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Tuesday August 26



Led Zeppelin Scores Greatest Guitar Riff Of All Time

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin's 1969 classic, "Whole Lotta Love", has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2. The BBC reports the track topped the list of songs ahead of tunes by Guns N' Roses, AC/DC , Deep Purple and others. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page said he was "knocked out" by winning the vote. "I wanted a riff that really moved, that people would really get, and would bring a smile to their faces, but when I played it with the band, it really went into overdrive," he said. "There was this intent to have this riff and the movement of it, so it was menacing as well as quite sort of caressing." "Whole Lotta Love" was the opening track on Led Zeppelin's 1969 sophomore release, "Led Zepplin II." The single peaked at No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on its way to selling a million copies Stateside and becoming the group's only US Top 10 single.

Read more: Tuesday August 26

Monday August 25



John Lennon's Killer Mark David Chapman Denied Parole

(TeamRock Radio) Mark David Chapman, that man who shot and killed John Lennon in 1980, has been denied parole for the eighth time. Chapman may apply again in two years' time. The killer, now 59, gunned down the ex-Beatle outside his New York apartment as he and wife Yoko Ono were returning home from a recording session. He was later handed a sentence of 20 years to life. The three-man parole board noted that Ono had once again sent a letter asking that Chapman was not released - but that, along with others letters supporting her position, they'd also received notes from those who believed he should be granted freedom.

Read more: Monday August 25

Friday August 22



AC/DC Member Confirms Band Will Tour

(hennemusic) AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has confirmed that the Australian rockers will tour again despite a shakeup in their lineup earlier this year when Malcolm Young stepped away from the group for health reasons. "There will be another tour and I will be on that," Rudd told the Nine Network while promoting his new solo record, "Head Job." "We will probably all have to be dead before it stops," he added. AC/DC recently completed recording a new album in Vancouver without founding member Malcolm Young, who remains in hospital to address some health issues; his nephew, Stevie, handled rhythm guitar during the sessions in Malcolm's absence

Read more: Friday August 22

Thursday, August 21



Guns N' Roses, Megadeth Stars Lead Guitars for Wounded Warriors

Guns N' Roses' Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Billy Sheehan and former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland lead the all-star lineup of producer/composer Brian Tarquin's "The Guitars for Wounded Warriors" album, which was released this week. Tarquin produced, engineered, wrote and performed on the songs that appear on the tribute album and he is joined by Thal, Sheehan, Poland and Deep Purple's Steve Morse, Dire Straits' Hal Lindes, Whitesnake's Reb Beach, Dokken's Alex De Rosso and acclaimed guitarists Gary Hoey and Chuck Loeb. Bumblefoot had this to say about the project, "What an honor to be part of this album, to play alongside many of the best players out there. Had a blast trading solos with Brian Tarquin!! And, best of all, this album supports an important cause, Wounded Warriors. Love to our Warriors, and to everyone for their support." Chris Poland says, "It's challenging, but always fun working with Brian. I feel we both have similar taste in music and in our approach to creating it. We are both searching for that elusive tone or phrase." Billy Sheehan says, "I had a blast playing bass on 'Black Hawk'. It's a cool riff that pushes the song into a slick overdrive. Nice! Also, and more importantly, the cause it supports is supremely important to me and I'm honored to contribute to our brave soldiers in any way possible. Glad to be involved in this wonderful project!" Morse adds, "It is an honor to be a part of this cause. I was just turning drafting age at the end of the Vietnam War, and I still remember that the returning military weren't always treated with the greatest respect. For our modern, volunteer military, we hopefully have learned to show our respect and gratitude. They don't set the policy, but they set the standards."

Read more: Thursday, August 21

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