… love me some Zap too Hemi. Much respect to him for the creation of Steve Vai alone!
… speaking of great guitar players, and since the forum was down on June 24th, it would not be proper unless I give out a much happy 75th birthday to Jeff Beck. 75 and STILL doesn't need a pick to be one of the top 20 guitar players of all time!
… btw, check out all the 80's star-studded cameo's in the video
Thanks for all that info. I was 9 to 18 in the 80s so I remember all these bands.
My first concert was Night Ranger and Great White in 86. Yeah, that Great White were 90 people died in a fire at one of their shows yeare later.
I saw Aerosmith and rockin Dokken in 1987? It was the Dude Looks Like a Lady Tour.
I liked the early 90s music far more than the 80s music I grew up on.
Mine would be: The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, AC/DC, and Queen.
the pretty reckless
35 YEARS AGO TODAY and just two months after graduating high school, Metallica's second album was released to give us all a nice graduation present!
Performance was when we saw 'em in '89, at their peak.
Few modern rock songs have portrayed the brutal realities soldiers experience in war as effectively as this tune. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s novel which portrayed the human cost and the dark undercurrent of all armed conflict.
Metallica’s take on the subject is as brutal lyrically as well as musically, portraying the soldiers as men caught up in something bigger than they can comprehend or control.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY THE GATES OPEN!
Some kind of 3 day music festival, with a solid lineup, in Bethel NY on this guys 600 acre dairy farm. I heard its gonna be crowded!
Queen, Dio, Dokken, ELO, Boston, Cinderella, Scorpions, Fleetwood Mac, Rush
Saw Queen with Freddie in Madison Square Garden, 1975. Just saw Queen with Adam Lambert in San Jose. Impressed!
50 YEARS AGO TODAY and before Joe Cocker hits the stage at 2pm ET, dairy farmer Max Yasgur, Republican, addresses the 500,000 kids who are on his alfalfa hay field.
"I'm a farmer."
"You people have proven something to the world. This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place. But above that, the important thing that you've proven to the world is that a half-million kids can get together and have 3 days of fun and music...
... AND HAVE NOTHING BUT FUN AND MUSIC AND I GOD BLESS YOU FOR IT!"
Believe it or not, 50 YEARS AGO TODAY, Roy Rogers was supposed to close Woodstock with a rendition of "Happy Trails." Thank our orange sunshine he declined, because instead the world got Jimi Hendrix delivering perhaps the most famous performance in the history of rock-n-roll. Jimi WAS music. You can just see it flowing right through him like a wave. You can probably imagine the level of exhaustion for most of those who arrived at some point over the weekend and lasted through Monday morning August 18th. Experiencing Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock in 1969 may have been the most surreal moment anyone could possibly feel after 3 spacey days of living life. In the course of a 2 hour set, one of the longest of his career, plus a rare encore (“Hey Joe”), they saw people grabbing their heads, so ecstatic, so stunned, and moved by the performance. Next to the Apollo 11 moon landing a month earlier, it was probably the single greatest moment of the 60's.
By Sunday night, delays due to bad weather and technical difficulties pushed the schedule back nearly 9 hours. While Hendrix was offered the chance to play at midnight, the prime spot, he opted to close Woodstock the following morning. By the time Hendrix took the stage at 9am ET that fateful day, the audience had thinned from a half million to about 40,000. Those lucky thousands saw magic and witnessed history. The whole structure of the show was centered around Hendrix' guitar work and he constantly had to deliver. It's simply amazing watching him play, totally in control of what he's doing, yet he's still improvising or playing song patterns from memory.
Most importantly, Hendrix was already a global legend and the king of all guitar players (even to this day), at the peak of his powers, and he put on a riveting show at Woodstock. If he wanted to get people talking and thinking, he more than succeeded. Hendrix seemed entirely at ease, and told his fellow Army buddy from the 101st Airborne and bassist Billy Cox, he wanted to feed off the vibe flowing through the crowd. Hendrix: “Look, the audience is sending a lot of energy to us on stage. Let’s use that and send it back to them.”
Hendrix — who reportedly did not sleep for the entire three days of the festival — hit the stage at 9 am on Monday, August 18, 1969, At 10:30, the famous version of "The Star Spangled Banner" was not a separate performance. It was actually part of a 30+ minute medley that also included "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" on one end and "Purple Haze” on the other.
Jimi talking about the National Anthem on The Dick Cavett Show a month later: “I don’t know, all I did was play it. I’m American, so I played it.” Cavett, sensing the potential for more controversy and “nasty letters,” reminded viewers that Hendrix had served in the legendary 101st Airborne Division. After pressing Hendrix about his “unorthodox” version and how people might respond, Hendrix held his ground. “That’s not unorthodox. I thought it was beautiful.”
Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister and CEO/President, Experience Hendrix L.L.C. "Izabella was the last guitar Hendrix played with his original Jimi Hendrix Experience group, and the final guitar he ever played in concert. This Stratocaster timestamps an amazing era and shines a spotlight on one of the most epic moments of our time. The unforgettable image of Jimi with his Strat on that Woodstock stage is embodied in this guitar. He changed music history with every earthshaking note he played that day.”
From guitar maker Fender Vice President of Product Development Mike Lewis:
At the time, Hendrix was a global sensation, having taken the world by storm with the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Woodstock is one of the singularly defining Hendrix performances, and it is a landmark moment of his career, of rock music up to that point, and of the 1960s, which were just about to end. Britain dominated rock and pop during that decade, but Hendrix dominated all as a wholly separate entity — an enigmatic and phenomenally talented musician from the United States, playing a U.S.-made Fender electric guitar model that he had to string and play upside-down because we only made right handed Strat’s. Now Fender Stratocasters are present everywhere around the globe, largely because of him.
And when he took the stage, Stratocaster in hand, and played the National Anthem as it had never been played before, the occasion became one of the great moments of the 1960s and of rock history. Jimi Hendrix playing ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock was a cultural moment heard around the world.”
When we sing the National Anthem it's about war, a forgotten war, but still, this country was born in war and we been fighting wars ever since, and Jimi Hendrix doesn’t let you forget that. He was a revolutionary figure in the midst of a divided nation and world. The patriotism in Hendrix’s beautifully powerful sound still applies to those who are able to look past the numerous deep problems the U.S has and appreciate the beauty of the nation. He would die just 13 months later at only 27.
Thank you for your message of love Jimi. It will live way past this crap today. We miss you man.
20 years ago today (8/31) Germany's Rammstein release "Live Aus Berlin" DVD. Their live tour from their previous 2nd album that put them on the global metal map...
... and the tune that got them there.
RIP Eddie Money who passed away from stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 70.
A statement provided by his family: “The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”
Saw Eddie in Daytona on the beach at spring break '88. Never realized how many hits he has until then.
RIP Mr. Money!
One of those on "Wish I went to see 'em"" list.
That guy was shakin' and made a cool car video
Rolling Stones, the bloody who, the kinks
RIP lead singer and founding member Ric Ocasek who passed away today. He was 70.
35 years ago yesterday was the debut of MTV's Video Music Awards where The Cars won Video of the Year for this tune.
Thanks Ric for being a part of the soundtrack of my high school years.
Local news said he was 75 which surprised me. 70 seemed to make more sense. Then I look up his wiki and it says he was born in either '44 or '49. But it says he graduated in '63 which makes '44 / 75 make sense. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric_Ocasek
Always loved The Cars. Their recordings were solid and clear and very dynamic considering they were recorded in the pre-digital era. Used to rock them hard on my pro grade Sure headphones in my my bedroom when I was a kid.
Let the good times roll in the after-life Ric!
According to the Daily News, New York City's medical examiner has determined that the cause of death was hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Ocasek also suffered from pulmonary emphysema, which also contributed to his death.
The woman in 1984's "Drive" video, Paulina Porizkova, met Ric on set, married 5 years later, and had two kids. They were with him while he was recovering from surgery:
RIP TONY MILLS who passed away Wed. (Sep. 18) from cancer at 57. He was the lead singer for TNT from 2006-2013 after the legendary 4+ octave vocals of Tony Harnell left the band in 2006. Hard to replace Harnell, but he did... for three more albums!
His wife Linda: "It is with a shattered heart that I announce the passing of my loving husband and best friend Tony Mills. He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in April of this year and lived his life to the fullest until he exhaled for the last time in my arms. He wanted to live, but wasn't afraid of death.
Most will know him through his incredible contribution to the music world as a singer in bands like Shy and TNT as well as a solo artist and session vocalist. He leaves behind him a legacy that will live on for many lifetimes.
Those people closest to him will also know him as a gentle and kind soul, a dedicated husband with a love for the quiet life, his animals and his motorbikes. His sense of humour was always on point. His last summer was the happiest in his life, at the end of each day he exclaimed "It's been another fantastic day!" He spent a lot of time in his workshop fixing up his dirtbike so he could ride it later this autumn. The evening before he passed, he managed to whisper:
"I've had a good life. I've had a GOOD life. I'm just a bit pissed about the bike."
30 minutes before World Guitar Day is over and no better player to celebrate tonight than with the world's 4th greatest!
World Guitar Day wouldn't be complete unless there's this guy, at the Smithsonian, explaining what made him the 3rd greatest guitar player ever.
(at 11:25): "Instead of reading a book, I wrote my own. Because of the things I created, the way I play, they had to reinvent a whole new way to write music."
Then he explains how he reinvented the guitar. Then he explains how he reinvented the amp, then he plays!
Ah yes, Vai! Here he talks about his audition with Zappa.
Here he talks about Zappa's genius skills.
Anyone here know that Zappa was responsible for the start of Alice Cooper's career? "People hated him... so I knew he was onto something"
Him and Zap... must have been epic, all that interaction between the two. Vai was right. "You have to be on... It's a big boys game."
Zappa was in the music news the other day. It was the anniversary of the PMRC hearing on music censorship (Al Gore's wife Tippers pet project) when him and Dee Snider testified before Congress. Who could forget that! The image was powerful and Dee's answers were gold! Dee showing up in supertight pants, ripped up shirt, and sleeveless bluejean jacket and pulled his crumpled up papers out of his back pocket before starting. LOL he absolutely destroyed them hypocrites. Thanks Dee and Zappa for carrying the flag all alone when everyone else sat out.
HAPPY 40TH ANNIVERSARY EAGLES! "The Long Run" album debut at #2 and hit #1 a week later and remained for 2 months. The album produced 3 singles: "I Can't Tell You Why" and "The Long Run" both reached to #8, and "Heartache Tonight" reached to #1 and won a Grammy Award. It has sold more than eight million copies in the US. It also turned out to be their last studio album as they disbanded in 1980 until the band reformed in 2007 and made one more.
"In The City" was recorded by Walsh and was first released on the soundtrack for the 1979 film The Warriors.
Happy 76th Birthday Randy Bachman!
Him and his two brothers made 5 songs (#23 Let It Ride, #21 Hey You, #14 Roll on Down the Highway, #12 Takin' Care of Business, and #1 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet) that will continue to be played on the radio for generations to come!
On Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, "Lookin' Out For #1" was a Top 20 hit, peaking at #15 in 1976. As a result, the song got significant airplay on soft rock radio stations, a first for BTO and it’s still among their most requested live songs.
Don't forget the 1995 Hell Freezes Over tour........ that I totally regret not going to see ... especially after watching the DVD from that tour. Not going to see them was dumb, dumb, dumb! A&E did a great special on them. It's 3 freak'in hours long but worth watching the whole thing.
Definitely in my DVD library.
Happy birthday to the second greatest guitar player ever!
SRV would have turned 65 today and may have been #1 if he were still around. Especially since he was clean and sober the last two years of his life.
Longtime 38 Special and founding Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry Junstrom has died at the age of 70.
38 Special: "The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us. He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high -- a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him. We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry’s family. We will miss our friend and partner."
35 YEARS AGO TODAY and what many say is one of the greatest live concerts put on film was released in theaters.
Academy Award winning Director Jonathan Demme: "The skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience. They became your friends, in a sense. It made the movie something different and special."
Then there was that suit! Talking Heads 'Stop Making Sense' changed concert films forever.
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