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Jimi Hendrix Coming to Rock Band
According to a report at Billboard.com, Jimi Hendrix, widely regarded as the greatest electric guitarist of all time, will soon have his own Rock Band video game. In an interview with the L.A. Times, Janie Hendrix, who controls Jimi's estate, let it slip that a Hendrix version of the game would be out later this year. Billboard reports that neither MTV Games nor game developer Harmonix returned calls for comment.
If Rock Band Jimi Hendrix proves to be true, it will be another significant event in the world of Jimi Hendrix this year. Valleys of Neptune, a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings, is due out in March. The Experience Hendrix 2010 Tribute Tour, featuring an all-star lineup of guitarists like Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, kicks off on March 4, in Santa Barbara, California. And this September marks the 40th anniversary of Hendrix's death.
Jimi Hendrix guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks
Joe Satriani guitar tabs and online video lessons
Eric Johnson guitar tabs and online video lessons
Kenny Wayne Shepherd guitar tabs and jam tracks
Abbey Road Studios Reportedly For Sale
It's not exactly "Beatles For Sale," but an important part of the band's legacy may soon be available. According to the Financial Times, the iconic London recording studio Abbey Road has been put on the market by EMI music group. EMI purchased the property at 3 Abbey Road for £100,000 in 1929 and transformed it into the world's first custom-built recording studios.
The studio was immortalized when the Beatles, who had recorded 90 percent of their material at Abbey Road between 1962 and 1969, named their penultimate album after it. Among other high-profile recordings that have taken place at Abbey Road studios are Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and film scores for Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Mark Knopfler Spring 2010 Tour Dates
Legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler will hit the road for a North American tour in support of his current solo album, Get Lucky, this spring. The tour—during which Knopfler will also dip into his illustrious back catalog—begins April 8th in Seattle and criss-crosses the continent before finishing up in Albany, NY, on May 9th.
Released on September 15th, 2009, Get Lucky is the Dire Straits' lead singer and songwriter's sixth studio album and follow-up to 2007's highly successful Kill To Get Crimson. The album was recorded at Knopfler's award-winning British Grove Studios in West London, and co-produced with longtime collaborators, engineer Chuck Ainlay and keyboardist Guy Fletcher. It also features Richard Bennett, Danny Cummings, John McCusker, Matt Rollings, and Glenn Worf.
Confirmed Tour Dates:
408 Seattle, WA
4/09 Vancouver, BC
4/10 Portland, OR
4/11 Eugene, OR
4/13 Oakland, CA
4/14 Santa Rosa, CA
4/15 Temecula, CA
4/16 Los Angeles, CA
4/17 Los Angeles, CA
4/18 Phoenix, AZ
4/20 Denver, CO
4/21 Kansas City, MO
4/22 Saint Louis, MO
4/23 Chicago, IL
4/24 Milwaukee, WI
4/25 Minneapolis, MN
4/27 Ann Arbor, MI
4/28 Buffalo, NY
4/29 Toronto, ON
4/30 Montreal, PQ
5/01 Mashantucket, CT
5/02 Washington, DC
5/04 Boston, MA
5/05 Red Bank, NJ
5/06 New York, NY
5/07 Upper Darby, PA
5/08 Atlantic City, NJ
5/09 Albany, NY
Win New Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Pickups From Seymour Duncan
Press Release - No guitarist unleashes the fury like Yngwie J. Malmsteen. His influence is undeniable, his technique unparalleled. So, when a legendary virtuoso like Yngwie says he wants to take his tone to the next level, we listen. After hundreds of hours of intense tone pursuit, we proudly unleash the STK-S10 YJM Fury single-coil pickup.
To celebrate this new release, Seymour Duncan is giving fans the chance to win 10 sets of Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups. To win your very own set, simply go to seymourduncan.com before 11:59 p.m. EST, April 30th, 2010. Ten first prize winners will receive a set of YJM Furies to help their tone step up to the next level. A host of second prize winners will receive promotional items or merchandising from either Yngwie J. Malmsteen or Seymour Duncan.
The YJM series includes a dedicated bridge pickup as well as a separate neck/middle pickup, representing two highly individual customized voices that sound sweet and fluid with more articulation and responsiveness to dynamics. They're recommended for any fast playing style including neoclassical shred, hard rock, power metal, and heavy metal and can directly retrofit most single-coil equipped guitars. But players beware, installing the YJM Fury into your guitar, might unleash the fury in you.
Bonnaroo 2010 Dates and Artists Announced!
The ninth annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be held on June 10-13 on the now-familiar 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A partial list of confirmed acts follows (see full list here), and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2010 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets are on sale now exclusively at bonnaroo.com.
The largest music and camping event in the country, Bonnaroo has elevated the American rock festival to an unprecedented level. As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unparalleled amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event has offered its attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy theater, cinema festival, jazz club, silent disco, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality craft vendors.
Fuse will be reporting live from Bonnaroo throughout the weekend and will air a special, featuring interviews with the hottest bands and performances from this year's star-studded lineup.
2010 Bonnaroo Confirmed Artists (click on highlighted names for guitar tabs and lessons)
Dave Matthews Band
Kings of Leon
The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs perform "Dark Side of the Moon"
The Dead Weather
Damian Marley & Nas
Michael Franti & Spearhead
The Avett Brothers
Zac Brown Band
The Black Keys
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
She & Him
The Disco Biscuits
Daryl Hall & Chromeo
Medeski Martin & Wood
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
They Might Be Giants
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
ERIC CLAPTON Announces Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010
On June 26, 2010, at Toyota Park in Chicago, Illinois, guitar god Eric Clapton will gather over 20 of the world's greatest guitarists onto one stage for an incredible full day of music to benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua.
This year's roster of artists spans old and new, from The Allman Brothers Band to B.B. King to John Mayer (anticipated guest list below). The audience can expect unrivaled entertainment, brilliant guitar work, surprise guests, and impromptu jams that are the hallmarks of these performers.
"The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage," said Clapton. "The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect."
Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival will go on sale to the public on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 10am Central Time (11am EST) via Ticketmaster or the Toyota Park Box Office. Tickets will be priced at $100 plus parking and applicable fees.
For more information go to www.crossroadsguitarfestival.com
Confirmed Artists (Click on name for guitar tabs and lessons)
Allman Brothers Band
David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
Doyle Bramhall II
Gary Clark Jr.
BUDDA Amplification Debuts 3 Channel Guitar Amp
Budda Amplification proudly introduces the new Budda MN-100 and MN-412, a fully featured three-channel tube guitar amplifier head and 4x12 enclosure, featuring a custom Italian leather exterior by renowned footwear designer Mark Nason.
The Budda MN-100 is a highly versatile, high-gain amplifier featuring three independent channels, a 100-watt power section driven by four 6L6GC tubes, and a preamp consisting of seven two-stage 12AX7 tubes. The MN-100 also features dual 5U4 rectifier tubes and a solid-state rectifier, with the patent-pending PowerPan variable rectification control that allows players to open uncharted tone territory by selecting full tube rectification, diode rectification or anywhere between the two.
All three of the Budda MN-100's independent channels—Clean, Rhythm, and Lead—include separate three-band EQ, Reverb, Resonance, Presence, and true bypass effects loop with send and return levels. Each channel also features Overboost, a stompbox-style lead boost that engages an additional tube-driven gain circuit to gives players a supercharged boost. The effects loop on channel 2 can also be used as a global loop for incredible versatility in effects routing. The included nine-button footcontroller digitally switches via MIDI all three channels, effects loops and Overboost functions, as well as Master Reverb and Master Boost, a second Master Volume control that can be used to boost the overall volume of the amp.
The Budda MN-100 features a half-power switch for operating the amplifier in either 50 or 100 watt mode. The back panel also features an amplifier chain section with power-amp inputs and a slave output, impedance selector and MIDI input and output for use in MIDI-switching rigs. The matching MN-412 cabinet features four Budda Phat 12 loudspeakers and Mark Nason leather covering.
- 100 watts into 16, 8 or 4 ohms with half-power switch
- 3 channels, clean, rhythm and lead
- 4x6L6GC 100w power section, 7x12AX7 preamp section and 2 rectifier tubes
- Power amp can use 6L6Gc or EL34 tubes (plus KT66, KT88 5881 and 6CA7 with re-biasing)
- Rectifier can use 5U4, 5A4 or GZ34 tubes
- Patent-pending PowerPan rectifier selector knob
- Custom Italian leather covering by Mark Nason
- Separate three-band passive EQ on each channel
- Separate resonance & presence controls on each channel
- Master Volume and Master Boost
- Overboost stompbox-style lead boost on each channel
- Separate spring reverb control on each channel
- High and low level inputs
- Slave output/Power amp input
- Separate true bypass effects loops on each channel with send and return level adjustments. Channel 2's loop can be used as global loop
- MIDI control over channel switching with MIDI input and thru jacks
- Made in the U.S.A.
- U.S. MSRP $3,499.99
- Custom Italian leather covering by Mark Nason
- Four custom-designed 12" Budda Phat loudspeakers
- Solid pine with finger-jointed corners
- Closed back
- Made in the U.S.A.
- U.S. MSRP $1,599.99