Archive for 2002

John Entwistle, Gone But Not Forgotten
Bassist for the rock band The Who

Thursday, June 27th, 2002

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer

John Entwistle LAS VEGAS (AP) – John Entwistle, the bassist for the rock band The Who, was found dead Thursday in his hotel room of an apparent heart attack. He was 57.

Entwistle, a founding member of the band, stood out because he played without emotion, a stark contrast to the antics of lead guitarist Pete Townshend and lead singer Roger Daltrey. (more…)

Don’t Miss Your Chance To Win This Great Gretsch Drum Gear!

Thursday, May 2nd, 2002

Kaman Music and Drum Magazine have gotten together to create this incredible Gretsch drum giveaway. You can get more information and complete an entry form by picking up a copy of the latest issue of Drum Magazine. You may enter as many times as you wish, but only one bound-in entry card per issue will be accepted per respondent. The drawing will take place September 9th 2002, so get your entries in early! (more…)

Elliot Easton Exclusive Interview
Picking Up The Guitar At Age 3!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2002

As lead guitarist for 18 years with The Cars. Elliot has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Well respected in the guitar community, Elliot’s reputation is that of a tasteful musician with a knack for coming up with memorable solos, great tones and an uncanny ear for creating “hooks” on pop records.

He is also an enthusiastic fan of the guitar itself, and for many years has been a presence in vintage guitar circles, Texas vintage shows, NAMM etc.

In recent years Elliot has recorded and performed with many respected artists and is currently working with Stu Cook and Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revisted.

Gretsch Headline News caught up with Elliot on his recent CCR tour for this exclusive interview. (more…)

The Stylish Spectra Sonic Line
Designed by Tom “TV” Jones

Friday, March 15th, 2002

These stylish guitars were originally hand made by Tom “TV” Jones for guitarist extraordinaire, Brian Setzer. Tom collaborated with Rich Modica, Brian’s long time guitar technician, to create these supremely playable, innovative and aesthetically engaging guitars. Tom then worked with Gretsch to determine how these instruments could be put into production and still maintain the unique qualities that make them so special.

Now available are the beautiful Spectra Sonic guitars in a striking black finish with uniquely-shaped white pickguard, chrome hardware and custom-made TV Jones pickups.

Spectra Sonic Lead
model: G6143

Spectra Sonic C Melody
model: G6144

Spectra Sonic Bass
model: G6145

Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation Honors Legendary Promoter Frank Barsalona

Monday, March 11th, 2002

On March 11th, 2002 in New York City, The Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Foundation honored the legendary Frank Barsalona with their 15th annual Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to the music industry. Frank Barsalona is the renowned promoter and agent who, through hard work and perseverance, helped create rock-n-roll as we know it today. Working initially with historic bands such as The Who and Jimi Hendrix to some of the greatest acts today like U2 and Bruce Springsteen, Frank Barsalona has worked with just about everyone in the business.

The Award was presented to Frank during a private dinner and auction at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. The award presenters included Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen as well as a video appearances by Pete Townshend and several others. (more…)

Malcolm Young – AC/DC
Malcolm Young Signature Series Guitars

Monday, March 11th, 2002

Malcolm Young was born on January 6, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland. Malcolm is the sixth child of the Young Family. He was ten when his family moved from Scotland to settle in Sydney, Australia. Upon arriving in Australia, Malcolm wasted little time in earning a reputation as a schoolyard brawler. He left school as soon as he could and found gainful employment. He worked as a machine maintenance engineer for a bra company.

Malcolm picked up the guitar while he was still at school. He graduated quickly from acoustic to electric and picked up tips from his older brother George whenever the Easybeats returned from a tour. The salary from his work allowed Malcolm to buy more professional guitars. (more…)

Guitar Player Publications Issues
Dream Machines Buyers Guide

Sunday, March 3rd, 2002

The new, 2002 issue of Dream Machines, published by Guitar Player Magazine features the dreamy Gretsch re-issues of the ‘57 Eddie Cochran Western and ‘58 Stephen Stills White Falcon guitars! In fact, the gorgeous 6120W-57 even graces the sleek glossy cover! Be sure to pick up a copy of this fantastic resource just as soon as you can! (more…)

Drummer Gregg Stocki to Tour with
Billy Bob Thornton Band

Saturday, March 2nd, 2002

Story by UEC

Gretsch Drum great Gregg Stocki is hitting the road with the Billy Bob Thornton Band in support of the recent release “Private Radio”. The tour starts in Dublin and goes to London, Liverpool, Hamburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan and Athens. The first week will be rehearsals in London, week 2 is promotional appearances for radio and T.V. and then the shows kick off around April 1st ending in Athens on April 17th. Then on May 16th, the band will appear on the Tonight Show, followed by concerts in Los Angeles on the 18th, San Francisco the 19th, Austin the 22nd, New Orleans ??? In June BBT will tour with Elvis Costello for shows in Denver the 11th, Detroit, Minneapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, and Columbus. Check local venues for final dates and times.

Gregg has been a Gretsch artist for many years and also plays as one of the Rock & Roll Cowboys with the Marty Stuart Band. (more…)