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PETER KEYS (LYNYRD SKYNYRD): Hammond Sound of Soul Concert Series NAMM 2015

Posted in Blog, Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - May 12, 2015

PETER KEYS (LYNYRD SKYNYRD): Hammond Sound of Soul Concert Series NAMM 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Snoop Dog keyboardist Peter Keys performed at NAMM earlier this year for Hammond organs. Hammond has just uploaded this great video of Peter’s Hammond Sound of Soul NAMM gig. Peter uses Hammond Sk2, B-3, and XK Vintage System. Hammond distributed in Australia by www.musico.com.au

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JOHNNY DEPP, ALICE COOPER AND JOE WALSH ROCKED NAMM

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 2, 2015

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One of the less-covered gigs at NAMM this year was the Duesenberg party featuring Johnny Depp and friends, partly due to the “no pro camera” policy I guess. Depp has become somewhat of a regular at NAMM and last year jammed with Aerosmith. This year Alice Cooper and Joe Walsh teamed up with Depp to deliver the most rockin’ event of the trade show.

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Beginning the night was Brian Ray’s band The Bayonettes, who played an hour of original and cover material. Brian has been a regular member of Paul McCartney’s band for over a decade. Next up was Johnny Depp himself, together with some old friends bassist Bruce Witkin and guitarist Joey Malone, and yet another member of Paul McCartney’s band, resident drummer Abe Laborial Jr. The band was introduced as the “No Name Band”, probably because they are a loose bunch of players and not a serious project. The boys played two original songs before introducing legendary musician Joe Walsh who sat in for the rest of their set. Together the band performed Funk 49, Rocky Mountain Way, Walk Away and a cover of Search And Destroy. Not to be outdone, Alice joined the core band for a swift and merciless run through of true rock n roll classics – Brown Sugar, Revolution, I’m Eighteen, School’s Out, Come Together and My Generation.

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The guitar played by Depp auctioned for charity. Pic by Jon Hammond

Two charities benefitted from the night’s gig via the auction of a Duesenberg guitar signed by the artists on the night. One of those charities is a foundation which was founded by Italian master chef Bruno Serato. Bruno feeds around 1,200 hungry impoverished children every day with Pasta via his charity called “Caterina’s Club”. The other charity is Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center, saving kids one guitar at a time from going into gang life.

Internationally renown Hammond organ player and friend to Australian Musician, Jon Hammond captured some footage of the night. You can watch it here.

There are also some photos courtesy of Jon and also by Kyler Clark, @CerealKyler from Alice Cooper’s website

Learn more about Jon Hammond here

 

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NAMM 2015: YAMAHA 3300 SERIES TIMPANI

Posted in Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - January 30, 2015

Cameron from Yamaha Australia shows us the new 3300 Series Timpani at NAMM 2015 au.yamaha.com

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NAMM 2015: Lloyd Spiegel performs for Cole Clark Guitars

Posted in Blog, Gear    //    Post Date - January 29, 2015

Australian blues guitarist and Cole Clark Guitars endorsee Lloyd Spiegel performs at the Anaheim Marriot at NAMM for the 3rd year running. When Lloyd wasn’t playing licks on stage, he was spruiking the brand on the trade show floor. Here’s some footage of both! www.coleclarkguitars.com www.lloydspiegel.com

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WATCH/NAMM 2015: TAYLOR MAPLE 600 SERIES

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 28, 2015

Australian Musician checks out the new Taylor Maple 600 Series at NAMM 2015. Taylor distributed in Australia by www.gibsonami.com

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WATCH/NAMM 2015: CORDOBA MINI

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - January 28, 2015

Cordoba’s Brandon Schmidt shows us the new Cordoba Mini at NAMM 2015. Cordoba distributed in Australia by www.zenithmusic.com.au

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NAMM 2015: ZOOM Q8 AUDIO & VIDEO RECORDER

Posted in Gear, Sound (PA, mixer, mics, recording)    //    Post Date - January 26, 2015

The ultra-portable Zoom Q8 handheld HD video and audio recorder combines high-definition video with high-resolution audio making it the perfect companion for videocreators, bloggers, podcasters, musicians, and educators. With the Q8’s 160-degree wide-angle lens and digital zoom, you’ll always get the full picture. Add to that pristine 24-bit/96k audio capture…

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WATCH/BOSS BB-1X BASS DRIVER PEDAL AT NAMM 2015

Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - January 26, 2015

The new ‎BOSS BB-1X Bass Driver is not just a bass distortion pedal. It’s a premium bass preamp pedal that is so transparent, you can play in confidence knowing that your tone is pure. Wet/dry blend knob keeps your clean bass attack when mixing with some drive and specialised EQ is tailored to bass guitar frequencies. The additional LINE OUT makes it a great tool for studio and stage.

http://www.rolandcorp.com.au

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WATCH/ROLAND JD-XI SYNTH DEMO AT NAMM 2015

Posted in Blog, Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - January 26, 2015

Australian Musician demonstration of the new Roland JD-Xi features two digital synth engines that allow you to play leads, arpeggios, sequences and chords in polyphony. Choose from classic Roland leads, pads, strings, bass and drums and your choice of four digital filters.

http://www.rolandcorp.com.au

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WATCH/BOSS VE-1 VOCAL ECHO DEMO AT NAMM 2015

Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals, Sound (PA, mixer, mics, recording)    //    Post Date - January 26, 2015

Check out our video demo of the new BOSS VE-1 Vocal Echo. Every vocalist can benefit from having professional-grade reverb and studio effects to sound their best on stage. This is what the BOSS VE-1 Vocal Echo is designed for—to make your voice sound even more incredible when you sing. It provides lush reverb and other essential vocal tools magically packaged in a compact and user-friendly unit, allowing you to easily create a great ambient vocal sound every time you perform.

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