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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.

This one is very tough to take. Rock icon David Bowie has died at 69, just days after the release of his album Blackstar. Bowie’s friend (and one of the few who knew of his ailment), Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove, speaking to dutchnews.nl, characterized the legend’s final days as follows, via The Independent:

Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say. I saw a man fighting. He fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all. I had incredible respect for that.

Read more from The Independent right here.

Today the Internet is flooded with Bowie’s music and story. Got get some.

Premier Guitar has posted an excellent profile of the late, great guitar explorer Pete Cosey. Though his career had multiple phases, Cosey may be best known for his work with Miles Davis. And here are the instructions the band leader gave to Pete upon joining the group, via PG:

The first was to move up front … [the second was] to turn up [the volume] … And the third thing he said was, ‘Sit there and look black!’

Read it all at PG.

Right here.

Iconoclastic guitarist John Frusciante is giving away an assortment of tracks via Soundcloud and Bandcamp. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers member is well known for his solo experimentation, and, as noted via Consequence of Sound, he feels very unimpeded about the material he is creating:

(A)t this point, I have no particular audience in mind while I am making music. Thinking this way gives me a certain freedom and stimulates growth and change. It is a state of mind that has been extremely useful to me.

Read more and follow the links for the downloads at CoS.

Right here.

Now here’s something you don’t see every day (any day). Check out Dave Bunker on his very own contraption, the Duo-Lectar. He seems to be part Stanley Jordan, part Michael Hedges, part WTF. According to Wikipedia (so it may well be accurate), “(Bunker’s) first, patent #2,989,884 issued in 1961, was for the ‘Duo-Lectar’ instrument, later in 1970 known as the Touch Guitar.”

Read more about Dave Bunker right here.

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