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Guitar Center Sessions Returns with All-New Episodes Featuring The Smashing Pumpkins, Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, Talib Kweli

 Guitar Center Sessions Returns with All-New Episodes Featuring The Smashing
Pumpkins, Goo Goo Dolls, OneRepublic, Talib Kweli and more Starting May 17 on
                                   DirecTV

-The Award-Winning Music Television Series Celebrates its Milestone 50th
Episode

-New Season Kicks Off with Two Special Episodes Filmed Live at the SXSW Music
Festival

PR Newswire

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., May 3, 2013

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Guitar Center Sessions
returns this May on DirecTV with ten compelling all-new episodes from the live
performance and interview television series, and also marks the award-winning
show's 50^th episode.The up-coming episodes spotlight a diverse range of
notably influential artists including The Smashing Pumpkins, Goo Goo Dolls,
OneRepublic, Fitz & The Tantrums, Talib Kweli and more, providing captivating
music content for music fans of all types. The premier episode, with
alternative rock pioneers, The Smashing Pumpkins – who've sold more than 30
million albums and earned multiple Grammy Awards – will air on Friday, May 17,
at 9pm et / 10pm pt exclusively on DIRECTV's Audience Network (channel 239).

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Guitar Center Sessionsshowcases exclusive live performances by noteworthy
artists captured in hi-definition atGuitarCenter's iconicHollywood,CA
location. Each episode also features intimate interviews conducted by renowned
music journalist and  taste maker  Nic Harcourt, offering a rare behind the
scenes view into the storied careers of music icons and the inspirations
behind their music.

GuitarCenter's expertise as the world's largest retailer of musical
instruments and equipment, paired with DIRECTV – world's leading providers of
digital television entertainment services – ensures that every episode is
delivered in the highest audio and visual quality. By developing first-rate
original music programming that focuses on conversations and themes pertinent
to the artist's craft and creative process, Guitar Center continues to further
its commitment to helping artists be heard in an uncertain music business.
Guitar Center Sessions is one example of howthe music retailer is creating
new avenues for musicians expose their music to large audiences in an
ever-changing music industry

"Today, more than ever before, any artist, established or up and coming, is
working within a new convoluted paradigm full of challenges," said show host
Nic Harcourt. "The new episodes ofGuitar Center Sessionsfeature a truly
diverse group of artists, all sharing the ups and downs of their careers in
the interviews and delivering blistering performances on stage".

Having gained tremendous groundsince the debut episode in 2010,Guitar Center
Sessionsreaches millions of viewers each month. To celebrate the shows
growing fanbase, the all-new season kicks off with two special episodes filmed
Live at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX featuring The Smashing Pumpkins
and Frank Turner. The upcoming episodes of Guitar Center Sessions will
culminate with the DirecTV series'milestone 50th episode featuring Dhani
Harrison's thenewno2.

UpcomingGuitarCenterSessions 2013 Episode Schedule:

  oMAY 17 THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
  oMAY 24  FRANK TURNER
  oMAY 31  GOO GOO DOLLS
  oJUNE 7  ONEREPUBLIC
  oJUNE 14  FITZ & THE TANTRUMS
  oJUNE 21  ALKALINE TRIO
  oJUNE 28  TALIB KWELI
  oJULY 12 ASKING ALEXANDRIA
  oJULY 19  ALL TIME LOW
  oJULY 26  THENEWNO2

"We are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished in just 50 episodes of
this series, and will continue to strive to provide music fans with enticing
content that they can't find anywhere else," says Dustin Hinz, Director of
Music Marketing and Artist Relations forGuitarCenter. "With such limited
quality music programming available, Guitar Center Sessions aims to provide
musicians with a world-class television platform that exposes their music to
the masses, while nourishing and inspiring music enthusiasts and fans across
the globe."

As the world's largest retailer of musical instruments, Guitar Center is
dedicated to supporting the global music community and providing musicians
with opportunities to get their music heard. Guitar Center's musicianship
programs include the award winning music television series Guitar Center
Sessions, the weekly radio show Connections Made By Guitar Center, and the
acclaimed podcast series At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt as well as
various competition based programs such as Guitar Center Presents Your Next
Record, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center Drum Off, Guitar Center
On-Stage and Guitar Center's Battle of the Blues.

Past artists featured onGuitar Center SessionsincludePeter Gabriel, Weezer,
Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette, The Cult, CAKE, Jakob Dylan, Blondie,
Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bush, Ben Folds Five, Skylar Grey, andPeter Frampton.

About Guitar Center
Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums,
keyboards and pro-audio and recording equipment. Our retail store subsidiary
presently operates 238 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. We are also the
largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States
through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog
and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. In addition, our Music & Arts division
operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and
rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students.
More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's Web
site at www.guitarcenter.com.



SOURCE Guitar Center

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