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Six-String Summer: International Guitar Festival in Bath boasts stellar line-up
This Summer’s International Guitar Festival is already looking like the best ever with seminars and workshops by top guitarists that will make you a better player.

Atmospheric images of Liverpool’s youthful and exhilarating post-punk era
Atmospheric images of Liverpool’s youthful and exhilarating post-punk era..

Legendary Guitar: Jeff Beck’s 1954 Yardbirds Esquire
It’s arguably the ugliest Legendary Guitar of all — yet nonetheless one of rock’s most widely influential, the instrument that produced the landmark sounds of such widely influential Yardbirds tracks as “I’m a Man,” “Heart Full of Soul,” “Over Under Sideways Down” and the future-shock classic “Shapes of Things.”

Sonic Youth Snags Long Lost Guitar
Nearly a decade after Sonic Youth lost a slew of guitars and amps from a Ramada Inn parking lot in Orange County, California, Lee Ranaldo's Fender Mustang has reportedly turned up... all the way in the Netherlands!

Manowar announce their first UK dates in 15 years, with support from Heaven and Hell and Iced Earth.
The Heavy Metal band Manowar will embark on a UK tour in November 2009

Vox’s Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah
Joe Santriani contributed numerous ideas that were unheard of in existing wah pedals, endowing the Big Bad Wah with an unparalleled range of sounds from vintage to modern, as well as those that are totally original.

Yamaha Artists on Tour
With the touring season in full flow, our artists are flying the Yamaha flag on numerous stages around the country and World and are in the music you are currently downloading or buying, with four artists in the top 10 Album chart. Here is a small example of what’s been going on and coming up this month…..

Meet Franz Ferdinand's Evil Twins - the 1990s!
Once upon a time, there was a cult indie band from Glasgow called The Yummy Fur. One of it's members, Alex Kapranos, went on to form Franz Ferdinand. Another, Jackie McKeown, created The 1990's - a spiky punk pop band signed to legendary label Rough Trade records...find out more!

McCartney thrills Coachella
Paul McCartney thrilled the audience of the annual Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival last Friday with a three hour set that covered his entire career from the Beatles, through Wings to his latest album The Fireman. Once again the trusty ABM rigs were there to bring the low end to the party!

U2 & Ashdown at Fordham University
At the end of a week in New York City, U2 got up at the crack of dawn to play live for the students of Fordham University and Adam Claytons ever faithful Ashdown ABM rig was there to get the job done.

Rod Stewart Reunion With Jeff Beck At L.A Show
Last night, April 21st, newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, guitarist Jeff Beck played the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Joining him for a special guest appearance on two songs,”People Get Ready” and “I Ain’t Superstitious” was legendary vocalist Rod Stewart.

Hannah Montana tops sales
In its fourth week on the Billboard 200, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney) reached No. 1 for the first time, vaulting to the top of the chart with 133,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Pink Floyd & EMI in legal tussle
Pink Floyd, the band behind Dark Side of the Moon, one of the best-selling albums in music history, have filed a lawsuit against EMI, claiming the private equity-backed firm has miscalculated royalty payments.

My Bloody Valentine To Curate ATP UK - Sonic Youth, De La Soul & MBV Already Confirmed
My Bloody Valentine, the so-called shoegazing band who put out the acclaimed ‘Loveless’ album in 1991, have just announced that they’ll be curating the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at the end of this year.

Concert To Honour George Harrison Announced for Liverpool
Devoted fans of The Beatles guitarist George Harrison are staging a unique concert and exhibition to honour his legacy.

Blur Announce Two Low Key June Shows
Britpop icons Blur are gearing up for their massive reunion gigs by playing two warm-up shows in London this June.

Legendary Guitar: George Harrison’s Rickenbacker 360/12
Meditate for a moment on the sound of The Beatles in the mid ’60s—those amazing three-part harmonies aside—and your mind’s ear is likely to land upon that stirring 12-string jangle and zing that was, for a time, a trademark of the Fab Four’s instrumental assault.

Myth Busters: Pete Townshend’s Recording Secrets
The sound is legendary: a maelstrom of rhythm and fill playing emanating from a single guitar part — a combination of crushing power chords and jangling suspended trills, all holding the floor together beneath an ordered chaos of seemingly floating drum and bass accompaniments.

How to Play Slide Like Muddy Waters
Few sounds speak the deep language of blues more eloquently than the whinnying slide guitar of Muddy Waters. So learn how to play Muddy Waters-style!

Cornell: Soundgarden Reunion “Absolutely Could Happen”
Still trailing in the wake of the Soundgarden’s recent near-reformation, Chris Cornell has been making more cryptic comments about a possible Soundgarden reunion.

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