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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Launches Signature Les Paul Junior Guitar

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has teamed up with Gibson Brands Inc. to launch the new Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior.

The new Gibson Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Junior is available worldwide at authorized Gibson dealers and online.

"The single cut 50's Les Paul Jr has been the root of my guitar tone for over 20 years," said Armstrong. "Ever since I bought 'Floyd' my 1956 Sunburst Jr, in the early 2000's I have been addicted. It's a simple, raw, and powerful guitar that has a sound that just can't be beat! Plug it straight into any tube amp, crank it and it will roar!"

The new Les Paul Junior signature model features a mahogany neck with Billie Joe Armstrong SlimTaper profile, rosewood fretboard, Graph Tech nut, and Billie Joe's signature on the truss rod cover.

(Photo: Gibson)

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The Pretenders Announce 2023 U.K., Ireland Tour Dates

The Pretenders have announced dates for their U.K. and Ireland trek, named "The Relentless Tour," this spring.

The band, led by vocalist Chrissie Hynde, will kick off their tour with a concert on May 13 at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms.

The band will perform in Cambridge, Frome, Stoke, Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Belfast during the trek, which is named after their 12th studio album, due out later this year.

Ahead of the tour, the Pretenders will perform at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, headlining The Independent Stage at The Old Market on May 12. They are also set to headline the inaugural Midnight Sun Weekender in Stornoway on May 25.

"The Relentless Tour" Dates:

Sat May 13 2023 - NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms Sun May 14 2023 - CAMBRIDGE Mash Tue May 16 2023 - FROME Cheese and Grain Wed May 17 2023 - STOKE Sugarmill Fri May 19 2023 - LIMERICK Dolans Sat May 20 2023 - CORK Cyprus Avenue Sun May 21 2023 - DUBLIN 3Olympia Theatre Tue May 23 2023 - BELFAST Limelight Thu May 25 2023 - STORNOWAY Lewis Castle

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Grammy Museum Announces 'The Power Of Song: A Songwriters Hall Of Fame Exhibit'

The Grammy Museum has announced a traveling exhibit lauding the work and legacy of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and explores the mysteries behind the making of great music.

The newly expanded "The Power Of Song: A Songwriters Hall Of Fame Exhibit" launches at the Grammy Museum on April 26 and will run through September 4.

Through artifact displays, an original film, and interactive experiences, the exhibition examines the songwriter's creative process, tells the stories of great songwriters - all of whom are Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees or Special Award recipients - and digs deep into the celebrated compositional works that make up the American music treasury.

The exhibit is curated by Jasen Emmons, the Grammy Museum's Chief Curator and Vice President of Curatorial Affairs, and Kelsey Goelz, the Grammy Museum's Associate Curator.

Originally launched at CUNY Graduate Center in New York last summer, the newly expanded exhibit opening in Los Angeles includes several new, never-before-seen artifacts representing the careers of songwriters such as Tom Petty, Allee Willis, Nile Rodgers, and many more.

It also includes interactive content where visitors will be able to explore a sprawling database of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees and choose between several "song spotlights" to hear renowned songwriters explain the origins of a song.

Highlights from the exhibit include an exhibit film featuring songwriters Jimmy Jam, Toby Keith, Carole King, Smokey Robinson, Carole Bayer Sager, and Diane Warren, sharing insights about their creative process; A songwriting interactive featuring Toby Keith, Carole King, Smokey Robinson, and Don Schlitz, each dissecting one of their hit songs; A piano owned by George Gershwin; Handwritten lyrics and other songwriting artifacts representing the creative work of inductees Desmond Child, Hal David, Steve Dorff, Lamont Dozier, Will Jennings, Holly Knight, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Henry Mancini, John Mellencamp, Alan Menken, Cole Porter, Taylor Swift and others.

(Photo: Grammy Museum)

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