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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Performs Good Deed For Deaf Fan

Posted by News on April 24, 2014 at 9:59am 0 Comments

A deaf woman who became a devout Megadeth fan after gaining her sense of hearing received a special treat last week from Dave Mustaine.

As reported by WENN.com, Sarah Churman became an Internet sensation when her husband posted footage of her as she heard her own voice for the first time.

The mother of two had undergone a medical procedure that corrected a severe hearing impairment she had endured since birth.

Learning of her story, Mustaine arranged to fly Churman to Las Vegas to hear Megadeth perform last Thursday.

The guitarist told Las Vegas TV station KTNV-TV, “It was such a heart-touching story to watch her. I consider myself to be pretty rugged, but I got a little teary eyed when I watched her be able to experience what we all take for granted…. When we found out she was a fan, it was like, ‘This is a no-brainer. We want to meet and just say how fortunate we are to be a part of her life and this new phase.’”

By Russell Hall 

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Dave Davies Offers Encouragement To AC/DC’s Malcolm Young

Posted by News on April 24, 2014 at 9:55am 0 Comments


Former Kinks guitarist Dave Davies continues to offer words of encouragement to AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, following news that health issues have forced Young to take a break from the band. Last week, on his Facebook page, Davies implored the AC/DC guitarist to “never give up,” to continue exercising his hands and fingers and to “’image-play’ your best solos ever in your mind before you go to sleep—daily.” Davies, who himself suffered a stroke in 2004, has now issued a follow-up post suggesting the public should refrain from sending out “negative vibes.” “I have no idea exactly what physical state Malcolm Young is in …,” he writes, “but it really does not help by people taking a negative view …. Part of the healing process is convincing the brain and mind that it is capable of anything. I wish him well." AC/DC has thus far declined to reveal the nature of the health issue that’s affecting Young. The band is scheduled to begin recording a new studio album in May.

By Russell Hall 

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Busy Living Interview By Martini Beerman and Rock.com

Posted by Interviews on April 22, 2014 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Martini Beerman caught up with Mike Moonves (frontman) and Jared Sohnen (drummer,) two members of Busy Living, a Los Angeles based pop/rock band.
Formed in early 2012, Busy Living is also comprised of Matt Leddy (keys,) Drew Phillips' (guitar) and Tim Hutton (guitar,) Busy Living brings an energy packed live show that is truly an experience. Busy Living released the "It's a War Out There!" EP in the summer of 2012 and have recently released their second EP.

By: Martini Beerman

Gibson GuitarTown On The Sunset Strip Charity Auction Raises More Than $41,600 To Support Music For Relief

Posted by News on April 22, 2014 at 8:12pm 0 Comments

Gibson GuitarTown On The Sunset Strip Charity Auction Raises More

Than $41,600 To Support Music For Relief



Nonprofit Organization Funds National, International Disaster Relief

Services And Aid For Survivors







The Sunset Strip Business Association presented a check to Music For Relief on April 15, 2014. (L-R) West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon, Music For Relief Chief Operating Officer Whitney Showler, Sunset Strip Music Festival Managing Director Karmen Beck and Sunset Strip Business Association/Sunset Strip Music Festival Executive Director Todd Steadman.

Photo courtesy of Genie Sanchez.

THE SUNSET STRIP BUSINESS ASSOCIATION presented nonprofit disaster relief organization Music For Relief a check for $41,611 on April 15, 2014. The donation was based on proceeds received from the third GIBSON GUITARTOWN ON THE SUNSET STRIP charity auction,…

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Jack White’s Record Breaking “Lazaretto” Recording

Posted by News on April 22, 2014 at 8:06pm 0 Comments

Jack White has a new item for his resume: Making the world’s fastest record. White accomplished the feat during Record Store Day (April 19). At 10 a.m. he took the stage in the Blue Room at his Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville. A few hundred fans got to hear White and his band lay down a live recording of the song “Lazaretto,” which will appear on his upcoming second solo album. Jack also recorded the Elvis Presley song “Power of My Love” as a B-side for the single before sending the recording off to United Record Pressing.

White and his band, which consisted of members of both his all-female and all-male backing bands the Peacocks and the Buzzards, continued to play a mini-set for the enthusiastic crowd. The set included the White Stripes classics “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground” as well as “Hotel Yorba.”

After the set White went to oversee the pressing of the “Lazaretto” 7” vinyl. It took only 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 21 seconds from the time that Jack and his band hit record, until the musician personally handed out the first copies of the single back at Third Man Records. Jack White’s second solo album, aptly named Lazaretto, will be released on June 10.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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John Frusciante To Appear On Duran Duran Album

Posted by News on April 22, 2014 at 8:02pm 0 Comments

Here’s one of the more bizarre news reports in a while. Reclusive ex Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is supposedly making a guest appearance on Duran Duran’s upcoming album. Ultimate-Guitar reports that Frusciante talked about the collaboration during an interview with Japanese Guitar Magazine.

It is a bold move for Frusciante, who has kept an extremely low profile since leaving the Chili Peppers back in 2009. In his time away from his old band, Frusciante has recorded two solo albums, as well as a number of albums with Swahili Blonde, which is fronted by John’s wife Nicole Turley.

Since there are no details as to what Frusciante’s contribution to the new Duran Duran album consists of, one can only speculate. It sure sounds like this might be the first step towards John’s re-emergence in the spotlight. I’m sure many Chili Peppers fans with me would love to see him back in the band one day and this might be a step in the right direction. Stay tuned!

By Daniel Eriksson 

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Billie Joe Armstrong Helps Out The Replacements At Coachella

Posted by News on April 22, 2014 at 7:55pm 0 Comments

Fans who came to see the Replacements second set at Coachella this past Friday (April 18) got a surprise. Green Day mainman Billie Joe Armstrong joined the group on stage as a backup guitarist to Replacements singer Paul Westerberg. The singer was having back problems and was forced to play guitar while lying down (!), so Armstrong helped fill out the band’s sound and make things easier on Westerberg.

Armstrong was decked out in a khaki outfit and a bow-tie like the rest of the band, and with his beard he looked quite different from the scrawny punk rocker in black skinny jeans that we’re used to seeing. Billie Joe, who is a longtime fan of the band exclaimed “Dreams really do come true,” according to Rolling Stone.

The two Coachella gigs were the Replacements’ first shows in California in 23 years. Bassist Tommy Stinson had to take a leave of absence from his other band Guns N’ Roses, who were on tour in South America at the same time.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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Sammy Hagar Announces ‘History Of Rock’ Tour

Posted by News on April 22, 2014 at 7:52pm 0 Comments

When it’s time to go out on the road, Red Rocker Sammy Hagar likes to bring along his famous musician friends. Last year Hagar toured with his buddy Michael Anthony from Van Halen, and members from Hagar’s first band Montrose under the headline “Four Decades of Rock.”

This year, aside from a bunch of shows with his main band The Wabos, Hagar is hitting the road with a show called “A Journey through the History of Rock.” Aside from Hagar, the band will consist of Anthony on bass once again, Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Heart, Black Country Communion) on drums, and Vic Johnson from Hagar’s aforementioned solo band The Wabos.

The band have eight shows lined up so far, starting on July 17 in Cadott, WI, at Rock Fest Chippewa Valley, and wrapping up at Lake Tahoe, NV, on August 16. For a complete list of dates, visit Sammy Hagar’s official website.

By Daniel Eriksson 

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Foreigner Founder Hints At Reunion

Posted by News on April 22, 2014 at 7:49pm 0 Comments

Foreigner’s Mick Jones says he expects new songs written with the band’s co-founder and former vocalist Lou Gramm will be released next year.

Gramm and Jones haven’t written together in 20 years, but the pair performed together in June 2013 at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City, playing “I Want To Know What Love Is” and “Juke Box Hero.”

Now Jones has told Classic Rock magazine that the pair are considering a new collaboration. "Lou told me a few weeks ago he's discovered a few songs we were writing in the '80s, but never quite finished,” Jones said. “We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults… It's a question of wading through them and finding a cassette machine to play them on.”

Jones said that if a reunion with Gramm took place, the band’s current lead singer Kelly Hansen would continue to be involved. “Kelly has dedicated everything to the band,” he said. “He's phenomenal. So anything I do will be sensitive to that. If Lou and I do something, it'll be inclusive. No way will he replace Kelly.”

By Peter Hodgson 

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Mastodon Release First Hint Of New Album

Posted by News on April 21, 2014 at 9:13am 0 Comments


Mastodon have released “High Road,” the first taste of their forthcoming album Once More Round The Sun.

The song has been released on the band’s Soundcloud account to stream for free.

The album was recorded in Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Alice in Chains, Rush). And although Mastodon are known for their conceptual approach to music, this time they kept things a little more free-form. During a break in recording a few months ago, guitarist Brent Hinds told this writer, “Every time we do an album people expect to do another concept album. I'm really hoping it's not a concept album but you never know. Stranger things could happen. Who knows what could happen? Right now we're just putting the album together piece by piece and it's coming together."

It seems like the album will be typically varied from a sonic perspective too: ”I’m playing a lot of slide guitar on this record, oddly enough,” Hinds said. “I’ve always been partial to slide and I guess I use it in kind of a David Gilmour, psychedelic sense. I'm not using it in the traditional tunings or map-outs of E, but nonetheless it's screaming! It's a screaming instrument! Especially when you track a couple of tracks of slide. It's pretty awesome."

The album is due in June.

By Peter Hodgson 

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