This visualising of “Roundabout” from clips of the “Peanuts” TV series really captures the joy of music and the innocence of the piece. They have also done similar ones for ZZ Top, “Thick as a Brick”, and dozens of other “classic rock” pieces. I’d rather see these than some guitarist gurning.
Mark Abrahams from somewhere up north (but but not Scandinavia, whence came his two predecessors) is the new guitar player in WA, Muddy Manninen stepping back at the end of the last round of touring earlier this year.
WA started a US tour two days ago, and here’s a clip from that very show. UK tour starts in October. I’ll be at Glasgow Nov 12.
The Man in Black, Ritchie Blackmore, has turned 70 years old today, which I suppose puts him firmly in the grand-daddies of British classic rock fraternity along with the likes of The Stones, Clapton and The Who.
When I got into Deep Purple and Rainbow at the cusp of the 70s/80s, Ritchie was my top guitar hero, especially on Purple’s “In Rock” and “Machine Head” albums and the classic Rainbow albums “Rising” and “Long Live Rock’n’Roll”.
You rarely heard or saw Ritchie in the media and he always had a sense of mystique about him, with regular rock press reportage about pranks, band sackings, mood swings and feuds with Gillan and Coverdale. That said, I recall one fascinating interview on Radio One (either with Tommy Vance or Alexis Korner, not quite sure) where he praised Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull’s folk rock style and talked about why he originally chose a Fender Stratocaster over a Gibson (cos’ it was difficult to play at first).
I saw Ritchie live with Deep Purple on the MK II reunion tour in 1985. It was a packed Birmingham NEC and Ritchie pulled out all the stops that night, playing like a » Continue Reading.
It’s my privilege to christen this spanking new website with its first AC/DC thread. I think you’ll all agree that since the last site went down, the boys have enjoyed the international spotlight for rather mixed reasons. Phil’s Rudd arrest for nefarious activities and all sorts of revelations about Malcolm’s illness with dementia have kept them in the headlines.
Angus and Brian have fronted a quite extraordinary public relations and media campaign to keep the AC/DC juggernaut on the road with the release of a new record and generate publicity for a forthcoming tour.
I’ve got my ticket for the pitch at Wembley in July to see the boys and I do hope you some of the rockers amongst you will be there too. Here they are with one of their cracking new tunes. Turn it right up!