Megadeth's Chris Broderick donated guitar
[Photo by: Stephanie Cabral Photography]

Megadeth's Chris Broderick donated guitar
[Photo by: Stephanie Cabral Photography]

Jason Becker with Megadeth's Chris Broderick donated guitar (1)

Jason Becker with Megadeth's Chris Broderick donated guitar (2)

Megadeth’s Chris Broderick Donations to Jason Becker

Megadeth’s Chris Broderick was very kind and generous to donate this custom painted Ibanez guitar autographed by all Megadeth band members (Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Shawn Drover, and Chris himself) to my longtime friend, Jason Becker. This guitar was used to record Megadeth’s “Endgame” and was played by Chris on important tours.

Jason Becker has been and continues to be one of my biggest influences whether… it’s on the guitar, in music, or about life in general. I can’t say enough about the man who has been such a big part of my ability in music, so hopefully these items I have given to him to auction will convey in a small way my gratitude for all he has done!” – Chris Broderick

This special guitar among other items donated by Chris will be auctioned via eBay. More details will be posted as soon as they are available. – Laurie (Ms. A)

[Related post: Jeff Loomis Donation to Jason Becker]


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Everything  is ready for the second edition of the Italian version of the ROCK HARD FESTIVAL.

What’s different  are the attractions that somone already referred to as a “jump into the past”: from the large number of stands, to the Meet ‘n’ Greet, and the aftershow party with very special guests at the mixer.

All the Meet ‘n’ Greets will be at the ROCK HARD stand.

Below is the running order:

HELLSTORM 13:45 – 14:15

METHEDRAS  14: 25 – 14:55

HOLY MARTYR 15:10 – 15:40

MORTUARY DRAPE 15:55 – 16:35

DETESTOR 16: 50 – 17:30

SCHIZO   17:45 – 18:25

MASTER 18:35  – 19:15

NECROMASS 19:25 – 20:20

ONSLAUGHT 20:40 – 21:40

CORONER 22:00 – 23:30

Doors: 12:45

Tickets: 25€ + presale – 30€ at the door

You can find all the information at the websites below:




Event on Facebook: Click HERE


Web: www.eaglebooking.com

MySpace www.myspace.com/eaglebooking

Eagle on Youtube: www.youtube.com/EAGLEBOOKING

Eagle on Facebook: www.facebook.com/eagle.booking

Eagle on Twitter: http://twitter.com/EAGLE_BOOKING

Rock Hard Italy 2011

New Marty Friedman Guitar Auction For Jason Becker

From Marty Friedman’s Official Facebook today, 5/03/11:

“Also, later this week I will be auctioning my last Jackson guitar left. But this is for a different charity, this is for my bro Jason Becker’s medical bills. In all these years, Jason has never once asked me for charity, I’m just doing it this time because it feels good and because this guitar was special to the both of us.

This is my first Jackson, which I recorded all of Dragon’s Kiss, most of the Cacophony albums and my parts on Perpetual Burn, as well as a lot of the first 2 Megadeth albums with. I will put the link up here soon – so bid high, my friends!!!”

[Note by Ms. A: The guitar is the Jackson neck-through, black and white, tiger-striped, Kelly pictured with the model below. It was painted black after Marty joined Megadeth.]

since I posted anything here.  I’ll try to be better about it.

San Francisco is at lucky number 7.

Read the article:

Most Literate U.S. Cities: Minneapolis and Seattle

Buddence Cleveland B.
12 Apr 1996 – 28 Nov 2007

You are in kitty heaven with your sister, Cilla.  We will miss you dearly.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Buddy’s devoted mom.

Yosa Buson (1716-1783):

I cannot see her tonight.
I have to give her up
So I will eat fugu.

One word: Duh.

Read the article below:

Study Affirms Rocks Stars Do Die Younger

By TARIQ PANJA, Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, September 4, 2007

(09-04) 12:18 PDT LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) —

Living fast and dying young has long been part of rock ‘n’ roll lore.

And now there are statistics that affirm the image, according to a study released Tuesday.

Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University, whose report appeared in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, studied a sample of North American and British rock and pop stars and concluded they are more than twice as likely to die a premature death as ordinary citizens of the same age.

The team studied 1,064 stars from the rock, punk, rap, R&B, electronic and new age genres in the “All Time Top 1,000″ albums published in 2000. They compared each artist’s age at death with that of European and U.S. citizens of similar backgrounds, sex and ethnicity.

Mark Bellis, leader of the study, said his research showed the stereotype of rock stars was true — recreational drugs and alcohol-fueled parties take a toll.

The report found that, between two and 25 years after the onset of fame, the risk of death was two to three times higher for music stars than for members of the general population matched for age, sex, nationality and ethnic background.

In all, 100 of the stars studied had died — 7.3 percent of women and 9.6 percent of men. They included Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

The average age of death was 42 for North American stars and 35 for European stars.

Long-term drug or alcohol problems accounted for more than one in four of the deaths, the study found. The first years of success are the most dangerous, with both British and American musicians three times more likely to die than the average person during that time.

While the music world is not only filled but also fueled these days by aging music stars — Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan among them — industry observers were not surprised by the findings.

“Being a pop star is a crash-and-burn sort of lifestyle,” said rock journalist and broadcaster John Aizlewood. “If you go into it, you want adulation. You want to respond to the crowd. You can’t be a pop star in isolation. If you need that adulation, you obviously have other needs.

“It was ever thus. If you look back to Victorian times — Byron, Shelley those kind of people — being creative requires living on the edge in a way that being in insurance doesn’t.”

Dr. Tim Williams, a psychiatrist specializing in addiction at the University of Bristol, also said the increased mortality might be a byproduct of the artistic personality.

“You could argue that rock stars and pop stars have a sensation-seeking personality, that they have this desire to put themselves in these terrifying situations — performing in front of a large group of people — that also makes them vulnerable to dependence on substances, which markedly increases mortality,” he said.

In good news for aging rockers, the study found that after 25 years of fame, stars’ death rates began to return to normal — at least in Europe. A European star still living 25 years after achieving fame faces a similar mortality rate to the European public. U.S. artists, however, continue to die in greater numbers.

The study said this difference “might be explained by differences in longer-term experience of fame, with more performing in later years … continued media interest and associated stress and substance use in North American pop stars.”

Additionally, said Bellis, “Many (U.S. musicians) die in poverty and there is not the same type of public-health provision there” as in Europe.

“The music business would do well to take the health risks of substance abuse and risk-taking behaviors more seriously,” wrote Bellis, the lead author of the study.

“This is not only because of the long-term effects on the stars themselves, but also because of the influence these stars exert on others.”

Dr. Francis Keaney, an expert in addiction treatment at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said the death rates are likely to fall in the future.

“People are better educated about drug and alcohol abuse than they were in the past,” Keaney said. “Thirty years ago, you could name dozens of people living hedonistic lifestyles in the music industry. Today there are far fewer.”


Associated Press Writers Jill Lawless and Raphael Satter contributed to this story.

I always thought this was an interesting subject.  My friend has perfect pitch.  I would hum a random note and he could tell me what it was, just by listening to it.

Check out the article below:

Perfect Pitch May Be Genetic

The Musical Gift of Absolute Pitch, Also Called Perfect Pitch, May Lie in the Genes

By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Medical News

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Aug. 27, 2007 — Got perfect pitch? You might be genetically blessed with that musical ability, a new study shows.

Perfect pitch, also called absolute pitch, doesn’t mean you can hit a high C — or nail any other note. Perfect pitch isn’t about performing; it’s about identifying a musical tone without hearing a reference tone.

Perfect pitch is a rare ability that’s “outside the ken of most humans,” write researchers including Jane Gitschier, PhD, of the University of California at San Francisco.

Gitschier and colleagues posted a perfect pitch survey on their web site and invited anyone to participate.

Testing for Perfect Pitch

The survey presented a perfect-pitch test. In the test, people played 72 tones through their computers and tried to identify each tone after hearing it for only one second.

During a three-year period (July 2002 through July 2005), 2,213 people took the test; 44% of them scored in the “perfect pitch” range.

That percentage may sound pretty high for a rare gift. People with perfect pitch may have flocked to the web site. Most people who participated had at least six years of musical training.

The data show that people either have perfect pitch or they don’t, with little gray area between those two groups.

That finding suggests that perfect pitch “could be governed by the influence of only one or a few genes,” write the researchers. Exactly which genes remains to be seen.

Pitch Perception and Age

The study also shows that pitch perception may fade gradually with age. But even youngsters with perfect pitch didn’t necessarily ace the tone test.

For instance, people with perfect pitch correctly identified G-sharp only 52% of the time.

They may have misclassified G-sharp as A (the next note on the scale) because, as musicians, they’re used to hearing A, which is the universal tuning note, according to the researchers.

Gitschier and colleagues liken perfect pitch to the ability to precisely name subtle shifts in color — say, the difference between the yellow of lemon sherbet and a sunflower.

The study appears in this week’s early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Curious about the perfect pitch test? Take it yourself on the researchers’ web site at http://perfectpitch.ucsf.edu/.

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