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Viva Phil Collen!

Viva Phil Collen!

AS 2013 COMES to a close, guitarist Phil Collen can look back on an eventful year. Def Leppard enjoyed a successful residency in Las Vegas that culminated in the October 18 release of Viva! Hysteria, a two-CD + DVD deluxe edition capturing the concert and the Hysteria album performed in its entirety for the first time. The DVD includes sets by the ‘opening band’ Ded Flatbird (just the Leps in disguise!). Viva! Hysteria was also screened in cinemas worldwide.  more...
LIVE Lives!

LIVE Lives!

IT’S BEEN seven years since we’ve had a new record from York, Pennsylvania-based rock group Live. In that time, the band has undergone some changes... most notably the noisy departure of founding vocalist Ed Kowalczyk. The group has resurfaced off-and-on in recent times, but none more high-profile than this year’s Summerland tour with other ‘90s-era hitmakers Sponge, Filter and Everclear.  more...
Track-By-Track: Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind

Track-By-Track: Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind

AFTER a grueling three-year tour in support of its debut album Revelator, the Tedeschi Trucks Band (led by husband and wife guitarists Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi) found themselves back at Swamp Raga Studio - the duo’s personal recording sanctuary - laying down tracks for what would be the group’s sophomore effort, Made Up Mind. Both albums were produced by Jim Scott and Trucks, and engineered by Bobby Tis (background) who, along with his father, designed Swamp Raga under Derek’s direction.  more...
The Truth About Salvage Custom

The Truth About Salvage Custom

IT SOUNDED like a good plan. A freelance marketing specialist, with a nice little group of clients, decides to use a bit of downtime during a big project to build himself a pedalboard. Already a handy woodworker, the results of the initial build are impressive enough that he opts to share his creation with friends and local musicians. The feedback is phenomenal, with a few folks even willing to place an order for their own boards.  more...
M.I. knows MI

M.I. knows MI

YOU MAY know Sydney-based MI Audio for their popular and ever-expanding range of effects pedals, but Aussies have long known that they also make exceptional amplifiers too... and thanks to a trip to Winter NAMM this year, many more have been made aware of their high gain heads and classic combos. The MI in MI Audio stands for Michael Ibrahim, founder and electronics genius behind the brand who, from a very young age, was exposed to electronics as both of his parents were electrical engineers.  more...
Cardinal Instruments: One Direction

Cardinal Instruments: One Direction

TUCKED AWAY just east of I-35 in Austin, almost directly across the interstate from the campus of the University of Texas is a small housing community with its roots in the 1920s. Some of the houses have been converted to small businesses, be it a coffee house, small engine repair or something similar.  more...
The Summer of 65

The Summer of 65

DAN BOUL got his first tube amp in 1978. It was a ‘71 Marshall 2x12 combo. He immediately took it apart in an attempt to decipher what made it tick. He met guitarist and long-time friend Peter Stroud in Atlanta in 1987. Both worked at music store there and would buy amps that came in on trade. It was this process that allowed the pair to cut their teeth on amp design. Later, when Stroud needed an amp to take on the road with Sheryl Crow, the duo sat down and designed the ‘London’, an amp based on a pair of favored low-watt combos from the past.  more...
Sevendust: Dust Brothers

Sevendust: Dust Brothers

JOHN CONNOLLY AND CLINT LOWERY have been crushing skulls as the lethal guitar duo for Georgia-based Sevendust for years. Despite time away from the band for Lowery and a year off for the band in general during 2012, a new album released this winter - Black Out The Sun - finds the metal stalwarts in top form. Gearphoria recently spoke with pair during a tour stop in Houston where they revealed keys to their longevity, a love of plug-ins and recent gear additions.  more...