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D’Addario Provides String Recycling Boxes at Philadelphia Music Festival

D’Addario will provide two string-recycling boxes at WXPN/Philadelphia’s XPoNential Music Festival, presented by Subaru. All the artists will be able to deposit their used guitar strings backstage at the event.   In D’Addario’s quest to recycle 300,000 strings by the end of 2016 (having already reached 50,000), this will help get the word out to not only the artists playing, but guitarists nationwide. As th ...

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Eric Clapton to Appear on Rolling Stones' New Album

The Rolling Stones are working a blues-themed studio album, and we know for sure that Eric Clapton will be making a guest appearance on the disc. Clapton "dropped by for a couple of numbers," Richards told BBC 6 Music, adding that the recording sessions were lke "like old times down in Richmond." No, he's not talking about Richmond, Virginia; he means the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey, England, where t ...

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Kid Crushes Five Finger Death Punch's "The Bleeding" Onstage

At the recent Chicago Open Air festival, Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody invited a young fan onstage.   The little girl, named Chylynne, absolutely crushes "The Bleeding" with the frontman. Check it out in the video below (around the 1:50 mark) and let us know what you think in the comments!   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjqM12I8UVE] ...

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Elliot Easton's Guide to The Cars' Discography

It’s been almost 40 years since the Cars—singer, guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, bassist and singer Benjamin Orr, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson—released their self-titled debut album, and roughly 30 since they had their last true hit. But hear one of their songs on the radio (and you hear them a lot)—anything from “Just What I Needed” and “My Best Frie ...

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Lzzy Hale and Lita Ford on Touring Together, Gear and Breaking Down Barriers

“It just made the hair on your arms stand up,” says Lita Ford with a laugh. “It did mine, at least!” It takes a lot to impress a legendary rock goddess whose four-decade-plus résumé includes membership in the trail-blazing Seventies band the Runaways and Eighties MTV smashes like “Kiss Me Deadly,” but the experience of singing with Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale has clearly done just that. Ford and Hale recently cap ...

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Harvesting Guitars from the Bones of New York City

Often, luthiers are quite particular about where they get their wood. It's safe to say though, that Rick Kelly, owner of Carmine Street Guitars in New York City, has a taste in wood that sets him apart from the pack. How does Kelly get the feel and atmosphere of NYC into his guitars? He literally builds them from discarded wood he finds around the city. This unique approach has evidently payed off for Kelly ...

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Steve Vai Announces 'Passion and Warfare' North American Tour Dates

Steve Vai is on the road in Europe as we speak, promoting the 25th anniversary reissue of his landmark 1990 album, Passion and Warfare. Now, however, the guitarist has announced a slew of North American tour dates that kick off in October. You can see all his upcoming dates below. You also can preview our recent interview with Vai, which covers the agonizing creative process behind Passion and Warfare, righ ...

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D'Addario Factory Tour: Guide to the Inner-Workings of Guitar Strings

The kind folks over at D'Addario have released a video that gives viewers a tour of their factory, plus insight into how their strings are made. It's fascinating to see the incredibly detailed process that goes into crafting guitar strings—and it might give you pause the next time you're absentmindedly strumming the strings on your guitar. Check it out below. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlVaT6t ...

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AC/DC's Angus Young Handles a Heckler During "Bad Boy Boogie"

Warning: There's nothing timely about the video below. The action takes place about 16 years ago during an AC/DC show in Phoenix, Arizona. In the clip, we see someone—a "bad boy," if you will—throw a drink at guitarist Angus Young midway through the breakdown of "Bad Boy Boogie." Bearing in mind the old adage, "You can take the schoolboy out of Glasgow, but you can't take the streets of Glasgow out of the s ...

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