Slash and Marshall Announce
Plans for Appetite Amp at NAMM
Anaheim, CA – In one of NAMM’s most anticipated unveilings, Slash and Marshall announced
the development of the AFD100 amp, based
on the modified Marshall he used on Guns N’
Roses’ 1987 classic Appetite for Destruction.
Slash announces the AFD100 at a 12: 15 press conference
on Saturday, January 16.
Marshall has launched a special site to detail
the development of the amp through blog
posts, photos and videos. At press time, the
site featured a video of the announcement, a
video overview of the project, and a video on
the initial amp investigation.
The Appetite for Destruction amp has been
shrouded in mystery for decades. During
the announcement, Slash cleared the air,
officially identifying the amp as a modified
early-’70s 100-watt Marshall JCM2203 that
he rented from Studio Instrument Rentals
(S.I.R.) in Los Angeles.
Marshall hopes to release the amp this summer.
Breedlove Stops Electric
Production to Focus on New
Bend, OR – Breedlove Guitar Company
announced in January that it will stop electric
guitar production immediately and focus all
company resources, passion, and muscle on its
acoustic guitar, mandolin, and ukulele lines.
“We are very happy and excited with the decision to sharpen and refocus our innovative
energy toward our acoustic lines. Our deep
love of acoustic instruments can be found
Breedlove’s 100 percent made-in-the-USA
American Series ($999 street, customizable)
features all solids woods, handmade quality, solid one-piece necks, and a surprisingly
deep menu of affordable custom options.
Breedlove recently added eleven new
employees to launch this new line and plans
to continue expansion through 2012.
The newly expanded Passport line (from $299
street) is a part of the award-winning Breedlove
Atlas Series. Breedlove’s feature-rich Passport
and Passport Plus lines now offer key elements
found in much more expensive instruments
including on-board back-lit chromatic tuners
and exotic woods (Bubinga, Ovangkol, etc).
Breedlove’s acoustic expertise and commitment
to quality make these guitars ideal for new
guitarists seeking acoustic excellence, proper
intonation, and incredible playability.
The Breedlove Mark IV single-cut is among Breedlove’s three
electric models which debuted in spring 2007.
Breedlove’s 10 year vision aims to turn their
hometown of Bend, OR into an acoustic
music Mecca. Their decision to focus solely
on acoustic instruments supports their company mission, “To build the most extraordinary acoustic music culture in the world.”
Musicians Come Together at NAMM
for Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng
Fullerton, CA – On Saturday, January 16, a
benefit concert was held for Chi Cheng, bassist for the Deftones who has been in a “
minimally conscious” state since a November
2008 car accident. The event was held at the
Slidebar in Fullerton, CA.
Admission to the show was free, but donations
were welcome. More than 1500 people packed
the Slidebar, and hundreds more had to be
turned away as the venue reached capacity.
Scheduled performers included members of the
Deftones, Korn, P.O.D., and more. The night
also held some surprises, as NAMM attendees
Slash and Steven Adler made appearances.
The fundraising effort will continue through
February and March, as an auction will be held
from February 15 to March 15 on onelovefor-
chi.com. The auction was originally scheduled
to be a silent auction at the benefit concert,
but it had to be pushed back as the number of
unique items and memorabilia kept growing.
Among the unique items for auction are a Daisy
Rock guitar that was played and signed by the
performers at the event, an Ampeg amp that
will be autographed by musicians supporting
Chi, ESP guitars, a Gold record for the Misson:
Impossible II soundtrack donated by Chris
Cornell, and a pair of boots signed by Prince.
Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bohnam,
Glen Hughes and Derek Sherinian
Form Black Country
Los Angeles, CA –A new super group has been
formed with Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes,
Joe Bonamassa and Derek Sherinian. They are
calling themselves Black Country, taking their
name from the industrial area in England from
which Bonham and Hughes both hail. The band
is currently in the studio with producer Kevin
Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin)
cutting tracks for an upcoming album to be
released in late 2010 or early 2011.
With Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) on
drums, Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol,
Alice Cooper) on keyboards, Hughes (Deep
Purple, Trapeze) on bass and vocals and
Bonamassa on guitar and vocals, the band
already has six tracks cut. The next recording
session will take place in March and the band
hopes to finish recording in early April. Shirley