Guitar World, the world’s best-known guitar magazine, has agreed to become a major media sponsor of the 2012 New York Guitar Show and Exposition, which will take place April 28 and 29 in Merrick, New York. “The support of Guitar World is greatly appreciated and clearly illustrates how important this event will be for the industry,” said show founder Rich Johnson. “We are proud to have them as a media sponsor and expect the show to have a long relationship with the magazine.”
Carlos Santana will release Shape Shifter, his 36th album and first for his new label, Starfaith Records, on May 15. The album, which features 13 tracks, is mostly instrumental; only one song features vocals by Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay. Most of the compositions are original songs Santana has been saving for an instrumental project.
Banjo pioneer and bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, who popularized a complex, three-fingered style of playing banjo that transformed the instrument forever, died of natural causes Wednesday morning at a hospital in Nashville. He was 88.
Worry not, roast lovers, we're readying all of the video from this year's Guitar World Roast of Zakk Wylde for your viewing pleasure. We'll start rolling out clips from the show soon, but for now, here's Stone Cold Steve Austin's video roast of Zakk, which aired during the show. Enjoy!
Maybe those vinyl snobs we all know and tolerate are actually on to something. According to new data released by the Recording Industry Association of America, United States-based sales of 45s -- called "vinyl singles" in the data -- skyrocketed 99.6 percent in 2011. This is based on the retail price of units shipped, which means this only includes new discs, not used 45s.