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  • Marcus Miller Selling Personal Basses For UNESCO Project

    Marcus Miller Selling Personal Basses For UNESCO Project

    Just when you thought Marcus Miller couldn’t get any cooler, he tops himself. The legendary bassist was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace last month, and is now selling off several of his personal basses to help fund a special project with the organization. “Several years ago I decided against using my primary bass on... »

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  • Kathy Valentine Splits from the Go-Go’s

    Kathy Valentine Splits from the Go-Go’s

    Longtime Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine has left the band she’s been a part of for more than 30 years. “The Go-Go’s have parted ways with bassist Kathy Valentine, citing irreconcilable differences,” the band said in a statement. “The rest of the lineup, original since 1979 (Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock and Jane Wiedlin) remains... »

  • Adam Duce Splits from Machine Head

    Adam Duce Splits from Machine Head

    Bassist Adam Duce has left the ranks of Machine Head, according to a statement on the band’s website. Though he’s hinted at thinking of leaving before, the news comes as a surprise considering Duce founded the band with guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn in 1991. The group released seven albums with over 2.4 million copies sold during... »

  • Charlie Haden Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Grammys

    Charlie Haden Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Grammys

    The 55th Annual Grammy Awards was a very special moment for Charlie Haden as the 75-year-old bassist was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Over the course of his career, Haden has worked with artists like Ornette Coleman, Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett, Alice Coltrane, Joe Henderson, and Michael Brecker, just to name a few. During his... »

  • Peter Hook Releases Joy Division Book

    Peter Hook Releases Joy Division Book

    In a career that only spanned three years and produced two albums, the post-punk rock band Joy Division altered the direction of rock music. Their influence can be heard in the music of U2, The Cure, Interpol, and even the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A fair portion of their success is due to bassist Peter... »

  • Marcus Miller Kicking Off New Radio Show

    Marcus Miller Kicking Off New Radio Show

    Tomorrow marks a new milestone for Marcus Miller. The bassist is hosting a new weekly radio show on SiriusXM’s Real Jazz, where he will feature acoustic and electric jazz as well as “anecdotes about the many stars with whom he’s worked intimately including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, David Sanborn and his long time writing partner,... »

  • Timothy B. Schmit Recovering from Throat and Neck Cancer

    Timothy B. Schmit Recovering from Throat and Neck Cancer

    Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is recovering after having surgery for throat and neck cancer late last month. The news was confirmed by his assistant Julie Freeman in a message to the band’s fan site Eaglesfans.com. Freeman stated that Schmit was diagnosed in October and flew to New York for surgery right after The Eagles’... »

  • David Ellefson Working on Autobiography

    David Ellefson Working on Autobiography

    David Ellefson revealed that he’s working on an autobiography entitled My Life With Deth, which is expected to be released next year. Written with Joel McIver, the book will chronicle the Megadeth bassist’s years of addiction, recovery and return to faith. “My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock ‘n’ roll woe, but rather... »

  • Jason Newsted Issues Update on New Band, New Music

    Jason Newsted Issues Update on New Band, New Music

    Jason Newsted has checked in with a new update since announcing his “return” late last month. According to a new video from his studio, the former Metallica bassist has formed a new heavy metal band called Newsted. “I’m singing lead vocals and playing bass again,” he shared. “We’re busy working on our second batch of... »

  • Esperanza Spalding Wins Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award

    Esperanza Spalding Wins Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award

    Photo by Carlos Pericas The awards for Esperanza Spalding keep coming. This time around, the bassist/vocalist/composer has won Smithsonian Magazine’s American Ingenuity Award in the category of performing arts. This is the first year of the awards, which honor “nine groundbreaking individuals in technology, performing and visual arts, natural and physical sciences, education, historical scholarship,... »