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  • MonoNeon Teams Up With Prince for New Single

    MonoNeon Teams Up With Prince for New Single

    Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr. has been working with Prince for the past several months, and now the bassist has released a new song with His Royal Badness on keyboards and guitar. “Ruff Enuff” is a prime example of funk at its finest. “You may recognize Kirk A Johnson on drums, Mono Neon on bass and... »

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  • Pearl Jam has 2016 North American Tour in the Offing

    Pearl Jam has 2016 North American Tour in the Offing

    Pearl Jam’s bassist Jeff Ament and band manager Kelly Curtis earlier this month confirmed that the group plans on mounting a North American tour in 2016 in celebration of its 25th anniversary. The pair made the confirmation via a Twitter chat, and while Curtis said no dates would be announced until the beginning of the... »

  • “Advanced Rock Bass” Features Video, Audio and Print Instruction

    “Advanced Rock Bass” Features Video, Audio and Print Instruction

    Mark Michell, bassist for the progressive band Scale the Summit, has created an instructional book, with a video component, called Advanced Rock Bass: for 4-, 5- and 6-String Basses. “This is a complete guide to my approach when composing basslines. I focus on every single aspect imaginable: chord analysis, fretboard mapping, composing lines with harmonics... »

  • Dream Theater Bass Play-Along Book Released

    Dream Theater Bass Play-Along Book Released

    Fans of the progressive metal band Dream Theater interested in learning John Myung’s bass lines have a little extra help via a new book, Dream Theater: Bass Play-Along Volume 47. The book, published by Hal Leonard Corp., includes the tab for 10 songs, as well as a CD featuring the bass lines and separate backing... »

  • Guns N’ Roses Announce Reunion Performance

    Guns N’ Roses Announce Reunion Performance

    After months of speculation, Guns N’ Roses have officially announced that the band will reunite in 2016. Singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan are all confirmed in the lineup, which is set to headline the Coachella Music Festival on April 16th and 23rd at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The... »

  • Roberto Badoglio Forms New Band, Releases Album

    Roberto Badoglio Forms New Band, Releases Album

    Italian jazz bassist Roberto Badoglio has formed a new band, called Beyond Turbines, which has released its self-titled debut album. The band, which also features featuring German guitarist Bjossi Klütsch and American keyboardist Steve Hunt, describes the album as “high-energy progressive fusion. . . intricately arranged yet laced with free-flowing extended improvisations…” “After working with... »

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Announces Inductees

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016 Announces Inductees

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their 2016 inductees, but who actually gets in? The artists being honored this year include Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, and N.W.A., but several current musicians associated with the acts will be excluded. Deep Purple first three lineups will be represented and will be bringing... »

  • Megadeth to Begin North American Tour in February with Impressive Support

    Megadeth to Begin North American Tour in February with Impressive Support

    Megadeth’s Dystopia North American tour will kick off in February, with support from Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom and Havok. Megadeth, of course, will feature David Ellefson on bass. Suicidal Tendencies now has Michael Morgon handling bass duties following the death of Tim Williams. The lineup also reveals Megadeth’s longevity — Children of Bodom’s bassist... »

  • Velvet Underground Live Recordings from 1969 Available on Four-CD Set

    Velvet Underground Live Recordings from 1969 Available on Four-CD Set

    Two of the 18 shows The Velvet Underground played in San Francisco in late November/early December 1969 have been captured on The Velvet Underground — The Complete Matrix Tapes. The band played a couple of venues during their San Francisco stint, most notably, The Matrix club. The Complete Matrix Tapes is compiled from four-track recordings... »

  • We The Kings Release “Strange Love”

    We The Kings Release “Strange Love”

    Florida-based band We The Kings has released its fifth full-length album, Strange Love. Featuring bassist Charles Trippy, who is also known for his Internet Killed Television web series and as the son of a Gregg Allman Band percussionist, the band is most well known for its 2007 song, “Check Yes Juliet.” Strange Love is available... »