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London' radio art station Resonance104.4fm is staging a live auction to raise funds to keep this unique project on air.

It's being held from noon on Saturday March 19th until midnight on Sunday March 20th. Amongst the top items to bid for is the chance to win a 90 minute one to one bass guitar lesson with John Paul Jones. For full details visit http://resonancefm.com/auction

From: Tight But Loose: The Led Zeppelin Magazine

British musician Jet Harris, who played bass guitar in Cliff Richard's band The Shadows, has died aged 71, British media reported on Friday.

Terence Harris, nicknamed "Jet" because he was one of the fastest runners in his school, was introduced to Richard in 1958, and his website credits him with coming up with the name The Shadows.

"Jet was exactly what the Shadows and I needed -- a backbone holding our sound together," Richard said in a statement.

"Jet, the bass player, will always be an integral part of British rock'n'roll history. Losing him is sad -- but the great memories will stay with me. Rock on, Jet."

With The Shadows, Harris enjoyed a string of hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s including "High Class Baby," the chart-topping "Apache" and "Guitar Tango." His last recording with the band was "Wonderful Land" in 1962, which also made it to number one in the British charts.

After leaving the group, Harris teamed up with former Shadows bandmate Tony Meehan and again reached number one with "Diamonds" in 1963.

After a serious car crash nearly ended his career he faded from the limelight, although he did tour in Europe and release several albums. As his success as a musician faded, Harris became a professional photographer.

He was made an MBE for his services to music, and died after a two-year battle with cancer. Earlier this month he was forced to cancel all appearances due to ill health.

Jet Harris was partly responsible for helping BOTH Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones break into the music business. Jimmy's first major session was as a rhythm guitarist on Jet Harris & Tony Meehan's "Diamonds", in late 1962. Then, when "Diamonds" rushed up the charts (eventually hitting #1), Harris and Meehan hired Jones to play bass in their touring band. Jones spent a year touring the country, living the rock & roll lifestyle before finally settling down to try the session game. (And it was Harris' partner, Tony Meehan, who gave Jones his big break in the session world.) Thanks to swandown

"We all wanted to look like Jet Harris. I got into session playing through Jet Harris and Tony Meehan. Jet and Tony were my first major band. I had been in various small bands and done all the American bases. Jet was with the Jet Blacks; I walked up to him on Archer Street and asked him if he needed a bass player. He said, 'No I don't, but they do,' pointing me towards the Jet Blacks. He was leaving them, so I auditioned and joined up. Later he heard about me, swapped his bass player for me, and I went on the road with them." - John Paul Jones, from 2stoned by Andrew Loog Oldham. Thanks to Scott Swanson

From: Reuters

On Gibson.com we're proud to give so much love and support to guitarists – in the form of daily guitar-centric features, news, lessons and more. We'll admit, though, that this sometimes comes at the expense of another of our demographics – the bass players among you.

Oh, but how we love that thrilling thrum-bum-boom rumble of a bass guitar! We happen to believe that it's often the bass player who nudges a song into brilliance, though he seldom receives the credit for doing so. Now it's the bassist's time to have a turn in the spotlight.

Here is our list of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time. Think we missed the mark? Please let us know in the comments section who you'd have included.

10. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)

This multi-instrumentalist has taken on many roles since Led Zeppelin dissolved, but he will always be best-known for the four-string work he contributed to the band in the late '60s and '70s. The rhythmic grooves behind "Ramble On" and "The Lemon Song"? Chalk it all up to Jones.

9. Chris Squire (Yes)

The most longstanding of Yes band members – the only one to appear on each album – Squire grew up on the bass styles of John Entwistle, Jack Bruce and Larry Graham. Using a pick and only the neck pickup, Squire developed his signature aggressive sound by incorporating guitar effects like tremolo, phasing and the wah-wah pedal into his bass technique.

8. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Believe it or not, Flea got his start as a trumpet prodigy before picking up bass at his Los Angeles high school. Flea originally relied on traditional basslines before beginning to incorporate a Bootsy Collins-inspired slap bass style into hit album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. He then changed gears again, paring back on subsequent albums by playing far fewer notes.

7. Les Claypool (Primus)

Not known for his restraint, Primus frontman Claypool pulls out all the stops on stage with his bass guitar — using slapping, tapping, whammy bar bends and flamenco-inspired strumming to shape his band's experimental funk-rock sound.

6. Jaco Pastorius

Pastorius' personal life – fraught with mental illness and substance abuse – is almost as interesting as his bass playing, and that's saying a lot. This virtuoso, who died during a 1987 fight with a nightclub bouncer, was heralded by the likes of Miles Davis and Victor Wooten for his technique, which involved exclusive use of the bridge pickup and fingerstyle playing.

5. Geddy Lee (Rush)

For more than 40 years, Lee's worked as bassist for the world's leading prog rock band. Oh yeah, and this overachiever is also Rush's lead vocalist and keyboardist. Many heavy-hitting bassists (guys like Cliff Burton, Iron Maiden's Steve Harris, Dream Theater's John Myung and Primus' Les Claypool) have gushed about Lee's influence on their work.

4. Cliff Burton (Metallica)

The late Burton contributed to three hit Metallica albums before perishing at age 24 in a 1986 tour bus accident. Known for his "lead bass" role, Burton played a larger part in Metallica's overall sound than most bassists – contributing both melodies and solos to the heavy metal compositions.

3. John Entwistle (The Who)

The versatile bassist in The Who, Entwistle was an unpredictable player – veering from melodic and song-supportive to rhythmic and loud (he was, after all, one of the first to make use of a Marshall stack). An instrument enthusiast, he'd amassed more than 200 bass guitars by the time he died of a heart attack in 2002.

2. James Jamerson

This bass-playing hero went somewhat under the radar until recent years, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him into their ranks in 2000. Holding the bassline behind most all the Motown Records hits, Jamerson's work can be heard in classics like "My Girl," "For Once in My Life," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," and the list goes on and on.

1. Paul McCartney (The Beatles)

While there's no denying his prowess, you may not think that Macca deserves to sit so high atop this list. But we put him here because we dare you to find a more influential bassist this side of the solar system. And to think it almost didn't happen at all; McCartney became the Fab Four's bassist by default after original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe left the band to return to art school.

From: Gibson Lifestyle
Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American classic rock group featuring the talents of blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), has announced the title of their much-anticipated second album. The album will be called "2" and will be released in the UK on June 13th via Mascot Records, followed by a US release on June 14th on the J&R Adventures label.

The album track listing is as follows:

1. The Outsider
2. Man In The Middle
3. I Can See Your Spirit
4. The Battle For Hadrian's Wall
5. Save Me
6. Cold
7. Smokestack Woman
8. Faithless
9. An Ordinary Son
10. Little Secret
11. Crossfire
12. Crawl

On June 9, the band will kick off a US Summer Tour in San Diego, CA. In July, BCC will embark on a European tour that will take in concerts at Llandudno Cymru Arena (Saturday 23rd July), London's High Voltage Festival (Sunday 24th July), Leeds O2 Academy (Tuesday 26th July), Newcastle O2 Academy (Wednesday 27th July), Glasgow 02 Academy (Friday 29th July), and the Manchester Academy (Saturday 30th July).

The Summer 2011 live shows are long overdue and very highly anticipated, as the only live shows the band have performed previously was when they played two sold out concerts in Wolverhampton and London during late December 2010.

When the band performed in the heart of the Black Country at Wolverhmapton's Civic Hall in front of a 3,000 strong crowd on Dec. 29, 2010, the Birmingham Mail newspaper described the band's performance as "rip-roaring" and "breathtaking, while the Express & Star newspaper said, "From the moment Hughes' thunderous bass riff introduced ‘Black Country' it was like a torch had been lit underneath the famous old venue, the ghosts of rock Christmases past roaring into the present!"

Black Country Communion released its self-titled debut album in September 2010 to rave reviews. Mojo magazine gave the album four stars and Classic Rock magazine said it's "Possibly, the best hard rock album of 2010." Music Radar described it as "a potent and stomping collection of riff-heavy rockers that will undoubtedly stun listeners."

During its first week of release in the UK, the album hit the #1 spot in the Official Top 40 Rock Album Chart, and also hit #13 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart and #2 in the UK's Official Top 40 Indie Album Chart. The album was voted #3 in Classic Rock magazine's "Critics Album of the Year" poll, while Planet Rock radio listeners crowned BCC as the Best New Band of 2010.

From: Noble PR
Black Country Communion reveals track listing for new album
Photo Credit: © Christie Goodwin
Black Country Communion reveal artwork for album No.2
Black Country Communion, the English-American hard rock band featuring the talents of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham, and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, have released the artwork for their much-anticipated second album "2". The album will be released in the UK and Europe on June 13th by Mascot Records and in America on June 14th by J&R Adventures.

On June 9, the band will kick off a 7-date US summer tour in San Diego. The band will then embark on a UK/European tour. UK dates include Llandudno Cymru Arena (23 July), London's High Voltage Festival (24 July), Leeds O2 Academy (26 July), Newcastle O2 Academy (27 July), Glasgow 02 Academy (29 July), and Manchester Academy (30 July). 24 Hour Ticket Hotline: 0871 230 1101. Book Online: http://www.seetickets.com and http://www.thegigcartel.com.

Black Country Communion's self-titled debut album was released in Sept. 2010 to rave reviews. The album stormed the #1 position on the Official UK Top 40 Rock Album Chart; #13 in the Top 40 Album Chart and #2 in the Top 40 Indie Album Chart. It made #3 in Classic Rock's "Critics Album of the Year" poll, while Planet Rock listeners crowned them Best New Band of 2010.

Recent live shows in the UK in December 2010 had the Birmingham Mail calling their performance "rip-roaring" and "breathtaking." Classic Rock reported "a scorching set from start to finish."

From: Noble PR
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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