Guitarist Ronnie Montrose died Saturday, March 3, after a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 64. Montrose led his own bands -- including Montrose -- and performed or recorded with Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter and others.
The new site, which was designed by Liquid Interactive of Breningsville, Pennsylvania, now includes the Guitar Finder feature (a Martin dealer finder), an updated 1833 Shop e-commerce portal, news about the Martin Custom Shop; a more comprehensive database of instrument and string choices -- and the official Martin Guitar blog, which discusses news about the company’s offerings and the music industry in general.
Led Zeppelin's December 10, 2007, reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena -- a show that saw three aging rock legends revisiting their storied past -- will have a significant impact on future musicians. Proceeds from the event, which was staged as a tribute to the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, make up most of the $45 million being donated by Ertegun’s widow, Mica Ertegun, to Engand's Oxford University. The donation, the largest in the University’s 916-year history, will be used to kick off the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities.
Next week, Resonance Records will release Echoes of Indiana Avenue, the first full album of previously unreleased music by guitarist Wes Montgomery in more than 25 years. The release date, March 6, would have been Montgomery's 88th birthday.
Although George Harrison -- aka "The Quiet Beatle" -- died of cancer in November 2001, his influence as a guitarist, songwriter and singer is still felt. And, despite the fact that Harrison released several lauded solo albums and wrote songs for other artists, his best-known songs are still the ones he wrote for The Beatles.
Outside of Saturday Night Live, no other current TV show can boast as many impressive musical guests as The Simpsons. And The Simpsons has the edge because its many musical appearances are actually meant to be funny. Scores of rock icons -- including three Beatles, two Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica -- have appeared on the show as eight-fingered, yellow-tinted versions of themselves.
Here's another video from Tuesday night's concert at the White House, a special event featuring performances by Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Gary Clark Jr., Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks -- all in honor of the American Songbook.
All you guitar-playing Beatles fans who still don't own iPads, take note: The Guitar Collection: George Harrison, a new app devoted to George Harrison's Beatles-era guitars, is available through iTunes today, two days before the guitarist's 69th birthday.