Goarshausen, Germany. He wasted no time in going back to one of the most celebrated moments in his catalog, opening up with Deep Purple‘s “Highway Star” (embedded above). Even though he said back in February that he was considering 70 percent of the songs to be from Rainbow, according to, the 13-song set was split almost evenly between Deep Purple (six songs) and Rainbow (seven). Rainbow got the edge thanks to a cover of Russ Ballard’s “Since You Been Gone” that appeared on their 1979 album, Down to Earth. He closed with another Deep Purple classic, “Smoke on the Water.” Setlist also notes that “Soldier of Fortune,” “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves,” “Lazy” and “Burn” were written on the setlist.

Blackmore’s band consists of two veterans of Blackmore’s Night, drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau, and keyboardist Jens Johansson. Handling vocal chores, and thus given the task of replicating parts made famous by three legendary singers — Ian Gillan, David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio — is Ronnie Romero.

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow will perform again tonight, the installment of the Monsters of Rock in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany. Next Saturday, June 25, they will play a show at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, England. He is not planning on recording or touring beyond these three dates. “I thought I’d just get back to playing the old songs one more time,” he said last month. “My commitment lies with Blackmore’s Night – this is just a few dates for fun.” Blackmore’s Night are touring Europe and the U.S. in July and August.

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, St. Goarshausen, Germany Setlist

1. “Highway Star”
2. “Spotlight Kid”
3. “Mistreated”
4. “Since You Been Gone”
5. “Man on the Silver Mountain”
6. “Catch the Rainbow”
7. “Difficult to Cure”
8. “Perfect Strangers”
9. “Child in Time”
10. “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll”
11. “Stargazer”
12. “Black Night”
13. “Smoke on the Water”


de “LIJST DER LIJSTEN” (Top ….. allertijden)

logoInmiddels zijn de stofwolken van de afgelopen feestdagen weer zo’n beetje opgetrokken. Slechts herinneringen blijven over en zo nu en dan mijmer je nog even na over deze periode.
Zo zat ik vanavond te mijmeren over de “lijst der lijsten”. En eerlijk gezegd ontsproot in mij een gevoel van ergernis.

Toen ik jong was (en ja, niet alles van vroeger was beter) lagen we voor de radio met een lijst van de Top 100 allertijden naast ons. Maar deze “lijst der lijsten” was kennelijk niet genoeg en werd via een Top 200, een Top 500, een Top 1000 opgerekt tot een Top 2000; de lijst der lijsten.
Andere radiozenders hebben inmiddels begrepen dat na de kerst het aantal luisteraars daalt en zijn een offensief tegen het Radio2 geweld gestart. Zij zijn ook gestart met een “lijst der lijsten”. Arrow Rock begon eigenlijk in oktober al tijdens hun Rocktober met de Arrow Rock 500. Radio 10 Gold zend zijn top 4000 uit, Qmusic hun Q-top 1000 en Veronica doet er met zijn Top 1000 een schepje bovenop.

“Mind you”, om goed op de hoogte te blijven moet je dus als “echte muziekliefhebber” of een goeie draaiknop op de radio hebben of meerdere radio’s aan hebben staan zodat je simultaan alle “lijst der lijsten” kunt beluisteren.

Dat gezegd hebbende erger ik me eigenlijk nog meer aan de inhoud. Neem nou Armand. Wie zou hem bij leven nou een plaats op nummer 90 toebedelen. Daar moest hij eerst het tijdelijke met het eeuwige voor verwisselen om een sprong vanaf plaats 1189 te maken. Maar was dat ook al niet eerder het geval met Ramses Shaffy? Na zijn overlijden op 1 december 2009 vonden de “echte muziekkenners” dat hij niet op plaats 213 moest staan, maar op nummer 10. (wanneer sloot het stemlokaal in 2009?). Inmiddels is Ramses alweer terug gezakt naar plaats 155. Kennelijk vonden de “echte muziekkenners” hem toch ook weer niet zo goed. Ik ben benieuwd op welke plaats we Armand volgend jaar terug zullen vinden.

Maar als klap op de vuurpijl van 2015 voor mij was toch Adele met Hello. Zij kwam vanuit het niets op plaats nummer 23 binnen. Even voor de duidelijkheid; het nummer is op 23 oktober uitgebracht en de stembus voor de Top 2000 sloot op 27 november. De “echte muziekkenners” wisten dus het nummer binnen een maand op een dermate waarde te schatten om het op plaats 23 te zetten.
Zelf vermoed ik dat alle medewerkers van XL Recordings (platenlabel van Adele) tijdens het online bestellen van zijn/haar kerstpakket ook even op Adele moesten stemmen. Zo kom je er uiteindelijk ook. Natuurlijk, smaken verschillen, maar is dit nummer dan direct plaats #23 waardig? Wellicht zit er een stevige marketingmachine achter die presentator Mathijs van Nieuwkerk en popprofessor Leo Blokhuis niet meer in de hand hebben.
Ik hou inmiddels ook m’n hart vast als de marketingmachine van Justin Bieber op volle toeren begint te draaien. Zou Gordon dan toch gelijk hebben als hij spreekt over een platenmaffia.

Ik kijk echter nu al uit naar de laatste twee weken van 2016. Ik ga er echt weer zitten om naar mijn “lijst der lijsten” te luisteren: mijn Spotify Afspeellijst.

A short story about Ritchie Blackmore and his long forgotten 1961 Gibson ES-335


Ritchie Blackmore is known as a leading master of the stratocaster, but during the early days of Deep Purple Blackmore’s main guitar was this 1961 Gibson ES-335 semihollowbody (serial number 26547). When Blackmore bought the guitar used in 1962 , its stock stop tailpiece had already been replaced by a Bigsby B5 tremolo, which is actually designed for solidbody guitars.  It also still had a short pickguard typical of early Sixties Dot neck ES-335 guitars, although Blackmore remove it a later date, as well as its original black metal-top control knobs, which were swapped for gold knobs sometime after he stopped playing the guitar.

Blackmore used this 335 tpo record every solo he cut during the period beginning with Screaming Lord Sutch’s 1965 cover of “Train Kept A-Rollin” and ending with “Child In Time” from Deep Purple’s 1970 album IN ROCK. He gave the 335 an especially thorough workout on shredding solos for the appropriately titled cuts “Hard Road (Wring That Neck)” and “Speed King”. It’s semihollow design even helped him create the feedback intro to Deep Purple’s first hit “HUSH”. “The feedback wasn’t supposed to be there,” Blackmore says. “I was playing my ES-335. and it just started feeding back”.Luckily, the feedback was in tune. It sounds like this foghorn in the background.”

According to Barbel Blackmore, Ritchie Blackmore played this guitar with Deep Purple between 1968-1971. Film footage of Blackmore playing it at the Royal Albert Hall with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on September 24th, 1969 was included in the Deep Purple episode of the 1990s t.v. series Rock Family Trees.

1961 Gibson ES-335 image source by Christie's auction site

After witnessing a Jimi Hendrix concert in 1970, Blackmore decided to track down a stratocaster. When he finally acquired one from a former roadie for Eric Clapton, there was no looking back. “I always felt that a Gibson sounded muted on record, even though it was a great guitar and had lots of sustain,” he says. “I really liked the clarity of a Strat through a Marshall. It just cut more. It took me a while to become used to the transition, but I’m glad I did . I haven’t played a Gibson since then.”

Blackmore’s ex-wife Barbel Hardie sold this guitar at Christie’s auction in 2004, where vintage guitar dealer Laurence Wexer purchased it for $28,000. Its current owner, Connecticut resident Ilhan Akbil , paid considerably more when he bought it from Wexer a few years ago. But as a devoted Blackmore fan, he appreciates the guitar’s historical significance. “I’ve been a Blackmore fan since 1972,” Akbil says. “I saw the Gibson at the Christie’s Auction but decided not to bid because I was worried that my wife would be very upset. I later tracked down the buyer and paid much more money for the guitar. But this time i had my wife’s support.”

Guitar Description:

1961 Gibson ES-335 thinline electric guitar, Serial No. 26457, in cherry red finish, double cutaway body, mahogany neck, Kluson machineheads, 22 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, two Humbucker pickups, four rotary controls, selector switch, tune-o-matic bridge, Bigsby tremolo tailpiece; and black hardshell case, stencilled on the front and back in white lettering DEEP PURPLE; accompanied by a colour snap-shot of Blackmore playing the guitar on stage with The Three Muskateers circa 1965 — 3½x5in. (9×12.7cm.); and two black and white photographs of him playing it on stage with Deep Purple, circa 1968, largest — 8½x6½in. (20.2×16.5cm.) (5)

(Source by: guitarworld magazine & Christie’s auction site)

RECENSIE: Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades Of Blue


Aan tussenjaren doet Joe Bonamassa nauwelijks, maar een solo studioalbum bracht hij vorig jaar niet uit. De bekende drift was er sinds Driving Towards The Daylight uit 2012 echter niet minder om; er verschenen veel live albums. Daarnaast volgde een nieuwe episode van Bonamassa’s samenwerking met Beth Hart. Op het album Different Shades Of Blue is Bonamassa, in de meeste nummers althans, de enige blikvanger. Wederom levert zijn brede invulling van het genre blues een gevarieerd kunststukje op.

‘Slow Train’ van het in 2011 verschenen Dust Bowl is ongetwijfeld Bonamassa’s beste albumopener tot nu toe, maar ‘Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)’ mag er ook zijn. Het is een instrumentaal pareltje. Bonamassa laat zijn vingers over zijn gitaar kronkelen, creëert originele gitaarlijnen en vermijdt daarbij hoge noten. Vervolgens laat hij zijn gouden keeltje voor het eerst horen. ‘Oh Beautiful!’ begint a capella. Een typische, vette Bonamassa-riff volgt. De percussie met conga’s speelt daarbij een verfrissende rol.

Vanaf ‘Love Ain’t A Love Song’ is het duidelijk dat we bijna alle kanten van Bonamassa te horen krijgen. Alleen de hardrock van Black Country Communion blijft ons, gelukkig, bespaard. Funky gitaarriffs, aangekleed met blazers zetten de toon voor één van de mooiste nummers van het album; ‘Living On The Moon’. Het trekt de muzikale lijn van ‘Love Ain’t A Love Song’ door, maar Bonamassa zingt hier voor zijn doen ingetogen. In combinatie met de tekst – “Hanging around with you, is like living on the moon”– past dit prachtig.

Ondanks enkele minder sterke momenten – ‘Heartache Follows Wherever I Go’ en de zoetsappige refreinen van het titelnummer zijn voorbeelden– zakt Different Shades Of Blue nooit door de ondergrens. Bonamassa kan namelijk altijd terugvallen op zijn geheime wapen; de gitaarsolo. Bij de Amerikaan zijn dit verhalen, inclusief spanningsbogen, op zich. Ondanks dat een meer experimentele insteek zoals bij ‘Get Back My Tomorrow’ resultaat oplevert, weet hij ook met een lekker zompige blueskraker te overtuigen. Bonamassa duldt de toetsenist naast zich in de schijnwerpers, terwijl hij “I gave up everything for you” zingt, om na een korte pauze de titel van het nummer te vervolledigen: “except the blues”.



EM7V SBL (Sparkle Blue)


The Ibanez JEM7V,also known as the JEM7V SBL (Sparkle Blue), is a JEM guitar guitar model and signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai.

Features include DiMarzio pickups, a double locking tremolo, a special Sparkle Blue finish and matched blue vine fingerboard inlays. It was introduced in 2002 as a finish variant of the white JEM7V. Other differences with the JEM7V WH were the hardware color and the rosewood fingerboard. It was discontinued, after three years, in 2004.

In 2003, the Lo Pro Edge tremolo was replaced with the new Edge Pro.

Specifications for JEM7V (Sparkle Blue)
Name: JEM7V
Years: 2002-2004
Areas: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finishes: SBL (Sparkle Blue)
Body material:
Alder with Basswood veneers
Neck joint:
2002: Lo Pro Edge
2003-2004: Edge Pro
Hardware color:
Vintage Silver
Neck type:
JEM Prestige
Neck material:
1-Piece Maple
Scalloped frets 21 to 24
Blue Vine
24 / W/6105
PU Config:
Neck PU:
DiMarzio Evolution
Mid PU:
DiMarzio Evolution
Bridge PU:
DiMarzio Evolution
1 Volume / 1 Tone / 5-Way Lever

John Mayall’s 80th Birthday in Haarlem (Netherlands)


At the evening of  26 march we finaly could see the eyes of “Godfather of British Blues”; John Mayall. Mr. Mayall celebrated his 80th birthday with a dynamic and flawless onstage blues performance.

JOHN MAYALL the legendary British Blues trailblazer began his setlist around 9:00 pm sharp. Mayall is a perfect exemplification on how to live and act when you hit 80. One word : REMARKABLE. His performance and intenseness made the audience astonished. It couldn’t be better. Mayall opened with “Checkin’ Up on My Baby”. After that, the real party began with John Mayall, surrounded by his incredible band of virtuoso musicians with Greg Rzab on bass, Rocky Althas on Guitar and Jay Davenport on drums.


With songs on his Golden setlist like “Oh, Pretty Woman”, “Dirty Water”, “Parchman Farm”, “Gimme One More Day”, “Conga Square” and “Natures’ Disapearing” he headed for his “Grande Finale”.

Mayall concluded his set with a rousing rendition of “Room to Move”.

John Mayall not only showed himself as a natural born musician. He transformed “Het Patronaat” in Haarlem into a true blue base. He showed so much unfeigned enthusiasm and fun that we do not end up too soon see him. His top level blues concert took an hour and three quarters. Mayall underlined with a flourish that he is alive and blues legend: afterwards he even had any energy left to be with his fans and sign some CDs chat.

Rolling Stones at Pinkpop 2014


The Rolling Stones will perform at Pinkpop 2014 (The Netherlands). Festival director Jan Smeets confirmed this announcement during the official presentation of the program .

The British rock group revealed the news on march 12 itself through its their own smartphone app. The band is also on TW Classic Werchter in Belgium.

The American John Mayer will come also to Landgraaf. Mayer is planned, like the Rolling Stones on the first day of the festival, Saturday, June 7.

Pinkpop will celebrate this year its 45th anniversary. Veterans are the “most expensive act ever” according to the festival director. It’s yet clear the Rolling Stones will deposited, but for comparison: Coldplay was in 2011 the most expensive act at Pinkpop ever known. Reportedly, the band took 1.3 million.

The line-up of the 3 days are:

Saturday june 7
Rolling Stones 
Les Djinns
John Mayer
Flogging Molly
Ed Kowalczyk
Joe Bonamassa
White Lies

Sunday june 8
Limp Bizkit
Arctic Monkeys
The Boxer Rebellion
Ed Sheeran
Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters
Paolo Nutini
Twenty One Pilots
Portugal. The Man
North Mississippi Allstars
John Newman

Monday june 9
Avenged Sevenfold
Biffy Clyro
Rob Zombie
Arcade Fire
Jake Bugg
Jett Rebel
Gogol Bordello
Clean Bandit
Bombay Bicycle Club

Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66

World-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.

The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced by the mayor’s office in Algeciras, southern Spain, where he was born. He is said to have died in the Mexican resort of Cancun.

Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomes (21 December 1947 – 26 February 2014), known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish flamenco composer, guitarist and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists who has also successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz.

Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a “titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar”, and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as “one of history’s greatest guitarists.”

De Lucía was noted for his fast and fluent picados. A master of contrast, he often juxtaposes picados with rasgueados and other techniques and often adds abstract chords and scale tones to his compositions with jazz influences. These innovations saw him play a key role in the development of traditional Flamenco and the evolution of New Flamenco and Latin jazz fusion from the 1970s. He received acclaim for his recordings with flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla in the 1970s, recording 10 albums together

Some of his best known recordings include Río Ancho (later fused with Al Di Meola’s Mediterranean Sundance), Entre dos aguas, La Barrosa, Ímpetu, Cepa Andaluza and Gloria al Niño Ricardo. His collaborations with guitarists John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Larry Coryell in the late 1970s saw him gain wider popularity outside his native Spain. De Lucía formed the Paco de Lucía Sextet in 1981 with his brothers, singer Pepe de Lucía and guitarist Ramón de Algeciras, and collaborated with jazz pianist Chick Corea on their 1990 album, Zyryab.

In 1992, he performed live at Expo ’92 in Seville and a year later on the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Starting in 2004 he greatly reduced his public performances, retiring from full touring, and typically gave several concerts a year, usually in Spain and Germany and at European festivals during the summer months.

News of his death became the top trend among Spanish users of Twitter. “Rest in peace,” wrote one tweeter. “You’ll teach the angels to play guitar!”

“One of my heroes died today,” wrote another. “One of the best musicians ever.”