Live Performances

Maroon 5

On NBC’s The Voice, Maroon 5 took a moment to perform their new single “Wait”, which received a standing ovation from the celebrity judges and the studio audience. James Valentine was spotted rocking his signature Valentine Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar. Maroon 5 plays with Power Slinky and Regular Slinkys Electric Guitar Strings and Light Phosphor Bronze acoustic strings. You can watch the entire episode with Maroon 5’s performance below.

Boston Manor

Boston Manor visited the Alternative Press to perform three songs including “Lead Feet.” The British pop-punk group has just finished up their tour in the United States. Henry Cox’s voice is a quintessential element of their music and is the focal point in this performance alongside with Mike Cunniff and Ash Wilson’s guitar playing. In this clip, they also perform “Drowned in Gold,” which is another great hit from their album, BE NOTHING. 

Boston Manor plays with Beefy Slinkys.

Matt Bissonette

Ernie Ball Music Man artist, Matt Bissonette performed with Elton John on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week. The group played “I’m Still Standing” from Elton John’s 1983 album, Too Low for Zero. Elton John and his band are prepping for their Final Tour: ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ which begins in September of 2018 and spans to 5 continents around the world. Matt has been playing with Elton since 2012 and performed at a very special Grammy Salute on CBS featuring tribute performances by Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, John Legend and more.

Click below to see Matt on The Late Show with his custom gold Music Man Stingray 5 Bass and here for the full episode of the Grammy Salute. When we asked Matt how the Grammy performance went, he told us,

It was awesome hearing new spins on Elton’s great songs for his tribute on CBS. I used my Gold Sparkle and my all Black Stingray 5 string and as usual, I got a lot of great feedback from the sound engineer during our performances. I heard the usual feedback about the Music Man basses.

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy made an appearance on the Late Late Show with James Corden. They played their hit “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes)” from their seventh studio album, Mania, which released in January of 2018. Fall Out Boy are currently on their Mania Tour and will be heading back to finish the tour in the United States in late August.

Fall Out Boy plays with Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinkys and Bass Hybrid Slinkys.

Andrew W.K.

Andrew W. K performed on Conan O’Brien and brought a gang of vocals for his single “Music Is Worth Living For” off of his record You’re Not Alone.  The energy was addictive on the Coco stage, as a relentless Andrew W.K. repeatedly belted out melodies in all white, shoving the mic into his pants and jumping back to the keys for the anthemic song, which is guaranteed to make you smile.

Andrew W.K. performs with Ernie Ball Cobalt Power Slinky, M-Steel Skinny Top Heavy BottomBeefy Slinkys, and Power Bass Slinky

New Releases

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett has released the Official Music Video for her song “City Looks Pretty” from her upcoming album Tell Me How You Really Feel. The album is set to release on May 18th, right between two shows on her tour. The video samples psychedelic graphics that pair perfectly with a theme of distancing oneself from the connected world we live in. Her lyrics allude to her struggle to find those solitary moments and the false friendships that are forged through our digital lives. Be sure to listen to the new single below.

Courtney uses Ernie Ball Power Slinkys and Earthwood 80/20 Medium Strings.

The Longshot (Billie Joe Armstrong)

Billie Joe Armstrong has started a new band called The Longshot. The band released a surprise album with the title track “Love is for Losers.” The new release has been racking up positive reviews and being compared to some of Green Day’s most popular albums. Follow this link to listen to Love Is For Losers in it’s entirety and watch the new music video for the single below.

Billie Joe Armstrong plays with Regular Slinkys.


Watch as Ernie Ball artist, Tancred (Jess Abbott) relives the torment of a hookup that she can’t seem to shake in her new music video for “Queen of New York.” In this track, Jess Abbott sings about the emotional ups and downs of one night stands and connecting with someone else. “Queen of New York” is a single from her upcoming album Nightstand which premieres June 1st. Loving the single? Click on her website to preorder her album.

Tancred plays with Regular Slinkys and Bass Super Slinkys.


Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon has released a new music video for their song “Kamikaze.” The video shows the band’s ability to not only produce great music but also match it with visually stunning choreography.

Walk The Moon’s guitarist, Eli Maiman, rocks a Music Man St. Vincent Maiman also plays with both Regular Slinkys and Cobalt Regulars

Tour Announcements

Deep Purple and Judas Priest

Deep Purple and Judas Priest have announced a summer co-headling tour that includes 25 North American cities. Follow this link to see when you can catch them at a venue near you. Deep Purple uses Super RPS Slinkys and Bass Extra Slinkys.

Judas Priest plays with a custom set of 9-38 single strings and Bass Hybrid Slinkys.


Garbage announced their 20th Anniversary American Tour for their release of Version 2.0. The tour features 17 domestic cities and you can check out where they will be playing on their website here

Garbage performs with Regular RPS Slinkys and Power RPS Slinkys.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell has announced the dates for his tour which began April 20th! His website has tons of information on concert locations, times, and prices. They will be performing their 2017 LP The Nashville SoundThe Nashville Sound won Best Americana Album at the 60th Grammy Awards. You’re not going to want to miss the chance to see them live!

Jason and the 400 Unit rely on Regular Slinkys and Regular Paradigms to create their trademark sound!

Jason Isbell’s new album, The Nashville Sound, is out June 16.

Upon a Burning Body, Volumes, The White Noise, and Convictions

These Ernie Ball bands, Upon a Burning Body, Volumes, The White Noise, and Convictions will be touring the United States together for a full domestic spring tour. Be sure to catch a show near you.

Upon a Burning Body plays Bass 5 Slinkys and Regular 7 Slinkys. The White Noise rely on Not Even Slinkys and Bass 5 Super Slinkys. The Convictions use Not Even SlinkysBass 5 Power Slinkys, and 6 String Baritones.

A Perfect Circle

A Perfect Circle has added some new tour dates for their must-see Worldwide Tour.  Check out where you can catch them on tour here.

A Perfect Circle plays with Bass Power Slinkys and a custom set of Ernie Ball Single Strings for guitar with gauges 13-56.

Together Pangea

Together Pangea is beginning their West Coast run starting next month. Catch their energetic set in an intimate venue near you.

Together Pangea plays with Cobalt Hybrid Slinkys and Super Slinkys.

Special Events

John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe 2.0

John Petrucci will be holding his camp, Guitar Universe 2.0, in Glen Cove, New York this coming August 6th-10th. Guitar Universe is a camp that consists of four days full of workshops and activities that benefit all skill levels. Instructors will include talented guitarists like John Petrucci himself, Tosin Abasi, Guthrie Govan, Tony MacAlpine and Al Di Meola.

Follow this link to check out further information on the camp or read about it in Guitar World. John promises that whatever skill level, tastes, or interests you have in guitar, all will be satisfied. Watch the video below to hear from guest instructors on what to expect for Guitar Universe 2.0.

Check out John Petrucci’s collection of signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars.

Bonus Content

Against Me: Laura Jane Grace

Take an intimate look into the daily creative music workflow of Ernie Ball artist, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me. From dropping off her daughter at school, to songwriting, and bicycle rides to coffee shops. This video captures how music is weaved all throughout her everyday life.

Against Me plays with Power Slinkys and Bass Hybrid Slinkys.

Welcome to the Family

The Score

The Score are the newest members of the Ernie Ball family! This indie-pop band is on their Inside A Dream Tour, playing music from their album, ATLAS, which was released in October 2017 and includes hits like, “Higher” and “Miracle.” ATLAS debuted at #7 on iTunes Alternative! The Score also boasts millions of VEVO and Spotify streams. Watch the Official Music Video for “Miracle” below and check out their website to see when the Inside A Dream Tour is playing near you.

The Score plays with Regular Slinkys.

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