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Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Flood Coming to Rock Band Video Game

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 27, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Blues aficionados and gamers rejoice! The debut album from late electric blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Texas Flood, will be added to the Rock Band Music Store catalog of downloadable content. All ten songs featured on the album, including "Pride and Joy" and "Rude Mood," will be available as downloadable Rock Band tracks individually or as a full album. The release dates are Tuesday, March 3, 2009 for Xbox 360, and Thursday, March 5, 2009, for PlayStation.

SRV Tracks:
"Love Struck Baby" 
"Pride and Joy"
"Texas Flood"
"Tell Me"
"Rude Mood"
"Mary Had a Little Lamb"
"Dirty Pool"
"I’m Cryin"

Jane's Addiction Unlocks Cabinet of Curiosities Box Set

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 27, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Just in time for the band's summer reunion tour, Jane's Addiction is set to release the 3CD/1DVD box set Cabinet of Curiosities (Rhino) on April 21. The collection contains demos, live performances, and rarities, including 30 unreleased tracks. The set will be released digitally as well as in a striking, limited-edition wooden cabinet for $74.98. The wooden curio cabinet looks like a shrine to the band made by an adoring fan. The box opens to reveal recreations of early concert fliers, ticket stubs, a set list and other memorabilia.

The box set focuses solely on the band's original incarnation of vocalist Perry Farrell,  guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins. The first two discs comprise mostly previously unrleased tracks and demos. Disc 3 contains a complete live show from December 19, 1990, at the Hollywood Palladium and features a number of fiery, unreleased performances including "Mountain Song," "Whores," "Ocean Size," and "Been Caught Stealing."

The DVD begins with Soul Kiss, previously available only on VHS, which features the video for "Mountain Song" that was banned by MTV, a video for "City," and candid home movies of the band. The DVD also brings together six additional music videos as well as a trio of unreleased 1990 performances taped in Milan for MTV Italy.

U2 to Score Broadway Spider-Man Musical

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 26, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Bono and EdgeIf you're a fan of U2 and you're "spider sense" has been tingling, that's because Bono and The Edge are writing the score to the Broadway production "Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark," which will be directed by Julie Taymor (Across the Universe, Frida). The show, which will tell the story of Spider-Man's origins, opens in February 2010, with preview performances beginning in January. The production has not yet been cast.

Other mainstream musicians who've scored Broadway shows—with varying levels of success—include Pete Townshend ("Tommy"), Paul Simon ("The Capeman"), and Elton John ("Aida"), among many others. We think the idea has legs ...

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Greatest Hits Package Due April 21

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 25, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Seven albums deep, Black Label Society has compiled their greatest material into a special one-shot package. On April 21, Eagle Rock Entertainment will unleash the massive greatest hits CD/DVD Skullage, brewing with 10 years of heavy, ferocious, rock.

The career retrospective Skullage CD portion includes a cross-section of the most brewtal BLS tracks, including "13 Years of Grief," "Doomsday Jesus," and "New Religion." The DVD is a mash-up of material, with various live sets (including acoustic versions of "The Blessed Hellride," "Spoke In The Wheel," and "Stillborn") and some of the most visually innovative BLS music videos. Spend time with BLS leader Zakk Wylde as he shares his memories of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, explains the motivation behind his most well-known songs, and displays his treasure trove of axes. Pranks and antics abound as we visit his home, hang with him, and meet his dogs.

The band, featuring Wylde along with guitarist Nick "Evil Twin" Catanese, drummer Craig "Louisiana Lightning" Nunenmacher, and bassist John "J.D. DeServio, will embark on the Black Label Bash tour on March 6, in what's sure to be one rough, pummeling ride.

Black Label Bash Tour:
3/6    San Francisco, CA  
3/7    Sparks, NV (Reno)   
3/9    Chico, CA   
3/10  Medford, OR   
3/11  Portland, OR   
3/13  Spokane, WA   
3/14  Seattle, WA   
3/15  Vancouver, BC   
3/17  Calgary, AB   
3/18  Edmonton, AB   
3/20  Saskatoon, SK  
3/21  Winnipeg, MB   
3/22  St. Paul, MN (and Minneapolis)   
3/24  Waterloo, IA (Cedar Falls)   
3/25  North Kansas City, MO   
3/27  Milwaukee, WI   
3/28  Chicago, IL   
3/29  Covington, KY (Cincinnati)   
3/31  MT. Clemens, MI  
4/1    Pittsburgh, PA  
4/3    Rochester, NY (Buffalo)   
4/4    Toronto, ON   
4/6    Hartford, CT  
4/7    Sayreville, NJ  
4/9    Manchester, NH   
4/10  New York, NY  
4/11  Philadelphia, PA   
4/14  Boston, MA   
4/15  Baltimore, MD  
4/17  N. Myrtle Beach, SC  
4/18  Duluth, GA (Atlanta)   
4/19  Charlotte, NC  
4/21  Houston, TX   
4/22  New Orleans, LA  
4/24  Austin, TX  
4/25  Dallas, TX   
4/26  Tulsa, OK   
4/28  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix)   
4/29  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix)   
5/1    Las Vegas, NV   
5/2    Los Angeles, CA  

Win a Seymour Duncan Stompbox!

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 25, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Seymour Duncan Tap DelaySeymour Duncan has announced a unique consumer trial and review program called Stomp 'N Win, to promote its line of stompboxes. Beginning March 1, 2009, musicians will be asked to go to their local music store and evaluate a Seymour Duncan stompbox. They can then submit a review of their stompbox trial at the promotion's official web page. Each week from March through May a drawing will be held for a free stompbox. As an added incentive, anyone who goes to a retail outlet, evaluates a stompbox, and writes a review will receive 10 entries in the drawing.

"We've introduced some exciting new products to our line of stompboxes, and we want people to give them a try," said Rick McClendon, VP of Sales for Seymour Duncan. "Our new Twin Tube Blue, Deja Vu Tap Delay, and Double Back Compressor represent the latest in a line of boutique-quality stompboxes for the working musician." 

Other Seymour Duncan stompboxes include the Pickup Booster, Tweak Fuzz, Twin Tube Classic, Twin Tube Mayhem, Lava Box, Paranormal Bass Direct Box, Shape Shifter, and Power Grid. To learn more, visit Seymour Duncan online


AXL Introduces the Badwater Hardware Kit

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 25, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Capitalizing on the successful and critically acclaimed Badwater series of guitars, AXL presents the Badwater Hardware Kit for players who want to individualize any guitar. The Badwater Hardware kit helps any guitar achieve a road-worn look and feel without an expensive “relic-ing” process.

The Badwater Hardware Kit (PG-820) comes with a carefully aged pickguard cut for 3 single-coil pickups, two tone knobs, and one volume knob, a selector switch tip, output jack plate, bridge assembly and tremolo arm, six tuning machines, and a set of strap buttons and mounting screws. Each plastic component has been antiqued and every metal piece has been anodized for a unique look and vintage feel. The Badwater Hardware Kit has a list price of $49.99, and is designed to fit most 3-pickup guitar designs.

Badwater hardware comes standard on AXL Badwater Series guitars, including the V-styled Jacknife. AXL Guitars is also the builder of the Mayhem, Bloodsport, and Marquee Series of electric guitars and basses.

For more information, visit AXL guitars online.

NYC Landmark Manny's Music to Close End of May?

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 24, 2009 at 5:08 PM

According to the Lost New York City blog, Manny's Musical Instruments, a New York City landmark since 1935, will close its doors forever at the end of May, and the remainder of the Music Row—the block of W. 48th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues—may soon fall like a row of dominoes.

Following up on a reader's tip, blogger Brooks on Sheffield paid a call on Manny's and was told by a staff member that the store would shutter at the end of the May. Manny's was bought out in 1999 by Sam Ash, the musical 300-pound gorilla of Music Row and the most visible merchant on the street. A man from Sam Ash called a meeting at Manny's last Saturday and dropped the bomb that, after 74 years, Manny's would be put out of business. Some Manny's employees may be taken on by other Sam Ash stores here and in New Jersey.

According to the clerk, however, that may only be the beginning of it. The folks from Rockefeller Center have apparently been buying up parts of the block, including a mammoth parking garage that sits across the street, and aim to level the entire street so that the Center can expand across Sixth Avenue. Put simply, Music Row, one of the last real vestiges of Old Times Square, will cease to exist.

Comments made by Paul Ash, president of Sam Ash Music, to The Real Deal in 2008, do not encourage one to think that Ash will put up a fight. "It's inevitable that Music Row is going to end," said Paul Ash, "One day, both of these corners will be built up like [they are] on the other end of the block, and we're just waiting for the shoe to drop."

Manny's sits on property owned by its founding family. In the same Real Deal article, Ian Goldrich, Manny's grandson, said "I get at least a call a day from someone who wants to buy the building."

Over the years, Manny's has serviced such clients as Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Eric Clapton, and Nirvana.  

Wall of FameTo learn more about the history of Manny's Music check out The Wall of Fame, by Henry Goldrich and Holly Goldrich Shoenfeld.

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