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Billy Duffy Hints At Signature Model


Billy Duffy from iconic British rocker band The Cult recently sat down for an extensive interview with MusicRadar to talk about his band’s upcoming album – Choice of Weapon – his relationship with singer Ian Astbury and, of course, his love of the Gretsch White Falcon.

But Duffy also caused a stir when he hinted that he and Gretsch are developing a signature model of his favorite guitar.

“You know, I’m not a hoarder of guitars. I’ve got a few Gretsches, and they’re all good, working guitars,” Duffy said.  ”I don’t use them all the time, but I use them when I can. It’s a pretty big thing, you know, the Gretsch – it’s heavy.

“And we’re working on a signature model, too, so that’ll be something nice to look forward to.”

Duffy admitted that he had eyed Gretsch products for a long time, and once he had the capital to purchase one, there was no questioning what direction he was going.

“The Gretsch thing was just a search for a different sound, something unique. And what brought it into focus was when I went to see Bow Wow Wow. I kind of knew those guys a little bit, but seeing Matthew Ashman with that Gretsch… I was transfixed. I said, ‘If I get any money, I’m buying a Gretsch.’

“Soon after, I got in the band Theatre Of Hate, and ironically, the singer played a Gretsch. He had an odd-green model, with the pickup by the neck – it was great.

“He asked me one day what kind of guitar I was going to play, and I said, ‘Well, I’ve got a job now, don’t I? I’m buying a Gretsch!’  Took all my money and got the double cutaway.”

Read the full interview with Duffy here.

The Cult is performing at the SXSW Music Festival on March 17, and Choice of Weapon is due out May 22.  For a download of lead single “Lucifer,” check out the band’s official website.

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Perry, Matera Pursue History With AMA Performance


Guitarist Patrick Matera soulfully strummed a Gretsch White Falcon during Katy Perry’s performance of “The One That Got Away” at Sunday night’s American Music Awards, continuing a bid for Billboard Hot 100 history.

After Perry’s performance (viewed below), she was surprised by supermodel Heidi Klum and given a special achievement award for being the first female pop star with five No. 1 singles to come off one album.

Michael Jackson is the only other artist to accomplish such a feat, having notched five leaders with Bad in 1987-88.

“The One That Got Away” is the sixth single off Perry’s Teenage Dream, following “California Gurls,” “Firework,” the title track, “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”

Here are the rest of the 2011 American Music Awards winners:

Favorite Country Female Artist – Taylor Swift
Favorite Country Band - Lady Antebellum
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist – Adele
Favorite Pop/Rock Album – Adele, “21″
Favorite Pop/Rock Band – Maroon 5
Favorite Latin Artist – Jennifer Lopez
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist – Nicki Minaj
Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Album – Nicki Minaj, “Pink Friday”
Favorite R&B Female Artist – Beyonce

2011 American Music Awards: Artists of the Year

Artist of the Year – Taylor Swift
Sprint New Artist of the Year – Hot Chelle Rae

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Portugal. The Man at SXSW


Portland, Oregon-based band Portugal. The Man took their psychedelic pop rock sound to IFC’s Crossroads House at the 2011 SXSW Music Festival.  Peep one of their shows below …

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Collective Souls Ed Roland Visits Gretsch Booth


Over the weekend, Collective Soul singer Ed Roland checked out the Gretsch booth at the 2011 Gretsch Showcase in Anaheim, Calif, explaining that in recent years he has become a huge fan of our White Falcon. So much so that when a young kid was eyeing one, Roland pulled it off the wall, handed it to the kid and told his father, “There’s no way he can go wrong with that guitar.”

Roland is planning a new Collective Soul album for 2011, but in the meantime, click here and enjoy their #1 classic hit “Shine.”

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Dandy Warhols Guitarist Falls for His Gretsch White Falcon


Dandy Warhols guitarist Pete Holmström released his debut solo album, Pete International Airport, in September 2010. Holmström got the name for his project back in 1997 when the Dandy Warhols were in the studio recording their second studio album.

“I had strung a bunch of pedals together and was just making a bunch of noise in the studio,” recalls Holmström. “Our producer/engineer Tony Lash recorded it and when I came back to the control room later on there was a stereo track on the mixing board labeled Pete International Airport. We built a song around the sounds he had recorded for the album, and then I just always knew that was going to be the name of my solo project whenever it happened.”

The 12-track album features friends from the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Warlocks, Highway, The Upsidedown, M. Ward’s band and Australia’s Even. Check it out here.

Holmström has also been busy the last several months l touring with the Dandy Warhols in support of their summer release of The Capitol Years 1995-2007. The compilation album includes new tune “This is the Tide.” Watch the video below and check out Holmström’s Gretsch White Falcon, which he tells us his is favorite guitar at the moment.

“I got it about a year ago and it just plays really, really well,” he says. “The Bigsby on it – it’s unlike a Bigsby on any of my other guitars. I guess it’s because the spring is super sensitive or something so it’s really easy to do subtle things on it, as well as wrench on it.”

Holmström says he purchased the guitar to replace a ‘63 Gretsch Country Gentleman that he’s carried on the road for many years.

“I didn’t want to keep hauling the Gent around the world so I really got the Falcon as something to take on the road that I didn’t care about as much, but I’ve kind of fallen for it.”

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