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[7 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | 5,707 views]
Gibson Blog Declares Klinghoffer’s RHCP Position ‘Official’

Again with the Klinghoffer?
‘Fraid so.  I bring news.
OK.  Before going on, it should be said that there’s an excellent chance any new and unusual happening related the Klnghoffer and his place in the Chili Peppers is actually down to confirmation bias. What I mean is that it’s entirely possible that the events – in and of themselves – aren’t that unusual and, because we’re all looking for weird conspiracies, that’s what we’re finding.  With that in mind, we should all take new information with a small pinch of salt.
That said, I’m …

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[7 Jan 2010 | One Comment | 3,317 views]
Klinghoffer And Chili Peppers: The Plot Thickens

Ok, so I don’t want to turn this place into a Klinghoffer/Red Hot Chili Peppers talking shop (at least not exclusively) but things are getting weird with this story.
In our last story on this (Chili Peppers Klinghoffer Confusion), we mentioned the redaction and removal of information already published regarding Josh Klinghoffer’s replacement of John Frusciante in the Chili Peppers. Well, this trend seems to be continuing.
In a story that’s seeming not dissimilar to Gibson’s backtrack and disappearing of information regarding its Jimi Hendrix Strat-A-Like a few months back, it looks …

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[6 Jan 2010 | 7 Comments | 9,934 views]
Chili Peppers Klinghoffer Confusion

In the wake of Frusciante’s departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Klinghoffer has been the name on everybody’s lips.  Is Klinghoffer is the man to replace Frusciante?
Ultimate Guitar published a story confirming Klinghoffer’s new role in the band and citing an article posted on stadium-arcadium.com.  The editor of Stadium-Arcadium (allegedly) wrote:
“I’ve managed to establish contact with Josh through the previous owner of Josh-Klinghoffer.net, Katrina, who has personal contact with him, and was able to get him to reply to an e-mail asking if he was in the band. …

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[22 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Jimmy Page Tour 2010 – With Or Without Zep-Buddies | 15,651 views]
Jimmy Page Tour 2010 – With Or Without Zep-Buddies

Former Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page has announced that he will tour in 2010, whether or not his former bandmates join him.
Pagey has a number of new songs written and plans an album release, with promotional tour, for next year. He said,”We’re running up to Christmas now and next year I have every intention of playing music live and manifesting it. I’ve got the music waiting, and that’s what I’ll be doing. It’s been two years since The 02 show [Led Zeppelin show in London’s O2 Arena in 2007], …

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[15 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Frusciante Quits Chili Peppers | 3,792 views]
Frusciante Quits Chili Peppers

MusicRadar have written regarding John Frusciante’s position as guitarist with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
It seems, that he’s not.
A ‘source close to the band’ has said that Josh Klinghoffer has been rehearsing with the Peppers for the last couple of months and that the band is trying to find a permanent replacement for John.
The source said, “Mentally, John checked out a long time ago. He’s interested in doing his own thing, his own albums – the whole big rock band machinery just doesn’t appeal to him anymore.”
MusicRadar tell us that, …

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[24 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Paul Smith And Vintage Collaboration | 3,918 views]
Paul Smith And Vintage Collaboration

That’s Paul Smith, not Paul Reed Smith.  Paul Smith, the clothing designer, collaborated with Vintage Guitars in order to produce this – the Paul Smith acoustic guitar.
It’s a 3/4-sized acoustic that Paul Smith is refers to in most of his marketing as a ‘children’s guitar’ but could really serve as a travel guitar for the discerning clothes-horse who wants to strum as fashionably as he or she dresses.
The guitar has a spruce top and mahogany body.  The neck is maple and the fingerboard, rosewood. Specifications list a mahogany bridge but the …

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[19 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Featured Video: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ | 3,073 views]
Featured Video: Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’

Featured video time.  This week(ish) is Jimi Hendrix who is, lets face it, the guitarist who needs very little introduction.
Something just a little different though.  This is an acoustic rendition of Hear My Train A Comin’ on a 12-string guitar.  I think this video is from the film, See My Music Talking.
A similar, acoustic 12-string version can be heard on the Blues album, which is a compilation released in 1994.  It contains versions of Hendrix playing, as you might expect, blues songs – originals and covers.  Despite the cynical nature …

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[4 Nov 2009 | Comments Off on Featured Video: Rory Gallager – Pistol Slapper Blues | 3,569 views]
Featured Video: Rory Gallager – Pistol Slapper Blues

Pistol Slapper Blues, an old Blind Boy Fuller track, as performed by Rory Gallagher.
I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about Rory – on the one hand, many (not all) of his studio albums don’t really get me too excited but, anything live by him is always brilliant.
Case in point: Live! In Europe.  Released in 1972, it was recorded on his European tour and has a nice mix of Rory rocking out with the band – on his trusty, battered Stratocaster – and some solo songs with just him playing acoustic, …

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[23 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Featured Video – Mick Ronson | 1,894 views]
Featured Video – Mick Ronson

Who doesn’t think Mick Ronson rocks?  Who?
Nobody, that’s who.  Or, at least, nobody who knows.  Check him out here, rocking with Ziggy. Splendid stuff.  It’ll live over in the sidebar Featured Video for the next few days.  Tell your friends.

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[20 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Blue Cheer Bad News | 1,540 views]
Blue Cheer Bad News

The bass player and singer from Blue Cheer, Dickie Peterson has died.
He passed away on 12th October in Erkelenz, Germany after a long fight with cancer.  He was sixty-three.
If you’re not familiar with Blue Cheer, you should be.  They are frequently cited as being the band that invented heavy metal and certainly their style of heavy blues is in a very similar vein to the other bands often heralded with the same accolade.
Formed in 1966, the original(ish) line-up comprised Peterson on bass and vocals, Leigh Stephens on guitar and Eric Albronda …

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