Another year of hectic times is upon us and another Black Friday looms as consumers go on a annual frenzy to find the best gifts for the best people in their life at the best prices. As always, music acts as so much more than an easy go-to gift, it’s also such a healing agent for the soul, a celebratory agent for the emotional, a fun agent for mindless loose times, and a true passionate art manifested for all, those creating it and those absorbing it. Here are some bright musical spots on the holiday radar this year, a bakers dozen to choose from.
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The worst kept secret of the holiday season has finally been confirmed: Guns N’ Roses will be headlining the Saturday nights of the legendary Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and it will apparently be at least a partial reunion of the band’s most iconic lineup.
The headlining announcement was made on the evening of Monday, January 4, 2016, but did not come with the expected confirmation that the classic GnR lineup would be reuniting for the California music festival as had been rumored for months. The announcement was, however, closely followed up by the above image being displayed on the Axl Rose-led GnR Facebook page, which was then also posted to both guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan‘s respective social media sites.
As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals, Guns N’ Roses‘s Appetite For Destruction is on sale in MP3 format for only $5. The CD is currently $8.49 and is an AutoRip, which means with the CD purchase you’ll also get a FREE MP3 download of the entire album.
This is the band’s debut album, released in 1987, and it happens to be one of the greatest hard rock records of all time! You absolutely know the songs “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Paradise City,” – take my word as a rock goddess, you should own this album. My favorites on this one (and watch out, I feel like naming all 12 songs): “Rocket Queen,” “It’s So Easy,” “You’re Crazy,” “Out Ta Get Me,” “Anything Goes” – all amazing. Seriously, own this.
Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.
Today, TeeFury is doing one of their special “Twofury” deals with two shirts for $11 each, both of which are inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas: “SlenderJack” by ramyb (at right) and “Appetite for Darkness” (inspired also by the Guns N’ Roses album cover for Appetite For Destruction) by Letter-Q (at left).
The sale began at Teefury today, Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at midnight EST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.
Before joining one of the biggest bands in the history of rock “˜n’ roll, Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Ron “˜Bumblefoot’ Thal played with everyone from Lita Ford to Ty Tabor (King’s X) to, erm, Jessica Simpson, as well as having a successful solo career.
Not only that, New York native Bumblefoot has been putting his status as one of the world’s premier rock guitarists to a much more personal affect and runs teaching workshops all over the world (even private ones via Skype if you ask nicely).
More recently he has been involved in A World With Heroes, a KISS tribute album created by rock journalist Mitch Lafon raising money for a Canadian cancer hospice. Along with Rex Brown (ex-Pantera) and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), they came together to record the classic “Detroit Rock City” and the band ALIVE was born.
Geeks of Doom: How did you get involved with A World With Heroes?
Bumblefoot: When Mitch Lafon was first considering doing this album, we chatted about it. I think before he even went public I had already recorded my guitar and vocals. Mitch played matchmaker and reached out to Brian Tichy and Rex Brown for drums and bass.
Geeks of Doom: Were you allowed to go in your own direction to record “Detroit Rock City” or did you try and stick closely to the original song?
Bumblefoot: I stuck to the original. It couldn’t ever be improved upon, I’m not going to try and re-write the song. I added a little of my own guitar doodling at the end, but other than that we all kept it traditional.