Tickets are on sale for the big 100th birthday bash in New York honoring Les Paul, guitarist and a pioneer of the modern electric guitar.
The event is to feature performances by rocker Steve Miller, Journey’s Neal Schon, blues rocker Joe Bonamassa and others. The June 9 celebration is set for the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.
The concert will kick off a yearlong celebration to mark Paul’s 100th birthday. Paul died in 2009 at the age of 94.
Tickets, which went on sale Monday, cost $125 (plus handling fee) to attend the evening for which musicians are still being added. The red-carpet greeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., with performances beginning at 8:30 p.m.
A mobile exhibit called Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience will debut at Times Square. Fans can tour it for free and explore Paul’s sound and inventions.
The Big Sound Experience will tour the country until May 2016.
Paul, whose real name was Lester William Polsfuss, grew up in Waukesha, Wis., where he began making his own musical instruments as a teenager. He changed music with the introduction of the solid-body electric guitar that defined the sound of rock ‘n’ roll.
He also invented the neck-worn harmonica holder (think Bob Dylan) and the eight-track recorder as well as other recording innovations. Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, were popular singers and performers in the 1950s with jazz, country and blues songs.