February 14, 2006 |
Guitar great and last week's double Grammy winner Les Paul was released from the hospital Saturday and is now home and "feeling much better," a spokeswoman for his record company said Monday. Paul, 90, had been hospitalized in New Jersey for about a week with pneumonia, which forced him to miss Wednesday's Grammy Awards ceremony, where he won in pop and rock instrumental categories. -- Randy Lewis
February 7, 2006 |
A bout with pneumonia has forced guitar hero Les Paul to miss his all-star 90th birthday celebration concert tonight at the Gibson Amphitheatre, but the show will go on as a salute to the guitar and recording innovator. Paul is expected to be released in the next few days from Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., his son, Russ, said Monday. Les Paul was hospitalized Friday after X-rays revealed fluid in his lungs.
September 3, 2008 |
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the "father of the electric guitar" this fall. Les Paul will be honored at the annual American Music Masters series, a weeklong event that begins Nov. 10, Rock Hall officials said Tuesday. A tribute concert is scheduled for Nov. 15 at Cleveland's State Theater. Paul, 93, is hoping to attend, said Rock Hall President Terry Stewart.
January 28, 2006 |
Guitar innovator Les Paul, possibly this year's only living Grammy nominee who had hit records before there were any Grammy Awards, will give a Grammy-week concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre with a slew of his admirers and musical disciples. Buddy Guy, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Edgar Winter, Joe Satriani, Neal Schon and others will take part in the "Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute" on Feb. 7, for which proceeds will benefit A Place Called Hope, a South L.A.
May 1, 1998 |
As compelling as it was to see Les Paul, the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, paired onstage with such modern guitar heroes as Slash and Steve Vai, the best part of Wednesday's House of Blues extravaganza celebrating the venerable musician came when the Les Paul Trio had the spotlight to itself. "Do you play guitar?" the quick-witted Paul, 82, asked a good-natured heckler early in the first of the evening's two sets. "No," the man said. "Then what are you doing here?" Paul replied.
June 8, 2005 |
Two hours before show time, the band at the Iridium was sound-checking with a song that's been around awhile, "Misty," the singer going "I'm too misty / And too much in love" before the lead guitarist took over, the fingers of his left hand sliding down the neck of the electric guitar to end the tune with a flurry of high notes, a little show-off riff.