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Celebrated Artists Make Eagerly-Awaited Returns

Fall 2015 has revealed a number of exciting returns for classic artists, including long-awaited returns by Jeff Lynne’s ELO and British pop-rock outfit Squeeze, as well as high-profile releases from Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, German hard rock outfit Scorpions and the first-ever solo album from ZZ Top singer-guitarist Billy Gibbons. Artist: Jeff Lynne’s ELO…
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Backstage Creations Produced the “Celebrity Retreat” at the American Country Awards

Backstage Creations, specialists in award show gifts and custom backstage Celebrity Retreats™, produced the “Celebrity Retreat™” at the American Country Awards from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Country superstar Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick served as co-hosts for the American …
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Billy Gibbons Joins John Fogerty At October 17 Show Of John’s Fall National Concert Tour

Iconic singer, songwriter and guitarist JOHN FOGERTY–who kicked off his much-anticipated national concert tour at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE Thursday, October 10 in Los Angeles–was joined last night (Thursday, October 17) by Billy Gibbons of American blues-rock trio ZZ …
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Kid Rock and ZZ Top at Aaron’s Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA

Detroit rapper / rocker Kid Rock, along with legendary rockers ZZ Top, made a stop on their tour at Aaron’s Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA., where they performed for a sold-out crowd. Following up on his promise to provide inexpensive tickets and vending items, Kid Rock provided fans with $20 tickets and low-cost hot dogs and beer. Opening the evening was ZZ Top, comprised of Billy Gibbons, Dusty…
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Play Like Billy Gibbons’ Hero Lightnin’ Hopkins

No less an authority on blues than the Rev. William F. Gibbons considers Sam “Lightnin’ ” Hopkins one of the genre’s essential figures. Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys concurs, as does Jimmie Vaughan. And departed giants including Stevie Ray Vaughan, T-Bone Walker and Albert Collins held the same perspective on the lean, laconic, dark sunglasses sporting Texas bluesman who emerged out of the Houston ghetto to tour the world and stake his place in six-string history, earning the number 71 slot on Rolling Stone’s …
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The Big Send-Off: 10 Epic Guitar Outros

A great guitar outro can serve as the musical equivalent of an exclamation point, something to drive home a song in a memorable way. Whether flashy or subtle, the best guitar codas leave an impression that lingers long after the last notes fade. Below are 10 of the very best. “Mr. Crowley” (Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads). Randy Rhoads’ beautiful, classically inspired outro elevated this Ozzy classic into something of monumental proportions. The late guitarist spent hours working on the solo, but remained frustrated…
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Billy Gibbons: Words of Wisdom

Z.Z. Top’s new album La Futura is a study in retro-cool. It’s a return to the down-and-dirty songwriting and arranging that was the foundation of the band’s career during their first decade of recording, the ’70s, and a throwback study in guitar tones that extends two decades beyond that, when giants like Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Frankie Lee Sims, Fred McDowell and other vintage electric bluesmen perfected the art of story telling with three chords — sometimes just one — and six-string sounds that spoke volumes. Z.Z. Top’s guitar maven Billy Gibbons absorbed all of those sounds and has the uncanny ability to apply them to music that’s both…
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