Monthly Archives: November 2012
Qello and Eagle Rock Entertainment Host a Facebook Digital Premiere of the Restored LIVE AT THE BOWL ’68 Concert Film.
PLUS LIVE Q&A with Ray Manzarek at 10PM EST – 7PM PST
NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — On December 5 th, fans of The Doors will have the opportunity to watch Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, & John Densmore like never-seen-before live in concert on Facebook. Qello, the music entertainment digital streaming service, along with Eagle Rock Entertainment are hosting a Facebook Digital Premiere of The Doors 1968 live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which is considered to be the band’s finest concert on film.
The film of this historic concert has been meticulously restored using the original camera negatives; the audio has been remixed and mastered and three unreleased tracks have been resurrected, marking the first time the concert can be seen in its entirety.
The Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek says, “The quality is stunning, mind-blowing; it’s like being there right on that Hollywood Bowl stage with me, Jim, John, and Robby.”
A ticket to the Facebook Digital Premiere comes with a trove of treats for music fans; for $4.99 ticket holders get:
- Access to watch LIVE AT THE BOWL ’68 for 30-days.
- Access to participate in the *LIVE Q&A with Ray Manzarek on Dec. 5 th (immediately following the premiere) hosted by legendary Rolling Stone editor, Ben Fong-Torres, who was the last known reporter to interview Jim Morrison before his death.
- Access to The Doors Box Set, including When You’re Strange, The Doors Live in Europe ’68, and The Doors Classic Album.
- Free 30-day All-Access Pass to Qello’s entire library of HD Concerts and Music Documentaries available on up to five devices.
All of the above is FREE for Qello All-Access subscribers.
Tickets are available on the Facebook Digital Premiere page at: http://apps.facebook.com/thedoorslive
Qello CEO, Brian Lisi says, “This Digital Premiere of LIVE AT THE BOWL ’68 is a groundbreaking event where music history merges with modern technology, allowing music fans the opportunity to experience the shockingly masterful performance of the one of the greatest and most influential American rock bands of all time, in incredible audio and visual quality, streamed through the world’s most ubiquitous social media platform.”
*The Live Q&A with Ray Manzarek is available to anyone who purchases a ticket to the Digital Premiere or anyone who is a Qello All-Access subscriber. Questions can be posted to the Facebook Digital Premiere page as early as November 28. Hosting the event is legendary Rolling Stones reporter Ben Fong-Torres, who conducted the last interview with Jim Morrison before he died. Underscoring his history as a renowned rock and roll editor, Ben Fong-Torres’ character was featured in the movie Almost Famous.
Qello is a cloud-based digital music service that streams HD quality content to millions of users across all new media devices including mobile phones, tablets, the web, Smart TVs, and gaming consoles. Outfitted with the world’s largest library of HD concert films and music documentaries, Qello uses its proprietary technology platform to deliver the ultimate music entertainment experience to music enthusiasts on demand. With users in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, Qello is the world’s leading Internet subscription service for HD concerts and music documentaries available anywhere, any time.
About Eagle Rock Entertainment
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.
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Holiday Release Includes 4 Album-Exclusive Tracks
NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records; ‘Tis the season to be jolly as the Glee cast releases Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Vol. 3, available Tuesday, December 11. The album features timeless holiday classics, including “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “White Christmas,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Six of the tracks recorded will be included on the holiday themed episode of Glee, which airs Thursday, December 13, at 9:00 PM ET/PT on FOX. Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Vol. 3 will also showcase 4 songs recorded exclusively for the release including “Joy To The World” and “Silent Night” (see below for track-listing).
Kick off the holiday season with this week’s all new “Thanksgiving” Glee episode, as some of the recent McKinley High graduates return to Lima, OH for Thanksgiving break and volunteer to mentor the New Directioners. The festivities continue as Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) celebrate a non-traditional holiday dinner in the Big Apple. This episode will feature songs recently released on Glee: The Music Season 4, Volume 1, such as One Direction’s wildly popular “Live While We’re Young” and Psy’s dance anthem “Gangnam Style.” Glee airs Thursdays at 9:00PM ET/PT on FOX.
From the iconic “Don’t Stop Believin'” to the pop phenomenon “Teenage Dream” to the widely praised mash-up of Adele’s “Rumour Has It” and “Someone Like You,” Glee has sold more than 49 million songs and over 12 million albums worldwide. Glee scored three consecutive #1 releases with Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna, Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers, and Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals. The RIAA has certified Glee: The Music, Volume 1 and Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Platinum (sales in excess of 1 million units) as well as Glee: The Music, Volume 2, Glee: The Music, Volume 3 and Glee: The Music, Volume 4 Gold (sales in excess of 500,000 units).
The full track listing for Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Vol. 3 is as follows:
|1.||Feliz Navidad, featuring Artie|
|2.||Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, featuring Puck, Jake, Sam, Brittany, Blaine, Kurt, New Directions|
|3.||Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah, featuring Jake and Puck|
|4.||White Christmas, featuring Blaine & Kurt|
|5.||Jingle Bell Rock, featuring Sam|
|6.||The First Noel, featuring Marley|
|7.||I’ll Be Home For Christmas, featuring Rachel*|
|8.||Silent Night, featuring Santana*|
|9.||Joy To The World, featuring Unique*|
|10.||Happy Xmas, featuring Finn*|
|*=bonus track (not in an episode)|
Since its debut, GLEE has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, received prestigious honors including Golden Globe and Peabody Awards, covered music ranging from Adele to “West Side Story,” sold over 43 million songs, 12 million albums, 2.5 million DVDs and single-handedly made glee clubs cool again. GLEE stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester). Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike) and Darren Criss (Blaine) and remains a top 10 selling TV franchise. GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers. Become a fan of GLEE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glee. Follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gleeonfox and join the conversation at #Glee.
ABOUT COLUMBIA RECORDS
One of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, Columbia Records is home to established superstars and exciting new talent. Columbia Records is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.
ABOUT SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Beach Street Records, BNA Records, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Day 1, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Kemosabe Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, MASTERWORKS, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, Reunion Records, Roc Nation, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Syco Music, Verity Gospel Music Group, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.
ABOUT FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) is a unit of News Corporation and the leading broadcast television network among Adults 18-49. FOX finished the 2011-2012 season at No. 1 in the key adult demographic for the eighth consecutive year – a feat that has never been achieved in broadcast history – while continuing to dominate all network competition in the more targeted Adults 18-34 and Teen demographics. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week as well as late-night entertainment programming, major sports and Sunday morning news.
Following the Recently Produced “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute To Whitney Houston,” Executive Producer Also Will Continue to Produce “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®”
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Longtime music and television producer Ken Ehrlich, and his production company AEG Ehrlich Ventures, will produce the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ( www.grammy.com ), continuing a long-standing tradition that keeps him as executive producer of Music’s Biggest Night®, it was announced today by The Recording Academy®. In addition, Ehrlich and AEG Ehrlich Ventures will continue producing “The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night,” a one-hour live music special that announces nominations in several categories as well as features performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees. The road to Music’s Biggest Night begins with “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!,” which takes place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network ( www.cbs.com ) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central) — and culminates with the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“Ken’s expertise and vision are matched by his vast knowledge and genuine love of music, and these qualities have made him an outstanding producer and the executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards for more than 30 years now,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “As the creator of our signature ‘GRAMMY Moments,’ he has continued to raise the bar on the content, quality, and production value of our annual telecast. We couldn’t be more pleased to continue our long-standing partnership and, more importantly, I am proud to call him my good friend.”
Additionally, Ehrlich and his company produced the recent “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute To Whitney Houston” special that aired on CBS earlier this month; “My Night At The GRAMMYs,” a two-hour special in 2007 that highlighted the top 25 GRAMMY Moments as voted by fans, and included artists’ stories behind those performances; as well as “A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On,” a mini-documentary about the 36 hours leading up to the 54th GRAMMY Awards that aired online earlier this year.
“There is no relationship in our industry that I treasure more than the 33-year association I’ve had with The Recording Academy, and the prospect of extending that into the future is a true joy,” said Ehrlich. “The GRAMMY Awards now enjoys a unique position in both the music and television communities, and I’m proud of the warm and collaborative relationship that has existed between my company and The Academy and, in particular, Neil Portnow. I know our mutual goal is to continue to elevate the art of music, and to recognize the excellence of its creators through the annual telecast as well as other GRAMMY-branded projects.”
From his earliest days in television as the producer/creator of the award-winning public television series “Soundstage,” Ehrlich has continually been on the cutting edge of live music and television programming. As the creator of the “GRAMMY Moment” — unique, signature duets and group performances on the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast — he has coordinated remarkable artist pairings including: Eminem and Elton John; Prince and Beyoncé; Jay-Z, Paul McCartney and Linkin Park; Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone; the Gorillaz (holographic) and Madonna; Chick Corea and Foo Fighters; Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Joe Walsh; the Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons; and the very first “GRAMMY Moment” with Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, who performed “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”
In his more than 35 years as a producer, he has worked on numerous award shows and live events and introduced innovative concepts for network, cable, and syndication shows, including: the Emmy Awards (five telecasts), the MTV Movie Awards (which he created in 1992), the MTV European Music Awards, the Latin GRAMMY Awards, the Alma Awards, “Vh1’s Divas,” “Fashion Rocks,” “Women Rock: Girls With Guitars,” and many others. He also has produced dozens of artist specials for broadcast and cable networks, including shows with Christina Aguilera, Eric Clapton, Eagles, Aretha Franklin, Faith Hill, Barry Manilow, Ricky Martin, ‘NSync, Paul Simon, and dozens of others. In 2007 he was honored by the Producers Guild of America with its Visionary Award, and beginning in 2010, he began executive producing music specials for the “In Performance At The White House” PBS series, including a special celebrating the music of the civil rights movement (featuring Bob Dylan’s first appearance ever at the White House), and a blues special that featured performances by Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Mick Jagger (also marking the latter’s first time in the White House).
Ehrlich’s first GRAMMY show was the 22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1980 and since then, the annual telecast has been nominated for 60 Emmy Awards in a number of categories and has won 19 Emmys. For the past four years, the GRAMMY Awards telecast has garnered increased ratings year over year, and this year’s 54th GRAMMY Awards attracted 39.9 million viewers, the largest GRAMMY audience since 1984 and the second largest in history. The telecast was also the biggest social event in the history of television at that time, drawing 13 million social media comments with the conversation on Twitter reaching a record high at 160,341 tweets per minute during the live telecast.
For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com , and The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys , www.facebook.com/thegrammys .
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com . For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.
By: Clifford Hughes
So far, I have reviewed some gear that I thought was affordable for the average player out there. And those items are great for anybody, but today I want to review an upper end guitar for those that like the finer things.
Today I’m going to tell you about the Gibson Custom Shop 1959 Les Paul Reissue Gloss model. I had wanted one of these for the longest time. I had a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Standard with special order big Humbucking pickups I had owned for awhile. I was starting to finally feel the need to let that one go, so I traded it in to my favorite Guitar Center store in Tulsa, OK. I originally ordered a Gibson Les Paul Standard with AAA maple top in heritage cherry sunburst, but it was unavailable at the time, so I ordered the Gibson Les Paul Standard 50’s neck model. Now this guitar was ok, but there was a black spot in the wood by the cutaway that bothered me. Also, I found out Gibson was chambering the bodies to make the guitar lighter. I am a traditionalist and wanted my Les Paul to be like they used to make them. So in order to do that, I stepped up and ordered the Custom Shop model. At that time, this guitar was selling for $5,499.00. Lucky thing for me, Guitar Center had a 10% coupon at the time, and I took full advantage of that. Ironically, Gibson raised the price by $500.00 two weeks later after I had purchased mine, to $5,999.00. Great timing for me.
I ordered the guitar on 06/27/08, and drove to Tulsa on 07/10/08 to pick it up. Now the guys at Guitar Center know that I want to be the first one to open the box of a new guitar purchase, so as I pulled the staples loose and slid the case out of the packing box, my heart was racing, and I was praying this guitar would have that perfect flame maple top. As I opened the brown vintage style Les Paul case with pink lining, I was stunned as to how amazing this guitar looked. I was in heaven!
God answered my prayer! Even the Guitar Center sales guys were in awe of this guitar. I got the washed cherry finish in gloss, which means it’s finished in a glossy, shiny finish, instead of a dull or flat finish like the VOS (Vintage Old Stock) finish is. This guitar had a stunning flame maple top. The mahogany had a very nice tight grain on the back and neck. The rosewood fretboard had a beautiful rich color. The case is right out of the fifties with vintage brown covering and a cool pink lining inside. This guitar weighed 9.5 lbs., compared to 7.5 lbs. the regular Les Paul Standard I traded back in for this one.
I did not personally want a chambered body. I wanted this guitar to be every bit like the old original ones, and with the ‘59, you get it hands down. Standing side by side, this ‘59 Les Paul blew away the regular cherry sunburst that I had. You will truly appreciate the hands on craftsmanship of a Custom Shop made guitar verses a standard production model guitar.
The neck is the bigger fifties style I like. The hardware was very nice and done in nickel. The binding has an aged look that gives it that vintage look. The pickups in this guitar are truly amazing. They are a Burstbucker 1 (rhythm) and Burstbucker 2 (treble). These are loud and clean. Gibson uses the old style CTS pots and bumblebee capacitors. An aluminum stop bar tailpiece for vintage sustain, original style toggle switch washer and jack plate. Vintage tulip style tuners, carved maple top, solid mahogany back, one piece mahogany neck with original style truss rod routing and 1959 rounded neck. 22 fret rosewood fretboard with historically accurate trapezoid inlays.
If you can swing it, you absolutely have to get one. When you open that case for the first time and look in, you will know what I’m talking about. You definitely get what you pay for here. Out of 16 guitars I own, this one is my prized possession!
Clifford Hughes –
Music Charts Magazine
LEOGANE, Haiti, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood returned to Leogane, Haiti, to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s 29th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. They were among the nearly 600 volunteers who helped to build 100 homes in the Santo community in partnership with families affected by the 2010 earthquake.
The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused widespread devastation, destroying 105,000 homes. Habitat for Humanity’s Carter Work Project has focused its efforts in 2011 and 2012 on helping rebuild homes and bring attention to the ongoing support needed for Haiti’s recovery.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.
25 MILLION COPIES OF 21 SOLD WORLDWIDE
OVER 2 MILLION ‘SKYFALL’ SINGLES SOLD WORLDWIDE
NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records — Adele’s critically acclaimed sophomore album 21 has reached yet another momentous milestone this week, surpassing 10 million albums sold in the U.S. This sales achievement earns Adele, and 21, Diamond Certification by the RIAA. Adele is the only British or European female artist in history to earn this certification. Adele is also the only British or European artist ever to earn Diamond Certification in less than 2 years from release. 21 also has the distinction of being the only single disc released over the last decade to reach Diamond Certification in less than 2 years (a feat which hasn’t happened since 2000). “What an incredible honour,” Adele exclaimed, “a huge, huge thank you to my American fans for embracing this record on such a massive level.”
21 has achieved global success with 25 million albums sold worldwide. In her native UK, 21 has sold an incredible 4.5 million copies. Adele’s latest single “Skyfall” is the official theme song to the 007 feature film Skyfall™. Released last month on the 50th anniversary of the legendary film franchise, “Skyfall” has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, and the film has gone on to generate the biggest opening ever for a 007 movie. This week Adele Live At Royal Albert Hall DVD surpasses 1 million copies sold in the U.S., with nearly 3 million copies sold worldwide. The last time a music DVD sold 1 million copies in a single year was 2005.
Mercury Prize Nominees Return With Their Highly Lauded 4th Release
“A charismatic, catchy and rabble-rousing collection of the kind of three-chord, spit ‘n’ sawdust thrashers this band excels at.” The Times (London)
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The View, Scotland’s irrepressible purveyors of propulsive indie rock are gearing up for the U.S. release of “CHEEKY FOR A REASON,” their 429 Records debut. It’s the band’s fourth album for the Mercury Prize nominees (garnered for their #1 debut album, “Hats Off To The Buskers”). Fascinatingly described by frontman Kyle Falconer as “Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ done by The Clash,” “CHEEKY FOR A REASON” was recorded at Liverpool’s Motor Museum Studios with producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight, Foals). Along with Kyle Falconer (vocals, guitar) the band includes Kieren Webster (bass), Peter Reilly (guitar) and Steve Morrison (drums). “CHEEKY FOR A REASON returned the band to the Top 10 on the UK charts earlier this year plus the first single was the #1 download upon its release. The hometown heroes recently won the Sunday Mail/Great Scots Music Award for the success of the band within the past year. “CHEEKY FOR A REASON” will be available everywhere on 429 Records on February 19 th.
Formed in 2005 and quickly reaching the top of the UK charts with their 2007 debut, The View have embraced the all too rare concept of a band wired to perform their brand of rock and roll on an entirely thrilling, instinctual, nonconformist level. Says Falconer on the songwriting process: “When I’m smashed and when it’s whatever comes into my head. If I’m thinking about it—that’s when it goes to shite.” It’s a simple formula to keep their fans energized by the adrenaline-fueled songs. Released in the UK earlier this year to ecstatic reviews, the album’s twelve new self-penned songs are infused with fire, passion, soul and joy. Says Barry Nicolson in NME this year: “It’s crisp, clean enunciated and an immeasurably better fit. At least now they can justifiably claim their creative fire is kindling once again.”
The View will be revisiting the U.S. for a spring tour and SXSW—dates TBS.
- How Long
- AB (We Need Treatment)
- Hold On Now
- Anfield Row
- Bunker (Solid Ground)
- The Clock
- Piano Interlude
- Hole In The Bed
- Sour Little Sweetie
- Lean On My World
- Tackie Tattoo
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429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
By: Clifford Hughes
Gibson SG Classic
Today I want to tell you musicians out there about a great guitar. The Gibson SG Classic. I first played one of these back in 2009 at a Guitar Center store in Fayetteville, AR. I really liked the sound of the P-90 pickups in it. So I ordered one from my favorite Guitar Center store in Tulsa, OK, and then midstream, decided to get the SG Standard for a few more dollars and get the hardshell case with it free. The SG Standard sold for $1,199.99, and had trapezoid inlays on the fretboard. The SG Classic comes with dot inlays, and comes with a gig bag, and sells for $999.99.
Gibson SG Standard
The price had just dropped on the SG Standard, so I bought it. I took the stock pickups out and had new Gibson ‘57 Classic pickups installed. These pickups are made true to the original humbucking pickups Seth Lover invented back in 1957. These are a great improvement over the stock Gibson 490R & 498T stock pickups.
I have enjoyed the Standard, but I was missing that cool P-90 sound I first heard. I did some checking, and it seems Guitar Center did not have these in stock at any of their stores anymore. I was worried maybe Gibson was going to discontinue these, so I decided to get on the stick and order one of these SG Classics. I had to have my Guitar Center salesman friend at Tulsa, order this guitar through GuitarCenter.com. I ordered it on 03/05/12, and received it 3 days later on 03/08/12.
I was very happy to find mine came with the Keystone style Kluson tuning machines instead of the button style that Gibson used to use on these guitars, which I did not care for and would have had to change, so hey, money saved right there.
The guitar was just beautiful in every way. The grain of the mahogany was very fine. Fit & finish were all top notch. I could not find a flaw anywhere. The guitar is a pleasure to play, and for the money, (I got a great discount), you can’t go wrong! I ordered the hardshell Gibson case for mine. I got my guitar in the heritage cherry finish, and it looks so fine and traditional.
I found out from Gibson, the strings they install at the factory are Gibson Brite Wires. I found the 10-46 gauge strings on this guitar are perfect for it. I usually play 9-42, but this sounded so much better on the high E & B strings with 10-46 gauge. The sound was really apparent with this gauge. You can get some nice blues riffs out of the P-90’s. They’re like single coils on steroids. good and powerful, but yet very clean. I can see why Pete Townshend liked this style of SG so much back in the day with The Who, or Carlos Santana at Woodstock in 1969. What a sound!
Gibson SG Classic
So there you have it, a great looking & sounding guitar for a very good price! This guitar is very reasonable on the pocketbook, and is light to play. Get one while you still can because this guitar rocks. This is a keeper for me. Kudos to Gibson for such great quality on this guitar.
Clifford Hughes –
Music Charts Magazine
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Pandora (NYSE: P), the leading internet radio service, announced today that the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Joe Kennedy, will testify at the hearing on “Music Licensing Part One: Legislation in the 112th Congress,” which will be hosted by the House Committee on the Judiciary – Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet.
The hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11:30 a.m. EST. Details about the hearing, including access to the live webcast, are posted on the Committee’s site at http://judiciary.house.gov/index.html and http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/Hearings%202012/hear_11282012.html .
Pandora (NYSE: P) gives people music and comedy they love anytime, anywhere, through connected devices. Personalized stations launch instantly with the input of a single “seed” – a favorite artist, song or genre. The Music Genome Project®, a deeply detailed hand-built musical taxonomy, powers the personalization of Pandora® internet radio by using musicological “DNA” and constant listener feedback to craft personalized stations. Tens of millions of people turn on Pandora every month to hear music they love. www.pandora.com
2 billion expected participants; live streaming from sacred Mayan pyramids, performances by Skrillex and other top artists December 21 – 23 2012
MIAMI, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — With the end of the Mayan calendar nearing Friday, December 21, 2012, Danny Chasan, founder of The Light Productions and thirteen year veteran organizer with Ultra Music Festival has teamed up with the World Organization for Peace (WOFP) to produce “the largest synchronized event and fundraising give in history,” the 2012 World Music Festival. Seeking to witness the dawn of a new era, two billion world celebrators will unite to watch the clock strike zero at 11:11 pm with live feeds from simultaneous events occurring around the globe at sacred Mayan pyramid sites, commentary from visionary spiritual leaders and performances by top music acts including Skrillex and others to be released shortly.
2012 WMF Founder Danny Chasan explains, “This revolutionary global event is designed to project a positive message of peace– December 21 is not the end of the world with the doom and gloom theories of tidal waves and earthquakes, but rather the end of time as we know it, and the beginning of a new era of unity and increased compassion among humankind.”
Influenced by 1985’s monumental Live Aid relief concert, which drew 1.9 billion viewers before the advent of the internet, Chasan has assembled an impressive team to pull off this once-in-a-lifetime event utilizing new social media platforms and technologies to unite the global audience. With exclusive access to live video stream from numerous Mayan sites, viewers will be taken on a journey through time with pyramid performances by the biggest names in Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip-Hop and Reggae, alongside the most advanced hologram and video-mapping technology ever deployed.
With a mission to bring peace through music to the world, this free, philanthropic global broadcast event will bring viewers to intimate pyramid sites around the globe with massive synchronized concerts, candlelit peace gatherings and powerful spiritual and sustainable messages from respected spiritual leaders including Karen Berg, Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar, Mayan High Priest Ac Tah and others. Viewers will have the opportunity to directly benefit non-profit organizations in the environmental, animal rights, disease prevention, social, alternative energies and education sectors.
Production Director for this historic made-for-television event is one of the world’s top live event producers, David Simpson, who has helped produced some of television’s largest spectacles including Super Bowl half time shows, MTV Music Awards, MTV Latin Music Awards, Woodstock 94 & 99 and the Pan American Games.
2012 WMF and The Light Productions Founder Danny Chasan has been producing non-profit affiliated concerts and festivals worldwide for 17 years, including Ultra Music Festival in downtown Miami for the past 13 years. Ultra Music Festival drew close to 200,000 attendees flying in from over 80 countries for a three day multi-stage music extravaganza this past March. Chasan has helped organize events with performances by the world’s top talent including Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, The Cure, The Killers, Skrillex, The Chemical Brothers, Empire of the Sun, Faithless, Duran Duran, New Order, David Guetta, Tiesto, Armin Van Buren, Deadmau5 and many more.
This historic moment will provide a unique chance to unite the world at the end of an era. For details on how to participate, more information or to enter to win a once in a lifetime VIP Mayan Pyramid Experience, visit: www.2012wmf.com