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A Frank Zappa Hologram Is Going on Tour

Eyellusion, a company that produces holograms, has announced it'll work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa. This, according to a press release, will give "fans an opportunity to experience the prolific, eclectic and critically acclaimed music legend live in concert again." Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017 with performances announced i ...

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“Hababout”: Kaki King Premieres New Song and Performance Video

Kaki King has premiered a track—and its corresponding performance video—from her new album, Live at Berklee. You can check it out below. Like the rest of the album, the performance features a guest appearance by the Porta Girevole Chamber Orchestra. The song, “Hababout,” represents the only previously unreleased track on the album, and it was written specifically for the live performance featured on the dis ...

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Watch Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons Share the Stage for the First Time in 16 Years

Last week, it was announced that Ace Frehley and Gene Simmons would set aside their longstanding differences to team up for a good cause. The cause—The Children Matter benefit concert at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, held to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey—brought the two Kiss veterans together onstage for the first time in 16 years. During the show—which took place Wednesday night, Septembe ...

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Nancy Wilson and Liv Warfield’s Roadcase Royale Prep Debut Album, ‘First Things First’

Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, has teamed up with former Prince’s New Power Generation band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the soulful, rock super group, Roadcase Royale.  The band will release their debut album, First Things First, this Friday, September 22, 2017.  The album was produced by fellow Roadcase Royale band membe ...

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Iron Maiden Announce 'The Book of Souls: Live Chapter' Live Album

Iron Maiden have announced The Book of Souls: Live Chapter, a live album documenting their 2016/2017 Book of Souls world tour. The album—which will be released physically in CD, deluxe CD and vinyl formats—contains 15 live recordings captured from shows throughout the lengthy tour, including six from the band's most recent album, The Book of Souls. "We spent a huge amount of time working on this as I wanted ...

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Duke Robillard Premieres "Walkin' Stick" from New 'Dames of Rhythm' Album

Guitar great Duke Robillard—a founding member of Roomful of Blues and a former Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist—has announced a new album, Duke Robillard & His Dames of Rhythm. The disc will be released October 13 via M.C. Records. The album is an eclectic collection of jazz/swing tunes from the Twenties and Thirties. Best of all, Robillard invited some swinging and sultry ladies to the party, including ...

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'Light In The Dark’: Doug Aldrich Talks New Revolution Saints Album

For Light In The Dark, the sophomore album from monster trio Revolution Saints, we find Deen Castronovo (vocals/drums), Doug Aldrich (guitars) and Jack Blades (bass/vocals) once again teaming up with producer/songwriter Allesandro Del Vecchio for an infectious compilation of inspired songwriting and tasty guitar work, highlighted by Castronovo’s amazing vocal prowess. Light In The Dark [which is set for an ...

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New Book Explores How Marshall, Hiwatt and Vox Amps Changed the Sound of Music

UYJBHJBackbeat Books has announced a new tome by amp expert Dave Hunter. The British Amp Invasion: How Marshall, Hiwatt, Vox and More Changed the Sound of Music chronicles how what seemed at first like a minor also-ran offshore industry turned quickly into a true world leader. The book features backstage histories, compelling behind-the-scenes stories and liberal use of period imagery. British guitarists we ...

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Three Easy Jazz Songs for Guitarists Who Don’t Play Jazz

A few months ago, Darrell Braun presented a video in which he demonstrates 24 easy jazz chords. He’s back with the second lesson in this series, “Three Easy Jazz Songs for People Who Don’t Play Jazz.” These songs use the chords from the previous lesson, which you can see right here. The songs are “Stormy Monday,” which Darrell explains is essentially a 12-bar blues with jazz chords (and which many of you ha ...

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Guitarist Searches for Tabs When Someone Requests a Steve Vai Song

Guitarist David Smash—whose YouTube moniker is Dovydas—was performing a solo gig at a brewery in Bradenton, Florida, one Tuesday night this summer. Besides the fact that it was a slow night (his audience consisted of five people, which happens to the best of us), everything was going along just fine—until someone threw him a curve ball and requested a Steve Vai song. The song in question is "Tender Surrende ...

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