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from Tim Henderson
of BW&BK Magazine
Edited by HardRadio

1/31/18 Page 5

Legendary rock musicians Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers have announced they will join forces for the STARS ALIGN TOUR - their co-headlining summer outing with Ann Wilson of Heart. "I always enjoy touring the US in the summer and joining with Paul, and Ann Wilson, should make for quite an exciting night," said Jeff Beck. "This is going to be a knock out combination of music and musicians," said Paul Rodgers. "I've always been a Jeff Beck fan, who isn't? He is in a league of his own. Ann Wilson has an amazing voice and is a brilliant songwriter. 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of 'Free' and I hope we can touch your spirit with the 'Spirit of Free'." "I am thrilled to have been asked to perform on the Stars Align Tour with Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers," said Ann Wilson. "They are both long time favorites of mine! They are masters at their craft and it is an honor to share the stage this summer." Stars Align tour dates: July 18 - West Valley City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Five Point Amphitheatre. 22 - Chula Vista, CA - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre. 24 - Houston, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land. 25 - Dallas, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. 28 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. 29 - Chicago, IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. 31 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre. August 1 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage. 3 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 4 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion. 8 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center. 10 - Indianapolis, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center. 12 - Holmdel, NJ - P.N.C. Bank Arts Center. 14 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. 17 - Nashville, TN - Nashville Municipal Auditorium. 19 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion. 25 - West Palm Beach, FL - Coral Sky Amphitheatre. 26 - Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Guns N' Roses guitar icon SLASH released new Gibson signature Firebird guitars on September 7th, 2017. Slash requested that the new signature models augment the Firebird template with Les Paul features, including Les Paul wiring, two Seymour Duncan Slash APH humbuckers (spaced like their LP equivalents) and a solid figured maple cap. There are two aged nitrocellulose finish options and the Gibson Custom Shop has only produced 25 of each, with the signed Trans White option retailing at a premium. The models had been in the works for some time, given the top-hatted one's use of a Firebird for The Seeker during GNR's 2016 reunion dates. The guitars are available in Trans White and Trans Black.

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