Guitarist – F-BOD http://f-bod.com/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:20:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://f-bod.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/fbod-150x150.png Guitarist – F-BOD http://f-bod.com/ 32 32 The members of Rush and Primus reflect on their crazy jam sessions with instruments they did not know how to play https://f-bod.com/the-members-of-rush-and-primus-reflect-on-their-crazy-jam-sessions-with-instruments-they-did-not-know-how-to-play/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:06:23 +0000 https://f-bod.com/the-members-of-rush-and-primus-reflect-on-their-crazy-jam-sessions-with-instruments-they-did-not-know-how-to-play/ Karan Sing June 23, 2022 – 2:06 pm Rush became one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Known for their dynamic performances, packed touring schedule and consistent virtuosity as a band, they have become proficient at entertaining […]]]>





The members of Rush and Primus reflect on their crazy jam sessions with instruments they did not know how to play







Rush became one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Known for their dynamic performances, packed touring schedule and consistent virtuosity as a band, they have become proficient at entertaining fans as well as themselves.

Guitarist Alex Lifeson recently recalled Rush touring with Primus in the early 90s and how the two bands often played together to pass the time on the road.

“We were doing a sound check at 4:30 p.m. and then Primus would set up and they would do their sound check,” Lifeson says Guitar World. “We would have dinner at 6 and then jam, usually in our dressing room or in a nice, resonant hallway.”

As unbelievable as it may seem now, it’s better that these sessions were never recorded. A strange feature of these gatherings was that the musicians of both bands often used instruments they didn’t know how to play or went further and used objects that weren’t meant to be played at all!

“At one point the deal was that you had to go out and get an instrument that you couldn’t play,” Lifeson added. “I have an accordion and a flute. We all played those instruments that we didn’t know how to play. We actually recorded those jams. I don’t know what happened to those recordings, but we made them everywhere.

According to Q104.3, Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde bought a clarinet for one of the sessions. He told Guitar World that the quality of these jams was childish and chaotic considering he couldn’t even play his chosen instrument. He also recalled that Lifeson used a tortilla as a guitar pick when he decided to play guitar. Primus frontman Les Claypool even remembers seeing the late great Neil Peart “play lockers as his percussion instrument”.

Primus are currently on tour to celebrate Rush with their A Tribute to Kings Tour. They perform Rush’s 1977 A farewell to kings album in its entirety as well as a range of original music.

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Division of Laura Lee guitarist Viktor Lager: “I don’t care how the guitar sounds” https://f-bod.com/division-of-laura-lee-guitarist-viktor-lager-i-dont-care-how-the-guitar-sounds/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 00:20:51 +0000 https://f-bod.com/division-of-laura-lee-guitarist-viktor-lager-i-dont-care-how-the-guitar-sounds/ A famous example is the Led Zeppelin saga. I sincerely doubt that when they first “borrowed” musical themes from their heroes, they imagined that they would soon be the biggest band on the world stage. They were just doing what blues and rock musicians had been doing for ages: playing the sounds they loved, no […]]]>

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Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club presents CHRIS CAIN, 8x-Blues Music Award-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter, on Thursday July 14 at 7:30 p.m. https://f-bod.com/jimmys-jazz-blues-club-presents-chris-cain-8x-blues-music-award-nominated-guitarist-singer-and-songwriter-on-thursday-july-14-at-730-p-m/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:31:59 +0000 https://f-bod.com/jimmys-jazz-blues-club-presents-chris-cain-8x-blues-music-award-nominated-guitarist-singer-and-songwriter-on-thursday-july-14-at-730-p-m/ Chris Cain at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club “Chris’ soulful guitar playing will sound exceptional, backed by Jimmy’s new state-of-the-art production and sound technologies.” PORTSMOUTH, NH (PRWEB) June 20, 2022 Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club presents CHRIS CAIN, 8x-Blues Music Award-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter, on Thursday July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Chris Cain […]]]>

Chris Cain at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club

“Chris’ soulful guitar playing will sound exceptional, backed by Jimmy’s new state-of-the-art production and sound technologies.”

Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club presents CHRIS CAIN, 8x-Blues Music Award-nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter, on Thursday July 14 at 7:30 p.m. Chris Cain is a world-renowned blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, with over three decades of world touring and 15 acclaimed albums.

Chris Cain received 3 nominations at the 2022 Blues Music Awards – “Blues Guitar Player of the Year”; “Contemporary Blues Album of the Year” (Raisin’ Cain); and “Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year”. Cain also received two nominations at the 2021 Blues Music Awards for “Blues Guitar Player of the Year” and “Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year”.

  • “You may have heard hundreds of blues guitarists, but understand that Cain has a unique style that blends jazz and blues with as deep an emotional feel as any player,” says GLIDE MAGAZINE.
  • “Chris Cain is one of the most underrated blues artists. Not just as a guitarist, but as a singer as well,” says BLUES ROCK REVIEW.
  • “Chris Cain is an acclaimed guitarist and vocalist with the maturity of blues masters like Bobby Bland and BB King,” boasts WASHINGTON POST.

Chris Cain’s jazz-inspired blues guitar playing is fiery, emotional and always unpredictable. Her voice – gruff, lively and powerful – adds fuel to the fire. His indelible original songs keep one foot in the blues tradition and both eyes on the future. Both on stage and on albums, the sheer joy Cain brings to his playing and singing is palpable and draws fans even more. Cain has earned his reputation as both a dynamic performer and a musician.

“We are thrilled to have phenomenal blues guitarist Chris Cain performing at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club,” said Suzanne Bresette, General Manager of Programming at Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club. “Chris’ soulful guitar playing will sound exceptional, backed by Jimmy’s new state-of-the-art production and sound technologies.

Tickets for 8x Blues Music Award nominated blues guitarist, singer and songwriter CHRIS CAIN at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club on Thursday July 14 at 7:30pm are available at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club Chris Cain Event Page.

Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club’s 2022 show schedule currently includes 7 NEA Jazz Masters, 37 GRAMMY® Award-winning artists, 34 Blues Music Award winners and a full roster of talented musicians with over 500 GRAMMY® Award nominations among them. Visit Jimmy’s Events Calendar for Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club 2022 show schedule. To subscribe to Jimmy’s eNewsletter to stay informed about new jazz and blues artist announcements, tickets, special offers, Jimmy’s Sunday Jazz Brunch and much more.

ABOUT JIMMY’S JAZZ & BLUES CLUB

Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club’s mission is to provide guests with a unique, world-class experience featuring serious jazz and blues music served with exceptional southern-inspired cuisine. Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club offers a spectacular and visually stunning environment designed to provide the highest quality acoustics while utilizing state-of-the-art production, sound and lighting technologies. Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club is housed in a beautifully restored 1905 building at 135 Congress Street in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For more information, visit http://www.jimmysoncongress.com or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JimmysJazzBlues.

PRIVATE EVENTS AT JIMMY’S JAZZ & BLUES CLUB

An architecturally stunning arts and culture center in the heart of historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club offers a rare and spectacular venue to host important corporate functions, weddings, intimate or large-scale social gatherings, private parties and memorable events. celebrations. The Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club team has poured their hearts into creating a stunning, full-service event space with new, state-of-the-art production, sound and lighting technologies, delivered with experiences exceptional culinary superior level. Our top-notch approach with professional and experienced event staff ensures that everything is designed to exceed your expectations. To start a conversation about hosting your event at Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club, call us at 888-603-5299, email us at events@jimmysoncongress.com or fill out The contact form for Jimmy’s private event.

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Former Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter releases his first solo album, “Speed ​​of Heat” https://f-bod.com/former-steely-dan-doobie-brothers-guitarist-jeff-skunk-baxter-releases-his-first-solo-album-speed-of-heat/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/former-steely-dan-doobie-brothers-guitarist-jeff-skunk-baxter-releases-his-first-solo-album-speed-of-heat/ BMG/Renew registrations Ancient dan of steel and Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter released his first solo album, Heat speedFriday. The 12-track collection features a mix of original tracks and selected covers. Among the latter are versions of classic Steely Dan “My old schooland “Do It Again”, and the 1960 instrumental “Apache” which was popularized […]]]>
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Ancient dan of steel and Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter released his first solo album, Heat speedFriday.

The 12-track collection features a mix of original tracks and selected covers. Among the latter are versions of classic Steely Dan “My old schooland “Do It Again”, and the 1960 instrumental “Apache” which was popularized by The shadows.

The album features Baxter singing on some tracks, along with guest vocalists and musicians, including his former Doobie Brothers bandmate. Michael McDonaldcountry star Wink Black and blues rocker Jonny Lang.

Baxter’s main collaborator on Heat speed was a veteran producer, composer and keyboardist CJ Vanston.

totoit is David Paich contributes keyboards to Jeff’s cover of “My Old School”. Heat speed also includes a song called “My Place in the Sun” which Baxter co-wrote with Vanston and McDonald, and features Michael on vocals. Lang co-writes, sings, and plays guitar on a track called “I Can Do Without,” while Black sings and co-writes the song.”wrong move.”

“It’s something very new to me, having never put the time and energy into creating a solo project before,” said Baxter on Heat speed. “It was very fun and very satisfying to do something for myself, instead of being a hitman (it’s not that I don’t like working in the studio, producing and performing live with other people. That will never change!).”

Meanwhile, Baxter plans to announce a West Coast tour soon in support of the album.

Here is the complete Heat speed track list:

“Ladies from Hell”
“My old school”
“Juliet”
“I can do without”
“Do it again”
“Apache”
“My place in the sun”
“The Rose”
“Bad Move”
“Giselé”
“Insecure”
“Heat Speed”

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Blues Singer and Guitarist Larry McCray to Join Coltrane JazzFest Lineup | Music https://f-bod.com/blues-singer-and-guitarist-larry-mccray-to-join-coltrane-jazzfest-lineup-music/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 16:15:00 +0000 https://f-bod.com/blues-singer-and-guitarist-larry-mccray-to-join-coltrane-jazzfest-lineup-music/ Staff report HIGH POINT — Blues singer and guitarist Larry McCray will join the September 4 lineup for the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. The festival will take place September 3 and 4 – the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend – at Oak Hollow Festival Park, 1841 Eastchester Drive in High […]]]>

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HIGH POINT — Blues singer and guitarist Larry McCray will join the September 4 lineup for the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival.

The festival will take place September 3 and 4 – the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend – at Oak Hollow Festival Park, 1841 Eastchester Drive in High Point.

The festival lineup now includes trumpeter Chris Botti, jazz bass virtuoso and recent Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, and two-time Grammy Award winner and “godmother of soul” Patti LaBelle.

They will be joined by Marion Meadow, Gerald Veasley, Jessy J, Karyn White, Poogie Bell, Alex Bugnon, Cindy Blackman Santana, Kirk Whalum and Keiko Matsui.

The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival honors Coltrane, a High Point native who graduated from William Penn High School, now Penn-Griffin School for the Arts.

Ticket information and festival details are available at coltranejazzfest.com.

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Known for his vocal and guitar style, McCray is one of the last great blues screamers – one who can sing without vocal amplification in the spirit of BB King, Luther Allison and Little Milton.

McCray worked on a General Motors assembly line while developing his music and playing clubs across Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan.

He released his first album, “Ambition”, in 1990, for which he is credited with creating a contemporary blues sound by fusing elements of blues, rock and soul. He followed this with the 1993 release of “Delta Hurricane”. Both albums received critical acclaim.

Throughout the 90s, Larry McCray continued to help define blues rock by collaborating with artists such as labelmate Point Blank Records and fellow guitarist Albert Collins.

The industry has taken notice.

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Former WASP guitarist CHRIS HOLMES lost 40 pounds while undergoing radiation therapy in his battle with cancer https://f-bod.com/former-wasp-guitarist-chris-holmes-lost-40-pounds-while-undergoing-radiation-therapy-in-his-battle-with-cancer/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 23:03:08 +0000 https://f-bod.com/former-wasp-guitarist-chris-holmes-lost-40-pounds-while-undergoing-radiation-therapy-in-his-battle-with-cancer/ Ancient WASP guitarist Chris Holmes recently completed seven weeks of radiation therapy in his battle with throat and neck cancer. Earlier today (Tuesday, June 14), the 63-year-old musician shared a video update on his health, saying, “I finished my last radiotherapy at the end of April — I had seven weeks if that… My health, […]]]>

Ancient WASP guitarist Chris Holmes recently completed seven weeks of radiation therapy in his battle with throat and neck cancer. Earlier today (Tuesday, June 14), the 63-year-old musician shared a video update on his health, saying, “I finished my last radiotherapy at the end of April — I had seven weeks if that… My health, as it’s June right now, I can walk around the block, I don’t have much energy, I lost a lot of weight – I lost probably 40, 35 pounds – I’m not really sure I can’t eat, because everything still tastes like crap – it burned all my taste buds, I still have a sore throat.

“I’m getting better and better,” he continued. “When I plan to tour [again] in September, I don’t know if I’ll be 100 percent; I may be eighty years old, but I’m still going to go out and tour, because I haven’t played for a long time. I will try my best. I’ll play 100 percent — I’ll put 100 percent into my game. I’m just talking about entertainment. It depends on whether I’m eating enough or not.”

Holmes joined WASP in 1982 and remained with the group until 1990. In 1996, the guitarist returned WASP and remained with the band until 2001. Chris did not play with WASP since.

Last year, Holmes Told SiriusXMit is “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” this WASP was “one band, one band” on the debut LP. “And after that, the second album, it wasn’t a band, it was a one-man show,” he said. “And it’s been a one-man show ever since. That’s how it is. Look at the records. That’s how it is in this band.

WASP I never played gigs before I was in the band, so where does a band start – when they record or when they do their first gig?” he continued. “I arrived before the first gig , and it was ‘one for all, all for one.’ But then when the money came in and fame, people changed – they change really badly. And I never changed. I don’t change. I didn’t change my way of thinking, my way of being. I will not change. I am what I am.

“During the [making of the] second [album]I was told that the manager wanted to use Blackit is [Lawless, W.A.S.P. frontman] image [on the cover]what the director didn’t tell me — Black told me that.”

According Chrishim, guitarist Randy Piperdrummer Tony Richard and Black were all part of WASP initial management contract, but Black was the only one to have signed with the label. “Everyone thinks we [all] signed to the label, but it wasn’t [like that]”, Holmes Told “Tron-Nation”.

“I never heard of the company until about 10 years ago,” he explained. “How do you find out about the company? You have to be there with the manager and all that, so I was always kept out of that… I trusted somebody, and [I found out later that he was] stick a knife in my back. I only discovered it in 2010 or 2011.

“Once [W.A.S.P.] became [all about] a person, [my attitude was] ‘Hey, I’ll just do my thing, and leave it alone. I’ll play my guitar.'”

Despite the fact that he only got songwriting credit on a few songs from each of the first four WASP recordings, Holmes was adamant that his contribution was essential to the band’s overall sound.

“If I had stopped after the first album, the way I play guitar, the way I play is really important to writing these songs,” he said. “Tron-Nation”.

“If I hadn’t joined in the beginning, it would never have worked. Black told me that the first day, when he came and told me about playing in WASP He says: ‘I have this group. It won’t work unless you’re into it. He said it to my face.”

In October 2020, Chris says he would never consider going back WASP unless Without faith or law agreed to pay him the publishing royalties he owed him. He said in Canada The voice of metal“A lot of people think I made money with WASP I never touched my royalties, nor even my compositions. Everything I’ve written, I’ve never been paid a penny. And you know whose fault it is? It’s my fault if I don’t know the company, how it is. I trusted someone.

“After each album, when the album is done, how they split the publishing with the publishing deals, the publishing houses – that’s where the money comes from,” he continued. . “I was never told when this meeting took place. Because the other guys in the band never wrote – I was the only one [other than Blackie]. So I’m the only one they have to screw up to get the whole post. So they never told me. Then when I dug into it around 2006 or [2007]I went in Sanctuary Music, brought in a lawyer to find out where all my posts are, and I was listed as a session player in all records. And if you don’t know, and you aren’t told, and you don’t see, you don’t know. So I trusted lawless blackie about that. And when I found out, it really hurt me. It hurts me – it makes me see that he was sticking a knife in my back from day one, from the first album, and he didn’t tell me, and he was my best friend.”

Last February, Without faith or law beaten down Holmesthe claim that the guitarist was “screwed” to receive royalties on the WASP albums he played on. Without faith or law discussed Holmeshis tenure with WASP in an interview with “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk”. Please respond to Holmesthe affirmation of in Christhe recently released documentary “Mean Man: The Chris Holmes Story” that he was financially exploited during his time in the band, Without faith or law said, “I don’t really know much about…I spoke to [former W.A.S.P. guitarist] Randy Piper Few years ago. I don’t really know what’s going on with the rest of the guys. And I don’t know exactly what you’re talking about Chris not to be paid.

Chris, at two different points in his musical career, received settlements from this group; he signed documents as such, ” Black Explain. “And he was paid pretty well.

“I didn’t see what you’re talking about. The answer I’m giving you now is based on what you just told me.”

The WASP the leader went on to confirm that he had not seen Chris‘s documentary and was again asked about Holmes‘s claims there’s money and songwriting credits he didn’t receive that are owed to him. Without faith or law just say, “That’s not true.”

At a press conference in November 2017 in Moscow, Russia, Without faith or law he was asked what he would say to those WASP fans who continue to call for the band to reunite Holmes. He replied, “People get divorced for certain reasons, and there are times when the kids want the parents to get back together, but sometimes that never happens. And that’s one of those [times]. Sorry.”

Update video message from Chris 6/14/22

We apologize for leaving you so long without any updates. There is no excuse after all the love you all share with us and with Chris. But people who have had to deal with cancer within their families, know the ups and downs of every day, it is not always easy to come out of the shell of the disease and talk about it, even if we all love you .

Chris decided tonight in addition to a simple post to make a video for all of you, to thank you for all your support by messages as well as financially with the gofundme page, it helped us a lot. I don’t know if you can imagine how words and a smile can nourish hearts and give strength.

In the video, you’ll notice Chris spitting. This is due to his salivary glands producing extra saliva to counter the burn after the radiation. The nutritionist said today that could happen over the next few months.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all who during this difficult journey keep their hands in ours.

Chris and Cathy Sarah Holmes

posted by Chris Holmes and the Wicked Men Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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What was the real name of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell? https://f-bod.com/what-was-the-real-name-of-pantera-guitarist-dimebag-darrell/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 03:39:08 +0000 https://f-bod.com/what-was-the-real-name-of-pantera-guitarist-dimebag-darrell/ Dimebag Darrell was a legend in rock, metal and cannabis history. But the music world mourned the Pantera guitarist’s death after an angry fan murdered the rocker while performing on stage in 2004. One of the many questions people still ask is know what Dimebag Darrel’s real name was? Get to know the man behind […]]]>

Dimebag Darrell was a legend in rock, metal and cannabis history. But the music world mourned the Pantera guitarist’s death after an angry fan murdered the rocker while performing on stage in 2004. One of the many questions people still ask is know what Dimebag Darrel’s real name was? Get to know the man behind the nickname.

Dimebag Darrell with Pantera in August 2000 | Paul Natkin/Getty Images

Dimebag Darrell came by musical talent naturally. Born to parents in the country music industry, Darrell and his brother Vincent (aka Vinnie Paul) are landmarks in rock and metal, but few know of their humble beginnings.

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Meat Loaf guitarist Paul Crook recalls Ohio kicking off ‘Bat Out of Hell’, producing his final album as Neverland Express continues https://f-bod.com/meat-loaf-guitarist-paul-crook-recalls-ohio-kicking-off-bat-out-of-hell-producing-his-final-album-as-neverland-express-continues/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 22:45:34 +0000 https://f-bod.com/meat-loaf-guitarist-paul-crook-recalls-ohio-kicking-off-bat-out-of-hell-producing-his-final-album-as-neverland-express-continues/ Meat Loaf guitarist Paul Crook recalls Ohio kicking off ‘Bat Out of Hell’, producing his final album as Neverland Express continues By: Ian Saint Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2022 < < Back to “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums in world history. Led by Meat Loaf and backed by the […]]]>

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“Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums in world history. Led by Meat Loaf and backed by the band Neverland Express, Jim Steinman’s magnum opus was rejected by dozens of record labels…until an independent Ohio label, Cleveland International Records – run by Steve Popovich in Willoughby – took a bet against industry bettors. .

45 years later, the Neverland Express returns to Ohio and will perform the album “Bat Out of Hell” from start to finish – as well as excerpts from “Bat Out of Hell II“, which includes “I’d Do Anything for Love,” another industry challenger who rose to No. 1 during the height of grunge and Meat Loaf at the age of 46.

After Meat Loaf’s health issues caused his tour to end abruptly in 2016, he gave the Neverland Express his blessing to continue touring with 2014 American Idol winner Caleb Johnson, who took care of the voice until Meat Loaf felt strong enough to join them.

Ian Saint of WOUB PBS had the opportunity to speak extensively with Meat Loaf’s lead guitarist of over 20 years, Paul Crook, on a wide variety of topics in addition to their upcoming shows in Ohio, including:

  • the stories every Neverland Express member had with Meat Loaf
  • that infamous 2016 concert in Edmonton, Canada, where Meat Loaf collapsed at the end of his set; and how he gave his blessing to the Neverland Express to continue his recovery
  • the importance of Ohio and Cleveland International Records in launching Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman – and what a passage from Bat out of hell convinced Steve Popovich to sign them
  • which further caused Meat Loaf to beat (pun intended) about the Bat out of hell record four decades (and 40 million copies) later
  • Paul producing the latest album for Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman, braver than us; and the immense difficulties in warding off what concluded their triumphant swan song, despite their considerable physical health problems
  • witness the reconciliation between Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman as they struggled with their mortality and the heat of their later years despite enduring long periods of bitter lawsuits

Click Play on the YouTube video embedded below the title to stream the entire segment on demand.

BAT: The Official Meatloaf Celebration returns the legacies of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman to Ohio in two regions. They play the Robins Theater in Warren (160 E. Market St.) on Friday, June 10; and the People’s Bank Theater in Marietta (222 Putnam St.) on Saturday, June 11. For tickets and the full itinerary for the Neverland Express tour, visit their official website batexperience.com.

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Berkeley guitarist Will Bernard can’t shake the funk https://f-bod.com/berkeley-guitarist-will-bernard-cant-shake-the-funk/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 17:34:30 +0000 https://f-bod.com/berkeley-guitarist-will-bernard-cant-shake-the-funk/ Will Bernard. Courtesy of Kuumbwa Jazz Although Mike Clark only spent a few years touring and recording with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, the oft-sampled drummer is indelibly linked to this 1970s funk fusion band. hard-swinging player in the mold of Philly Joe Jones, who propelled trumpeter Miles Davis’ 1950s quintet, doesn’t make much of a difference. […]]]>
Will Bernard. Courtesy of Kuumbwa Jazz

Although Mike Clark only spent a few years touring and recording with Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, the oft-sampled drummer is indelibly linked to this 1970s funk fusion band. hard-swinging player in the mold of Philly Joe Jones, who propelled trumpeter Miles Davis’ 1950s quintet, doesn’t make much of a difference. He can’t shake the funk.

Berkeley-raised guitarist Will Bernard knows that feeling. It’s not just that he’s played a lot with Clark in various settings. Despite a resume that encompasses French klezmer and café music, silent film scores, direct jazz, and contemporary classical composition, Bernard is inextricably tied to a groove-centric sound. Honestly, it’s his fault, because his funk releases always deliver a memorable dose of fat. Splitting his time between Brooklyn and Berkeley for the past few years, he’s back in town for a pandemic-delayed tour celebrating his 2020 release from Ropeadope Records. Independent Subversivesstarting Thursday at Freight & Salvage.

“It’s the first all-funk oriented album I’ve done in a decade and I wanted to go all out and make a real funky record,” said Bernard, who graduated from Berkeley High in 1977 and earned a composition degree from . ‘UC Berkeley. “It’s funny because I released three albums on Posi-tone before that which are much more in the jazz realm, but people still associate me with funk.”

His upcoming dates will do nothing to dilute that impression. At Freight, he’s joined by a bicoastal team that includes East Bay electric bassist Victor Little and Berkeley percussionist Josh Jones, a close collaborator of Bernard for more than three decades, dating back to their days as partners in the rhythm section of Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics ensemble. From New York, he imports keyboardist Eric Finland and drummer Eric Kalb, “who was one of the first guys I met when I moved here,” Bernard said, referring to his move to Brooklyn. in 2007.

Best known as a founding member of funk rock band Deep Banana Blackout, he also toured and recorded with jazz guitar icon John Scofield and Berkeley-raised seven-string guitar ace Charlie Hunter. “We’re pretty close friends and I wanted to make a record with him since we’ve been playing together for so long,” Bernard said. “He’s a great funk drummer, and I wanted to tailor the music to what he does best.”

Bernard is also performing with the quintet Freelance Subversives on June 14 at Lytton Square in Palo Alto and July 16 in Santa Cruz Kuumbwa Jazz Center (with Adam Klipple taking the keyboard chair). After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Bernard has once again become a regular presence at Bay Area bandstands. In recent months he has performed at the California Jazz Conservatory with Berkeley clarinetist Ben Goldberg’s Glamorous Escapes and at Bird & Beckett Books and Records in his long duo project with clarinetist Beth Custer.

And in a blast from the past, Bernard, John Schott and Scott Amendola, three-quarters of the Grammy-nominated band TJ Kirk of the 1990s, reunited at the Ivy Room in Damn Skippy! a bewitching quintet with bassist Todd Sickafoose and violinist Jenny Scheinman.

He doesn’t just cover a lot of musical ground in concert. His Freelance Subversives tour coincides with the release of his new album pond life, an extensive jazz trio session with bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Ches Smith (joined on a few tracks by saxophonist Tim Berne and keyboardist John Medeski). If there’s a common thread running through all the different projects, it’s Bernard’s dedication to composition.

Before he began to make a name for himself in the Bay Area music scene, he was a self-proclaimed “classic nerd” who studied with Andrew Imbrie at Cal. He put jazz and other musical styles on hold while delving into the harmonically dense thickets of contemporary music, even though he felt he “never quite fit in”. Instead of pursuing higher education, he began working in the region, supporting himself largely in a series of decidedly non-Top 40 alliances.

“I had a Persian/Armenian wedding concert which helped,” he said. “And I was in a klezmer band, Hotzeplotz, with Ben Goldberg, Dan Seamans, and first Kaila Flexer on violin and then Irene Sazer. Kenny Wollesen was the drummer and he was about 20 years old.

A passionate Francophile, he has also given wedding and coffee concerts with accordionist Odile Lavaut’s Baguette Quartette. “Those were my bread and butter gigs,” he said. As the Bay Area’s multifaceted acid jazz scene took off in the early 1990s, Bernard was in the thick of the action, playing in more than a dozen bands. But it wasn’t until Charlie Hunter assembled the unusual three-guitar and drum combo TJ Kirk that his name began to spread beyond the Bay Area. With a nickname assembled from the names of composers played by TJK – Thelonious Monk, James Brown and Rahsaan Roland Kirk – the band took a break when Bernard slipped a tape to Berkeley producer Lee Townsend, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. has been looking to use his songwriting skills in different ways ever since.

Speaking of Yellowjackets, Will Bernard’s bandmate at Berkeley High, Peck Allmond, just released a new album on Eastlawn Records, Live at Yoshi’s in 1994, which features trumpeter and tenor saxophonist with the late great pianist Ed Kelly, bassist John Wiitala and another beloved and deceased musician, drummer Bud Spangler. Focusing on classic modern jazz tunes and standards, it’s a loose and energetic session that captures Kelly’s muscular accompaniment. They are joined by special guest tenor saxophonist Kenny Brooks on an energetic version of “Softly, As In a Morning Sunrise”.

Venezuelan-born, Emeryville-based piano maestro Edward Simon, the current oldest member of the SFJAZZ collective, returns to Transport and Rescue June 10 with Steel House, his exquisite collective trio with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade (the band also play Kuumbwa on June 9). Simon just came out Live Solo, an unpublished document of his Piedmont Piano Company concert celebrating his 50th anniversary in 2019. In Steel House, he could not be better accompanied. Individually, over the past three decades, Colley and Blade have been two of the most sought after and recorded jazz musicians. Together they have an extraordinary relationship which also showed in Joshua Redman’s quartet, Still Dreaming.

A Berkeley resident since 1996, Los Angeles native Andrew Gilbert is a longtime arts and culture journalist who has been contributing to Berkeleyside since 2011.

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Johnny Depp collaborates with guitarist Jeff Beck for a new album https://f-bod.com/johnny-depp-collaborates-with-guitarist-jeff-beck-for-a-new-album/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 04:20:29 +0000 https://f-bod.com/johnny-depp-collaborates-with-guitarist-jeff-beck-for-a-new-album/ Popular American actor Johnny Depp, who won the libel legal battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday, returned to action, collaborating with guitar legend Jeff Beck on a musical twist for his upcoming career change. According to Deadline, Jeff had revealed that he and his best friend Johnny would be releasing an album together […]]]>

Popular American actor Johnny Depp, who won the libel legal battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard on Wednesday, returned to action, collaborating with guitar legend Jeff Beck on a musical twist for his upcoming career change.

According to Deadline, Jeff had revealed that he and his best friend Johnny would be releasing an album together the following month. Previously, Depp and Jeff collaborated on a cover of John Lenon’s song “Isolation.”

Just one night after making a surprise appearance on the Jeff Beck Show, Hollywood star Johnny Depp has once again joined the guitar legend on stage, this time at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Speaking to the crowd, Jeff, mentioning Johnny, said: “I met this guy five years ago and we’ve never stopped laughing since. We actually made an album. I don’t know how it happened. It will be released in July.

“The duo were also spotted in a Newcastle pub after Johnny won. Musician Sam Fender also joined them, Deadline reported. On Wednesday, Johnny won a high-profile libel case between him and his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

The jury awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages. Amber Heard also won part of her libel case against Johnny Depp over articles in a private newspaper, in which Johnny Depp’s former lawyer described her domestic violence allegations as a hoax.

The jury awarded Amber Heard $2 million in damages.

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After several years of dating, Depp and Heard tied the knot in a very private ceremony at their Los Angeles home in 2015. On May 23, 2016, Heard filed for divorce from Depp and was granted a temporary restraining order against the Oscar-nominated actor. She alleged Depp physically assaulted her during their relationship and said it was usually under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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