Remembering “Randy Rhoads” the most beloved neo-classical metal performer ever!!

Randall William “Randy” Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982), the lead guitarist for heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne. More »

1977 CONVAIR CV300 CRASH

Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd were all killed when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket on 20th Oct 1977. More »

10 Mistakes Every Beginner Guitarist Makes

Ten common mistakes we compiled to point out some potential stumbling blocks. Trying to avoid them will effectively improve your playing ability. More »

Something by George Harrison from Abbey Road

Something was featured on the album Abbey Road, and was also the first song written by George Harrison to appear on the A-side of a Beatles single. More »

 

Radiohead’s new album update!

Radiohead band are thought to have been working on their follow-up to 2011’s ‘The King of Limbs. Drummer Philip Selway has confirmed that the band are back in the studio. As per NME Selway has stated that work on the album will become a “full schedule” for the group’s members from September 2015. “We’ve got quite a busy autumn coming up,” Selway said. “We want to finish a record and that’s where we’re at. We’re just launching ourselves into it.” He also hinted about possible outside collaborations: “For so long we kind of played exclusively with each other and that takes you so far, so I suppose from album to album you try to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.”

Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985.They released their debut single “Creep” in 1992. It became a worldwide hit after the release of the band’s debut album, Pablo Honey (1993). Their popularity rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995). Radiohead’s third album, OK Computer (1997), propelled them to international fame; featuring an expansive sound and themes of modern alienation, OK Computer is often acclaimed as one of the landmark records of the 1990s and one of the best albums of all time.

The Thrill is Gone: King of Blues BB King passed away at 89

Riley B. King the legendary blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist known by his stage name B.B. King passed away on 14th May 2015 in Las Vegas. King introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed. He was considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname “The King of the Blues“, and one of the “Three Kings of the Blues Guitar” (along with Albert King and Freddie King). Ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”, King was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average, 342 shows alone in 1956.

For most of a career spanning nearly 70 years, Riley B. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues and recorded more than 50 albums and toured the world well into his 80s. King married country blues to big city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions playing a Gibson guitar he affectionately called Lucille. He was known for his signature sound that included beautiful solo runs punctuated by loud chords, shimmering vibratos and bent notes. His style was unusual. King didn’t like to sing and play at the same time, so he developed a call-and-response between him and Lucille. “I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions,” Mr. King said in his autobiography, “Blues All Around Me” (1996), written with David Ritz. The Mississippi native’s reign as “king of the blues” lasted more than six decades and two centuries. His playing style influenced a generation of rock and blues musicians, from Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.

King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, gave a guitar to Pope John Paul II and had President Barack Obama sing along to his “Sweet Home Chicago.” Other Grammys included best male rhythm `n’ blues performance in 1971 for “The Thrill Is Gone,” best ethnic or traditional recording in 1982 for “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” and best traditional blues recording or album several times. His final Grammy came in 2009 for best blues album for “One Kind Favor.”

Mr. King struggled with a weight problem and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the 1980s. In later years, his condition forced him to perform in a chair. After the cancellation of the remaining eight shows of his 2014 tour because of health problems, King announced on October 8, 2014, he was back at home to recuperate. He passed away in his sleep on May 14, 2015 from a series of small strokes caused by Type 2 diabetes. He often reminded people of those hard times when he told the story of the 1949 fire in which he nearly lost his guitar.“I usually say you can get another guitar but not another B.B. King.” King held honorary doctorates from several American universities, and his life and career are remembered at the BB King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre in Mississippi.