On a somber note for heavy metal/thrash fans, it was 3 years ago today that guitarist and Slayer founding member Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure due to alcohol-related cirrhosis. I don't know if he was a Link Wray fan but he was influenced by Led Zeppelin, and therefore Jimmy Page, so the transitive property tells us that he was at least indirectly influenced by Wray. Cheers to you, Jeff.
Congrats, and welcome to the club.
My introduction to Link Wray, and many other rockabilly/surf rock greats like Dick Dale came by way of the film Pulp Fiction. That movie is littered with that kind of stuff. Happy birthday to Fred Lincoln Wray.
The quantity of music this guy has created is pretty incredible. Couldn't stand him when I was a wee lad growing up (along with all country music) but certainly have grown to appreciate him over the years. He has lived quite a life.
Yeah, in the early 80s I was crushing on Dale Bozzio, Joan Jett and Pat Benatar, if I recall correctly.
Not only did I learn who Eddie Jobson was, but I also learned that Terry Bozzio played with Zappa. I only knew him as a Missing Person along with his POA wife in the 80s.
Thayer was in one of my pet 80s hard rock bands - Black n' Blue.....and Gene Simmons produced two of their albums.
There's a nice, non-disco version of 'Sure Know Something' on their Unplugged album that I've enjoyed.
Sorry I missed this yesterday. Happy belated, Space Ace.
Great song, indeed.
I'd never heard that story before....kind of funny, in a scary-glad-everyone-was-ok way. Since its a pretty good threadjack day.....Maiden released the single 'Number of the Beast' today in 1982. Not sure if its ever been played on a GTA station, but maybe it has.
Woe to you, oh earth and sea
For the Devil sends the beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who hath understanding
Reckon the number of the beast
For it is a human number
Its number is six hundred and sixty six
Wow. Complete insanity.
No snubbage as far I'm concerned. Just wanted to give Mack a mention since he was an influential fella in the blues/rock guitar world. And Prince got his own thread.....
They do look like Hard Luck Women.
Gene probably tapped that back in the 70s.
Nice. I used to love singing along with the chorus when I was a kid.
You Just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free
Threadjack of sorts, but lost in the hubbub of Prince dying was Lonnie Mack passing away last night. Mack was a pioneering blues/rock/country guitarist and vocalist who significantly influenced Stevie Ray Vaughn, Duane Allman, Bootsy Collins, Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent and others. Mack was considered by many to be the, or one of the originators of the virtuoso blues-rock lead guitar genre.
Frampton was first to me that guy who they ALWAYS played on the radio with that weird voice-sounding thing in his songs. It wasn’t until later that I learned of his background, that he was in a band called Humble Pie and what exactly a Talkbox was. I certainly appreciate Frampton Comes Alive! much more these days. And, would be pretty cool to be able to say you saw Bowie and Frampton noodle around during lunch when you were in school. As an aside, seems like a bit of an odd mix to have Frampton touring with Skynyrd, or should I say the cover band that calls themselves Lynyrd Skynyrd. And yes, I know this iteration of Skynyrd has probably been together longer than the pre-crash Skynyrd but personally for me, anything after 1977 is mostly a farce, and certainly today with just Rossington and Medlocke (maybe) in the group. Anyway, rant over.
I don’t know Pete Carr by name but I sure know of the Swampers and Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. And there is a little bit of a tie-in to Carr as Skynyrd’s last album was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, a competitor to Fame. I’ve seen a documentary on Netflix about Muscle Shoals which was pretty interesting, especially the Wilson Pickett stuff. I’m sure Carr is probably prominent in that doc. Never knew he played that solo in ‘Main Street’ either. Good stuff.
2016 has been a rough one in that respect, for sure.
Not a fan but he was a tremendous musician. Condolences to his family and friends.
Good stuff. Was too bad when they relocated to Oklahoma City.
Yeah, although it was a little weird for me watching it after his death.