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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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Tom Morello Readies New Release

Ellen Mallernee
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06.30.2008

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Tom Morello's new solo album The Fabled City will hit stores on September 30, reports Billboard.com. Morello, who is also the guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, says the album will capture the spirit of his live shows. "There is a much more rocking quality to this record, solos and riffs, mixed with darker acoustic songs," Morello explains. The Fabled City will be the follow-up to the record Morello released under the name The Nightwatchman in 2007, One Man Revolution. He now goes by the moniker Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman. The new album was produced by Brendan O'Brien and includes collaborations with Serj Tankian and Shooter Jennings.
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Killer Robot Guitar Review!

06.30.2008

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A loyal Gibson player has written an incredibly detailed review of his brand new Robot Guitar and posted it on the Gear Page for all to read. The review comes complete with several great pict ures of the guitar, including some fantastic close ups and one parting shot of his beautiful Les Paul collection. The reviewer's "final thoughts?" He loves it! Read it for yourself here.
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Beck and The Verve Both Stream New Tracks Online

Ellen Mallernee
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06.27.2008

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Both Beck and the Verve are building enthusiasm for their forthcoming albums by streaming songs on their respective MySpaces. From Beck's Modern Guilt, due in record stores on July 9, you can hear abbreviated versions of the groovy, atmospheric "Chemtrails" and "Orphans," and the barelling surf rock swell of "Gamma Rays." These tracks indicate that the album's likely got one foot planted in the 1970s. Nice! Modern Guilt is Beck's first partnership with producer Danger Mouse and features a seductive Cat Power vocal.
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Rolling Stone Issues List of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time

Ellen Mallernee
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06.26.2008

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Rolling Stone has issued a fantastic list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, saying, "This is what makes a great rock & roll guitar sound: an irresistible riff; a solo or jam that takes you higher every time you hear it; the final power chord that pins you to the wall and makes you hit "play" again and again. Every song here has those thrills." Check it out here!
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