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By Dave Price This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore At age 75, he may need some assistance from a cane and the strong left arm of a loving wife to get from the dressing room to the backstage area. But once he hears the music and strides onto that stage he prowls. He growls. […]
By Steve Newton
Hardcore fans of Stephen King are aware that he used the pen name Richard Bachman for a number of his early novels because he was a huge fan of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
But not many BTO fans know that the band’s founding guitarist, Randy Bachman, once went looking for King in the horror icon’s own backyard.
I rediscovered this fact today when I came across some quotes from an interview I did with Bachman back in 2009.
“I was pretty amazed that he chose that as a pseudonym for his earlier stuff,” Bachman explained. “He also had a [movie] called Maximum Overdrive, and I thought ‘Holy cow, it’s like he’s trading on the name.’
“So I tried to meet him a few times,” added Bachman. “I was up where he lives in Maine, and I went to his little cottage, but he just wasn’t there. I really wanted…
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By Steve Newton
The man often looked to as the originator of rock ‘n’ roll, Chuck Berry, died today at the age of 90.
The singer-songwriter and guitar legend–best known for deathless rock numbers like “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybelline”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Memphis”, and “Nadine”–died this afternoon, St. Charles County Police Department confirmed. The cause of death was not revealed.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had his first #1 hit in the U.S. in 1955 with “Maybelline”, which was adapted from the 1938 Western Swing fiddle tune “Ida Red,” by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. It was released as a single–with “Wee Wee Hours” as the B-side–by Chess Records, which became synonymous for Berry’s best-known songs in the fifties and ’60s.
Among the honours Berry has received over the years are a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he was awarded in 1984, and early induction into the Rock and…
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Brian May Breaks It Down
While recording a documentary on the making of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” guitarist Brian May brought the tape containing the original recording of the song to the studio, and played footage from the raw recording of the track. It was one of the first times fans got to hear the song broken down into its first inception without all of the production surrounding it.
The recording contains footage of Freddie Mercury’s piano track, Brian’s guitar solo,Roger Taylor’s drum track and John Deacon’s bass recording in their rawest forms. In addition, it also contains all of the vocal tracks the band recorded, as the song is broken down by Brian layer by layer.
It’s an exclusive look into one of music’s all-time treasures! To hear the song’s layers stripped down individually is an absolute treat, and will give you a whole new perspective on the track. Brian also delves into how every member of the band was exceptional on this track, and how incredible of a pianist Freddie actually was. Freddie is more than praised for his voice, but his skill on the piano sometimes gets way overlooked!
Watch the amazing video for yourself down below! We’ve created a timestamp that will take you to May playing the first of the tracks, but we will warn you that the video is a tad long. But, we encourage you to watch the whole thing, it’s worth it!