THE GUITAR SOCIETY 26th July 2011
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Born on this day:
1968, The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records.
1970, Jimi Hendrix played in his hometown of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks’ Stadium.
1974, The Allman Brothers appeared at Boston Garden, Boston, and Massachusetts with The Eagles as the support band.
1977, Led Zeppelin cut short a U.S. tour after Robert Plant’s six year-old-son Karac died unexpectedly of a virus at their home in England.
1980, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Saxon, April Wine and Riot all appeared at the Monsters Of Rock festival, Donington Park, England, tickets were £7.50.
1986, Peter Gabriel went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Sledgehammer,” a #4 hit in the U.K.
1990, Brent Mydland from The Grateful Dead was found dead on the floor of his home from a drug overdose.
1992, American singer and Motown artist Mary Wells died of cancer aged 49. She had the 1964 U.S. #1 and U.K. #5 single “My Guy’, “referred to as the “The First Lady of Motown.” Doctors had diagnosed Wells with laryngeal cancer forcing her to quit her music career and with no health insurance; she was forced to sell her home. Her old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, personally donated to support her along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt.
2006, the guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London’s Abbey Road Studios. The acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.
2006, the final edition of Top of the Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show that was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. For more on this story, see This Day in Music Spotlight.
|An Aerosmith insider says the band’s new album will have a definite “old school” vibe, helped along by the work of legendary producer Jack Douglas.
In an update on their official website, the band’s “behind the scenes guru” John B. said the recording was shaping up to sound like vintage Aerosmith, although he stopped short of directly comparing the new tracks to the band’s classic ’70s output.
“The age-old question from most people is, Will it sound likeRocks? C’mon folks, I think that is an unfair question, but what I will say is that this will sound like vintage Aerosmith,” John B. wrote. “Joey’s playing with the precision of an ‘Omega Speedmaster Professional’ and gets as funky as Clyde Stubblefield on his best days. Go ahead and say ‘yeah that’s what he gets paid to say’ but I am telling you this stuff is going to blow you guys away, for shizzle.”
Aerosmith’s last album of original material was Just Push Play in 2001, although they released Honkin’ on Bobo, a blues covers album produced by Douglas, in 2004. Douglas was also behind the desk for 1974’s Get Your Wings and 1975’s Toys in the Attic.
“Jack reminds me of Doc Brown from Back to the Future,” John B. wrote. “He seems crazy as a loon but also as sane as a mental health counselor. He does bring an old school vibe with him but that doesn’t mean that this record is going to be the second coming of Rocks.”
|This is the summer of the dueling Buddy Holly tribute albums. The previously released Rave On Buddy Holly featured Paul McCartney, Kid Rock and My Morning Jacket tipping their caps to the rock and roll legend. Now, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly includes another batch of all-stars taking on Holly’s classic songs.
The album, due September 6, includes artists such as Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Pat Monahan of Train, Lyle Lovett, Natalie Merchant , Zooey Deschanel and others. The Listen to Me compilation is one part of a multi-media celebration of Holly’s life and work timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Texas native’s birth (which is September 7).
In addition, proceeds from sales of the album will benefit many music-related charity groups, including The GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY camps and Artists’ House Music.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
|Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says that a lot of musicians who attempt to emulate the work and style of Jimi Hendrix fail to capture what was special about the rock legend. Collen talked about Hendrix’s long-lasting influence with Ultimate Classic Rock.
“At the time, [Hendrix’s music] was very unique, no one had really done that before. And to be quite honest, they haven’t really done it since,” he said. “You get a lot of these clones that totally miss the point. It was artistic expression… People do these Hendrix-style things and it’s completely not valid, because I think what he brought, it was a complete blend.”
Collen was hugely influenced by Hendrix’s playing. In fact, his side project, Manraze, have covered Hendrix’s “Fire” on their upcoming album punkfunkrootsrock.
“It’s great to have no restrictions and that kind of freedom and I think that was, to me, what was great about Hendrix. He didn’t really care – he would just go off,” Collen said. “It would be jazzy, bluesy, the most psychedelic metal you’ve ever heard in your life and then all of the sudden, it’d be a really sweet song, a love song or something.”
|Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready joined Soundgarden at the Forum in Los Angeles for a veritable meeting of the grunge legends.
McCready performed “Superunknown” with the reformed grunge pioneers, while another member of ’90s rock royalty, Foo Fighters mainman and ex Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, was in the audience. McCready posted a series of backstage photos from the night on his Tumblr blog.
Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron is also in Pearl Jam, who are believed to be working on a new album in Los Angeles.
The appearance wasn’t McCready’s first performance with a grunge rock supergroup. In 1994 he formed Mad Season, which included Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin (as well as bass player John Baker Saunders from The Walkabouts).
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
|Rock legend Robert Plant played a $5 gig last weekend in Wales for just 200 people.
According to The Sun, the Led Zeppelin legend sang at a village hall in Monmouth, South Wales, for a crowd who had paid just $5 per ticket.
The gig was a charity benefit for one-time Plant producer Pat Moran, 63, who died earlier this year.
Darren Martin, who witnessed the show, told The Sun: “It was amazing – he’s a rock god and he was playing in a village hall. It was a real honor to be there – and he chatted with the audience afterwards.”
Moran’s brother Brian said, “It was very kind of Mr. Plant to join in.”
|Bob Dylan’s grandson, Pablo may be just 15 years old, but he’s already begun his own music career as a rapper.
According to The Guardian, Pablo Dylan says his grandfather is an influence “from a musical and personal standpoint. Everyone around me influences me, and I have learned so much from him just listening to his records.”
The young Dylan refers to Grandpa Bob as “the Jay-Z of his time,” and namechecks him on his debut single, “Top of the World”: “I’m the grandson of a man/ nothing less than legendary, that’s a lot of pressure/ so I Berry Gordy/ I am very Motown, b*tch.”
Pablo Dylan’s first hip-hop mixtape, 10 Minutes, can be can download from his website.
|Record business legend Tommy Mottola’s documentary movie is nearly complete, according to Music-news.com. Mottola ran Sony Records for 15 years, working with superstar acts like Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan and, notably, his ex-wife Mariah Carey.
An insider told the New York Post that: “The doc is of Tommy’s life, but also documents the history of music, from Elvis to the iPod.”
Director Richard Stratton also helped Mottola with his upcoming memoirs, The Last Starmaker, which will give insight into Mottola’s marriage breakdown with Carey.