Vintage Guitar - July 2016 - Open - 22
on Dark Lord, with the organ - and slide
guitar... on a modern neo-classical track.
That's the first time I ever played slide on
any of my records. I wanted to do that thing
that Blackmore does where he plays the evilsounding Hungarian minor thing with the
slide, whether it's "Stargazer" or some of the
stuff he does on "Difficult To Cure" live.
That's a total Blackmore thing. He played
slide on "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" and on
Rising. He plays a ton of slide stuff. I don't
use any alternate tunings. It's straight-up slide
guitar. I always loved how Blackmore played it
in harmonic and Hungarian minor. Another
great Blackmore slide tune is "Maybe Next
Time" on Difficult To Cure.
Will you tour in support of Dark Lord?
... And the holy Trinity of euro-Metal Guitar
etal virtuoso Joe Stump believes Ritchie
Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, and Michael
Schenker form the holy trinity of European
metal guitar. And he should know. Not only
has he built a long career creating incendiary
music, he's a Professor at The Berklee College
His latest album, The Dark Lord Rises, is a
heartfelt testament to his love for the genre
closest to his heart. It's filled with technical
brilliance and inspiration from guitar icons
Gary Moore, Ritchie Blackmore, and Yngwie
What did you want to accomplish with
The Dark Lord Rises?
It has all the things I like to listen to, whether
it's classical music or all my favorite players like
Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary
Moore, Uli Jon Roth, or Michael Schenker.
Plus, I like all kinds of metal like Mercyful
Fate, King Diamond, Accept, and Arch Enemy.
So I come up with different things that blend
the different schools of metal.
The album has much more diversity than
on past records.
Everybody knows my work, especially for the
neo-classical stuff, and while there's plenty of
that going on, it has the Blackmore and Gary
Moore thing. As time goes on while I still
practice very technical things, I still gravitate
towards more older school things. Whether it's
Blackmore during his Rainbow period or Gary
Moore, I love all of it. I love the classic Gary
Moore records like We Want Moore, Victims
Of The Future, and Corridors Of Power.
I would learn every solo off those records.
Gary Moore use to play a Strat back then; Corridors Of Power was all 100-watt Marshall, a
Strat, and a Boss DS-1. He got such killer tones
on those records. On Victims Of The Future, he
still had a Strat but he used a Les Paul Junior,
too - the one he played back in Thin Lizzy.
There's a strong Deep Purple influence
You've met Yngwie. How does he feel
about his style being such a prominent
component in your music?
He's always been very nice to me. I'm not sure
how he really feels about it, but I put Yngwie
in the guitar legend category like Blackmore
and Gary Moore. He's in a class with the great
You've been criticized for sounding too
much like Yngwie, but what you do is no different than every blues guitarist who uses
the vocabulary of B.B. King or Albert King.
I completely agree, and I'm proud of it. The
last time I checked, Yngwie was pretty f***in'
When you're teaching at Berklee, do your
students refer to you as Professor, or The
(Laughs) Some students call me Professor,
but I tell them to call me Joe. Many students
call me the Shred Lord (laughs). That name
took on a life of its own. - Oscar Jordan
Joe Stump: Dean Cascione.
I've been playing a bunch of shows and have
a Blackmore tribute band called Black Knight's
Castle, where I play a bunch of Deep Purple
and Rainbow stuff. I'll also play some of the
Blackmore-inspired instrumentals. It's cool
because I end up playing places that would
never allow me to do my solo thing. But I'm
shredding and playing a ton of guitar and lot
of my own stuff, so I'm getting away with it
I'm also in a Deep Purple tribute band
called Stormbringer. The keyboard player has
two Leslies and a Hammond. And I do solo
stuff, as well.
The most significant thing I'm doing
coming up is the Axes & Anchors Cruise
with Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker,
and Zakk Wylde. It's a metal cruise that's all
guitar-oriented. It's going to be very cool. I'm
looking forward to this because I get to see
Yngwie and Schenker.