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Rolling Stones To Enter the Studio This Month
The saying goes, "a rolling stone gathers no moss"—advice that legendary rock 'n' roll band the Rolling Stones have apparently taken to heart. Last month, guitarist Keith Richards told RollingStone.com that they would "get the boys back together again .. and maybe cut a side," adding that he's "got plenty in the locker here, but it's not on tape." Then, at a press conference to launch his new "Faces, Time and Places" exhibition, guitarist Ronnie Wood revealed the band would enter the studio this month to "throw some ideas around."
Whether or not a new album will be borne of those efforts remains to be seen, but 2012 is already shaping up to be special for the Stones, which celebrates their 50th anniversary this year. An official photo book and a documentary have already been announced. "It's like working out for the Olympics or something," says Wood, whose mother England plays host to the 2012 games this summer. "You've got to go into training. So we're going to go into training.
Official Joe Bonamassa Guitar Tab for Dust Bowl Now Available
We're excited to announce that the official, artist-approved guitar tab to Joe Bonamassa's brilliant 2011 release Dust Bowl is now available at GuitarInstructor.com.
Or, you can order the tab book here.
To quote a traditional blues classic, Joe Bonamassa has been "sittin' on top of the world" over the past two years, during which time he's released Dust Bowl and recorded the follow-up Driving Towards the Daylight, which is due out May 22; recorded and released two stellar and critically acclaimed Black Country Communion albums; and collaborated with singer-songwriter Beth Hart on Don't Explain. With all that accomplished at such high quality, we're left to wonder if Bonamassa's found a way either to live without sleep or to cram eight extra hours into every day!
For all the latest on Joe's doings—and there is plenty to keep up on—visit JBonamassa.com.
Tom Petty Guitarist Mike Campbell Films My Guitars Video Series
Longtime Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell may not be mentioned in the same breath as Hendrix, Beck, Clapton, and Page, but among gear heads and guitar aficionados, he's a god. That's because over the years Campbell has played many different instruments for myriad sounds and purposes, and in his new video series, "My Guitars," the guitarist plays and discusses the treasured instruments in his collection.
Directed by Justin Kreutzmann, the 15-chapter web-documentary series features a fine selection of Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, and Martin guitars, among others, with Campbell sharing the stories behind their acquisition, demonstration of their unique sounds, and discussion of when and why they were used on various recordings.
Legendary Guitar Amp Pioneer Jim Marshall Dies at Age 88
Legendary guitar amplifier maker Jim Marshall passed away early Thursday (4/5) morning at a hospice in England. He was 88.
Known as "The Father of Loud" for his powerful amps, Jim Marshall helped shape the sound of rock guitar as we've come to know it. The "Marshall sound" was born when a young Pete Townshend played Marshall's sixth prototype, the famed "#1," in the back room of a small music shop in West London, in 1962. It was also Townshend who first asked Marshall to pair his amplifier head with a speaker cabinet, thus creating the iconic "Marshall stack." From that moment on, a literal who's who of rock guitarists have performed in front of the iconic Marshall stack—Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, Zakk Wylde, John 5, and on, and on, and on. It's safe to say—without any hint of hyperbole—Marshall Amplification is synonymous with the "sound of rock."
News of Marshall's passing has just begun to spread throughout the rock world this morning, particularly on Twitter:
"The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R&R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on forever!" - Slash
"A very sad day for the Marshall family. My thoughts and prayers go out to Paul and his family. Rest in Peace Jim Marshall OBE." - Joe Bonamassa
"Sad to hear about the death of the king of loud, Mr Jim Marshall" - John 5
Marshall Amps posted a tribute to its founder at MarshallAmps.com:
"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved founder and leader for the past 50 years, Jim Marshall. While mourning the Guv'nor though, we also salute a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.
"Jim's ascent into the history books as 'the Father of Loud' and the man responsible for 'the Sound of Rock' is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The groundbreaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.
"In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game-changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.
"While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim's passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!
"Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.
"Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on."
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