Great Simpsons Guitar Moments

The Simpsons

The Simpsons has always been a music-friendly show, with many great cameos from the likes of Aerosmith, James Brown, The Ramones, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Jack White… the list goes on and on. One of the best things about being a guitar nerd is that you see guitars everywhere you look, and we obsessed types can find plenty of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it guitar moments in The Simpsons. Here are a few of my personal favourites. What are yours? Share it in the comments! Read More …

Fender & ABKCO Rolling Stones Guitar Package

Fender Rolling Stone Guitar Package thumbAah, now here’s something cool for the Rolling Stones fan in your life this holiday season. In celebration of ABKCO Music & Records’ recent release of the ‘Clearly Classic’ edition of the Stones’ Beggars Banquet album, they’ve teamed up with Fender to release a limited edition Telecaster package sold exclusively through Only 300 will be produced, featuring artwork from the album on he guitar body, as well as a numbered neck plate. The package includes some other cool goodies too. Full info in the press release below, and you can pick up yours right here: ABKCO Music & Records and Fender “Beggar’s Banquet” Guitar Package. Read More …

Rolling Stones’ Crossfire Hurricane Comes To DVD, Blu-ray

StonesPRESS RELEASE: Eagle Rock Entertainment releases The Rolling Stones’ Crossfire Hurricane on DVD and Blu-ray.  Crossfire Hurricane is the kaleidoscopic new film that documents the key periods of the Rolling Stones’ career and their incredible journey. Directed by Brett Morgen, Crossfire Hurricane provides a remarkable new perspective on the Stones’ unparalleled journey from blues-obsessed teenagers in the early 60’s to rock royalty. It’s all here in panoramic candor, from the Marquee Club to Hyde Park, from Altamont to Exile, from club gigs to stadium extravaganzas. Read More …

Mick Taylor Australian tour dates!

Rolling Stones legend Mick Taylor is heading to Oz in 2013 for the first time in 40 years! Taylor recently appeared live on stage with the Stones as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, and this is going to be an amazing tour. Tickets are on sale December 4, and the dates are at the bottom of this post.

Mick Taylor 

The Guitar Legend Returns

Australia 2013 

Lennard promotions are proud to present for the first time in 40 years, former Bluesbreaker and Rolling Stone guitar legend Mick Taylor live in Australia in 2013.

Mick Taylor’s fluid blues and jazz infused guitar lines have featured on some of the most important recorded moments in rock history. From his early work with the legendary John Mayall’s Blues Breakers to his work with the biggest band on the planet The Rolling Stones, along with his own solo work and numerous high profile sessions Taylor is renowned for his consummate skill and impeccable taste. 40 years since he last visited Australia with the Stones in 1973 and fresh from his recent anniversary reunion shows with the legendary band, Mick Taylor is coming back with his band of musical heavy hitters to give fans a taste of the fine guitar work that has made the man a musical living legend.

From small beginnings in his native Hertfordshire; Mick found his way into the major league when he stood in for an absent Eric Clapton at a Bluesbreakers’ gig. A year later John Mayall was looking for a guitarist to replace Peter Green, at only 17 Mick joined and was soon touring and recording with Mayall’s legendary blues band.

Following Brian Jones’ departure, Mick came to the attention of the Rolling Stones as a session musician on the Let It Bleed album, although he soon became a permanent replacement playing his first live appearance in front of 250,000 people at their 1969 free concert in Hyde Park. Mick stayed with the Stones for half a decade, contributing his trademark vibrato, slide and songwriting to numerous hit albums including Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and the influential Exile On Main Street. Having toured the world and recorded some of the key songs of the Stones’ 70s output, it surprised many people when he left to pursue a solo career and was later replaced by Ronnie Wood.

While many people associate him with the Rolling Stones; Mick has worked on soundtracks and film scores, including Nicholas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell To Earth, appeared with Mike Oldfield for performances of Tubular Bells, recorded with Gong, Jack Bruce, Little Feat, Stones associatesNicky Hopkins and Billy Preston and played a major role in the careers of many other musicians.

1979 saw Mick release his first solo material with a self‐titled album mixing rock, jazz and Latinflavoured blues musical styles. During the 80s Mick spent time working with Bob Dylan on notable albums Empire Burlesque and Infidels. He was even present in the studio when Dylan penned the song Blind Willie McTell, which is a live favourite in Mick’s repertoire.

After being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 with the Stones and the release of the album A Stranger In This Town in 1990, Mick continued to tour heavily. He was alsoworking in the studio and playing live with Carla Olson, added his handprints to Hollywood’s RockWalk in autumn 1998 and continued to write material for A Stone’s Throw which was released in 2000.

In 2003, Mick reunited with John Mayall for his 70th birthday concert in Liverpool along with Eric Clapton. A year later, in late 2004, he joined John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers for a UK theatre tour. The 2010 re‐release of Exile on Main Street has seen Mick contribute additional guitar work to some previously unheard tracks, including the limited release single, Plundered My Soul. Now playing with a line‐up of long‐time friends and musicians, Mick has been performing around the UK, in Europe, Japan and the US, while writing and recording for his next album release.

18th April Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide

Moshtix Phone 1300 438 849

19th April Ferntree Gully Hotel, Melbourne

Ticketmaster  Phone 136 100

20th April Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Box Office Phone (03)-9427 9198

21st April Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Box Office Phone (03)-9427 9198

23rd April HiFi Bar, Brisbane

Box Office  Phone 1300-843 443

24th April Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta


26th April Lizottes, Newcastle

Box Office Phone (02) 4956 2066                                                                                                 

27th April Metro, Sydney

Ticketek Phone 132 849

Tour information &

Rolling Stones – Some Girls, Live In Texas 1978

I’ve been in a particularly Stonesy mood lately. If you are too, join me in diggin’ this!


Continuing their partnership with the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced the DVD and Blu-Ray release of The Rolling Stones Some Girls Live in Texas 1978. Available for the first time ever on November 21, Some Girls Live in Texas 1978 features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman live in concert during the 1978 US tour which followed the release of their groundbreaking album Some Girls.

Some Girls Live in Texas 1978 comes hot on the heels of the huge success of 2010’s Stones in Exile and Ladies & Gentlemen and marks the next stage in the Eagle Vision / Rolling Stones enterprise. Some Girls Live in Texas 1978 will be available on four different formats: DVD, Blu-Ray, plus special edition DVD + CD and Blu-Ray + CD digipack presentations including a reproduction tour program. Bonus features on all formats will include a new interview with Mick Jagger.

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News & the awesome Kramer Pacer

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Perry Gives Singer Advice to Journey

Mustaine, Roadrunner are Pals Again

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Rolling Stones to Release New Single

And, in celebration of the new Steel Panther album Balls Out, wrap your reading gear around this Kramer Pacer article I wrote! [geo-out country=”Australia” note=””]And CLICK HERE to buy a Pacer from Musician’s Friend.[/geo-out]

Rockin’ the riffs on the Google Les Paul tribute.

Have you figured out any riffs using the Google Les Paul tribute logo yet? Chris from Riot provides this

3-7-3-5, 1-7-1-5, 3-7-3-5, 1-7-1-5-8

And you can also try this:

2-2, 2-3-4, 4-4-3-3


6-7-8, 6-7-8, 6-7-8
4-5-6, 4-5-6, 4-8-7


3-5, 5-6-6


6, 8-6-5, 3-5
6, 8-6-9-8-6



Can you come up with any more?

NEWS: Ben Waters – Boogie 4 Stu: A Tribute To Ian Stewart


New Album Dedicated To The Rolling Stones Pianist and Stalwart, Featuring A Host Of Guest Stars

Eagle Rock Entertainment, through its subsidiary Eagle Records, is delighted to release Boogie 4 Stu on April 19, 2011. A tribute to pianist Ian Stewart, a founding member of the Rolling Stones who went on to serve as their long-term road manager, this album will be released near the 25th anniversary of his passing. Sales from Boogie 4 Stu will benefit the British Heart Foundation.

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