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AC/DC Launch New Boxed Set

Joe Bosso
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08.30.2007

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While they put the finishing touches on their eagerly awaited studio album of all-new material due in early 2008 (their first since 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip), AC/DC will release AC/DC Plug Me In - the ultimate career-spanning DVD box set of live performances, interviews, and more on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
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Lucero's Ben Nichols Ponders New Album, Hits the Road for Fall Tour

Ellen Mallernee
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08.30.2007

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Memphis-based rock band Lucero regularly attract rowdy crowds who croak out frontman Ben Nichols’ songs by heart. In spite of all the tough-guy crowd surfing, the whiskey sloshing, and the tumble of muddy riffs from Nichols’ Epiphone Sheraton, the lyrics the audience mouths are tender with the heartache and hope of leaving one place and looking toward another.
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Free MP3: Nick Moss Makes His Gibson Electrics Sizzle

Sean McDevitt
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08.30.2007

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More than 15 years later, Nick Moss, now nearing his 38th birthday, has learned his lessons well. He’s a bandleader with a growing discography, one of the Windy City’s A-list blues guitarists, and an established musician who continues the proud, storied tradition of urban blues. He’s won raves for his original songwriting, tough, gritty vocals, and slashing guitar work, heard on albums like First Offense, Got a New Plan, and Count Your Blessings. And on the latest release from Nick Moss & the Flip Tops, the double-disc Play It ’Til Tomorrow (Blue Bella Records), Moss expands his musical scope to build upon the momentum created by his last studio effort, the simply incomparable Sadie Mae, released in 2005.
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Enter to Win a Pair of '57 Classics or a Pair of Burstbuckers--Or Both!

Ellen Mallernee
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08.30.2007

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It’s the 50th Anniversary of the Mighty Humbucker and Gibson wants to give you a pair—or two! We’ve got a problem here at Gibson: We want to celebrate the anniversary of the extraordinary humbucker and we just can’t decide which Patent Applied For Gibson humbucker we like best—the sparkling ’57 Classic or the gritty Burstbucker. They’re both the most accurate recreation of our vintage Gibson humbuckers available, but each in its own way. Built to Gibson’s exclusive specs, the ’57 Classic replicates the exact patent of the original Gibson humbuckers, and features punchy low-end and round mids, with a distinctive sparkle on the high-end. The Burstbuckers, on the other hand, are Gibson’s painstaking recreation of how those specs were actually built in the late ’50s on Gibson’s Kalamazoo, Michigan shop floor—beautifully replicating Gibson’s traditional hand-wound process. Less precise in the windings than the ’57 Classics, the Burstbuckers pack a gritty, vintage wallop—a touch darker, and a little less hi-fi.
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Yellowcard Guitarists Hit the Road with Gibsons New and Old

Sean McDevitt
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08.29.2007

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Yellowcard lead guitarist Ryan Mendez is headed out on the road this fall, and he’s taking along a new friend that feels pretty familiar. “I just got a black Les Paul Classic Custom with beige binding, and it’s actually being set up right now,” he explains. “I retired my ’72 Custom last year. It’s such a beautiful guitar, and I don’t want to get it banged up.”
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The Hold Steady Embrace Role as America’s Best Bar Band

Russell Hall
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08.29.2007

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Over the course of the Hold Steady’s seven-year career, they’ve earned the status as the best bar band in America. Some groups might bristle at that blue-collar assessment, but guitarist Tad Kubler says the reputation actually affirms what the Brooklyn-based band originally set out to do. “At the time we started, indie rock seemed like an exclusive, trendy thing,” he says. “It seemed like people weren’t having fun any more. We wanted to be inclusive with the audience, and create more of a rock show experience. It’s about being in the moment, on-stage. We entertain people and have a good time in the process.”
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Drake Bell: The Gibson Interview

Joe Bosso
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08.28.2007

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He has a point: As co-star (along with Josh Peck) of Nickelodeon’s smash hit show Drake & Josh, Bell, with his boyish good looks and mop-top hair, has become a heartthrob to millions of teens, tweens, and their moms. A cushy life of adoring girls and fat paychecks awaits, provided Bell plays the game. “Which is exactly what I won’t do,” he laughs. Seated in a tour bus en route from Missouri to Michigan, Bell expands on what he calls the “teen idol nightmare scenario”: “Picture me at 30 still trying to act like a teenager on Drake & Josh. It’d be sad. Pretty soon you’d see me in real life living with a bunch of fellow losers in some horrible reality show. No thanks. I’ve got a bigger plan.”
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Inside Gibson’s Repair & Restoration Department

Ellen Mallernee
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08.27.2007

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Far beneath the rafters of a humming old warehouse in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, there are rows of guitar cases, most of them containing a Gibson and a story. Each case in Gibson Repair & Restoration is tagged, oftentimes with customer names like Willie Nelson or Dave Grohl, and some show addresses as far away as Australia or the U.K.
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Gibson Moment: Guns N' Roses at Richfield Coliseum, June 5, 1991

Jonah Bayer
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08.27.2007

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I used to get nosebleeds relatively frequently as a kid, so I was pretty much used to them. But this time the crimson flood was leaking out of my nose directly onto the pair of ripped, stonewashed Levi’s that the 12-year-old version of me had picked out for the biggest night of my life: Guns N’ Roses at Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland, Ohio. Pair that Pollock-splattered denim with an original “Guns N’ Roses Was Here” T-shirt, and I was ready for my first real rock show.
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Ace Frehley: Professional Rock Star, Amateur Graphic Artist

Chris Gill
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08.27.2007

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Everybody aspires to be a rock star. But what do rock stars aspire to be? Check out the stunning computer art of legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley.
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