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NYC Celebrating the Late Les Paul's 100th Birthday Today with Tribute Concert, Other Activities

Courtesy Les Paul FoundationToday marks what would have been the 100th birthday of electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul.  In celebration of the milestone, a variety of events and activities are being held in New York City, including a star-studded tribute concert featuring Steve Miller, Journey's Neal Schon, longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, Joe Satriani and many others at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square.

Other musicians expected to attend the concert include Rick Derringer, Marky Ramone, Starship singer Mickey Thomas, Zakk Wylde, The Rascals' Gene Cornish, Twisted Sister's Jay Jay French and many more.  The Hard Rock Café also is hosting a Les Paul memorabilia exhibit that will be on display until Monday, June 15.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, a special ceremony proclaiming Tuesday to be "Les Paul Day" in New York City will take place at 10 a.m. ET in Times Square.  Then, at 10:30 a.m., a state-of-the-art mobile exhibit called Les Paul's Big Sound Experience will open to the public in Times Square at Broadway and 44th Street.  The 53-foot interactive attraction will allow visitors to explore Paul's many musical and technological innovations.  The exhibit will eventually go on to make 40 stops across the U.S. through May of next year.

A few other cities also will declare Tuesday to be "Les Paul Day," including Nashville; Hollywood, California; and Paul's hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Peter Frampton will participate in the Nashville proclamation ceremony.

In another event connected with Paul's 100th birthday celebration, Schon will visit the Guitar Center store in Times Square at 2 p.m. ET to meet and greet fans, as well as sign autographs and copies of his upcoming solo album, Vortex.

Among Paul's many achievements was the development of the solid-body electric guitar; multi-track recording, over-dubbing and many other recording techniques; and various instrument effects.  He also had a successful career as a music artist.  Paul died in August 2009 at the age of 94.  For more information, visit

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