Jimy Bleu seemed destined to play the music of Jimi Hendrix. He bears more than an uncanny resemblance to the guitar legend, and plays Hendrix’s music arguably better than anyone else alive today. However, it was only through a high school crush that he discovered Hendrix and changed the course of his life.
“There was a girl who I really liked who knew all the musicians coming through,” Bleu explains in a phone interview with Rock On Philly. “One day she came to school with a button that read ‘Jimi Hendrix Official Fan Club.’ ...
Heavy Cream, the definitive tribute to rock music’s original supergroup Cream, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cream’s landmark album Disraeli Gears this Thursday, September 21st at The Vault in Berlin NJ, headquarters of Victor Records.
Heavy Cream features young prodigies with uncanny abilities to mimic Cream in both look and sound: Billy “The Kid” Thoden as Eric Clapton, Dion Paci as Jack Bruce, and Steve Iannettoni as Ginger Baker. In addition to their mind-blowing musical abilities, the band boasts spec replicas of the famous ‘Fool’ artwork guitars ...
Catch the restored documentary in a theater near you, head to Morrison Hotel Gallery to check out a photo exhibit, and read a recap of a recent Q&A with D.A. Pennebaker. Also: watch Michelle Phillips play “California Dreamin'” at Monterey Pop 50 with The Head and the Heart.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop Fest and the Summer of Love, here are the 50 best psychedelic rock records of 1967, from Jefferson Airplane to Love to the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Donovan, and yes, The Beatles.
As a millennial who has a deep love for classic rock, especially 60’s psychedelia, I often lament how I will never be able to see my rock heroes perform live. Thankfully, there are a plethora of tributes in the Philly area that celebrate the music of these iconic bands.
1957 – Jackie Wilson makes his US chart debut with “Reet Petite.”
1965 – The Beatles record “What Goes On.”
1967 – Pink Floyd makes their US live debut at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, California. They share the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company and singer/songwriter Richie Havens.
1968 – In Providence RI, Cream perform their last US concert.
1970 – David Bowie releases his third studio album. The Man Who Sold the World features the nucleus of what becomes the Spiders from Mars backing band.
1977 – Director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed documentary of The ...
Today marks an anniversary on the earlier side of things: on November 1st, 1968, Cream — the o.g. blues rock power trio from London consisting of of singer-guitarist Eric Clapton, drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce — played its final Philadelphia concert at The Spectrum.
The concert was remembered in the book Strange Brew: Eric ...
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H#ll’s b#lls, my outfit has scored Valentine’s Day lunch with two-time Grammy-winners Living Colour at Williamsburg Pizza before their show at Brooklyn Bowl. True veterans of sound, will they be able to tell that I’m totally nervous? After thirty years of rocking out will they be stiff like John Candy after Jane Fonda’s Workout?
We shouldn’t have worried. They all give off a down-to-Earth vibe as though we’re sitting down to a family meal. This free-flowing chat starts with drummer Will Calhoun...
R.E.M. is putting out a 7″ box set “7IN-83-88″ on December 9. R.E.M. has already released a rarities collection this year and will soon put out a DVD box set. According to Pitchfork: The singles all come with replicas of … Continued
Prince is rewriting the rules of “Saturday Night Live” this week! Usually a musical guest on Saturday Night Live does one song about half an hour into the show and another just before the end of the show. Prince will … Continued
Tributes are pouring in from the music world in honor of Cream bassist, vocalist & songwriter Jack Bruce, who died Saturday of liver disease at age 71. Most notably from former band mates: Eric Clapton & Ginger Baker. Eric Clapton … Continued
Guitar Riff (n.): A cluster or sequence of notes or chords that is used in a song. It can be repeated over and over again, or it may only be heard once in, say, a lead guitar solo. Riffs can be minor decorative elements or they can be the basis of a song.
You simply cannot have a rock song without a riff. A riff is arguably the most important part; a successful riff will likely stay with the listener more than the lyrics, and can solidify a band’s sound. The clear distinction between The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin comes from the bands’ ...