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  • Phil Lesh Done With Recording, Continues Touring With Furthur

    Phil Lesh Done With Recording, Continues Touring With Furthur

    Sounds like Phil Lesh is done with studio albums. In a recent interview with Billboard, the 72 year old bassist said Furthur – his current effort with fellow Grateful Dead alumni Bob Weir – has no plans to record new albums, citing their focus on continually evolving music. “Nobody’s mentioned it to me, and certainly... »

  • Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris Announces Debut Solo Album

    Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris Announces Debut Solo Album

    Steve Harris and EMI Music have announced the longtime Iron Maiden bassist is releasing his debut solo album next month. Entitled British Lion, the 10-track album is the result of the music he’s written and recorded in between recording and touring with Iron Maiden over the past few years. According to a statement from the... »

  • Geezer Butler Signs With Hartke

    Geezer Butler Signs With Hartke

    Geezer Butler has signed with Hartke, according to a press release from the bass amplifier company. The Black Sabbath bassist will be utilizing the brand’s new Kilo amps, with which he played through for Metal Masters 3 and the 2012 Download Festival on June 10th. “It’s a true honor to welcome Geezer to the Hartke... »

  • Nick Schendzielos To Sit Out Summer Slaughter Tour Performances

    Nick Schendzielos To Sit Out Summer Slaughter Tour Performances

    Job For a Cowboy bassist Nick Schendzielos has announced he will be sitting out part of the band’s upcoming performances on the Summer Slaughter Tour, which runs July through August. The Red Chord guitarist Mike “Gunface” McKenzie will be filling in. “On June 28, immediately after landing in Boston to rehearse for Puerto Rico/Summer Slaughter,... »

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  • Steve Bailey Named Chair of Berklee’s Bass Department

    Steve Bailey Named Chair of Berklee’s Bass Department

    After 40 years at the helm, Rich Appleman retired as Chair of the Berklee College of Music’s Bass Department in May of this year. During his tenure, Appleman helped shape the face of the school by growing the bass department by leaps and bounds. Succeeding Appleman this fall will be bassist Steve Bailey, who brings... »

  • Peter Hook Memoir Coming This Fall

    Peter Hook Memoir Coming This Fall

    Peter Hook has announced that his memoir is set to hit the shelves October 1 from publishers Simon & Schuster. Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. will document the bassist’s time in the seminal post-punk band, from helping to form the band to lead singer Ian Curtis’s death. Hook will also delve into his time with... »

  • Rudy Sarzo Leaves Blue Oyster Cult

    Rudy Sarzo Leaves Blue Oyster Cult

    Rock legend Rudy Sarzo has left the ranks of Blue Oyster Cult, he revealed in an upcoming interview with Ultimate Classic Rock. The bassist, whose resume includes work with Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, and Whitesnake, said his departure was on good terms. “Due to my scheduling with other projects that I’m doing, it became a... »

  • Tommy Stinson Reunites with Former Replacements Bandmate for Benefit

    Tommy Stinson Reunites with Former Replacements Bandmate for Benefit

    Tommy Stinson will be reuniting with his former Replacements bandmate Paul Westerberg to benefit guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke earlier this year. The duo will be recording a single as part of a limited edition project of covers songs of Dunlap’s original music done by his friends. The recordings will be split into... »

  • Juan Alderete Launches New Pedals and Effects Resource

    Juan Alderete Launches New Pedals and Effects Resource

    Mars Volta/Big Sir bassist Juan Alderete has launched PedalsAndEffects.com, a new website with which the bassist hopes to spread his knowledge of using effects. Alderete, whose genre-bending career spans over two decades, is known for making some of the most incredible sounds with his extensive pedal collection. “Because of my 25+ year obsession for pedals/stompboxes/effects,... »

  • Bob Babbitt to Receive Star on Music City Walk of Fame

    Bob Babbitt to Receive Star on Music City Walk of Fame

    Funk Brother and bass legend Bob Babbitt will be getting part of his due respect by receiving a star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. Babbitt’s star, which will be the Walk of Fame’s 60th commemorative sidewalk marker, will be unveiled at a ceremony on June 5th that will also be... »