The Replacements perform “Alex Chilton” on The Tonight Show

This is the ’Mats’ first TV appearance together in over 25 years. Guitarist Dave Minehan and drummer Josh Freese round out the line-up.

via Rock ’N’ Roll Snob

Tommy Emmanuel Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar's John Bohlinger met with Tommy Emmanuel, AM, CGP at Artisan Guitars in Franklin, TN for an epic 43-minute one-on-one rundown of his gear. They discussed his signature Australian-built Maton guitars, the sparse gear he uses to get his huge sound (a Boss TU tuner, an AER Pocket Tools Colourizer, and an AER Compact 60 amp, just in case you’re wondering), and his real secret weapons: his hands and soundman Steve Law. We also get a taste of Tommy’s immaculate playing as he talked about his style and how it and his gear inform one another.

Tommy has to be one of the nicest and most humble guys in the business, mostly because he doesn’t see it as a business but as his life’s mission and purpose. If you have the time, I highly recommend watching the entire interview.

Enjoy!

Nickel Creek: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Check out the pipes on Sara Effing Watkins on the opening song “Destination.”

Nickel Creek was made to sing and play around a single microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.

All three of the band’s remarkably talented core members have been to the Tiny Desk before. Chris Thile is a veteran, having played the Tiny Desk with friend and guitarist Michael Daves, then later in the same year with Yo-Yo Ma and others in a project known as Goat Rodeo. When The Decemberists performed a Tiny Desk Concert, Sara Watkins was there to play her fiddle and sing. Her brother, Sean Watkins, was also at the NPR offices earlier this year with the marvelous singer Tom Brosseau.

The trio, backed here by bassist Mark Schatz, has no equal. Nickel Creek has been doing this on and off since its members were kids, and what blows me away is the comfort and ease with which they navigate their instruments. That skill, and the creative force behind it, is a joy and a thrill to witness.

Set List:

  • "Destination"
  • "Rest Of My Life"
  • "21st Of May"
  • "Elephant In The Corn"
Happy 64th Birthday, dUg Pinnick!

Happy 64th Birthday, dUg Pinnick!

Bob Mould performs “Hey Mr. Grey” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Bob Mould performs “The War” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Two things:

  • Taylor Hawkins!
  • I’m always surprised at how articulated Mould’s playing sounds considering the fact that it looks like he’s just pounding away at that Strat.

Def Leppard Rig Rundown

Premier Guitar's John Bohlinger talks guitars and gear with Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell and their respective techs Scott Appleton and Dave Wolff, as well as Rick Savage's tech Roger Veage. For more information and lots of photos, visit the video's accompanying article.

Dream Theater - “The Looking Glass” (Breaking the Fourth Wall, 2014)

Happy 65th Birthday, Gene Simmons!

Happy 65th Birthday, Gene Simmons!

Flying Colors - “Mask Machine” (Second Nature, 2014)

Queen perform “Stone Cold Crazy” live at London’s Rainbow Theater in 1974

One of my favorite Queen songs off my favorite Queen album.