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The power of prog is thrust back to the top and exactly where it should be with this seminal body of work by an undisputed hero of prog rock. Mr. Francis Dunnery is back. We spoke with Francis, who is well known for his truthful words and his trusty Laney Lionheart L20H with LT212 cabinet. Here’s a bit about his recording process when creating a fresh body of work; The whole concept of recording guitars is something which I have spent the last few years getting into. I never used to bother trying to get guitar sounds, I paid little attention to the process but after hearing some of my early work I have decided to try and perfect the art form. After checking out tons of amps I chose the Laney Lionheart because of the overall quality of the sound. Since plug ins came on the market everyone thinks that if you have a picture of a huge stack amp then it sounds like a huge stack amp. This is nothing more than a marketing scam. Compressors, reverbs, EQ units etc, the pictures of the plug ins do not replicate the real thing. I think its important to acknowledge this from the beginning because it is a vital component in my guitar sound. I used a very simple set up. 1 SM57 on the outside of the cone. You don’t need anymore than this. Maybe a room mic? But why complicate things! 75% of the sound comes from your hands so theres no way to make a bad player sound good. I dont care what amp or guitar you are using, you must first be able to play it otherwise you wont be able to take advantage of any quality amplifier. For me, the most important thing with any amp is that it must sound quality when it is clean and must remain quality and retain the musicality in the chords when you overdrive it. I need to be able to play an overdriven sound and still hear the music in the chords and not some fuzz or buzz. The Lionheart L20H with LT212 cabinet definitely does this better than any of the other amps that i tried. If like me you are a blues guy or prog or melodic rock then I think you will be hard pushed to find an amp as good as this for less than $7000. Im very happy with my Lionheart and I haven’t heard anything better since I started using it. I used the L20T-212 combo on my recent live work in the U.K and it was a home-from-home for me. We love what we hear and can’t wait for you to check this great record out! Vampires is available right now at www.francisdunnery.com
, Steven Tyler, 5th Harmony, Ashley Clark, Mutt Lange, Smash Mouth, Theory Of A Deadman, J Dash, American Idol David Archuleta, Kris Allen, Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block), Jared Lee, Cassidee Pope, Nickelodeon, Cartel, Jennifer Paige, Robbie Nevil, Three Graces, American Bang, Natasha Bedingfield, Aly and AJ, Hayden Panettiere & Colby O’donis among many others. As a multi-Platinum music producer, songwriter, mixer, engineer, multi-Instrumentalist and programmer, Mike has produced, engineered, mixed, written and played on many top charting Billboard hits, selling in excess of millions of units worldwide. A transplant from Toronto Canada to L.A., Mike now resides with his wife and children in Valencia CA, working out of their studio “Twelve Records Music.” We met Mike at NAMM 2016, after he had joined “Stadium” a new “super group” with members from Aerosmith, and notably a close friend of Laney, Gary Garry Beers of INXS. Mike played through the new GHR range and was so stoked by the sound we signed him up on the spot. Expect to see much more from these guys!!
It Began With Laney But today, on Iommi’s birthday, we celebrate his glorious career. As the guitarist for arguably heavy metal’s greatest band, Iommi’s innovative playing paved the way for thousands of metal musicians that would follow in his footsteps. From Black Sabbath’s landmark debut self-titled album to their classic sophomore disc ‘Paranoid’ to the current day, Iommi has laid down some of the most memorable riffs in heavy metal history.
Click here to see the guys playing out to a packed arena They guys are out supporting All Time Low, and with only 6 arena dates in the UK, the crowds were massive to see these legends live for the first time in years, confirming that rock bands can most definitely still sell out arena stadiums. Benji has been using an Ironheart IRT120H and IRT412 cab for the Good Charlotte dates, changing it up to adapt his tone from his Madden brothers gigs where he uses a Lionheart L50H and L412 cab. He told us “Laney just gives me such a great tone, the guys always get me what i need, when i need it. The equipment is robust, with amazing tones and gain. I couldn’t be happier”. The guys have two more UK dates left to play, in Dublin and Glasgow, before they return to working on their other projects; The Madden Brothers and The Voice Australia. Check out more from their tour with All Time Low here – http://goodcharlotte.com #LOVEMUSICLOVELANEY