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September 12, 2019
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Hoaxes used to be fun, I imagine, before the internet turned them into weapons of mass disinformation.

One shudders to think what kind of lunacy might have resulted had the Paul McCartney-is-dead-and-has-been-replaced-by-a-lookalike hoax first spread on Facebook instead of college newspapers, local radio stations, and good-old word of mouth.

The hoax is emblematic not only of how misinformation spread differently fifty years ago, but also how the counterculture figured out information warfare, and used it to produce reams of satirical proto-viral content.

Whether the author of the original 1969 article-"Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?," from the Drake University student newspaper the Times-Delphic-intended to fool the public hardly matters.

His speculation reads like parody, like a star chart crossed with lurid tabloid gossip that, through a strange twist of fate created a network of people who believed that Paul was killed in a 1966 car crash and the band found an imposter named Billy Shears to replace him.
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Chicago Music Exchange has announced that it is selling three highly-coveted "blackguard" Fender guitars from the early 1950s. The three guitars are a '51 Telecaster, '53 Esquire and '53 Telecaster, respectively - are three of the earliest blackguards available on the market today.   
As bass cabinets have become lighter the amps themselves have become equally lightweight, with many companies offering a Class D alternative alongside their larger, heavier amps. But smaller and lighter doesn't always equate to an amp lacking in features - the current crop of Class D offerings come fully-loaded with tone-shaping features and a variety of input/output connections. Valve technology still exists too, with many players preferring the tonal coloring that valve-based architecture can offer.
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If one guitar is good and two guitars are better, 150 guitarists should be awesome. Canadian guitarist/composer Tim Brady proved as much when he brought together the latter for a performance at L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal in Montreal, Canada back on February 24, 2019.

It's time to shine a spotlight on Elliott Randall's grinding, masterful guitar solo from Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years. Jimmy Page has reportedly called it his favorite solo of all time.The tune was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and graces the band's 1972 album, Can't Buy a Thrill. The duo knew they had a great track for "Reelin' in the Years" - if they could only come up with the perfect solo to jumpstart the catchy tune. So they put in a call to Randall...
In 1965 Gibson added Trini Lopez to its list of artists with signature guitars. These already included Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith, Barney Kessel, and the Everly Brothers. Gibson offered two Trini Lopez models: the Standard (based on the ES-335), and the Deluxe (based on the Barney Kessel model). Both had asymmetrical, Fender-like headstocks and diamond-shaped soundholes and fretboard inlays.
Rudy Sarzo is a hero of no fewer than six decades of bass. In the '60s, as a Cuban refugee living variously in New Jersey and Florida, he plucked the bass in garage-rock bands. 
In the '70s, he made his bones with Quiet Riot, pioneers of Hollywood's hairmetal scene. Catapulted to fame in Ozzy Osbourne's band in the '80s, courtesy of a recommendation from his erstwhile Quiet Riot colleague Randy Rhoads, Sarzo toured the planet with bands such as Whitesnake. By the mid-'90s he was a classic rock bassist who commanded enormous respect, laying down lines with Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio and Blue Oyster Cult in the decade that followed.
In recent years Sarzo has trodden the boards with Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, Animetal, and now The Guess Who, where he continues to tour today.  

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