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Velvet Revolver singer search update and other “surprises” from Duff McKagan

Since Velvet Revolver split with Scott Weiland last April, finding a replacement has proved more difficult than expected. Bassist Duff McKagan has kept the media up-to-speed on the audition process over the last eight months, and here’s his latest report to “Pulse Of Radio”: “In the last, I would say, about eight weeks, we got three guys in that were...

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Buzz Beat for February 16

Playing a little catch up here on bass buzz from around the web… The Grammy Awards revealed more than just this year’s winners. The event proved to be a family affair as we learned that legendary bassist Charlie Haden is Jack Black’s father-in-law. The Jack Black references don’t stop there: after bassist Paul McCartney‘s performance at the Grammys, Black told...

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New Albums

New David Sanborn DVD release features Marcus Miller

David Sanborn’s newest DVD, Live at Montreux 1984 showcases his headlining performance (with bassist Tom Barney) at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The DVD consists of nine main tracks, but wouldn’t be complete without highlights from the 1981 show Sanborn played with bass-great Marcus Miller. Miller shows up on the three bonus tracks Love Is Not Enough, Lotus Blossom, and Hideaway....

Concerts & Tours

Mr. Big to Reunite

“It’s like getting back with an old girlfriend, but because you want to, not because you have to.” This is how bassist and group founder Billy Sheehan describes the upcoming Mr. Big reunion tour. Last fall the original members got together and rocked out the House of Blues in LA. According to Sheehan, the chemistry they shared at that one...

Concerts & Tours

Tony Levin touring updates

Tony Levin is currently performing a four night stand in NYC with L’Image, then heading south of the border with Peter Gabriel. L’Image (Mike Mainieri/vibes, Warren Bernheart/piano, David Spinozza/guitar, Steve Gadd/drums) recently completed recording on an album first conceived by the group about thirty years ago. They hope to release the CD any day now. They will record a live...

Events

Charles Mingus Tribute at Manhattan School of Music

The 1st annual celebration of the life and works of Charles Mingus will be held February 20-22 at the Manhattan School of Music. The weekend is centered around the 1st Annual Charles Mingus High School Competition. Other festivities will include keynote speakers, a panel discussion, and performances by Manhattan School jazz ensembles as well as the Mingus Dynasty. Boris Kozlav...

Concerts & Tours

Deftones to play Bamboozle Left

The Deftones are preparing their first appearance since bassist Chi Cheng went into a coma after a car accident in November, 2008. Former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega, who filled in briefly for Cheng in 1999, will perform with the band in the Bamboozle Left festival on April 5th, 2009. The band issued this statement: Our fallen comrade has not made...

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David Ellefson signing sessions

Current F5 and former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be at WonderCon in San Francisco for signing sessions from February 27th through March 1st. Location: Moscone Center South 747 Howard Street San Francisco, CA Schedule: February 27 at 12pm February 28 at 12pm March 1 at 12pm

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Leo Fender honored by the Recording Academy

The Recording Academy has honored the late Clarence “Leo” Fender with the Technical Grammy Award, created to acknowledge “contributions of outstanding technical signifcance to the recording field.” The award was presented during a ceremony on February 7th, and during the February 8th Grammys. While Fender didn’t invent the electric guitar as many believed, he did perfect it in terms of...

Gig Announcements

Featured bass gigs

Orange County, California: Melodic Metalcore band needs bass player and drummer (more bass gigs in Orange County) Denver, Colorado: Bass Player Needed (no blues or punk). I’m looking to expand my existing live act to be more full and cohesive with extra burst of fire. (more bass gigs in Denver) West Carleton, Ontario, Canada: No egos,easy going attitude and be...