While listening to the aforementioned No Guitar is Safe podcast, I was reminded of the time when Joe Satriani toured with none other than Mick Jagger. (The story of how this happened can be found in the inaugural episode of the above.) Here are Satch & Mick (along with guitarist Jimmy Rip, bassist Doug Wimbish et al.) in Japan doing a song from Jagger’s Primitive Cool album.

Geez, what’s going on around here? Mostly, we here are Pointy Guitar have had our heads buried in Jude Gold’s magnificent podcast “No Guitar is Safe.” The longtime Guitar Player scribe has taken to the net to interview tons of fascinating players including Pointy faves like Guthrie Govan, Frank Gambale, Oz Noy, and Steve Vai.

Maybe you should spend a few months listening this afternoon.

Right here.

It appears that Rush’s R40 tour of 2015 may have been the band’s last, according to guitarist Alex Lifeson. Speaking to Rolling Stone, he noted that drummer Neil Peart is no longer interested in devoting time to touring, not to mention the physical commitment. From RS:

His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything. He didn’t want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark.

Lifeson, meanwhile, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of one-off shows or of recording new material.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Right here.

 

Sure, everyone’s heard of “junk in the trunk,” but this is ridiculous: An abandoned car discovered in Maryland revealed an unexpected treasure—a D’Angelico Excel archtop. From Guitar World:

(A) salvage company was clearing out the property of deceased man. The final item to remove was a 1963 Cadillac that was rotting away in the back yard. They found roughly $12 in coins under the seat. When they checked the trunk, they found a guitar case. Inside was the D’Angelico.

Just make sure you get your tetanus shots before you go digging around derelict cabins, ok?

Read more of the tale and see the D’Angelico Excel at Guitar World.

Right here.

Guitar maestro Marty Friedman recently shared ten albums that have shaped his own music. If you’re up on Friedman, it’s no surprise that he points to albums like KISS Alive and Black Sabbath’s Sabotage, but you might not expect a nod to Beach Boys Endless Summer. Here’s his take on that compilation, via Classic Rock:

If you learn all the Beach Boys songs, you’ll get everything you need to know about chord structure and harmony. The most genius thing is write something very complex that sounds totally simple and easy to listen to. Really, this is some of the finest songwriting of all time.

Read about all ten at Classic Rock.

Right here.

Wonderful stuff from Israeli-born Gilad Hekselman and his trio.

Ready for pristine tone and perfect playing? Check out this clip of Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan performing “Morning Sun.”

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