THERE''S a rare chance to join the company of two international masters of classical fretboard
instruments on Tyneside next week as the seventh North East Guitar Festival gets under way.
Alexi Laiho led Children of Bodom through some typically breathless fretboard
wizardry, while the mighty Lamb of God, with throat-meister Randy Blythe stalking the stage like a rabid animal, were the best band of the night.
Known only as Sam, the band's female lead singer's smoky voice provided a perfect foil for Borowski's fretboard
Alden is one of those wizards of the fretboard
that leaves jaws on the floor while doing full melodic justice to the jazz standards tradition.
The twin axe attack of Herman Li and Sam Totman was a sight to behold, both refusing to give an inch in their frenzied fretboard
The great washes of sound - with Gilmour's fretboard
lamentations and archive contributions from late keyboard player Rick Wright prominent - provide a requiem for both Wright and a great Britrock institution's life and times.
He may not possess his father''s fiery fretboard
skills (very few do) but he has an excellent soulful tenor voice which has broad appeal and is quite clearly made to break hearts.
DRUMMER Appice, who's played with all the big names, has recruited 14 of the biggest guitar stars in the business for a fretboard
frenzy of heavy metal and blues.
"It had a picture of a fretboard
with three chords and the message 'Now start a band' on it," reveals 53-year-old Steve.
Combining elements of aggressive punk with Jason Hampton's frenzied fretboard
attack, Glory Bound is a veritable riff-fest and a must-have addition to any respectable rock fan's collection.
Performing live and unedited in the studio, they serve up a fretboard
feast including an acoustic version of Fleetwood Mac favourite Albatross.
If you're an acoustic guitar player who knows a few chords and wants to progress further, a new guitar workshop in central Birmingham may be right up your fretboard
. Details from Chris Matthews on 07876 237996.