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Flashback: Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton Sing ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’

September 15th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

For the past sixteen years, Eric Clapton has funded his Crossroads drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Antigua with a series of all-star benefit concerts. The shows have mostly spotlighted guitar icons like Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana and Bo Diddley, but the inaugural show at Madison Square Garden in the summer of 1999 had [...]

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Flashback: Pink Floyd Play ‘Run Like Hell’ at 1990 Charity Gig

September 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

On a rainy Saturday in June of 1990, 120,000 rock fans descended onto a field in Knebworth, England, to witness one of the biggest charity shows of all time. It’s not nearly as well-known these days as Live Aid, Live 8, the Concert for New York City or the Concert for Bangladesh, but the lineup — which [...]

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How the Yardbirds Revolutionized Rock Live on the BBC

July 25th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

If you wish to launch a humdinger of an argument – and one you might win – sidle up to just about any 1960s rock fan and offer the opinion that it was not the Beatles, the Stones, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, the Velvet Underground or the Byrds who were the key sonic inventors of the [...]

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The Playlist: Beck, Blur and a Black Keys Side Project

June 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

1. The Arcs, “Stay in My Corner”Dan Auerbach’s got a brand-new band! The first thing we’ve heard from the Black Keys frontman’s side gig is this sweet, laid-back slice of falsetto soul, with a melody that reminds us of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” We’re psyched for the Arcs’ debut album, Yours, Dreamily, in September. 2. [...]

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Rolling Stones Share ‘Brown Sugar’ Alternate Take With Eric Clapton

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

The Rolling Stones have been unleashing alternate versions of tracks off their classic 1971 LP Sticky Fingers before the album’s deluxe remastered reissue arrives on June 9th. This time, the Stones have shared a looser take on the opening track “Brown Sugar” that features the band rocking out with Eric Clapton. This oft-bootlegged rendition, recorded during [...]

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Eric Clapton Pays Tribute to B.B. King: ‘He Was a Beacon’

May 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Eric Clapton pays his respects to his close friend B.B. King, who died last night at the age of 89, in a video he posted on Facebook. A close friend of the late blues legend, Clapton also cites King as one of his greatest influences. ”He was a beacon for all of us who loved this kind of music, and [...]

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Trey Anastasio Pays Tribute to ‘Incredible’ B.B. King

May 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Trey Anastasio has penned a tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away Thursday night at the age of 89. ”It’s literally impossible to overstate B.B. King’s influence on every single electric guitarist who followed in his path. All of us who have ever bent a note owe him an enormous debt of gratitude,” Anastasio wrote. “When B.B. bent [...]

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Ed Sheeran: The Music That Made Me

May 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

1. “Cannonball,” Damien Rice, 2002Seeing Damien Rice perform when I was 11 changed my life forever. After seeing him play this small club in Ireland, I was able to meet him, and he was unbelievably cool. I went straight home and started writing songs. I would not be doing what I’m doing now if he’d [...]

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Hear Rolling Stones’ Alternate ‘Bitch’ With Different Lyrics, Sax Breakdown

May 5th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

When the Rolling Stones‘ classic Sticky Fingers is reissued next month, it will feature a number of previously unreleased studio takes of songs on the LP. The most recent to be unveiled is this ragged, extended version of “Bitch,” which features almost completely different lyrics and a saxophone breakdown toward the end. Sidebar Readers’ Poll: The [...]

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‘Stand By Me’ Singer Ben E. King Dead at 76

May 1st, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Ben E. King Michael Putland/Getty Ben E. King, the legendary soul singer best known for his classic “Stand By Me,” died Thursday of natural causes. He was 76. King’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death to the Telegraph, though no other details were provided. After a stint with the doo-wop group the Five Crowns, the North Carolina-born, [...]

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