1. NAMM: A Mecca for Musical Gearheads -- Don Was To Receive The Les Paul Award

    January 20, 2016 6:00 PM EST Take any song, on any Billboard chart, in any style or genre, and the recordings have one thing in common -- top-notch musical gear created those songs. Even Pentatonix needs microphones to capture its a cappella delights. So consider the importance to the worldwide recorded music industry of…

  2. Guitar Torchbearer Lester 'Rusty' G. Paul, Les Paul's Son, Dies at 74

    January 01, 2016 6:50 PM EST Lester “Rusty” G. Paul, son of guitar innovator Les Paul and a huge proponent of the instrument in his own right, died yesterday (Dec. 31) at age 74.  The Les Paul Foundation confirmed the news today (Jan. 1) that Paul had died following a long fight with diabetes.  The eldest of two sons…

  3. Slash on His Famous Guns N' Roses Riff, His Grandma's Inspiration and How Les Paul Once 'Wiped the Stage' With Him

    January 23, 2015 10:48 AM EST The late guitar pioneer Les Paul once "wiped the floor" with Slash when the former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist played with the veteran instrument inventor at a New York City club some years back.  Now, on Jan. 24, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Slash…

  4. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST The guitarist-turned-CEO on reimagining a 118-year-old company, surviving scandal and setting up shop on the Sunset Strip. A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes…

  5. Music Legend Les Paul Gets Hometown Honor

    November 08, 2014 4:00 PM EST Music legend Les Paul discovered his penchant for guitar at Waukesha Junior High in Wisconsin. It's where his teachers recognized his curious nature, answering never-ending questions like how electricity got to light switches or why windows vibrated. Les Paul: Original Guitar Hero Now…

  6. Peter Frampton Plans Summer 2013 Tour with Superstar Guitarists

    December 20, 2012 4:00 PM EST B.B. King is the first guest signed up for the August trek. Peter Frampton will take a collection of guitarists on tour in the summer under the title of Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus. B.B. King is the first guest signed up for the tour, participating for three weeks in August. "I&…

  7. Alan Jackson & Kix Brooks Enter Music City Walk of Fame

    November 07, 2011 3:30 PM EST As Nashville got ready to watch their Tennessee Titans take to the field against the Bengals on Sunday, many in downtown gathered for the 2011 unveiling festivities of the Music City Walk of Fame. Seven Nashville-related personalities were chosen for the honor -- including two with deep ties…

  8. Mayer Hawthorne 'Found My Own Style' on Sophomore Album

    October 11, 2011 10:21 AM EDT Mayer Hawthorne says that "I really feel like I found my own sound" on his sophomore album, "How Do You Do," which comes out today (Oct. 11). "I'm really excited for people to hear that progression." Many fans, of course, might feel that 2009's soulful …

  9. Rockin' Roads: Streets Named After Famous Musicians (Map)

    October 10, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Penny Lane. Thunder Road. Highway 61 Revisited. Plenty of roads, streets, boulevards and other locations have been immortalized in music, but what about the other way around? Join Billboard.com on an interactive rock'n'roll field trip around the world to see which musicians have…

  10. Tom Morello Rocks Google Doodle in Honor of Les Paul

    June 10, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Legendary guitarist Tom Morello has found a new instrument: the Google Doodle . Watch below, as the Rage Against the Machine co-founder trades his strings for computer keys in honor of guitar legend Les Paul's 96th birthday. The most recent Google Doodle is a guitar celebrating Paul, who…

  11. Google Remembers Les Paul with Guitar Doodle

    June 09, 2011 12:59 PM EDT Thursday's Google logo honors guitar legend Les Paul , who passed away in 2009 and would have turned 96 this year. The commemorative logo -- called a Google doodle -- is actually an interactive stringed instrument that somewhat resembles a guitar. A visitor can pluck one of the ten…

  12. Zakk Wylde Unplugs for New BLS Album, Calls 'Idol' Gig 'Hysterical'

    May 27, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Z akk Wylde 's Black Label Society are still making a lot of noise these days. But some of it is quieter than others. Wylde calls the group's new album, "The Song Remains Not the Same," the "unblackened" side of Black Label Society -- an acoustic-oriented,…

  13. Dennis Coffey Taps Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini for Solo Album

    April 30, 2011 8:36 AM EDT D ennis Coffey , the man who brought wah-wah to Motown (on the Temptations ' "Cloud Nine") and has a Hall of Fame-caliber sessions resume, brings his own music to the fore again this week with the help of some famous friends. Paolo Nutini, Mayer Hawthorne, Lisa Kekaula of the…

  14. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani Covers Elle's Women in Music Issue, Beastie Boys Release New Single

    April 06, 2011 7:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwen Stefani Covers ELLE's Women in Music Issue In ELLE's Women in Music issue hitting newsstands April 12, Gwen Stefani appears on the cover and in a portfolio also featuring Adele , Willow Smith , Robyn…

  15. Win A Signed Joe Bonamassa Guitar

    March 08, 2011 2:30 PM EST With blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa's new album "Dust Bowl" due on Mar. 22, Billboard.com is giving readers a chance hear a tune and to win a guitar signed by the legendary riff-man, his entire catalog, or snag a free copy of "Dust Bowl." One lucky grand prize…

  16. Warren Haynes Mines His Soul Roots On 'Man in Motion' Album, Due in May

    February 24, 2011 12:28 PM EST G ov't Mule co-founder and Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes will shows his roots as a soul man with the May 10 release of his fourth solo album, "Man in Motion" (Stax/Concord Music Group). The 10-song set, recorded in Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio near…

  17. Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Eyes Spring Start for Next Album

    September 23, 2010 5:25 PM EDT C had Kroeger is starting to get the itch to work on the next Nickelback album, but he says he may face a "strike" from his bandmates. "You don't want to bring that up around the band members, I can tell you that," Kroeger tells Billboard.com with a laugh. "…

  18. Guns N' Roses to Play First Major U.S. Show in Four Years

    July 21, 2010 2:42 PM EDT It's not hard to get a Guns N' Roses fix these days, whether from members past or present. The current incarnation of GNR, led by frontman Axl Rose , has just announced an appearance on Aug. 13 at the Rock 'N Rev Festival in Sturgis, S.D. It's the group's first major…

  19. Jimmy Page Honored At Mojo Awards

    June 11, 2010 8:02 AM EDT Led Zeppelin 's Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo hall of fame at a ceremony in London. The honor, supported by Universal Catalog Marketing, was presented at the Mojo Honours List ceremony at the Brewery venue in London last night (June 10). Duane Eddy also attended the seventh…

  20. Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul With Special Club Gig

    June 10, 2010 8:01 AM EDT Jeff Beck honored his late friend and mentor, Les Paul , with an intimate performance at his favorite haunt, the Iridium Jazz Club. The legendary Paul played there every Monday night until his death last August, so it was an appropriate place for a celebration on the night he would have…

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