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March 6, 2013 |
At the Woodstock music festival in 1969, the British blues-rock band Ten Years After burst onto the U.S. music scene with a searing rendition of "I'm Going Home" featuring the fleet-fingered Alvin Lee whaling away on guitar. When the "Woodstock" documentary was released the next year, the band's 11-minute version of the song - and Lee's guitar virtuosity - were regarded as a highlight. His speedy, taut playing would earn him the unofficial title of "the fastest guitar in the West.
March 2, 2013 |
Attention, rock stars: When Jimmy Fallon introduces you on his chat show as "one of the most legendary and influential musicians of all time," apparently you've got the run of the place. At least that's the message suggested by Prince's appearance Friday on "Late Night," where the Purple One dropped by to perform two songs, including his killer garage-rock single "Screwdriver. " It's one of a handful of tunes Prince is selling through a recently launched website, 3rdeyegirl.com , named after his new all-lady backing band.
February 8, 2013 |
How much are a punk rock hero's personal items worth? Joey Ramone's vinyl record collection, two electric guitars, a leather jacket, his passport, Rolodex, T-shirts and other items will be auctioned off by the late singer's estate. A minimum bid of $500 is attached to the collection of nearly 100 LPs, including albums by Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, the Who, Bob Dylan, Donovan, the Beach Boys, and Jimi Hendrix, that were owned and presumably played by Ramone, who died at 49 in 2001 of lymphoma . The guitars, the jacket and the passport each have a minimum bid of $300, while bidding on his stash of 140 T-shirts begins at $500.
February 4, 2013 |
Dear neighbors, Sorry about Sunday morning. It was rude to be listening to music at such a volume so early in the day. If you banged on the door, sent me texts, or cussed at me from across the boulevard, either I ignored you or, more likely, I didn't hear you. And I definitely can't hear you now. I can't stop listening to "Nothing Is. " Something strange and exceedingly rare happened while you were getting ready for church, marinating your...
January 29, 2013 |
On the Radar Brothers' eighth album the long-running Los Angeles guitar rock group founded by Jim Putnam continues its gradual, if at times glacially-paced, expansion. Twenty years after its formation, the band has thickened its sound with more dynamic layers and arrangements, even as the voice at the center remains stubbornly consistent. Since their inception, the Radar Brothers have continually worked on creating the perfect languid guitar rock song, as if orbiting an ideal that they never quite seem to touch.
January 24, 2013 |
One of the liveliest aspects of the annual gathering in Anaheim of musical equipment and accessories makers and dealers known as the NAMM Convention is Deke Dickerson's Guitar Geek Festival, which takes place Friday and Saturday. It's the 10 th year for the event, and the final one, Dickerson says, at least in its current incarnation. He's lost money on it every year, but has continued to stage it as a labor of love, and it's clear in talking with Dickerson that that attitude hasn't flagged regardless of the financial picture.
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December 18, 2012 |
Guitarist Wayne Kramer's loud, fast and stripped-down rock 'n' roll paved the way for the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash - before he was sentenced to four years in prison for dealing drugs. Throughout his time behind bars, a guitar was an uncomplaining companion of the former frontman for the Detroit band MC5. On Tuesday, Kramer, who now composes music for television and films, and a group of fellow musicians visited the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco to perform a Christmas concert and donate 14 new Fender acoustic guitars to inmates.
December 6, 2012
The British dance-punk band Bloc Party helped make club music safe for young rock fans in the 2000s. Yet Bloc Party shed most of its pioneering club influences on its new album, "Four," a fanged and heavy record that focuses on live musicianship and ferocious guitar work. The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana. 8 p.m. Sat. $35. http://www.observatoryoc.com.
November 15, 2012 |
More than 100 guitars bearing the signatures of rock, pop and country stars including Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Tom Morello, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney will be auctioned Dec. 1 to benefit the Dio Cancer Fund established in memory of hard rock singer Ronnie James Dio. The instruments will be previewed Nov. 19 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, where they will be auctioned two weeks later. Other artists who have signed donated guitars include members of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Metallica and the Alice Cooper Band. The guitar signed by Van Halen is a prototype electric made for him. The auction also includes a custom hand-carved Ronnie James Dio memorial guitar made by DBZ Guitars and an acoustic-electric guitar signed by “Twilight” film series star Robert Pattinson.
November 8, 2012
There will never be another Prince, but Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum make a good go at it with their cover band Princess. The two actors and musicians will tackle the Purple One's catalog at this genuine homage to guitar shredding and droll sex appeal. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8L30 p.m. Sat. $30. largo-la.com.