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SUHR Donates Gear to Musicians Institute
As part of its ongoing mission to give students access to the best and most innovative new instruments and equipment, Musicians Institute (www.mi.edu) is pleased to announce that Suhr Guitars has donated four guitars and a bass to the MI Library, along with a boutique Badger amp for MI's main stage backline, where it will be available to students, faculty, and visiting artists.
During the recent Suhr Guitar Day event, MI students had a chance to hear Suhr artists Guthire Govan (Asia) and Peter Thorn (Chris Cornell) demonstrate instruments and amps from the company's current line. Following the event, Suhr announced an exclusive discount purchase program for currently enrolled MI students and faculty.
MI is proud to offer students the opportunity to use a wide range of professional equipment while in school, and industry support from highly-respected manufacturers like Suhr allows them to launch their careers properly equipped.
MR. BIG Plans Reunion
According to Random Chatter Music (and confirmed by Gilbert's publicist), the original members of Mr. Big—Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), Eric Martin (vocals), Pat Torpey (drums)—have announced a reunion tour of Japan. The group told DJ Koh Sakai of the Japanese radio program "Heavy Metal Syndicate" that "[they] are back together."
2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the group's self-titled debut album. But it was the quartet's second album, Lean Into It, which featured the smash hit "To Be With You" as well as "Green Tinted Sixties Mind" and "Just Take My Heart," that took the band to the top of the charts.
Paul Gilbert left the band in 1997 to pursue a solo career, and Mr. Big disbanded for good in 2002. Gilbert made a guest appearance on Sheehan's 2008 release, Holy Cow, thus sparking rumors of a Mr. Big reunion. No word yet on plans for a U.S. tour, but we'll let you know as soon as we hear anything!
The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND Add 5 Shows to NYC Beacon Theater Residency
By overwhelming demand, the Allman Brothers Band have confirmed the addition of five more shows to their previously announced 10 nights at New York City's newly renovated Beacon Theatre. Rock's definitive live performance act, which won Billboard magazine's "Legends of Live" award this past November, have played the venue 175 times since 1989 and established the most acclaimed and longest-running residency in rock and roll. Tickets for the newly added dates go on sale February 6.
Check out the band's web site for the latest news, and stay tuned for announcements on the group's 40th anniversary celebration tour.
New Beacon dates are indicated with an asterisk:
* Mon 3/23
* Tue 3/24
* Thu 3/26
* Fri 3/27
* Sat 3/28
GEORGE THOROGOOD Confirms North American Spring Tour Dates
George Thorogood and the Destroyers have announced they'll hit the road later this month for a 24-date trek that begins February 26 in Milwaukee, WI, and includes a stop in the guitarist's home state of Delaware March 23 at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. After this North American run, the group heads to Europe for 14 shows in seven countries, to be followed by a summer leg of U.S. dates.
"It's always been about the live show for me," says Thorogood. "From day one, I set out to be a live performer more than anything. All of my favorite artists--Little Richard, J. Geils, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Berry--they were all great live. And the Destroyers, we strive for that."
Described as "the world's greatest bar band," the group has had tremendous success with Thorogood's original compositions like "You Talk Too Much," "I Drink Alone," and, of course, "Bad to the Bone." He's also had hits with covers of iconic blues-rock songs like "Who Do You Love" (Bo Diddley), "Move It On Over" (Hank Williams), and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (John Lee Hooker).
Check out georgethorogood.com for the complete list of tour dates and the latest news.
Steelers Win and Springsteen Rocks Super Bowl XLIII
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band somehow managed to squeeze three classic rockers and his new song "Working on a Dream" into a 12-minute halftime show for Super Bowl XLIII last night (Feb. 1) at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.
Looking square into the camera, Springsteen commanded his viewers to "put down the guacamole, put down the chicken fingers, and turn your television all the way up," (I'm still wondering how he knew what was on my coffee table) as the band launched into "10th Avenue Freeze Out," followed by a shortened version of Springsteen's anthemic calling card "Born to Run."
With Springsteen, guitarist "Little Steven" Van Zandt, and Patti Scialfa on a platform standing in front of a choir, the group played the title track of Springsteen's new album, Working on a Dream, which was released January 27. The mini-set concluded with a rousing gridiron rendition of "Glory Days."
Oh yeah, one more thing: the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in what was truly a fun game to watch!
Michael Kelly Announces Visionary 85CE Acoustic
Michael Kelly Guitar Company has made an idealistic vision now practical with the new Visionary 85CE Acoustic Guitar.
The new top-of-the-line Visionary 85CE acoustic starts with your choice of either a solid cedar or solid spruce top. Back and sides are solid rosewood for a full tone. "What sets the Visionary apart is that it features the patented Variable Set Neck design. This allows the player to adjust the entire neck height by physically moving the neck up and down vertically," explains Tracy Hoeft, the company's founder. This advancement in guitar design means the action can be adjusted with the simple turn of an allen wrench.
The Visionary 85CE also features the Michael Kelly two-piece, fully adjustable "visionary" bridge, which provides for exact intonation—something that very few acoustic guitars at any price can offer. All these incredible features as well as Grover tuners and a new Fishman Aero preamp system make the vision of the perfect acoustic guitar a reality.
See the entire line of Michael Kelly Guitars at their web site.
Orange Amplification Announces TINY TERROR Hard Wired Edition
Capitalizing on the immense popularity of the Tiny Terror amp among the world's foremost artists and producers, Orange Amplification is proud to announce the launch of the Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition. Manufactured in the U.K., this new point-to-point, all hand-wired Tiny Terror replete with padded leather gig bag offers a step up on the already legendary best selling Tiny Terror. With high-specification transformers, "carbon comp resistors," and "mustard capacitors," it is truly a boutique amplifier.
When it comes down to the crunch, it's the sound that does the talking, and the Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition is more responsive and dynamic than its original version. With a wider frequency response this new amp has more bite and more punch.
Naturally, the Tiny Terror Hard Wired Edition is as every bit as iconic as the original model having the same portability, versatility, and unique lunch-box size, with the added benefit of weighing less than the existing Tiny Terror.
This is not a production amp, and each will be individually hand wired, tested and quality checked at Orange headquarters, limiting the numbers available. For more information, visit the Orange Amps web site.