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Korn and Disturbed Co-Headline Music As A Weapon V Tour
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Korn and Disturbed Co-Headline Music As A Weapon V Tour

Korn and Disturbed are teaming up to co-headline the “Monster Energy Music as a Weapon V Tour,” which begins January 14 in Bloomington, Illinois and hits 45 U.S. cities, with more dates in the works. The two bands, anchored by bassists Fieldy and John Moyer respectively, just announced the second leg of the tour, which starts in March but is...

Gear Watch: Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass
Bass Gear, NAMM 2011

Gear Watch: Fender 60th Anniversary Precision Bass

Believe it or not, 2011 marks 60 years since Fender introduced the Precision bass and revolutionized bass playing. (For a quick history lesson, check out this video.) To mark the occasion, Fender is producing a special limited edition 60th Anniversary Precision Bass. Built in the U.S., the Anniversary P-bass features an ash body, maple neck and fretboard with a modern...

Renaud Garcia-Fons Releases Mediterranees
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Renaud Garcia-Fons Releases Mediterranees

French double bass master Renaud Garcia-Fons has just released his new album, Mediterranees, in the U.S. The 18-track album is an exploration of the music of the Mediterranean, which Garcia-Fons attributes to his Spanish and Italian roots. “There’s nothing ethno-musical or touristy about this project,” the bassist explains, “Simply a desire to be carried on a passionate thread of a...

Bill Wyman Rejoins Rolling Stones for Tribute Album
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Bill Wyman Rejoins Rolling Stones for Tribute Album

Bill Wyman has teamed up with his old pals in the Rolling Stones to contribute to a new tribute album from Ben Waters, according to the Stones fan site Iorr.org. Waters pays his respects to late pianist Ian Stewart on the CD entitled Boogie For Stu, which is due in March. Wyman joined the rest of the Stones to record...

Dave LaRue Joins New Supergroup Featuring Mike Portnoy
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Dave LaRue Joins New Supergroup Featuring Mike Portnoy

Dixie Dregs bassist Dave LaRue is now part of a new unnamed supergroup along with ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, guitarist Steve Morse, Neal Morse, and vocalist Casey McPherson. The group announced that they have just entered the studio to begin work on their debut release. “I think we are almost done with the writing/arranging process of the first song,”...

Mike Watt Announces New Album Release, Tour
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Mike Watt Announces New Album Release, Tour

Punk legend and Minutemen co-founder Mike Watt has announced an extensive North American tour in support of his upcoming CD, “Hyphenated-Man.” The new record, which is already available in Japan, is 30 tracks which Watt describes as thirty parts of one big tune. “My third opera ‘hyphenated-man’ will be released everywhere except Japan on March 1, 2011 through my new...

RIP Phil Kennemore
In Memoriam

RIP Phil Kennemore

After being diagnosed last year, Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore lost his battle to cancer January 7th. The 57 year old was a founding member of the band in 1974 and continued touring with the band up until his hospitalization. A benefit concert featuring Queensryche, Heaven & Hell, and Testament was held on December 31st to offset Kennemore’s medical expenses. ”Phil...

Rylee Releases Bass Fretboard Addict App
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Rylee Releases Bass Fretboard Addict App

Michael Rylee has just released the Bass Fretboard Addict app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app is a fretboard trainer game designed to help “improve your visual, mental, and listening bass guitar skills” as well as your ability to read music notation. Using real bass guitar sounds, the app challenges you to find notes on the fretboard by...

New Book Of Photography Chronicles Les Claypool’s Career
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New Book Of Photography Chronicles Les Claypool’s Career

A new book chronicling Les Claypool’s career through photos has been published in a limited run through San Francisco based Rock Out Books. To Defy The Laws of Tradition is a collection of over 750 photographs taken by Jay Blakesberg’s 10,000+ image archive of Claypool’s groups including Primus, Holy Mackerel, Sausage, Oysterhead, and the Frog Brigade. Claypool also contributes an...

Nikolai Fraiture Confirms New Strokes Album for March
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Nikolai Fraiture Confirms New Strokes Album for March

Bassist Nikolai Fraiture has confirmed that the new Strokes album is almost complete and is set for a March release. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Fraiture explained the group’s fourth album hearkens back to their “classic sound.” “Sonically, I feel it’s the album which should have been made between Room On Fire and First Impressions Of Earth,” he...