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See Richard Hawley’s Rig Tour with Music Radar

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Sheffield singer, songwriter and producer Richard Hawley recently teamed up with musicradar.com for an exclusive tour of his recording and live rig collections, which includes two of his treasured Gretsch guitars —  a vintage 1957 6120 and a Country Club 6196CG.

“I have a ’56 as well, which sounds radically different — they were still experimenting to get it right, but there’s some debate over the exact year and month of this one,” explains Hawley of his 6120. “The book says ’57 but Deed, Duane Eddy’s wife – who knows her onions – says, ‘No, it’s a ’56: no G-brand in ’57’.”

As for the Country Club, Hawley calls it “one of the finest guitars” he owns.

“It’s beautiful, it’s a big fat sound, the pickups have colossal testicles,” he said. “I have no qualms or snobbery about playing new or reissue guitars: it’s all about the sound and the feel… and let’s face it, it looks fucking cool as well.”

View a photo gallery of Hawley’s gear here and click here to find out where you can catch Hawley live on tour this summer.

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Arctic Monkeys Perform at BRIT Awards

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Arctic Monkeys opened the 2014 BRIT Awards in London on Wednesday night with an incendiary performance of “R U Mine?”. The band also took home top honors at the show, winning both Best British Group and British Album of the Year with 2013′s AM.

“That rock and roll, eh?” said frontman Alex Turner in his acceptance speech for the latter. “That rock and roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules. But it’s always waiting there just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock and roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Thank you very much for this. I do truly appreciate it. Don’t take that the wrong way, and invoice me for the microphone if you need to.”

The win for Brit Album of the Year marked the third time the band has won the award.

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Arctic Monkeys Unleash Snarling Guitars on Kimmel

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Arctic Monkeys’ 2013 album AM is a dark and foreboding collection of snarling guitar rockers, and the quartet recently unleashed two of them on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

With frontman Alex Turner’s vocals weaving their way through the Black Sabbath-inspired licks, Arctic Monkeys turned out “R U Mine” and “Do I Wanna Know?” on Kimmel‘s outdoor stage.

Watch both performances below and visit Arctic Monkeys’ official Facebook page for a full list of tour dates.

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