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Australian Guitar Vol. 129

With a strong focus on the Australian music scene, Australian Guitar is a rich source of information on playing techniques, styles, the wide range of instruments available and all the technology that guitarists have to consider in the 21st Century.

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2 min.
australian guitar digital #129

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS A VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH TIM FARRISS In this exclusive interview, Steve Flack chats with iconic INXS guitarist Tim Farriss. With over 30 million records sold worldwide (including #1 spots in four continents) and a performance history of some 4,000 live shows to over 20 million people in almost 50 countries, it’s no doubt that – as well as cementing themselves as Australia’s all-time most successful rock band – INXS are an international juggernaut. During the Summer XS tour of 1991, INXS played Wembley Stadium in front of 77,000 people. At one point, Michael Hutchence told Tim to “play the f***ing riff, Timmy,” which led to Farriss being nicknamed The Riff Meister, and later, The Riff Sherriff. The moment was captured on film and CD for Live Baby Live – mandatory viewing, if…

5 min.
splendour in the grass

Its 18th edition selling out in a matter of mere seconds (par for the course at this point), Splendour In The Grass continues to be Australia’s biggest and most diverse music festival, with a lineup focusing equally on the youngins desperate to prove their might (see: Stella Donnelly, West Thebarton, No Mono, Soccer Mommy...) and the legacy acts we all know and love (Albert Hammond Jnr, Franz Ferdinand, Angus & Julia Stone – even Kendrick Lamar is worth pointing out if you happen to dabble in the rap world). Perhaps moreso than ever, too, the festival’s 2018 incarnation was a whirlwind of six-string serendipity – even on the mainstage, rock and punk acts drew some of the wildest crowds of the weekend, many a mosh pit virgin deflowered. We could fill…

4 min.
the perfect storm

In rock’n’roll, you have to earn your stripes, and Lzzy Hale has had to fight harder for them than most. “When Halestorm were playing around the local scene and starting to tour, there were a lot of situations where I would be next to the stage restringing my guitar, and dudes would come up to me and go, ‘Wow, my girlfriend never does that for me!’ I wouldn’t say anything,” she laughs. “And then when they see me on stage, they’d always apologise afterwards.” Hale never comes across as bitter. After all, she has a 20-year career, major label records and a Grammy Award to silence the naysayers. But she’s also realistic about the challenges that female rockers face. When she was a teenager, she couldn’t stay with her first guitar…

4 min.
looking back to move forward

Jerry Cantrell has always been Alice In Chains’ not-so-secret ingredient. Sure, his riffage and massive guitar tones are integral to the band’s sound. But from the very first album, Facelift, Cantrell’s vocals have also been an important presence in the band, from the lines sung in-between Layne Staley’s words in “Man In The Box” to the intricate harmonies in the chorus of “Them Bones”. As much as his guitar sound has defined Alice In Chains, so has his voice. This is why, when Alice In Chains reformed with William DuVall on vocals after the passing of Staley, the band still sounded like themselves. Their latest album, Rainier Fog, is the band’s third with DuVall and sixth overall, and it finds Alice In Chains staying true to their signature sound while also…

5 min.
back in black

Ever see the black ‘70s Stratocaster with a pearloid pickguard, black pickups and controls, and a Floyd Rose that Mark Lizotte played back in the Johnny Diesel & The Injectors days? For a generation of Aussie guitarists, that thing was iconic, and for years after its retirement, it could be seen in the window of the Hard Rock Cafe in Melbourne. Diesel’s guitar needs have changed over the years, but that Strat always represented a special time. Now, Fender Australia have taken that guitar as the inspiration for the Diesel Signature Stratocaster Limited Edition. Collaborating over six months, Diesel and Fender hammered out the specs to find the perfect balance of what was great about that original guitar, and what reflects Diesel’s needs as a guitarist now. The result is an ash-bodied…

5 min.
hey joe! a slight return

Joe Satriani’s first visit to Australia was 30 years ago, as a member of Mick Jagger’s band for a massive solo tour. Since then, he’s been back countless times with countless lineups on solo tours of his own (sidenote: we would absolutely kill for a Chickenfoot tour) and as part of his G3 extravaganza. Now Joe is coming back in celebration of that 30th anniversary, and also in support of his most recent album, What Happens Next. And whereas What Happens Next is anchored by the rhythm section of Deep Purple legend Glenn Hughes on bass and Satriani’s Chickenfoot bandmate – and Red Hot Chili Peppers legend – Chad Smith on drums, the lineup for this tour is driven by the crack combo of Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and Joe Travers…