Quick Guitar News: Marty Friedman, Judas Priest, Sammy Hagar

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Recently Gibson asked Marty Friedman if he was interested in being a part of the Megadeth “Reunion” – which is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Rust In Peace”.

He Said No. Not only no, but hells no. Ok he didn’t say that. Actually he said, “Absolutely not”.

“I’m so happy about the great impact that that record has and I’m sure they’re making a lot of fans happy doing it, so I support them 1000 percent. But it’s not something that I’m really interested in re-doing right now.”

Of course Judas Priest is in the news. Working on their new album and picking up where they left off with “Angel of Retribution”, according to bassist Ian Hill.

The Album should be out sometime this summer.

Hill also remarked that while this might be Priest’s last “mighty tour”, they won’t stop playing and recording. I don’t know about you, but I think any tour Priest does would be “mighty” in my book, just because they’re Priest. Words like “mighty” belong to them.

Also, after trying since Christmas, Priest was not able to convince K.K. Downing to do the tour with them.

Sammy Hagar‘s Explorer is coming soon from Gibson. In fact it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon. It’s a beautiful thing, if you’re into explorers. It’s all hand built, and of course it’s got the “Red Rocker” paint. Cream bindings, pickguard, and alternating pickup covers in black and cream give this guitar a real unique charm. We’ll bring you more on this guitar soon.



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Tim Monaghan

Tim has been playing guitar & bass since he was 12 years old and has been in Jazz, funk, rock & metal bands. Influences include Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Doug Stegmeyer, Baden Powell, Steve Vai, and pretty much anyone else who has a unique style that expresses their individuality. One of Tim’s many hobbies is building, tweaking, and repairing basses and guitars.

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