Guitar World visited the Ibanez booth at last week's Winter NAMM show to see two versions of their new Mick Thomson Signature model guitars. Slipknot are headlining the Mayhem Festival this summer, and Thomson will actually be using the black version of the guitar with the "Seven" inlay. It features a neck-through design and Seymour Duncan pickups. On the left in the video is a Blood Red budget version of the model.
Here's some fan-shot video of Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, performing Pearl Jam's "Black" this past Saturday night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. The show was part of Portlandia: The Tour, as in Portlandia, the comedy on IFC.
If you didn't quite hear enough about Occupy Wall Street this past summer, a new compilation album -- aptly titled Occupy This Album -- will help you relive all the good times. The album, which will be released this spring, will feature music from Warren Haynes, Tom Morello, Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Yoko Ono, Third Eye Blind, Crosby & Nash and more. A few of the artists, including Joan Baez and Crosby & Nash, performed at the New York OWS site.
Guitarist K.K. Downing, a founding member of Judas Priest, says he wants to open a luxury hotel in the grounds of his home in Shropshire, England. Downing, who retired from Judas Priest last April, told the Shropshire Star that he plans to build 63-room hotel, indoor swimming pool, spa and a classy restaurant on the grounds of his 320-acre estate. There's already a golf course on the grounds.
At last week's Winter NAMM show, Guitar World headed straight for the Builder's Reserve in the Taylor booth to check out Taylor's first-ever ukulele. These tenor ukes are made out of the same Hawaiian koa wood used for Taylor's guitars -- but from smaller pieces the company has been saving for years. They are designed by Taylor's Andy Powers, who has been making ukuleles since he was a little kid!
Bruce Springsteen has announced the first dates of a pending U.S. tour this year in support of his upcoming new album, Wrecking Ball. As always, Bruce will be joined by the E-Street Band, with this tour marking the group's first North American excursion after the death of late saxophonist Clarence Clemons.
Later today, Meshuggah members Tomas Haake and Jens Kidman will be hosting a live Q&A with fans to discuss the band's upcoming new album, Koloss. The chat will take place at 3:30 P.M. EST in Nuclear Blast's Streaming Room.