Much loss was felt among the music community in 2002. It was, sadly, a year marred by the deaths of some of rock and roll's most talented visionaries. In March, Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo died of cancer, just two weeks before Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley succumbed to his addictions in his self-imposed exile at his Seattle condo. Founding Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone also died of a heroin overdose in June, as did Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby one day later.
In October 1971, Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention played two shows in one night at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. For the first time ever, those recordings are available for pre-order as a four-disc set.
The remaining members of Velvet Revolver -- Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff McKagan and Dave Kushner -- are set to reunite with former lead singer Scott Weiland for a one-off charity gig in honor of the late songwriter John O’Brien.
The Allman Brothers Band are honoring the 40th anniversary of the Eat a Peach album by hailing 2012 as “The Year of the Peach.” They'll kick off the year when they receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award February 11 during Grammy Week in Los Angeles; the group will be mentioned on February 12 national TV broadcast.
Here are Brooks Betts' tips for today's Lick of the Day:
Today's lick is the verse riff from the song "When You See My Friends," off the self-titled album by my band, May Day Parade. It's a laid-back chord melody figure that incorporates the use of hybrid picking (pick and fingers) and hammer-on and pull-off techniques. My guitar is in drop-D tuning, tuned down one half step (low to high, C♯ G♯ C♯ F♯ A♯ D♯).