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THE GUITAR SOCIETY -Tuesday 12th July 2011

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Born on this day:

1943, Christine McVie, keyboards, vocals, Chicken Shack, Fleetwood Mac
1950, Eric Carr, drums, KISS
1950, Phoebe Snow, singer-songwriter
1952, Philip Taylor Kramer, bass, Iron Butterfly
1962, Dean Murphy, guitar, Soul Asylum
1964, Tim Gane, guitar, Stereolab, McCarthy
1967, John Petrucci, guitar, Dream Theater
1969, Jesse Pintado, guitar, Napalm Death
1972, Brett Reed, drums, Rancid
1977, Dominic Howard, drums, Muse

1954, 19-year old Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also gave his notice to his day job at The Crown Electric Company.

1962, The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club in London with Dick Taylor on bass and Mick Avory on drums. The band were billed as The Rollin’ Stones and were paid £20 for the gig.

1964, The Beatles appeared at the Hippodrome Theatre in Brighton with The Fourmost and the Shubdubs, whose drummer, Jimmy Nicol, would later fill in for an ill Ringo Starr on The Beatles’ world tour. On the way to the gig, George Harrison was involved in a minor crash in his brand new E-Type Jaguar. Pedestrians collected bits of broken glass as souvenirs.

1969, one-hit wonders Zager and Evans started a six week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “In The Year 2525.”

1976, The Grateful Dead played the first of six nights at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, California.

1979, American singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton died of cancer. She was 31. The Stevie Wonder-produced song “Loving You” gave Minnie a #1 hit in the States in 1975. Previously, she had worked at Chess records, singing backup for various artists including Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters.

1983, former Traffic member Chris Wood died of liver failure after a lengthy illness. Wood also played with Jimi Hendrix in 1968, appearing on the Electric Ladyland album. He also worked with both John Martyn and the Small Faces.

2003, REM, The White Stripes, Idlewind, The Cardigans, The Proclaimers, The Music, The Charlatans, Coldplay, Supergrass, The Darkness, Turin Brakes, The Coral and Feeder all appeared at the two-day T In The Park festival in Scotland.

2008, American singer Earl Nelson (Earl Lee Nelson) died in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He was one half of the duo, Bob and Earl, who recorded “Harlem Shuffle” in 1963. Nelson also sang background vocals on The Jackson 5’s #2 hit “Rockin’ Robin.”

2008, Rolling Stone guitarist Ron Wood left his wife of 23 years and moved in with an 18-year-old Russian cocktail waitress.

Bruce Dickinson Turns Down The Voice

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Iron Maiden frontman and metal vocalist extraordinaire Bruce Dickinson has turned down the opportunity to be a judge on a television singing competition. The Sun reports that Dickinson was offered a spot on the judging panel of the U.K. version of The Voice, set to air on the BBC.“That show sounds so crap and demeaning to everyone involved, I took great delight in turning the BBC down,” he said. “The X Factor is appalling enough, it’s no better than Opportunity Knocks.”

The BBC is attempting to rival The X Factor with The Voice, which was a hit show this spring for NBC. On the U.S. edition, the judging panel was made up of Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

Glastonbury has ‘Three or Four Years’ Left?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011    

In an interview that is sure to shock British festival fans, Michael Eavis revealed that Glastonbury might only last a short while longer. The festival organizer said that Europe’s largest music fest is winding down.

“It’s on the way out. We’ve probably got another three or four years,” he toldThe Times. “It is a very scary business. Womad and Latitude are not selling out. Partly it’s economics, but there is a feeling that people have seen it all before.”

Eavis said that Glastonbury has managed to sell out reliably “because we get huge headliners.” U2, Coldplay and Beyonce topped the bill this year. Still, big names and sold-out fests don’t always mean profits.

“In the year Jay-Z played we nearly went bankrupt,” he said. “I don’t see the market will be there in the future.”

Judas Priest Promise ‘Classic Metal’ on New Album

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Even though Judas Priest have begun their final, big-scale tour, it’s by no means the end of the band. In fact, the metal legends are already pretty deep into making a new album, bassist Ian Hill told Greece’s Rockpages.

“Of course, we will continue to record as well… we have already written an album’s worth of material,” he said. “Three songs are properly recorded and roughly mixed.”

So what does the new stuff sound like?

“It’s gonna be a great album and it’s gonna carry on from whereAngel of Retribution left off,” Hill said. “We got Nostradamus out of our system and now we are heading towards classic Priest metal… the screams, the fast, the slow and the heavy! A little bit of everything.”

Michael Anthony Can Still Hit the High Notes

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony said his background vocals are featured more extensively on the forthcoming Chickenfoot album than on the supergroup’s debut. Anthony was famous for contributing high-pitched singing parts during his tenure in Van Halen.

“For some reason, my voice doesn’t age,” he told Joe Bosso of Music Radar. “I can still hit those high harmonies just like I did back in the day… My wife likes to say I act like a kid, so maybe that’s why I sing like one!”

Anthony said that cutting out smoking has greatly improved his singing with Chickenfoot, who also include Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith.

“For one thing, I want to live a long life and try to grow old gracefully, so that’s a good reason to quit,” he said. “But I found that my singing improved dramatically. I’ve always been a natural singer on stage and in the studio – never had a vocal lesson in my life. But by trying to take better care of my voice, I can really feel and hear the difference. I’m pretty proud of my singing on this new album.”

Chickenfoot’s second album, which is actually titled Chickenfoot III, is due out on September 27.

Paul McCartney Forming ‘New Beatles’ for Olympics?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There are some interesting rumors circulating about Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the involvement of The Beatles in the opening ceremony for next year’s Summer Olympics in London, according to McCartney has admitted to his involvement in the ceremony… sort of.

When asked on American television if he’d be appearing, he nodded, before saying, “I hear there’s a rumour that I might be involved.” Referring to The Beatles, he said, “I hear they’re planning this sort of music.”

British newspaper The Sun has gone a step further, with an unnamed source reporting: “The organizers want the music legend to appear alongside other big British acts. And they also want Ringo on stage as well to make it extra special.”

And that’s not all. The paper suggests that McCartney and Starr might join the children of the late George Harrison and John Lennon to perform in a Beatles reunion.

“The Beatles are loved all over the world so it’s a no-brainer that they should be represented at the Olympics,” the source said.

Producer: Van Halen Done Recording New Album

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ross Hogarth, one of the producers of the new Van Halen album, has issued an update on the band’s progress. He said that the rock legends have finished up recording and that they have “just started mixing the album,” according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

“The whole Van Halen record has been recorded and we’re all excited,” he said. “I’m really stoked about it, as it is the original band, Eddie and Alex with Wolf playing bass, and David Lee Roth singing.”

Hogarth must have meant that it sounds like the original band, which included Michael Anthony on bass (now replaced by Eddie’s song Wolfgang).

“It’s the killing side of Van Halen at the top of their game again with Diamond Dave, and the band on fire,” Hogarth said.

R.E.M. only released Collapse into Now in March, but the band are already in the studio working on the album’s follow-up, and vocalist Michael Stipe is posting updates on the sessions via iPhone.

Images from the sessions can be seen on the website of Stipe’s friend Jane Pratt, a radio host and founder of Sassy magazine. The pics can be found in the “Jane’s Phone” section of her website. Look for the “Michael’s Phone” pics. Images posted so far include some words of inspiration on the music biz courtesy of Hunter S. Thompson, and a sign.

R.E.M. decided not to tour on the back of Collapse into Now, with guitarist Peter Buck telling NME the band felt it had already toured a lot over the past eight or 10 years. “You just don’t really want to repeat yourself in that way,” he said.

Meanwhile, R.E.M. will release a 25th anniversary edition of Life’s Rich Pageant today. The set features 19 previously unreleased tracks.

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