People Laughed When This Philly Lawyer Sued Led Zeppelin. Nobody’s Laughing Now.

Philadelphia-area attorney Francis Malofiy. Photograph by Bryan Sheffield. The fact that Philadelphia barrister Francis Alexander Malofiy, Esquire, is suing Led Zeppelin over the authorship of “Stairway to Heaven” is, by any objective measure, only the fourth most interesting thing about him. Unfortunately for the reader, and the purposes of this story, the first, second and third most interesting things about Malofiy are bound and gagged in nondisclosure agreements, those legalistic dungeons where the First Amendment goes to die. So let’s start with number four and work our way backward. At the risk of stating the obvious, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, let the record show that “Stairway to Heaven” is arguably the most famous song in all of rock-and-roll, perhaps in all of popular music. It’s also one of the most lucrative — it’s estimated that the song has netted north of $500 million in sales and royalties since…

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10 of the Coolest Guitar Headstocks We’ve Ever Seen

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Oct 17, 2017 Guitar makers invest a lot of time into honing their craft and developing their stylistic individuality... Guitar makers invest a lot of time into honing their craft and developing their stylistic individuality. Over the years, as luthiers grow in skill and personality, their creativity begins to shine through in their woodworking style. Take, for example, the intricacies of guitar headstocks. As a rule, like in any part of an instrument’s manufacturing process, headstock designs pivot heavily on performance functionality. The shape of the headstock has a significant impact on tuning stability and the way the strings slide through the nut grooves. With this in mind, check out the following ultra-cool designs that have found the perfect marriage between artistic design and technical perfection: 1. Michiro Matsuda Michiro Matsuda was born in Nagoya, Japan. After graduating from the Robert Venn School of Lutherie, he completed an apprenticeship under…

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METALLICA Breaks Revenue Records At Grand Forks, North Dakota’s Alerus Center

  According to the Grand Forks Herald, METALLICA's September 8 concert at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota broke records for ticket revenue and other sales. The event, which drew nearly 17,000 fans as part of the band's "WorldWired" tour, resulted in the highest-grossing ticket sales in the building's history, said Anna Rosburg, Alerus Center general manager. The stadium holds 21,000. It also broke highest-grossing records for food and beverage sales, merchandise sales, and partnership revenues for one show since the Alerus opened in February 2001, Rosburg said. Country music singer George Strait holds the record for highest attendance at an Alerus Center concert, having drawn about 19,500 for a February 2013 performance. "We did not break the [attendance] record [with the METALLICA concert, but had an excellent turnout and we appreciate the community's support in this exciting event," said Rosburg. Earlier in the year, METALLICA landed on…

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America’s Musical Journey
America's Musical Journey

America’s Musical Journey

  When was the last time a movie made you want to dance in your seat? Or inspired you to travel? America's Musical Journey, a foot-stomping, high-flying, body-bending, hands-clapping, back-flipping, soul-lifting new film, celebrates the USA's trailblazing spirit, dynamic diversity and enormous musical contributions — jazz, blues, country, hip-hop and rock — that were born and nurtured here, then shared with the world. Music is the universal human language that brings us together, touches all hearts, elicits emotions. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, the 40-minute film is also a travelogue, its cinematography swooping and soaring and sliding through glittering cities and glorious countrysides, fancy hotspots and down-home cool digs. Premiering on February 15, 2018 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, with a second premiere on February 16 at its National Museum of American History, America's Musical Journey will then roll out to IMAX and giant-screen theaters in the USA and around the globe. Take a look:…

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Metallica’s James Hetfield’s Iron Cross
Iron Cross Headstock

Metallica’s James Hetfield’s Iron Cross

Specs: Black and Gold color - Mahogany wood body - Mahogany wood neck - Rosewood Fretboard - Set-in construction - White Pearl Inlays - Scale Length 24.75" - 22 Frets - H/H Wilkinson Pickups - 2 Volume, 1 Tone, 3-way toggle Switch Controls - LP Bridge - Gold Hardware - Lock-in mechanism tunersExtremely easy to play, not buzzing and clean sound. You may check how the guitar plays on that cover video: Orion from Metallica I have had my eyes on the James Hetfieled's (Metallica's rhythm guitar and vocals) Iron Cross since I first saw on their Frantic video clip; from St. Anger album. The one he owns is a Gibson model from the early 70's which he personally bolted on the golden iron cross left-over from a motorcycle he was building with his uncle. Needless to say that this model is no longer made which makes it a very…

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