Triple Whammy

It’s a feast for gui­tar lovers, as Joe Bona­massa, Slash and Paul Gil­bert all have new solo records out this month

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New gui­tar records are tum­bling all around us like Au­tumn leaves, as three of the world’s top play­ers re­lease their new al­bums in Septem­ber. First up, and out now, is Paul Gil­bert’s new solo record, Stone Push­ing Up­hill Man. The Mr Big gui­tarist’s 12th solo of­fer­ing is a mix of in­spir­ing cov­ers and orig­i­nals; the al­bum is all-in­stru­men­tal, save for the gospelflavoured ti­tle track, and is as di­verse as it is packed with lead-gui­tar thrills. Talk­ing about his cover of El­ton John’s Good­bye Yel­low Brick Road, for ex­am­ple, Gil­bert told Mu­s­i­cRadar: “I re­ally felt that, for my pur­poses, the song needed some kind of gui­tar solo. I wrote a part that’s sort of a Van Halen-y ver­sion at the end of Bold As Love by Hen­drix, and I just played as an­grily as I could over it while still nav­i­gat­ing through the chord changes.”

Mean­while, Slash is back on 15 Septem­ber with his sec­ond solo al­bum fea­tur­ing Myles Kennedy And The Con­spir­a­tors. World On Fire finds the Cat In The Hat on blis­ter­ing form, and he told Gui­tarist: “The cre­ative flow of mak­ing the record was noth­ing short of re­mark­able. We fo­cused for the en­tire record­ing and it was al­most ef­fort­less.” See is­sue 259 of To­tal Gui­tar for a full in­ter­view about the mak­ing of the record.

Fi­nally, Joe Bona­massa’s lat­est, Dif­fer­ent Shades Of Blue (out 23 Septem­ber) is packed with edge-ofthe-seat blues play­ing, and even fea­tures Strat sounds among Joe’s usual ret­inue of to-die-for Gib­sons – the record­ing ses­sion even fea­tured four Dum­bles! He told Gui­tarist mag­a­zine: “I’ve always been that mav­er­ick guy who’s got a very lib­eral view of what blues is… And that’s the way I’ve always played, writ­ing some stuff that’s in the genre, some stuff that’s not in the genre, and some stuff in-between.”

Triple threat: Joe Bona­massa, Slash and Paul Gil­bert are back

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