November 1, 2004

Schecter Guitars has teamed up with everyone's favorite serial killer, Leatherface (a.k.a., actor Andrew Bryiarski from the 2003 remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre). The collaboration has resulted in two rockin' guitars which will go up for a ten-day charity auction on eBay starting on, appropriately, Halloween 2004. The artwork was designed by Lisa Marano, with both models featuring Leatherface with a variety of strippers, wild life, and chainsaws. While each guitar was signed by Leatherface, one has also been signed by all nine members of Slipknot, Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society, all the members of Slayer, the whole of Judas Priest, and Ozzy Osbourne. Best of all, 100 percent of the proceeds go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Click to for more info. . . This fall, Queen brings their hit musical to Nevada. Hey, who needs Broadway when ya got Vegas? That's right, debuting in November, We Will Rock You comes to Paris Las Vegas for what may be a ten-year run. The musical, written by Ben Elton, features 20 classic Queen tunes, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions," and "Another One Bites the Dust." Queen's Brian May stated: "It's a new animal. This has not been done before. It's breaking new ground. Very rock and roll, a new kind of theater-that's what people are going to say about it." A ringing endorsement, indeed. Tickets are on sale now!. . . The Bangles were given a rare honor in July, when Sir Paul McCartney gave the entire band an honorary degree from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). LIPA was opened by McCartney and co-founder Mark Featherstone-Witty in 1996, on the site of the Liverpool Institute, where McCartney and George Harrison attended elementary school. Back in 2003, the Bangles took time out to conduct a seminar at the institute, which was the highest-attended workshop ever at the school. Band members Vicki Peterson and Michael Steele were on hand at the graduation ceremony on July 30 to accept the award. . . . Introduce your young 'un to the magic of guitar with the upcoming Sing a Song of Six Strings, due out in October on Sony Wonder. Produced by Eddie Kramer, the 13-track album features kiddie songs by some damn legendary guitar slingers-Slash, Peter Frampton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Jorma Kaukonen, Santana, and Stone Temple Pilots' Dean De Leo, to name a few.

-Emily Fasten  

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