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  • Leland Sklar Joins Judith Owen for Spring Tour

    Leland Sklar Joins Judith Owen for Spring Tour

    Singer-songwriter Judith Owen has announced a new spring tour in support of her upcoming album redisCOVERed, which will feature reworked songs ranging from Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” to Drake’s “Hotline Bling”. The trek will once again be anchored by Owen’s friend and bass legend, Leland Sklar. “Of course I’ll be touring from here... »

  • Flea’s Memoirs Available for Preorder

    Flea’s Memoirs Available for Preorder

    Four years ago, we reported that Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea was working on an autobiography. Now the influential bassist’s book has a title and a release date. Acid For the Children will be released on September 25th via Grand Central Publishing and will cover Flea’s upbringing, the trials and triumphs of the Chili... »

  • Former Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Solo Album Now Available

    Former Spinal Tap Bassist Derek Smalls Solo Album Now Available

    Finally, the wait is over. Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls has released his debut solo album, entitled Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing). The bassist, portrayed by Harry Shearer, tapped an incredible roster of musicians for the album including Peter Frampton, Donald Fagen, Dweezil Zappa, Rick Wakeman, Richard Thompson, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, Waddy Wachtel, Jeff... »

  • Tool Announces Music Clinics Along Tour Dates

    Tool Announces Music Clinics Along Tour Dates

    Attention Tool fans: the band has just announced the instrumentalists will be giving intimate music clinics in conjunction with their upcoming tour dates. Guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bass monster Justin Chancellor will offer attendees a “rare immersive dissection and performance” in the series. “The discussions include [the musicians] walking attendees through a... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases “Metallica: 1983-1988 Bass Play-Along” Book

    Hal Leonard Releases “Metallica: 1983-1988 Bass Play-Along” Book

    Hal Leonard’s Bass Play-Along series has gotten a little more metal thanks to their latest release: Metallica: 1983-1988: Bass Play-Along Volume 21. Fans will recognize that the date range means the majority of the transcriptions are of bass lines by the late, great Cliff Burton. Jason Newsted’s bass line for “One” off of …And Justice... »

  • Midwest Rhythm Summit Set for April 20-22

    Midwest Rhythm Summit Set for April 20-22

    The Midwest Rhythm Summit is returning for 2018 on April 20th through the 22nd! The instructional three-day event, which focuses on drum and bass, was started by Rhythm Intensive – the duo made up of John Anthony Martinez and session ace Chuck Rainey. They will present sessions for bassists and drummers alongside a host of... »

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  • Glenn Hughes Announces Classic Deep Purple Live Tour Dates

    Glenn Hughes Announces Classic Deep Purple Live Tour Dates

    Rock legend Glenn Hughes will be revising part of his earlier days in music this year with a 17-date tour. “Classic Deep Purple Live” will showcase the bassist/vocalist’s time in Deep Purple during the MKIII and MKIV lineups. Hughes was a member of the group from 1973 to 1976 and was featured on four studio... »

  • New Benjamin Orr Biography Due This Fall

    New Benjamin Orr Biography Due This Fall

    Eighteen years after his passing, The Cars bassist and vocalist Benjamin Orr will be the focus of a new biography. Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars by Joe Milliken details the life and times of the rock star. The author spent a decade working on the book. “There is an interesting aspect about Ben... »

  • King Crimson Releases “Live In Vienna”

    King Crimson Releases “Live In Vienna”

    Another recent King Crimson performance has been released as a live album. Live In Vienna, December 1st, 2016 is a three-disc set that has the two set evening spread across discs one and two with the third offering encores and ambience. “Disc three includes a series of soundscapes edited into newly sequenced pieces,” the album’s... »

  • Arild Andersen Releases “In-House Science”

    Arild Andersen Releases “In-House Science”

    Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen has released a new live album called In-House Science. The largely improvised jazz album features his trio consisting of Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia from a stellar 2016 performance. “[The trio’s] energies are arguably best captured in a live context, and here the three musicians deliver a characteristically smoking performance at... »