Friday, June 26, 2009

MJ :(

The King is dead. I believed he was immortal. :( I don't know what to say... He was always out there someplace. It's like one of your most important belonging is lost.. Pop music's king is gone now, and I hope Queen Madonna is immortal...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Crazy July!

One of the craziest July is coming here for Turkey.. Especially for rock-listeners, big concerts are coming...
4th of July : Dream Theater (date is just a coincidence?)
18-19th of July : Rock'n Coke Fest (Linkin Park, Prodigy, NIN, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Jane's Addiction, Juliette Lewis)
20th of July : Deep Purple!!!!

I'm so excited it makes me sick :D

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FRG 2 : Jimmy Page

James Patrick Page (born in 1944, same age with my father :D) is one of the most influential rock guitarists. Known as the guitarist of "Led Zeppelin", but he started his career as a session musician, jamming on stage at "The Marquee Club" in London with people like Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.

When Clapton decided to quit the band "Yardbirds", Page (as a bassist first) and Beck joined. Then when Beck gone, Page climbed to the lead guitarist position (in Little Games album). In 1968, only Page and John Paul Jones (remember, right? :)) was remaining from the old band. Then Page recruited Robert Plant for the vocals and John "Bonzo" Bonham for the drums and the group renamed itself as "The New Yardbirds" then again to "Led Zeppelin".

"Ultimately, I wanted Zeppelin to be a marriage of blues, hard rock and acoustic music topped with heavy choruses - a combination that had never been done before."

When Bonzo died in 1980, Led Zeppelin was over. Page and Plant worked together as "Page&Plant" from that day forward. I personally want them to regroup at least for a day and I can see my favourite band alive..

P.S. This post seems to be a Led Zeppelin post more than a Jimmy Page post. Sorry about that :D The reason is my fanatism of Zeppelin, I think...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

FRG 1: Jimi Hendrix

James Marshall Hendrix (1942-1970) is considered to be the greatest rock guitarist of all time. In my opinion, he is the very first of the electric guitar virtuosos.

He was influenced by blues guitarist such as B.B. King and Muddy Water so his sound is rather bluesy. But he is also experimental, the first one to use stereo "phasing" effects on guitar. Famous of playing "Star Spangled Banner" in Woodstock '69, using drugs especially LSD and amphetamines even on stage and mostly his "lefty" Stratocaster. It was in fact a regular right-handed Strat but he prefers to restring it and use it as a lefty one. This had an important effect on his guitar sound; because of the slant of Strat's bridge pickup, his low-E string has a bright sound while his high-E has a mellow one.

He was a real show-man on stage. Playing his guitar with his teeth or on his back.

Died in London, Notting Hill on September 18, 1970. His reason of death was not revealed. But police found simply red wine in his vomit. Sad story...

Introduction to Famous Rock Guitarists

From now on I will try to share you guys the information I know and gathered about the famous rock guitarists... I will start with Jimi Hendrix. If you help me with the list of them, feel free to write down here as a comment. I will Label them as FRG.. you'll soon see.