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Hard Rock Hotels Give Away Free Music

If Peter Morton and Isaac Tigrett called their London, England spot the Soft Rock Café in 1971, the clientele probably would have ended up super lame.

 

Good thing they were smart and started classing up the joint with hard rock memorabilia that landed them enough vibe to spread to the States and other parts of the world like wildfire, otherwise an unruly trip to LasRead More

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Gear Profile: The Making Of Dan Donegan’s Guitar “Maya”

Dan Donegan of the modern heavy metal band Disturbed discusses the creation of his Washburn signature guitar “Maya.” Fascinating footage from inside the Washburn Custom and Production Shop in Chicago includes interviews with not only Donegan, but also the shop’s luthiers and artists.

 

Disturbed is one of the highest-grossing bands of the last ten years, having sold over 11 million albums since forming in Chicago in 1996. The band deliberately avoided guitar solos until its third album, Ten Thousand Fists, which showcased Donegan’s tapping, sweep… Read More

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Great Venues: The Green Mill – Chicago

A legendary Chicago venue with a colorful history, The Green Mill Jazz Club has hosted the famous and infamous, from Frank Sinatra to Al Capone. As one fan described it: “It is such an institution…with an interior from a bygone era…the lighting is very art deco and those murals are just ridiculous… a HUGE wraparound bar, intimate tables up front, and plenty of booths, including the one used by Al Capone himself which faced the door, not the stage. He needed to see who was… Read More

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Chicago Players: Buddy Guy (with B.B. King) – I Can’t Quit You Baby

Blues legends and old friends Buddy Guy and B.B. King play “I Can’t Quit You Baby” at King’s nightclub, with Guy singing and King throwing it down on “Lucille,” his black Gibson guitar. Lucille is based on the Gibson ES-355 but has certain modifications requested by King—most noticeably the Lucille script on the headstock, a maple neck, and the signature absence of F-holes at the top of the guitar, which King requested to reduce feedback.
 

“I Can’t Quit You Baby” is an… Read More

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NYC Players: Warren Haynes – Shares His Insights on Playing Slide Guitar

Warren Haynes is the acclaimed guitarist for both Government Mule and the Allman Brothers, yet the Southern Rock guitar king lives in New York City! Haynes has also recorded and toured extensively with the Grateful Dead, stepping into Jerry Garcia’s big shoes, and with the Dave Matthews Band.

Growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, Haynes heard gospel on the radio and was raised by a father who loved Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe, but he also had two… Read More

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Monster Jam: Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and Steve Lukather Live in Japan

Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana and Steve Lukather attempt to out-jam each other on an old Santana tune at a live show in Japan.  Adding to the monster-jamness are Toto (and Jeff Beck) drummer Simon Phillips and Jan Hammer of Read More

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