April 8, 2013 |
Comedic actor Jack Black and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber could soon have a bond. The seven-time Tony winner said he'd like to bring Black's comedy "School of Rock" to the stage. Lloyd Webber told CBC Radio that he was “very excited” about recently acquiring the rights to the 2003 film, which starred Black as a cash-strapped musician-turned-teacher who transforms a prep school class into a rock band. "There may be songs for me in it,” he said of the potential score, “but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands.
March 23, 2013
Chances are this guitar has nothing to weep about. A Vox electric guitar said to have been played by John Lennon and George Harrison - along with some jewelry given by Elvis Presley to associates and an autographed pillow Michael Jackson threw to a fan - are among a bevy of rock 'n' roll memorabilia items coming up for auction May 18 in New York. The one-of-a-kind Vox guitar was played by Lennon during a video recording session for the song "Hello Goodbye," and by Harrison while he was practicing "I Am the Walrus" for the "Magical Mystery Tour" film, according to Julien's Auctions, which will host the sale.
March 22, 2013 |
A Vox electric guitar said to have been played by John Lennon and George Harrison, jewelry given by Elvis Presley to associates and an autographed pillow Michael Jackson threw to a fan from a Paris hotel window are among a bevy of rock 'n' roll memorabilia items coming up for auction May 18 in New York. The one-of-a-kind Vox guitar was played by Lennon during a video recording session for the song “Hello Goodbye,” and by Harrison while he was practicing “I Am the Walrus” for the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, according to Julien's Auctions, which will host the sale at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.
March 14, 2013 |
There are few people so well suited to pull a song out of a recent sequence of surreal events than Texas country rocker Joe Ely. Ely had a one-of-a-kind custom guitar stolen from him 27 years ago, and he recently learned that it had turned up. On Tuesday night at a gig in San Francisco, the instrument was returned to him by Matt Wright of Merced, Calif., who'd bought it at a pawn shop years earlier, discovering later who the rightful owner was....
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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.