100th ANNIVERSARY TICKETS ON SALEMay 9th - May 9th
TICKETS FOR THE LES PAUL 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN NEW YORK GO ON SALE TODAY
Star Studded Musical Celebration on Tuesday, June 9th Brings Together Some of Music’s Most Epic Performers and Friends of Les
Only 200 Tickets to go on Sale Today via ticketweb.com
New York, New York– April 6, 2015 – The Official “100th Anniversary of Les Paul,” musical event goes on sale today. Tickets to the launch event celebrating the famous inventor and musician’s 100th birthday will be available via http://smarturl.it/Les100thKickoff beginning at 2pm EST today, Monday April 6th. Fans of Les Paul will have the opportunity to rub elbows with some of the most famous names in music at the official kick-off event. Music legends including Steve Miller, Founder of Journey Neal Schon, Joe Bonamassa, guitar virtuoso Johnny A, Chickenfoot’s Joe Satriani, Count’s 77 and others will appear at the event. Musical acts will continue to be announced on les-paul.com over the next several weeks.
A limited number of tickets go on sale today at 2pm EST via http://smarturl.it/Les100thKickoff. The event, which will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, has limited capacity and ticket holders will get to experience a historical musical event of epic proportions.
Les Paul was the father of the solid body electric guitar – the inventor of multitrack recording, overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects, electronic echo and many other recording innovations that today’s recording artists use every day. Musicians from every genre have credited Les Paul for their careers. Numerous museum exhibits and awards continue to celebrate the innovations and accomplishments of Les Paul.
Anderson Cooper of CNN said that “It is literally true that what is now known as modern American music would not be what it is today without Les Paul.”
“The man is a genius. Whenever you turn on your amplifier, that’s Les Paul,” has added the legendary B.B. King, a colleague and friend of the innovator.
The Hard Rock Cafe New York has also created a limited edition collectible pin honoring Les Paul. The replica pin is of the guitar pick Les Paul designed and handmade using sand paper for a better grip. The oversized pick pin will be sold at the New York retail location exclusively. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the pins will benefit The Les Paul Foundation.
Guests of the June 9th special event will be the first to see videos from some of rock n’ roll’s most famous faces including Slash, Sammy Hagar, HEART’s Nancy Wilson, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir, Richie Sambora and other friends of Les Paul.
“We wouldn’t be able to make records like we do if Les didn’t invent multi-track recording,” said rock icon Eddie Van Halen.
“The music industry, whether its artists like Eddie Van Halen or a Jimmy Page, if asked a question will always go back to Les.” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation. “The music industry understands that Les is a historic iconic individual who left his mark. Every generation including future generations will continue to stand on his shoulders.”
The official 100th Birthday Celebration of Les Paul will be one of the most historical moments in music history. For over three years the Les Paul Foundation has been planning events and program which will continue the legacy of Les Paul, bring about excitement to explore and invent and remind people that Les Paul changed the face of music in many ways. For more information on all the events and programs scheduled go to www.les-paul.com
About the Les Paul 100th Anniversary
Les Paul was an innovator who inspired creativity throughout his life. As the inventor of the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, over-dubbing (sound on sound) and numerous other recording techniques, he left an unmistakable mark on the music industry and for future generations. The Les Paul 100th Anniversary is a year-long to celebration of Les Paul’s life and will include major events and programs, tours, promotional campaigns, education grants and marketing initiatives that will secure his legacy for generations. The Les Paul website has been re-launched and includes interactive opportunities for guests to experience along with the late, great Les Paul as well as new merchandise. For more information and up-to-date schedules of the official Les Paul 100th Anniversary activities go to www.les-paul.com
About Les Paul Foundation
Les Paul formed his foundation as a means to encourage young people to pursue their curiosity and innovation about music, sound and engineering. Recent grants from the Les Paul Foundation include funding to multiple music education programs, hearing loss research and the museums that tell the Les Paul story. For information on the Les Paul 100th Anniversary go to www.les-paul.com. The foundation’s comprehensive website is www.lespaulfoundation.org. The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation is based in New York.