Posted: October 18, 2011
Gretsch signature artist Patrick Stump, of Fall Out Boy fame, has a new album, Soul Punk, that is now available.
And apparently, his namesake Gretsch Stump-O-Matic Electromatic CVT played a large role in the solo debut’s creation.
“Hey @gretsch, just so you know: my Gretsch stump-o-matic is all over that record,” Stump tweeted Monday night.
Fans can pick up Soul Punk in stores and on iTunes today, or stream all tracks right here, courtesy of Rolling Stone.
The new release marks a departure from the emo anthems F.O.B. typically produced.
Instead, Stump has said he drew from Prince, Timbaland and even Michael Jackson to offer clubby pop beats melded with earnest lyrics.
Posted: October 18, 2011
Katy Perry’s longtime guitarist Patrick Matera played his Gretsch Black Phoenix on Sunday night on the most-watched entertainment show in the United Kingdom, The X Factor.
As Perry sang a soulful version of “The One That Got Away,” Matera repped his Gretsch gear for the results episode.
According to the London Evening Standard, Sunday night’s “X Factor” drew an average of 11.6 million viewers with a peak of 13.6 million.
Posted: October 17, 2011
Keep an eye out in early 2012 for a new album from England’s Band of Skulls, who just signed with Vagrant Records for the follow-up to their acclaimed debut Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.
In the meantime, get a taste of what’s in store by watching the official music video for their newest single, “The Devil Takes Care of His Own.” The clip features guitarist/vocalist Russell Marsden on his Gretsch guitar, playing a tune that puts the listener right inside the garage with the trio.
Band of Skulls will release their album through Vagrant, and “The Devil Takes Care Of His Own” will be available on Dec. 6 as a download at iTunes and other digital download stores.
Posted: October 14, 2011
Irish vocalist and songwriter Imelda May returned to the Jay Leno show for the third time this year, performing “Inside/Out” Tuesday evening.
Off 2010′s Mayhem, May’s rockabilly “Inside/Out” is accompanied by a horn section, drums, bass and a choice white Gretsch.
May is headed to Europe for a multi-date tour. Check out her official website for more information.
Posted: October 13, 2011
It was a grand event Tuesday night at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, as the venue’s newest exhibition “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” was unveiled to a VIP crowd.
Offering a rare look into the prolific musician’s life – both public and private – the exhibition features items as iconic as his Gretsch Duo Jet guitar to notebooks and clothing, such as the cream-colored Nudie Cohn suit he wore at the Concert for Bangladesh, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Fans have been wanting to see these things,” Olivia Harrison, George’s widow, told the Times. “The guitars are beautiful, and I know they should be seen and shared. George always said that instruments should be played. When he came across somebody who had collected a thousand instruments, he thought it was wrong that they were kept locked away in a warehouse somewhere.
“Maybe one day we’ll be able to have it where people can actually pick up and play some of them.”
Those in attendance included former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Doors drummer John Densmore and former Traveling Wilburys bandmate Jeff Lynn, according to the Times.
Harrison once referred to the Duo Jet as his “first real decent guitar,” and it was used on The Beatles’ Please Please Me album, along with his 1987 solo album, Cloud Nine.
In July, Gretsch released the G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet, which mirrored the black-and-white beauty. Gretsch also put out a limited edition run of 60 Tribute Duo Jets in January that burrowed down to the most-miniscule detail.
Here’s a video of Harrison’s Duo Jet Tribute guitar:
Unfortunately, all instruments at the exhibit are behind Plexiglas, which prohibit attendees from playing them, but there are interactive aspects of the exhibit, including the ability to play producer with parts of his 1973 song “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).”
The show runs through Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.
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