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Joe Perry Announces New Solo Album, 'Sweetzerland Manifesto'

Joe Perry has announced a new solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto.The album—which is set for a January 19 release via Roman Records—was produced by Perry alongside Bruce Witkin and was executive produced by his Hollywood Vampires bandmate, Johnny Depp. Sweetzerland Manifesto features a number of guest vocalists, including Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, the New York Dolls' David Johansen and Terry Reid. It also ...

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Bob Seger Teases New Album, 'I Knew You When'

View the original article to see embedded media.Bob Seger has posted a video that provides an early glimpse at his new album, I Knew You When. The clip, which was posted to Seger's Facebook page, features previews of five songs—"Busload of Faith," "I Knew You When," "Blue Ridge," "Democracy" and "Gracile."I Knew You When finds Seger reflecting on relationships forged early in his career; there's even a trac ...

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Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story Celebrates One of Rock's Most Underappreciated Guitarists

Mick Ronson is often recalled as the pioneering guitarist who helped David Bowie formulate the sound of glam-rock on albums like The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. But, he was also an all-around gifted multi-instrumentalist who collaborated with Ian Hunter, performed with Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, produced Morrissey, and salvaged “Jack ...

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Is This Strange 19th-Century Guitar Cursed?

The six-string guitar—made in Pisa, Italy, by Ferdinando Bottari in 1815 or 1816—is in generally good condition, though not in playing order.England's Bodleian Library—the main research library at the University of Oxford and one of the oldest libraries in Europe—is home to a rather unique guitar. The instrument, which is displayed alongside an eerie coffin-shaped guitar case, is linked to Frankenstein auth ...

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Historic Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Prince, Tom Petty, Johnny Winter Guitars Up for Auction December 2

Guernsey's auction house will offer up a remarkable group of historic guitars on December 2 at the Boehmian National Hall in New York City. The group includes two guitars owned by Jimi Hendrix—a sticker-covered Guild that he played at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival and a 1963 Stratocaster that was one of the first Strats Hendrix owned—a gold 1953 Gibson Les Paul once owned by Paul McCartney, a custom gold "Lov ...

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Toto Announce '40 Trips Around the Sun' Compilation

Toto have announced a new compilation, 40 Trips Around the Sun. The album—which is set for a February 9 release via Sony/Legacy—features 17 tracks, including three previously unreleased recordings.The core members of the band—Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams—re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on the album. While going through the vaults, the band uncovered several ...

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Ian Anderson Announces Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary North American Tour

Ian Anderson has announced a North American tour that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his band, Jethro Tull. The concerts will feature a broad mix of material, ranging from the band's earliest work, to its peak period in the early to mid-Seventies, to the band's 21st century work. Anderson (vocals, flute) will be joined by David Goodier on bass, John O'Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar and ...

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Bob Dylan's Historic 1963 Martin Goes on Sale

A historic 1963 Martin that Bob Dylan played for over a decade—including his full set at George Harrison's legendary Concert for Bangladesh in 1971—is going on sale. The auction for the guitar is being held by Heritage Auctions, and will take place on November 11 in Dallas. Only the second known Dylan guitar to ever go to auction, it is expected to fetch at least $300,000. Dylan sold the guitar to his longt ...

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'Everything is Combustible'—Richard Lloyd's New Autobiography Provides a Firsthand Look at the Punk Revolution

As a founding member of Television, guitarist Richard Lloyd helped kick-start the punk revolution at New York City’s CBGB nightclub in 1974. Even before then, he’d led a colorful life, hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Led Zeppelin while still in his teens. In Everything Is Combustible, Lloyd recalls these and other adventures from rock’s heyday, relating it all with sharp insigh ...

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Unraveling the Mystery of a Disassembled 1966 Teisco Spectrum 5

Unlike my first-ever sighting of a Wandré Rock Oval guitar, I can't remember where I first became aware of the 1966 Teisco Spectrum 5. I do recall that I noticed a blue one in Les Blank’s film of Ry Cooder's Moula Banda Rhythm Aces, recorded at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. That guitar had its primary-color switch leitmotif swapped for something apparently more useful, but it was a Spectrum 5 nonetheless. Sle ...

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