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Stevie Young Talks About Playing Rhythm Guitar in AC/DC

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In a new video posted on the official AC/DC YouTube channel, guitarist Stevie Young talks about his playing style, how he constantly works at his craft, his tendency to destroy guitar guitar picks and what’s it like to try to fill the shoes of his uncle, Malcom Young.

“I’m not trying to imitate or copy him, but trying to keep the spirit of what he did in the band,” explained Stevie.

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Tom Petersson on the Eternal Search for Perfect Tone and His New Gretsch Signature Models

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Photo by Lou Brutus.

Cheap Trick has built a tremendous legacy over the last 40 years, constantly releasing new albums and certainly never slowing their torrid touring schedule.  With whacky guitars, memorable power ballads, mega rock hits and boundless energy, they’ve built a steadfast and devoted following.

And while Cheap Trick’s pioneering bassist Tom Petersson is no stranger to being recognized or asked for an autograph, the recognition and level of stardom that came with the band’s recent induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a bit surprising.

“I’ve got people who are walking their dogs and go by and say, ‘Hey congratulations.’ I have no idea who they are, and they are going to the park and recognize me now,” said Petersson. “So it really means a lot to other people, and I think it’s nice for us because it validated for our fans who really were always like, ‘We’ve got to get you in there!’ They were writing letters and doing all this stuff. That really made us feel good, ya know?”

While beyond grateful for and humbled by the recognition, the chance to reflect on the ride might be the most meaningful part of the experience for Petersson.

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See Tom Petersson Demo His New Signature Bass Models

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Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterrson was a featured guest at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame during the Summer NAMM show, and for fans who couldn’t make it, an archived stream of the event is available below.

With 75 rare Gretsch guitars currently on display at the museum as part of the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit, Petersson introduced the audience to two very new, and equally unique Gretsch instruments — his 12-string signature White Falcon Bass and a 4-string signature White Falcon Bass.

Watch the stream below to find out how both signature instruments came into being, and to hear the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer demo each bass. He even invited an audience member to come up and try out the 12-string! How cool is that?

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Watch Lindsay Ell’s Songwriting Session at Country Music Hall of Fame

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In support of the Bachman-Gretsch exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, the very talented songwriter, guitarist and singer Lindsay Ell was invited to host a  Songwriting Session.

Ell actually has a personal connection to Randy Bachman, who she met at age 13. The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive took Ell under his wing, and she considers him to be like a second dad.

“I got to see his Gretsch collection, which  was actually in a guitar house on his property,” said Ell. “He had a studio, the house he lives, and a guitar house, just for guitars. How cool is that?”

In addition to taking questions from the crowd, Ell also performed a few songs, making sure to introduce the crowd to her Gretsch “Red Betty” Center Block Junior with Bigsby.

Watch the archived stream below to see Ell showcase her versatility, switching from electric guitar to acoustic and over to the grand piano.

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Backyard Babies Rage in “Th1rt3en or Nothing” Video

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Swedish punk rockers Backyard Babies have released a new music video for single “Th1rt3en or Nothing” off latest album Four by Four.

The tour diary-styled video features a montage of both color and black and white scenes highlighting the hard rockers during sound check, rehearsals and live footage. It’s an excellent portrayal of the quintessential “live fast and die young” motto the band portrays, and also sings about:

“You wanna rock’n'roll
Bang your head and sell your soul
We’re going straight to hell
Thirteen or nothing!”

Check out the new video below:

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