by Daniel Ericksson
Social media has changed the way we interact with each other. Now we can get up to the minute information about the lives of our favorite musicians through services like Facebook and Twitter. There is quite a change that has occurred in just the past ten years. It used to be that if you wanted information about a band you would have to wait for an interview in a music magazine. Now many musicians write on Twitter and Facebook, giving their fans up to date information on their latest projects. Here we list ten musicians who are both active and fascinating on Facebook.
Lenny Kravitz is one of the most active, high profile musicians on Facebook. You really get a glimpse in to his life, both as a musician and a person. Lenny likes to post pictures of himself in the studio, and update his fans on the progress of whatever he is recording at the moment. Lenny’s latest post include him playing a Gibson Les Paul at three in the morning in his studio, as well as shots of him driving in the jungle listening to newly recorded tracks.
Lenny on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lennykravitz
While he might not be well known outside of the blues community, 25-year-old blues guitarist Davy Knowles from the Isle of Man is a very active “Facebooker.” As a guitar player it is especially fun to read his posts, since Davy writes a lot about recording, and various guitar effects.
Davy on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DavyKnowles
Remember the band Live? Since splitting up, their singer Ed Kowalczyk has been enjoying a fairly successful solo career, releasing an album and constantly touring the globe. Ed posts a lot on Facebook as well. He seems very appreciative of his fans and does on occasion answer questions posed to him from his followers on Facebook. Ed likes to post pictures, the latest include shots of him and Bret Michaels of Poison, as well as Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray.
Ed on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/edkowalczyk
Who would have ever thought that Slash would become addicted to social media? He has said that it is a vice he picked up after quitting smoking. Slash is great at interacting with fans through Facebook. He thanks the crowds after shows, and posts little anecdotes from life on the road and in the studio. When reading Slash’s Facebook posts it becomes pretty obvious that he is an avid guitar collector. Recently he posted a picture of a black 1973 Gibson Les Paul Custom that he’s been wanting to get his hands on for 20 years.
Slash on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Slash
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith is quite active on Facebook. The Will Ferrell look-a-like posts goofy pictures, talks about drumming, and post articles and interviews from drum magazines. Right now he posts many pictures from gigs with his side project Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats.
Chad on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RHCPChad
Guitar god Joe Satriani is active on both Facebook and Twitter, maybe more so when he’s touring. He likes to share pictures from his shows. Joe also posts interviews that magazines have done with him. For example you can check out Joe’s top 5 not-so-guilty music pleasures.
Joe on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joesatriani
Yes, Steven Tyler is on Facebook. The legendary Aerosmith singer posts pictures from his private life as well as shots from the road. All his messages are written in all capital letters. It’s sort of charming, almost like when your grandpa is using the computer and accidentally hits the caps-lock key. You know that it’s all authentic because Tyler writes in the same manner that he speaks – off the cuff and sometimes incomprehensible. Be sure to check out the picture of Steven jamming with Mick Fleetwood in Hawaii.
Steven on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/steventyler
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Blues revivalist Kenny Wayne Shepherd may have lost most of the hype that surrounded him in the late nineties. But Shepherd has built a solid following and spends most of his time touring, playing his blues-rock to fans all over the states, as well as the occasional European trek. Kenny is very active on Facebook, and posts pictures and messages from the road and the studio. Some of the most recent post include Kenny Wayne jamming with Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and recording with them in the studio.
Kenny on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kennywayneshepherd
Nikki Sixx of Motley Crüe posts on Facebook almost daily. Right now he’s documenting the Crüe’s Australian tour for all his followers. Nikki, who aside from his day job is a photographer, posts lot’s of great pictures, some that are quite artistic.
Nikki on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nikkisixxofficial
What doesn’t this guy do? Joe masters the blues, rock and soul, and is constantly recording new music and touring the world. With such a hectic schedule one might think he’d be far too tired to bother with social media. Not so. Joe is very candid and posts about whatever is on his mind, but expect a lot of talk about guitars and music in general.
Joe on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa
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