A live concert tribute to the “godfather of the electric guitar” Les Paul, featuring the world’s best guitarists
Slash, Joe Perry, Joe Satriani, Edgar Winter, Toto axeman Steve Lukather, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Neal Schon are all featured in A Tribute To Les Paul: Live From Universal Studios Hollywood coming to DVD on September 8th via MVD Visual. Filmed live at what was then the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles on February 8, 2006, the concert gives viewers a front row seat for an unforgettable night of powerhouse performances, as some of music’s biggest names come together to honor the ultimate icon.
As part of the night’s festivities, A Tribute To Les Paul: Live From Universal Studios Hollywood also features rare commentary taken from several of Paul’s final interviews recorded at New York’s landmark Iridium Jazz Club, as well as at Paul’s home in Mahwah, New Jersey. The special event was held to raise funds and awareness for the South Central charity A Place Called Home, designed to give at-risk youth a safe and secure environment they can thrive in.
“It is without a doubt that Les Paul is the ‘Father of Modern Music’ and that musicians from every corner of the globe and in every genre of the music industry stand upon his shoulders,” states Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation. “He was an inventor, an award-winning musician, an innovator and most importantly a very special man I also had the privilege of calling my friend. The artists and producers who have made this tribute program possible give us every reason to remember that Les Paul was a man who influenced our music industry profoundly. I am thrilled that viewers everywhere will have the chance to witness his greatest through the performances and storytelling of this wonderful program.”
The program is produced by Icon Television Music, Inc., HD Net (now AXS TV), and In Touch Entertainment and distributed by MVD Entertainment Group. The award-winning production team includes Charles Carlini (Les Paul’s 90th Birthday Concert at Carnegie Hall), Bob Cutarella (Les Paul & Friends), Howard Lipp (Les Paul 90th Birthday Concert at Gibson Amphitheater), and Glenn Aveni (Les Paul Chasing Sound).
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