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New MEGADETH Guitarist KIKO LOUREIRO On RANDY RHOADS: ‘He Was Like A Big Hero For Me’

April 4, 2015


New MEGADETH Guitarist KIKO LOUREIRO On RANDY RHOADS: 'He Was Like A Big Hero For Me'

Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro (MEGADETH, ANGRA) was interviewed by IndiePower at the “Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration Of A Guitar Legend” concert on Janaury 23 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about the influence Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) had on his technique when he was first starting to learn how to play guitar, Kiko said: “I was a very young teenager when I started listening to… discovered Ozzy and then I discovered Randy Rhoads, and I was really, like, every day trying to learn his solos and his riffs — something that [was] really strong and that makes me the guitarist that I am today. So he’s really a part of that. The way that he mixed classical music… I don’t know… All the new techniques that were going on at that time in guitars. I was just a kid trying to learn guitar and he was like a big hero for me.”

He added: “I love acoustic guitar — you know, classical guitar — and I know Randy was really into classical music and acoustic guitar. That brings you this peace inside you. And then you bring this to this rock moment. I don’t know how to explain that, really. I think all the musicians could understand that. But, yeah, this mix of classical music, the scales, the peace that you have inside and you can express yourself through the guitar. So, mixing this rock and roll and the classical music; that was his approach that was really important for me.”

MEGADETH announced on April 2 that Loureiro had joined the Dave Mustaine-led group as the replacement for Chris Broderick. Mustaine said in a statement: “I first met Kiko around eight years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then, I’ve come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I’m deeply encouraged by his depth and talent.”

He continued: “Very few MEGADETH alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko.”

In addition to Mustaine, Loureiro and bassist David Ellefson, the recording lineup for MEGADETH‘s forthcoming album will include LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler.



Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/new-megadeth-guitarist-kiko-loureiro-on-randy-rhoads-he-was-like-a-big-hero-for-me/#c9YHPOi8rQcG3QVE.99

GUNZO sets sail with Shredders FAntasy Cruise February 2016!

News from Tracii Guns:

Me and the GUNZO men are honored to be a part of this shredder cruise with Zakk , Yngwie and Skolnick

'Me and the GUNZO men are honored to be a part of this shredder cruise with Zakk , Yngwie and Skolnick'


Here’s the link to the Shredders Fantasy Cruise, which is booking for February break 2016! GUNZO, featuring Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, Keith St. John, and Shane Fitzgibbon, will be performing on the cruise, which tells me these guys may actually be sticking together for awhile, at least as a side project for some of them. Can we say: “National tour, please?” grin emoticonBTW, there will also be a guitar workshop with the one and only Yngwie Malmsteen on the cruise!

Axes & Anchors Rock Music Cruise
February 20 – 24, 2016

Welcome to the maiden voyage of Axes & Anchors festival at sea! Have you ever dreamed of running into your idols at a bar or even in the elevator? Wonder what it’s like to learn first-hand how to wield an axe like the masters?

Take this epic adventure and rub elbows with your favorite performers, hone your guitar chops, meet new friends, and build awesome memories. And if that’s not enough, soak up some suds and sun on exotic beaches.

Reserve your spot before they’re all sold out!





Guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) has joined forces with legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNEWHITESNAKE) in a new band called GUNZO. The new group’s lineup is completed by singer Keith St. John (X-DRIVE, BURNING RAIN, MONTROSE, QUIET RIOT) and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon.  GUNZO made its live debut on February 27 at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, California. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of California Rock News).

Guns recently denied that he was leaving DEVIL CITY ANGELS, the band he formed with drummer Rikki Rockett (POISON), bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL).In an interview with The Music Room, Gibbs addressed the rumors of Guns‘ departure from DEVIL CITY ANGELS. He said: “Tracii is a musical guy and he doesn’t want to sit home at all and not play. Well, this recording process [for DEVIL CITY ANGELS‘ debut album] takes time. We’ve been touring a little bit in between, but we’re just really trying to buckle down. If I fly home and Tracii does a gig or something, we support him. It’s not that he’s leaving the band. It’s Tracii going out as Tracii. He never left the band. He’s always been in the band. He’s been a very instrumental piece in the band. And he’ll most likely always be in the band, I’m hoping, until he says he doesn’t want it anymore. We love the guy and that’s what’s so funny. Rikki and I are sitting there scratching our heads saying, just because he’s taking a gig here or taking a quick tour doesn’t mean he quit the ANGELS. It’s junk. Don’t worry about it.”

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/tracii-guns-rudy-sarzo-keith-st-john-join-forces-in-gunzo/#BkB7CSQjhR5WpdDp.99






Gene Simmons appearing at R&R Fantasy Camp in Calgary!

Is Gene Simmons the man of your fantasies?

You’re weird. But you’re in luck.

The founding member of classic, costumed rockers Kiss will be appearing as part of the inaugural Canadian version of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp taking place in Calgary from May 14-17.

The camp, now in its 18th year, allows budding musicians the opportunity to learn from and jam with some of rock music’s biggest names.

Simmons will join George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) as guest rock stars for the event, while the main list of counsellors is a who’s who of session musicians and band members, including: Lita Ford (The Runaways), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, DIO, Rick Derringer, John Lennon), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Queensryche), Teddy Andreadis (Carole King, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper, BB King, Michael Jackson) and Nick Catanese (Black Label Society).

The main camp will take place at SAIT where counsellors will offer their advice on everything from vocal stylings to songwriting, with an original song to be written, rehearsed and recorded. The final night of the camp will feature a special performance of those songs at Cowboys.

Packages range from the Headliner experience for $7,700, which includes a four-night stay at the Palliser and “your own personalized ‘rider’ complete with M&Ms” to the Spouse/Groupie experience for $999.00 which provides a “a personal concierge” and discounts and deals on spa treatments or day trips.

For more information or to register go to rockcamp.comor rockandrollcampcanada.com.

Let’s support teenage radio host Miles “The Shoe” Schuman!

Here’s a link to episodes of Miles Schuman’s radio show The Shoe on iHeartRadio!. Miles has interviewed some of the most famous rock/metal musicians out there, including the fabulous Rudy Sarzo!

Listen to The Shoe with Miles Schuman on demand through iHeartRadio.
Also, full episodes are available at this blogtalk link:



Let’s give Miles Schuman some likes on his official FB page!


Rock n’ Roll!