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Iron Maiden Trooper Beer

So I went to Beverages and More last Sunday. Not being a religious man, Sunday is a "sacred" day for me. It's a "me" day for me, and exactly the kind of day I want to be buying liquor. While I was wandering around in BevMo, I saw this 4-pack of 16-oz cans of "Iron Maiden Trooper" beer. At first I thought, "Hmmm... Is that cool? I guess that's cool. I'll give it a try..."

Trooper Beer before the opening with vintage church key!
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Les Paul's Gibson Pickup Winder Refurbished and Working

*Not an April Fools' story:

Throbak Electronics is a company that we've been following for a while. We were going to post something else, but we thought this story was too cool and felt we had to post it as soon as we could. In the wake of the Les Paul Estate Sale, Throbak has recently posted that they obtained yet another vintage Gibson pickup winder. This is *THE* pickup winder that Les Paul took from the Gibson factory when Gibson left Kalamazoo and relocated to Nashville.

Nearly identical Stevens pickup winder at Gibson in the 1950's
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Decline of Western Civilization - Series Released!

We never watched Decline of Western Civilization Part I, The Punk Years. But we've seen Decline, Part II: The Metal Years. We were aware of a Part III, but never found it to be showing or were able to get a DVD of it...

Look no longer. Announced TODAY. Decline of Western Civilization, Parts I, II, and III will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on June 30th.

Rolling Stone has announced the release and has a brief story about it.
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Decline of Western Civilization, Parts I, II, & III, Releasing June 30th
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Intellectual Property Assistance: IPLegalFreebies.com

Not everyone who applies effort into learning a musical instrument does so with the intention to make heaps and heaps of money. Everyone says that they do it for "the love of the music". That "love of the music" can be a convenient cover for:

  • Males who are looking for "enhanced opportunities" with females (see Lemmy Kilmister)
  • The adulation of a crowd.
  • A suitable outlet for expression that would otherwise be antisocial.
  • Therapy.

And then there are some who actually do it for the love of the music...

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Twisted Sister Drummer, A.J. Pero Dies at 55

Once you've heard "We're Not Going To Take It" by Twisted Sister, you never forget that drum intro. That song was an anthem of rebellion for many in the early 1980s and beyond. Pero was declared dead yesterday at 11:00 am; apparently of a heart attack while asleep on the tour bus of a part-time band he participated in, "Adrenaline Mob".

More information found at the L.A. Times website HERE.
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A.J. Pero on left, died March 20th of an apparent heart attack
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Guitargeek - Guitar Signal Chain Examples

Guitargeek.com is, as its name suggests, one of the geekier sites on the internet with respect to documenting rock artists and what they do to get their sound. The archive claims to go back to 1993, when the author and originator, Adam Cooper, began the project. Unfortunately, as I recall there used to be a lot more information up on Guitargeek.com. It appears that despite logging material since 1993, the site only goes back a little over a year, to December (a few times, I've seen a few August, but not reliably) 2013.

Guitar Geek Sample Image - Can you find this artist?
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Metallica Revisiting Earliest Days - Release News

We've been pretty clear, at least in an earlier article, about our feelings about Metallica, so we won't belabor them here. However, in order to be consistent with and to those feelings, it seems only fair to give credit where credit is due. Metallica is launching a reissue project where they're taking their cassette release from 1982, "No Life Till Leather", and remastering it and apparently a bunch of other material, and releasing it.

Metallica No Life Till Leather
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Encyclopaedia Metallum, The Metal Archives

With the nature of the Internet being what it is, a site like The Metal Archives has been around for a long long TIME - since 2002. It is a resource for metal music, the likes of which, I don't believe has been created for any other form of music. Right now, there are over 100,000 metal bands listed in its searchable database. There are over 25,000 independent record labels listed as well.

The Metal Archives - This is the only usable image we could find!

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