Last night, as advertised, Paul McCartney was joined onstage at the 12-12-12 benefit concert by the surviving members of grunge giants Nirvana, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and live guitarist Pat Smear.
Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar died Tuesday, December 11, at age 92. According to a statement posted on his official website, Shankar died in San Diego, near his Southern California home with his wife and a daughter by his side. Shankar's foundation issued a statement saying he had suffered upper-respiratory and heart problems and had undergone heart-valve replacement surgery just last week.
The Beatles’ “Blackbird,” performed entirely by Paul McCartney using his Martin D-28, was released on the 1968 album The Beatles (commonly referred to as the White Album). From a guitar standpoint, the song’s roots and inspiration can be traced back to McCartney’s early experimentation with a well-known piece by J.S. Bach titled “Bourée in E Minor,” which he woodshedded in his youth.
In the all-new December 2012 issue, Guitar World takes you through the making of The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. GW celebrates the 45th aniversary of the Fab Four's 1967 album and film with reminiscences from the group and engineer Ken Scott.
Of the four Beatles, George Harrison brought to the group an assortment of electric and acoustic guitar approaches, flavors influenced by everyone from Chet Atkins and Carl Perkins to the Byrds and Bob Dylan.
George Harrison’s black leather jacket, worn on stage during numerous early 1960s Beatles shows, is among the highlights of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale that will take place December 12 in Knightsbridge, London.