Guitar Center Presents: Metal Mania

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Coming to a Store Near You (Unless It’s Nowhere Near You)

Here we are at the forefront of August and the corporate musical instrument retailer behemoth that is Guitar Center has commenced their Metal Mania nation-wide tour. Through the month of August they will be hitting store after store with some of the most profound rock and metal musicians for workshops and meet and greets.

Who’s Going to be Where and When?

Well isn’t that just the million dollar question? Guitar Center didn’t hold back on ensuring that nearly anyone in the country could at least get to meet someone.

Kerry King

Slayer guitarist and emissary of the mightiest of beards has six locations to cover for a meet and greet.

August 2nd in Boston, MA starting at 5:00 PM
August, 4th in Scranton, PA starting at 2:00 PM
August 5th in Manchester, CT starting at 2:00 PM
August 14th in Orange, CA starting at 7:00 PM
August 23rd in San Bernadino, CA starting at 7:00 PM

Rusty Cooley

Speed-aholic Rusty Cooley builds on his ever growing legacy of teaching with his workshops.

August 7th in Houston, TX starting at 7:00 PM
August 9th in Beaumont, TX starting at 7:00 PM

Mark Holcomb

Haunted Shores and Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb gives everyone a good what for in a workshop.

August 8th in Manhattan, NY starting at 3:00 PM

Paul Gilbert

All-purpose guitarist Paul Gilbert defies laws of physics with his guitar playing for a couple of workshops.

August 8th in Hollywood, CA starting at 7:00 PM
August 10th in San Francisco, CA starting at 7:00 PM

Wayne Static

Static X guitarist and frontman Wayne Static lightens the mood for a meet and greet. Hair jokes will ensue.

August 10th in Dayton, OH starting at 7:00 PM
August 25th in Fort Wayne, IN starting at 7:00 PM

Scott Ian

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian takes a breather from his more nerdy vices to show up for some meet and greets.

August 8th in Orange, CA starting at 7:00 PM
August 10th in Hollywood, CA starting at 7:00 PM
August 30th in San Jose, CA starting at 7:00 PM
August 31st in Emeryville, CA starting at 7:00 PM

David Vincent and Tim Yeung

Morbid Angel bassist Dave Vincent and drummer Tim Yeung continue horrifying parents everywhere in their upcoming workshops.

August 14th in Tampa, FL starting at 7:00 PM
August 15th in Sarasota, FL starting at 7:00 PM
August 16th in Orlando, FL starting at 7:00 PM

Tosin Abasi

Monster guitarist of Animals as Leaders fame Tosin Abasi heads out to the east coast a few workshops.

August 10th in Manchester, CT starting at 5:00 PM
August 11th in Manhattan, NY starting at 6:00 PM
August 12th in Rockville, MD starting at 5:00 PM

Matt DeVries

Fear Factory bassist Matt DeVries lets his hair down for a quick meet and greet.

August 14th in Pittsburgh, PA starting at 6:00 PM

Gary Hoey

Heavy surf rock guitarist Gary Hoey leaves his surf board at home as he ventures out for a handfull of workshops.

August 14th in Orange, CT starting at 7:00 PM
August 15th in Natick, MA starting at 7:00 PM
August 16th in Nashua, NH starting at 7:00 PM

David Ellefson

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson steals to the streets to see the sights for a number of meet and greets.

August 14th in Phoenix, AZ starting at 7:00 PM
August 15th in Tucson, AZ starting at 7:00 PM
August 16th in Las Vegas, NV starting at 7:00 PM
August 17th in San Marcos, CA starting at 7:00 PM

Dave Mustaine

Megadeth guitarist and frontman Dave Mustaine joins his fellow bandmate David Ellefson for a meet and greet.

August 15th in La Mesa, CA starting at 7:00 PM

Lita Ford

Maiden of metal Lita Ford paints the town red with blood for a couple of meet and greets.

August 18th in Boston, MA starting at 2:00 PM
August 26th in Des Moines, IA starting at 2:00 PM

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson of Testament fame has a few workshops he needs to get off his chest.

August 21st in Emeryville, CA starting at 7:00 PM
August 22nd in San Francisco, CA starting at 7:00 PM
August 23rd in Sacramento, CA starting at 7:00 PM

Rob Caggiano

Rob Caggianon hails from the land of Anthrax with a guitar in hand for a quick meet and greet.

August 22nd in Manhattan, NY starting at 7:00 PM

Michael Angelo Batio

Absurd guitar showman and hair style supermodel Michael Angelo Batio hits the road for some workshops.

August 23rd in Villa Park, IL starting at 7:00 PM
August 24th in Peoria, IL starting at 7:00 PM
August 29th in Chicago, IL starting at 7:00 PM

Born of Osiris

Members of the heavy deathcore band Born of Osiris are primed and ready for a meet and greet.

August 22nd in Arlington Heights, IL starting at 7:00 PM

Whitechapel

Whitechapel members formally announce they will partake in an informal meet and greet.

August 22nd in Knoxville, TN starting at 7:00 PM

Devil Driver

Members of Devil Driver explain their plans for world domination during a rather nonchalant meet and greet.

August 23rd in Hollywood, CA starting at 7:00 PM

Suicide Silence

Members of Suicide Silence plan to headbang through an entire meet and greet.

August 25th in San Antonio, TX starting at 1:00 PM

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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