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  • Guns 'N Roses Jam At Rock Hall

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    Over the weekend, an Axl-less original lineup Guns ‘N Roses attended their induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Earlier in the week, Rose wrote an open letter to the Rock Hall committee expressing his declination of the honor, as well as throwing in a bit of remorse for good taste. As expected, the night went on without the frontman as all other original members from the band’s heyday performed three songs off their legendary "Appetite for Destruction" album.

    Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Dizzy Reed we’re joined onstage by guitarist Gilby Clarke and current Slash-solo-project-singer Myles Kennedy after being introduced by a straight-faced, albeit slightly sarcastic, Billie Joe Armstrong, who jokingly asked “who’s missing?”

    High praise and emotions continued as members spoke with bittersweet remembrance as they looked back at their legendary careers.

     "I'm so honored to have met these guys in the back alleys of Hollywood," said Duff. "We learned how to write songs together. We created the brutality, beauty and total truth all at once, but we were writing songs for ourselves. We had no audience. We played our first gigs with very few fans. And as we progressed, more and more fans came and they were relating to these songs. I don't know if they were relating to us so much or the songs. They spoke to them. I don't know if it matters who's here tonight, because it's about the music that that band created."

    The sans-Axl celebration included three performances from “Appetite for Destruction” – “Mr. Browstone,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” – with “Use Your Illusions” era member Sorum on drums while the man he replaced, Adler, sitting down for the latter two.




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  • Ginger Baker Documentary To Premier At SXSW

    Ginger Baker Documentary To Premier At SXSW

    Ginger Baker documentary, "Beware of Mr. Baker" SXSW Preview from Jay Bulger on Vimeo.

    Another interesting Rock related story coming from SXSW is the premier of the film “Beware Of Mr. Baker”, a documentary about Cream drummer Ginger Baker.

    Baker has been living in seclusion in South Africa for decades, and Rolling Stone writer Jay Bulgar was curious as to what he was doing. Bulgar spent three months living with Baker in South Africa to report on his life. Bulgar compiled several hours on interviews and later returned with a film crew to complete this documentary.

    Stories of Baker’s life are supported by interviews with family and musicians that worked with him including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Mickey Hart, Carlos Santana, Max Weinberg, Chad Smith, Femi Kuti, Neal Peart, Simon Kirke, and Marky Ramone.

    Some interesting info pulled from Rolling Stone and Bewareofmrbaker.com:

    The drummer calls South Africa home, a place where he lives inside a fortified compound with his 29-year-old internet bride and 39 polo ponies.

    Chain smoking and ingesting copious amounts of morphine while sitting in his leather recliner, the 73-year-old reflects back on his life as we concurrently witness his current law suits, local disputes, and yet another chapter in his path of destruction. Unfortunately, Ginger’s ginger hair has faded, and we wonder if he is physically capable of saving himself by playing the instrument that has defined him. In his own words, “God is punishing me for my past wickedness by keeping me alive and in as much pain as he can. I wasn’t planning on living this long!”

    In true Ginger Baker fashion, 3 years into shooting the film, after squandering yet another fortune, Baker triumphantly returns to the stage; as he went on a 30 date sold out European tour, the producers were there to capture it on film for posterity.
    The film will premier at SXSW starting on Monday, March 10.

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  • Guns N' Roses Reunion at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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    Guns N’ Roses are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and will perform live at their induction. Fans have been wondering which GN’R will show up to perform at the induction, the Appetite for Destruction Era GN’R, or the modern day version. It has now been confirmed that the “Appetite-era” band will not only be there, but may actually perform together. The last time the original members performed together was in 1990 at Farm Aid IV.

    Axl Rose has stated that he is happy with the current band line-up, and that if the reunion performance happens, it will be a one-time show specifically for the Hall of Fame event. GN’R keyboardist Dizzy Reed recently commented to Billboard about the event:

    “I know that all the original band is going to be there. I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down. It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart.”

    Dj Ashba, the current guitarist for GN'R, has admitted that it is a strange situation for the current band:

    “I know that all the original band is going to be there. I don’t know exactly what’s going to go down. It’s one of those things I’m sure will all come together and be really cool. I’m just going to go in with a good attitude and a clear head and a grateful heart.”

    Regardless, fans are excited at the idea, and are hoping that the reunion performance actually goes down. We will keep you updated on GN’R as the event draws near. The Induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2012.

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  • Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Archives Go On Sale

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    The organization, which will announce its 2011 class of inductees Tuesday, is set to release performances from 1986-2009.

    The day before it reveals its 27th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011, Rock Hall and Time Life announced that they have partnered together on two new DVD sets.

    The first, "The Best of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live," will go on sale Nov. 1. The three-CD collection will feature performances by Billy Joel, Jimmy Page, Lynryd Skynryd, Al Green, Aerosmith, The Who and James Brown among others.

    The second Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live installment will feature a 10-volume digital collection of induction performances recorded between 1986 and 2009.

    Some of the highlights: George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger and Billy Joel performing the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There," Ray Charles' Nat King Cole tribute with "Nature Boy" and also Mick Jagger and Tina Turner duetting to the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman."

    The songs will be available on iTunes Nov. 15.

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  • Ron Wood - I Feel Like Playing

    Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood took some time to sit down with Premier Guitar to discuss his new solo album I Feel Like Playingr. Sounds like he has nice group of friends helping him out! After dishing on the details behind some of these collaborations, the conversation wound its way to how he gets his guitar tones.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones

    The classic rock ‘n’ roll film Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones is making its way to DVD/Blu-Ray on October 12, 2010.

    This long lost jem captures the Rolling Stones during their Exile on Main St. tour. Filmed in Texas over four nights in 1972, the concert film features one of the greatest track lists of any Stones concert and one of their best performances captured on film. It’s a rough and ready performance with no backup singers and only a small group of extra musicians to backup the band.

    Track List:

    1. Brown Sugar
    2. Bitch
    3. Gimme Shelter
    4. Dead Flowers
    5. Happy
    6. Tumbling Dice
    7. Love in Vain
    8. Sweet Virginia
    9. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
    10. All Down the Line
    11. Midnight Rambler
    12. Bye Bye Johnny
    13. Rip this Joint
    14. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
    15. Street Fighting Man

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