Posted: February 2, 2015
After scoring their third No. 1 album with American Beauty/American Psycho, Fall Out Boy spent some time giving back to some special fans on Friday, headlining the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops.
On a stage inside a hangar with a giant American flag draped across the back wall, Fall Out Boy kicked things off with a fan favorite in “Thnks fr th Mmrs (Thanks for the Memories)” from 2007’s Infinity on High, followed by the newly released dance cut “Uma Thurman” and the fist-pumping “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up).”
Hosted by Nick Lachey at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., the televised concert also included a quick opening set by Charli XCX, and appearances by Broadway star Idina Menzel, who sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX, and American Idol winner and Arizona native Jordin Sparks.
Of course, no Super Bowl event would be complete without a few NFL stars, which came in the way of Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew, Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and Bengals running back Jeremy Hill.
To bring the special concert to an end, Fall Out Boy closed with anthemic hit “Centuries,” which has quickly become a staple at sports venues. It certainly resonated with the Luke Air Force Base audience as well, as the sacrifices these men and women make to serve their country will be remembered in history.
Watch “Centuries” below.
Posted: January 27, 2015
Los Angeles-based alt-country band the Far West recently met up with the people behind Jam in the Van in Torrance, Calif., and performed a quick set inside the vehicle’s intimate confines.
The quintet managed to get their guitars, a drum kit and keyboard inside the van to record a few tracks off 2014′s Any Day Now.
The gritty, twangy “Hudson Valley,” “The Bright Side” and “On the Road” offer a good example of the Far West’s Americana sound, with hints of Waylon Jennings and Wilco threaded throughout.
Watch all three clips below.
Posted: January 24, 2015
There is admittedly an endless amount of eye candy all across the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., this week, but let’s be real … Gretsch guitars are gorgeous!
Here are 5 Gretsch guitars to drool over …
Gretsch Custom Shop Bayou Roundup
Built by Master Builder Steve Stern, this Custom Shop axe is truly unreal, as it is covered in alligator hide and has several unique appointments, such as a swamp-themed belt buckle at the bridge, alligator inlays and a gator head on the headstock. Oh, and it comes with a belt buckle to wear and an alligator leather strap, too!
A veritable holy grail among classic electric guitar aficionados, the Gretsch White Penguin combines the gold and glitter of the Falcon with the sleek style of the Duo Jet.
The G6120-1959LTV Chet Atkins Hollow Body is now available in a special limited edition model with a beautiful quilt maple top. All the other special touches are still there, too.
The flagship Chet Atkins Hollow Body has never before been offered in alluring Cadillac Green. Until now. The limited edition G6120 Chet Atkins Hollow Body LTD Cadillac Green is an elegantly verdant version of the quintessential modern 6120, with gold appointments that complete its refined look and style.
1955 Gretsch Custom Shop White Falcon with Red Sparkle Binding
What a beauty! Another Steve Stern custom-build, this White Falcon feature a red sparkle pickguard with matching binding. Numerous authorized Custom Shop dealers engaged in a bidding war during the 2015 NAMM Show for this one.
Posted: January 23, 2015
Watch this video for a quick tour around the Gretsch booth at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.
Posted: January 23, 2015
In the video clip below, rockabilly hero and Gretsch guitar icon Brian Setzer describes his love affair with the legendary brand, and how Gretsch just had the sound he was looking for.
“It was just that sound in between a Gibson and a Fender,” said Setzer. “The Gretsch was kind of right in the middle there. It had the twang and it could growl.”
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