Prince is gone. There's not much else to say. If you've never watched the movie, "Purple Rain" then do yourself a favour and do it now. Lots of media outlets are going on and on about how Prince was a very underrated guitarist. What a load of nonsense. He was celebrated as a six string genius along with his many other talents. The difference with Prince was that he knew when to play his heart out and when to put the guitar down. Check out the ripping guitar solo in this track.
Prince - Bambi (1979) - https://youtu.be/mY1OnKfDJPE
These guys were in town during the week but another rather important event meant that I couldn't attend. I'm glad to hear that my brother got to go last night though.
The Proclaimers - You Built Me Up - https://youtu.be/l_2g652mAWA
I hear you ask, "what would stop Rob from going to The Proclaimers concert"? The answer is not much, but when it's your son's 18th birthday party on the same night what's a music fan to do? We all survived the party...just.
Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) - https://youtu.be/eBShN8qT4lk
Please don't forget that the band is playing on Tuesday May 3rd at 6pm. This is part of the launch of George's book, "Big Life". You can find out more details about the book here. The show is at Radford College and is open to all. We'll be playing a very loud and energetic set so don't miss out on our first show for 2016! Guitar nerds please feel free to gaze in wonder at the latest addition to my pedal board as detailed last week!
Midnight Oil - Put Down That Weapon (live) - https://youtu.be/Wdf9D_aA77s
For years I've really quite disliked US metal band, Megadeth. I probably can't put my finger on why but as a result I haven't paid much attention to them for the last 15 years. For a number of reasons a few of their tunes slipped onto some of my playlists and I began to listen to them. Right up front I'll tell you that Mustaine's vocal delivery is patchy. Some songs sound great where others sound like he's suffering an intense bout of stomach pain. The guitars are always good however and the rhythms grow on you. I've got a couple of albums here and it's time to delve into their back catalogue I think.
Megadeth - A Tout Le Monde - https://youtu.be/32T882AJHek
It's ANZAC Day on Monday. Time to remember and reflect, not to celebrate. Whilst we remember those who went before us and gave their lives don't forget those who served and are still suffering. Here's a track from last year with the amazing video created by my good friend and former bandmate, DJ SAB.
John Schumann - On Every ANZAC Day - https://youtu.be/bXLL42oCFPI
Finally, a shout out to DJ JD-Bilby who is recovering after a really mountain biking nasty crash. Get well soon!
Have a great weekend and prepare for a big episode next week....#400.
Guitars are dangerous objects.