They may be an "unofficial" news source, but fan website Van Halen News Desk has been pretty spot on with getting the inside scoop surrounding what's been a pretty mysterious Van Halen camp as of late.
A 1954 Gibson Les Paul that Peter Frampton played during his Humble Pie and solo days has been found after investigation by two Frampton fans, according to Gibson.com. The guitar had been presumed lost in a 1980 cargo plane crash.
Guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has had his hand in almost every aspect of the music business. Not only has he toured with Gun N’ Roses since 2006; he also been a producer, engineer and writer. And more recently, a survivor, having walked away from a serious auto accident last May. Thal used Twitter to thank Toyota for the "functional seat belt, air bags & crumple zone, you saved my skull ..."
Guns N' Roses capped out their recent U.S. tour with two shows in Las Vegas, including one on New Year's Eve. The band livestreamed both shows via their website, and you can check out footage of the entire first concert from December 30 below.
Tickets for Van Halen's upcoming 2012 tour don't go on sale until the 10th, but the band aren't waiting to give a lucky handful of music industry folks a taste of what's to come. The band will be playing an intimate gig at New York City's Cafe Wha? this Thursday, January 5.
Although it is impossible to catch every single guitar-tinged album that comes out in a given year, 2002 was so saturated with material -- some worthy, some not so much -- it was hard to remain concise.
Much loss was felt among the music community in 2002. It was, sadly, a year marred by the deaths of some of rock and roll's most talented visionaries. In March, Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo died of cancer, just two weeks before Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley succumbed to his addictions in his self-imposed exile at his Seattle condo. Founding Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone also died of a heroin overdose in June, as did Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby one day later.