Jeff Beck

Roger Taylor plays with Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck and Lulu

Queen drummer Roger Taylor played at the Wintershall Estate in Bramley, Surrey on the weekend and rolled out a few classics with some good mates like Ronnie Wood, Jeff Beck and Lulu.

Taylor performed ‘Radio Gaga’, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ and ‘A Kind Of Magic’.

As a treat, The Stones’ Ronnie Wood joined him for the Hendrix song ‘Voodoo Chile’. Jeff Beck got up and though in another Hendrix song ‘Manic Depression’ then Roger joined Lulu later in the show for ‘Shout’.

According to Roger Taylor played on:

Roger Taylor

- Radio Gaga
- Heroes
- Fat Bottomed Girls
- Voodoo Chile (with Ronnie Wood)
- A Kind Of Magic

Roger Taylor with Jeff Beck

- Say It’s Not True
- Manic Depression
- People Get Ready
- Nessun Dorma

Roger then played drums with the Band du Lac on the following tracks:

Shout – with Lulu

Nigel Kennedy UK tour dates

Nigel Kennedy UK tour dates

Nigel Kennedy UK tour dates

Following the staggering success of his UK performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 2010, including a stunning, sold out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Nigel Kennedy has announced that he will be returning to the UK this September for an extensive tour of the UK, again performing his exhilarating and unique take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as well as his own brand new composition, the Four Elements.

This marks the world premiere of the Four Elements. Composed for the Orchestra of Life and voices, the Four Elements is a highly descriptive composition, inspired by the elements of earth, water, air and fire, which takes the listener on a journey of exhilaration, contemplation and celebration.

For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best selling classical violinist of all time.

To this day, Kennedy refuses to play by any one set of rules. Over the past decade, as well as recording Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven Mlynarski and Karlowicz, he has laid his personal instrumental stamp on the songs of Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Kate Bush; performed the violin intro to Baba O’Riley on stage with the Who; invited Jeff Beck onto the Prom stage with the NKQ; explored traditional klezmer music with the Polish band, Kroke, and dug deep into the roots of modern jazz on the Blue Note Sessions, an album he recorded in NYC in 2006 with legends Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette.

Following his earlier excursion into the self-penned tracks of the Nigel Kennedy Quintet’s Very Nice Album, Kennedy’s latest album, Shhh!, confirms the maverick status and omnivorous musical taste of one of Britain’s finest and most unpredictable musicians. ‘ am a natural improviser. I can’t just always stand up and follow a score,’ says Kennedy, the virtuoso violinist who has been ploughing his own furrow ever since as a 16 year old student he joined the jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli on stage at the Carnegie Hall ‘ to the alarm of his classical teachers at the Juilliard School. Shhh! Was recorded at one of rock’s fabled residential country studios, Rockfield, in South Wales with the NKQ, which is made up of the finest jazz musicians Poland has to offer: Tomasz Grzegorski (tenor sax, soprano sax & bass clarinet); Piotr Wylezol (piano & Hammond); Adam “Szabas” Kowalewski (contrabass & electric bass) and Krzysztof Dziedzic (drums).

Now dividing his time between homes in London and Krakow, where he lives with his Polish-born wife of 10 years, Agnieszka, Kennedy has never felt more free to pursue his boundary-free musical objectives. ”m enjoying my music much more than ever as I’m playing exactly what I want – it’s become a deeper experience and enjoyment for me, savouring the moment more, not thinking about the future or the past but thinking about now.’

Nigel says “I couldn’t be happier to be bringing my new orchestra back to the UK for these dates with the Four Seasons and my new work – they are brilliant young players at the top of their form.”

September 2011

Sunday 11 Oxford New Theatre
Monday 12 Cardiff St David’s Hall
Wednesday 14 Bristol Colston Hall
Thursday 15 Brighton Dome
Saturday 17 London Barbican
Monday 19 Glasgow Clyde
Tuesday 20 Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 22 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Friday 23 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Sharon Corr to perform with Jeff Beck at Royal Albert Hall

Sharon Corr to perform with Jeff Beck at Royal Albert Hall

Sharon Corr to perform with Jeff Beck at Royal Albert Hall

Sharon Corr to perform with Jeff Beck at Royal Albert Hall. Fresh from releasing her debut album Dream of You, Sharon Corr is set to take to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall to perform with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. The Irish singer and violinist will join the former Yardbird at his concerts on 26th and 27th October. The duet, which translates as Women of Ireland, features on Corr’s debut album and came about after the two met at one of Jeff Beck’s concerts. Sharon says: ‘ am delighted to be teaming up with the Jeff once again. We had such an amazing time working together so I am extremely thankful for the invitation to join him on stage at such an incredible venue.’ Sharon Corr first found mainstream success in the 90s with her band The Corrs. The act racked up a string of number one singles and albums and sold out stadiums across the globe as well as winning the coveted Best International Act at the BRIT Awards. Dream of You is Sharon Corr’s debut album following the hiatus of The Corrs. The album features fuses traditional Irish folk with melodic pop and features Sharon’s distinctive vocal and beautiful violin artistry. The album features the single Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime. Dream of You is available now through Rhino.

Jedward & The Yardbirds rev up for hiistoric Silverstone classic festival

Jedward & The Yardbirds

Jedward & The Yardbirds

Jedward & The Yardbirds rev up for hiistoric Silverstone classic festival. The world’s biggest and highly revered classic car racing festival; The Silverstone Classic, will have an extra high-topped twist this year, as the 2010 event once again doubles-up as a grand scale music festival over two of its three days. The Silverstone Classic will continue its recent tradition of offering the best in past and present musical entertainment, presenting two major concerts on its Friday and Saturday evenings. To compliment the classic feel of the weekend, on Friday night Silverstone’s resident petrol heads will be geared-up to rock the evening away to the familiar guitar licks of prestigious heritage bands, The Yardbirds and Dr Feelgood. Then, on Saturday evening, the revelry comes bang up to date with X Factor favourites Jedward bringing their unique vertically inclined show to the main stage. They will be supported by sets from other successful popular acts of the 2009 and 2008 series; Danyl Johnson and Ruth Lorenzo. Also performing will be the Rick Parfitt Jnr. Rock Band. Rick junior has rocking and racing in his ripped genes; he’s the son of legendary Status Quo member Rick senior and is himself an accomplished racer. As a limited special offer, event organisers have made family tickets for Saturday’s hair-raising fiesta available for just £60!! (Family of four). This price includes access to the final two hours of the day’s racing and then to the music event itself. Enter the code: SC10FAM1 when ordering tickets online at “The live music is now a very important part of the Silverstone Classic” – says event producer Paul King. “We want to build a bigger audience year by year and are particularly keen for the bikers to come over the whole weekend, the Friday night line-up will really appeal to them. On Saturday, stars from the X Factor are a great draw and will appeal to the many youngsters and families who attend”. The spectacular three-day Silverstone Classic event is staged at the famous Silverstone circuit, birthplace of the FIA Formula One World Championship and home of the British Grand Prix. The Silverstone Classic features over 1000 drivers racing more than 800 of the world’s finest competition cars spanning the full spectrum of motor sport history. Adding to the rich on-track entertainment, the Silverstone Classic features a vast array of off-track attractions with 6000+ classic cars and bikes on display, hot rod demonstrations, fun fair, parades and live music concerts – guaranteeing a memorable day out for all the family! Admission to both concerts is included in the overall event admission charge.

** Exclusive Family Tickets Special Offer Announced! **

• Silverstone Race Track 23rd ‘ 25th July 2010
• The world’s biggest classic car racing festival
• X Factor stars to perform Saturday night
• Classic bands, The Yardbirds and Dr Feelgood headline Friday
• No extra admission charges

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

Eric Clapton's

Eric Clapton's

Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010.  Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 will be a day-long musical celebration featuring legendary guitarists and artistic collaborations by Eric and his friends including Allman Brothers Band, BB King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, ZZ Top, and more.
The following artists are confirmed to participate in this unique event to benefit Crossroads Centre Antigua: Albert Lee, Allman Brothers Band, BB King, Bert Jansch, Buddy Guy, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Doyle Bramhall II, Earl Klugh, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Hubert Sumlin, James Burton, Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan
Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer, Johnny Winter, Jonny Lang, Keb Mo, Pino Daniele, Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, heryl Crow, Sonny Landreth’ , Stefan Grossman, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, ZZ Top

More festivals to go to: Beijing Pop Festival China, Bergenfest Norway, Bestival England, Byrn Terfel’s Faenol FestivalWales, Coke Live Music Festival Poland, Ireon Music Festival Greece, Live & Loud Malaysia , Pinkpop Netherlands, Rock’n Coke Turkey, Smooth Festival Poland Sunburst KL International Music Festival Malaysia, WesterpopNetherlands, Zelt Musik Festival Germany

Davy Knowles returns to the UK for four shows in April

Davy Knowles returns to the UK for four shows in April

Davy Knowles returns to the UK for four shows in April

Davy Knowles returns to the UK for four shows in April .  Britain’s most enigmatic roots guitarist since the heyday of the Yardbirds, 22-year-old Isle Of Man-born Davy Knowles returns to the UK this April with his band Back Door Slam and his brand new album ‘Coming Up For Air’, which was released in November last year by Blixstreet Records.  Davy Knowles will be playing four dates across the UK taking in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London in support of ‘Coming Up For Air’. The album has received much critical acclaim in the UK over the last couple of months including articles in The Sunday Times Culture, Classic Rock and appearances on BBC Breakfast TV , BBC London and Kerrang radio.  Davy’s last gig in the UK in February this year was to a packed and eager 100 Club that saw Davy perform a truly masterful and mesmerizing set. The Isle of Man native is proving that blues/rock guitar could very well be the next big thing with a style that unites young and old blues followers. The ever-expanding army of Davy Knowles fans will surely agree!

You can catch him at one of the following dates

Sunday 4th April – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Monday 5th April – Night and Day Café, Manchester
Tuesday 6th – 02 Academy, Birmingham
Wednesday 7th – Bush Hall, London

Davy Knowles returns to the UK

Davy Knowles returns to the UK. Britain’s most ferocious roots guitarist since the heyday of the Yardbirds, 22-year-old Isle Of Man-born Davy Knowles returns to the UK with his band Back Door Slam for a special headline gig at The 100 Club on the 9th February and a performance at the Next Big Thing festival on 11th February.

His last London show at the Borderline in October 2009 saw the venue completely packed out with relatively little advance press. For a blues artist, one would expect a mature audience, but Davy’s crowd was completely mixed, with both young girls and blues experts standing in awe of his guitar wizardry. It’s not surprising considering he has spent two years wowing audiences in every state of the US and supporting legends such as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynrd and Chickenfoot.

His debut UK album ‘Coming Up For Air’ was released in November last year by Blixstreet Records and was met with critical acclaim at press, radio, and online. The album was produced by Grammy Award winning guitarist Peter Frampton and features the crème de la crème of musical talent on it such as Fritz Lewak (drums) and Kevin McCormick on bass (Jackson Browne’s rhythm section), respected British singer and Richard Thompson band member Christine Collister on backing vocals, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench on keyboards. The album features 11 brand new studio tracks and one cover of ‘Hear Me Lord’ by George Harrison.

The Isle of Man native is proving that blues/rock guitar could very well be the next big thing with a style that unites young and old blues followers. The ever-expanding army of Davy Knowles fans will surely agree!

London Dates:

9th February – 100 Club, London
11th February – Next Big Thing Festival @ Upstairs at The Relentless Garage

International Songwriting Competition deadline approaches

cansecosThe deadline for the 2009 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is fast approaching. Now is your chance to enter what the NY Times calls “the competition to take note of” with $150,000 (US) in cash and prizes – including $25,000 (US) cash for the grand prize winner alone and the best judges for any songwriting competition in the world. Judges for 2009 include: Kings Of Leon, Tom Waits, Rob Thomas, Jeff Beck, Black Francis (Pixies), Robbie Williams and 7 record label presidents from major and independent records labels. For entry information and a complete list of judges please visit –

Rock Prophecies wins Best Documentary

cheap-trickoldImagine seeing bands like Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones long before they became famous. Legendary Rock photographer Robert Knight did just that, and has the photos to prove it. ROCK PROPHECIES explores Robert’s amazing career and follows him on his quest to help the bands of today become the Rock legends of tomorrow. When Robert stumbles upon Tyler Dow Bryant – a 16-year old guitar phenom from Texas – he’s convinced he may have found the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. Robert risks his reputation and career and takes a chance on Tyler. The two then set off on an unbelievable journey to take their own shot at making history. ROCK PROPHECIES just won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 AFI Dallas Film Festival. It also received the highest combined vote total collected of any film playing at that festival. Dallas’ WFAA-TV film critic Gary Cogill said, “ROCK PROPHECIES is a remarkable film and one of my favorite films at the AFI Dallas Film Festival this year.”  The film features interviews and performances from Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Carlos Santana, Slash, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and Steve Vai, among others, and is an official selection screening in competition at the Nashville Film Festival on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30pm at the Regal Green Hills Theatre. Knight, Bryant and director John Chester will stick around afterwards for a brief Q+A, followed by an after-party at 12th and Porter, with performances by Tyler Dow Bryant and Sick Puppies. A second screening is set for Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30pm at Regal Green Hills. “It’s a true story about having a dream, and how to fulfill that dream,” Knight says of ROCK PROPHECIES. “For that matter, it’s the story of fulfilling other peoples’ dreams, too.” While building relationships with established guitar royalty, Knight has always managed to keep his finger on the cultural pulse, leaping at the opportunity to photograph and promote emerging talent such as blues-rock star Joe Bonamassa, and rising bands Sick Puppies, The Answer and Panic At The Disco. Since Robert became involved, Sick Puppies has scored a hit single and viral video smash with “All the Same” and “Free Hugs,” The Answer has opened for AC/DC’s 2009 world tour, and Panic at the Disco’s debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, has sold 2.2 million copies. A film by John Chester and produced by Tim Kaiser, ROCK PROPHECIES was shot in multiple locations across the U.S. and England. For more information:

Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

metallicaHeavy metal’s heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock’s shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more like a concert than an awards show.  For the first time, the no-holds-barred show, back in Cleveland following a 12-year holdover in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria ballroom, was open to the public. And nearly 5,000 fans partied in the balconies inside renovated Public Auditorium as 1,200 VIPs dined below at tables costing as much $50,000 each.  Many of the came to pay homage to Metallica, which earned top billing in an eclectic 2009 class that included rap pioneers Run-DMC, virtuoso guitarist Jeff Beck, soul singer Bobby Womack and rhythm and blues vocal group Little Anthony and the Imperials.

Metallica’s members have survived some of the dark themes — death, destruction and desolation — that threads through its music, and their induction was a chance to celebrate their legacy as perhaps the hardest band to ever walk the earth. The event also served as a reunion as bassist Jason Newsted, who left the group in 2001, joined his former bandmates on stage for seering versions of “Master of Puppets” and “Enter Sandman.”  “Whatever the intangibles elements are that make a band the best, Metallica has them,” said Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who delivered a heartfelt speech in presenting the band. He recalled being on tour and hearing Metallica on the radio for the first time. “My mind was blown. It wasn’t punk rock. It wasn’t heavy metal. It just stood by itself,” he said. “I didn’t know what it was, but I knew it was a mighty thing.” In accepting their awards, Metallica’s members were joined by Ray Burton, the father of original bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in 1986 when the band’s tour bus skidded off an icy road in Sweden.  “Dream big and dare to fail, because this is living proof that it is possible to make a dream come true,” said frontman-guitaristr James Hetfield, who then rattled off a long list of hard-rocking bands he feels deserve induction. “Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Kiss, Ted Nugent, Iron Maiden, Motorhead. We’d like to invite them through the door,” said Hetfield, who concluded his remarks by wrapping Ulrich in a bear hug.  The evening ended with a jam for the ages as Metallica, Beck, Jimmy Page, Aerosmith’s Joe Tyler and Flea brought the house down with a performance of the Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A Rollin.”

A guitar virtuoso, Beck, who was previously inducted in 1992 with the Yardbirds, was put in for his solo work. Although best known for his rock accomplishments, Beck’s career has wandered a fretboard of genres ranging from blues to jazz to electronica. “Jeff’s style is totally unorthodox to the way anyone was taught,” said Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who presented his longtime friend. “He keeps getting better and better and better.” Beck, wearing all white, was joined on stage by Page, a fellow guitar god, who played bass during a searing rendition of Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”  With two turntables and a microphone, Run-DMC broke down the barriers between rock and rap. With sparse, stripped-down lyrics above pounding beats, the trio of Joseph “DJ Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell changed rap in the 1980s by taking the realities of the streets to the suburbs.

“They broke away from the pack by being the pack,” said rapper Eminem, looking like the band’s lost member by sporting the group’s trademark black fedora and black leather jacket. “They were the baddest of the bad and the coolest of the cool. Run-DMC changed my life.” “There’s three of them and if you grew up with hip hop like I did, they were the Beatles.”  Their remake and collaboration with Aerosmith on the rock band’s “Walk This Way” changed modern music.  “We were young guys with a new music that people thought was a fad, but we knew the culture was a way of life and we just lived it,” McDaniels said. “The music that we made then didn’t just impact friends, it impacted a generation. So I guess that’s what rock and roll does.” Any chance of a Run reunion ended with Mizell’s death in 2002, when he was shot to death outside his studio. His murder remains unsolved.  Mizell’s mother, Connie, accepted the award on his behalf.  “My baby is still doing it for me,” she said.   Simmons cited “so many smart people and so much help” several times during his speech. He also thanked Mrs. Mizell, who allowed the group to set up their equipment in her Hollis, Queens, living room.  “She never told us to turn the music down once,” Simmons said, turning to his late friend’s mom. “I’d like to thank you for that.”  Cleveland’s Womack, the son of a steelworker, is best known for his soulful voice, but he had far greater musical range as a talented songwriter and guitarist. He also branched into gospel, returning to the roots that got him his start with a family group, the Valentinos. He later played guitar for Sam Cooke.

Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones introduced Womack as “the voice that has always killed me. He brings me to tears.” Wood then recalled a night in New York when he and Womack hid as some Hells Angels gang members were roughing up Wilson Pickett. Little Anthony and the Imperials, who began their career singing on street corners in Brooklyn, N.Y., opened the program with a gorgeous medley of hits “Tears on My Pillow,” “Hurt So Bad,” and “I’m Alright.” Many in the crowd mouthed the familiar tracks as lead singer Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine’s falsetto filled the room.

Longtime friend Smokey Robinson presented the doo-wop group, calling their induction “long overdue.” ourdine thanked his music teacher, “wherever you are” during his induction speech. “We’ve been in this now for 50 years, and when we were kids we never imagined in our wildest dreams we’d ever be here,” he said. “Now that it’s here, the one thing we can look at and say is nobody can ever take this away from us.”  Drummer DJ Fontana and the late bassist Bill Black — both of Elvis Presley’s backup band — and keyboardist Spooner Oldham made it in the sidemen category.  Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson was inducted as an early influence. Dubbed the “Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice,” the 71-year-old Jackson got her start as a country singer. She was a flamboyant dresser, and her choice of skirts and high heels rankled some hardcore fans. It was Elvis Presley, whom she toured with the 1950s, who persuaded her to sing rock songs.  “She could really rock and still kept her femininity intact,” said presenter Roseanne Cash. “She’s the prototype for so many of us.”

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