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Robot Guitar Contest Videos Hit YouTube!

Ellen Mallernee
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11.14.2007

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If you haven't already checked out Gibson's official Robot Guitar videos, watch them here or search for them on YouTube. Along with last week's announcement of the Robot Guitar, Gibson called for additional Robot Guitar videos to be submitted to YouTube. The challenge is already yielding some hilarious results, and for good reason: the maker of the best short film wins a First Run Limited Edition Robot Guitar. Example A:
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After 40 Years, Clapton and Winwood Reunite for Three New York Shows

11.09.2007

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After months of rumors and innuendo, it’s now final—musical legends Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood will reunite for their first full shows together in more than 40 years. Clapton and Winwood, former bandmates in the ‘60s supergroup Blind Faith, will play three shows at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on February 25, 26 and 28, 2008. The announcement comes on the heels of the pair’s dramatic reunion this summer at Clapton’s Chicago Crossroads Guitar Festival. Winwood joined Clapton on stage during Slowhand’s set for several songs, including a few numbers from Winwood’s old band, Traffic.
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Guitar Hero: Once, Twice, III Times a Blockbuster

11.09.2007

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How popular is Activision’s Guitar Hero III : Legends of Rock? Entertainment industry bible Variety reports the rock’n’role-playing video game wracked up sales of $100 million in its first week of release. Whether it’s due to the re-recorded versions of “Anarchy in the UK” and “Pretty Vacant” the Sex Pistols cut for the project and promoted via recent network television appearances, or all that Slash-morphing and faux-shredding in the game’s clever, head-banging commercial spot, the game’s debut sales performance was the second strongest of the year, behind Halo 3. Activision also reported its quarterly earnings for the period ending September 30 were already up 69% over a year earlier, a clear sign that the video game boom shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.
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New Book Chronicles Pearl Jam Tour Posters

Gabriel J. Hernandez
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11.08.2007

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Pearl Jam’s concert posters have long been a hot commodity on the open market. And if you can’t afford the prices some people are paying (and have paid) for these posters on places like eBay and other websites, then fear no more—Pearl Jam vs Ames Bros: 13 Years of Tour Posters should satisfy your appetite. Currently available from the band’s website, or the Ames Bros website, the book is a chronology of Pearl Jam’s popular concert posters from 1995 to 2007. The 264-page hard cover book features a total of 229 posters, most of them designed by Ames Bros, but also some from Pearl Jam artist Brad Klausen. Included are individual comments on the posters from all five members of the band, and a running commentary from the poster designers themselves, who offer their insight into the inspiration, concepts and creation of each poster.
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Ozzy Fans Stung in Clever Sting

11.08.2007

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Sheriff Paul D. Laney is one smart cop, even if Ozzy Osbourne won’t admit it, or doesn’t agree with his tactics. The Cass County, N.D. sheriff recently used the famous rocker’s name in a sting operation aimed at rounding up people with outstanding arrest warrants. Laney sent out invitations to more than 500 lawbreakers offering them a chance to meet the legendary rocker at a party at a local nightclub prior to Ozzy’s gig at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. Of the more than 100 people that showed up, 44 were promptly arrested and taken jail, including two with pending felony charges, and several others wanted for not paying child support. Ozzy didn’t take the news very well.
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Supergroup Aims to Fight Homelessness in the UK with New Single

11.08.2007

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Former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and some of his musical acquaintances are sharpening their philanthropic ambitions by joining forces to help fight homelessness in the United Kingdom. The new supergroup, which is called Crisis and is already in a recording studio, consists of such notables as Beth Ditto, The Enemy, Paul Weller, New Young Pony Club, Supergrass, Drew McConnell of Babyshambles, Ed Harcourt, Pearl Lowe and Andy Rourke from the Smiths. Coxon is also one of the musical artists who lent a helping hand to Gibson Guitartown London, a unique charity-inspired campaign combining the power of music with art to raise money for The Princes Trust, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Teenage Cancer Trust. The campaign features 29, ten-foot, hand-painted Gibson Les Paul replica guitars that were designed by some of the UK’s top visual artists and signed by many of Britain’s top musicians. The guitars have been on display in London, and will be auctioned for charity on November 20, 2007. For more information, click here.
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Hank Thompson, Texas Honky Tonk and Western Swing Pioneer, Dead at 82

11.08.2007

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Country music star Hank Thompson passed away in his suburban home outside Ft. Worth, Texas, just days after he’d announced his retirement and cancelled a pending tour after a brief hospital stay. The 82-year-old performer’s last show was just three weeks ago, an event where Texas governor Rick Perry and Mayor Virginia DuPuy declared October 8 “Hank Thompson Day” in the singer’s hometown of Waco. According to Thompson spokesman and Heart of Texas Records executive Tracy Pitcox, the 82-year-old singer had been battling an aggressive form of lung cancer.
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Page’s Promising Pinkie Prognosis

Jerry McCulley
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11.07.2007

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The broken little finger that forced Jimmy Page to postpone Led Zeppelin’s much anticipated reunion – and the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute concert hosting it – until December 10, is healing well. “I’ve broken fingers before, a lot worse than this,” Zep’s axe god assured reporters covering Page’s first public appearance since the accident, receiving a “Living Legend” award at London’s Classic Rock Awards, an event where Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler presented the guitarist with a vintage Les Paul that had been inscribed by Les Paul himself. Jimmy also revealed details of his accident for the first time, telling the BBC that he’d fractured the little finger of his left – and fretboard - hand after a fall in his garden that he chalked up to the time of year.
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White Stripes Feeling Good, Recording New Material

11.07.2007

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The White Stripes, who’ve been at home resting since the cancellation of a string of shows in September due to drummer Meg White’s bout with “acute anxiety,” have returned to the studio and are in the process of recording new material, according to the band’s website. Meg’s partner and White Stripes frontman Jack White has assured fans that Meg is well on her way to making a full recovery, and that a return to the studio should help speed up the process even further. According to a post on the group’s website, the band has recorded “three never-before-heard original songs (with a special collaboration) and one unique new version of a song from (new album) Icky Thump.” Jack White also mentioned the band has filmed a new video for one of the new, original songs.—Gabriel J. Hernandez
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Old CBGB Space to House Men's Clothing Store

Ellen Mallernee
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11.07.2007

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Since its closing in October 2006, iconic New York rock club CBGB has been vacant. But that famosly dingy stage hasn't seen its last days yet. Plans were announced Tuesday for designer John Varvatos to occupy the space at 315 Bowery with one of his upscale menswear stores. Fifty-two-year-old Varvatos remembers seeing the Ramones perform at CBGB, one of just many bands who launched their careers at the rock club. Varvatos says he plans to keep the rock spirit alive by preserving the stage and hosting in-store performances. "I want to create something with a little bit of the heart and soul from what was there," he said. The store will open March 2008.—Ellen Mallernee
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