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  1. Go Low: 10 Expert Tips for Rocking the Bass Guitar How low can you go? by Anne Erickson Having an appreciation for the bass guitar, I understand that a having bass player that knows how to move and groove is critical to the sound of any band. Having also served as a bass player, I know that the lower end sometimes gets the shaft when it comes to media coverage. Well, not here! Below, check out 10 Tips for Those Rocking the Bass Guitar from a collection of noteworthy players. Who’s your favorite bass slinger? Add to the conversation below! Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Jane’s Addiction on recording, as told to Bass Player: “I try not to get caught up in Pro Tools; I’d rather play a song all the way through than sit there and edit parts together. We tracked Velvet Revolver’s Libertad as a live band, and on most of the tunes, we didn’t use a click track. Sure, some of the tracks speed up at the end, but they do so for a reason: because the music and the feeling are getting more intense. I think the listener wants to hear that, too. Most important for me is being in that deep pocket with the drums. To do that, you have to empty your mind. Especially when we’re recording, I empty my mind completely and picture myself literally inside the bass drum. Whenever that thumper hits, I’m just a little behind to create the groove.” Jaco Pastorius on getting his stage sound via BassGuitarBlog.com: “I turn the bass on the amp all the way up because I only use the back pick-up on the bass. I never use the bass pick-up on the front so I have to compensate quite a bit with the amp. I have a sound that’s like an R&B-type sound which is real punchy and hits.” Victor Wooten on getting his bass to sound like a guitar on his album Words and Tones, as told to Premier Guitar: “I’m always looking for new tricks and techniques. I always use a ponytail holder hair band on the neck of my bass, and I found that if I moved it to the 17th or 18th fret, I could make sounds like a guitar player using pinched harmonics. So I put distortion on the instrument and, just like a guitarist, I took a solo on ‘Sword and Stone’ that sounded just like a guitarist would. It was definitely something new for me.” Ozzy Osbourne bass player Blasko on using the overdrive pedal, as told to Bass Player: “I’m not a fan of distortion, because I think it causes you to lose a lot of the roundness of the tone. But I love overdrive. In the way I play, it helps the notes connect to one another. It’s hard for me to get excited when the bass tone is completely dry. I also like to have a lot of bottom end; our stage volume is sometimes so high that I can’t hear myself, so I like to know that I can still feel myself by moving lot of air.” Primus’ Les Claypool on tips for young bass players, as told to Alter the Press: “Play as much as you can and play with as many people as you can. People who just sit in a room and play, are only going to get so good. Playing music is like having a conversation, if you have conversations with the same people over and over again, you're not going to be as loquacious as someone who speaks to different people, from different backgrounds, all the time. Play with as many people as you possibly can, even if they aren't any good.” Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea on how studying music theory can help your playing, as told to Bass Player Magazine: “I took theory, composition and jazz trumpet at the University of Southern California. The main thing I got out of that experience was my theory class, and the big thing was Bach, who blew my mind in a way that Hendrix did to me when I was a kid, or Charlie Parker. I always appreciated classical music, but not to the point where I really delved into it. I took classes with a theory professor, Professor Neal Desby, and I also studied with him privately. I was really getting into Bach…. It’s something to aspire to. It’s just amazing.” Rush’s Geddy Lee on getting the “perfect bass sound” as told to Bass Player: “I’ve always liked my tone to have an edge, but over the years, I’ve been moving the edge higher and I’ve brought in more warmth. When I got my first Wal, it blew me away—the lower mids are so constant and the tone fits so easily into the context of our band on record. I don’t need to use a lot of fancy EQ; the bass just naturally bounces and hangs there. That’s what I’m really after; the bounce of the sound. If I’m playing a lot of notes, I don’t like the tone to get twangy; I like there to be a bit of depth to it…” Nikki Sixx on using the Gibson Thunderbird to get his trademark sound, as told to Guitar Center: “I’ve played Gibson Thunderbirds for my whole career. The Thunderbird is me. It’s become such a part of me that I don’t even look right holding another bass anymore. The Blackbird is my version of the Thunderbird. It’s like a race car. Both of the pickups are wired together, and there are no tone or volume controls. The only control is a toggle switch that turns the pickups on or off. The word ‘finesse’ should never come into play when you’re talking about rock bass. It’s like sex. You’ve just got to do the job. Playing bass isn’t about making love. It’s brutal, nasty, dirty, and raw. That’s what the Blackbird is. There are other basses for other styles of music with volume and tone controls, but I just want to go. It’s not like I’m going to turn the tone control back 25 percent and the volume back 10 percent to play the bridge of ‘Home Sweet Home’ on stage.” Jason Newsted on creating rhythms, as told to Bass Player: “A lot of people who aren’t necessarily musicians visit the studio, and I keep various noise-making devices around—drums, knockers, nose flutes—so they can play along. I love watching instructional videos, so I bought the Santana rhythm-section tape, From Afro-Cuban to Rock [Latin Percussion]. It shows five general rhythms and how you apply them—but once the musicians start doing their thing, I just sit and watch in amazement. I haven’t spent enough hours learning how to play them.” Green Day bass player Mike Dirnt on what advice he would give to an up-and-comer, as told to Guitar Center: “I would say, first of all, play music with friends. Don’t just play with somebody because they happen to have a lot of skills. Play with people you get along with because happiness is a road traveled, not a destination. If you can find it within yourself to be happy with working 40 hours a week and having a gig on the weekend or just having something to look forward to as far as having different shows and playing with friends. If you can be happy with that, if you can be happy with the least, then you’ve already succeeded. Chances are, all it’s going to be is you gigging from weekend to weekend for the rest of your life or until you get going.” -HC- ________________________________________________________________ Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  2. HC's Rock Rewind A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History by Team HC Week of July 8th - 14th One of rock and roll’s most influential bands signed their first recording contract, a Rolling Stones classic topped the singles charts, and members of The Monkees reunited for the first time in nearly two decades. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1962 – The Rolling Stones make their live debut, performing at London’s legendary Marquee Club. 1962 – The Beach Boys sign their first recording contract, inking a deal with Capitol Records. 1964 – The Beatles film, A Hard Day’s Night, premiers in Liverpool. More than 200,000 fans turn out to celebrate. 1965 – The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” begins a four-week run at Number One on the U.S. singles charts. The song goes on to become the biggest hit of the year. 1967 – The Who begin their first large-scale U.S. tour, performing as opening act for Herman’s Hermits. 1967 – Arlo Guthrie takes the stage of the Newport Folk Festival and delivers the debut performance of “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.” 1968 – Eric Clapton announces the breakup of Cream, while the band is in the midst of its final tour. 1969 – Funeral services are held for Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones. 1969 – David Bowie’s single, “Space Oddity,” is rush-released to coincide with the first moon landing, which takes place nine days later. 1969 – Blind Faith perform their first show in the U.S., a sellout at Madison Square Garden. 1970 – The soundtrack album for the film, Woodstock, tops the charts. 1972 – Smokey Robinson performs his final show as a member of The Miracles. 1974 – David Bowie plays the first of five shows that will be used in the making of his David Live album. All the shows were staged at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia. 1978 – The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls album tops the U.S. charts. 1980 – Bob Marley and the Wailers begin what will ultimately be Marley’s final U.K. tour. 1985 – The Live Aid benefit concerts are staged in Philadelphia and London. The array of performers include Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John, and Queen, among many others. 1989 – The Monkees are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All four members of the band reunite for the ceremony. 1996 – A Guinness World Record for the largest-ever jam session is set when more than 2,000 guitarists perform a cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” for 75 minutes. Chet Atkins and Skunk Baxter are among the participants 2007 – Rod Stewart is awarded the CBE Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 2014 – Johnny Winter plays his last show, staging a performance at the Lovely Days Festival in Wiesen, Austria. 2016 – Joe Perry suffers a cardiac event onstage during a performance with members of The Hollywood Vampires. Perry is rushed to the hospital -- fortunately he makes a full recovery. Releases 1970 – Supertramp: Supertramp 1971 – Funkadelic: Maggot Brain 1972 – Chicago: Chicago V 1972 – Harry Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson 1973 – Queen: Queen 1973 – Bob Dylan: Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (soundtrack) 1973 – Grand Funk Railroad: We’re an American Band 1974 – Neil Young: On the Beach 1975 – Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac 1979 – The Kinks: Low Budget 1981 – Def Leppard: High ‘n’ Dry 1983 – Robert Plant: The Principle of Moments 1983 – Big Country: The Crossing 1986 – Bob Dylan: Knocked Out Loaded 1988 – UB40: UB40 1988 – Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson 1990 – Iggy Pop: Brick by Brick 1990 – Poison: Flesh and Blood 1992 – Frank Zappa: You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5 1993 – Matthew Sweet: Altered Beast 1994 – The Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge 1994 – Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation 1997 – Sarah McLachlan: Surfacing 2000 – Motley Crue: New Tattoo 2001 -- Blackmore's Night: Fires at Midnight 2002 – Robert Plant: Dreamland 2002 – The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 2005 – Tony Iommi: Fused 2009 – The Dead Weather: Horehound Deaths Clarence White (The Byrds) – July 14, 1973 Minnie Riperton – July 12, 1979 Chris Wood (Traffic) – July 12, 1983 Nico (The Velvet Underground), July 8, 1988 Arthur Kane (New York Dolls) – July 13, 2004 Rob Grill (The Grass Roots) – July 11, 2011 Jerry Ragovoy – July 13, 2011 Tommy Ramone – July 11, 2014 Births Jai Johanny Johanson (The Allman Brothers Band), July 8, 1944 Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode), July 8, 1961 Joan Osborne, July 8, 1963 Beck, July 8, 1970 Bon Scott (AC/DC), July 9, 1946 John "Mitch" Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience), July 9, 1947 Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), July 9, 1959 Courtney Love (Hole), July 9, 1964 Jack White (The White Stripes), July 9, 1975 Woody Guthrie – July 14, 1912 Lowman “Pete” Pauling (The 5 Royales) – July 14, 1926 Mavis Staples – July 10, 1939 Desmond Dekker – July 16, 1941 Ronnie James Dio – July 10, 1942 Roger McGuinn – July 13, 1942 Stephen Bladd (J. Geils Band) – July 13, 1942 Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) – July 10, 1943 Christine McVie – July 12, 1943 Linda Ronstadt – July 15, 1946 Arlo Guthrie – July 10, 1947 Roky Erickson – July 15, 1947 Peter Banks (Yes, Flash) – July 15, 1947 Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 15, 1948 Dave Smalley (The Raspberries) – July 10, 1949 Greg Kihn – July 10, 1949 Eric Carr (Kiss) – July 12, 1950 Philip Taylor Kramer (Iron Butterfly) – July 12, 1952 Bob Casale (Devo) – July 14, 1952 Johnny Thunders – July 15, 1952 Stewart Copeland – July 16, 1952 Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) – July 10, 1954 Ian Curtis (Joy Division) – July 15, 1956 Marky Ramone – July 15, 1956 Joe Satriani – July 15, 1956 Peter Murphy (Bauhaus) – July 11, 1957 Sandy West (The Runaways) – July 10, 1959 Richie Sambora – July 11, 1959 Suzanne Vega – July 11, 1959 Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum) – July 12, 1962 Tonya Donelly (Belly) – July 14, 1966 Jason Bonham – July 15, 1966 John Petrucci (Dream Theater) – July 12, 1967 Week of July 15th -21nd Elvis Presley made his first-ever studio recordings, Santana celebrated a milestone, and a former Beatle kicked off his debut solo tour. A spate of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Rod Stewart, Talking Heads, and Guns N’ Roses. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1953 – Elvis Presley drops into Memphis Recording Service—later renamed Sun Studios—and pays $3.98 to make his first-ever recordings. He records two songs: “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” as a gift for his mother. 1954 – The Newport Jazz Festival makes its debut at the Newport Casino in Rhode Island. 1955 – Chuck Berry’s debut single, “Maybellene,” is released on Chess Records. 1963 – The first U.S. Beatles album, titled Introducing the Beatles, is pressed up by Vee-Jay Records. The album receives its official release in January of 1964. 1968 – Cream’s Wheels of Fire hits #1 on the U.S. album chart. 1968 – The Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine, makes its premiere in London. In the film, the band members are voiced by professional actors. 1974 – Joey Ramone becomes the lead singer for the Ramones. 1975 – Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Listen to What the Man Said” reaches #1 on the U.S. singles chart. 1975 – Bob Marley and the Wailers’ performance at the Lyceum Theatre in London is recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Later that year, the performance is released as an official album—titled simply Live! 1976 – Classic rock icons Deep Purple split up at the end of a U.K tour. Eight years will pass before the band gets back together. 1978 – Def Leppard make their live debut, performing before an audience of 150 at a school in Sheffield, England. 1981 – “Roy Orbison Day” is declared in Odessa, Texas. 1986 – Santana mark their 20th anniversary with a comprehensive reunion, with all current and former members coming together to stage a concert in San Francisco. 1987 – Keith Richards signs a contract with Virgin Records as a solo artist. 1989 – Ringo Starr kicks off his first tour since The Beatles ceased touring in 1966. He and the first incarnation of his All-Starr Band perform in Dallas, Texas. 1991 – The Lollapalooza Music Festival is staged for the first time. Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, and Living Color are among the many participating bands who perform in select locations in North America. 2012 – Surviving Who members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announce they’re reviving the band’s 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia, for a tour. Releases 1964 – The Beatles: Something New 1965 – The Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Believe in Magic? 1966 – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton 1969 – The Doors: The Soft Parade 1971 – Black Sabbath: Master of Reality 1971 – The Moody Blues: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour 1971 – Deep Purple: Fireball 1972 – Rod Stewart: Never a Dull Moment 1972 – T. Rex: The Slider 1972 – Jefferson Airplane: Long John Silver 1973 – Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin: Love Devotion Surrender 1973 – Mott the Hoople: Mott 1977 – Elvis Costello: My Aim is True 1978 – Talking Heads: More Songs about Buildings and Food 1980 – Joy Division: Closer 1981 – ZZ Top: El Loco 1984 – Stryper: The Yellow and Black Attack 1987 – Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction 1990 – Mother Love Bone: Apple 1991 – Squeeze: Play 1992 – Sonic Youth: Dirty 1995 – Megadeth: Hidden Treasures 1995 – Elliott Smith: Elliott Smith 1996 – The Black Crowes: Three Snakes and One Charm 1996 – Fiona Apple: Tidal 1999 – Robyn Hitchcock: Jewels for Sophia 2003 – Prince: N.E.W.S. 2003 – Cheap Trick: Special One 2006 – Black Stone Cherry: Black Stone Cherry Deaths Danny Cedrone (Bill Haley & His Comets) – July 17, 1954 Billie Holiday – July 17, 1959 Bobby Fuller – July 18, 1966 John Coltrane – July 17, 1967 Lefty Frizzell – July 19, 1975 Harry Chapin – July 16, 1981 Nico – July 18, 1988 Chas Chandler – July 17, 1996 Gus Dudgeon – July 21, 2002 Long John Baldry – July 21, 2005 Gordon Waller (Peter and Gordon) – July 17, 2009 Jon Lord (Deep Purple) – July 16, 2012 Johnny Winter – July 16, 2014 Births Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – July 18, 1929 Ian Stewart (Rolling Stones) – July 18, 1938 Spencer Davis – July 17, 1939 Dion DiMucci – July 18, 1939 Lonnie Mack – July 18, 1941 Martha Reeves – July 18, 1941 John Lodge (Moody Blues) – July 20, 1943 Danny McCulloch (The Animals) – July 18, 1945 Henry McCullough – July 21, 1943 Alan Gorrie (Average White Band) – July 19, 1946 Bernie Leadon (Eagles) – July 19, 1947 Brian May – July 19, 1947 Carlos Santana – July 20, 1947 Ron Asheton (The Stooges) – July 17, 1948 Geezer Butler – July 17, 1949 Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) – July 18, 1949 Nicolette Larson – July 17, 1952 Allen Collins (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – July 19, 1952 Ricky Skaggs – July 18, 1954 Terry Chambers (XTC) – July 18, 1955 Howie Epstein (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) – July 21, 1955 Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) – July 20, 1956 Keith Levene (The Clash, PIL) – July 18, 1957 Chris Cornell – July 20, 1964 Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) – July 20, 1966 Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) – July 20, 1976 ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  3. HC's Rock Rewind A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History by Anne Erickson Week of June 24th - 30th This week, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote an early Beatles classic, Deep Purple’s most famous lineup disbanded, and Pink Floyd staged a one-off reunion for a major charity event. A trove of classic albums was released as well, including landmark records by Free, the Doobie Brothers, and Bad Company. Read on for a look back at other noteworthy moments that shaped rock and roll. Events 1956 – Elvis Presley records “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” in New York City. 1962 – Jimi Hendrix receives an honorable discharge from the Army after he fractures his ankle in a parachute jump. 1963 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney write “She Loves You” in a hotel room while on tour in England. 1965 – The Byrds’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” tops the Billboard singles chart. 1970 – The band formerly known as Smile performs under the moniker Queen for the first time. 1971 – New York City’s famous Fillmore East venue stages its last show. The bill includes the Allman Brothers Band, the J. Geils Band, Albert King, and Mountain, among others. 1973 – Brian Eno exits Roxy Music. 1974 – Neal Peart becomes the drummer for Rush, replacing John Rutsey. 1975 – David Bowie releases “Fame.” The single goes on to become Bowie’s first #1 hit in the U.S. 1976 – John Lennon gets his “green card” from the U.S. Department of Naturalization. 1973 – Deep Purple’s most famous lineup disbands, as lead singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover abruptly leave the group following a show in Osaka, Japan. 1977 – Elvis Presley stages his last concert, performing in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1980 – Paul McCartney’s single “Coming Up” tops the U.S. singles chart. 1985 – David Bowie and Mick Jagger record “Dancing in the Street” at Abbey Road Studios. They also shoot the video for the song on that same day. 1996 – Sammy Hagar is replaced by David Lee Roth as Van Halen’s lead vocalist. Eleven years earlier, Hagar had replaced Roth in that same role. 2004 – The Kinks’ Dave Davies suffers a massive stroke. During a lengthy recovery he re-learns how to play guitar. 2005 – Pink Floyd members Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright reunite to perform at the Live 8 concert in London. Releases 1966 – The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out! 1967 – The Rolling Stones: Flowers 1968 – Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets 1968 – Steve Miller Band: Children of the Future 1968 – Fairport Convention: Fairport Convention 1968 – The Band: Music from Big Pink 1970 – Free: Fire and Water 1970 – The Monkees: Changes 1970 – Rare Earth: Ecology 1970 – Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley 1970 – Todd Rundgren: Runt 1970 – Cactus: Cactus 1971 – The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Flying Burrito Brothers 1972 – Leon Russell: Carney 1972 – Free: Free At Last 1972 – Big Star: #1 Record 1972 – Alice Cooper: School’s Out 1972 – The Doobie Brothers: Toulouse Street 1973 – Sly & the Family Stone: Fresh 1974 – Bad Company: Bad Company 1974 – Elton John: Caribou 1974 – America: Holiday 1974 – Uriah Heep: Wonderworld 1975 – Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes 1975 – Average White Band: Cut the Cake 1975 – The Tubes: The Tubes 1976 – Uriah Heep: High and Mighty 1976 – The Marshall Tucker Band: Long Hard Ride 1976 – Jefferson Starship: Spitfire 1977 – Kiss: Love Gun 1977 – James Taylor: JT 1977 – Steve Winwood: Steve Winwood 1979 – Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps 1980 – The Soft Boys: Underwater Moonlight 1980 – Queen: The Game 1982 – Robert Plant: Pictures at Eleven 1982 – Joe Jackson: Night and Day 1982 – Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Imperial Bedroom 1985 – AC/DC: Fly on the Wall 1989 – The B-52’s: Cosmic Thing 1989 – Don Henley: The End of Innocence 1990 – Sonic Youth: Goo 1990 – Cheap Trick: Busted 1990 – Steve Earle: The Hard Way 1991 – Alice Cooper: Hey Stoopid 1991 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Into the Great Wide Open 1992 – PJ Harvey: Dry 1993 – Ozzy Osbourne: Live & Loud 1993 – Jeff Beck: Crazy Legs 1995 – Gov’t Mule: Gov’t Mule 1995 – Neil Young: Mirror Ball 1998 – Cowboy Junkies: Miles from Our Home 1998 – System of a Down: System of a Down 2002 – Oasis: Heathen Chemistry 2002 – Green Day: Shenanigans 2004 – The Cure: The Cure 2004 – Rush: Feedback 2005 – Fountains of Wayne: Out-of-State Plates Deaths Alan Myers (Devo) – June 24, 2013 Sky Saxon (The Seeds) – June 25, 2009 Boudleaux Bryant – June 25, 1987 Hillel Slovak (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – June 25, 1988 Tim Buckley – June 29, 1975 Lowell George – June 29, 1979 Rushton Moreve (Steppenwolf) – July 1, 1981 Wolfman Jack – July 1, 1995 Dennis Brown – July 1, 1999 Chet Atkins – June 30, 2001 John Entwistle – June 27, 2002 Herbie Mann – July 1, 2003 Luther Vandross – July 1, 2005 George McCorkle (The Marshall Tucker Band) – June 29, 2007 Mel Galley (Whitesnake) – July 1, 2008 Bobby Womack – June 27, 2014 Scotty Moore – June 28, 2016 Births Willie Dixon – July 1, 1915 Lena Horne – June 30, 1917 Doc Pomus – June 27, 1925 Eddie Floyd – June 25, 1937 Billy Davis (The 5th Dimension) – June 26, 1938 Delaney Bramlett – July 1, 1939 Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys) – June 27, 1942 Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) – June 28, 1943 Jeff Beck – June 24, 1944 Arthur Brown – June 24, 1944 Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) – June 30, 1944 Colin Blunstone – June 24, 1945 Carly Simon – June 25, 1945 Deborah Harry – July 1, 1945 Mick Fleetwood – June 24, 1947 Ian Paice (Deep Purple) – June 29, 1948 Andy Scott (The Sweet) – June 30, 1949 Stanley Clarke – June 30, 1951 Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult) – June 25, 1946 Ian McDonald – June 25, 1946 Fred Schneider (The B-52’s) – July 1, 1951 Colin Hay (Men at Work) – June 29, 1953 Mick Jones (The Clash) – June 26, 1955 Chris Isaak – June 26, 1956 Lisa Germano – June 27, 1958 Lorrie Morgan – June 27, 1959 Terri Nunn (Berlin) – June 26, 1961 Yngwie Malmsteen – June 30, 1963 Bobby Bare Jr. – June 28, 1966 Colin Greenwood (Radiohead) – June 26, 1969 Gretchen Wilson – June 26, 1973 Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer) – June 27, 1976 Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon) – June 26, 1979 Week of July 1st - 7th The first week of July brings a bevy of important music events, from the births of Ringo Starr and Jack White to the release of albums from Queen and Styx. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and notable births and deaths happening July 1 – 7. Events 1956 - Johnny Cash plays the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for the first time. 1968 - The Yardbirds play their final show in Luton, England. Jimmy Page goes on to form Led Zeppelin. 1962 - Jimi Hendrix is honorably discharged from the U.S. Army following breaking his ankle during a parachute jump. 1969 - The band Mountain forms in Long Island. 1969 - The Beatles begin recording their famed song “Here Comes the Sun.” 1972 - David Bowie introduced himself to the world as Ziggy Stardust at a “Save The Whales” benefit show in London. 1980 - Led Zeppelin plays their concert in West Berlin. 1981 - Bruce Springsteen performs the first of six sold-out gigs at the Byrne Arena in New Jersey. 1982 - Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Arden get married on July 4th. 1995 - The Grateful Dead perform their final concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Releases Ray Charles, Ray Charles, 1957 Hootie & the Blowfish, Cracked Rear View, 1994 Queen, Keep Yourself Alive, 1973 Sonny and Cher, I Got You Babe, 1965 Styx, The Grand Illusion, 1977 Dream Theater, Images and Words, 1992 Prince, Chaos and Disorder, 1996 Deaths Brian Jones (The Rolling Stones), July 3, 1969 Louis Armstrong, July 6, 1971 Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), July 7, 2006 Births Paul Williams (The Temptations), July 2, 1939 John Colla (Huey Louis & the News), July 2, 1952 Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), July 3, 1957 Ray Davies (The Kinks), July 4, 1945 Chris Britton (The Troggs), July 4, 1945 Joey Molland (Badfinger), July 4, 1947 Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), July 4, 1950 Mike Einziger (Incubus), July 4, 1976 Brandon Flowers (The Killers), July 4, 1981 Robbie Robertson (The Band), July 5, 1943 Huey Lewis, born Hugh Anthony Cregg III, July 5, 1950 Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), July 5, 1950 Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (Wu-Tang Clan), July 5, 1969 Jason Wade (Lifehouse), July 5, 1980 Dave Rowberry (The Animals), July 6, 1940 Mike Shrieve (Santana), July 6, 1949 Ringo Starr (The Beatles), born Richard Starkey, July 7, 1940 Mark White (Spin Doctors), July 7, 1962 -HC- ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  4. 10 Great Music Books You Need to Read All you need is a hammock, some shade and a cold drink! by Anne Erickson Rock ‘n’ roll has birthed music books and memoirs packed with more twists-and-turns than even the best fiction novel. Summer is here, and with it comes the chance to sit outside on a breezy day and leaf through one of these rock reads. From Slash to B.B. King, here are 10 great music books to put on your summer reading list, including some of my favorites. Blues All Around Me, B.B. King This is a timely read, in light of legendary blues guitarist B.B. King’s recent passing. In Blues All Around Me, King offers up a very real account of life as a touring musician. He details the riveting performances, detachment from his family and feelings of loneliness with which any touring musician can relate. It’s an honest, heartfelt tale from the Mississippi native who grew to be the “King of the Blues.” Cash, Johnny Cash Cash gives a poignant look at the life and career of country rebel Johnny Cash, from his emotional lows of addiction and disappointment to radiant highs of playing with Elvis and praying with Billy Graham. He also discusses his famous friends, including Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan. In Cash, the Man in Black relives his prolific 40-year career, and that makes for a fascinating read. Chronicles, Volume One, Bob Dylan Bob Dylan’s Chronicles is devoted to his time in the Greenwich Village folk scene, when he first got to Manhattan. Dylan accounts those early days, everything from the friendships formed to career hurdles, as well as trips to Woodstock, New Orleans, Minnesota and further. After reading Chronicles, you have a good idea of the people and experiences that inspired Dylan and his music. Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter gives readers an intimate look at Lynn’s early days in Butcher Holler, Ky., and her rise to success in the music world. Lynn’s story doesn’t follow your average “gal scores a record deal” blueprint. She was married at 13, had six children and was a grandmother by age 29. Her unique talent for singing and songwriting led to Lynn becoming one of the most groundbreaking artists in country music. Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, Bruce Pavitt Before Nirvana topped the charts with hits such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Lithium,” the band was like many other late-‘80s Seattle “grunge” groups, playing countless shows and trying to get noticed amid the underground Seattle scene. Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989, written by Sub Pop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt, takes readers through the beginning of Nirvana, before Dave Grohl was in the band. The book centers around the band’s “Bleach” period and Nirvana’s extensive 1989 European tour. (This is one of my favorite books.) Just Kids, Patti Smith Just Kids takes readers inside Smith’s close friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who passed away in 1989. In Just Kids, Smith describes her relationship with Mapplethorpe, as the two struggled together in Manhattan in the 1970s and 1980s and worked to bring their art to a larger audience. Life, Keith Richards Life gives fans a personal look at Keith Richards’ life before the Rolling Stones and his adventures with the band. The guitarist, songwriter and founding member takes readers inside the formation of the Stones with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, crafting everlasting rock songs such as “Jumping Jack Flash,” dealing with the death of Jones, falling in love with Patti Hansen, marriage and so much more. It’s a wild ride. Many Years from Now, Paul McCartney Many Years from Now is an “authorized biography” penned by Barry Miles, and although it’s not a full-fledged memoir, the book is a captivating, personal look at the Beatles’ evolution and rise in the 1960s. Many Years from Now also details the composition of McCartney and John Lennon’s most popular songs. Miles’ writings set up McCartney’s long quotes and stories, so Sir Paul’s voice certainly comes through. Slash, Slash Sure, other Guns N’ Roses members have published tell-all memoirs, but Slash’s is special. I mean, it’s Slash, the guitar icon known for towering riffs and solos, knocked out on his fiery Les Paul. There’s a certain allure in Slash’s memoir, simply titled Slash, which has the guitarist in a reflective, at times humorous mood. It’s Slash’s tale of how Guns N’ Roses got together, catapulted to the top of ‘80s rock and metal and, then, how it all came to a halt. ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith, Joe Perry Joe Perry has spent almost 50 years playing leads with American rock ‘n’ rollers Aerosmith, and he has documented the excitement in a new memoir, ROCKS: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith. The book gives fans a peek at the professional and personal sides of Perry. Doing an autobiography doesn’t mean he’s finished with music, though. “By no means is it a case of, ‘Okay I’m retired, I’m going to do my memoirs,’” Perry states. “It just captures things up till now, or up to about a year-and-a-half ago. I certainly could have been adding chapters over the past year.” ________________________________________________________________- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A ______________________________________________________
  5. Surviving Summer Music Festivals - 5 Tips Avoid wackos, and more! by Anne Erickson Whether you’re sweating through the boiling temps at Lollapalooza, fist-pumping at Mayhem Festival or rocking out at any of a bazillion festivals around the world this summer, festival preparation is crucial to having a good time. Here are 5 Tips for Summer Music Festival Survival that are appropriate for festival newbies and vets alike. The basics: Sunblock, portable cell-phone charger, earplugs. These are the bare essentials for surviving the day (or days). If you’re one of those people who claims to “tan instead of burn,” that’s not going to fly at an all-day summer show. Put sunblock on repeatedly throughout the day to avoid turning into a walking tomato. A portable cell-phone charger will keep you connected all day. Earplugs, no matter how un-hip, will save your ears in the long run. Just do it. Don’t pass out. Water, water everywhere. Avoid being one of those guys or gals that gets dragged out of the festival by security for passing out in the middle of the mosh pit. Drink lots of water, all day, even if you have to splurge on the pricey onsite bottled variety. Also, remember that drinking alcohol all day will only dehydrate you more. Bring toilet paper…and hand sanitizer. It’s not the most glamorous essential, but it’s important. Whether there is toilet paper at the festival porta-potty station or not is always a gamble. Remain on the safe side with a pack of toilet tissue or flushable wipes. The same goes for hand sanitizer; keep those mittens clean all day with a small bottle tucked away. Avoid wackos. Music festivals can bring out the best, and worst, in people. For the latter, it usually involves those who are drinking way too much alcohol in a massive crowd of people, many of them acting like morons. Go with friends and look out for each other. Having to babysit compromised friends isn’t a great way to spend the day, but it might be necessary. Likewise, if you sense any out-of-control types in your vicinity, move to safe territory. Ladies, always beware of the creepy guys who want to get too friendly with you, too. Plan, plan and plan. Think about logistics. Get there early, or else you run the risk of being stuck in standstill traffic for hours while latecomers trickle into the venue. When you’re faced with multiple stages and different bands performing at the same set times, do some planning to get to the right stage at the right time. Once you have your “A-list” of bands to see, don’t be ashamed to bring it on an old-fashioned piece of paper, in case cell-phone reception is spotty. Oh, yeah—and don’t forget to have fun! After all, that’s the whole point. -HC- Photo Courtesy: Rad Season Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  6. Slash - 10 Things You May Not Know Is he a metal head conspirator? by Anne Erickson Over the decades, Slash has weathered the rock ‘n’ roll storm, going from playing lead guitar in one of the biggest rock bands of all time, Guns N’ Roses, to forging ahead with his solo work, backed by Myles Kennedy (of Alter Bridge) and the Conspirators. In this feature, we unearthed the Les Paul player’s interviews from years past to dig up 10 interesting tidbits. Aerosmith’s Rocks was a major part of his early years playing guitar. “I remember first hearing Rocks at a party I was at, and it immediately caught my attention,” Slash told Guitar World. “Then shortly after I started picking up guitar, I was exposed to it again and started listening to it over and over. It had this manic, punk rock attitude and a rhythm and blues sleaziness to it. There was something about that particular album that really hit a nerve with me. It was everything—the vocals, the bass and drums, Brad (Whitford) and Joe (Perry). Their sound really set me off in the direction I wanted to go.” He has an interest in reptiles. “I started with the whole reptile, dinosaur and monster fascination as far back as I can remember,” Slash told Reptiles Magazine. “When I was young and lived in London, I think that one of the biggest thrills that I had was going to Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace is a big park, and it had huge, life-size sculptures of dinosaurs. The figures they had, though, were completely anatomically incorrect. I kept going there and looking at the sculptures and was very much into that.” He stays current with music and is a fan of some newer rock and metal bands. “One of my favorite bands out there is Rival Sons. Another one is Monster Truck,” he told ArtistDirect.com. “They’re really good. Another one is from Australia—Airbourne. They’re very much like AC/DC. Gojira is just starting to make waves now. They are killer. There’s a band from L.A. called Hillbilly Herald. They’re one of the best live bands I’ve seen in recent memory.” He’s a huge metal head. “There’s a big metal influence that I’ve always had, (since) I was first turned on to Black Sabbath. I’ve always loved metal bands, this entire time they’ve just been making music with whatever resources they have and gaining a hard-core fan base,” he told The Independent. “Now that we’re in this place where everybody’s in a panic because the music business has turned completely upside down, they’re like, ‘Well we’re cool! We’ve been doing it our own way all along.’ To this day, the only thing in Rock n’ Roll that’s survived the test of the millennium has been metal.” What’s his favorite thing about rock music? Riffs. “Riffs have always been such a cool thing, one of the things I love most about rock and roll music,” he explains. “I think that’s the biggest thing, what influenced you and what excites you as a player. You have to be attuned to it. A great riff makes you feel something special inside when you’re playing it. Most great riffs have something within the rhythm that’s sexy, something you feel that makes it work for you.” He produces horror films on the side. “Everything about doing this is exciting to me, a lot because I've had a passion for movies, and especially horror movies, for as long as I can remember,” he told Rolling Stone. “So at this stage of the game, to have the opportunity to be able to produce horror movies is great, and to be hands-on behind the scenes and getting to finally be involved where you can influence the outcome of what the picture is gonna be and what it's gonna look like is very exciting.” When it comes to his band the Conspirators, he takes the jam band approach. “We’ve always had a collective like-mindedness. Everybody just wants to play,” he told The Independent. “There’s nothing else that we really concern ourselves with, we just like jamming. When we get together and work, we work really hard, but you don’t even realize. Whatever ideas come, everyone’s very enthusiastic about trying to figure out their own version or their own interpretation. We’re just having such a good time and we’re all on the same page.” The scariest movie he’s ever seen is Night of the Living Dead. “The most scared I've been in a movie that I can remember was when I was a kid and I saw Night of the Living Dead in the backseat of my mom's Volkswagen at a drive-in,” Slash told Rolling Stone. “I was like seven or eight years old, and it was a double feature with the Exorcist. And the Exorcist, because I love monsters and those kind of practical effects, I was more fascinated and developed a crush on Linda Blair. But Night of the Living Dead was a very ominous, haunting and brutal movie, and I remember specific scenes that have stayed with me all these years. Since then I'm more fascinated in – I love creepy stuff. I don't go for psycho movies or people that run around killing each other.” He has a deep appreciation for vinyl. “Being a musician, it’s important to me how a record sounds, how it’s packaged, how you can make it more personable,” Slash told Bundle.Media. “I grew up in the age of vinyl, which is a huge contrast to what it feels like to purchase an album now and what that felt like as a fan, from sonic quality to artwork. Now the packaging is gone and people are recording from their laptops and their phones. It’s drastically changed and become much more convenient and immediate, but it’s become faceless at the same time. I’m excited to see how this changes in the future.” He favors individual expression over technique in guitar playing. “A lot of players in my neighborhood—in West Hollywood—or who I was hearing in clubs at that time, were losing the vocal aspect of lead guitar playing,” he explains. “I just stuck to what I had always dug about lead playing, which was never about technique as a goal. It was about the individuality of the guys I had grown up listening to, the fact that each had his own personality. I never jumped on that bandwagon of trying to out-flash the next guy.” Photos by Anne Erickson ________________________________________________________________ Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.
  7. HC's Rock Rewind A look back at the past two weeks in Rock History by Anne Erickson Week of March 4th - 10th This week features a host of musical milestones, from the release of U2's The Joshua Tree to births of Peter Wolf and Rick Rubin to the start of Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" tour. Read on for some significant events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place March 4 through 10. Events 1963 – The Beatles record their songs "From Me to You" and "Thank You Girl." 1965 – The Temptations reach No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "My Girl," co-written by Smokey Robinson, making them the first male Motown act to reach No. 1 on that chart. 1969 – Steve Marriott exits the Small Faces and forms Humble Pie. 1971 – Badfinger starts their first tour as headliners with a show in Toledo, Ohio. 1971 – Led Zeppelin kicks off their "Thank You" tour of small clubs that helped them when they were first getting started, charging the same ticket costs that they did in 1968. 1970 – David Bowie releases “The Prettiest Star” in the U.K., following the popular “Space Oddity.” 1974 – Bad Company performs their first concert, a gig in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. 1976 – Elton John gets his own wax figure at Madame Tussauds in London. 1984 – Ian Gillan leaves Black Sabbath. 1985 – The single “We are the World” is released. 1997 – Paul McCartney is knighted by Elizabeth II. 2001 – Eric Singer steps in for Peter Criss as the drummer for Kiss on the groups “farewell” tour in Japan. 2002 – MTV debuts a new reality television show, The Osbournes, which looks at the life of Ozzy and his family. The show becomes the most-viewed series on MTV in its first season. Releases 1969, Genesis, From Genesis to Revelation 1970, Mountain, Climbing! 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Déjà Vu 1972, Thin Lizzy, Shades of a Blue Orphanage 1972, Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick 1974, Queen, Queen II 1974, Chicago, Chicago VII 1975, David Bowie, Young Americans 1977, T.Rex, Dandy in the Underworld 1980, Billy Joel, Glass Houses 1981, Joe Walsh, There Goes the Neighborhood 1983, Quiet Riot, Metal Health 1985, Eric Clapton, Behind the Sun 1987, U2, The Joshua Tree 1988, The Beatles, Past Masters 1989, Julian Lennon, Mr. Jordan 1993, Lenny Kravitz, Are You Gonna Go My Way 1994, Elvis Costello, Brutal Youth 1994, Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral 1994, Soundgarden, Superunknown 1998, Eric Clapton, Pilgrim 1998, Motörhead, Snake Bite Love 1999, Silverchair, Neon Ballroom 2001, Aerosmith, Just Push Play 2006, David Gilmour, On an Island Births Bobby Womack – March 4, 1944 Chris Squire – March 4, 1948 Jason Newsted – March 4, 1963 Evan Dando – March 4, 1967 Richard Manuel (The Band) – March 4, 1986 Ornette Coleman – March 9, 1930 John Cale – March 9, 1942 Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders) – March 9, 1942 Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) – March 6, 1945 Arthur Lee (Love) – March 7, 1945 Mickey Dolenz – March 8, 1945 Robin Trower – March 9, 1945 David Gilmour – March 6, 1946 Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) – March 7, 1946 Peter Wolf – March 7, 1946 Randy Meisner – March 8, 1946 Kiki Dee – March 6, 1947 Carole Bayer Sager – March 8, 1947 Tom Scholz – March 10, 1947 Dave Lambert (The Strawbs) – March 8, 1949 Gary Numan – March 8, 1958 Martin Fry (ABC) – March 9, 1958 Rick Rubin – March 10, 1963 Edie Brickell – March 10, 1966 John Frusciante (former Red Hot Chili Peppers) -- March 5, 1970 Deaths Patsy Cline -- March 5, 1963 Hawkshaw Hawkins -- March 5, 1963 Cowboy Copas -- March 5, 1963 Randy Hughes -- March 5, 1963 Songwriter E.Y. "Yip" Harburg -- March 5, 1981 John Belushi (The Blues Brothers) -- March 5, 1982 Richard Manuel (The Band) – March 6, 1986 Andy Gibb – March 10, 1988 Lavern Baker – March 10, 1997 Michael “Smitty” Smith (Paul Revere and the Raiders) – March 6, 2001 Danny Joe Brown (Molly Hatchet) – March 9, 2005 Brad Delp (Boston) – March 9, 2007 Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) – March 6, 2010 Micky Jones (Man) – March 10, 2010 Mike Starr (Alice in Chains) – March 8, 2011 Alvin Lee – March 6, 2013 Peter Banks (Yes, Flash) – March 7, 2013 Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat and Tears) – March 8, 2015 George Martin – March 8, 2016 Week of March 11th - 17th The second week in March has historically been marked by a ton of memorable rock and roll events. Eric Clapton left one of rock’s seminal bands, Metallica performed their first show, and one of the Rolling Stones kicked off his first-ever solo tour. Several classic albums were released this week as well, including landmark records by the Velvet Underground, R.E.M., and Iggy Pop. Read on for a look back at other significant moments that shaped rock and roll during this historically eventful week. Events 1955 – Fats Domino records “Ain’t That a Shame” in Los Angeles. 1965 – Eric Clapton leaves The Yardbirds. 1968 – The Rolling Stones begin recording “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” 1968 – Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay” tops the U.S. singles chart. 1969 – The Temptations become the first Motown recording artists to receive a Grammy, earning the award for the single, “Cloud Nine.” 1969 – Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman. 1969 – Tommy Roe’s “Dizzy” begins a four-week run atop the U.S. singles chart. 1971 – The Allman Brothers Band stage the first of the two shows recorded for their Live at the Fillmore East album. 1972 – Carole King is awarded the “Album of the Year” Grammy for Tapestry. Carly Simon receives the “Best New Artist” honor. 1972 – Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” begins a three-week run at Number One on the U.S. singles chart. 1975 – Olivia Newton-John’s Have You Never Been Mellow tops the U.S. album chart. 1982 – Metallica make their live performance debut, appearing at Radio City in Anaheim, California. 1983 – Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Alec John Such form Bon Jovi. 1988 – Mick Jagger kicks off his first-ever solo tour with a series of concerts in Osaka, Japan. 1994 – Darryl Jones steps into the role of bassist for the Rolling Stones, filling the slot vacated by Bill Wyman. 2006 – The Sex Pistols opt not to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2008 – Stone Temple Pilots announce they will reunite for a final tour. 2013 – Bob Dylan is voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Releases 1967 – The Velvet Underground & Nico: The Velvet Underground & Nico 1967 – Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead 1969 – Free: Tons of Sobs 1970 – Tyrannosaurus Rex: A Beard of Stars 1971 – James Taylor: Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon 1975 – Justin Hayward and John Lodge: Blue Jays 1975 – Earth, Wind & Fire: That’s the Way of the World (soundtrack) 1976 – Kiss: Destroyer 1976 – Marvin Gaye: I Want You 1977 – The Band: Islands 1977 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Works Volume 1 1977 – Iggy Pop: The Idiot 1978 – Generation X: Generation X 1978 – Elvis Costello and the Attractions: This Year’s Model 1979 – Bad Company: Desolation Angels 1980 – Def Leppard: On Through the Night 1981 – The Who: Face Dances 1982 – Asia: Asia 1982 – Richard and Linda Thompson: Shoot Out the Lights 1984 – The Cars: Heartbeat City 1984 – Joe Jackson: Body and Soul 1988 – Talking Heads: Naked 1988 – The Smithereens: Green Thoughts 1990 – Robyn Hitchcock: Eye 1991 – R.E.M.: Out of Time 1991 – Throwing Muses: The Real Ramona 1991 – Juliana Hatfield: Hey Babe 1992 – No Doubt: No Doubt 1993 – Coverdale-Page: Coverdale-Page 1994 – Mötley Crüe: Mötley Crüe 1995 – Radiohead: The Bends 1995 – Goo Goo Dolls: A Boy Named Goo 1995 – Linda Ronstadt: Feels Like Home 1995 – Annie Lennox: Medusa 1995 – Matthew Sweet: 100% Fun 1996 – Kiss: Unplugged 1996 – The Beatles: The Beatles Anthology, Volume 2 1997 – Aerosmith: Nine Lives 1998 – Van Halen: Van Halen III 1999 – Jeff Beck: Who Else! 1999 – Blur: 13 2001 – Gary Moore: Back to the Blues 2001 – Rod Stewart: Human 2001 – Eric Clapton: Reptile 2002 – Bob Mould: Modulate 2003 – Paul McCartney: Back in the World (live) 2007 – Neil Young: Live at Massey Hall 1971 2013 – David Bowie: The Next Day 2016 – Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression Deaths Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) – March 11, 2015 Keith Emerson – March 11, 2016 Charlie Parker – March 12, 1955 Michael Hossack (Doobie Brothers) – March 12, 2012 Tammi Terrell – March 16, 1970 T-Bone Walker – March 16, 1975 Ric Grech (Traffic, Blind Faith) – March 17, 1990 Doc Pomus – March 14, 1991 Alex Chilton – March 17, 2010 Scott Asheton (The Stooges) – March 15, 2014 Mike Porcaro (Toto) – March 15, 2015 Andy Fraser (Free) – March 16, 2015 Joe Osborn (Session Bass Player) - December 14, 2018 Hal Blaine (Wrecking Crew Drummmer) - March 11, 2019 Dick Dale (Surf Guitarist) - March 17, 2019 Births George Kooymans (Golden Earring) – March 11, 1948 Bruce Watson (Big Country) – March 11, 1961 Lightnin’ Hopkins – March 15, 1912 Leonard Chess – March 12, 1917 Nat King Cole – March 17, 1919 Quincy Jones – March 14, 1933 Fred Neil – March 16, 1936 Neil Sedaka – March 13, 1939 Al Jarreau – March 12, 1940 Phil Lesh – March 15, 1940 Mike Love – March 15, 1941 Paul Kantner – March 17, 1941 Jerry Jeff Walker – March 16, 1942 Sly Stone – March 15, 1944 John Sebastian – March 17, 1944 Michael Martin Murphey – March 14, 1945 Walter Parazaider (Chicago) – March 14, 1945 Ry Cooder – March 15, 1947 James Taylor – March 12, 1948 Michael Bruce – March 16, 1948 Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) – March 17, 1951 Nancy Wilson (Heart) – March 16, 1954 Dee Snider – March 15, 1955 Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) – March 12, 1956 Adam Clayton (U2) – March 13, 1960 Brett Michaels – March 15, 1963 Melissa Auf Der Maur (Hole) – March 17, 1972 Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) – March 17, 1975 Pete Doherty (The Libertines) – March 12, 1979 ______________________________________________________ Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A ______________________________________________________ HC's Rock Review is sponsored by Gibson
  8. Ten Rock Songs We Celebrated for St. Patrick's Day May the luck of the Irish last you all year... by Anne Erickson Rock, Irish-style? We celebrated this year’s St. Patrick's Day with a playlist of rock songs that fit the Irish theme. From serious songs about Ireland to punk-tinged Irish tunes to bagpipe rockers, here are 10 tunes fit for a St. Patrick’s Day playlist. If you're still celebrating this week...may they songs carry you. U2, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” We can’t have a St. Patrick’s Day playlist without including one of the biggest rock bands out of Ireland. U2's “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” which is about the Bloody Sunday occurrences in 1920 and 1972, is one of the band’s most enduring songs. The anthem begs to bring Irish Catholics and Protestants together as Christians, but the group has often devoted it to other violent incidents. John Lennon, “The Luck of the Irish” John Lennon sings about his distaste with British rule in Northern Ireland in “The Luck of the Irish,” as well as the problems that blew up in the late ’60s. The protest song – which is off Lennon’s Some Time in New York City – has Lennon and Yoko Ono talking in Irish terms, mentioning everything from leprechauns to shamrocks. Wings, “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” Here’s another Beatle singing a political Irish tune. Paul McCartney released the song “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” as the debut single from Wings. The song discusses the Bloody Sunday massacre in Northern Ireland on Jan. 30, 1972, and was released less than a month after the event. “I’m Shippin’ Up to Boston,” Dropkick Murphys Dropkick Murphys hail from Boston, but they sure make Celtic punk like they’re Ireland natives. The tattooed rockers work bagpipes, accordions and banjos into their Irish punk, and “I’m Shippin’ Up to Boston” is a shining example of their sound. Kyuss, “Green Machine” Okay, Kyuss is simply cool. The band, which got its start with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, isn't Irish but has a song that fits on a St. Patrick’s Day playlist about green: “Green Machine.” The tune is off the band’s 1993 full-length, Blues for the Red Sun. Flogging Molly, “Speed of Darkness” Flogging Molly is a fierce outfit that blends punk, rock and folk into a catchy Celtic concoction. We’re going with a slightly more niche Flogging Molly tune for this playlist: “Speed of Darkness.” Why? The song, off their 2011 release by the same name, is their heaviest and speediest ditty. AC/DC, “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll)” Hailing from Australia, AC/DC are anything but an Irish rock band. So, why is “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll)” on this list? It has bagpipes, of course! The tune is famous for bringing bagpipes and hard rock together, with late, Scottish-born band member Bon Scott rocking the bagpipes. For that, AC/DC, “We Salute You.” Thin Lizzy, “Dublin” Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott is from Dublin, Ireland, and he croons about his hometown in this somber ballad. In the tune, he laments over a girl who broke his heart, along with his Dublin roots. The song is off the band’s only EP, New Day. Thin Lizzy’s “Whiskey in the Jar” and “Black Rose” are other good picks. Gary Moore, “Blood of Emeralds” The guitar hero recounts his unique musical history in this electrifying epic. In “Blood of Emeralds,” Northern Irish musician Gary Moore tells the tale of being born in Northern Ireland and crossing the border to perform music in Dublin. The tune, off After the War, is a sort of call for Irish unity, and it shows off Moore’s unbeatable guitar skills. Van Morrison, “Celtic Ray” Northern Irish rocker Van Morrison honors his roots on “Celtic Ray,” the lead track off Beautiful Vision. What makes this song really Irish is the inclusion of towering bagpipes. Morrison went on to record “Celtic Ray” with Irish folk band the Chieftains. -HC- Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A
  9. The Top 10 Metal Guitarist of All Time - HC Picks Shredmeisters of loud! by Anne Erickson Of all of rock ‘n’ roll’s many styles, metal is the most brutal, with its high volume, broadening textures and pure drama. No matter the exact sub-genre, metal music is held together by a reliance on loud, riffing guitars and, of course, an inspiriting lead guitarist. In honor of these electrifying players, HC counts down our Top 10 Metal Guitarists of All Time, showcasing axemen who pack both fantastic soloing and technical percussion, inspiring generations to keep on shredding. 10. George Lynch (Dokken) With fantastic solos and a high-energy, guitar-wizard style, George Lynch helped drive Dokken towards mainstream rock success, before the original lineup disbanded, leaving Lynch to pursue his own solo fame. Lynch still issues solo albums regularly, and tracks such as “Rattlesnake” (which packs a pretty snazzy hook from Lynch) and smoky blues-rocker “Son or Scary” off 2011’s Kill All Control show creativity and killer shred-work haven’t run dry from this former headbanger. 9. Dave Murray, Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) When Iron Maiden came onto the scene, guitarists Dave Murray and Adrian Smith were quickly recognized for their high-speed agility of soloing, sinuous technique and telepathic rhythm work in partnership together. This duo, so it seemed, were true musical soulmates. Adrian Smith left Iron Maiden after 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, altering the band’s musical chemistry and foreshadowing a grim creative drop for a period. But with Smith and Murray both back in toe, Iron Maiden is at their proggiest, and almost every track on 2010’s The Final Frontier has a riff-heavy chorus that leaves its own stamp. 8. Adam Jones (Tool) Tool had a talent for capturing the choked up angst of ‘90s alternative America and spitting it out in the form of striking metal songs that had something meaningful to say. Much of that knack had to do with guitarist Adam Jones’ winning combination of heavy riffs, technical brilliance and artsy, experimental passages. With Jones’ unorthodox technique and disciplined aggressive attack, Tool proved that underground metal could be intellectual, emotional, vicious and very commercially popular. 7. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) With a musical backstory that includes playing lead guitar for Ozzy and fronting his own heavy metal group Black Label Society, Wylde is certainly one of the most distinguished metal guitarists in the world. As the axeman for Ozzy, each song became a guitar showcase. Blues-inspired hooks, sky-scraping solos and snarling riffing became something of Wylde’s crowd-pleasing stage shows, and his golden guitar still shines bright in Black Label Society. 6. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) Guitar icon Eddie Van Halen altered what it means to play electric guitar with Van Halen’s 1978 self-titled debut, creating a dazzlingly, lightning-fast technique with meticulous tapping, hammer-ons, pull-offs and wild-sounding effects. It was madly dramatic, and coupled with theatrical singer David Lee Roth, the style brought metal to a new level of performance art. Flying solo, Eddie also backed other artists’ records, everyone from Michael Jackson (on “Beat It”) to Rodger Waters (“Lost Boys Calling”). With Van Halen’s new album reportedly almost finished, Van Halen interest is at a peak, and Eddie, once again, is stealing the spotlight. 5. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan) The most popular metal band of the first part of the '90s, Pantera cut through ‘80s hair metal to establish their own unmistakable style. That signature sound largely came from guitarist Dimebag Darrell, whose rhythmic attack and hard-hitting sledgehammer tactic proved metal guitar could shred wildly, but still groove. Tragedy struck on December 8 of 2004, when Darell, then 38, was shot and killed by a concertgoer during a club show in Columbus, Ohio. He’ll always be remembered as one of the most significant engineers of modern metal. 4. John Petrucci (Dream Theater) When Dream Theater’s rank rose in the early ‘90s, six (at times, seven)-stringer John Petrucci was straight away recognized as one of the most technically proficient guitarists in all of contemporary heavy metal. Even as the band makeup has changed, Petrucci’s hard work and constant drive to push have helped take Dream Theater to new heights with their instruments, delivering imaginative, razor sharp progressive metal music. 3. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne) With Randy Rhoads on lead guitar, Ozzy Osbourne's debut solo release, 1980's Blizzard of Ozz, had no chance to fail. The record was one of heavy metal’s supreme releases, very much thanks to Rhoads' blistering playing. While other guitarists of the era emulated Eddie Van Halen, Rhoades stepped out on his own, incorporating classic music into his passages. His untimely death in a freak airplane accident in 1982 remains one of metal’s biggest heartbreaks. 2. Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield (Metallica) Metallica is the definitive metal band, and Flying V man Kirk Hammett certainly helped secure that tag, shaping the band’s sound on 1984's wildly popular Ride the Lightning and 1986's groundbreaking Master of Puppets. As the years went on, Hammett’s playing evolved and shifted from primarily metal to a soul-filled, near-blues style, locked in with James Hetfield’s metal riffs and shout-y vocals. 1. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Tony Iommi’s dark, distinct guitar textures in Black Sabbath helped spearhead the heavy metal movement and its signature massive riffing. “Iron Man” “Black Sabbath” and “Paranoid” boast some of the most memorable riffs of all time, with lumbering heavy metal and crushingly heavy choruses. Iommi’s playing is certainly immortalized through the generations of heavy metal bands that have followed. -HC- ________________________________________________________________ Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.
  10. The Top 10 Rock Drummers of All Time - HC Picks Drum roll please...   by Anne Erickson   [attachment=149100:name]   What good is jamming on guitar if your rhythm section isn't tight, in the pocket, and simply a hearty backdrop on which you can slap melodies and riffs? The drums are the essential backbone of a band. A bad drummer loses the listener. A good drummer keeps the audience engaged and bobbing their heads along to the beat. Harmony Central is pleased to pay homage to such drums stars with our Top 10 Rock Drummers of All Time.     10. Ringo Starr (The Beatles) Ringo Starr was far from a flashy drummer, and he saved his only drum solo in The Beatles for the last song on their final album. But even with a low-key profile, Ringo was an integral part of The Beatles. Not only did his inventive, offbeat drumming help give The Beatles a unique sound, but he fulfilled other band roles. Ringo was seen as the most relatable Beatle and eventually became the moderator during band arguments, especially in the later days. After the Fab Four disbanded, Starr went solo, and he had many great solo hits with “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen” and "It Don't Come Easy.” Without Ringo, The Beatles wouldn’t be The Beatles.   9. Stewart Copeland (The Police, Oysterhead) Stewart Copeland is famed for his imaginative fusion of rock, jazz, Middle Eastern and reggae beats. As drummer for The Police, he brought momentum and excitement to Sting’s melodies. After The Police wrapped up touring in 1984, Copeland dabbled in experimental projects with Les Claypool (Oysterhead), Orchestralli (his orchestral project) and composed soundtracks for movies Airborne, Wall Street, Highlander II: The Quickening and others.                                               8. Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Devo, Nine Inch Nails) One of the most sought-after studio drummers in rock music both for his precision and jackhammer groove, Josh Freese has appeared on nearly 300 records, including Puddle of Mudd, The Offspring, 3 Doors Down, Avril Lavigne and Tracy Bonham. He’s also the skins man for A Perfect Circle, Devo and The Vandels and has toured with Nine Inch Nails and Guns N' Roses. Not many drummers can honestly claim to have experience in every given style of music, from rock to jazz to metal, but his capability runs the gamut of modern music.                                             7. Ginger Baker (Cream) During his time manning the drum kit for Cream, Ginger Baker essentially invented the rock drum solo. His pioneering use of double bass drums marked Baker as one of the most influential drummers of the ‘60s, with a thick, thunderous sound that has inspired nearly every heavy metal drummer that’s followed. Even after Cream broke up in 1968, Baker went onto prove just as influential in world music and jazz, demonstrating a true talent that transcends genres.   6. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) As drummer and founding member for Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy helped define the progressive rock drumming style with a basic but meticulous approach to technique. While Portnoy wasn’t the fastest player or flashiest soloist, his main objective was to serve the greater musical picture and experiment whenever it fit. It’s that careful attention to detail and creativity that caught the attention of young metaller Avenged Sevenfold, who recruited Portnoy to tour with them in 2010. While the move shocked Dream Theater fans, it showed Portnoy’s continued motivation to evolve and take on stunning challenges.                                             5. Lars Ulrich (Metallica) Metal hasn’t seen a more interesting and perhaps eccentric drummer than Lars Ulrich. As a founding member, songwriter and drummer for metal goliaths Metallica, Ulrich has been the thrashing force behind some of the best-known metal tracks ever recorded. His drumming style is simple, but always smart and strong. He doesn't get in the way of the message with flashy fills and double bass drums, but instead uses restraint with his drum parts, leaving the basic, muscular essentials. With Metallica’s massive influence, it’s no wonder Ulrich is one of the most popular and inspiring drummers of the past few of decades.                                              4. Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures) Rock's hardest working drummer during his time with Nirvana, Dave Grohl first took to the mic on “Marigold” off Nirvana’s, Heart-Shaped Box. Grohl has gone on to front the Foo Fighters on seven studio albums, but hasn’t left his drumming talents behind, making a much-anticipated return to the drums on Queens of the Stone Age’s albums and with the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. Grohl has come a long way since his early heavy-handed drumming with Freak Baby and Scream, and it’s a career filled with taking chances and following his heart. It’s no wonder everyone wants to jam with him.                                           3. Keith Moon (The Who) Keith Moon's wild drum technique was part of the Who’s core, and they haven't sounded the same since he passed away in 1978. Moon played the skins with the kind of untamed recklessness that most schooled drummers before him would have seen as crazy, but it’s that intensity that brought such personality to the Who and made Moon’s wild, brash playing the soul of the band. His solo album, Two Sides of the Moon, captures his spirit, bringing a bizarre, haunting blend of '50s/'60s rock ‘n’ roll, pushing character into every beat.   2. Neal Peart (Rush) Drummer and lyricist for Rush, Neal Peart is hailed in many circles as the quintessential rock drummer. He’s known for his ingenious drum parts and intense solos with lead passages that rock hard and prove the drums, indeed, can be a lead instrument. No Rush concert is complete without Peart’s sparking, obligatory drum solo, and his syncopated drumming style certainly has its own distinct sound and aura. You can always tell when it’s Peart playing.                                          1. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) Bonzo was famous for his speed, intensity and swift right foot, but above all, he was a “soul” drummer. Even with all the attention given to his dazzling soloing, cool beats and fills, and bass drum know-how, in the end, John Bonham was simply a groover. For this ability to make a band sway and groove like no other, never hogging the spotlight but remaining the subtle champion of Led Zeppelin, Harmony Central recognizes him as our Top Rock Drummer, a talent unrivaled and irreplaceable.                                          ________________________________________________________________   [attachment=149101:name]Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.  
  11. - Community Voice - Band Together: What You Need to Know About Working with Other Musicians Making music with other people can be challenging and rewarding...   by Tracy Plunkett    [attachment=149102:name]   You will be hard-pressed to find a musician that doesn’t collaborate with other artists. Even if you are perfectly happy with where you are in your career, there are a lot of benefits to teaming up with other singers and players. For one thing, the press opportunities alone are fantastic. At the same time, though, it also gives you the chance to really grow and evolve as a musician. After all, working with other people is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and determine just how far you can push your musical capabilities. Of course, as you can imagine, having so many creative minds in one place can result in a rather tenuous situation as well. So, to make sure that you get it right, here are some tips that you should follow:     Collaborate with the Right People This should go without saying but it is something that needs to be stated, nevertheless. Now, the ‘right people’ does take on two very different meanings here. This is because your first step should be finding musicians or a group who have a complementary sound to you. So, while they don’t need to make the same kind of music or even be in the same genre, there should be similar ground. The right people are also the musicians that you get along with. As you are well aware, it can be difficult for individuals who don’t like each other or have clashing personalities to work with one another. Therefore, before you actually agree to create music together, first determine whether you are a good match.     Figure Out Your Arrangement The next thing that you will have to do is to sort out the group’s hierarchy. This precise arrangement will be up to the different members. Some may prefer to have an autonomous structure where everyone has the same amount of responsibility. Others, however, may vote to have a leader so that one person makes most of the decisions with others chipping in as necessary. It is imperative that you get this arrangement out of the way at the very beginning before the creativity part begins. This way, you can avoid a lot of confusion and arguments.     Get Organized – Have a Goal After this, it is time to get organized, at least in terms of the music you are creating. Set a goal for yourselves. For instance, what do you hope to achieve with this collaboration? Do you want to release a single or an album? Are you practicing for a live gig? Once you have narrowed down your true purpose, it will become easier to focus on it and take the necessary steps to achieve it.     Focus on the Music The final piece of advice is to focus on the music. Even you strive to be organized and responsible, there are a lot of issues that may crop up. As mentioned, you are expecting very different, creative individuals to get along. So, rather than trying to mess with the relationship between the group, stick to the musical aspect instead. Whenever you have disagreements, slowly get everyone to begin focusing on the composition or rehearsal once more. If you take this approach, you will find that everyone is able to stay on track.   These are the top tips to follow if you are thinking of working with other musicians. By taking these points into consideration, you can have a rich and rewarding experience and be able to make better music. -HC-   _______________________________________________ Author Bio: [attachment=149103:name]Tracy Plunkett had a passion for music as long as she can remember. She explores her love for music and instruments through her writing, as evidenced by her consumer help guide post. When she isn’t working, she can be found attending as many concerts and music festivals as she can.      
  12. HC's Rock Rewind A look back at 2018 in Rock History— We Remember   by  Anne Erickson   [attachment=149096:name]     We Remember Musicians Lost in 2018       Joe Osborn December 14, 2018       Nancy Wilson December 13, 2018        Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks December 6, 2018        Stephen Hillenburg November 26, 2018        Devin Lima November 21, 2018        Scott English November 16, 2018       Roy Clark November 15, 2018       Lucho Gatica November 13, 2018       Stan Lee  November 12, 2018       Hugh McDowell  November 6, 2018        Frances Lai November 7, 2018        Josh Fauver  November 2, 2018       Hardy Fox October 30, 2018       Baba Oje October 26, 2018        Melvin Ragin October 24, 2018        Tony Joe White October 24, 2018       Oli Herbert October 17, 2018       Carol Hall October 11, 2018        Gretchen Serrao October 10, 2018        Geoff Emerick October 2, 2018        Charles Aznavour October 1, 2018       Marty Balin September 27, 2018       Chas Hodges September 22, 2018        Marin Mazzie September 13, 2018        Mac Miller September 7, 2018        Conway Savage September 2, 2018        Tony Camillo August 28, 2018        Aretha Franklin August 16, 2018        DJ Ready Red August 24, 2018        Jeremy Geffen August 22, 2018        Ed King August 22, 2018        Eddie Willis August 20, 2018       Jill Janus August 14, 2018       Morgana King March 22, 2018       Ray Cooper July 28, 2018       Sam Mehran July 29, 2018       Tomasz Stanko July 29, 2018       Patrick Williams July 25, 2018       Oliver Knudsen July 8, 2018       Harry M. Miller July 4, 2018       Daniel Sais July 2, 2018       Alan Longmuir July 2, 2018       Steve Soto June 27, 2018       Joe Jackson June 27, 2018       Vinnie Paul June 22, 2018       XXXTentacion June 18, 2018       Gennady Rozhdestvensky June 18, 2018       D.J. Fontana June 13, 2018       Maria Dolores Pradera May 28, 2018       Stewart Lupton May 28, 2018       Glenn Branca May 13, 2018       Big T May 2018       Kato Khandwala April 25, 2018       Dick Williams May 5, 2018       Wanda Wilkomirska May 1, 2018       John 'Jabo' Starks May 1, 2018       Charles Neville April 26, 2018       Avicii April 20, 2018       Randy Scruggs April 17, 2018       Larry Harvey April 28, 2018       Yvonne Staples April 10, 2018       Cecil Taylor April 5, 2018       Janka Nabay April 2, 2018       Greg Sill March 17, 2018       Charlie Quintana March 13, 2018       Craig Mack March 12, 2018       Nokie Edwards March 12, 2018       Russ Solomon March 4, 2018       Patrick Doyle March 5, 2018       David Ogden Stiers March 3, 2018       Ronnie Prophet March 2, 2018       Barbara Alston February 16, 2018       Tom Rapp February 11, 2018       Daryle Singletary February 12, 2018       Vic Damone February 11, 2018       Jóhann Jóhannsson Februrary 9, 2018       Pat Torpey February 7, 2018       Lovebug Starski February 8, 2018       John Perry Barlow February 7, 2018       Ndugu Chancler February 3, 2018       Dennis Edwards February 1, 2018       Gary Harris January 15, 2018       Lari White January 23, 2018       Dave Holland January 16, 2018       Hugh Masekela January 23, 2018       Jim Rodford January 20, 2018       Dolores O'Riordan January 15, 2018       Edwin Hawkins January 15, 2018       Chris Tsangarides January 6, 2018       Denise LaSalle January 8, 2018       Mikio Fujioka January 5, 2018       France Gall January 7, 2018       Ray Thomas January 4, 2018       Tony Calder January 2, 2018       Rick Hall January 2, 2018          We'll remember your music.         [attachment=149097:name]Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.A  
  13. Have Yourself a Very Merry Metal Christmas Silver and gold, silver and gold. Ev'ryone wishes for silver and gold....   by Anne Erickson   [attachment=148889:name]       ‘Tis the season for holiday cheer, and we want you to have yourself a very merry metal Christmas. From Rob Halford to Dio to Alice Cooper, here are 10 metal-flavored Christmas songs to make any family gathering a little bit louder!     Dio, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”   Ronnie James Dio’s dynamic voice has the ability to multiply the dramatics of any song by 10, and that’s what happens when he takes on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” His soaring singing is the perfect match with Tony Iommi’s murky, boiling riffing. It’s a headbang-worthy take on the Christmas classic. Rudy Sarzo and Simon Wright are also on the track. This is my favorite metallic Christmas song.                                    Twisted Sister, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”   Eighties rockers Twister Sister know how to throw a party, and they also know to go catch Santa red-handed. Dee Snider and company call Santa out in their version of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” It’s a head-bopping, up-beat, riff-laden version that’s pretty awesome.                                        Dez Fafara, John Tempesta, Blasko and Doug Aldrich, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”   If you don’t like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” then something is seriously wrong with your level of holiday cheer. That’s especially true when you have a stable of metal musicians – Dez Fafara, John Tempesta, Blasko and Doug Aldrich – performing the tune. This version of the song is so metal, it’s difficult to even tell the song is “Rudolph.” It’s a snarling version that’s all its own.                                      Rob Halford, “What Child is This?”   Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is blessed with a massive vocal range and powerful operatic pipes. He’s such a fan of Christmas that one of Halford’s solo album, “Halford 3: Winter Songs,” is a collection of holiday songs. While all the tracks are killer, “What Child is This?” stands out, with its soft piano work, magical guitar solo and Halford’s warm interpretation of the Christmas story.                                        August Burns Red, “Frosty the Snowman”   August Burns Red add a riff-heavy metal vibe to the Christmas favorite “Frosty the Snowman,” complete with crunchy guitars and thick rhythms. The instrumental rendition is very different from the original, but that “Frosty” melody is unmistakable.                                              Alice Cooper, “Santa Claws Is Coming to Town”   Alice Cooper sure knows how to celebrate Halloween, but the Coop – a devout Christian – also loves Christmas. Here, he puts a dark, chilling metal spin on the Christmas song “Santa Claws Is Coming to Town.” Notice the “Claws,” too. The song also features Billy Sheehan, John 5 and Vinny Appice, making it an A-list metal jam.                                         Dave Grohl, Lemmy Kilmister and Billy Gibbons, “Run Rudolph Run”   Dave Grohl is a spirited fella, so it makes sense that he would want to jam on a Christmas tune. He does just that with “Run, Rudolph, Run,” alongside Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. The tune has a sludgy, grunge feel that brings an edge to the holidays.                                          Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo”   The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is pretty much synonymous with Christmas music. The progressive metal orchestra regularly fills huge indoor arenas. Last year, they brought in more ticket revenue than Lady Gaga, Mötley Crüe and Elton John, reports. Here they perform a magical Christmas original, “Wizards in Winter.”                                        Dug Pinnick, George Lynch, Billy Sheehan and Simon Phillips, “Little Drummer Boy”   “Little Drummer Boy” is the obvious Christmas song pick for heavy-hitting drummers. This rendition of the song starts with bare-bones vocals and percussion, before enchanting guitars break in to make the song really rock. The tune features Dug Pinnick, George Lynch, Billy Sheehan and Simon Phillips.                                         Warrant. “We Wish You a Hairy Christmas”   Warrant put a hair metal take on “Father Christmas” in this ’80-flavored tune. The holly, jolly, glam song appears on “We Wish You a Hairy Christmas,” which also packs Christmas tunes from L.A. Guns, Pretty Boy Floyd, Bullet Boys and other Hollywood strip-style groups.                                                 Photo by Anne Erickson   ________________________________________________________________   [attachment=148890:name]Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.  
  14. The Full-Time Musician — "Don't You Have a 'Real' Job?"   by Dave Ruch    (adapted by TEAM HC)   [attachment=147100:name]   Have you ever heard that question as you’re setting up for a gig, or in polite conversation with the person who booked you? It’s often followed by a bit of backtracking: “Or, you know, I mean...is this all you do?” For those of us who perform full time, we’ve gotten quite used to this one. And, of course, it’s an entirely well-meaning bit of conversation, often started by someone who doesn’t know a whole lot of professional entertainers or musicians. They’re really just trying to be friendly, making a bit of small talk with someone with whom they assume they’ll have little else in common.   And because what they’re really thinking is “you couldn’t possibly make a living doing this, right?” – but they’ve stopped themselves because it sounds too blunt – what comes out instead is “so, is this all you do?” Unfortunately (for them), they quickly realize “is this all you do?”sounds an awful lot like “you don’t do anything more important or consequential than this?” Then the backtracking begins.   The Answer is “Yes!” I take great delight in telling people that “yes,” this is my full-time job, and I support my family of four doing it. “That’s amazing.” “You’re very lucky.” [attachment=147101:name] Those are some of the typical responses.   Taking It a Step Further Working in schools as a visiting artist as much as I do, I get the “is this all you do?” question pretty frequently, but I’ve noticed that my answer seems to take on extra gravity in deep, late winter. This seems to be the time every year – somewhere around February/March – when overworked, underappreciated teachers start wondering (briefly, for most) what else they could be doing with their lives. The carefree, “doing what you love for a living” lifestyle starts looking awfully appealing to worn out educators, and they really want to know how it all works.   [attachment=147102:name] So, we talk about the logistics. The conversation doesn’t usually last long. Once I start to describe how I buy my own health care, have no pension or 401k plans from my employer, spend more time on marketing and administrative stuff – and driving – than I do actually “doing what I love,” the reality starts to set in.     It’s A Dream Come True It’s just not ALL dreamy… Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t trade my life as an independent performing artist for anything in the world. [attachment=147103:name] I’m my own boss, I design my own shows, make my own hours much of the time, set my own rates, and lots more. But I also deal with all the computer malfunctions, booking arrangements, insurance, accounting, travel logistics, correspondence, advertising, marketing, PR, taxes, retirement plans, and everything else related to running my own business.   So, yes, This is All We Do! But we also do it all, don’t we?   Resources For more, see Julie Balzer’s article On Being a Full-Time Artist And Carolyn Edlund’s How Being a Full-Time Artist Will Change Your Life   ________________________________________________   [attachment=147104:name] Since leaving a white-collar marketing job in 1992, Dave Ruch has been educating and entertaining full-time in schools,historical societies and museums, folk music and concert venues, libraries, and online via distance learning programs. Along the way, he’s learned a great deal about supporting a family of four as a musician.
  15. Team HC

    Les Paul Fun Facts

    Les Paul Fun Facts One man...lots of hats...   by Anne Erickson   [attachment=148823:name]   Les Paul was a man with vision and instinctual genius— an inventor, virtuoso guitarist, performer and technical visionary. His solid-body electric guitar and studio advances changed popular music in the 20th-century, and his original designs will live on forever. Paul passed away on Aug. 12, 2009, from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York, surrounded by family and loved ones. Here are some Les Paul fun facts.   Les Paul’s original name was Lester William Polfuss. (A “Lester Polfuss” guitar just doesn’t sound as cool.)   Paul was creating at an early age. He built his first crystal radio at age nine.   Paul was a semi-professional guitarist at age 13, playing country music and starting to dabble in sound innovations.   Paul built his first solid-body guitar in 1941 and continued to work on in through that decade.   Paul’s experiments sometimes put him as risk. He almost electrocuted himself in 1940 during a session in the cellar of his Queens apartment.   Paul suffered a severe car accident in 1948 in Oklahoma, when he slid off a bridge into a river in the middle of a snowstorm. His right arm and elbow were shattered, and his back, ribs, collarbone and nose were broken. He asked surgeons to set his arm at such an angle that he could still play guitar, and after a year and a half of recovery, could once again play.   The year 1952 was a big one for Paul. He unleashed the first eight-track tape recorder and also released the Les Paul gold-top solid body electric guitar, forever changing rock ‘n’ roll.   Paul and his wife Mary Ford performed together as a duo in the 1950s. Paul played the guitar and Mary Ford sang. In just 1951, they sold six million records.   The final design for the new Les Paul Custom was finished in early 1954, and the guitar made its official debut at the Chicago NAMM show in July of 1954.   Paul was guitarist Steve Miller’s godfather.   Jimi Hendrix consulted Paul when building his famed Electric Lady Studios.   Paul is a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame.   Jimmy Page, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Perry, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Billie Joe Armstrong and Pete Townshend are all known for strumming Les Paul guitars.   The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame paid tribute to Paul in 2008 with a week-long celebration of his life. Paul performed at the celebration, too.   In honor of Paul, the Les Paul Foundation continues to work to “inspire innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research.” The foundation awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs for youth; gives grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment; and supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements. For more information, visit www.LesPaulFoundation.org.     ________________________________________________________________   [attachment=148824:name]Anne Erickson holds years of bylines in Gannett Media publications, as well as music magazines Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and more. She also hosts radio shows with iHeartRadio and has been syndicated in Seattle, Dayton, Central Coast California and beyond. Anne is a loyal Spartan and holds a Master’s degree from MSU. She resides in Lansing, Michigan.      
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