Sex Pistols Singer Johnny Rotten: ‘Praise Allah’

Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten was booed by fans on the final night of EXIT Festival, after encouraging the crowd to “Praise Allah”.

In a bizarre and misjudged gaff midway through their Sunday night set, the ageing rocker asked the crowd: “So who thinks America should still be in Iraq?”

The question was met by boos and jeers, prompting Rotten to wave his arms in mock Muslim prayer chanting, “Praise Allah, Praise Allah” repeatedly.

The main stage crowd were initially taken aback by the mystifying gesture, before boos began echoing around the crowd.

Realising his mistake, Rotten then changed his chanting to “Praise Serbia, Praise Serbia” before quickly launching into another song. read more

The Top 20 Most Influential Rock Producers

A salute to the record producer, who frequently goes unnoticed by the public, and who is often the primary creative force behind a record (along with the engineer, but that’s a separate article).

I tried to find a list on the internet of greatest producers, a top-10 or top-100 and found none; top guitarist lists are a dime a dozen. But think of some of rock’s most well-known records; Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pet Sounds, “Be My Baby”, Nevermind, Remain In Light, Licensed to Ill, Dark Side of the Moon, et. al. In each case, the production is as much of the story as the performance, in some cases a lot more so.

In the nutshell, a producer’s job is to get the best performances out of his musicians as possible, to oversee the mixing and ensure integrity of sound, to augment the recording with additional musicians, sound effects, special effects, and vocals. Many good producers were also good musicians, and could serve as an additional bandmember, as Brian Eno did with Talking Heads, or Jim O’Rourke with Sonic Youth. Others, like Phil Spector, Jimmy Miller, Rick Rubin, and Chris Thomas have generally stayed behind the controls instead of in front of them. read more

Where Gibson Guitars Are Custom Made

At the Gibson custom factory in Nashville, Tenn., the famous guitar manufacturer makes its most expensive and exclusive instruments, including an ongoing series of limited-edition replicas of historic Les Paul instruments.

As part of Road Trip 2008, CNET News.com reporter Daniel Terdiman visited the custom factory and got a rare look at how guitars are built with the express cooperation of rock stars like Jimmy Page and Johnny Winter. (The public can visit the company’s regular factories in Memphis and Nashville, but not the custom facility.) … read more

10 Great Singles Bands

Lots of bands have attained one-hit-wonder status, but it’s a rare thing for a group to churn out hit singles time and time again. Though their glory days are far behind them, the following bands remain heroes to classic-rock radio and to manufacturers of 45-rpm records.

Forget the mascara, the guillotines, and the boa constrictor. What made the Alice Cooper Group a great band wasn’t the theatrics but rather the anthemic energy packed into their radio fare. Even the band’s lesser-played hits―“Caught in a Dream” and “Be My Lover,” for instance―boast some of the most glorious garage-pop riffs ever caught on tape. read more

eBay Ad: 1952 Gibson Les Paul NOT For Sale

This is a 1952 Gibson Les Paul .It is my guitar. It will always be my guitar. It is not for sale. Your money is worth nothing, people, wake up! You lazy, skepticle bstrds, trying to make big money on fast turn arounds can all eat sht and die!. Get a job! There are people that will work their whole life away, just to try to acquire an instrument like this, and I get to play it everyday. Doesn’t seem fair, does it. The only way you will ever see this guitar, is to buy a ticket, like everyone else, and watch me wear the frets off it. Or, you can hire me for a night ( I’m a sideman, currently working with 6 bands) You see, I work for a living, I make my money with my hands. I’m playing it right now, while your reading this. I will leave this for my grandkids, along with my guns, which like this guitar, they’ll have to pry from my cold, dead, fingers. pick on. read more

10 Love Songs That Could End Your Relationship

The list of “___ Worst Love Songs” comes up every so often both on the internet and in actual print, and one would think there’s nothing left to say. Well, this time we’re going to do things slightly differently. This list will be comprised of love songs (good and bad) that if you tried to designate one of them as “our song” with your girlfriend, that action would become your last as a couple. You would be dumped on the spot…. read more

Les Paul Tells How He Reinvented Music and What’s Next

On the phone from his home in Mahwah, N.J., the 92-year-old legendary inventor/musician Les Paul is brilliantly focused, full of ideas, healthy despite years of crippling arthritis, brimming with energy and not about to quit his inventing ways. What’s his next project? Read on — you might need it someday… read more

Gibson Guitar Introduces the Inspired By John Lennon Les Paul Jr.

Gibson Guitar’s Custom Shop has introduced the latest addition to its Inspired By series of guitars, a Les Paul Junior created to reflect the modifications and aging of the instrument owned by John Lennon and played by him on August 30, 1972, at the Madison Square Garden concert to benefit the One to One Organization… read more

How to Spot a Fake Les Paul: Tips from Gibson

Last year, 15-year-old Jonathan Jakubowski of Cary, North Carolina emptied out his savings account to purchase a Les Paul he found advertised in the local newspaper. Of his decision to buy a Gibson, Jakubowski explains, “Eric Clapton is my main influence, and he played Les Pauls for a long time.” Intending to purchase the advertised Les Paul Standard, Jonathan and his father visited the seller at his house, where they were persuaded instead to purchasene Organization… read more