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REM decide to split after more than 30 years

September 22, 2011

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REM, one of the most memorable bands of their generation, have decided to “call it a day” after more than 30 years together.

In a statement on their website, the band said: “We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

The announcement comes just weeks before the release of their new Greatest Hits retrospective album on 14 November.

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Rock guitarist Gary Moore dies at 58

February 7, 2011

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Renowned rock guitarist Gary Moore has died in a hotel room while on holiday in Spain. He was 58.

  Belfast-born Moore’s career spanned blues, hard rock and ballads, including several spells with Thin Lizzy and a highly-acclaimed solo career that included 20 studio albums. He also enjoyed UK chart success alongside the late Phil Lynott with the singles ‘Parisienne Walkways’ (1979) and ‘Out In The Fields’ (1985).

  Moore received critical acclaim for his work on Thin Lizzy’s 1974 album Nightlife, but he felt constrained by the group format and launched a solo career. He returned to Thin Lizzy briefly on two occasions in the late 1970s.

  Moore was first drafted into Thin Lizzy by Phil Lynott in 1973, following the departure of guitarist Eric Bell. On hearing the news of Moore’s death, Bell told the BBC: “I still can’t believe it. He wasn’t a rock casualty. He was a healthy guy.”

  Guitarist Scott Gorham – the other half of Thin Lizzy’s distinctive twin lead guitar harmony sound – said it been a pleasure to share a stage with Moore. “Playing with Gary during the Black Rose era was a great experience,” he said. “He was a great player and a great guy. I will miss him.”

Born Robert William Gary Moore on 4 April 1952, he started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. He got his first good-quality guitar when he was 14 and learnt to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed.

  Moore’s early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. After seeing Jimi Hendrix, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green in his home town of Belfast, he started to develop his own style of blues-rock that would come to dominate his career.

  He was only 16 when he moved from Belfast to Dublin in 1969 to join Irish group Skid Row which featured Phil Lynott on lead vocals.

  Lynott asked Moore to join Thin Lizzy in 1973. The guitarist initially played with the group for only a few months, but he returned in 1977 and then again in 1979, staying long enough to play on the band’s landmark album Black Rose: A Rock Legend, which reached number two on the UK album chart.

  Moore released his first solo album, Grinding Stone, in 1973 under the name “The Gary Moore Band”. In 1978, the combination of Moore’s emotive blues-based guitar and Phil Lynott’s distinctive voice produced the classic single ‘Parisienne Walkways’, which reached Number 8 on the UK singles chart in April 1979.

  After a series of successful rock records in the 1980s, Moore returned to the blues with Still Got the Blues (1990), which featured contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins and George Harrison. He stuck with the blues format until 1997, when he experimented with modern dance beats on Dark Days in Paradise. He returned to his tried and tested blues roots in 2001 with Back to the Blues, followed by Power of the Blues (2004), Old New Ballads Blues (2006), Close As You Get (2007) and Bad For You Baby (2008).

  Gary Moore died in the early hours of 6 February 2011, while on holiday in Estepona, Spain.

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Pure launches ‘Marshall amplifier’ DAB digital radio, EVOKE-1S Marshall

August 29, 2010

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Stacks of black Marshall amplifiers have dominated the stage at most rock concerts for nearly 50 years. Even Sixties rock fans who can’t actually remember the Sixties will surely remember The Who’s bassist John Entwistle having to make his Marshall Stack bigger and bigger so he could hear himself over Keith Moon’s drums!

Now, Pure has launched a unique radio which combines the audio features of its popular EVOKE-1S series with the iconic style of Marshall Amplification. It’s a revamp of Pure’s earlier and very successful Marshall-branded Evoke 1xt

The portable digital and FM radio looks like a mini version of the famous amplifier – complete with black vinyl wrap, Marshall carrying handle, brass effect front and authentic Marshall badge.

It has an input for an iPod or MP3 player, an auto-dimming easy-to-read text display, and the ability to pre-set 30 digital or FM radio stations for quick access. A matching S-1 speaker for stereo sound is also available.

And for true rock fans, the volume control even goes up to ‘11’ … a feature inspired by the famous scene from the cult movie This Is Spinal Tap!

The EVOKE-1S Marshall has a suggested retail price of £119.99 and is initially being sold exclusively through specialist music retailer HMV.

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Bad Company to reunite – for one night only!

July 9, 2008

 

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Legendary rock band Bad Company are set to reform – but only for one night to help protect their rights to the band’s name.

 

Apparently, lead singer Paul Rodgers heard that another band was about to go out on tour across the USA using the Bad Company name. Re-activating the original band for the gig will help to legally protect their trademark.

 

Original band members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke plan to reunite and perform together for the first time since 1999 with a one-off show on August 8, 2008. The band’s original bass player Boz Burrell died in 2006.

 

The bad news for UK fans though is that the unique gig will be at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. But fans will still have a chance to experience the event. The show will be filmed for a live DVD release later this year.

 

Bad Company’s hits such as ‘Can’t Get Enough’, ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, ‘Rock Steady’, ‘Movin’ On’,  ‘Shooting Star’, ‘Rock & Roll Fantasy’ and ‘Bad Company’ propelled them to the forefront of the arena rock movement in the 1970s.

 

The band was originally formed in 1974 after former Free vocalist Paul Rodgers teamed up with ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, former Free drummer Simon Kirke, and ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.

 

The band toured for months before signing to Song Records (owned by Led Zeppelin and distributed by Atlantic Records) and releasing their highly anticipated debut album, titled Bad Co.

 

Propelled by the hit single ‘Can’t Get Enough’, the album quickly hit Number One on the charts and remained in the Top 40 for four straight months. To this day, the multi-platinum Bad Co. album remains one of the most accomplished debuts in rock history … almost a greatest hits package in its own right.

 

The albums Straight Shooter, Run with the Pack, Burnin’ Sky and Desolation Angels followed before the end of the decade, receiving more multi-platinum awards with hits like ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, ‘Seagull’, ‘Run with the Pack’, ‘Burnin’ Sky’, and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy’.

 

In 1982, the band released their final recording Rough Diamonds, and the single ‘Electricland’ would be their last release before disbanding. The group’s multi-platinum award-winning Greatest Hits compilation, 10 from 6, has since become a record collection staple.

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