NEWS: NIN auctions Gibson, ESP, PRS, Jackson guitars & more

Did you manage to see Nine Inch Nails on their final victory lap before they were retired as a live band (at least in the current form – I’m pretty sure we’ll see them again some day, eventually, and when that day comes everyone will be all like, ‘pfft, what a rip. I paid to see their last tour because it was their last tour, and now they’re touring again? WTF, NIN, WTF? But I digress). Well NIN may be no more but thanks to Trent Reznor’s decision to bail out of the touring game for the time being, there are a hell of a lot of cool NIN-owned/used guitars being sold on eBay at the moment by the band. Check out this ESP Eclipse with artwork from The Fragile.

And what about this killer 1980 Gibson E-2 Explorer, complete with chunky-ass fine tuner tailpiece?

Maybe you need a cool NIN-owned Jackson Soloist in your life? After all, Trent used Jacksons pretty extensively in the early 90s.

Speaking of Jacksons, Rhoads, anyone?

There’s also this surprisingly un-NIN Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 with Roland GK-2A hex pickup…

Or perhaps you’re more into the Les Pauls the band played and destroyed.

CLICK HERE to see these items and other NIN instruments being auctioned on eBay.

NEWS: Be a part of Tommy Lee’s new CD

Just got this link from the kind folks at Roadrunner Australia about Tommy Lee’s new album (good timing after yesterday’s Motley Crue article). It seems Tommy’s taking a cue from Nine Inch Nails in offering unmixed track stems for fans to tweak and remix however they want. But wait! The key difference here is that the stems are from Tommy’s work-in-progress CD, and he might actually end up using your contribution on his album! This could be an awesome way for guitarists to get exposure, or at least a neat way to get free legal backing tracks to jam over!

Here are some details:

Tommy Lee, the staple A list Hollywood rocker, has been working hard on the new Methods Of Mayhem record. What you might not realise is that this is not your everyday, run of the mill record. You can actually be apart of it!

At his website, Tommy Lee has been posting up unfinished tracks (called stems), which can be downloaded by you the fan. Then you have free reign to record whatever you want, on whatever instrument over the top of Tommy Lee’s tracks. Once you’ve recorded what you think might make the cut of the record, simply upload and Tommy will do the rest!

Public Mayhem is the fitting title for the new album and Tommy Lee, along with the legendary producer Scott Humprhey, has been updating The Public Record website nearly everyday with video updates showcasing the progress of the album, and the material that has been sent in by fans across the world.

Click here to read Tommy Lee’s letter to Bob Lefsetz, defending The Public Record after being attacked by Lefsetz in the media.

NEWS: New Geisha CD featuring Joe Matera

Geisha – the band founded by Chris Doheny and today featuring occasional I Heart Guitar contributor and all-round rock journalist god Joe Matera and drummer Tom Hosie, is releasing ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ an album combing their greatest hits together with some new songs and covers. ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ will feature the eight singles the band had between 1985 and 1987 from their two EMI albums ‘Geisha’ and ‘Midnight To Down’ as well as two new songs ‘Birthday’ and ‘Mystery Writer’ (produced by the legendary Tom Werman) and covers of The Beatles ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and Small Faces ‘Tin Soldier.’

Track listing:

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Fools Way
Rainy Day
Part Time Love affair
Girl Like You
Come Together**
Calling Your Name
Normal People
Never Tell You Why
No Second Prize
Nobody’s Angel
Tin Soldier
Mystery Writer*

*Produced by Tom Werman

** Recorded for Geisha’s 1985 self-titled debut album and here, issued for the first on CD.

The album will be released on December 16th by Diamond Dog Records.

Read Joe Matera’s I Heart Guitar guest posts:

A Brief History of Martin Guitars

Joe Matera is also interviewed in Neil Daniels’ book ‘All Pens Blazing – A Heavy Metal Writer’s Handbook’