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Giant Gibson Les Paul Guitar Sculptures to Adorn Waukesha in Tribute to Hometown Hero
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that a collection of ten 10-foot tall Gibson Les Paul sculptures will be placed in prominent locations in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in tribute to the town's most famous son, Les Paul, as part of the national GuitarTown Project.
A Waukesha steering committee will select artists to turn these white fiberglass sculptures into works of art and subsequently choose prominent locations in and around downtown Waukesha to display them.
Les Paul, the "father of the electric guitar" as well as an inventor and prodigiously talented guitarist, was born in Waukesha in 1915 and is buried in the city's Prairie Home Cemetery. He died August 12, 2009, at age 94.
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Lamb of God Guitarist Mark Morton Donates Autographed Jackson Guitar to MDF Charity
PRESS RELEASE: Heavy metal fans now have a chance to own a piece of musical history and help find a cure for Myotonic Dystrophy (DM). Lamb of God lead guitarist Mark Morton has donated the custom-designed and autographed Jackson guitar from his personal collection, and the strings and Lamb of God guitar picks he used to record four of the songs from the band's album Wrath, to the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF). All proceeds from the sale of the guitar will support research into treatments and a cure for this devastating disorder.
This auction will be run through eBay MissionFish. Bidding began at 5:00 PM PST on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 and ends at 5:00 PM PST on Saturday, February 4, 2012.
You can check out the auction here.
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Three-time Grammy-nominated Lamb of God has been helping MDF raise funds for DM research since 2009, when Randy Blythe (lead vocals) donated his Grammy nomination medallion as an auction item. Randy and Mark support MDF in honor of their friend Todd Stone, an MDF board member who has two young sons who are living with the disorder. In the last decade, great success has been achieved in DM research and potential breakthroughs are on the horizon. Your successful bid for this one-of-a-kind guitar will help make those breakthroughs a reality. Bid now!
To learn more about the MDF, please visit their official web site.
Lost Guitar Solo For Here Comes the Sun
In the YouTube video below, Beatles producer Sir George Martin, his son Giles Martin, and Dhani Harrison—son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison—are sitting in Abbey Road Studios listening to the mix of "Here Comes the Sun," from the Beatles' album Abbey Road. At the 1:00 mark, Dhani opens a channel containing a guitar solo George recorded but didn't make the final mix and comments, "It's totally different than anything I've ever heard."
And a very cool solo, I might add.
ZZ Top Video Song Lessons Now Available
We're excited to bring you seven brand-new ZZ Top video song lessons with onscreen guitar tab. "La Grange" has long been one of the most popular lessons here at GuitarInstructor.com, and now Texas classics like "Cheap Sunglasses," "Tush," and "Sharp Dressed Man" join the lineup. To see the whole list, click the link below.
Preview Clips From Joe Satriani's Upcoming Satchurated in 3D Film
On March 1, 2012, Satchurated, the new concert film from guitarist Joe Satriani will hit select North American theaters. Directed by François and Pierre Lamoureux, who were behind Rush's Snakes and Arrows Live and R30 DVDs as well as Zappa Plays Zappa Comes, Satchurated is the first 3D theatrical concert film release in 7.1 Dolby surround sound.
Satchurated was filmed at the Metropolis in Montreal, Canada, on December 12, 2010, during Satriani's "Wormhole Tour" in support of his stellar album Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards. You can see the trailer and a performance of "War" from the film in the videos below.
Happy 57th Birthday Eddie Van Halen!
On this day (Jan. 26) in 1955, in Nijmegen, Netherlands, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen erupted into this world (sorry, couldn't resist), and by the time this little Dutch boy turned 30, he had become one of the two (the other being Jimi Hendrix) most innovative and influential rock guitarists in history.
While Ed's had more downs than ups in recent memory, his place among the all-time greats is set in stone, and we're all hoping and cheering for a return to his glorious form of old for Van Halen's 2012 tour. Let's put it this way, he'd better be back in form for what I paid for tickets!
Happy birthday, Ed!
Five Finger Death Punch Announce Canadian Tour with Select West Coast Dates
Las Vegas, NV - American Capitalism will be heading to the Great White North this spring. Five Finger Death Punch has announced they will tour Canada as well as the Western US beginning this March, with legendary Soulfly as well as Windowpane and Persist for support. 5FDP will headline Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and more, while also playing a special Las Vegas hometown show alongside other western US markets.
Singer Ivan Moody shared, "The few times we've been to Canada it's been absolutely phenomenal. The fact that we get to take a band like Soulfly with us on a tour like this says it all. This is going to be one hell of a great time, in no uncertain terms."
Guitarist Zoltán Báthory added, "We only played a handful of dates in Canada, but they were all sold-out so we are really looking forward to a headlining tour up there. What makes it even sweeter is taking one of our favorite bands Soulfly with us on this trek. As we are playing bigger and bigger venues, I think it became our responsibility to help expose some great metal bands to our more diverse audience."
This will be 5FDP's first proper headlining tour in Western Canada, where their current album, American Capitalist is already more than halfway to CRIA-Certified Gold Record Status—a mere three months after its release. 5FDP's previous album, War is the Answer, is projected to hit CRIA-Gold Status this spring, right around the time of the tour.
In the US, 5FDP continues to rack up impressive sales with over 280,000 copies of American Capitalist already sold. Incredibly, American Capitalist is selling twice as fast as their previous Gold record, War Is the Answer—which itself has been one of the best-selling hard rock/metal albums of the last five years. 5FDP's current hit single, "Remember Everything," is already Top Five at Active Rock and climbing; their lead single, "Under and Over It," was recently named Sirius Octane's Song of the Year, and American Capitalist was named a Top Album of 2011 by ARTISTdirect.
Tickets go on sale to the general public the weekend of January 27th and 28th, but special VIP packages and tickets will be available starting Wednesday, January 25th, at 3pm local time at www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com.
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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH HEADLINING TOUR W/ SOULFLY, WINDOWPANE, PERSIST
3/23 Las Vegas, NV
3/24 Pomona, CA
3/26 Fresno, CA
3/27 Modesto, CA
3/28 Redding, CA
3/30 Yakima, WA
3/31 Seattle, WA
4/2 Dawson Creek, BC
4/4 Calgary, AB
4/5 Edmonton, AB
4/7 Regina, SK
4/9 Winnipeg, MB
4/11 Rapid City, SD
4/12 Casper, WY