The Guitar Society July 9th 2011

Sidharth Kak
Hema Sardesai

Saturday, July 09, 2011

courtesy this day in music
Brought to you by this day in  Born on this day: 1947, Bon Scott, singer, AC/DC 1947, Mitch Mitchell, drummer, Jimi Hendrix Experience 1959, Jim Kerr, singer, Simple Minds 1964, Courtney Love, singer-songwriter, guitar, Hole 1965, Frank Bello, bass, Anthrax 1975, Isaac Brock, singer, Modest Mouse 1975, Jack White, singer-songwriter, guitar, White Stripes, The Raconteurs 1962, Bob Dylan recorded “Blowin’ in the Wind” at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during an afternoon session. 1967, on a U.S. tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Convention Hall in Miami, Florida. After it becomes readily apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences, the tour’s promoter, Dick Clark, and Hendrix’s manager, Chas Chandler, concoct a story saying that the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution group had complained about Jimi’s act, allowing the Experience to leave the tour after just six shows. 1983, The Police started an eight-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Every Breath You Take,” which also hit #1 in the U.K. Sting would go on to win Song of the Year, while The Police took home the Best Pop Performance trophy at the 1984 Grammy Awards. 1999, Sir Elton John had a pacemaker fitted in an operation at a London hospital. He was forced to cancel a series of concerts. 2004, 57-year old David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery. 2007, Happy Mondays’ frontman Shaun Ryder landed in hot water after he smoked several cigarettes on stage during a concert at The Ritz in Manchester. Smoking had been banned in all enclosed public places in England a week earlier, and anyone flouting the law faced a £50 fine. Performers were only exempt from the smoking ban if the “artistic integrity” of their act required it.

A.R. Rahman Talks Mick Jagger’s Superheavy

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Superstar Indian composer A.R. Rahman is a busy man. In addition to prepping for a July 10 performance at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Slumdog Millionairecomposer is preparing for the first release by his new band, SuperHeavy, featuring such (super-)heavy hitters as Joss Stone, Dave Stewart from Eurythmics, Damian Marley and—oh, yeah—Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Gibson India caught up with Rahman during his Hollywood Bowl rehearsals. Can you tell us what’s going on with SuperHeavy? The biggest thing now is our band SuperHeavy’s single “Miracle Worker” is coming out on [July] 7th, and in India we also want to release one more song, called “Satyameva Jayate,” that the band, all of us, have done together. And I’m very excited about it, too. Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming performance at the Hollywood Bowl? This is a very special concert for us because, normally, when I do concerts and tours, we do all the movie songs and extravaganza kind of stuff. But the concept for this is all my theme music and all my instrumental music and to play it with [the] L.A. Philharmonic. So, a lot of people wanted this in a concert for a long time back in India, too, and we now are doing this here at the Hollywood Bowl. I have read about a lot of incidents with die-hard fans coming up to you. Is there an encounter with any of your fans that you would like to share? Mostly, I think when they come with the expectation, when they buy the tickets, they know the artist and what kind of artist they are. Most of them, of course, they want to get more of me and want to see me performing or playing or something like that. We did a 24-city concert last year in the U.S., U.K., South Africa, and it was great. It’s very exhausting when you do a big tour, but the gratification is the love, which they give at that point of time, and that makes it worth it.
Guitar legend James Burton, best known for his years backing Elvis Presley, will be inducted into the Delta Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 10. The Delta Music Hall of Fame honors rock ‘n’ roll and blues musicians from the Mississippi River Delta area. Burton, who devotes much of this time to his foundation, is also working on an autobiography. He talked about the project. “I’m doing a book – my life story. There’s so many things that I could write about. I could do a whole book on Elvis and a whole book on Ricky [Nelson]. But I’m going to get my story out there and I think everyone is going to enjoy it.” Burton also talked about his longstanding friendship with Rolling Stone Keith Richards: “Yeah, Keith and I go back to 1964 – Shindig! I had a group called the Shindogs. Keith and The Rolling Stones came and they brought a singer that was on the show – Howlin’ Wolf – and I was nominated to play guitar for Howlin’ Wolf on the show. It was great.” “Keith and I have been friends forever,” he continued. “He has been wonderful and has helped us with the foundation in all kinds of ways – like making donations. He’s a very busy person; one of his goals and one of my goals is to play together on my show – the show we do here, the guitar festival. Of course, Keith and I have worked together on the Gram Parsons taping that we did up in Santa Barbara and in Universal City in California there. We’ve played together, so it was an incredible honor to have him induct me into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” Burton likes to keep current with music and movies and is keen to make a recommendation: “There’s a little girl out there, Christina Aguilera, she is fantastic! I’m tellin’ ya, it’s unbelievable the things that she can do. My wife and I watched her movie that’s out with Cher (Burlesque). Oh! You gotta see it, oh man! That little girl – she can perform. She can get up there with the best and top of the line. She can lead the show. She’s just an amazing singer! I won’t say much about [the movie], but you do need to see that, if you can!”
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