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Three Unreleased Queen Tracks Unearthed in New Anthology

By Christopher Scapelliti Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring Freddie Mercury have come to light. The trio of songs will be the highlights of Queen Forever, a new album from the group, due November 11 on Hollywood Records. The tracks include a long-anticipated song from Queen and Michael Jackson, “There Must Be More to Life Than This”; the previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track “Let Me in ...

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Keeley Electronics Releases Katana Blues Drive Pedal

By Christopher Scapelliti Keeley Electronics has begun shipping the Katana Blues Drive effect pedal. Built entirely by hand, the Katana Drive is a unique and modern circuit that delivers layers of rich overdrive tone at a very low noise level. The pedal has controls for level, drive, bass and treble, making it easy for players to dial in very low gain or richly saturated lead tones. “With active tone contro ...

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James Elkington

James Elkington tweaked the paradigm when he began working at a luthier shop before hitting his stride as a guitarist. Born and raised in a small English village northwest of London, his interest in the guitar blossomed relatively late. “It seemed the coolest instrument on offer and, as (more…) ...

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Electro-Harmonix 45000 Multi-Track Recorder

Electro-Harmonix 45000 Multi-Track Recorder Price: $476.21 (street); $119.25 (foot controller) Info: Looping has a rich history, with roots tracing to modern classical composers like Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, and John Adams, as well as rock musicians like Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, David (more…) ...

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Johnny Winter

Roots, from 2011, ended an almost 10-year drought for Winter, and in fine style, featuring excellent playing from Derek Trucks, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, and especially Winter himself. Step Back was to be the second CD in a trilogy, with more guests playing what Winter (more…) ...

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Gretsch’s #1 Country Gent

The Gretsch Country Gentleman 6122 was the third of four Chet Atkins signature guitar models created for the legendary guitarist in the ’50s. The little-known truth is it was also a response to all the things Atkins did not like about the first model Gretsch conjured for him – the 6120 Hollowbody. The reality is […] ...

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SLASH Comments On GENE SIMMONS' 'Rock Is Dead' Remark

Slash has responded to KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' recent comment that "rock is dead." Simmons told Esquire magazine earlier in the month — in an interview conducted by his son Nick — that "rock did not die of old age. It was murdered. Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed and now it won't because it's that much harder to earn a living playing and writing songs. No one will pay you t ...

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