Paul McCartney's 1971 album, Ram, will soon get the same deluxe treatment recently enjoyed by Band On the Run,McCartney and McCartney II. Ram, which is technically credited to Paul & Linda McCartney, was McCartney's second post-Beatles LP.
Earlier this week, we posted a story about 50 great -- in some cases, classic -- albums from 1972, albums that are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. After noticing that the list included contributions from some serious guitar players, including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Rory Gallagher, David Gilmour, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Howe and Buddy Guy, we thought we'd ask you to choose the best GUITAR album of the bunch.
Guitarist Andy Timmons and his band -- bassist Mike Daane and drummer Mitch Marine -- will perform Monday, March 19, at Iridium in New York City. Timmons will highlight songs from his 2011 release, Andy Timmons Band Plays Sgt. Pepper, an all-instrumental affair that pays tribute to The Beatles' 1967 masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Nineteen hundred and seventy-two is one of those rare years -- like, say, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1991 -- that saw the release of several seminal rock albums. As we wrote last year in our 1971 story, "even for a year that falls squarely in the heart of the 'classic rock' era, it was a particularly classic year."
Metallica have announced they'll return to Mexico this summer, one month after their Orion Music + More weekend, which takes place June 23 and 24 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. While they're south of the border, the band will unveil a new 140-by-50-foot stage featuring visual elements spanning Metallica's 30-year career.
Primus have announced a spring tour in support of their 2011 album, Green Naugahyde. The tour, which will feature two full sets, begins May 3 in Columbia, Missouri, and wraps up June 24 in Modesto, California.
Steve Vai and Vai.com have just posted some interesting items to eBay: the modded Marshall full stack Vai used on David Lee Roth's 1986 Eat 'Em and Smile album and lengthy supporting tour. The starting price was $1,000.
Check out the photo gallery, below, of the very cool-looking and sounding Richmond Dorchester with Bigsby. Richmond is one of several subdivisions of Godin Guitars, a Canadian company, and the Richmond models are made in Quebec, Canada.