Tag: Gary Moore
Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham memoir, band recording new album, ‘Me and My Guitar’ segment (video)
Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham's memoir, 'The Boys Are Back in Town' is set for a November 16th release by Omnibus Press. The book was co-written with journalist Harry Doherty and is expected to give the inside story of the band's days on the road.
Official description of the 160-page paperback 'The Boys Are Back in Town': "One of the defining rock groups of the 20th Century, THIN LIZZY began life in Dublin in 1969 when childhood friends Phil Lynott and Brian Downey were approached by two former members of VAN MORRISON's band THEM, Eric Wrixon (keyboards) and Eric Bell (guitar). Now for the first time, their story is told by guitarist Scott Gorham and rock journalist Harry Doherty. The band's story is told by the people who were involved directly including former guitarists, road crew, management, family and friends. Their origins in Dublin as a three piece with the 'Whiskey In The Jar' single and a string of unsuccessful but highly creative albums. The move to London to chase the dream of being a major rock band. The chaotic arrival and departures of various members, including Eric Bell (who left the band mid-concert), Irish guitarist Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and co-author Scott Gorham. How the albums 'Jailbreak' and 'Boys Are Back In Town' took the band to the top of the charts just as they were to become bankrupt. Includes stories of the band on the road, the drink and drugs and how the years of partying, drug-taking and non stop touring eventually took its toll on not only the band members but on their families. The death of front man Phil Lynott and their legacy following his death."
THIN LIZZY recently entered the studio to begin recording its first new album in nearly 30 years for a tentative 2013 release. It will be the group's first studio set since "Thunder And Lightning" in 1983, and its first to not include Phil Lynott, who died in 1986.
Asked what Phil would say about THIN LIZZY recording a new record without him, Scott told Independent.ie, "I think Phil would be right behind the idea of a new THIN LIZZY album. Given the choice, Phil would want to keep the THIN LIZZY name going and keep the band on the road. He was a real band member.
"You know, we still feel he is with us. That's why at every gig we introduce Phil as though he's still here — and he still gets the biggest cheer of the night. So he's still overshadowing me."
Gorham said, "Songwriting in THIN LIZZY was always a collaborative thing. Phil wrote a lot of our biggest hits but other members contributed to his songs. Everybody was included in the writing.
"Even when Phil did his solo albums, he still wanted the members of THIN LIZZY playing and contributing to his songs."
Gorham recently talked to musicradar.com for a 'Me and My Guitar' segment and he brought along his incredible late 50s Gibson Les Paul 'Burst.
The new Thin Lizzy album will not follow Phil Lynott’s last music footsteps, says guitarist Damon Johnson. He reports: “Towards the original end they made Thunder and Lightning. That album was so heavy – it seemed Phil wanted to go down a heavy metal route for a while. That’s not what the new album will be. There are some big, fat classic riffs. We all know it’s going to be under the microscope. We know there will be pundits who criticise it, but pundits aren’t necessarily fans.” Of frontman Ricky Warwick, Johnson says: “The guy is a class songwriter, and that’s what Scott Gorham and Brian Downey needed to make another Thin Lizzy record.”
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release of the new Gary Moore CD/DVD/Blu-ray 'Blues For Jimi' on September 25th.
This release captures a unique concert featuring Moore playing Jimi Hendrix tracks, including such classics as "Purple Haze", "Foxy Lady", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Hey Joe", "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and many more. Filmed at the London Hippodrome on October 25, 2007, it was part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix "Live At Monterey" program.
At the end of the night, Gary was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE for three tracks. The full lineup for this show was Gary Moore (guitar, vocals); Dave Bronze (bass); Darrin Mooney (drums) with Billy Cox (bass on tracks 9-11, and also vocals on the first two of those) and Mitch Mitchell (drums on tracks 9-11).
Both Gary Moore and Mitch Mitchell have passed since this concert took place, which makes the recording of this incredible night so special. Gary Moore was one of the finest British guitarists of all time and is one of the few players who could pay homage to Jimi Hendrix's groundbreaking and truly distinctive guitar style. This is a stunning tribute from one master guitarist to another.
'Blues For Jimi' track listing:
1. Purple Haze
2. Manic Depression
3. Foxy Lady
4. The Wind Cries Mary
5. I Don't Live Today
6. My Angel
9. Red House
10. Stone Free
11. Hey Joe
12. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
His resume reads like a classic rock bible: The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Black Sabbath, Robert Plant, Gary Moore, Brian May, and many, many more. He is the legendary Cozy Powell, one of the greatest rock drummers in history. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Cozy. I have always felt that because of the death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Layne Staley of Alice In Chains on this day, Cozy gets overlooked when his name should be right there with the two of them.
Powell once said that he drove cars like he drummed - madly - was on the phone to his girlfriend as he hurtled down a highway at 104 miles per hour without wearing his seatbelt. Powell was killed when his powerful black Saab 9000 turbo blew a tire on April 5, 1998.
He was driving up the M4, near Bristol, on his way to visit his girlfriend Sharan Reeve in Cardiff. She heard a "terribly loud noise", then silence, as she talked to him on the phone. In a statement, Ms Reeve said that Powell had just told her he was having problems finding fifth gear, and hoped the engine would not seize up as he was going so fast. Then she heard him say: "Oh shit", and the line went silent.
She kept trying to ring him back until she realised something was wrong and contacted the police. Powell, 50, was found to be slightly over the drink-drive limit after the car spun, and the car came to rest on its roof.
Cozy Powell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, and started playing drums at age 12 in the school orchestra, thereafter playing along in his spare time to popular singles of the day. Powell started out with a vocal harmony pop band called the Sorcerers, which led Powell to friendships with fellow musicians like Robert Plant and John Bonham (both at the time unknowns in 'Listen'), future Slade vocalist Noddy Holder, bassist Dave Pegg and a young guitarist called Tony Iommi. The Sorcerers became Youngblood, and released a series of singles in late 1968–69.
From there he was recognized by Jeff Beck, joining his group from 1970-72. After the breakup of that band, he became an in demand session drummer, bashing for the likes of Hot Chocolate, Donovan and Suzi Quatro. He eventually formed 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' in April 1974. The line-up included Bernie Marsden (guitar), Clive Chamen (bass), Don Airey (keyboards) and Frank Aiello (Bedlam) on vocals.
In 1975 was in my opinion, where Cozy started becoming recognized internationally as one of the great drummers in rock. He joined Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore, staying until 1980, but not until Rainbow headlined the first ever Monsters of Rock show at Castle Donington, England on August 16th. The festival was Powell's last show with the band.
After Powell left Rainbow, he worked with former Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet, For the rest of the 1980s, Powell assumed short-term journeyman roles with a number of major bands — Michael Schenker Group from 1981 to 1982, and Whitesnake from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 he started recording with Phenomena for their first album, which was released in 1986 when he joined up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a member of Emerson, Lake & Powell.
A stint with Gary Moore followed in 1989. His was with Black Sabbath from 1988 to 1991, and again in 1994–1995. Between late 1992 and early 1993, Powell put together an occasional tour using the old band name 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' featuring himself on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Mario Parga on guitar and Tony Martin on vocals. Powell along with Neil Murray were members of Brian May's band, playing on the 'Back To The Light' and 'Another World' albums. Cozy played with May opening for Guns N' Roses on the second American leg of their 'Use Your Illusion' tour in 1993. The duo also served a spell with blues guitarist Peter Green in the mid-nineties. Cozy's last recording session was for Colin Blunstone's 'The Light Inside', alongside Don Airey, which was released shortly after Cozy's death. Prior to his death in 1998, Cozy had pulled out of a tour with Yngwie Malmsteen due to an injury and was preparing to tour with Brian May. The final solo album by Cozy Powell 'Especially For You' was released in 1998 after his death.
The greatness of Cozy Powell cannot be disputed. Cheers to one of the great all time rock drummers!
This is an amazing interview with Bob Daisley, bass player extraordianire (Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath). Bob talks about the origins of Blizzard of Ozz, stories through the years, and his battles with the Osbournes over time.
Bob also touches on his early days with Widowmaker, Chickenshack, Mungo Jerry and Kahva's Jute. Job well done from bravewords.com. Great interview!!
Courtesy: Bob Daisley
Rock photographer Neil Zlozower has just completed his second Van Halen hardcover coffee table photo book, "Eddie Van Halen", to be released October 12, 2011. The Van Halen Store is the exclusive retailer of autographed copies, signed by the author himself.
You can pre-order your signed copy now at vanhalenstore.com
Book details: The definitive visual history of early Eddie Van Halen, this hardcover photo book is jam-packed with classic and never-before-published photos. It is a must-have for Van Halen fans and guitarists alike!
One of the most revolutionary and influential players ever to pick up a guitar, Eddie Van Halen's music and technique continue to energize legions of fans and guitarists around the world. This book of photographs and text focuses on the innovative early years of the band Van Halen, when Eddie burst on the scene and changed the face of electric guitar-playing and melodic hard rock. More than 200 images of Eddie in action — both classic and never before seen — are complemented by text and testimony from famous guitarists, music writers, and many others. Also featuring a foreword by guitar legend Slash, this is the definitive visual history of classic Eddie Van Halen.
Famous guitarists who contributed text:
Angus Young (AC/DC), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Les Paul, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Ritchie Blackmore (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Peter Frampton, Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big), Allan Holdsworth, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Steve Lukather, Mick Mars (Motley Crue), Ronnie Montrose, Gary Moore, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Ted Nugent, Paul Stanley (KISS), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), Dweezil Zappa
Van Halen insiders who contributed text: Eddie Anderson (director of security 1980-84), Pete Angelus (creative consultant, production/lighting designer), Marshall Berle (personal manager 1977-78), Bill Gazzarri (owner: Gazzarri's nighclub), Michael Karlin (Van Halen business manager, 1978-present), Jas Obrecht (editor: Guitar Player magazine), Patrick Whitley (production manager 1978-84) and Michael Anthony.
Neil Zlozower's rock photography spans more than 40 years and includes work with The Rolling Stones, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Motorhead, Tom Waits, Slipknot, and many others. From 1978 to 1984, Zlozower was the "fifth member of Van Halen," touring with and capturing images of the band during the David Lee Roth era.