Hailing from Budapest, Hungary, Peter Lukats was born into a family with no musical background. From behind the “Iron Curtain” Lukats listened mostly to western rock 'n' roll by the likes of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, and Brian Setzer. By the age of 17, Lukats decided to dedicate his life to playing the guitar. Not just any guitar, however, but That Great Gretsch Sound of a G6120 Nashville.
In 1995 with the help of his younger brother Tamás on slap-bass and drummer Laszlo Gyori, Lukats and company created their Budapest-based rockabilly/neo-rock-n-roll/psychobilly band, GORILLA. With nineteen releases and world tours under their collective belts, the trio has been rockin' up a major storm.
Friend Pete on Facebook and keep abreast of upcoming GORILLA tour dates. Their music can be found on Crazy Love Records. Photo by Matt Hensley.
Matt Hayward is the drummer for English alternative rockers Band of Skulls along with Russell Marsden (Gretsch guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals). The group formed after meeting in college, although Marsden and Hayward had been friends since earlier. The band soon discovered that having two lead singers and three songwriters was going to present unlimited possibilities. With their creative process and sonic path fully intact, the band quickly established themselves in the music and art community with a series of culturally-inspired club nights in Southampton, London and further afield in Moscow and Tokyo.
Out now, their newest (and third) album titled Himalayan powered by Hayward on drums evokes thoughts of the greatest rock drummers with well-crafted songs and killer hooks.
The band is currently touring the world. Friend them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Gretsch Highlights from 2014 NAMM Show
Gretsch drums and guitars figured prominently among the must-see items for those in attendance at this year's NAMM Show in Anaheim and there were plenty of new and exciting introductions from both lines for all to check out.
The Gretsch Duo Jet: Still Rockin' at 60
In January 1951, Gretsch let the music world know it was a serious contender in the quickly evolving electric guitar business when it introduced the Electromatic and Electro II models at a three-day promotional show at New York’s Park Sheraton Hotel.
MORE NEWS & EVENTS:
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME EXPANSION GRAND OPENING
On Tuesday, April 15 the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in Nashville held a grand opening event to celebrate the completion of their state-of-the-art expansion. Make plans to visit and explore all the exciting new spaces including the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery which is filled with touch screens, interactive displays, and some of the museum's most up-to-date artifacts.
DALLAS INTERNATIONAL GUITAR FESTIVAL
Don't forget to take your Bigsby-equipped guitar to the Dallas International Guitar Festival May 2 to 4 for an 8-point pit-stop tune up. Or get a free, professional installation of a Bigsby Vibrato. Visit Bigsby.com for all the details.
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK - SPOTLIGHT ON GERMANY
A special Spotlight on Germany will take place during 2014's Canadian Music Week. On Wednesday May 7 attend a special meet & greet with Fred & Dinah Gretsch at 5:00 p.m. in the Adelaide Room of the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre.
GERMAN GUITAR HEROES:
Read Fred Gretsch's examination of an important part of history not properly being represented.
More Gretsch events HERE.
RECAP OF RECENT EVENTS:
Gretsch had a great time celebrating 130 years of That Great Gretsch Sound in 2013. Check out our retrospective story covering all the terrific events that took place.
Visit our RECAP page for details of other Gretsch events from 2014, 2013, and earlier.
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