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Jimmy Cliff Shines at Coachella

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff refused to lose any of his spunk despite ominous clouds and winds that had the stage lights swirling so furiously that the crew took a few minutes to huddle up and discuss the situation.

After a slight delay, the reggae legend launched his set with an energetic “You Can Get What You Want,” quickly moving the crowd up front from concerned to carefree as they tried to dance along and match his split kicks.

Cliff then slowed it down with the gospel-minded “Many Rivers To Cross,” a somber tune that matched the bleak day at Coachella, before picking it up with a cover of Rancid’s punk ska track “Ruby Soho,” which appears on Cliff’s 2011 EP, Sacred Fire.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, who produced the EP, was part of Cliff’s backing band.  Looking dapper in his black suit, white shirt, black tie and fedora, Armstrong rocked his Gretsch signature model.

Cliff pulled out two statement songs with “Save Our Planet” and “Vietnam” before rolling right into a fan favorite with a cover of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.” Although the dark clouds never abated, Cliff undeniably added a dose of brightness to Friday’s bill.

The 64-year-old closed out his set with his classic cut “The Harder They Come” and “One More,” leaving fans to chant the chorus long after he’d left the stage.

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Tim Armstrong Appears On Guitar Center Podcast

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Tim Armstrong recently sat down with Guitar Center’s host Nic Harcourt for an exclusive podcast.

In the hour-long session, Armstrong opens up about his legendary punk rock career with bands such as Operation Ivy, Rancid and The Transplants, and he even performs a few acoustic gems from his prolific catalog.

In addition, Armstrong and his signature Gretsch were also featured in the March edition of the Guitar Center newsletter, which you can sign up for here.

Rancid is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary with a few tour dates on the books. Visit their official website for more information, and check out Guitar Center’s contest to win an Armstrong prize pack – including one of his signature Gretsch models – here.

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Vintage Guitar Test-Drives Tim Armstrong’s Signature Gretsch

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Vintage Guitar recently checked out Tim Armstrong’s distinguishable signature Gretsch G5191BK, dubbing it “exceptional,” and “plain cool.”

Take it from the magazine itself.

“The G5191BK has classic Gretsch styling with some of Armstrong’s particular requests well-represented,” says Vintage Guitar. “Aesthetically, it’s just plain cool – oozing a rock vibe reminiscent of a hip old hot rod, it looks retro in its flat-/matte-black finish and gold hardware.”

But according to Vintage Guitar, the cool factor doesn’t stop there. Armstrong’s signature model sounds as great as it looks.

“Plugged in, the G5191BK does not disappoint,” says the magazine. “It has the classic jangle and resonance one would expect from a Gretsch, while all that projection is a godsend for styles not necessarily associated with the brand.”

Get the full story at Vintage Guitar.

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Tim Armstrong Announces New Web Series

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Rancid’s Tim Armstrong has announced a new original web series called Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater.

“Doing a show centered on musical theatre isn’t really a stretch for me,”  Armstrong tells altpress.com. “For 25 years I’ve been making music and collaborating with friends, been involved in hundreds of videos, and it’s really just a direct extension of my world.”

The pilot episode, “Dante,” starring AFI frontman Davey Havok, Rancid guitarist and vocalist Lars Frederiksen and actor Robert David Hall (CSI) is scheduled to air Oct. 21 on VEVO, marking the first scripted original programming featured on the music video website.

Watch the trailer below …

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Rancid Rehearse for Tour with Blink-182

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Tim Armstrong rocking his signature Gretsch guitar. Photo by Michael Schulz

Gretsch caught up with Rancid at Center Staging in Burbank, Calif., as they rehearsed for their upcoming run of shows with Blink-182. The two-week run in support of Blink-182 (also featuring Against Me and My Chemical Romance) kicks off on Aug. 25 in Winnipeg and wraps on Sept. 4 in Denver. Immediately following, the punk rock outfit will headline four shows of their own.

Tour dates available here.

Rancid has been taking an extended break for the last 18 months, but plan to return to the studio after the tour to record their eighth studio album with Brett Gurewitz.

“We thought that these shows would help us to get our chops up before going into the studio,” the band states on their official website. “It’s always good for us to go out and play some shows, just to get us ready before going into the studio, and that helps bring that live energy to tape.”

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