The Guitar Society Thursday 23rd June 2011
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1957, Lonnie Donegan was at 31 on the U.K. singles chart with “Gamblin’ Man / Putting On The Style,” the singers second U.K. #1. It was the last U.K. #1 to be released as a 78rpm as well as a 7′ vinyl record.
1962, Ray Charles started a 14-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music.
1970, Chubby Checker was arrested in Niagara Falls after police discovered marijuana and other drugs in his car.
1973, George Harrison started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Living In The Material World, his second U.S. 31.
1975, during his Welcome To My Nightmare tour in Vancouver, Canada, Alice Cooper fell from the stage and broke six ribs.
1984, Duran Duran started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “The Reflex,” the group’s first U.S. #1, also a U.K. #1.
1989, George Michael received the Silver Clef Award for outstanding achievements to British Music.
1990, 13-year-old Keith Sorrentino filed a $500,000 (£294,118) lawsuit against Madonna, claiming he suffered nightmares and bed-wetting problems after an incident outside Madonna’s home when she allegedly flung him to the ground.
1995, drummer Alan White made his live debut with Oasis at Glastonbury Festival. Also former Take That member Robbie Williams appeared on stage with the band during the show.
2000, The Experience Music Project was unveiled in Seattle by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. The £150 ($255) museum contained over 80,000 items of Hendrix memorabilia, including a smashed guitar from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
2004, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews Scotland’s oldest University and made a “Doctor of Music.”
|Blink-182 bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus has issued an update on the status of his band’s new album, according to NME.com.
Hoppus posted on Facebook: “I’m very excited. We’re getting to the point of the album where we talk about mixers and finishing up the songs.”
He said that fans can expect the new album before year’s end. “We deliver the album to the label on July 31, so it will be coming out during the tour,” he wrote. “The most recent batch of songs are some of the best of the entire record. Very happy it’s all coming together.”
The tour that Hoppus is referring to is an upcoming U.S. trek with My Chemical Romance. The reunited pop-punk group, which also includes Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker, postponed their summer U.K. dates in order to complete the new album. It will be the first Blink-182 album since 2003’s self-titled release.
|Killers frontman Brandon Flowers recently discussed the band’s progress on their next album. Flowers told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe that they’ve “found a groove.”
“When something’s good and we feel like it’s going to be a keeper, we put it up on a board and we have four or five up there right now,” he said. “We’ve had a few breakthroughs and so it’s exciting to have those moments again and to reminisce about great moments that we’ve had together. It’s nice, the idea of putting something new out again.”
The album will be The Killers’ first full-length studio release since 2008’s Day & Age. In the meantime, drummer Ronnie Vannucci and Flowers each released solo records. The singer said that creating his own album, Flamingo, helped his approach on the new Killers stuff.
“I really want to tell stories that connect with people and I’m really trying to zone in,” he said. “I felt like I really connected with something on Flamingo with the stories. I think I was more cohesive and they were more fully realized. So hopefully I’m getting better and that’s really what I’m going for.”
|Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has spoken about his new band Adrenaline Mob. He told Joe Bosso ofMusicRadar.com, “I think people are going to get pretty excited once they see us.”
The band also includes frontman Russell Allen (Symphony X), guitarist Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), bassist Paul DiLeo and guitarist Rich Ward (Mojo/Fozzy).
Formed this year, while Portnoy busied himself with projects involving Steve Morse as well as Beatles tribute band Yellow Matter Custard (with Paul Gilbert), Adrenaline Mob “didn’t require overthinking,” said the drummer. “It wasn’t a master plan to join this band, but once I heard the material, I was in.”
Portnoy says Allen encouraged him to fire up the drums: “He always liked that I was a rock drummer in a prog band – not to dismiss my prog influences – and he always thought I was more of a harder-edged, metal kind of drummer.”
But he has higher praise for guitarist Mike Orlando. “Truly New York’s best-kept-secret, in my opinion, but not for long,” he said. “He’s like a three-pronged monster. He’s got riffs for days – he reminds me of a Dimebag in the kinds of riffs he comes up with. That’s one side of him; the other side is that he’s a complete shredder. He can play solos right up there with the biggest guitar heroes out there. And the third side is, he’s a wonderful engineer. He’s got his own studio, and he knows how to get the most awesome sounds. Talk about a multi-talented guy. I think this album will break him out of his anonymity.”
Adrenaline Mob make their live debut June 24 at The Hiro Ballroom in New York City.
|Guitar great and country music legend Glen Campbell has revealed that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
The Country Music Hall of Famer, who has scored more than 80 top 10 hits and sold more than 45 million albums, just recorded his final CD, Ghost on the Canvas, with help from rock luminaries like Jakob Dylan, Billy Corgan, Dick Dale, Chris Isaak and Rick Nielsen.
But with a final tour also being planned, Glen and his wife Kim decided to go public with news of Campbell’s condition.
Kim told a magazine,“Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer. But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage, I wouldn’t want people to think, ‘What’s the matter with him? Is he drunk?’”
Glen Campbell has dealt with short-term memory loss for some time, but was only diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six months ago.
“I still love making music,” said the seventh son of a seventh son. “And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”
|Ronnie James Dio’s widow Wendy had been talking at length about her late husband.
In an interview ,she said that Dio particularly enjoyed his time with Black Sabbath: “Musically, Ronnie really enjoyed working with Sabbath, because now he could go darker, he could explore more. Him and Tony [Iommi] had a fantastic relationship writing-wise; and the rest of the band playing-wise. They were musical geniuses, all of them.”
She also cleared up rumors about the autobiography Ronnie is said to have been working on before his death: “Ronnie had written – was writing – a book, right up until a couple of days before he passed, an autobiography, and he finished about three-quarters of it. What he would do is handwrite everything and then he would send it over to me and my assistant would type it up. That’s how we worked. So we read chapter by chapter, until the last months, of course. And I had already gotten an agent for him. So they want me to finish it, and I will finish it, and it will come out in 2012. I haven’t actually gone back and read the last part, because it’s too soon for me to do that – the memories are too precious. But I will do it.”
|U2’s Achtung Baby marks its 20th anniversary this year and the Irish rockers are planning to release a deluxe edition of the album to celebrate. The 1991 album also will be paired with U2’s 1993 release, Zooropa, in a special edition box set, according to Rolling Stone –
“There will be multiple formats,” said U2 manager Paul McGuinness. “If you pile a lot of extra material and packaging and design work into a super-duper box set, there are people who will pay quite a lot for it, so you can budget it at a very high level and pump up the value.”
The plan is for each album to be issued on its own and that the set will include bonus audio and video material from U2’s ZOO TV concerts.
Last month, it was reported that the band members were filming footage for an Achtung Baby documentary with It Might Get Loud’s Davis Guggenheim.