“We were stuck in Switzerland with nowhere to go, and a friend of ours who was the mayor of the town said that there was an empty hotel we could use,” recalls Ritchie Blackmore. “We gladly accepted and retreated to this lonely hotel in the mountains. We set up all the equipment in the corridor, with the drums and some amps tucked into alcoves."
Here's something for guitarists who are looking to add a bit of a light show to their act. It's a new guitar-mountable module that contains six colored lasers. The beams, which shine toward your guitar’s headstock, are pretty much undetectable—until you move your fretting hand into them.
The Ashburn, which was designed by John Page, co-founder of the Fender Custom Shop and one of the greatest living custom luthiers, is a production guitar ($1,495 MSRP) with all the custom features of the custom guitars Page builds himself.
1001 Jazz Licks: A Complete Jazz Vocabulary for the Improvising Musician presents 1,001 melodic gems played over dozens of the most important chord progressions heard in jazz. This is the ideal book for beginners seeking a well-organized, easy-to-follow encyclopedia of jazz vocabulary, as well as professionals who want to take their knowledge of the jazz language to new heights.
Jeff Beck will release a new live album—Jeff Beck Live+—that also features a bonus: two new studio tracks. The album will be released May 5 via Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment. The two new songs, which appear immediately after the album's many live cuts, are "Tribal" and "My Tiled White Floor."
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, created by and starring Denis Leary, will air on FX 10 p.m. Thursdays e/p, beginning July 16. Leary stars as Johnny Rock, lead singer of a legendary early Nineties New York band called the Heathens.