Following his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Paul McCartney took over Hollywood Boulevard for a 15-song set. McCartney played two songs on the roof of the El Capitan Theatre before heading downstairs to delight a crowd of 10,000. He played some Beatles favorites and songs from his new album, New.
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Jackie Lomax died Monday, September 16, at age 69. He died on on the Wirral Peninsula in North West England, which he was visiting to attend the wedding of one of his children. Although Beatles fans will most likely remember Lomax for recording a George Harrison-penned track called "Sour Milk Sea" in 1968, Lomax originally rose to prominence as a member of a Merseybeat group called the Undertakers in the early ’60s.
"'Something' was written on the piano while we were making the White Album," George Harrison explained in 1980. "I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing, so I went into an empty studio and began to write. It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks."
On September 6, 1968 — at the behest of George Harrison — guitarist Eric Clapton entered Abbey Road Studio Two in London to overdub lead guitar onto a brand-new Beatles song called "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
No song in The Beatles' catalog features as many literary and social references in its lyrics as "I Am the Walrus." In writing it, John Lennon drew inspiration from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (the walrus), a playground nursery rhyme that he and his pals sang as children (the line beginning with "yellow matter custard") and the traditional song "Marching to Pretoria."
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Eleanor Rigby" by guitar legend Al Di Meola. The track is from Di Meola's new album of Beatles covers, All Your Life, which will be released September 10 by Valiana Music and Media/Songsurfer.
Every now and then, we stumble upon something on YouTube that's totally new to us — including this video, which was actually posted in 2009. It's the never-officially-released 10-minute-long, experimental version of the Beatles' "Revolution 1," a track from 1968's The Beatles, better known as "The White Album."
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (01).
As the photo gallery below will clearly illustrate, Framus — the Germany-based manufacturer of guitars, basses, banjos, amps and more — has made some very distinctive and cool-looking instruments over the years.