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Bootsy Collins & EMI Music Sign Deal

New York-based EMI Music Publishing inked an administration deal recently to market and represent funkmaster Bootsy Collins worldwide. In case you been livin’ in an un-funki-fied state and didn’t know, baby, Collins is the funkalicious bass player of Parliament/Funkadelic fame. He originally got his start in James Brown’s backup band, and after “P-Funk” went on to form Bootsy’s Rubber Band...

In Memoriam

ELO Bassist Kelly Groucutt Passes Away

We’re sad to report Kelly Groucutt, the former bassist from the 1970s rock band Electric Light Orchestra, has passed away at the age of 63. Early reports indicate Groucutt died in Worcester, England, after suffering a heart attack. He’s survived by his wife and four children. Groucutt left his former band, Sight and Sound, in 1974 to join the then...

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New Van Halen album on hold until Wolfgang graduates

Wolfgang “Wolfie” Van Halen, son of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, has big career plans, but they’re going to have to wait until he graduates high school. The teenage prodigy took a break from 11th grade to join dad’s band (when he was only 15) on their 2007 tour. He proved to be such a great fit, Eddie wanted to rush...

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Korn bassist releasing memoir

Korn’s bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu has written a memoir, according to a news release by the band. Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn is a look at Fieldy’s years as bassist of Korn, with the “extreme highes and drug-and-booze-fueledlows of the biggest heavy metal band of our era”. The book will be available on March...

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Pavement’s Mark Ibold to appear on Sonic Youth album

Former Pavement member Mark Ibold has been playing with Sonic Youth since the “Rather Ripped” tour, and he’s set to appear on their upcoming album, in a song with the working title “That’s What We Know.” The sixteenth SA album is being produced by John Agnello, who also produced Rather Ripped. Pavement debuted in 1989, and continued playing through the...

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Fernandes introduces Tony Campos signature bass

Tony Campos (Static-X, Asesino) will be showing off his new Fernandes signature five-string bass on Friday at the NAMM show. If you’re lucky enough to know the right people, you can see him (and the bass) today at 1:30, at the Fernandes booth, 5960.

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Conversations with Christian McBride

Bassist Christian McBride kicked off his yearlong series “Conversations with Christian” Monday at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York. A dialogue including words and music, the shows will be “a combination of, like, Bill Cosby, Howard Cosell and Marian McPartland,” said McBride. His guest for this first show was pianist and composer Chick Corea. The two chatted about their current...

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Michael Henderson Nominated for Grammy

Producer-archivist Bob Beldon is known for his Grammy-winning reissues of Miles Davis’ work, and, along with Indian keyboardist and co-arranger Louiz Banks, has created another remix, putting a global spin on some classics. The most recent two-disc set, Miles… From India, features Michael Henderson in a bass performance that has gained him a Grammy nomination. Henderson toured with Miles Davis...

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Flea joins The Faces reunion tour

It looks like the Faces reunion is really going to happen, with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea holding down the low end. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Ronnie Wood said “We had a few fantastic rehearsals last week and we’re ready to go. It’s like no time has passed by. There’s a lot of guest bass players that...

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Phil Harwood replaces Derek Cloonan in Ramming Speed

Canadian thrashers Ramming Speed say they have lost their bass player Derek Cloonan to a bad haircut. Phil Harwood (Bones Brigade, Coctopus) is filling in for now, but they are looking for a permanent replacement with “long hair and (the ability) to play the set set after drinking 6 or 7 beers.” Ramming Speed will be playing in Richmond, Virginia...