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Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute

By (BI) Paul Temple

LOS ANGELES -- On Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 8:15 p.m., one of the world's greatest gatherings of guitarists will take the Gibson Amphitheatre stage at Universal CityWalk for Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute. The star-studded celebration, benefits A Place Called Home.

Guitar legend Les Paul, celebrating two Grammy nominations in his 90th year, will share the Gibson Amphitheatre stage with some of music's finest performers. Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute, an all-star concert to benefit A Place Called Home, shares the collaborative spirit of Paul's 2005 album, “Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played,” released in August.

Paul's first new release since “Chester and Lester,” his 1978 Grammy-winning collaboration with Chet Atkins, “Les Paul & Friends” marked Paul's first return to Billboard's Albums chart in 50 years, while also setting a new record for Paul as the eldest living artist to ever enjoy a Top 200 chart debut. Songs from the album have received two Grammy nominations in the Rock and Pop categories, making Paul the eldest living nominee ever in those fields.

Les Paul, the father of the electric guitar, was born June 9, 1915, in Waukesha, Wisc. The five-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is the inventor of the solid body electric guitar and the pioneer of multi-track recording, the use of reverb and other now-standard recording techniques.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit A Place Called Home. A Place Called Home has been accomplishing its mission for the past 15 years, providing at-risk youth with a secure, positive family environment where they can regain hope and belief, earn trust and self respect and learn skills to lead a productive lifestyle through learning.

They help inner-city youth (8-20 years old) to find their dreams and lead a more self-reliant life through educational enrichment through mentoring, literacy, dance and music programs and scholarships.

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