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Taylor Guitars Commemorates 35th Anniversary With Limited Edition Anniversary Models
Taylor Guitars turns 35 this year, and to celebrate, they're releasing an eclectic collection of limited edition guitars. Here is the full press release:
EL CAJON, Calif. - August 31, 2009 - This year, Taylor Guitars is set to commemorate its 35th anniversary with its most eclectic collection of limited edition guitars to date. From new models to premium versions of existing guitars featuring exotic grades of wood, the company will be crafting small quantities of each to celebrate. The first series of anniversary guitars to be released highlights the company's electric line, offering exotic tops in the SolidBody XXXV-SB-K (koa) and the XXXV-SB-QM (quilted maple); and in the semi-hollowbody T3 as the XXXV-T3-C (cocobolo) and XXXV-T3-K (koa).
Solidbody players will lust after the shimmering feathered koa top of the XXXV-SB-K and the buttery golden waves of quilted maple on the XXXV-SB-QM. Both Solidbody anniversary models feature a body crafted from mahogany, a sloping venetian cutaway, and a single fretboard inlay of "35" between the 11th and 12th frets. Complete with an ultra-adjustable bridge, easy-rolling control knobs and a shaded edgeburst, these guitars come ready to rock with Taylor's Style 1 HD (high-definition) pickups for pure electric power.
The 35th Anniversary edition of the much-raved-about T3 gives players a choice of fiery-orange colored cocobolo (XXXV-T3-C) or rich, sparkling koa (XXXV-T3-K). These limited edition models feature bodies and necks crafted from sapele, ebony peghead overlays, chrome hardware and will feature the "35" anniversary inlay between the 11th and 12th frets. Introduced earlier this year, the T3 features Taylor's Style 2 HD pickups, three-way pickup switching, and coil-splitting that gives players a spectrum of humbucker and single coil sounds in one guitar. On the T3/B, an authentic Bigsby vibrato tailpiece is paired with a roller bridge for smooth functionality and an added dimension of sound. Both XXXV-T3 anniversary models will be produced in ultra-limited quantities.
The XXXV-SB-K and XXXV-SB-QM along with the XXXV-T3-K and XXXV-T3-C will be offered at a suggested list price of $3,798, and the XXXV-T3/B-K and the XXXV-T3/B-C at $3,998. All 35th Anniversary models, including those yet to be announced, are expected to be available in North America in early fall and internationally in winter.
For additional information about the 35th Anniversary models, please click here.
LACUNA COIL To Headline HardDrive Live Tour
Lacuna Coil is gearing up for the extensive HardDrive Live Tour, a 43-date North American fall tour beginning September 22 in Albany, NY and wrapping November 17 in Toronto, ON. The band will bring their soaring hard rock, distinctive female-male vocal dynamic, and alluring atmospherics—as highlighted on their current and fifth full-length album Shallow Life (Century Media Records)—to such markets as New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Calgary, Minneapolis, Baltimore, and more. The HardDrive Live Tour also features All That Remains, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, From Sword To Sunrise (1st leg), and Taking Dawn (2nd leg).
In other news, Lacuna Coil's Fuel TV performance debuted last week, and performances of "I Won't Tell You" and "Spellbound" can be seen here.
Here are the Lacuna Coil tour dates (be sure to check the band's MySpace page for off-date headline shows scattered throughout the tour cycle):
9/22 Albany, NY
9/23 New York, NY
9/25 Philadelphia, PA
9/26 Syracuse, NY
9/27 Pittsburgh, PA
9/29 Cleveland, OH
9/30 Grand Rapids, MI
10/1 Ft. Wayne, IN
10/2 Detroit, MI
10/3 Madison, WI
10/5 Sauget, IL
10/6 Columbus, OH
10/7 Chicago, IL
10/9 Houston, TX
10/10 Dallas, TX
10/12 Albuquerque, NM
10/14 Las Vegas, NV
10/15 Phoenix, AZ
10/16 Los Angeles, CA
10/17 Fresno, CA
10/18 San Francisco, CA
10/20 Spokane, WA
10/22 Salt Lake City, UT
10/23 Denver, CO
10/24 Omaha, NE
10/25 Fargo, ND
10/27 Calgary, AB
10/28 Edmonton, AB
10/30 Winnipeg, MB
10/31 Minneapolis, MN
11/2 Little Rock, AR
11/3 Knoxville, TN
11/5 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
11/6 Gainesville, FL
11/7 Atlanta, GA
11/8 Orlando, FL
11/9 Charleston, SC
11/11 Baltimore, MD
11/12 Lancaster, PA
11/13 Sayreville, NJ
11/14 Hartford, CT
11/16 Montreal, QC
11/17 Toronto, ON
ZZ TOP Doubles Down on New Live 2-Disc Set
That "li'l ol' blues band from Texas" ZZ Top will feature shows from 1980 and 2008 on its new concert DVD, Double Down Live, which hits shelves October 20 (Eagle Vision).
Disc 1, which is called "Definitely Then," features a 22-song performance from the 1980 "Deguello" tour, filmed at the Gurgahalle in Essen, Germany, for the TV series "Rockpalast." Disc 2, or "Almost Now," was shot during their 2008 European tour and combines live performances, interview clips, and backstage footage.
Get ZZ Top guitar tabs and jam tracks here!
Track listing for Double Down Live is:
I Thank You
Waitin' For the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Precious And Grace
I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
Lowdown In The Street
Heard It On The X
Fool For Your Stockings
Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings
Arrested For Driving While Blind
Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
She Loves My Automobile
Hi Fi Mama
Dust My Broom
Tube Snake Boogie
Just Got Paid
Disc Two – Almost Now 2008
Got Me Under Pressure
Waitin' For The Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
Blue Jean Blues
Heard It On The X
Just Got Paid
I Need You Tonight
La Grange (with Sloppy Drunk & Bar-B-Q)
SHADOWS FALL to Appear on Fuse TV's Let It Rock August 31
Shadows Fall will make a special guest appearance on the brand new Fuse TV show "Let It Rock" Monday, August 31, at 7:00 pm EST. The band talks about their forthcoming album Retribution, and they also show the music video for their first single off of the album, "Still I Rise." The show will re-air on the following days and times:
Tuesday 9/1 @ 3am & 3pm
Wed 9/2 @ 12am
Sunday 9/6 @ 5p
Friday 9/11 @ 2am
Saturday 9/12 @ 6pm
Fans can get the inside track on all things rock with Fuse’s brand new weekly series, "Let It Rock." Hosted by Juliya, Fuse's resident rock and metal expert, the show will air the latest videos and update viewers on the wide world of rock with news, interviews and special guests.
Retribution is available for pre-order now. You can choose from a CD, a limited edition CD with a DVD, limited edition vinyl or the extremely limited deluxe box set, which comes with a CD, DVD, vinyl, an exclusive t-shirt, poster, patech, and a fan club–only laminate, all packed up in a sweet Retribution box.
ATREYU Set to Release CONGREGATION OF THE DAMNED on October 27
Orange County rockers Atreyu (guitar tab) have completed Congregation of the Damned, which is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2007's Lead Sails Paper Anchor. Produced by Bob Marlette (Ozzy Osbourne) and mixed by Rich Costey (Mars Volta, System of a Down), the album is due to hit shelves on October 27.
"I wrote the line 'congregation of the damned' for one of the songs on the album, and it got me thinking," says vocalist Alex Varkatzas. "It kind of feels like in a lot of ways that we, as members of a society, are just gathering around and collectively getting f***ed over. When you look at what's going on in our economy and how other people treat each other, it's kind of like we're all just lemmings. We're lined up blankly staring blindly at nothing and just going along with the flow like a congregation of the damned. So this record really reflects my thoughts and feelings about that in every possible way."
While Congregation of the Damned features some of the band's heaviest riffs ever, on tracks like "You Were the King, Now You're Unconscious" and "Bleeding Is A Luxury," (see video below), it also contains some of truly delicate and sentimental moments, such as the piano ballad "Wait For You."
"That one's just a beautiful song, and if you don't like it, you don't have a heart," Varkatzas says. "I'd say that this album is a mix of everything we've ever done. For every song that's more melodic or rock-driven, there's a total sh*tkicker, and I think that's what makes us a well-rounded band."
The band will launch a co-headlining tour with Hollywood Undead on October 16, in Lubbock, Texas, and will remain on the road throughout most of 2010. The band recently performed at the Epicenter festival in Pomona, California, where this fan footage of new song "Bleeding Is a Luxury" was filmed.
Win an Epiphone Thunderbird Bass Signed by Motley Crue
Billboard.com is giving away an Epiphone Thunderbird bass signed by all four members of Motley Crue. To enter, simply tell them your craziest story involving being a Motley Crue fan, and the best one wins the bass.
Motley Crue is currently winding down this year's Crue Fest 2 tour, which runs through September 2. This year's run featured Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, Charm City Devils, and, of course, Motley Crue, plus a second stage headlined by Rev Theory and Cavo. The band recently announced that they will be taking a year off, to rest and record a new album, before surmounting Crue Fest 3 in 2011.
Get Motley Crue guitar tabs here!
MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL Seeks Volunteers
Attention jazz fans with time on your hands and charity in your hearts: The 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival is looking for volunteers to work the week of September 14-21, particularly early in the week, during setup. Morning shift is approximately 9:00 am through 1:00 pm; afternoon is approximately 1:00 pm through 6:00 pm; evening is 6:00pm through midnight. Volunteers are welcome to stay on the grounds after their shift ends to take in some great jazz. To apply, click here.
This year's festival, which runs from September 18-20, will feature jazz icons such as Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and others. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to perpetuating jazz. In addition to the festival, which is the longest running jazz fest in the world, they provide year-round jazz education programs. For more information, visit www.montereyjazzfestival.org