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Joe Perry to Resume Performing with Hollywood Vampires Tonight

Guitarist Joe Perry will return to the stage with the Hollywood Vampires tonight. "Joe Perry rejoins the Hollywood Vampires July 22," said Sujata Murthy, the band's publicist, in a statement to USA Today. Perry recently took some time away from the Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup comprised of himself, Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp, after he collapsed backstage during the band's performance at the Ford ...

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Watch David Gilmour Play “Great Gig in the Sky” Live in Pompeii

In 1971, Pink Floyd performed at the amphitheatre in Pompeii, a concert to which no one was invited but which was filmed and recorded for posterity. Last week, on July 7 and 8, Floyd guitarist David Gilmour made a historic return to the venue, the oldest surviving Roman amphitheatre, performing for a mere 3,000 lucky concertgoers. Currently touring behind his 2015 album, Rattle That Lock, Gilmour has spurne ...

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How a Slide Taught Me to Make Up My Own Mind

Aristotle called it the “unscribed tablet”—the tabula rasa—the idea that we come into the world as a blank slate, free of any pre-formed knowledge. But thanks to the internet and mass marketing, we don’t remain blank for long, though how much of that knowledge is based on fact is debatable. The internet in particular moves things along so quickly that we often don’t have time to form our own opinions before ...

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Watch Slayer Play Skynyrd's "Free Bird" at Soundcheck

As most of you know, pretty much every band—at one time or another—has played Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird." It's very difficult to escape it. It's actually been requested at bar gigs so often that, today, it often is requested as a joke—because people love to hear themselves scream, "play 'Free Bird'!"  Anyway, even heavy metal titans Slayer have played the classic 1974 tune, as evidenced by the video below ...

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Five or Six Things You Didn’t Know About the PRS Custom 24

Phillip McKnight has taught us five things we didn’t know about the Fender Stratocaster, the Fender Telecaster, and the Gibson Les Paul.  Now, in his latest video, he’s back to share some lore about a more modern classic: the PRS Custom 24.  Phillip tells some of the history behind the Custom 24 and reveals unique aspects of its construction, including its super-glued frets, the bridge’s knife-edge setup, P ...

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Watch Slipknot's Corey Taylor Smack Phone Out of Texting Fan's Hand

There probably aren't too many bands or artists who love it when their concert audiences spend more time staring at their phones—or taking duck-face selfies—than watching the band perform. FYI: Corey Taylor of Slipknot hates it. In fact, he's pretty much adopted the policy of destroying any phones he sees at his shows. “I see it every once in a while,” Taylor told radio station WRIF in 2014. “People don’t d ...

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Why Learn Guitar the Old-Fashioned Way? Meet Chordelia

As all of us know, it takes a lot of hard work to play guitar. Remember what a pain in the ass the F chord was when you were first learning? Anyway, YouTube user WayOutWest also has noticed how annoying it can be to properly learn how to play guitar. So, instead of quitting, he designed and built a big Rube Goldberg-esque contraption that frets—or fingers, if you will—chords on a six-string guitar at the me ...

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