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Gibson Scoops Hot Water Music Reunion Plans

12.17.2007

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Not all music fans took notice when Gainesville, Florida, punk act Hot Water Music announced they were breaking up in 2006, but the ones who did took the news hard. Well, those fans can now take solace. Next month, Hot Water Music will be playing three reunion shows in Orlando, Chicago, and Sayreville, New Jersey—and the band couldn’t be more excited. “At least for me, it's been a while since I've played anything this aggressive,” explained bassist Jason Black. “It's also a ton of fun to go back and listen to records and fix all of my garbage-ass bass parts from when I was but a wee lad.”
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Keith Richards’ Christmas Classic Re-Released as iTunes Download

12.14.2007

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Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ 1978 version of Chuck Berry’s rollicking holiday staple “Run Run Rudolph” has been reissued as a digital download only available on iTunes, a week before Richards’ 64th birthday. The song has been newly paired with Richards’ 2003 cover of Toots and the Maytals’ “Pressure Drop” as a “two-for-one” release.
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Cocaine Killed Dubrow

12.14.2007

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The Clark County, Nevada, coroner’s office has ruled that Quiet Riot lead singer Kevin DuBrow died of an accidental cocaine overdose. The 52-year-old Dubrow was found dead in his Las Vegas residence on November 25, with no apparent signs of foul play. Results of the coroner’s toxicology report were made public almost immediately.
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Panic! At the Disco’s Sophomore Effort Due in March

12.14.2007

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Panic! At the Disco, the upstart, Las Vegas-based indie band whose 2005 debut album not only became a muscular success, but went on to eclipse many a music industry veteran by winning Video of the Year honors at the 2006 MTV awards, is putting the final touches on their Rob Mathes-produced follow-up album, now due for release in March. Guitarist/lyricist Ryan Ross, who’s previously expressed discomfort with the digital studio polish of Panic!’s debut, told Billboard magazine that the new album will have a more organic sound, one that’s a deliberate departure from the “emo” tag that’s dogged them since their breakthrough.
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Video of the Day: Daft Punk "Robot Rock"

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12.13.2007

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Check out this gem from Daft Punk duo Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. The song, "Robot Rock," is off the band's 2005 album Human After All and features a sweet double neck SG.
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Finger-Pickin’ Delta Blues Legend “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks, Dead at 67

12.13.2007

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Jerry Ricks, a Philly-born guitar player best known for his expert finger-picking and unique style of country blues, died this past Monday in a clinic in Croatia, according to a report from the Associated Press and the Croatian Music Union. Ricks, 67, and his wife Nancy moved to the Balkan nation earlier this year. He suffered a stroke in mid-August and had been hospitalized in Rijeka ever since.
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Rock and Roll Forefather and Pioneer Ike Turner Dead at 76

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12.12.2007

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Celebrity website TMZ.com reports that music legend and Gibson friend Ike Turner died today at his home in San Marcos, California. Sources close to the family say they believe Turner, 76, died in his sleep. Rest in peace, Ike
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Robot Guitar Fanfare Gone Wild in New York!

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12.10.2007

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On Friday, December 7, Rochester, New York’s House of Guitars really pulled out all the stops for the launch of the revolutionary Robot Guitar, inviting a marching band and cheerleading squad to spearhead the fanfare up to the Robot’s 5 p.m. launch. The guy in the homemade robot costume didn’t hurt either. In line with the majority of dealers around the world, House of Guitars sold out of the Robot Guitar within an hour! Visit the Robot Guitar here.
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Ozzy’s Auction Raises $800K for Charity

12.06.2007

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A weekend auction of items from the former Beverly Hills mansion of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon lured an eclectic mix of art collectors and heavy metal fans from as far away as Germany to the Gibson Showcase in Beverly Hills. Darren Julien, whose Julien Auctions company ran the event, told the Associated Press that “we had Ozzy fans bidding against these sophisticated fine art buyers, which you don’t see everyday. For the most part the metalheads were outbidding the art crowd.” Julien noted that items associated with the Osbourne’s popular MTV reality series were the most sought after: a bat coat sold for $3,300, while a pair of Ozzy’s familiar round eyeglasses brought $5,250, and a pair of skull-emblazoned sneakers went for $2,625. The auction brought in nearly what the auction house initially predicted, with all proceeds going to fund The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Headline Superbowl XLII Halftime Show

12.05.2007

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The National Football League has confirmed that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl XLII. The league’s announcement effectively quashed rumors that the headliner for the 2008 halftime spectacular might be the Eagles or Bruce Springsteen. The NFL has focused on booking classic rock/guitar-oriented performers—Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, and Prince—for the show in the wake of bad publicity stemming from Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 event. Super Bowl XLII will be played on February 3 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and will air on the Fox network.—Jerry McCulley
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