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Les Paul, the acclaimed guitar player and inventor of the Les Paul, passed away on Thursday, August 13, at a hospital in White Plains, New York from complications of sever pneumonia. He was a robust 94 years old. In recent years Paul played twice weekly at the Iridium Jazz Club with a non-stop calvacade of rock legends including Paul McCartney, Slash, ****ie Betts, Zakk Wylde, Brian May, Joe Satriani and others.

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He was born on June 9, 1915 and was already performing publicly as a honky-tonk guitarist at the young age of 13. He created the solid body Les Paul after years of innovation in the 1950s and now guitarists from Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, to Slash to Tom Morello all sing its praises.

Guitarist extraordinaire Joe Satriani, who is currently on tour with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith in Chickenfoot, got on the phone to talk about Les. We asked him when and where he was when he heard the news.

Joe Satriani On Finding Out Les Paul Died

"I was sitting in a Starbucks with Chad Smith and we were doing some stuff on Twitter, and it popped up. We started to see people leaving messages about his passing. I wasn't aware that he had pneumonia again, so it was sort of a shock to me, completely, you know."

Satriani, who is perhaps one of the most influential guitarists of this era and taught the likes of Kirk Hammett of Metallica, former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman, and Steve Vai, said that Les Paul was more than an inventor of a guitar.

Joe Satriani On Les Paul Impact

"To meet him was to learn how to be a good human being first and foremost. He ws just this fantastic person and when you spend time with him, hopefully some of that would rub off on you. As a musician of course his contributions to guitar playing and to music were just staggering. He was our first real guitar hero. He was one of those flashy guitar players who could back it up with solid musicianship. He invented multi-track recording. He invented the idea of pirate radio. He operated a station out of his apartment in New York City. He was the first guy to get the solid body guitar right. All the while he was doing this he was a fantastic entertainer, guitar player, and his career was just incredible."

Former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver and solo guitarist Slash said in a statement: "Les Paul was a shining example of how full one's life can be. He accomplished so much, & was so vibrant & full of positive energy. I'm honored & humbled to have known & played with him over the years, he was an exceptionally brilliant man, musician, inventor, mentor & friend."

Keith Richards: "Les Paul, along with Leo Fender, the most important developer of the electric guitar. He actually taught himself to play guitar in order to demonstrate his electronic theories. Wow!! All of us owe an unimaginable debt to his work and his talent. Mary Ford didn’t hurt either."

Joan Jett: "He was a genius inventor, musical innovator, and a wonderful person. Without the advances he pioneered, the recording sciences and the electric guitar would have been left years behind. I will miss him so much."

Dave Navarro: "Les is single handedly responsible for the direction and evolution of the modern rock movement. Period. If you are a fan of modern music, you owe Les Paul an enormous Thank You!"

Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum: "Without Les Paul, we would not have rock and roll as we know it. His inventions created the infrastructure for the music and his playing style will ripple through generations. He was truly an architect of rock and roll."

Joe Chambers, founder of the Musicians Hall of Fame based in Nashville: "It’s kinda heavy, but it just felt good in your hands. The electronics that Gibson developed that went into it later just gave it a sound and a feel that is unparalleled."

Les Paul has become the only individual to share membership into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. And one thing is for certain: Les Paul is responsible for changing the way rock & roll sounds and he will be greatly missed.

A private ceremony is being held for him in New York, and a service in his hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin and a public memorial will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family urges wellwishers to donate to the Les Paul Foundation, 236 West 30th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.
Source: Les Paul Dies At 94 | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com


I am saddened by this. Without him, music wouldnt be the way it is today.
 

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Not really sad but everyone died. Poor him. Guess what ??

Why can’t we seem to live without celebrities? Well, I do. They can live without regular people like you and me so why can't you just live without celebrities ? Seriously, You guys are obsessed with celebrities all over the world. It's disgusting, and has to stop.

I do not worship celebrities, or even keep track of who they are. I could not pick that Spears girl out of a line-up, nor any rapper. They dont care about you, you know that, huh ? Jeez.

Oh yeah, go to any grocery store and look at the people in the checkout lanes, waiting for their turn to pay for their groceries. What are most of them doing? Reading those darn celebrity magazines to find out who's dating who, or who got arrested. It's pathetic. Grow up already. They're just people like you and me. Just because they happen to have a job that pays them a lot of money doesn't make them any better at being a human, and in some cases can actually make them worse.

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against actors, athletes or people of wealth in general. If you worked hard for you money then more power to ya. I love a good movie with great acting, I'm a diehard horrors fan, and I love reading about some good stories. I just don't hold people up on a pedestal and worship them like they're better than me. They have a job that puts them on television or in the movies. Big deal. It's a job, and they're just people. Enjoy their work just as you would anyone else's. Just don't think they're better than you, because they're not.
 

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He deserves respect ? He will never respect you. Come on. THINK!

For an example:

"Look Martha! There's Brad Pitt! He just looked at me! Oh my god I'm never going to wash my eyes again!"

It's just so disgusting that people are so utterly pathetic in their own self-esteem that they have to live vicariously through someone else and worship the ground they walk on. Maybe if parenting wasn't so poorly done in this world people wouldn't have to find role-models outside of their own home.
 

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^this.

Vote-Rape RockmanForte today.

Voting starts now!
 

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He deserves respect ? He will never respect you. Come on. THINK!

For an example:

"Look Martha! There's Brad Pitt! He just looked at me! Oh my god I'm never going to wash my eyes again!"

It's just so disgusting that people are so utterly pathetic in their own self-esteem that they have to live vicariously through someone else and worship the ground they walk on. Maybe if parenting wasn't so poorly done in this world people wouldn't have to find role-models outside of their own home.
rockman, for chist's sake just keep these comments to yourself. given the nature of the thread your posts can be considered boarderline flame-bait and i think you are well aware that your comments are going to reel in backlash from other members.

you are certainly entitled to your opinion and thats fine but lets try not to poke the bee hive mmmkay?
 

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Not really sad but everyone died. Poor him. Guess what ??

Why can’t we seem to live without celebrities? Well, I do. They can live without regular people like you and me so why can't you just live without celebrities ? Seriously, You guys are obsessed with celebrities all over the world. It's disgusting, and has to stop.

I do not worship celebrities, or even keep track of who they are. I could not pick that Spears girl out of a line-up, nor any rapper. They dont care about you, you know that, huh ? Jeez.

Oh yeah, go to any grocery store and look at the people in the checkout lanes, waiting for their turn to pay for their groceries. What are most of them doing? Reading those darn celebrity magazines to find out who's dating who, or who got arrested. It's pathetic. Grow up already. They're just people like you and me. Just because they happen to have a job that pays them a lot of money doesn't make them any better at being a human, and in some cases can actually make them worse.

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against actors, athletes or people of wealth in general. If you worked hard for you money then more power to ya. I love a good movie with great acting, I'm a diehard horrors fan, and I love reading about some good stories. I just don't hold people up on a pedestal and worship them like they're better than me. They have a job that puts them on television or in the movies. Big deal. It's a job, and they're just people. Enjoy their work just as you would anyone else's. Just don't think they're better than you, because they're not.
I would have to write an ESSAY to properly respond to your blatant disregard for context and respect.

I'd have to WRITE A NOVEL to tell you why idols are important and how your abusing the term "worship".


No...just no. Just keep your trap shut next time.
 

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lets just try to get back on topic guys, we have given him enough attention already and the side effects of an overdose are too horrifying to descibe.
 

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@BigIg,

Go back to English class, thank you.

Anyway, you guys will never understand anything at all. I feel sorry for you guys.
 

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no... hes serious, half the time you make **** all sense, and at other times its like speaking to someone else.
 
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