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Timothy Patrick Kelly | January 13, 1963 – February 5, 1998

Timothy Patrick Kelly | January 13, 1963 – February 5, 1998

Damn—did you know Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly was in a fatal auto accident in 1998?! We here at Pointy Guitar apparently missed that altogether. RIP. When this small ad was running in 1991, Slaughter were at the peak of their success, riding the single “Fly to the Angels” from their multi-platinum debut Stick It To Ya.

Also resting in peace, presumably, is Robin: According to their site, the company stopped producing instruments in 2010. This ad is a veritable time capsule of “gawd, remember them?” type bands. On Robin’s endorser roster one will find 2-4-7 (sic) Sypz , Cry Wolf, Tora Tora, and Sweet F.A., along with John (sic) Butcher, who appears cradling a guitar in a Carvin ad (with name spelled correctly) in this very magazine, Guitar World, May 1991.

Guitar legend Jimmy Page has been busy overseeing a remastering of the Led Zeppelin catalog and the reissue of his photo-heavy autobiography Jimmy Page.  But he hasn’t been on stage in seven years. This may change in 2015, according to an interview The Week conducted with the rock icon:

I’m really starting to get myself enthused and limbered up for putting something together. I’ll play everything, and some new music I’ve got. Next year is the time when I should be seen to be playing live.

Page has yet to assemble a band for any potential trek.

Read more at The Week.

Right here.

A pair of American guitar masters, Eric Johnson and Mike Stern, have finally made good on their wish to record a collaborative album: The two are releasing Eclectic on the Heads Up International imprint later this month. Johnson and Stern are also appearing jointly on tour as well as in print at Guitar Aficionado, wherein they discuss the genesis of the project and the material. As Eric Johnson describes the track “Benny Man’s Blues:”

While I was figuring out what to do, I started thinking about some of those old Benny Goodman records where there’s just a couple of chord changes, but it still has that blues vibe.

Read more and listen to a sample at GA.

Right here.

Adrian Belew has found himself in many fascinating scenarios throughout his illustrious career, not the least of which was opening a string of shows for Tool as a member of King Crimson. The guitarist shared this anecdote from those days on his Facebook feed:

I was walking down the street behind two young Tool fans who were just leaving the concert. I overheard them raving about the Tool show. Then one of them said ‘and that OTHER BAND, they played some tricky shit!’

Tricky shit, indeed.

On Facebook? Follow Adrian Belew right here.

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Singer-songwriter/producer Radney Foster has had ten guitars stolen. He has posted a list of the instruments and their serial numbers on his Facebook page. They include:

1958 Gibson Les Paul Jr. (Single cutaway sunburst)
serial #8-4239
This belonged to one of my dad’s best friends. He sold it to me, only after I promised to love it and play it on a record. 

1948 Martin 000-18 Acoustic
serial #111-578
This belonged to my cousin’s husband. She wanted me to have it, so that it would be played and loved again.

Familiarize yourself with the missing gear at Foster’s page.

Right here.

Jeff Beck and ZZ Top have been on tour together and further intersect as Beck and Billy Gibbons share the upcoming Guitar World cover story. In an online excerpt the pair talk classic guitars (no surprise), automobiles (really no surprise either) and their own warped adaptations of the blues.

Jeff Beck:

When you are taken with any music with inner gusto, you don’t think too much about it—you just have to have it!

Billy Gibbons:

(A)lthough we never picked cotton, didn’t grow up on plantation, it did not necessarily prevent creating an honest attempt making the truth of the blues a backbone of interpretation.

Read more at GW.

Right here.

Primal Scream guitarist Robert “Throb” Young has died at 49 from undisclosed causes. Former bandmates Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes had this to say in a statement, via Guardian:

We have lost our comrade and brother Robert Young. A beautiful and deeply soulful man. He was an irreplaceable talent, much admired amongst his peers, In the words of Johnny Marr ‘Throb with a gold top Les Paul – unbeatable.’

Young was a member of the group from its inception in the mid-80s until 2006 when he departed for personal reasons.

Read more at Guardian.

Right here.

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