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Jessica Simpson Breaks Record with New Country Song

06.04.2008

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If you haven't heard already, Jessica Simpson is giving country music a go. And so far, so good. Her debut single, "Come On Over," debuted at No. 41 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. (Sure, Shania Twain had a hit single by the same name 11 years ago, but who cares? Why mess with the tried and the true?) Simpson's debut on the charts marks the highest ever for a country music newcomer.
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Successful Test Run for World’s Largest Pedalboard

06.04.2008

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How many pedals can fit on a functioning pedalboard? Perhaps ten, maybe 12, tops? Well, Jaux King, one of the founders of GearTrap.com, a Nashville, TN-based blog devoted to all things related to guitar gear, aims to find out. With the help of several prominent sponsors—including Pedaltrain, George L’s cables, and Seymour Duncan, among others—King has set his sights on building the world’s largest pedalboard, and getting officials from Guinness World Records to sanction it. And if this past weekend’s successful test is any indication, King just might pull it off. A total of eight loaded pedalboards with approximately 70 different pedals were hooked up and powered up without any glitches. Granted, no one really knew what to expect, but everyone was surely happy to hear the undisputable tone of the Les Paul hooked up to test it.
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Slash Opens Up About Bo Diddley's Profound Influence

06.03.2008

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Following the death of 79-year-old blues and rock pioneer Bo Diddley, musicians around the world are speaking to Diddley's incredible influence. Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash, for one. Slash told NME.com, "He's a huge hero of mine and the fact that he knew who I was was a huge compliment ... Bo Diddley created a myth that was uniquely his own. An entire rhythm is owed to just one guy and that's pretty rare ... He was such a trooper and a timeless individual. I'm hoping the pioneers of rock like Bo Diddley won't be forgotten."
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Alice Cooper Set to Release Serial Killer Concept Album

06.03.2008

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On July 29, Alice Cooper will release Along Came a Spider, a concept album about a serial killer named Spider who collects the limbs of his victims to create a spider. Pretty morbid, huh?
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Rest in Peace Bo Diddley: Dec. 30, 1928 - June 2, 2008

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06.02.2008

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Gibson has just learned that the great Bo Diddley has passed away at home of Archer, Florida. He was 79. A true pioneer of rock and roll, Diddley was a brutal guitar minimalist and a lifelong musical innovator and inventor. From the stomp of “Hey Bo Diddley” and “Who Do You Love?” to the sweet rhythm of “Mona” and “Dearest Darling,” Diddley took the driving one-chord blues of the Mississippi hills and added Chicago’s electricity and rock and roll’s style and swagger to create sonic gold. It was in this beautiful experimentation that rock and roll was born. With raw, stripped-down songs hollered over a snapping snare, maracas, and a reverb-and-tremolo drenched guitar, nobody sounded like Bo Diddley. His music and influence will live on forever. Rest in peace, Bo. –Ari Surdoval
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Kurt Cobain's Ashes Stolen

06.02.2008

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According to reports, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's ashes have been stolen from the home of his widow Courtney Love, along with some clothing and jewelry. "I can't believe anyone would take Kurt's ashes from me," Love said. "I find it disgusting and right now I'm suicidal. If I don't get them back I don't know what I'll do." Love revealed that she stored the ashes inside a pink teddy bear shaped bag with a lock of Kurt’s hair. "I used to take them everywhere with me just so I could feel Kurt was still with me," Love said. "Now it feels like I have lost him all over again."
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Pink Floyd to Play Again?

05.30.2008

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Following Pink Floyd's 23-minute reunion for a London Live8 concert in July 2005, fans have been clamoring for more. Acknowledging talk of another reunion, David Gilmour told BBC 6Music, "Who knows? Who knows the future? I haven't absolutely said no to the possibility but I think that in reality any sort of long-term thing together is not going to happen.
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Trey Anastasio Announces First Show in 2 Years, Fuels Phish Reunion Hopes

05.30.2008

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Beloved Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will soon make his first public performance in two years—at the inaugural Rothbury festival in Rothbury, Michigan during the July 4th weekend. Anastasio has been out of the spotlight since Phish played their final show in 2004 and since pleading guilty of felony drug charges in 2007. Last summer, Anastasio released the instrumental album The Horseshoe Curve. Billed as a "sustainable camping festival celebrating music, art, and action," the Rothbury festival will take place July 3 - 6. There, Anastasio will perform a one-hour acoustic set, Billboard.com reports. Former Phish band members Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon will also perform separate sets, Fishman with the Yonder Mountain String Band.
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System of a Down Sideband Sets Date for Debut Release

05.28.2008

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Scars on Broadway, the side project of System of a Down frontman/guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, has been "marinating" long enough, and now the two have set a release date for the band's self-titled debut—July 29. "I like to let my songs marinate over time," Malakian has said about the Scars on Broadway songs, many of which had their beginnings years ago. "That helps determine which ones speak to me the loudest." Malakian produced all of the album's 14 songs, and wrote the majority of them.
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Remembering Andy Griffith Composer Earle Hagen: July 9, 1919 - May 27, 2008

05.28.2008

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Earle H. Hagen, the composer behind the themes for The Andy Griffith Show, I Spy, and The Mod Squad passed away at his Rancho Mirage, California home on Monday at the age of 88. Hagen wrote original music for over 3,000 TV episodes and TV movies, but is perhaps best known as the whistler behind the Andy Griffith theme song.
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