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Geezer Butler Open to Sabbath Reunion
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Geezer Butler Open to Sabbath Reunion

In a recent interview with Hellbound, Geezer Butler said he would be open to a Black Sabbath reunion. When asked about the chances of such an event, he replied, “You know it would be nice to finish the whole thing off with one last tour, I suppose. We’re all getting a bit old now, so time is running out. It...

Rudy Sarzo Solo with Blue Oyster Cult
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Rudy Sarzo Solo with Blue Oyster Cult

Here is a fan-shot video from a Blue Oyster Cult performance where they let veteran rocker Rudy Sarzo really shine. Rudy hits pretty much every era of his career, jamming with the band to tunes from Quiet Riot, White Snake and Ozzy, before taking a little Stanley Clarke-inspired solo.

Gear Watch: T-Rex Tonebug Phaser and Chorus/Flanger
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Gear Watch: T-Rex Tonebug Phaser and Chorus/Flanger

T-Rex Engineering has added a Phaser and Chorus/Flanger to their Tonebug line of effects pedals. The Tonebug Phaser features a mode switch to go between a Modern and Vintage sound, as well Rate and Depth controls. The Chorus/Flanger also has a mode switch, but chooses between the chorus and flanging effects. It also has both a Rate and Depth knob...

Ben Allison’s Newport Festival Performance Released Online
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Ben Allison’s Newport Festival Performance Released Online

Audio from bassist/composer Ben Allison’s entire set from the 2010 CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival is available for free online streaming through NPR Music. The show kicks off with a great bass solo intro to Allison’s composition “Green Al,” from his latest record, Think Free. The band includes Shane Endsley on trumpet, Jenny Scheinman on violin, Steve Cardenas on guitar and...

Gear Watch: MTD Kingston CRB and Saratoga Basses
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Gear Watch: MTD Kingston CRB and Saratoga Basses

MTD Kingston has released their new CRB and Saratoga basses, which will be shipping within the next month. The new models are Mike Tobias’ take on classic P and J-style basses, with his own twist. Both Models are available in 4 and 5-string versions, have 34″ scale necks, and have carved Basswood bodies. They also mimic classic elders by utilizing...

“Godfather of the Bass” Robert Wilson Passes at 53
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“Godfather of the Bass” Robert Wilson Passes at 53

Robert Wilson, affectionately known as the “Godfather of the Bass,” passed away last night at the age of 53. Wilson was the bassist for the funk pioneering Gap Band, which also included his two brothers, Ronnie and Charlie. The group was in its prime in the late ’70s through the mid-’80s, with hits such as “I Don’t Believe You Want...

Doug Wimbish Announces Wim-Bash 2010
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Doug Wimbish Announces Wim-Bash 2010

Doug Wimbish has announced his 6th annual Wim-Bash, a day long musical event that builds up to Doug performing in three of his groups: Little Axe, Tack>>Head, and Living Colour. The show also includes 12 bands leading up to the “Soundsystem” himself. Wim-Bash 2010 takes place August 28 at Sully’s Pub in Hartford, CT from 1PM to 3AM. Tickets are...

Flea Giving Away Signed Bass Through Charity Sweepstakes
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Flea Giving Away Signed Bass Through Charity Sweepstakes

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has started a fundraising page on Crowdrise.com to raise money for his Silverlake Conservatory of Music. Silverlake is a non-profit that grants scholarships to low-income students, as well as gives them instruments and lessons. “A few years back, I had the opportunity to visit my old high school and noticed how many of the...

Adam Clayton Talks About New U2 Songs
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Adam Clayton Talks About New U2 Songs

In an interview posted on U2.com, Adam Clayton spoke about U2’s plans for new songs. The band just returned to the stage in Turin, Italy after Bono recovered from his back injury. During their downtime, Clayton said they’ve been laying down tracks of new material. “We’ve been doing some rehearsing but mainly we’ve been doing recording,” the bassist said. “That...

The Bass Line Encyclopedia
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The Bass Line Encyclopedia

Alfred Music has just released the Bass Line Encyclopedia by Tim Ferguson. The book is a reference for bass players to expand their knowledge of genres and styles, therefore increasing their versatility. It features over 100 bass lines in tons of styles, including Chicago blues, Texas blues, heavy metal, punk, funk, bebop, jazz, reggae, samba, bluegrass, and more. The lines...