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Peter Frampton Backing Self Tuning Guitar System

Peter Frampton has teamed up with AxCent Tuning Systems LLC to promote a Crowdfunder.com campaign to raise money for a new guitar apparatus, which re-tunes itself mid-song, opening up countless possibilities for single-player performances. Billboard.com reported that a $ 1 million goal needs to be reached in order to “manufacture and market an affordable, mass-consumer edition of its Performer computer-controlled guitar tuning system, which has been used by Frampton as well as Jimmy Page, Graham Nash, Collective Soul’s Ed Roland, Tom Keifer and Mark Slaughter. The device resides inside the guitar and makes use of an external app, allowing players to change tuning in seconds and without having to switch instruments. AxCent Tuning hopes to sell the new device for about $400.”



AC/DC Drummer’s Sentencing Delayed


AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd’s sentencing on charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs has been delayed until July 9th, according to SunLive. Rudd was scheduled to be sentenced on June 26th after pleading guilty to both charges but will now wait an additional two weeks. Rudd could face up to seven years in prison for the threatening to kill charge alone.


Rudd entered his pleas on April 21st in a New Zealand courtroom with only a judge and no jury present. Judge Robert Wolffe allowed Rudd to stay out on bail, with his existing bail conditions, until sentencing.


According to court documents, police found 71 grams of methamphetamine and 130 grams of marijuana during a November 6th, 2014 raid on Rudd’s New Zealand home.

The raid was conducted after he was accused of threatening to kill an associate and his daughter during a phone call last September.

Disappointment over the response to his debut solo album, Head Job, may have motivated Rudd to make the threats against his personal assistant, who prosecutors said was “genuinely fearful of his safety.”



Flea Blasts Oil Company


Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea took to Facebook on June 6th to blast the Plains All American Pipeline company, which was responsible for the pipeline failure that spewed 100,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean on May 19th off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Flea was incensed when he and his daughter went for a walk on the beach and his daughter stepped on a tar ball, most likely a result of the spill and its after-effects.


Flea wrote, “Dear plains all American pipeline, my daughter just dared step on the beach for a few minutes where we live about 75 miles from the Santa Barbara oil spill you caused. She got your oil s**t product all over her feet.” He continued, “You evil lying scumbags will get away with a paltry fine that means nothing to you. You could have had a shut off valve but you saved cash there too. You are the worst kind of human beings, I am infuriated you disgust me.”




Paul McCartney Gets Tulip Named After Him


Paul McCartney has had a tulip named after him and was presented with the flower while on tour in Amsterdam. DutchNews.nl posted that the former Beatle’s signature flower, is a red tulip featuring white edges that has been “20 years in development” and will finally be made available to the public in limited quantities next year. The flower’s grower, Jaap Uittenbogaard, created the bulb as a member of the Remarkable Tulips growers’ association and said, “It has been a long-cherished wish of mine to honor my musical hero with a Dutch tulip.”


McCartney, who was presented with the tulip prior to hitting the stage, said that he would be planting it in his London garden next spring and that he was pleased with its colors, stating “the red represents love and the white stands for unlimited possibilities.”


The other flower named after McCartney, named the “McCartney Rose” was included in 2007’s “Red Carpet of Roses” at the 118th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. The parade featured more than 50 varieties of roses, including those named after Marilyn Monroe and Bing Crosby.