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  1. Hmmm........maybe we can on with releasing this record now? https://theblast.com/c/tom-petty-music-family-settles-legal-battle-estate-wildflowers-dana-daughters
  2. I wonder if celebrities understand that when they behave badly, those stories live forever. Or maybe they don't care. Of course the opposite is also true - when they are kind to someone "beneath" them, those stories live forever too.
  3. I see this and I wonder - did girls just scream for any act on stage in 1964? Even this Austin Powers looking guy? All you needed to do was buy a Beatles guitar and get on stage? Man I was born too late. LOL
  4. I can believe Aretha was no nonsense. Loved her bit in The Blues Brothers movie. What a voice she had. I always kind of assume that artists already own all of their own back catalog of records, but obviously not.
  5. That is so good. Badfinger was more than just Pete Ham and Tom Evans. Joey Molland wrote and sang some great songs too. And check out Pete's lead guitar on this song. Killer.
  6. I saw the "Breezeblocks" video. Pretty dark stuff. #1 this year for me is probably Neil Young. He has put a lot of great stuff out this year, plus the NYA site has his entire catalog in HD.
  7. Cool story. I was a Yaz fan when I was a kid. He had a unique batting stance and we all imitated it. I would have definitely been asking him baseball questions.
  8. TomFest

    New Guitar

    Yeah, new ones have gone up some since I bought mine. I believe I paid about a quarter of that amount.
  9. TomFest

    New Guitar

    The J-200 is a classic. I bought my Gibson J-200 new in the early 90's. Here's a shot of it from probably around 2003, I'm guessing. The shirt from The Last DJ tour is a clue. I remember this day and I know we played "Room At The Top" that day.
  10. I do like that the 2 halves sound different from my other pedals - and different from each other. I'm OK with the price at $60 for each half, if you look at it that way. They can each be dialed down to a moderate level of distortion/overdrive and I'm sure I'll find it useful with the band. I can have one side dialed in with moderate crunch and the other side more intense, then with one step on the pedal I can quickly change the sound during the song for a solo, as required. Or use them together for a combination of the 2. I've got more experimentation to do, but I had the Llama side sounding pretty nice last night with my Les Paul Junior. Pretty good EQ available on them also. With the Les Paul Junior for instance - or any single pickup guitar, I have limited "voices" available, but that is enhanced with the EQ on this pedal. I don't hate it.
  11. Mine came yesterday and I spent some time with it after the football game (GO SEAHAWKS!). The good news is - it doesn't really sound like either the Tube Screamer or the OCD pedal. But I can't say I loved it. I need to spend more time with both halves of the pedal and find my happy place(s).
  12. Here's one story...…...it's a pretty well traveled guitar..... The most historically significant '59 Les Paul in the world! A very well known and documented guitar with the most incredible provenance that has etched its mark on the eternal pages of rock'n'roll history, most notably with the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. This iconic instrument was last sold by Richard Henry during a previous employment and any enquiries should be addressed to info@richardhenryguitars.com. History: The guitar is an original 1959 Les Paul Standard that was purchased new in March 1961 from Farmers Music Store in Luton, United Kingdom, by John Bowen. John played with Mike Dean & the Kinsmen and he had a Bigsby Vibrato fitted at Selmer's in London before trading the guitar in there for a Gretsch Country Gentleman in late 1962. The guitar was later purchased by Keith Richards, who was playing guitar in a little known outfit called the Rolling Stones. Keith Richards used this guitar extensively in the early days of the Rolling Stones and it was seen regularly from autumn 1964 until 1966 when Keith began to favor a Les Paul Custom. Appearances on 'Ready Steady Go' and classic songs like 'The Last Time' and 'Satisfaction' have been played on this guitar. There are many great photographs of Keith and the guitar. Keith was the first major pop star to use a 'Burst'; he was probably partly responsible for inspiring both Clapton and Page to pick up Les Pauls. Keith owned and used a Les Paul Standard way before Clapton had one, before Jeff Beck, before Peter Green, before Jimmy Page, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Duane Allman etc. (need we go on?) Keith sold the guitar to Mick Taylor in 1967 when Taylor had replaced Peter Green (who in turn had replaced Eric Clapton) in John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. The Bluesbreakers' classic British Blues sound was forged when Clapton plugged a 'Burst' into a Marshall JTM45 combo and Peter Green followed suit, later selling his 'Burst' to Gary Moore. Taylor had stood in for Clapton when he failed to show for a gig one night and ended up playing Clapton's own Les Paul, so it was inevitable that the young Taylor would go for the same guitar and he exclusively played this Les Paul up to his joining The Rolling Stones two years later. Before Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page was a red hot session musician who cut his teeth on a 3-pickup Les Paul Custom fitted with a Bigsby. It is possible that Jimmy considered buying the 'Keith Burst' from Richards or maybe just used it in the studio? We aren't entirely sure but we are sure that Jimmy used the guitar on at least one mid 60's recording session. Eric Clapton used the 'Keith Burst' in 1966 with Cream at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival. There are several photographs of Clapton with this very guitar at the concert. Maybe Clapton borrowed it from Keith? Mick Taylor made his live debut with the Rolling Stones at the famous Hyde Park concert in July 1969 after the shocking premature death of Stones guitarist Brian Jones. The concert was immortalized by Granada Television, who filmed and released it as 'The Stones In The Park'. Taylor used the guitar to play 'No Expectations' and 'Love In Vain'; Taylor was also filmed with it backstage in the band's dressing room trailer before the show. The guitar appears next on the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of America, when Keith and Taylor both played it; the film 'Gimme Shelter' documents Keith using it for 'Honky Tonk Women'. There are also many photos of Mick Jagger with the guitar at some 1970 recording sessions, which may be the last documentation of this instrument in the hands of the Rolling Stones. Its disappearance is shrouded in mystery and controversy: Rumor has it that the guitar was stolen in 1971, either from the Marquee Club during the Stones' 'Farewell Tour' of the UK, or from Nellcote in southern France during the recording of 'Exile on Main Street'. Dave Brewis of Rock Stars' Guitars recounts a story he heard from the next owner, Cosmo Verrico, who played guitar with the Heavy Metal Kids, who were signed to Atlantic Records alongside the Stones. The story goes that a Stones representative gave the guitar to Cosmo to replace one that was stolen. What is definite is that Cosmo did own the guitar until 1974, when he sold the guitar to Bernie Marsden of Whitesnake. Bernie owned the guitar for a little over a week. He sold it to guitar enthusiast Mike Jopp and thought he had done well when he made £50 profit. Mike Jopp owned the guitar until 2003 when, brokered by Rock Stars' Guitars, it was sold to a private investor. The 'Keith Burst' was next seen in late 2004 when it was offered up for auction by Christie's in New York. The guitar failed to meet reserve, possibly due to poor publicity and surrounding controversy. Rumor has it that a representative of Keith Richards laid claim to the guitar but this claim wasn't followed through, and Christie's let the guitar go to auction but the vintage guitar boom was still around the corner and original 1959 Les Pauls that are today $500,000 - $750,000 were then going for $150,000. A private collector purchased the guitar in 2006 and it currently resides in Europe.
  13. TomFest

    I wonder

    So the A/B test went about like I thought it would. My buddy's 855ce was probably a touch louder, and had a bigger bass response. It has the larger "GS" body size and rosewood back and sides, so I expected more volume and more bass. But the 150e has EQ controls and I can dial in more bass if I like. My buddy's jaw kind of hit the floor when he heard it. Very impressed. Me too. I can't imagine a better playing and sounding 12 string acoustic/electric for $500. Highly recommended if you can find one for that price. Completed sales on eBay confirm that they can be had for around that price. Here's a shot of the Taylor, and my old Martin D-18 Edited to add: It also takes a capo really nicely. A lot of 12-strings don't. And it sounds great amplified with the Expressions v2 pickup system. I also like that they've changed to a 9-volt battery instead of the 2 AAA batteries in series. Those were a pain to get in and out when replacing them.
  14. This thread inspired me to watch the PUTP video again. I quite enjoyed all of it, and I hereby withdraw any complaints about the Rebelettes. LOL.
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