Ten finalists will battle for the
international title of “Guitar Hero” at Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero 2007
competition to be held Friday, October 12, at 8 pm at the Great American
Music Hall in San Francisco.
Hosting the guitarfest will be Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small. Now
in its second season on Adult Swim, Metalocalypse documents the exploits and
mayhem unleashed by Nathan Explosion and his Dethklok band mates, Skwisgaar
Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth (the two fastest guitarists alive), bassist
William Murderface, and drummer Pickles.
The tremendously popular and utterly mythical Norwegian heavy metal outfit
had one of its songs (“Thunderhorse”) included in Guitar Hero II, and
recently released its latest album, Dethalbum, and single, “Bloodrocuted,”
as well as booking a college tour (where Small will lead a real-life
Dethklok band with co-guitarist Mike Keneally, bassist Bryan Beller, and
drummer Gene Hoglan).
Before skewering heavy rock with Metalocalypse, Small was the co-creator,
star, writer, and composer for the Adult Swim cartoon Home Movies. The Los
Angeles-based standup comedian has also lent his voice talents to Aqua Teen
Hunger Force, Squidbillies, The Venture Bros., and Frisky Dingo.
Comedy duties aside, Small is also a serious guitarist who graduated from
the renowned Berklee College of Music in 1997. He often records all the
instruments for his shows, although he collaborated with Gene Hoglan (who
did the “insane drumming”) for Dethalbum.
“Guitar Player is absolutely delighted to welcome Brendon Small-and all the
heavy-metal voices in his head-as host of GH07,” says Guitar Player Editor
in Chief Michael Molenda. “We are certain that, in true Dethklok fashion,
that the GH07 audience will be vanquished by his genius!”
Activision, Microsoft and Digidesign are partnering to present the third
annual Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero competition. Activision produces the
red-hot video game Guitar Hero and will be on hand with pre-launch demos of
their new release, Guitar Hero III on XBox 360-outfitted kiosks on the show
floor. The event will be webcast using Microsoft’s “Silverlight” medium on
The ten finalists – representing a wide range of guitar styles including
Latin Shred, Rockabilly, Country and Rock – are: Jamie Robinson (Toronto,
Ontario), Juan Coronado (Whitby, Ontario) Tony Smotherman (Jacksonville,
Florida), Taka Minamino (Hollywood, CA ), Danny B. Harvey (Canyon County,
CA), Curtis Fornadley (Playa Del Rey, CA), Casey Harshbarger (Indianapolis,
Indiana), Ladd Smith (Nashville, Tennessee) , Les Robot (real name: Cory
Melnychuk) (Edmonton, Alberta), and Chris Peters (Orlando, Florida).
Celebrity judges including San Francisco’s legendary Joe Satriani, Toto
axeman Steve Lukather, Elliot Easton of the Cars, prog-rock icon Greg Howe,
Shrapnel Records’ Mike Varney, and virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt will evaluate
each five-minute original performance and select the Winner and First and
Second Runner-up finalists.
Guitar Player’s Guitar Hero is sponsored by Activision, Digidesign, and
Microsoft with additional sponsorship from Epiphone Guitars, Mesa/Boogie
amps, Jodavi ZZYZX Snapjack Cables, Dunlop Manufacturing, Moody Leather,
Planet Waves, and Sonicbids. The competition takes place Friday, October 12,
2007 at 8:00 p.m. at Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell Street, San
Francisco, CA. Admission $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door. Tickets can
be ordered online at www.gamh.com; www.tickets.com, or call 1-800-225-2277.
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