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Headbanging Blinds Bassist

Ellen Mallernee
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07.09.2008

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Twenty-one-year-old Scottish bassist Richard Allan headbanged a little too ferociously at his gig in Edinburgh Friday night with hardcore band The Day I Vanished. Following the show, he mistook his blurry vision as a side effect of the bright side lights. Turns out he suffers from detached retinas and has gone partially blind because of all those herky-jerky head motions. “I guess I do go a bit mental at gigs,” Allan told The Scotsman. “We all leap about the place and headbang because we love our music, but I never thought it would make me start to go blind.
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Joe Satriani Adds North American Leg to Nonstop World Tour

Ellen Mallernee
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07.08.2008

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Electric guitar master Joe Satriani is a tourin’ fool. He’s sold out dates in London, Paris, Moscow, Milan, Amsterdam, and Sydney, and with plans already to make the rounds in Australia, Mexico, and South America this summer, he’s now also tacked on a whole slew of dates in Canada and the United States. Satriani is booked solid through November with nearly 50 cities on schedule, and he’s said he’ll be announcing more dates soon.
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Dave Matthews and Phish (sort of) Rock Rothbury; DMB Saxophonist on the Mend

07.07.2008

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The Dave Matthews Band lived up to its headline billing during a blistering performance at the inaugural offering of the Rothbury Festival in Michigan on Saturday night, while Trey Anastasio and two of his former bandmates further stoked speculation of an imminent Phish reunion during their jubilant Sunday night finale. The performances were two of the best highlights from the four-day affair in Rothbury, Mich., which drew more than 35,000 attendees to the Double JJ Ranch located 25 miles north of Muskegon, Mich., according to festival organizers. Approximately 80 musical acts performed on six different stages throughout the long weekend. DMB utilized an eight-piece lineup for the show, which included longtime DMB collaborator Tim Reynolds and saxophonist Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Coffin is filling in temporarily for the injured Leroi Moore, whose condition was upgraded from serious to fair over the weekend as he continues to recuperate from injuries sustained last Monday at his farm outside Charlottesville, Va., while riding an all-terrain vehicle. The extent of Moore’s injuries remains unknown.
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'Highway to Hell': Most Requested Funeral Song?

Ellen Mallernee
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07.07.2008

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The Telegraph reports that AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" has increasingly become one of the most-requested dirges at funerals around Adelaide, the most populous city in South Australia. Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Frank Sinatra's "My Way," and Louis Armstrong's "Wonderful World" make the list, too. The information comes courtesy of Centennial Park, the city's largest cemetery and crematorium. "Some of the more unusual songs we hear actually work very well within the service because they represent the person's character," said an executive at Centennial. Tradition isn't completely lost. The hymns "Amazing Grace" and "Abide With Me" are still among the Top 10 most requested songs.
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Page Says ‘No’ to Guitar Hero and Rock Band

07.07.2008

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Fans of Rock Band and Guitar Hero games waiting for their chance to jam along to the songs of rock legends Led Zeppelin are going to be waiting a bit longer, and maybe forever. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, guitarist Jimmy Page has nixed any chance of Zeppelin’s classic songs being used in the creation of a Led Zeppelin edition of either game.
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2,052 California Guitarists Set New World Record for Playing in Unison

Aidin Vaziri
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07.02.2008

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Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald led 2,052 guitarists in a record-breaking performance of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” in a Concord, California park on Tuesday. Entire families showed up to strum and sing along to the six-minute rendition of the tune. While it will take Guinness World Records officials at least a month to certify that they broke the previous record for a guitar ensemble playing in unison, which was set almost exactly a year ago by 1,802 people in Leinfelden-Echterdingen Germany, who collaborated on a version of "Smoke on the Water."
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Songwriting Competition’s Celebrity Judges Include Tom Waits, Loretta Lynn, and Weird Al

Aidin Vaziri
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07.02.2008

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They might not offer the kind of witty repartee you get from Simon, Paula, and Randy (“It was just all right for me, dawg!”), but a respectable line-up of actual musicians such as Tom Waits, Black Francis, Ray Davies, Loretta Lynn, and the Cure’s Robert Smith will serve as judges for the 2008 International Songwriting Competition.
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ATV Accident Seriously Injures Dave Matthews Saxophonist

Aidin Vaziri
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07.01.2008

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Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore sustained major injuries in an all-terrain vehicle accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia on Monday, according to a post on the band's official website. He was spending time with his family following a show at the Nissan Pavilion near Manassas on Saturday. Moore, one of the group's founding members, is currently at the University of Virginia hospital, where he remains in serious condition. "We cannot release any additional information,” hospital spokeswoman Megan Rowe told Virginia news site, The Hook. “But what’s on the website is accurate and up-to-date.” In the meantime, Jeff Coffin, the saxophonist for Bela Fleck and the Flecktones will be sitting in with the Dave Matthews Band for their current tour dates, which include a headlining spot at the Rothbury Festival this weekend.
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Lost Beatles Interview to Air on BBC Radio

Ellen Mallernee
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07.01.2008

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In April 1964, the Beatles' Paul McCartney and John Lennon did an interview together at the Scottish Television Studios, during which they told of meeting for the first time and of their songwriting partnership. Now, after a man discovered the lost tape in the South London garage where it had been for the last 44 years, the British Broadcasting Corp. will air the nine-minute interview on BBC Radio 4 today and later this week.
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Incubus to 'Disappear for a Year or Two'

Ellen Mallernee
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06.30.2008

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With two Incubus members heading off to school and another awaiting fatherhood, lead singer Brandon Boyd tells Billboard.com that Incubus have plans to lay low for a couple years. "I'm of the mind to say it wouldn't be a bad thing to disappear for a year or two years," Boyd says. "A lot of people would say culture moves too fast and you need to remind people, but I would argue there's not any rush. Maybe they'll be a sex scandal or an arrest or something to keep us in the news." It seems Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger will stay busy with solo work in the interim. On August 23, he'll introduce an orchestral piece that he wrote at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
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