I guess you could say this about any recent year, but 2012 often felt a lot like the late '70s. We got high-profile studio releases by Van Halen, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rush, Kiss, Joe Walsh, Asia, Ringo Starr, Alvin Lee, Jeff Lynne and two members of The Jam, plus a live Led Zeppelin album and a pair of new songs by The Rolling Stones.
Thousands of aspiring blues guitarists went down to the crossroads — but only six of them made it to Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues Grand Finals, which took place August 18 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
In the liner notes to his brand-new DVD, Live Kisses, McCartney reveals that he plays bass on Eric Clapton's upcoming studio album. It's not just any bass; it's the standup bass that once belonged to Elvis Presley's bassist, Bill Black. McCartney has owned the bass since the '70s; it was a gift from his late wife, Linda.
Today, November 29, is the 11th anniversary of George Harrison's death at age 58. It also happens to be the 10th anniversary of the Concert for George, an event that was co-organized by Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and his close friend Eric Clapton that took place at a packed London's Royal Albert Hall in London.
Among this morning's new releases are a pair of live products from Peter Frampton, both issued by Eagle Rock Entertainment. FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton came out on 2DVD/Blu-ray, and The Best Of FCA! 35 Tour was released as a 3CD set.
Today Squier announced a new model, a Strat that can directly connect with — and record to — an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Windows-based computer. The Squier by Fender Strat Guitar with USB and iOS Connectivity features an onboard mini-USB connector that allows players to interface with all the aforementioned devices, with no extra hardware needed, including GarageBand and other apps on iOS.
Take heart, lonely grandmothers. Quebec-based indie rockers Les Trois Accords have plenty of hugs 'n' kisses to go around. They've even named their new album J'aime ta grand-mère (I love your grandmother). "I think we'll open a door for every grandmother who doesn't have a husband anymore so they can find love with a younger person," says lead guitarist Alexandre Parr. "But not grandfathers. Only grandmothers."
So I was watching High Fidelity last night, and when Dick (the bald guy who works at John Cusack's record store) mentioned the trailblazing Irish punk band Stiff Little Fingers in a scene, I decided to hit the interwebs and see what ol' Bruce Foxton is up to these days. Foxton was one third of The Jam before becoming Stiff Little Fingers' bassist for 15 years.
There are a lot of scary-looking guitars out there -- some intentionally scary, some not -- but in the spirit of the occasion, we thought we'd point out the perfect Halloween guitar, in case your marauding demon rock star costume needs that finishing touch. It's Cort Guitars' Gene Simmons Axe Guitar, which we spotted at this year's Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California.
Ah, Halloween. A time to share videos of my favorite masked band covering the theme song from my favorite monster-themed 1960s sitcom. Yes, it's Los Straitjackets performing "The Munsters Theme." Here's a version from a 2009 show at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas.