Whitesnake’s “Slip Of The Tongue” Lineup Reunites For Virtual Discussion

Whitesnake’s “Slip Of The Tongue” lineup, David Coverdale, Steve Vai, Adrian Vandenberg, Rudy Sarzo, and Tommy Aldridge, recently reunited for a virtual discussion. The chat took place before a stream of the band’s 1990 “Live At Donington” concert.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Halestorm, The Black Crowes, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Six String Salute” Virtual Concert

A number of artists will be joining forces for the “Six String Salute” virtual concert. The event will take place on September 17 and proceeds from it will benefit Crew Nation. Here’s the artists that are set to appear: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steve Vai, Tommy Shaw (Styx) with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Halestorm, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Joe Satriani, Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Alice Cooper’s Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie with Kansas’ Richard Williams, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Jennifer Batten, Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy), Steve Cropper, Jesse Dayton, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Nick Perri (The Underground Thieves), Sammy Boller, Ross the Boss, and Joyous Wolf. “Six String Salute” will be hosted by Steve Black (“The Chop Shop”) and it can be viewed on Live Nation’s YouTube channel. Limited edition merchandise will be also be available during the stream.

Watch Queen’s Brian May Perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” With Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, & Tosin Abasi

During AXS TV’s “At Home And Social With Nuno Bettencourt & Friends” special, Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tosin Abasi, were joined by Queen’s Brian May for a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Footage of that has since surfaced online and can be seen below. The aforementioned special aired on August 3 and it benefited the Music Forward Foundation’s Crew Nation initiative.

[via Blabbermouth]

Steve Vai Premieres New Song “Candle Power”

Steve Vai has premiered a new song titled “Candle Power.” You can check that out below:

Vai commented:

“Hey Folks, Vai here. I wanted to challenge myself for my 60th birthday and decided to record a simple trio track. I gave myself some parameters to work within. I told myself I would use a Strat style guitar, (tougher for me to play then a Jem) use a very clean tone, (not conventional for me) no whammy bar, (that’s like losing a body part for me) and no pick, just fingers (way out of my comfort zone).

I also had this idea for a particular type of riff that can only really be played on a guitar with no whammy bar. It’s a technique that I call ‘joint shifting’ This is where you bend a note while fretting another, but I wanted to do this technique with a combination of double and triple stop single note bends while fretting other notes and releasing bends. After considerable experimenting, I discovered it created a unique sounding passage. You can hear this technique on a few sections of the song. I certainly hope other ambitious guitar player see the potential in this technique and take it to the moon!

We shot this quick little video of me performing the track at my Harmony Hut studio.

During this period, the world is slowly starting to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people are still facing challenges and are eager to find entertainment on the internet. I have seen the best come out in many people during this challenging time. When people join together with a common positive intention, the power surge they create within the collective is the healing element that is most needed. Like many little candles coming together to burn as bright as a star.

I needed a title for the song, and with the above in mind, and the fact that it’s my 60th, I choose the title ‘Candle Power.’ We are even issuing a limited edition commemorative ‘Candle Power’ candle in the new vai.com merch store that also comes with a high-quality download of the song: www.vaimerch.com.

Enjoy!”

Ministry, Tenacious D, Stitched Up Heart, Etc. Members Added To Second Annual “Above Ground” Benefit Concert

More artists have been added to the second annual “Above Ground” benefit concert. The event will take place at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on September 16 and the updated lineup includes: Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Billy Idol, Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Jack Black (Tenacious D), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Mike Garson (David Bowie), Brad Wilk (Prophets Of Rage/Rage Against The Machine), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Carmine Rojas (David Bowie), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Franky Perez (Deadland Ritual), Twiggy, Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver), Mixi Demner (Stitched Up Heart), Jason Christopher (Prong), Etty Lauy Farrell (Kind Heaven Orchestra), Erik Eldenius (Billy Idol), Paul Trudeau (Billy Idol), Donovan Leitch, and Julie Mintz. As previously reported, the all-star band will be playing David Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” and The Stooges’ self-titled debut album in full. Profits will be donated to MusiCares.

Jane’s Addiction, Bush, Etc. Members To Take Part In Second Annual “Above Ground” Benefit Concert

Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) have revealed the artists that will be joining them at the second annual “Above Ground” benefit concert. The event will take place at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on September 16 and the duo will be performing with actor Joe Manganiello, Billy Idol, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Etty Lau Farrell, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Juliette Lewis, Steve Vai, Billy Duffy (The Cult), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Mike Garson (David Bowie), and more to be announced. The all-star band will be playing David Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” and The Stooges’ self-titled debut album. Profits will be donated to MusiCares.

Generation Axe Share “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” Album Sampler

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), have shared a sampler featuring previews of all the tracks on their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28.

Generation Axe Stream Cover Of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” From “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China”

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), are streaming their cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” off their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28.

Generation Axe Stream “Sideways” From “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China”

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), are streaming their cover of Citizen Cope’s “Sideways” off their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28. The latest track was performed by Wylde and Bettencourt.

Generation Axe (Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Etc.) To Release “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” In June

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), have announced that they will be releasing a new live album titled “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” on June 28. The effort was recorded during the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” from the set can be streamed below:

“The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” Track Listing:

01. Generation Axe – “Foreplay” (Boston cover)
02. Abasi – “Tempting Time” (Animals As Leaders cover)
03. Abasi/Bettencourt – “Physical Education” (Animals As Leaders cover)
04. Bettencourt – “A Side Of Mash” (medley of Extreme solos)
05. Bettencourt/Wylde – “Sideways” (Citizen Cope cover)
06. Wylde – “Whipping Post” (The Allman Brothers Band cover)
07. Vai – “Bad Horsie”
08. Malmsteen – “Valhalla” / “Baroque n Roll” / “Overture” / “From A Thousand Cuts” / “Arpeggios From Hell” / “Far Beyond The Sun”
09. Malmsteen/Vai – “Black Star”
10. Vai/Wylde/Bettencourt/Abasi – “Frankenstein” (Edgar Winter cover)
11. Generation Axe – “Highway Star” (Deep Purple cover)