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Win A Day With James Hetfield And Kirk Hammett

Ernie Ball has announced the ‘Hetfield + Hammett Experience’ that will grant winners the opportunity to hang at Metallica headquarters.

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Ernie Ball, the iconic maker of Slinky guitar strings and instrument accessories, has announced the launch of the “Hetfield + Hammett Experience,” a partnership with longtime Ernie Ball artists and legendary guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett that will grant three lucky winners the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang with the guitarists at Metallica headquarters in San Rafael, California.

Winners will also take home their choice of a Hetfield or Hammett signature ESP guitar as well as an Ernie Ball Prize Pack complete with their favorite gauge of Slinky guitar strings and other prizes. The contest launches today, September 7, and runs through October 31.

“I have to say that HQ is kinda like NASA,” says Hammett. “You need the right credentials to get in, you need to know the right codes to get through the door. There are constantly people around making sure that whoever is there is there for a purpose. It’s pretty tight because it’s like the brain control… the mission control for all things Metallica.”

This is a pretty cool opportunity to get into Metallica’s creative space and see what it is, why it is, and what is in there that inspires us,” said James Hetfield. “For me, as a fan of other bands, it would’ve been pretty awesome to have shown up in Phil Lynott’s writing space. This is gonna be a very special moment for whoever gets to show up at HQ.”

“To have artists like Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield trust our strings for over thirty-five years is something the Ernie Ball family is incredibly thankful and proud of,” says Ernie Ball president Brian Ball. “It also means our strings have been along for the epic ride of ‘Seek & Destroy,’ ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls,’ ‘Sad But True’ and many of the band’s biggest hits. We’re excited about this contest and looking forward to connecting the band and a few lucky fans in a special way.”

Fans can enter Ernie Ball’s “Hetfield + Hammett Experience” by purchasing qualifying packs of Ernie Ball strings at Guitar Center or from Musician’s Friend, then entering the codes found inside the packs at ernieball.com/metallica for a chance to win.

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Judas Priest’s Richie Faulkner Gets New Epiphone Signature Guitar

The new limited-edition Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit has a Mahogany body in an Ebony gloss finish with a thin-C profile neck.

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Epiphone proudly presents the new limited-edition Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit, the premier signature guitar from Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner. Faulkner’s Flying-V includes EMGTM active pickups, a Floyd Rose Tremolo and bridge with R2 Locking Nut, Grover Rotomatic machine heads, a custom Thin-C neck profile, and a custom designed gig bag.

“Right out of the box, the quality of the guitar was mind blowing,” said Faulkner. “I used it all over the new Judas Priest record. I’m taking it out on the road next year. It’s an honor to be part of the heritage.”

When Faulkner joined Judas Priest in 2011, his incredible speed, finesse, and energy rejuvenated the pioneering English metal band and helped to introduce Judas Priest to a new generation of fans. Now, as Judas Priest approaches its 50th anniversary, Epiphone welcomes Faulkner to Epiphone’s distinguished family of signature artists.

The new limited-edition Richie Faulkner Flying-V Custom Outfit is a classic Flying-V with a Mahogany body in an Ebony gloss finish with a thin-C profile neck modeled after Richie’s favorite vintage Flying-V. It’s powered by the classic combo of an EMG-66 (active) humbucker in the neck position and an EMG-57 humbucker (active) in the lead position, both with a Smooth Black Nickel finish. Faulkner’s Flying V also comes with a Floyd Rose Tremolo 1000-Series bridge and Floyd Rose “R2” locking nut for incredibly precise tuning and sustain, a hallmark of Faulkner’s style.

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Steve Vai Guests On ‘My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx’

Sixx sits down with some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs.

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Legendary shredder and melter of faces, Steve Vai, talks about the mentoring he received from Frank Zappa, his favorite Led Zeppelin songs and more on this episode of “My Favorite Riff.”

In “My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx,” Sixx sits down with some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players, along with future stars, to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs. Think of it as “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” but with rock stars.

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Andrew W.K. Unveils New ESP Custom Taco Guitar

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Party God Andrew W.K. is proud to unveil his brand new Taco Guitar, in celebration of National Taco Day. Like the Pizza Guitar before it, the Taco Guitar was custom made by ESP Guitars, and was born from Andrew’s ongoing quest to create the partiest things in the world.

“I started pondering, what’s another food that’s as party as pizza? When it comes to edible celebration, tacos are partier than almost anything else. Pizza and tacos are among the partiest foods on the planet, and I realized that since I had paid musical tribute to pizza, I now had to pay musical tribute to tacos. I was destined to make a taco shaped guitar – it was inevitable,” declared Andrew. “This is proof that if you have the vision, no matter how outlandish or unruly, the team at ESP Guitars can turn that vision into reality. And they do it using the highest quality materials – the highest quality craftsmanship. ESP has absolutely mind blowing attention to detail and they put playability at the top of their instrument’s many attributes. There’s no compromise when it comes to the integrity of this instrument, and there’s no softness when it comes to the hardness of my party.”

Hand painted by Andrew himself, the guitar features a ground beef taco on the front side (topped with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped lettuce, and jumbo diced tomatoes), and a dazzling turquoise eye emblazoned on the back. Watch a video from ESP on the making of the Taco Guitar here.

With a new studio album set for release on March 2, 2018 via Sony Music worldwide, Andrew W.K. is currently in the middle of his first full-band concert outing in five years, “The Party Never Dies Tour,” which continues tonight in Dallas, Texas. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Andrew W.K. Tour Dates
North America
Oct 04 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Oct 05 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Oct 07 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
Oct 08 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct 09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls
Oct 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
Oct 12 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
Oct 14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 15 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 17 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Oct 18 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
Oct 19 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar
Oct 20 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct 21 – Chicago, IL – The Vic
Oct 23 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West – (RESCHEDULED from 9/14, all tickets honored)

Mexico
Nov 18 – Mexico City, MEX – Corona Capital

UK (MOVED FROM NOVEMBER – All tickets honored or available for refund)
Apr 13 – Cardiff, Wales – Great Hall
Apr 14 – London, UK – Kentish Town Forum
Apr 15 – Birmingham, UK – Academy 2
Apr 18 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront
Apr 19 – Portsmouth, UK – Wedgewood Rooms
Apr 20 – Manchester, UK – 02 Ritz
Apr 21 – Glasgow, SCO – Garage

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Papa Roach’s Jerry Horton Teaches You ‘Last Resort’

Horton stopped by Rock Antenne in Munich, Germany and recorded a “School Of Rock” video in which he teaches you how to play the band’s classic song on guitar.

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Jerry Horton stopped by Rock Antenne before Papa Roach’s concert in Munich, Germany and recorded a “School Of Rock” video in which he teaches you how to play the band’s classic song “Last Resort” on guitar.

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Tom Morello Guests On ‘My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx’

Sixx sits down with some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs.

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One of the most creative and unique guitarists in modern rock, Tom Morello sat down with Nikki Sixx to talk about finding his voice on the guitar in this episode of ‘My Favorite Riff.’

In “My Favorite Riff With Nikki Sixx,” Sixx sits down with some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players, along with future stars, to talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs. Think of it as “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” but with rock stars.

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