Late DEEP PURPLE Guitarist TOMMY BOLIN: Radio Special To Air Next Week

Late DEEP PURPLE guitarist Tommy Bolin's brother, Johnnie, and the webmaster and CD producer for the Tommy Bolin Archives, John Herdt, will guest on the "Your Morning Buzz" program on KKFI 90.1 FM in Kansas City with host Stormin' Norm on Monday, December 1 between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. CST. They will discuss all things Bolin, from the new guitar by Dean to the new books on Tommy and the new Hartman pedal.

You can listen to the show live via the Internet at www.kkfi.org.

The Tommy Bolin (ex-DEEP PURPLE) tribute guitar — the "Teaser" — was unveiled at this year's winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 17-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The guitar is American-made, and is meticulously based on measurements and specs taken from one of Tommy's surviving axes for added authenticity. The design concept and cosmetics are Tommy-inspired, and the workmanship, materials, and hardware are first-rate.

Tommy Bolin is best known for his work with ZEPHYR (from 1969 to 1971), THE JAMES GANG (from 1973 through 1974), DEEP PURPLE (from 1975 to 1976) and his solo work.

Bolin was found unconscious at his hotel on December 3, 1976 after opening for JEFF BECK in Miami, Florida. When paramedics arrived, he was pronounced dead. Bolin was 25 years old.

Lacey Conner, villainess co-star of VH1's hit TV show "Rock of Love" featuring POISON's Bret Michaels, conducted an interview with Johnnie Bolin at this year's winter NAMM. Watch the chat below.

(Thanks: The Highway Star)

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