It looks like Chuck E. Cheese, the kid-friendly national pizza chain, has officially ditched its longtime, retro-rodent mascot in favor of a younger, Les Paul-playing mouse. (You can even see what looks like a tiny Gibson logo on the guitar's headstock if you look closely.)
Here's the exclusive premiere of "All Is One," a new track by the Chuck Dukowski Sextet, a band founded by bassist Chuck Dukowski, formerly of Black Flag. The track is from the band's new album, Haunted, which will be released June 19 through ORG Music.
I know what you're thinking: What the hell is a "near-Led Zeppelin moment"? Good question. A near-Led Zeppelin moment is a post-1980 live performance by one -- or two -- members of Led Zeppelin that captures -- in any number of ways -- some intangible spark of a classic Led Zeppelin performance.
Guitar World asked Smithereens guitarist Jim Babjak to dissect 11 key songs from the band's catalog. He discusses the guitars and amps he and Pat DiNizio used on "Blood and Roses," "Behind the Wall of Sleep" and "A Girl Like You" straight through to their recent single, 2011's "Sorry." His descriptions also put the songs in context, providing an insider's view into what many feel is New Jersey's greatest rock band.
On May 23, Paul Gilbert and ArtistWorks launched Rock Guitar School With Paul Gilbert, an online school that enables students of all ages and ability levels to learn directly from the Racer X and Mr. Big guitarist.
Chris Thomas of C. F. Martin & Co. recently visited the Guitar World office in New York City. Accompanying him were four new Martin models -- a 00-DB Jeff Tweedy, a new D-18, the GPCPA4 Siris and a Custom Shop CS28-12 -- all of which were debuted by the Nazareth, Pennsylvania-based company at the NAMM show in January.
Glenn Tilbrook has always been something of a rarity. The Squeeze lead vocalist is one of the only frontmen of his generation of New Wave rockers -- a generation that includes Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, Debbie Harry, Ric Okasek, David Byrne and Ian Dury -- who could write and sing a boundless collection of brilliant, hook-filled hits and then grace them with catchy, lightning-fast guitar solos.
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who is generally considered the most musically gifted Rolling Stone of all time, is heading to New York City next week to kick off a six-night run of shows at the Iridium Jazz Club at 1650 Broadway. The shows run May 9 through May 14.