Guitarists gather for Les Paul tribute

Nov. 14, 2008 at 9:13 AM
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CLEVELAND, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A wealth of notable guitar players will gather in Cleveland this weekend to pay tribute to pioneering player and inventor Les Paul.

Paul is being honored as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 13th Annual American Music Masters Series. A tribute was scheduled for Saturday with guitarists such as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Toto's Steve Lukather, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Duane Eddy and Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver veteran Slash set to perform.

"He's an amazing individual," Slash says of Paul, whose innovations include multitrack recordings and many guitar effects, as well as a popular guitar model that carries his name. "I have this feeling of gratitude and debt to him for having provided me with these convenience he invented on a regular basis."

Slash and Sambora are among the players who joined Paul on the album "Les Paul and Friends: A Tribute to a Legend," which was released in September.

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