For one of this summer’s hottest stadium tours, Brothers of the Sun with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, you’re going to want the “Never Wanted Nothing More” package offered by Ticketmaster. For the additional charge you get: a super premium reserved
ticket with early admission, premier parking pass, access to the official “pre-game tailgate party” (with full buffet of Kenny’s favorite foods and drinks), Kenny Chesney T-shirt, and a whole lot more.
Concert promoter Live Nation has many different options when you’re thinking about upgrading a ticket for a first-class experience. Depending on the venue and the artist, such VIP packages available for purchase (for the Beach Boys, for instance) include early entry, meet-and-greets with the musicians, access to soundcheck, and exclusive merchandise.
All Access: The Rock ’n’ Roll Photography of Ken Regan
The Guitar Collection
In 1949, after escaping a dance hall that was going up in flames, young performer B.B. King rushed back in to retrieve his beloved Gibson guitar that he had left on stage in the chaos. The next day the bluesman learned that a fight between two men over a woman named Lucille had caused the blaze that killed two patrons. Then and there, he named that black Gibson, and every one after, Lucille to remind him never to do something as naïve as run into a burning building or fight over a woman again.
The Guitar Collection: Stories contains a reference to King’s infamous Lucille and many anecdotes behind the guitars that have become culturally important and historically significant in our time. The book is part of a four-piece collection: The Guitar Collection — a limited edition collector’s package that includes The Guitar Collection: An Elite Gathering of 150 Guitars, with more than 670 original photos and expert commentary from the world’s preeminent guitar specialists; The Guitar Collection: Stories, with its behind-the-scenes accounts and knowledge of iconic guitars; and a full-color, museum-quality print of one of three guitars signed by noted photographer John Peden. The collection comes in guitar case-styled packaging. theguitarcollectionbook.com
Legendary Demos, Carole King
Unlike rock stars, few of us have our own studio, let alone a spare bedroom to fill with amps and instruments. Luckily there’s the compact Korg MicroPIANO; with 61 keys and built-in speakers, it doesn’t require a lot of space or amplification. In fact, all you need is a small table — or, remarkably, even your lap — and you’re a piano man. korg.com/micropiano
High-end electronics company Bang & Olufsen designs beautifully structured electronics that produce digitally on-point acoustics. This year, B&O launched its newest device just in time for summer: BEOLIT 12 is a portable music system that plays tunes (wirelessly) from your iPod, iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer. beoplay.com