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Jeff Beck and ZZ Top Announce Tour Suspension; Beck to Fill Dates Through August

Jeff Beck and ZZ Top have announced the suspension of the remaining scheduled double-bill tour dates due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill.

According to a story posted by wcsx.com, Hill, who is 65, slipped and fell on his hip while in his tour bus last night.

As a result of his injury, which requires immediate attention, ZZ Top’s shows have been suspended while he recovers. Dates affected by the suspension include all of the scheduled concert bills shared with Beck through September 13.

Earlier today, Beck’s camp provided the following update:

Jeff and his band — Jimmy Hall on vocals, Rhonda Smith on bass, Jonathan Joseph on drums and Nicolas Meier on guitar — will move forward with the following three previously scheduled dates, with Tyler Bryant opening:

• August 29 Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca, NY
• August 30 The Concert Venue @ Harrah’s Atlantic City, NJ
• August 31 MGM Grand Theater @ Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT

Dates scheduled for West Palm Beach, Tampa, St. Augustine, Atlanta, Thackerville and Houston will potentially be rescheduled. Patrons should hold onto their ticket stubs for a possible future announcement.

“While we are very disappointed to not continue this tour with ZZ Top, our thoughts and best wishes are for Dusty to have a speedy recovery,” Beck said.

Canceled dates include:

• August 28 Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL
• September 2 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA
• September 3 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
• September 4 Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY

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Musicians Institute Introduces “Bring Your Own Device” Policy, Delivering Lessons Digitally

Musicians Institute, the College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California, is going beyond the classroom in fall 2014 with a new paperless “Bring Your Own Device” (B.Y.O.D.) policy and a “flipped classroom” model.

The school’s blended learning system will deliver music lessons digitally—anywhere, anytime.

Students will utilize their mobile phones, tablets and laptops on any platform of their choosing (iOS, Android, OSX, or Windows) to foster an efficient, 24/7 learning environment. Select lectures will be viewed through online videos, so that class time can be focused on hands-on learning and Q&A sessions.

MI’s innovative 360-degree approach to music education is paced unlike any other college, with fully revised Degree and Certificate programs for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard Technology and Vocals.

Centered on Harmony, Theory and Ear Training, core subjects in Reading, Technique and Performance will be synchronized on a weekly basis, so that every topic can be explored, mastered and applied by students when they enter the working world after graduation. Performance students will also have access to expert Entertainment Industry Studies instructors for Audio Engineering, Music Business, Guitar Craft and the Independent Artist Program.

For more information, visit mi.edu.

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Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer Talks Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory — Exclusive ‘Death Punch’d’ Videos

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents two exclusive videos from Five Finger Death Punch — both of which herald the release of Death Punch’d: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch’s Metal Mayhem, the new memoir by FFDP’s Jeremy Spencer.

The book will be published September 2 by HarperCollins.

In the top clip, Spencer, FFDP’s co-founder and drummer, discusses a wide range of topics — but mainly FFDP guitarist Jason Hook. In the bottom clip, Spencer puts the spotlight on guitarist Zoltan Bathory.

Check them out below and be sure to share your opinions in the comments or on Facebook!

Spencer’s journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of the rock and roll lifestyle is told with candor, redemption and enlightenment. The first-time author offers a wry and rollicking tale of music, addiction and recovery, revealing the path that served as a catalyst to make him the man he is today.

“The day I left treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, I decided to write my story,” Spencer said. “I was feeling raw and exposed and hoped just ‘getting it all out’ would be therapeutic. And it was.

“Sitting on a tour bus with little to do, I found myself writing two or three thousand words a day. It didn’t occur to me until I’d written 50 or 60 thousand that my story might be helpful to others who need encouragement in pursuing their dreams and for those struggling with addiction.”

The book is available for pre-order at deathpunchd.com.

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