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UK musicians crown Red Hot Chili Peppers “Band of the Year”

Rock stars grab three Total Guitar awards whilst Axl Rose is named “Rock Atrocity”

05/12/06 – Veteran US rockers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers proved they were the UK’s favourite band when they picked up three awards, voted for by readers of prestigious musicians bible, Total Guitar.

With over 5000 readers of the influential magazine having their say, the LA based group picked up “Band of the Year” as well as “Best Music Video” for Dani California and the “Best Album” gong for Stadium Arcadium.

The Chili Peppers may have experienced their best year ever, playing to more than 500,000 UK fans, but guitarist John Frusciante exclusively revealed to Total Guitar that recording the last album almost split the band up forever.

Readers of Total Guitar – both amateur and professional musicians, nominated their favourites in 18 categories – including “Riff of the Year” and “Best Live Performance.” With guitarists living up to their rock and roll reputation, they named Jack Daniels their “Best Drink”, beating cider and lager to the crown. Son of Dork, the band led by ex-Busted star James Bourne, were crowned “Worst Band” – beating Keane, Coldplay and The Ordinary Boys to the title.

Impressing no one in 2006, the legendary Gun ‘n’ Roses frontman, Axl Rose picked up the ultimate wooden spoon, crowned “Rock Atrocity.” Readers of Total Guitar are fed up waiting for the group’s new album, first announced more than a decade ago. Others were upset with their come back performances in the UK earlier this year, featuring anonymous musos in place of the original line-up.

Other gongs dished out included the hotly-tipped Australian band Wolfmother fighting off the Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks to win the “Best New Band” title, whilst the suitably monikered Synyster Gates of US act Avenged Sevenfold scooped the “Guitarist of the Year” award.

Having dished out Total Guitar’s first-ever reader voted awards, Editor Stephen Lawson said:

“Musicians love The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They are a talented band at the top of their game, and our readers clearly identify with them, listen to their albums and see them play live. This is a group of real rock stars – the Chili Peppers have been through fights, drug addiction, line-up changes and near death experiences, but pulled themselves together to become a massively successful act.”

“On the other hand, it’s a surprise to see readers laying into Axl Rose and Guns ‘n’ Roses. I think musicians would rather remember a hell raising rock-star at his prime, rather than a middle-age bloke with braided hair. There’s a real distaste amongst certain life-long fans, people fed up with waiting for their album and paying to see a new band that can’t really live up to the legendary 80’s line-up.”

The full list of Total Guitar Reader Award winners are announced in the special issue of Total Guitar, on sale Wednesday, 6th December, with a coverprice of £4.99


Full list of Total Guitar Reader Awards
Guitarist of the Year- Synyster Gates
Band of the Year – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Best Live Band – Metallica
Best Music Video – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
Best Single – Avenged Sevenfold – Beast & The Harlot
Worst Band – Son of Dork
Best New Band – Wolfmother
Solo of the Year – DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flames
Best Festival – Download
Best Drink – Jack Daniels
Best Album – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
Rock Atrocity – Axl Rose
Worst Album – Keane – Under the Iron Sea
Riff of the Year – Trivium – Pull Harder onm the Strings of your Martyr
Hottest Guitar – Dean “Dimebag Darrell” Razorback
Best Amp – Krank Revolution Series One
Best Pedal – Dunlop Slash Wah
Best Multifx & Software – DigiTech EX-7 Expression Factory

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