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Rare Footage of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Performance at the “Biggest Party in History”

In the late Eighties, Miller Lite beer, in an attempt to boost sales, planned a publicity stunt in Texas. It was dubbed the “Biggest Party In History.”In a campaign that included nearly a year's of worth of TV and magazine ads, the company spent around $15 million promoting the events that would take place over Labor Day weekend 1989 in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Odessa, McAllen, Houston and... …

Forgotten Guitar: Joe Satriani and Mick Jagger Play “Little Red Rooster” at a Bar in 1988

In the late Eighties, relations between the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards weren’t exactly the best they'd ever been.Jagger had refused to tour in support of the band’s 1986 album, Dirty Work. Instead, he recorded his second solo album, put together a new band (which included a Surfing with the Alien-era Joe Satriani) and took it on the road for a brief solo tour. The touring... …

Forgotten Guitar: Yngwie Malmsteen Plays Drums, Sitar and an ES-335 in Rare Footage

Aside from that time he played an Aria Flying V (for about 30 minutes) in the mid-Eighties, it’s difficult to imagine Yngwie Malmsteen with any other electric guitar besides his original Seventies large-headstock, CBS-era Strat with scalloped fretboard or newer signature model.However, in this amateur footage, it seems that when the Swedish guitar virtuoso is at home, he enjoys trying some... …

Forgotten Guitar: Les Paul and Mary Ford's 1954 Guitar Duel

Les Paul—guitarist, songwriter, luthier, inventor and pioneer of the solid-body electric—was a mainstay in the guitar world during his lengthy career.In the first half of the 1950s, though, the musical team of Les and his wife Mary Ford wasn’t only known in guitar circles; they actually were two of the biggest names in music.The couple produced 16 top-10 hits, including two Number 1 tunes—"How... …

Forgotten Guitar: Zakk Wylde Demos His "Chicken Pickin'" Technique in 1991

In 1991, MTV’s Headbangers Ball shot a short video profile of guitarist Zakk Wylde.Wylde, who was 24 at the time, was touring in support of Ozzy Osborune’s sixth studio album, No More Tears. In the clip, which you can check out below, Zakk talks about some of his early influences, what it was like starting out with Ozzy and his opinions on having the ability to read music.Midway through the... …

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