Guitarist K.K. Downing, a founding member of Judas Priest, says he wants to open a luxury hotel in the grounds of his home in Shropshire, England. Downing, who retired from Judas Priest last April, told the Shropshire Star that he plans to build 63-room hotel, indoor swimming pool, spa and a classy restaurant on the grounds of his 320-acre estate. There's already a golf course on the grounds.
One of the new models to be introduced at NAMM this past weekend by Dean Guitars is the limited-edition Dean USA DCR Vinnie Moore Vinman Koa. And by limited, we mean limited; only 15 of these guitars will be produced. Moore was one of many artists present at the Dean booth this past Saturday, and the UFO guitarist was happy to show off his new signature model. The photo gallery below features pix of the guitar and of Moore being interviewed by Curse Mackey of Dean Guitars.
As previously reported, Iron Maiden will release a new live CD/DVD titled En Vivo!: Live at Estadio Nacional, Santiago on March 27. Now, an official trailer for the set has been released, and can be seen below.
Guitar World paid a visit to Chris Thomas at the C. F. Martin & Co booth at last week's 2012 Winter NAMM show to get a first-hand look at the new models for 2012. Among them is the beautiful, small-bodied 00-45SC John Mayer Edition; Martin is making only 25 of these guitars.
Love it or hate it, the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the US. and the halftime show is a gig any artist would love to have on their resume. Lately, the halftime show has walked the line between nostalgia (The Who, Prince, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen) and modern pop (Black Eyed Peas) or both (Madonna). Nowhere to be found are anything close to modern rock bands, much less modern garage rock bands.
As always, Fender has introduced a plethora of new models of guitars and amps to heat things up in the middle of January. One of the coolest -- or perhaps coolest looking -- is the new Kurt Cobain Mustang Guitar. Guitar World paid a visit to the NAMM booth yesterday and got to check out a few of these guitars in person, including a very nice Fiesta Red model.