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Beatles News: ‘Beatles Stories’ documentary out next month, Paul McCartney receives Legion of Honour award, jams with John Paul Jones
Cinema Libre Studio is releasing a new documentary digitally and on DVD this October 2nd featuring heartfelt memories told by the group's fans. Rollingstone.com posted a new preview clip from 'Beatles Stories' with Graham Nash looking back on the first televised broadcast of "All You Need Is Love" in 1967. It all happened spontaneously as on the morning of the taping, Paul McCartney invited Nash down to the EMI recording studio, and he joined other rock legends Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Keith Moon at the session.
"Any excuse to have a party in the Sixties was taken at the drop of a hat. 'You want to party? Let's go!'" recalls Nash. "I just have a great, warm feeling about that day. We were safe, we were in a recording studio."
'Beatles Stories' will also screen on Oct. 2nd at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre. For tickets, showings and more information, visit the Egyptian Theatre's website and the Beatles Stories' website here
Paul McCartney joined Damon Albarn of Blur's Africa Express tour this past Saturday (Sept. 8th), which features musicians traveling by train and performing in different locations to raise awareness of African music and culture. The train rolled into London’s Granary Square and not only did McCartney participate, Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones appeared multiple times throughout the lengthly five-hour set. Check out this footage of the two onstage together:
Paul McCartney was also in Paris earlier on Saturday (Sept. 8) to be awarded a prestigious Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France.
He was promoted to the rank of Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour (the Légion d’honneur) by President Francois Hollande in a private ceremony this morning at the Élysée Palace. President Hollande personally decorated Paul with the insignia of the Legion of Honour himself in front of an audience of Paul’s family and friends.
During the presentation the President praised Paul for his contribution to the arts, not just in France but all over the world. The award is a huge honour for Paul as the order is usually only conferred to French nationals, chiefly those who have served France in military or civil life. The award was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. Foreign nationals may only receive a distinction of the Legion of Honour in extraordinary circumstances and British recipients of the order in the past have included Queen Elizabeth II, Laurence Olivier, author Graham Greene and war veteran Henry Allingham.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is thrilled to present one of the greatest live bands in rock’n’roll history: The Who Live In Texas ’75 on DVD October 9 [Pre-book Order September 14, MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $12.99 Digital Video].
Pete Townshend. Roger Daltrey. Keith Moon. John Entwistle. Filmed in Houston, Texas 11/20/75, it was right at the start of a massive tour of the US to promote The Who By Numbers, their seventh album in their 10th year of existence. With Dolby Digital Stereo sound, this 117-minute 25-song bomb blast - previously only available as a muddled bootleg - has been pridefully restored to its rightful visual and sonic superiority by longtime Who collaborator Jon Astley.
Filmed only five years after what arguably is the greatest live album in rock, Live At Leeds, The Who Live In Texas ’75, lives up to and in some ways actually surpasses its predecessor’s greatness. The Who, at that particular point in time, had achieved an unerring almost magical mystical chemistry. Between the windmilling antics of guitarist Townshend, the mic wire lasso of lead singer Daltrey, the crazed bombastic danger of drummer Moon (1946-1978) and, of course, their secret weapon, genius bassist John Entwistle (1944-2002), this was a truly revolutionary band who changed all the hard rock rules. Even the punks, in the anti-rock star era of the late ‘70s, loved The Who.
The extensive Tommy section…the savage recreations of early hits such as “My Generation” (with its iconic “hope I die before I get old” line delivered in all its lusty nihilistic truth)…the celebrated cover of EDDIE COCHRAN’s 'Summertime Blues'…plus 'Baba O’Riley” and 'Won’t Get Fooled Again' make this a Who fan’s delight.
The Who Live In Texas ’75 tracklisting:
'I Can’t Explain'
'Boris The Spider'
'However Much I Booze'
'Dreaming From The Waist'
'Behind Blue Eyes'
'Tommy’s Holiday Camp'
'We’re Not Going To Take It' / 'See Me, Feel Me' / 'Listening To You'
'Won’t Get Fooled Again'
'My Generation Blues'
Roger Daltrey made a stop on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (May 3) to talk about his fantastic charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust. He also talked about how The Who were contacted by the Olympic committee, asking if Keith Moon could attend the upcoming Summer Olympic opening ceremonies. He also talks about Pete Townshend and Moon being partners in crime when it came to destroying hotel rooms. Apparently the band were banned from just about every hotel in New York at one time, and Roger shares how Keith Moon was always put in a room due for remodeling. Daltrey also performed a rocking rendition of 'Young Man Blues.' Entertaining interview and performance. Right on Roger!
Jim Marshall, 'The Father of Loud', and one of the founders of guitar amplification, has died at the age of 88. Marshall founded Marshall Amplification 50 years ago in 1962. His iconic amps have been, and continue to be, used by all of music's greats from the 1960's to today. Marshall was born July 29, 1923 in Acton, West London. According to his son Terry Marshall, the music pioneer died in a hospice in England this morning (Apr. 5) after suffering from cancer and several severe strokes.
The familiar amps bearing his name can be seen in thousands of rock 'n' roll performance photos dating back to the era when Townshend and the Who would smash their Marshall amps at the conclusion of their stage shows. Marshall said in 2000 that Townshend had actually been careful not to destroy the expensive speakers, damaging only the cloth exterior, which was easy (and cheap) to repair. In the mid 1960's, the Who’s Pete Townshend and John Entwistle were early disciples and helped spread the gospel of Marshall Amps. The story goes that Entwistle started using Marshalls so that he could hear himself over Keith Moon’s drums and in turn, Townshend had to use them to hear himself over Entwistle.
The very first 100 watt Marshall Amps were created for the Who and the Small Faces, doubling the size and power of the previous equipment. However, the bands soon discovered the horizontally-aligned doubles were too heavy and awkward to transport. So Marshall modified the design by instead stacking the cabinets on top of each other. This new vertical look soon became the norm and was adopted by many rock stars including Cream, Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. The classic Marshall stack is now an image that is symbolic with loud music. Check out the T-Rex‘s 'Electric Warrior', for example.
Marshall wasn't looking for precision when he and his sound engineers came up with the early Marshall amps in 1960. He said in a 2000 interview that what he wanted was raw, fuzzy power.
He said the rival Fender amp, tremendously popular at the time, produced an extremely clean sound that worked well with jazz and country and western but did not satisfy younger players searching for something different. He was looking for a rougher sound.
The first Marshall amps didn't look like much, just a simple black box with a speaker inside and basic controls on top — but they packed a formidable punch. Aficionados credit him with developing the "amp stack" that allowed garage bands to make a powerful noise in small dance halls and gymnasiums.
In a perpetual search for more volume and distortion, in the mid-‘70s Marshall introduced the “master volume” (MV) series. This progression helped guitarists achieve both the sound and the volume they desired. This was followed by the dual volume control, which allowed a new breed of guitarists, such as Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde and Slash, to pursue and perfect a more cutting and edgy tone.
Marshall was a larger than life figure with a taste for single malt Scotch whiskey and Cuban Montecristo cigars. Even in his 70s, when he was already suffering from some serious health problems, he thought nothing of hopping a plane to catch an Iron Maiden concert.
He had suffered several strokes in recent years, and developed cancer at the end of 2011. "My wife and I were with him when he passed away at about 8:15," son Terry Marshall said. "He got cancer toward the end of last year, and had surgery for that, and it came back. He was in a terrible state the last five or six weeks. He's in a much better place now."
He said his dad had liked being known as "the father of loud."
Here's the statement from the official site of Jim Marshall:
Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The ground breaking quartet also includes the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover – together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.
In addition to the creation of the amps chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.
While the entire Marshall Amplification family mourns Jim’s passing and will miss him tremendously, we all feel richer for having known him and are happy in the knowledge that he is now in a much better place which has just got a whole lot louder!
Rest in Peace & thank you Jim.
Your memory; the music and joy your amps have brought to countless millions for the past five decades; and that world-famous, omnipresent script logo that proudly bears your name will always live on.
Muscians all over the world are showing their condolences to this incredibly influential man, paying tribute to his contributions and life.
I wasn't related to Jim Marshall (that I know), but I share his surname and even used the rock radio name 'Marshall Stak' for many years, showing reverance to the greatness of his amps and what he did for Rock N' Roll. R.I.P. to the legend of Jim Marshall. We're sending our condolences to all his family and friends today.
Metallica News: Bands 30th Anniversary plans, 20th Anniversary of the ‘Black Album’ reflections, ‘Absent’ to be released on DVD
Metallica plan to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary with a series of concerts this December. “You've been asking for a while now, 'Just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?' closely followed by, 'Why don't we have more exclusive shows for fan-club members?'” said Metallica on its official site.
“We've heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011, will be a full-on Metallica week in the Bay Area; more specifically, we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica... fun for the entire family! Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness.” A four-pack of tickets for the gigs will only run you $19.81 (get it?); individual shows with be a mere $6. The catch: it’s for Met Club fan club members only, which costs $45-$55 bucks. Reservations are accepted now through August 8. Get all the details here: metallica.com
Recently producer Bob Rock reflected on the Metallica's 1991 classic 'Black Album' on it's 20th anniversary with Musicradar.com:
“It wasn’t a fun, easy record to make, sure, we had some laughs, but things were difficult. I told the guys when we were done that I’d never work with them again. They felt the same way about me.”
When Rock began sessions with Metallica in the fall of 1990, the band (guitarist-singer James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and their then-bassist Jason Newsted) had already hit platinum with 1988’s …And Justice For All, which catapulted them from cult stars to arena headliners.
“They had broken through to one level, but they still weren’t on mainstream radio,” says Rock. “When they came to me, they were ready to make that leap to the big, big leagues. A lot of people think that I changed the band. I didn’t. In their heads, they were already changed when I met them.”
Not that Rock didn’t help the group up their game any: Sonically, he gave them a rich, low-end punch that had been lacking in their previous recordings. Part of the process involved addressing Ulrich's drumming. “I noticed that Lars played to James’s guitar,” says Rock, “much like the way that Keith Moon played to Pete Townshend. That’s fine for some bands, but not every one.
“Lars wanted Metallica to groove more. AC/DC’s Back In Black was a big reference point as a rock record that grooved. I told him that in order to get that feel, he had to be the focal point musically. So on certain songs, the band played to Lars. They followed him. It made a real difference.”
Meanwhile, Hetfield was going through an even bigger transition, one which would hold significant ramifications. “He wanted to go deeper with his writing,” says Rock. “He wanted his songs to really matter. We talked about the great songwriters, like Dylan and Lennon and Bob Marley, and I think he saw that he could write for himself but still touch other people. It was a struggle for him, but he had a tremendous breakthrough as a writer.”
Released on August 12 1991, the Black Album was immediately hailed as an artistic triumph. Debuting at number one, it spawned the singles Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven, Nothing Else Matters and Wherever I May Roam - songs that would annex radio at multiple formats. Commercially, the album was a colossus, selling a staggering 22 million copies and firmly establishing Metallica as worldwide superstars and an essential part of the cultural landscape.
Check out the breakdown track by track here: musicradar.com
Pre-order the award-winning documentary Absent! The film deals with the impact of absent fathers & contains a very candid 13-min segment with James, which one critic called 'the new bar for every Metallica interview from here on out'. Bonuses include over 90 mins of Q&A footage with James & Director, Justin Hunt, and their appearance on Fox & Friends.
Available on 9/5. You got pre-order a copy here.