Archive for October, 2013

Geddy Lee must be one of my favorite musicians of all time.

Rush is one of my favorite bands of all time, thus, to hear of news related to Rush’s latest album Clockwork Angels and the DVD of its tour is enough to put me on the edge of my seat: I know it’s going to be worth it.

Rolling Stone mag had a feature covering the new album and DVD just a week ago.

According to the publication, the tour was unique for Rush fans because they managed to bring additional musicians onto the stage. Because the new album used a full string section during its recording, the band wanted to bring the same feel to the stage and boy did they manage to do it!

The band played some famous tunes from the 80s during the tour, which was also a surprise to some.

The DVD and CD combo will be available for all of us common folk on November 19th and I can’t wait to put my hands on it. Here’s a preview clip of the band playing “The Garden”:

Cream, the English rock group has influenced several generations. It wasn’t only the band that made Eric Clapton famous, it was also the band that helped to bring the spotlight over one of the most high-profile bass players of his generation.

You might not like his style but Jack Bruce was an essential figure at the time and one of the main reasons why the Cream trio was so heavily influenced by blues. But before he was a member of Cream, he was a member of the Graham Bond Organisation, which was mainly a jazz/blues group. Ginger Baker, Cream’s drummer, was also part of the group.

The magazine Bass Player decided to look into “Big Boss Man” to explore Bruce’s style.

And here’s the band playing Hoochie Coochie Man:

 

It has come to my attention recently that Keith “Sabu” Crier, the bass player for the popular disco band GQ (the guys who made it in the 70s with the song Disco Night) has unfortunately died.

He was 58-years-old at the time of his death. The reasons behind the occurrence that led to his death were not disclosed. It’s always very sad to learn that a great musician has left us so soon.

Here’s Keith “Sabu” Crier with GQ:

It isn’t often that you learn of someone attempting to provoke an audience by not knowing how to play an instrument while pretending to be able to play, but it’s even less frequent to learn of someone that provoked an audience by not even pretending at all to play their instrument while reportedly ATTEMPTING to pretend to play!

Wait, what?

Yeah. A model in Poland reportedly played pretend as a guitar player but was so bad at it (or poorly instructed on how to behave) she simply held on to a guitar that was upside down the entire time.

How about that for a good laugh at the beginning of your week, huh? I dig it.

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Everybody’s favorite grunge band will never stop bringing fans of all walks of life together. Eery bit of news story regarding Nirvana is enough to make people stop anything they are doing to learn more of what it’s all about.

Kurt Cobain’s spell is never going to be easy to break.

Recently, Nirvana’s bass player Krist Novoselic was interviewed about the late Cobain’s somewhat strange lyrics and their meanings. According to Novoselic, he believes that Cobain’s lyrics were always open, meaning they didn’t have to be interpreted in a particular way.

According to the bass player “there is imagery on [Nirvana’s third and final album, ‘In Utero’] that I would never express to people.” During the interview with Rolling Stone mag, Novoselic said about Nirvana’s lyrics “we’re each entitled to our own interpretations. But none of them are the definitive one. He’s the only one who can give that — and he’s gone.  And he never gave one while he was alive.”

Cobain’s art was also somewhat strange and difficult to interpret. Some even thought his art to be disturbing. During the interview, Novoselic also talked about the type of art Cobain was into and how some of the stuff he did for In Utero resembled “creepy dolls.”

You can read more on this interview by clicking here.

Wildphyr live!

Posted: October 16, 2013 in Music
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One of the bands I have the pleasure to be part of will be playing live at King King on the 17th of November.

To warm up for the show, I’m leaving you guys with a little video of a show we played recently. Hope you dig it.

Have yourself a wonderful Wednesday!

We never miss an opportunity to pay homage to the one and only Jaco Pastorius.

When most of the most easily recognizable musicians are often the guitar player or the vocalists, few bass players get the place in the sun some of them righteously deserve. Jaco is one of the few who got to become a well-respected musician on his own.

Pastorius suffered from bipolar disorder through his life and might have had a different end to his story if more attentive of his illness but when it comes to talent, dedication and passion for his instrument, however, there are few who can compare.

If you have an hour and a half to spare and you are passionate about BASS playing, check out this video of Jaco teaching lessons on modern electric basses and experience what one commenter described as a “bass humiliation”!

Enjoy!