A Rock N' Roll THANK YOU goes out to all Armed Forces personnel on this Memorial Day, and those that made the ultimate sacrifice. We wouldn't be able to rock without you. Here's a collection of rock to remember!
Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt performed the National Anthem at their hometown Boston Red Sox game on May 26th.
KISS and Gene Simmons rock for the troops!
Here's an AC/DC tribute to the troops
Kid Rock always shows his support!
Queensryche show their support
3 Doors Down
Various rockers twweted their support today:
A great big THANK YOU to all the men and women who made Memorial Day possible. Enjoy the beautiful day with friends and family. 28 May 12
A long lost Randy Rhoads interview by Journalist John Stix has surfaced in the current free online edition of iGuitar Magazine. Rhoads reveals that while he loved playing in Ozzy Osbourne’s band, he found the limitations of his heavy metal show frustrating, and hoped to move far beyond them. There is some great questions asked by Stix, with Rhoads offering revelations that I had never heard up to this point.
Rhoads said: “Everything happens so fast in this band that I haven’t had enough time to really think what I want to do.
For instance, I do a solo live and I do a lot of these things that Eddie Van Halen does, and it kills me that I do that. It’s just flash – it impresses the kids and I’m trying to make a name as fast as I can. I wish I could take time and come up with something that nobody has done. Unfortunately, it will take me a few years.”
Stix asked Rohoads if he was able to achieve anything that made him proud, with Rhoads replying: “I can’t. I experimented with a few things and tried to get some classical things in, but I couldn’t get it in with this set. It calls for flash. The kids aren’t interested in musical experience. If I sat down and played some classical it wouldn’t impress them. Ozzy has an incredible following with his audience and most of his kids want non-stop.”
It has been reported that Rhoads was not a fan of Black Sabbath and that he didn’t know why Osbourne hired him – especially since he only got to tune up at his audition before being offered the job. His favorite songs were Revelation (Mother Earth) and Mr. Crowley, because of the classical influence.
Read the entire interview and find some great features and interviews with Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Kansas), Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger, Dokken, Alice Cooper) and check ou the interactive advertisments as well here: www.iguitarmag.com
One of classic rock's most instantly recognizable and enduring songs, ‘Dust In The Wind,’ turns 35 years old in 2012. Written by longtime guitarist Kerry Livgren, the song became the group's highest charting hit when it reached No. 6 in 1978. To celebrate, a 35th anniversary limited edition gift book is being released.
Fans have an opportunity to relive the history this October with a 32-page, full-color, hardcovered book. Livgren will sign all copies ordered at the band’s website by Oct. 20, the date the book goes on sale. The book includes lyrics, photos, stories from fans and a special foreward from Livgren. A portion of the proceeds from the $20 purchase will go to Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.
Drummer Phil Ehart posted a blog last month on the Autism Speaks website explaining why they collectively chose this charity. “As a parent of a child with Autism, I know first hand what an organization like Autism Speaks can mean in finding a cure for this terrible disorder,” Ehart writes. “Therefore, in planning for the creation of this book, the book publishers, the writer of the song Kerry Livgren, and the guys in the band Kansas, all felt that Autism Speaks would make perfect sense in receiving a portion of the books sales proceeds.”
Fans have had an opportunity to share what the song meant to them at the band’s Facebook page. Some of those stories will also be included in the book. Get yours here.
Night Ranger are busy in the studio working on a follow-up to 2007's Hole In The Sun. The style was described to me by frontman Jack Blades as "more classic sounding", which I am sure will please all fans of the band - new or old. The band line-up is the same one that has been touring together since 2008 - Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, Joel Hoekstra and Christian Cullen. It is their first time in the studio together. The new album will be out in the middle of this year. An announcement about U.S. tour dates will be coming soon. The band plans to tour with Journey in Europe, with some dates including Foreigner and Kansas on the bill, followed by dates with Journey in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
A picture of Brad Gillis was tweeted last Wednesday by Kelly - "laying down guitars on the new Night Ranger cd"
According to Mirror.co.uk, legendary guitarist Gary Moore died of a suspected heart attack, a postmortem revealed on Monday, February 7th. Moore died in his sleep yesterday morning, hours after checking into the five-star Kempinski Hotel in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Spain with an unnamed female friend. He was 58 years old. While forensic experts are satisfied Moore died from natural causes, they requested further tests on tissue samples taken from his body ahead of a final report. A Spanish police spokesman said today, "Mr. Moore died of natural causes and his death is not in any way suspicious. An investigating magistrate has opened a standard inquiry to determine the exact cause of death." British tabloid The Sun reported earlier today — apparently erroneously — that Moore choked on his vomit after knocking back champagne and brandy before being discovered around 4 a.m.
More condolances from rockers around the world have poured in paying tribute to the great Gary Moore:
“I knew Gary Moore for what seemed like forever. We’d run into each other many times over the years and we were always able to pick up right where we left off. “I had the honour of recording with Gary on his "After The War" album on the track "Led Clones" which was great fun. “To say that his death is a tragic loss doesn’t seem to give it the justice it deserves. We’ve lost a phenomenal musician and a great friend. Rest In Peace, Gary.”
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, Queen + Paul Rodgers):
"Gary was a friend and a truly great man. I respect that he played the game his way... no time for B.S. He was focused and passionate about music and was one of the best. The last time that I jammed with Gary, he came on as my special guest at London's Royal Albert Hall and proceeded to take it to another level... the place imploded! When he played, he was a man on fire. If there hadn't been an ocean between us and Gary didn't mind flying, we absolutely would have created more together. We've lost a great British blues man and I am very, very sad."
“It was my wife who told me the news. It’s terrible: 58 is just too early. In Phil [Lynott]’s case it was tragic, and in Gary’s case there should have been a lot more years. I have great memories of Gary on tour in Thin Lizzy with Queen: always smiling, very cheerful and… too young to die. He’d recently joined Lizzy and he fitted in great: a blindingly fast player, and his thing was these staccato runs, with a bit of jazz in there. Totally different to Brian [May], who’s a very fluid player, but musicians usually ‘get’ other rated musicians, and Brian very much enjoyed his playing.
“Over the years, I’d see Gary out in the clubs: a great guy on the scene. He liked to drink, as I remember, but everybody did in those days. It’s very sad. But I think his music will live on. Virtuosity is something we really don’t have now: there are lots of great bands, but the emphasis just isn’t on that anymore. In those days, it was all about how great you were; there were so many virtuosos and he was definitely one of them. He was a star player.”
Steve Morse of Deep Purple:
On the last date of our tour a couple of months ago, Gary was playing on Roger's [Glovers] MP3 player backstage through an amplified speaker. It was Gary and our Don Airey, I think, playing with Colosseum II. They sounded great, of course. Don always spoke fondly of his playing, and I'm a fan as well. His playing was lively, energetic, but tasteful at the same time. I never knew him but all of us in Purple were shocked at the loss.
Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers:
"I had the pleasure of meeting Gary when he was playing with Thin Lizzy, back in the late 70's early 80's, I think it was. We played a few shows with the guys, and I wondered who this great guitarist was. I remember having a beer somewhere in a bar while on the tour, and speaking briefly with him. He was a gentle soul, and quietly friendly while we hung out together. A few years later, I started really listening to Gary's music, and became a huge fan. I would venture to say that, in my humble opinion, he was one of the greatest blues players of our time. And a tremendous all around musician in general. Great voice, killer licks and tone, and he really could play any kind of music. It's obvious to us, his fans, that his heart belonged to the blues, but he rocked with a vengeance, and he could sing a gentle ballad with all the feeling one might hope for. It's funny, but I was just thinking about him the other day, and hoping I would have a chance to see him play somewhere soon. Now he's jamming with the immortals, and I'll have to wait awhile longer. He left us all the gift of an amazing amount of fantastic recorded material, and I feel so lucky to have that to remember him. I'm going now to put on the DVD of his live show at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1990. I recommend this to anyone who loves Gary, or wants to see this great artist at his best. We'll all miss him, but his music lives on for us, and we'll keep him in our hearts. Thank you Gary for keeping the flame burning"
Eric Singer of Kiss:
"I had the Pleasure to play drums with Gary on his 1987 Wild Frontier tour.
I joined Gary's band via Bob Daisley. We had recorded together with Black Sabbath on the Eternal Idol album. Bob arranged the audition in London in January of 1987. We soon began rehearsals for what would become one of Gary's most successful tours ever. I remember we would practice everyday at John Henry Studios in London. Bob and Neil Carter lived in Brighton and would have to leave in time to make their train home. Gary and I would sometimes stay on and jam. Just drums & guitar. We would play Thin Lizzy tunes or just jam endlessly as Gary never ran out of ideas when it came to soloing! He would also play those legendary guitars back then. The "Peter Green" 1958 Les Paul and his "Pink Salmon" 1962 Fender Stratocaster. He of course did not take those on tour anymore as they had become much to rare & valuable. I have to say the one thing that always stood out to me about Gary was his absolute passion and intensity as a guitarist. This man played every song and note like it was the last time he would ever play it. And therefore demanded and expected the same from his band. I have to admit he could be a bit tough on drummers. But he only asked for and expected what he himself gave to music. And that was complete commitment every time you played with him. He inspired me to want to play up to his level every night. I will always thank him for the opportunity he gave me to play with him. He really was a Brilliant musician. And I always felt like he helped take me to another level as a drummer & musician. It was an experience and an education I will never forget and take with me everywhere I go. God Bless You Gary Moore."
"It was while living in London that I had the privilege of working with Gary on a couple albums and tours. Coincidentally it was during the same time that I met Randy Rhoads. Talk about a double-whammy...yikes! The fact that Randy was a fan of his pretty much says it all. Gary had an amazing work ethic that, in combination with his God-given gift, made him an extremely dangerous guitarist. His sheer athleticism on the instrument was exceeded only by his true musicianship. He played music, not just guitar. I was shocked when I heard of his passing. Though he loved a good laugh he led a disciplined life. I am blessed to have known him."
Joe Lynn Turner:
"Gary Moore was one of the greats. He had his roots in the blues and the power of rock, which is a brilliant combination. I have played with some of the best guitarists in the business and when asked if wanted to do a project with someone else, I always said, “Gary Moore.” Maybe it’s little known but I am a guitarist myself. I became a singer by pure accident. So, I can really appreciate Gary’s playing from a musician’s point of view. He was an amazing talent and let’s not forget his voice, which was pure and honest like his playing. I had the great fortune to meet Gary while in Denmark during the Rainbow days. He was a great guy and very down to earth, which is impressive to say the least. We shall greatly miss him for he was an original who stood out from the rest. I send my sympathies to his family and friends and to the rock world who is truly saddened by this loss. RIP Gary."
Roger Glover of Deep Purple:
"I am deeply shocked and saddened about Gary's passing. He was truly one of the great guitarists, had a huge talent, and was a musical force beyond par. I am a fan. My heartfelt condolences go to his family, friends, and fans all over the world."
Rich Williams of Kansas:
"We were in the dressing room in El Paso. Thin Lizzy had opened for us in the past, so I didn't bother to go backstage to check them out, but I could hear someone really fucking tearing it up. I remember asking, "Who the fuck is playing guitar"? Well it was Gary, and I had to meet him. Later I introduced myself and we did what guitar players do ... gear talk. He hands me his pride and joy, the Les Paul he recently got from Peter Green. To my surprise I could hardly play it. He used very heavy gauge strings, high off the neck like a slide player. He played it with such ease ... I couldn't even make a bar chord. Felt like a total pussy."
"I am touched and sad about Gary’s passing. He was a great guitarist that many players looked up too and were inspired by."
Bryan Basset of Foghat:
"Gary Moore was a guitarist's guitarist. He not only had a faithful following of fans who loved his music he also inspired many professional guitarists with his brilliant technique and command of several musical styles. For me, listening to his playing was a wonderful musical experience and a master class of playing technique. We have lost another musical giant. He will be missed but not forgotten. RIP Gary."
Bill Leverty of Firehouse:
"Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him, Gary Moore stands out as one of the greatest guitarists, ever, who was able to combine rock and blues; high energy and melody; tone and taste, emotion and style. I would say the same about his extraordinary vocals, which made him such a complete artist with deep integrity. He's a true legend in every sense of the word, and his music will live forever."
Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot:
"At a brief moment in time after the release of the 1982 "Hughes/Thrall" record and at a party at Glenn Hughes's house, Gary, Glenn and I were talking about the real possibility of forming a power trio. Gary's enthusiasm for the project was infectious. The union never materialized, but for me it would have been a dream band! Rest in peace Gary, you were one of a kind and a rare and genuine talent."
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses):
"Gary Moore gave a lifetime of music to the world; [he was] such a great guitarist. He was like the rock guitarist, the guy that had the best of everything in his playing — and that could only come from having the best of everything in his heart.
To his family, you have my deepest sympathies, the love and support of millions of fans, all wishing you strength in this difficult time."
Swedish rockers Europe:
"No words can describe how sad we feel hearing the news that Gary Moore has passed away. We can't believe it! It's a total shock! He was one of our biggest influences, both as a guitarist and a songwriter. Our thoughts and feelings now go out to his family and close friends."
Herman Rarebell ex-Scorpions Drummer:
"I met Gary the last time last year here in Brighton at a Hotel called Hotel de Vine. We talked about music of course and we were both surprised that we lived in the same City Brighton. I always liked Gary's music. Still got the Blues. Gary forever."
Mark Kendall of Great White:
"Gary Moore was such a tremendous feel player. I call it playing from the pores of your skin and he definitely had that. I wanted to share a quick story concerning Gary. In 1988 we were on tour with Whitesnake and I became pretty good friends with Vivian Campbell. We used to jam alot before shows and stuff. One night before the show I told him I really loved his live solo and could he show me what he was doing. He showed me the riff and said all I do is play this one riff but I play it all over the neck and it makes it sound like I am playing something different but I am not. Then he said and one more thing, "I stole the riff from Gary Moore." Gary will be sorely missed."
"I was a sad day loosing Gary Moore at age 58. I'm in shock. I never had the chance to meet or play with him, it was on my bucket list but I felt like I knew him through his music. My favorite songs are "Still Got The Blues" and “Empty Rooms." There's a live version of “Empty Rooms” on YouTube from 1987 that's the best live solo of all time and is the essence of what Gary Moore stood for, taste, feel, power and conviction. God rest his soul. We’ve lost a giant."
"My memories of Gary will be of someone who was dedicated to playing the guitar as well as he possibly could and with total focus, energy and intense commitment. I don't think I ever heard him play a wrong note and he was able to effortlessly become Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Carlos Santana or Jimi Hendrix if he felt like it. He was a very funny, down-to-earth guy and for over 10 years we seemed to share identical, wide-ranging taste in music, more so than anyone else I've played with. I wish I'd had the opportunity to play blues with him but that came later in his career. I do remember that in the mid-70s he was very casual about how he looked after the priceless Peter Green Les Paul – then again, he could make just about any guitar sing and cry. His passing is a giant loss for music."