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[27 May 2010 | Comments Off on Gorillaz Confirmed For U2 Glastonbury Slot | 1,980 views]
Gorillaz Confirmed For U2 Glastonbury Slot

After much speculation over the last couple of days (including a tempting story about a Led Zeppelin reformation), the official word is finally through…
Gorillaz will fill the headlining, Friday slot at this year’s Glastonbury.
The slot opened when U2 were forced to pull out due to Bono hurting his back while lifting all of his ‘Services To Musical Humanity And General Wonderfulness’ awards. I’m sure we all wish Bono some sort of recovery so that he can get back to saving the world and giving sunglasses-assembly jobs to small children …

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[8 May 2010 | Comments Off on Jeff Beck Plays Les Paul Tribute At Iridium Club | 2,765 views]
Jeff Beck Plays Les Paul Tribute At Iridium Club

On June 8th and 9th, Jeff Beck will play two performances as a tribute to the wonderful Les Paul.
The shows will take place at the Iridium Jazz Club, where Les played every week for the last 12 years of his life.  Every Monday, right up until his death at 94, Les played there and these shows are presented by the Iridium in collaboration with Gibson.
Beck will be ably aided by Imelda May and her band.  May has worked with Beck on a number of occasions – most notably perhaps, at the …

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[4 May 2010 | Comments Off on Omar Rodríguez-López and John Frusciante – Free Album Download | 4,913 views]
Omar Rodríguez-López and John Frusciante – Free Album Download

Omar Rodríguez-López (guitarist from The Mars Volta) and John Frusciante (erstwhile Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist) have recorded an album together.
And, best of all, it’s available for free download.
That said, donations are encouraged and, while not required, it would be nice if anyone that downloaded gave a little.  All donations received will be re-donated to ‘Keep Music In Schools’.  Also, consider that any donation, however small, encourages this sort of distribution model and can’t hurt in the fight to get record companies to realise there are alternatives to nabbing as …

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[8 Mar 2010 | Comments Off on Free Stuff: Win Hendrix Back Catalogue | 2,389 views]
Free Stuff: Win Hendrix Back Catalogue

Wanna win Hendrix’s entire back catalogue of music?
‘Course you do.
to mark the release of the Valleys Of Neptune album, Sony Music Ireland are giving away all of Jimi’s work.  Sweet.
To be in with a chance to win, pop off or Sony Ireland and answer the simple question asking when Jimi Hendrix was born (Wikipedia is your friend if you don’t know the answer).
Closing date is 12th of March so get your rocket-powered skates on.

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[17 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Guitar Nation Festival 2010 | 4,491 views]
Guitar Nation Festival 2010

Clapton may have his Crossroads Festival but Toyota Park in Chicago is a long way from Eric’s native Surrey.
If you’re from the non-Toyota Park side of the pond, you might find the Guitar Nation Festival worth some consideration instead.
Guitar Nation is a two day music festival of performances, demonstrations, seminars and debates and it will take place in London Earl’s Court Olympia on May 8th and 9th, 2010.
The festival’s mission is to empower musicians and to help them make a living from their music as well as to improve their …

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[15 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 7,050 views]
Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

Details of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival for 2010 have been announced.
The day-long festival will take part on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 in Toyota Park, Chicago.
Clapton claims that it’s a selfish thing – gathering so many musicians he admires together to hear them play – but the festival’s proceeds are to be donated to Clapton’s Crossroads Centre.  The centre, located on the island of Antigua provides addiction treatment programmes.
Selfish or not, there’s no doubt that Clapton has managed to gather an astonishingly brilliant selection of musicians to play their own …

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[8 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Red Hot Chili Peppers Appear With Josh Klinghoffer | 2,018 views]
Red Hot Chili Peppers Appear With Josh Klinghoffer

Still no official statement from the Chili Peppers as to Josh Klinghoffer’s role in the band replacing John Frusciante but the band has appeared in public with Klinghoffer on guitar.
At the MusicCares Person Of The Year, the RHCP played a cover of Neil Young’s A Man Needs A Maid. Footage was captured by a fan in the audience.  It’s not great footage but it’s worth a watch for all you Klinghoffer-watchers.

Previously:

Chili Peppers Klinghoffer Confusion
Klinghoffer and Chili Peppers: The Plot Thickens

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[2 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Let’s Hear It For Les (1): Jeff Beck and Imelda May | 2,076 views]
Let’s Hear It For Les (1): Jeff Beck and Imelda May

At the 52nd Grammy Awards, Jeff Beck and Imelda May performed a version of How High The Moon as a tribute to legendary guitarist and tinkerer, Les Paul.
Although bit of a jazz standard, the best known recording of How High The Moon was made by Les Paul and Mary Ford in 1951 and spent nine weeks at the number 1 position in the billboard charts.
Here you can see Jeff and Imelda performing a very nice version of the Les and Mary classic…

And, if you want to get an idea of …

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[28 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Jimmy Page On Tours and World Peace Awards | 2,284 views]
Jimmy Page On Tours and World Peace Awards

The photograph may not be current but the news is. Jimmy Page has been a busy little bee lately.
We mentioned a while back that he’s been talking about planning a tour for 2010 and also that he’s been philatelising (yeah, we know it’s not a word) with a new range of UK rock ‘n’ roll postage stamps.
Not content with all that, he’s announced that he’ll headline a free concert later this spring.
The Show Of Peace concert will be held in Beijing, China, on April 17th, 2010. It will …

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[26 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Featured Video: Django Reinhardt – Honeysuckle Rose | 3,742 views]
Featured Video: Django Reinhardt – Honeysuckle Rose

A few days ago, January 23rd, would have been the 100th birthday of Django Reinhardt.
Reinhardt is still one of the most renowned jazz guitarists ever to have lived. That he was a peerless musician is certain. And, as most people know, what makes this even more astonishing is that, at the age of 18, he was injured in a fire in his caravan (he was a gypsy) and was very badly burned. Along with other injuries, Django lost most of the use of the third and forth …

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