Guitar Heroes Celebrate Les Paul's 100th Birthday

Posted by Michael Mueller on June 10, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Les PaulYesterday, June 9, 2015, marked what would have been Les Paul's 100th birthday. Tributes to the late guitarist were all over the Internet yesterday, but last night's star-studded event at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City's Times Square took the proverbial birthday cake.

The show featured performances from such iconic guitar heroes as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Neal Schon, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Miller, Warren Haynes, Johnny A, G.E. Smith, and Les Paul sideman for nearly 40 years, Lou Pallo. See the video below for an all-star jam on Freddie King's timeless blues "I'm Tore Down."

In addition to the tribute concert, June 9th was declared Les Paul Day and the start of a year-long celebration of the famed guitarist and inventor. It also marked the debut of Les Paul's Big Sound Experience—a 53-foot long interactive mobile exhibition of sound and technology innovations, music exploration, and hands-on entertainment. The mobile tour will visit cities across the country until late May 2016.  

For more on Les Paul, visit the Les Paul Foundation web site.

 

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