American Idol, which has been catching some flack this season -- its 11th -- for its lower-than-usual ratings and a panel of judges (including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler) who refuse to say anything even remotely critical or mean, got slightly more interesting last night when contestant Elise Testone belted out Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."
Peavey has teamed with Ted Nugent and Artists For Autism to promote a Peavey guitar auction to benefit Autism Speaks and Project Lifesaver International. The auction is live on eBay until Thursday, April 5.
To benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network, Slash has just released a special mix of his song "Gotten," along with a star-studded music video. You can watch both the video and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "Gotten" below.
Guitarist Bonnie Raitt has added 11 new dates to her 2012 Slipstream Tour, which now has swelled to more than 80 dates. Second nights also have been added in Chicago, Nashville and New York. Los Angeles, Austin and San Diego and other cities have been added to the fall leg of her tour.
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.”