Check out and please support Little Kids Rock’s Right to Rock Celebration, a benefit event to restore and revitalize music education in low-income public schools across the United States. Grab a ticket to the event for a evening of fun, food, and music at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on Thursday, October 22 or browse the auctions, which feature guitars and other items autographed by Elvis Costello, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Fall Out Boy, Eric Clapton, John Mayer and more.
Fuel for the Fire:
“You can tell whether a person plays or not by the way he carries the instrument, whether it means something to him or not. Then the way they talk and act. If they act too hip, you know they can’t play sh*t.”
– Miles Davis
Guitar video games are becoming more popular than guitar shows — we say travesty, but it’s all good for the biz in the end, right? Everyone from Aerosmith to The Beatles has gotten in on the Guitar Hero and Rock Band action and now some of the biggest heavy metal stars including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy Kilmister, and Rob Halford are getting their own game, Brutal Legend, which is a completely different style of guitar video game involving more blood, guts, and goriness. Take a peak at the trailer and let us know what you think.
In related news, Reuters just reported today that the guitar video game industry is as strong as ever:
“Both “The Beatles: Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero 5″ drove a 72 percent increase in revenue for the music game genre over September 2008. From both a revenue and unit sales standpoint, the results represent good news for a music industry with vested interest in the continued popularity of the music game genre. Year-over-year revenue for the genre had fallen 46 percent this year through August, sparking speculation that the category was a passing fad. But that decline was likely more a function of fewer and cheaper music games hitting the market this year, compared with 2008, until September’s dual high-profile releases.”
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Artists aren’t the only ones getting involved. Brands like Fender and Gibson have already found ways to get in with different models of guitar controllers and accessories for video game consoles, and now Altec Lansing is introducing an amp for music game fans. The Stage-Gig amplified speaker is designed to work with Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and DJ Hero, puts out 40 watts of power, and will cost $99.95 when it hits shelves in November. What’s next? Virtual roadies?
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Guitar Lesson of the Day – Acoustic Lick #6: Fill City – Rich Maloof
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