Thursday, July 29, 2010
JUST ONE DAY LEFT in the ESP/Live Nation flyaway sweepstakes to see the opening show of OZZFest! Enter by Saturday July 30 at noon for a chance for you and a friend to win roundtrip airfare, hotel, Affliction merchandise, VIP tickets and a limo ride to the show on August 14 in California, and more... including your own LTD Gus G Signature Series guitar, $500 spending cash, a signed copy of Ozzy's new album SCREAM, and a meet-and-greet with members of Ozzy's band!
To enter, text OZZWIN to 404040. Do it now!
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
There's nothing wrong with learning how to be a better guitarist, and a new DVD series might help you on that path. Alfred Music Publishing has released a collection of "Behind the Player" DVDs from IMV that include such ESP players as Galder and Silenoz from Dimmu Borgir, Dan Jacobs of Atreyu, and the ever-amazing George Lynch.
In "Behind the Player: Dimmu Borgir", guitarists Galder and Silenoz bring you an intimate behind-the-scenes look at their lives as professional musicians, including rare photos and video footage. They also provide in-depth guitar lessons on how to play their songs "The Serpentine Offering" and "The Chosen Legacy". The VideoTab system shows exactly how Galder and Silenoz play their parts in the songs.
"Behind the Player: Dan Jacobs" is an up-close look at Atreyu's shredder, and his unique style and fresh approach to classic shredding. Dan gives in-depth lessons for how to play "Becoming the Bull" and "Falling Down" by Atreyu — then jams on those songs with Atreyu drummer Brandon Saller. The DVD also includes a behind-the-scenes look at Dan's life as a professional musician, talong with tab that shows exactly how to play his part in the two songs, and exclusive bonus features.
"Behind the Player: George Lynch" features the virtuoso guitar player from the bands Dokken, Lynch Mob, and Souls of We, and the unique melodic style and technical mastery that have influenced countless fans for decades. George gives in-depth lessons on how to play "Mr. Scary" and "Tooth and Nail" by Dokken, jamming on the songs with bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Ray Luzier. The DVD also includes an exclusive look at George's career as a professional musician, along with tabs and bonus features.
The "Behind the Player" DVDs by IMV are now available for $14.95 each, and are available at music stores or online at alfred.com/imv.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Metallica's ninth album, Death Magnetic, was released in September 2008, and it just crossed a major milestone: the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) officially certified it as "Double Platinum" this June. The "Double Platinum" award indicates sales in the United States of over two million copies.
Death Magnetic is the first Metallica studio album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo, and the first to be produced by Rick Rubin. Out of the starting gates, the album was a success, and was Metallica's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States. That made them the first band ever to have five #1 albums in a row.
As all of you ESP fans know, both James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett are long-time users of ESP. Check out some of their ESP and LTD Signature Series models!
Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitars
James Hetfield Signature Series Guitars
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Monday, July 26, 2010
George Lynch is one of the people who put ESP on the map. Back in the '80s, George was one of the first high-profile guitar gods to get behind ESP, and he's been a member of our family ever since.
Right now, his band Lynch Mob is headed out on tour, and if you want to see someone who is a true master of shred, you absolutely cannot miss this show. We guarantee your jaw will drop and your mind will be amazed at what George can do on a great guitar. Speaking of which, you should also take a look at the George Lynch ESP and LTD Signature Series guitars.
Lynch Mob Tour Dates
As always, check the Lynch Mob site for the most updated tour dates and ticket info.
Jul 28 2010 8:00P
Altar Bar (With Michael Schenker Group)
Jul 29 2010 8:00P
Starland Ballroom (With Michael Schenker Group)
Jul 30 2010 7:30P
Jaxx (With Michael Schenker Group)
Jul 31 2010 8:00P
The Filmore (With Michael Schenker Group)
New York, NY
Aug 1 2010 7:00P
Crazy Donkey (With Micheal Schenker Group)
Aug 2 2010 8:00P
ELEANOR RIGBY’S (With Michael Schenker Group)
Aug 3 2010 8:00P
House of Blues (With Micheal Schenker Group)
Aug 4 2010 8:00P
Scatz NightClub (with Michael Schenker Group)
Aug 6 2010 8:00P
Club Vegas (with Michael Schenker Group)
Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 7 2010 8:00P
The New Oasis
Aug 8 2010 8:00P
Tower Theatre (with Michael Schenker Group)
Aug 11 2010 8:00P
Studio Seven (with Michael Schenker Group)
Aug 12 2010 8:00P
Dante's (with Michael Schenker Group)
Aug 13 2010 8:00P
Last Day Saloon (With Michael Schenker Group)
Santa Rosa, CA
Aug 14 2010 8:00P
Sky City Amphitheater (With Cinderella / Dokken / Winger / Gilby Clarke)
Pueblo of Acoma, NM
Sep 10 2010 7:00P
Manifesto Rock Bar
São Paulo - Centro, São Paulo, BRAZIL
Oct 30 2010 8:00P
Nottingham, UNITED KINGDOM
Nov 2 2010 8:00P
Rock Bar Fans
Nov 3 2010 8:00P
A38 ship, Budapest,HU
Nov 6 2010 8:00P
Nov 7 2010 8:00P
Nov 9 2010 8:00P
Sala Apolo 2
Barcelona, CT, SPAIN
Nov 10 2010 8:00P
Nov 11 2010 8:00P
Nov 12 2010 8:00P
Nov 14 2010 8:00P
San Damaso, Modena, ITALY
Nov 18 2010 8:00P
Nov 19 2010 8:00P
Nov 20 2010 8:00P
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Monday, July 19, 2010
No matter what your political beliefs are, we can all agree that soldiers merit our highest level of respect. These men and women literally put their lives on the line to help defend their respective countries. There's no way to properly thank them for the jobs they do, which are difficult and dangerous even under the best of circumstances.
On Saturday July 10, we were doing what we often do: hanging out at a show where ESP artists were performing. This time, it was at the opening date of the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. That evening, on a spur-of-the-moment whim, we decided to give away a guitar to an ESP fan, because we're cool like that. Now, when we hold contests and sweepstakes, the winners are truly random; we can't pick and choose who gets our gear and other prizes. But every once in awhile, a pretty special person is the lucky one, and that was definitely true this time.
The winner, who found our ESP rep at the show and answered a trivia question to take the prize, was Sgt Nathan M. Halpin of the United States Marine Corps. Nate is a big fan of Chimaira, a band which includes ESP players Rob Arnold and Matt DeVries. In doing so, he won an LTD MFA-600, the Matt DeVries Signature Series guitar. Normally, when we give away a guitar, it can take awhile to process the paperwork and so on, and a couple of weeks can go by before the winner gets his or her new instrument. But this was a special case; Sgt Halpin was scheduled to depart on a five-month tour of duty in less than a week.
We weren't about to make Nate wait until December to get his prize, so we said, "Screw the system! Let's get him his axe NOW!", and overnighted the guitar to him that very day. In exchange for his special treatment, this Marine gave us back a treat of our own: he took the guitar to his base and sent over the incredible photos you see here. It was 102 degrees, but Nate climbed up on a tank to pose with his new guitar. Despite the circumstances, he doesn't even seem to be breaking a sweat. There's a Marine for you!
A brief side note: you may have heard the phrase "Semper Fi" spoken in regard to US Marines. It's short for Semper Fidelis, which is Latin for "Always Faithful", and is the motto of the USMC. It signifies the dedication and loyalty that individual Marines have for "Corps and Country". At ESP, we couldn't be happier that we were able to give a gift to such a deserving person. Congratulations, Sgt Halpin!
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
We're happy to announce that Matt Carter and Duke Kitchens from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have joined the ESP family.
Hailing from Middleburg, FL, a town not far from Jacksonville, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus was founded by Duke along with singer Ronnie Winter back in 2001 while they were still in high school. A couple of years later, they firmed up the band's lineup and recorded an early album. As is the case in many bands, it took awhile to get their momentum rolling beyond the local level. By 2006, they were signed to Virgin and released Don't You Fake It, an album which ended up going Platinum with over 1,000,000 copies sold.
In 2009, their second album Lonely Road was released, and this time they hit the #14 spot on the Billboard Top 200. But times change, and earlier this year the band decided they'd be better off continuing as independent artists, parting ways with Virgin Records and creating a new EP, The Hell or High Water, on their own. The new collection of songs will be released in August. The band has been cool enough to let fans check out the first single from the EP, "Choke", at their Facebook page here.
As you probably know, ESP has been supportive of all kinds of bands for many years. With models like the LTD Viper and LTD EC Series, we've made high-quality, high-performance guitars available to local bands around the world, giving them the chance to make it big like Matt and Duke from RJA. We're happy to be able to keep making great guitars and working with great bands. Who knows... maybe you could be our next new member of the ESP family!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sometimes, it's good to be us.
While we always think it's cool when our musician friends stop by our headquarters in North Hollywood, CA, we also get visitors who are well known for endeavors outside music. Why? Because we're ESP, and people like checking out where the guitars of their favorite players come from. Plus, you wouldn't believe how many athletes, actors, and other people are musicians as well as doing what they're famous for.
Yesterday, our visitor of the day was none other than Mike Vallely, more commonly know as Mike V. While Mike is a musician, he's infinitely more well known as one of the world's premiere professional skateboarders. Since his start in the late '80s, Mike has become renowned via his mind-blowing skating style which literally transformed the entire sport of skateboarding. If you've played the Tony Hawk Pro Skater video games, chances are you've unlocked Mike V as a playable character. In fact, the storyline of the fifth game in the series, Tony Hawk's Underground, is based on Mike V's skateboard career.
Check out the video below to see Mike in action!
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Friday, July 9, 2010
Okay, all you Canadians. Here's your revenge for all those contests we have that are "USA Only".
Mother's Music and ESP have gotten together on the "Get Warped Like A Rockstar" contest, which is just for Canada residents (18+). The lucky grand prize winner will receive:
• Two (2) VIP Tickets and Passes for the Contest winner ("Winner") and Winner's guest ("Guest") to attend the Vans Warped Tour 2010 at Northlands Grounds, Edmonton, Alberta, on August 5, 2010;
• The Grand Prize includes VIP limo transportation to and from the event;
• Return Airfare for the winner and a guest from the nearest Mother's Music location (Winnipeg/Saskatoon/Calgary) to Edmonton, Alberta;
• Two (2) nights accommodation for two (2) people in Edmonton, Alberta, August 3 and August 4, 2010;
• An ESP/LTD guitar signed by the ESP Guitars artists performing on the 2010 Vans Warped Tour;
• Meet & Greets with ESP Guitars artists* including members of: Dillinger Escape Plan, Whitechapel and Andrew W.K.;
• ESP Guitars swag;
• CDN $400 spending money!
*subject to artist availability
Enter by July 26... and good luck from ESP and Mother's Music!
CONTEST ENTRY FORM
COMPLETE RULES AND REGULATIONS
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