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Buffalo Springfield to Headline 2011 Bonnaroo


Buffalo Springfield – featuring original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay — will headline the 2011 Bonnaroo Festival taking place June 9-12 in Manchester, Tenn. This marks the only festival appearance scheduled for the 1960s San Francisco band, who played their first concert in 42 years last October at the Bridge School Benefit.

Other headliners include Eminem, Arcade Fire, the Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Widespread Panic and the Black Keys.

View the entire lineup here.

Tickets for the event go on-sale Feb. 15 at noon ET.

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Neil Young Wins His First Grammy for his Music


The legendary Neil Young claimed his first-ever Grammy for his music at Sunday night’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The 65-year-old had previously picked up an award for the packaging of his Archives set in 2010, but this year Young’s “Angry World” earned the Grammy for Best Rock Song.

“This is my first Grammy for music and it’s appreciated greatly,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I’m not nervous, but I’m close.”

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Stone Sour’s Root Used Gretsch on Audio Secrecy


Gretsch received a shout out in a recent Guitar Player article on Stone Sour guitarists Jim Root and Josh Rand, and their new album Audio Secrecy.

“For this album I wanted to push us in a bit of a different direction than we had been going,” said Root. “We spent so much time trying to do the opposite of Slipknot, we started losing sight of what we are as a band.”

The guys go into great detail regarding the various guitar parts on the album, gear used, and how they achieved a layering effect on some of its tracks. That’s when Gretsch pops up.

“I also do three-note arpeggios for countermelodies underneath certain parts to give them a lift,” explained Root. “One of my favorite things to use in situations like that is a Gretsch with a Bigsby through a Vox AC30, playing slow ambient parts with wavy vibrato.”

Pick up the 2011 New Products Guitar Player issue to learn more.

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Watch Interpol Perform on Conan


Interpol dropped by Conan last week to perform the stark ballad “Lights” off 2010′s self-titled album.

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White Stripes Announce Ending


The White Stripes officially announced the end of their band in a Feb. 2 posting on Jack White’s Third Man Records website.

Although Third Man Records will continue to put out unreleased live and studio recordings from the White Stripes, the duo will no longer make new recordings or perform live.

“The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any
health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health,” the statement reads. “It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”

The posting also expresses gratitude to their fans, and then finishes with this:

“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong
to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is
that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your
involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”

Read the entire statement here.

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