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Dave Mustaine Signed iPad Giveaway on Dean Guitars’ LIVE from NAMM Webcast

TUNE IN to the Dean Guitars’ “LIVE from NAMM” webcast for a chance to win an iPad signed by Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine. One lucky viewer will be randomly selected from the chat room.

The iPad will be pre-loaded with Dave Mustaine: Guitar Prodigy, an interactive application that teaches fans how to play Megadeth songs on ANY guitar. The app uses real master tracks and listens to every note played, providing instant feedback on your performance; it’s like taking private lessons with Dave.

Dean Guitars is the only company to date to give the global guitar community an all-access ticket to NAMM with a multi-camera, real-time HD webcast. Exclusive technology partnerships with and NewTek TriCaster will allow viewers to interact via Facebook and Twitter with the Dean crew.

Dave Mustaine, widely regarded as one of the greatest metal guitarist in the world, is the founder and front man of Megadeth. With ten Grammy nominations under their bullet belts and having enjoyed five consecutive Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications, as well as seven Gold certifications during their career, Megadeth is easily one of the most recognized and culturally significant names in hard rock music for the past three decades. They’ve essentially written the book on heavy metal and hard rock, gaining momentum with each critically lauded release. For more information, visit

Sunday, January 22 at 2pm PST

Dean booth #5466B at NAMM and live online at

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Blogroll | | Leave a comment

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Announces its Newest Featured Exhibit: Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is proud to present a major exhibition devoted to a truly unique American rock and roll band, Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip. The exhibit will open to the public on Thursday, April 12, as a part of the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week events. The Mickey Hart Band, featuring the Grateful Dead drummer, will perform on the Rock Hall’s Main Stage for an exhibit opening event on Wednesday, April 11.

“The Grateful Dead is a band that is identified with a remarkable era in American history, and, inasmuch as they embody that era, their work is timeless,” says Jim Henke, vice president of Exhibits and Curatorial Affairs. “They’ve inspired many performers and bands, but none has exhibited their musical depth and cultural resonance. In a 30-year career, this group wrote their own rules and created a community unlike any band before or since.”

Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip explores the band from a non-linear point of view. Individual sections within the exhibit will be devoted to Grateful Dead as a recording group and a touring band, the fans who devotedly followed them, tapers and fellow travelers (people who were important to the band). It will include finished and working manuscripts for classic songs, handwritten notes from legendary taper Dick Latvala, artifacts from original sound designer Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and promoter Bill Graham’s Father Time robe and Grateful Dead Hotline answering machine.

Art and design have always been closely associated with Grateful Dead, and this exhibit will include an unprecedented collection of original artwork that is immediately recognizable from the band’s album covers and posters. It will feature numerous instruments used by the Grateful Dead over the years, including keyboards, drums, percussion, guitars and elements from the legendary Wall of Sound PA system. The Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California-Santa Cruz has loaned a significant number of items from their extraordinary collection, which will open to the public in Spring 2012.

Additional highlights include:

Five Jerry Garcia guitars, including his Travis Bean TB5
Mickey Hart’s custom-painted drum kit
Two Bob Weir guitars, including his first Ibanez “cowboy” custom guitar
Several original lyric manuscripts, including “Truckin’,” “Box of Rain” and “Sugaree”
Several original Grateful Dead-related artworks, including images from Workingman’s Dead, Without a Net and Fillmore Auditorium poster art
Bill Graham’s “Father Time” robe

Formed in Palo Alto, California, in 1965 from a previous incarnation as a bar band called the Warlocks, the Grateful Dead were at the epicenter of the sweeping cultural event that was San Francisco in the Sixties. Their music was informed by a diverse set of influences – contemporary classical composition, bluegrass, rhythm & blues, free jazz, rock and roll and the blues. Fueled by a cultural underground of writers, poets and bohemians that stretched from Oakland and Berkeley in the East Bay to Palo Alto on the peninsula, the Grateful Dead developed an ethos that embraced true artistic pursuits over commercial concerns, improvisation over rote arrangements and mind expansion through the use of psychedelic drugs.

At the exhibit opening event on the 11th, Mickey Hart Band will perform new songs from his forthcoming album to be released this spring as well as Grateful Dead classics. Hart will be touring this spring in support of his new album which he told Rolling Stone features samples of “light waves from the cosmos, starting 13.7 billion years ago with the Big Bang.”

This exhibit will be open through December 2012.

January 21, 2012 Posted by | Blogroll | , | 1 Comment

Berklee College of Music Unveils Exclusive Music Network For Students, Alumni, and Faculty

Berklee College of Music, the world’s premiere institution for the study of contemporary music, and Berkleemusic, its award-winning online extension school, today announced the launch of the Berklee Music Network, a first-of-its-kind music network, exclusive to Berklee students, alumni, and faculty, as well as select partners and music industry professionals.

The Berklee Music Network is an online community of the “best of the best” in music. Over 75,000 Berklee-trained and affiliated individuals, including Amy Ellis from Karmin, Stefan Lessard from the Dave Matthews Band, and many other noteworthy composers, producers, managers, performers and music industry professionals who are actively moving the business of music forward. The network provides a platform by which these professionals can collaborate, advance their careers through education and a robust job board, and get exclusive gear discounts from some of the industry leaders in the music business: Guitar Center, SoundCloud, IZotope, and many more.

“Berklee College of Music has an unparalleled track record in producing and educating the world’s best musicians, entrepreneurs, producers, and songwriters,” says Dave Kusek, CEO of Berkleemusic. “The Berklee Music Network is a destination where these top-tier musicians can continue their musical and professional growth in a supportive and collaborative environment. Our exclusive job boards and partner deals, coupled with the ability to personally interact with other Berklee-trained musicians, is a huge advantage to being part of Berklee, and it exists no where else online.”

Although current Berklee affiliates—students, alumni, faculty, and staff—have exclusive access to the Berklee Music Network, new members can join the network by enrolling with Berklee College of Music in Boston, or by taking an online course with

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Blogroll | , | Leave a comment