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Motley Crue Plans to Go Unplugged During Las Vegas Residency

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A skimpy stage production is definitely not in the cards for Motley Crue's upcoming 12-gig residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In fact, singer Vince Neil says that every two-hour-plus show will feature "amazing visuals and stuff you would not expect from a rock concert."

But each night during the run of Motley Crue in Sin City, the band plans to deviate from the overall bombast and dial the music down — way down.

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Jason Becker Documentary Schedules World Premiere

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At the start of the 1990s, young guitarist Jason Becker was riding high, having joined forces with ex-Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth to record what would become Roth's third full-length solo album, 1991's 'A Little Ain’t Enough.'

But around the same time, Becker was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Now paralyzed and unable to speak or play guitar, Becker still continues to make new music. His incredible story has been captured in the new documentary 'Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet,' which will make its world premiere March 3 in San Jose, California.

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Kiss Fan Designs Mount KISSMore Sculpture

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Given the merchandising savvy of Kiss co-leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, it's surprising a wall-mountable band collectible in the style of Mount Rushmore wasn't already on the market.

Thanks to Kiss fan and artist Douglas Hildebrandt, that void has been filled in the form of his limited-edition Mount KISSMore sculpture, which begins shipping in February.

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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Receives Replicas of His Classic Guitar From Shop in England

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Hard-core Black Sabbath fans know the significance of Tony Iommi's retired red 1965 Gibson SG guitar — easily identifiable by its cartoon monkey sticker — to the band's catalog and touring history.

As the reunited Sabbath moves forward with a new album and tour, Iommi will be armed with two new replicas of the trusty guitar made specifically for him by a craftsman in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England.

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Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir Guitars Are Part of a New Grateful Dead Exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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When Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh first sang the memorable 'Truckin' lyric "What a long, strange trip it's been," the Grateful Dead had only been together for about five years. Of course, the Dead's rich musical journey continued for another 25 years, effectively ending with Garcia's death on Aug. 9, 1995.

This spring, Deadheads can look back on the band's storied career in a new exhibit called 'Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip,' which opens to the public April 12 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Members of Aerosmith, Deep Purple and Allman Brothers Band Contribute to Tommy Bolin Tribute Album

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You know a guy has serious chops when he's called upon to take over Joe Walsh's role in the James Gang, then replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple.

Guitarist/singer Tommy Bolin wasn't on the scene very long, but he certainly left his mark as a brief member of those two bands, followed by his short-lived solo career, which ended when he died in 1976 at age 25.

Bolin will be honored by Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, current Purple guitarist Steve Morse, Allman Brothers Band members Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, Peter Frampton and other big-name players on 'Great Gypsy Soul,' due March 27 from 429 Records.

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George Harrison Guitar iPad App on the Way

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Throughout his career, George Harrison played a variety of guitars, among them a psychedelic-looking Fender Stratocaster, a "fireglo" Rickenbacker 360 12-string and a black Gretsch Duo Jet (which he considered to be his first real decent guitar).

Those particular instruments — and many more — are part of a new Harrison guitar app for the iPad that will be available via the Apple iTunes store starting Feb. 23.

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