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We'll be serving you up a double-whammy of guitar awesomeness today.  Here at FRET12, we obviously don't discriminate, so let's dive into true guitar god territory with the likes of Joe Perry and Slash- two guitarists who need no introduction!

First of all, it has been announced that the top-hat wearing master of guitar soul will be receiving the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 30th Annual NAMM TEC Awards this year!  That's right, Slash, arguably one of the first people you think of when you hear "Les Paul", is going to be receiving this trademark award.

The NAMM show is certainly no Sunday picnic, and in addition to featuring rock stars, engineers, creators, inventors, and other music industry big shots, the show also boasts its own awards show, which is going to take place on January 24, 2015.  This will be the 30th running of this show, formally known as the "NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards", which pays tribute to leaders in the music industry. 

The Les Paul is just one of the many awards that are given out, yet it is one of the most well-known- named after legendary guitar inventor/musician Les Paul himself.  This does seem quite fitting, as Slash just goes hand-in-hand with a Les Paul.  When you see the iconic guitar shape you instantly think of the top hatted guitar slinger alongside legends like Jimmy Page, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Rhoads, and Duane Allmann.  Much like the guitar itself, Slash, upon receiving this award, will be joining some very prestigious company who have received this award in years past; names like Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Pete Townshend, and Peter Gabriel! 

So let's hear a preliminary cheers for the legendary lead guitarist who has defined entire rock movements thanks to his work with Guns n' Roses, Velvet Revolver, and now his critically acclaimed solo work with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators! 

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Now on to even merrier news!  Joe Perry, the long-haired lead guitarist of Aerosmith is going to be releasing a short-but-sweet Christmas EP.  Consisting of four songs, this EP will be on the heels of his brand new memoir: "Rocks: My Life In And Out Of Aerosmith".  The memoir is already a New York Times best seller, and the Christmas EP should be great as well. 

According to Joe, 

"I have wanted to do a Christmas CD with AEROSMITH for years, but it seems we never have the time to record one," Joe says. "When my 'Rocks' book tour ended, the timing was right — we were in L.A. with access to a studio with some really talented friends and it all fell together. I was finally able to record some Christmas classics for the fans."

So which four Christmas classics made the cut?  None other than "White Christmas", "Silent Night", "Santa Claus is Back in Town" and "Run Run Rudolph".  The last song plans to feature Johnny Depp on rhythm guitar!

Joe elaborated on how he chose these tunes:

"The two instrumentals are among the 10 most popular Christmas songs. Almost everyone knows the lyrics to 'Silent Night' and 'White Christmas', so we treated them as songs that people could sing along to, while staying close to the classic versions everyone knows. The two vocal songs, 'Santa's Back in Town' and 'Run Run Rudolph' are rockers made famous by Elvis and Chuck Berry. They are probably less well known so you would have to hear the lyrics to know they are Christmas songs. They are two of my favorite holiday songs."

True classics indeed, and hearing Joe's take on these songs should prove to be very interesting.  While he is pictured with an acoustic on the album cover, it's probably safe to say that electric guitars may also make an appearance. 

If you want to get your hands on this new recording, you can pick it up on the cheap, in both physical and digital formats!

Read more of the interview with Joe right here:

In fact, keep your eyes peeled here for a list of must-hear Christmas recordings by your favorite rockers.  Oh, it's the most wonderful time of the year (especially when guitar is involved)!