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  • Jeff Ament’s New RNDM Band Announces Album and Tour

    Jeff Ament’s New RNDM Band Announces Album and Tour

    Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has teamed up with singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud to form a new band dubbed RNDM. The trio is set to have a busy fall too, with the release of their debut album, Acts, on October 30, with a tour kicking off a few days later on November... »

  • Kathy Valentine Suffers Wrist Injury, Sits Out Tour Dates

    Kathy Valentine Suffers Wrist Injury, Sits Out Tour Dates

    Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine has been sidelined with a broken wrist and will have to sit out of the band’s current tour. The Go-Go’s are touring in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the hit album Vacation. Valentine, who co-wrote the album, has had surgery to realign the distal radius bone. “The surgery will allow... »

  • Smoke & Jackal: Kings of Leon Bassist Jared Followill Debuts New Band with First Single

    Smoke & Jackal: Kings of Leon Bassist Jared Followill Debuts New Band with First Single

    Kings of Leon may be taking a break, but that’s not stopping bassist Jared Followill. Followill has launched Smoke & Jackal, a new band with Mona front-man Nick Brown. “Coming together just worked,” Followill said. “I think it’s because we took such an easy approach to it, we didn’t bring any egos to it. We... »

  • Duran Duran’s John Taylor Autobiography Set For October Release

    Duran Duran’s John Taylor Autobiography Set For October Release

    Duran Duran co-founder and bassist John Taylor’s autobiography entitled In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran will be hitting North American shelves October 16th via Penguin Publishing’s Dutton imprint. The memoir covers Taylor’s whole life and will include over a hundred photos spanning from his childhood through the present. “This book recounts the... »

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  • Megadeth Behind-The-Scenes: David Ellefson’s Singapore Video

    Megadeth Behind-The-Scenes: David Ellefson’s Singapore Video

    Megadeth is currently on tour in support of TH1RT3EN, their latest album. Bassist David Ellefson shares this nine minute, behind-the-scenes video from their final stop on the Asia tour, in Singapore on August 7th. Among other things, David finds a Starbucks, apparently one of the band’s favorite things to do (and obviously, the fans are... »

  • Les Claypool Auctions Personal Pachyderm Prototype Bass

    Les Claypool Auctions Personal Pachyderm Prototype Bass

    Almost two years ago, Les Claypool reached out to his fans for help. His two month old nephew was diagnosed with a rare form of infant leukemia and the family needed help defraying the cost of the medical bills. Now two years old, baby Matthew has been fighting the disease and is currently undergoing bone... »

  • Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Return with New Album, “Raise Up”

    Larry Graham and Graham Central Station Return with New Album, “Raise Up”

    Photo by Erich Francois Larry Graham and Graham Central Station are back! The slap bass pioneer and his crew have just announced that Raise Up, their first studio album since 1999’s GCS2000, will be dropping on September 25th. With guest appearances from Prince and Rafael Saadiq, Raise Up will include three new versions of classic... »

  • Bill Wyman on Stones World Tour: “I don’t fly… no way I’ll go on any tour”

    Bill Wyman on Stones World Tour: “I don’t fly… no way I’ll go on any tour”

    Well, it was nice while it lasted. Hot on the heels of the news that Bill Wyman was rehearsing with the Rolling Stones as part of the band’s 50th anniversary comes the news that Wyman won’t be touring with the group as hoped. Following the rehearsals, guitarist Keith Richards said, “We’re playing around with the... »

  • PBS: Jamerson Amp is Legit; Jamerson Jr.: Nope

    PBS: Jamerson Amp is Legit; Jamerson Jr.: Nope

    The legend continues. Last week, we reported on the story that PBS’s History Detectives were investigating an amp believed to be owned by Motown legend James Jamerson, in an attempt to determine its authenticity. Well, the folks behind the PBS show deemed the amp as legit (leaving room at the end that the evidence wasn’t... »

  • New School: Aaron Gibson

    New School: Aaron Gibson

    Aaron Gibson presents an interesting blend of singer/songwriter and solo bassist. Once described as “Jack Johnson playing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” the Oregon-based low-ender comps for himself while playing impressive original tunes as well as covers. Aaron scores solo gigs by covering the bass line, harmony, melody, and vocals all on his own.... »