Author Archives: Chrissy Mauck
Posted: February 18, 2014
Jimmy Fallon debuted his new Tonight Show on Monday night in New York, and it was a star-studded affair with high-profile guests like Will Smith, celebrity cameos from the likes of Tina Fey, Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, Robert De Niro and an epic Rockefeller Center rooftop performance by U2.
Earlier in the show, Fallon interviewed U2 about their Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love,” and encouraged the band to perform the song acoustically. Bono and team complied, with the singer also presenting Fallon with a new red Gretsch guitar in honor of the band’s charity efforts with the (RED) campaign.
The legendary rock band later closed out the episode from 70 stories above NYC with a performance of new single “Invisible.”
Posted: February 12, 2014
After originally premiering a sixty second clip of their song “Invisible” during the Super Bowl, U2 has now unveiled the full video.
Directed by Mark Romanek, the black and white clip was shot over a three day period in January at an airport hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.
U2 launched a partnership with (RED) and Bank of America during Super Bowl Sunday by offering “Invisible” as a free download for 36 hours. Bank of America donated $1 for each download, raising $3 million to support The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. All proceeds from the song on iTunes continue to go to (RED) for the Global Fund.
Produced by Danger Mouse, “Invisible” is due on U2′s forthcoming 13th studio album.
Posted: February 7, 2014
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles made their U.S. television debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. With George Harrison rocking a Gretsch Duo Jet that night, business skyrocketed for Gretsch guitars.
President and CEO Fred Gretsch recently spoke with Parade about how Beatlemania transformed his family-owned company.
“Overnight, thousands of garage bands were created that wanted to emulate the Beatles…[Demand] went up 25 percent,” said Gretsch. “You know, the baby boom generation was teenagers at that point in time. Rock and roll had begun mid-’50s [and] was gaining steam, [so] everybody was prepped and focused on the Beatles when they arrived…everybody was ready for them.”
Posted: January 31, 2014
Guitar Center caught up with Adam Bowden-Smith in the Gretsch booth at NAMM to discuss the new Gretsch G5022CWFE-12 Rancher™ Falcon Jumbo 12-String Cutaway Electric.
Posted: January 27, 2014
During the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., a panel of six retail buying experts shopped NAMM and then presented their best of selections in four categories during a Sunday-morning breakfast panel.