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Elvis Aaron Presleya (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977 ) in tupelo Mississippi was one of the most popular
American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often
referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".
Born inTupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis,Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his
career there in 1954, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African
American music to a wider audience. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was
the most important popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and
blues. RCAVictor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by ColonelTom Parker, who would manage the singer
for over two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number one
hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television
appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African American
sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November
1956, he made his film debut in Love MeTender.
Conscripted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his
most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts however, and guided by Parker, proceeded to
devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided.
In 1968, after seven years away from the stage, he returned to live performance in a celebrated comeback
television special that led to an extended LasVegas concert residency and a string of profitable tours. In 1973
Presley staged the first concert broadcast globally via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, seen by approximately 1.5
billion viewers. Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at the
age of 42.
Presley is regarded as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture. He had a versatile voice
and unusually wide success encompassing many genres, including country, pop ballads, gospel, and blues. He is
the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. Nominated for 14 competitive Grammys, he
won three, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. He has been inducted into multiple
music halls of fame.
Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as
"Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major
elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on
subsequent rock music.
Born into a middle class family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high
school student he served a prison sentence for armed robbery between 1944 and 1947. On his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By
early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of blues player T-Bone Walker, he was performing in the evenings with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break
came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955, and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded "Maybellene"—Berry's
adaptation of the country song "Ida Red"—which sold over a million copies, reaching #1 on Billboard's Rhythm and Blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star
with several hit records and film appearances to his name as well as a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis-based nightclub, called Berry's Club Bandstand.
But in January 1962, Berry was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines.
After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including "No Particular Place to Go", "You Never Can Tell", and "Nadine", but these did not achieve the same success, or lasting
impact, of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic live performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. His insistence on
being paid cash led to a jail sentence in 1979—four months and community service for tax evasion.
Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986, with the comment that he "laid the groundwork fornot only a rock and
roll sound but a rock and roll stance." Berry is included in several Rolling Stone "Greatest of All Time" lists, including being ranked fifth on their 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of
All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll included three of Chuck Berry's songs: "Johnny B. Goode", "Maybellene", and "Rock and Roll
Music". Today – at the age of 85 – Berry continues to play live.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry was the fourth child in a family of six. He grew up in the north St. Louis neighborhood known as "The Ville," an area where many middle class St.
Louis people lived at the time. His father, Henry, was a contractor and deacon of a nearby Baptist church, his mother Martha a certified public school principal. His middle class
upbringing allowed him to pursue his interest in music from an early age and he gave his first public performance in 1941 while still at Sumner High School. Just three years later, in
1944, while still at Sumner High School, he was arrested and convicted of armed robbery after robbing three shops in Kansas City and then stealing a car at gunpoint with some
friends. Berry's own account in his autobiography is that his car broke down and he then flagged down a passing car and stole it at gunpoint with a non-functional pistol.
Berry was sent to the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa, near Jefferson City, Missouri, where he formed a singing quartet and did some boxing.
After his release from prison on his 21st birthday in 1947, Berry married Themetta "Toddy" Suggs on 28 October 1948, who gave birth to Darlin Ingrid Berry on 3 October 1950. Berry
supported his family doing a number of jobs in St. Louis: working briefly as a factory worker at two automobile assembly plants, as well as being janitor for the apartment building
where he and his wife lived. Afterwards he trained as a beautician at the Poro College of Cosmetology, founded by Annie Turnbo Malone. He was doing well enough by 1950 to buy a
"small three room brick cottage with a bath" in Whittier Street, which is now listed as the Chuck Berry House on the National Register of Historic Places.
By the early 1950s, Berry was working with local bands in the clubs of St. Louis as an extra source of income. He had been playing the blues since his teens, and he borrowed both
guitar riffs and showmanship techniques from blues player T-Bone Walker, as well as taking guitar lessons from his friend Ira Harris that laid the foundation for his guitar style. By
early 1953 Berry was performing with Johnnie Johnson's trio, starting a long-time collaboration with the pianist. Although the band played mostly blues and ballads, the most
popular music among whites in the area was country. Berry wrote, "Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of our country stuff on our predominantly black audience and some of our black
audience began whispering 'who is that black hillbilly at the Cosmo?' After they laughed at me a few times they began requesting the hillbillystuff and enjoyed dancing to it."
Berry's calculated showmanship, along with mixing country tunes with R&B tunes, and singing in the style of Nat "King" Cole to the music of Muddy Waters, broughtin a wider
audience, particularly affluent white people.
Some religions were against rock and roll
while it started
Others just listened to it for the music
Some believed it was the devil’s music and
refused to have their children listen to it
This also brought forth censorship in the
As a result some of the heavy bands have had
tours canceled in certain areas due to religion
Censorship of music is the practice of restricting free access to musical works. This censorship may stem from a wide variety of
motivations, including moral, political, military or religious reasons. Censorship can range from the complete government-enforced
legal prohibition of a musical work, to private, voluntary removal of content when a musical work appears in a certain context.
Examples of censorship of music range from changed or excluded lyrics (this falls into the category of what is known as “radio edit”),
to restricted cover album artwork, to the banning of artists airing on the radio or television for numerous conflicts, such as moral and
Censorship of U.S. popular music began in the early 1940’s-1950’s, when traditional and conservative values were being challenged
by early rock and R&B. “Sex and drugs were no longer hidden and secretive acts, but something to be exposed and celebrated” (Hall,
2009). R&B music began to grasp people’s attention as well, with an emphasis on sexual desires and drug references (Hall, 2009).
Many people were appalled by rock and R&B because they were thought to corrupt the young minds of America and promote
immoral behavior. Actual censorship began in 1955, when over 30 songs were banned; many of them by black artists. In the early
1970’s and 80’s, music censorship expanded from songs to music videos. Heavy metal rock and rap music were targeted by moral
authorities due to the amount of violence that was expressed in the music. For unknown reasons, music videos performed by black
artists were not being aired on MTV; that is, until complaints started streaming in from the public. Michael Jackson’s popular hit,
“Billie Jean,” was the first video by a black artist to be shown on TV (Hall, 2009). The birthing of the famous black and white parental
advisory label occurred in 1990, after the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) urged the music industry and government to create
and promote a rating system for music, evaluating the musical content, in 1985.
Blanking; when the volume is muted for all or part of the word.
Forms of censorship
Bleeping; playing a noise, usually a "beep", over all or part of the word.
Resampling; using a like-sounding portion of vocals and music to override the offending word.
Resinging; Replacing a word with a more appropriate word.
Backmasking; taking the offending word and reversing the audio, sometimes the whole audio is reversed (often because it is a
home-made job), but more usually only the vocal track is reversed.
Repeating; repeating the word just said before the explicit word was used.
Skipping; deleting the word from the song without a time delay.
Echo; instead of saying a word, it echoes the last word(s) said in the line.
Disc scratching; in hip hop, scratching on the word, making it sound like another word, or make the word said faster or slower.
RoboVoicing; making the word totally non-understandable by overpowering a robovoice effect (usually used as a last resort for
Distorting; Usually in Hip-Hop, less offensive words are distorted. It is usually done by shifting down the pitch.[cita
Metal and Heavy metal music began in the
late 1960’s early 70’s
It began largely in the midlands of the United
Kingdom(Great Britain)and the United States
The first heavy metal bands to emerge were
Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Deep
It emerged from Psychedelic rock and blues
styles with heavy riffs and distortion
Ronald James Padavona was a very influential American heavy metal artist and songwriter
He was born in portsmouth new hampshire to Italian parents then thry moved to cortland new
York in his young years
Ronnie James Dio played the trumpet,french horn,and bass guitar and was a songwriter for many
Dio was the lead singer in 5 famous bands
They were Elf,Rainbow,Black Sabbath,His band Dio,and Heaven and Hell
Dio bands timeline Dio had success for over 50 years
TheVegas Kings (1957–1958)
Ronnie &The Rumblers (1958)
Ronnie &The Red Caps (1958–1961)
Ronnie Dio &The Prophets (1961–1967)
The Electric Elves (1967–1969)
The Elves (1969–1970)
Black Sabbath (1979–1982)
Hear 'n Aid (1985)
Black Sabbath (1991–1992)
Black Sabbath (2006) (Recording of three new songs for Black Sabbath:The DioYears)
Heaven & Hell (2006–2010)
The early-'70s rock outfit Elf is best-known as the group that gave
singer Ronnie James Dio his start and he would eventually set his
sights on a tougher, metallic sound, fronting the likes of Rainbow,
Black Sabbath, and his own solo band, Dio.The group went through
several name changes in the late '60s (the Electric Elves, the Elves),
before settling simply on Elf and issuing a self-titled debut recording
for Epic in 1972, produced by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover.The
group's best-known lineup consisted of Dio (who was at this time
going by his real name, Ronald Padavona, and also doubling on bass),
guitarist David Feinstein, guitarist/keyboardist Micky Lee Soule, and
drummerGary Driscoll.The album went largely unnoticed, as did the
group's subsequent two other releases, L.A./59 (issued under the title
Carolina Country Ball outside of the U.S.) andTrying to Burn the Sun,
as the group guested on Roger Glover's 1974 albumThe Butterfly Ball
and the Grasshopper's Feast.Through their affiliation withGlover, Elf
was brought to the attention of former Purple leader/guitarist Ritchie
Blackmore, who invited the entire group (sans their guitarist) to join
forces as the prog metal outfit Rainbow, resulting in the release of a
self-titled effort in 1975. Slowly but surely, however, Rainbow turned
out to be nothing more than a solo vehicle for Blackmore rather than
a true band and the former Elf members left the group one by one
before Dio was the last one remaining until eventually leaving the
group himself in 1978.
The brainchild of former Deep Purple guitarist
Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow quickly developed into
one of the '70s most successful heavy metal bands
behind charismatic front man Ronnie James Dio.
Together, the duo would produce a string of
acclaimed albums which are still considered classics
of the genre. But the group would change their
musical approach numerous times following the
singer's departure, eventually confusing and
alienating much of their audience. Releasing eight
albums during it's decade long run, the band finally
came to an end when Blackmore departed to rejoin
his old Deep Purple comrades in a full-fledged
reunion in 1984. And while the impact of Rainbow's
influence has faded with the intervening decades,
theirs was a crucial chapter in the development of
heavy metal and hard rock.
Disillusioned and fed up with the chaotic state of Deep Purple in the mid-
'70s, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore made the stunning announcement in May
of 1975 that he was quitting the group he had founded and led for over
seven years in order to start from scratch. Teaming up with up-and-coming
American vocalist Ronnie James Dio, Blackmore built Rainbow around the
singer's former band Elf, minus their guitarist David Feinstein. Featuring
bassist Craig Gruber, keyboard player Mickey Lee Soule, and drummer Gary
Driscoll, the group's 1975 debut Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was quickly
embraced by European fans and yielded their first hit single, "Man on the
Silver Mountain." Blackmore and Dio were dissatisfied with the album's
sound, however, and decided to re-vamp Rainbow (by then sufficiently
established to do without Blackmore's name) by drafting bassist Jimmy
Bain, keyboard player Tony Carey, and former Jeff Beck Group drummer
Cozy Powell. It was with this lineup that they entered Musicland studios in
February 1976 to record the landmark Rising opus -- once voted the
greatest heavy metal album of all time in a 1981 Kerrang! magazine
readers' poll. Capturing Blackmore and Dio at the peak of their creative
powers, Rising chronicled both the guitarist's neo-classical metal
compositions at their most ambitious, and the singer's growing fixation
with fantasy lyrical themes -- a blueprint he would adopt for his entire
career thereafter. Following its release, the band embarked upon a
successful world tour, culminating in a sold out European jaunt which
spawned a best-selling live album entitled On Stage, released in 1977.
For a brief spell during the mid-'80s, the heavy metal quintet Dio were one of the top U.S. concert
attractions, boasting one of the most over the top stage acts of its time loaded with props and
special effects (lasers, explosions, a giant dragon, etc.). The group's leader was singer Ronnie
James Dio, who had previously become acquainted with the metal masses as the frontman of
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow from 1975-1978 and Black Sabbath from 1979-1982. Come the early
'80s, Ronnie James was ready to finally head out on his own, forming Dio and recruiting a stellar
backing band, consisting of a few former bandmembers, ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain and ex-
Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice (Carmine Appice's brother), in addition to ex-Sweet
Savage guitar shredder Vivian Campbell. Lyrically, the group would retain the same subject
matter that Ronnie James specialized in with his previous outfits (dungeons and dragons, swords
and sorcery, damsels in distress, etc.), but musically, Dio were more melodically based than
Rainbow or Sabbath. The group scored a hit right off the bat with its 1983 debut release, Holy
Diver, which spawned such popular MTV videos as "Rainbow in the Dark," as well as its title track.
For their sophomore effort, 1984'sThe Last in Line, the band expanded its lineup to include keyboardistClaude
Schnell, as the album would become the biggest hit of Dio's career (on the strength of another MTV-approved
video, for the album's anthemic title track) and the group became an arena headliner.Although Dio's next
release, 1985's Sacred Heart, was commercially successful, Campbell had become disillusioned by the group's
direction and split from the group a year later. Just prior toCampbell's exit, the entire Dio band helped organize
Hear n' Aid, an all-star assembly of heavy metal artists that recorded a track called "Stars," which helped fight
world hunger (a subsequent album was issued as well, collecting previously unreleased live tracks from a few of
the day's top hard rock acts). Former Giuffria guitarist CraigGoldy took Campbell's place, resulting in such
releases as 1986's live EP Intermission and 1987's Dream Evil, which retained the group's headbanging
audience, but failed to expand upon it as its previous releases had.
Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Aston, Birmingham in 1969 by Ozzy
Osbourne (lead vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass guitar), and Bill Ward (drums).
The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant
presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band
named Earth and renamed to Black Sabbath in 1969, the band began incorporating occult and
horror-inspired lyrics with tuned-down guitars and achieving multiple platinum records in the
1970s. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed
songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and
apocalyptic prophesies of the horrors of war.
Black Sabbath are cited as pioneers of heavy metal. The band helped define the genre with
releases such as quadruple-platinum Paranoid, released in 1970. They were ranked by MTV as
the "Greatest Metal Band" of all time, and placed second in VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard
Rock" list, behind Led Zeppelin. Rolling Stone called the band "the heavy-metal kings of the
'70s". They have sold over 15 million records in the United States and over 70 million records
worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, and were
included among Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne's heavy alcohol and drug usage led to him being fired from the band in
April 1979, after which he began a successful solo career, selling over 55 million albums. He was
replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After a few albums with Dio's vocals and
songwriting collaborations, Black Sabbath endured a revolving line-up in the 1980s and 1990s
that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin. In 1992, Iommi and
Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up
reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. The line-up featuring Iommi,
Butler, Dio, and Appice reformed in 2006 under the moniker Heaven & Hell until Dio's death on
16 May 2010.
On 11 November 2011, the original band members announced that they were reuniting and
recording a new album. The band are scheduled to perform a headlining slot at the Download
Festival on 10 June 2012, followed by a world tour. On 2 February 2012, Ward announced that
he would not participate in the Black Sabbath reunion unless he was given a "signable contract."
The following day, the other group members announced they had "no choice but to continue
recording without him," but said "our door is always open" for Ward to return to the band
Formed in 2006 after late-era Black Sabbath members
Ronnie James Dio,Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, andVinny
Appice reunited after a 15-year hiatus for three new tracks
on the DioYears compilation, Heaven & Hell, named after
Sabbath's first recording with Dio in 1980, toured under the
moniker in 2007 and released the two-disc CD/DVD Live
from Radio City Music Hall later that year.The band's first
full-length studio recording, DevilYou Know, arrived in
2009. However, in November of that year Dio's wife,
Wendy, announced that Dio was suffering from stomach
cancer, although indicating that the disease was in its early
stages and expressing hope for a full recovery and return to
performing. Nevertheless, Heaven & Hell subsequently
canceled their summer 2010 touring plans and, sadly,
Ronnie James Dio succumbed to the disease on May 16,
2010, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,TX.
The Rock and roll hand symbol or the Devil
Horns was a symbol of respect for the bands
This was a very popular sign used by The
Great Italian Rock Singer Ronnie James
Padavona(Dio) in the late 1970’s then soon
after some bands started using it
R.J. Dio – "I doubt very much if I would be the first one
who ever did that.That's like saying I invented the
wheel, I'm sure someone did that at some other point.
I think you'd have to say that I made it fashionable. I
used it so much and all the time and it had become my
trademark until the Britney Spears audience decided
to do it as well. So it kind of lost its meaning with that.
But it was...I was in Sabbath at the time. It was symbol
that I thought was reflective of what that band was
supposed to be all about. It's NOT the devil's sign like
we're here with the devil. It's an Italian thing I got
from my Grandmother called the "Malocchio". It's to
ward off the Evil Eye or to give the Evil Eye,
depending on which way you do it. It's just a symbol
but it had magical incantations and attitudes to it and
I felt it worked very well with Sabbath. So I became
very noted for it and then everybody else started to
pick up on it and away it went. But I would never say I
take credit for being the first to do it. I say because I
did it so much that it became the symbol of rock and
roll of some kind."
Many Rock and roll bands dressed in denim
They Had big hair and a lot wore makeup
And some of them were covered in tattoos
Rock and roll also served as a business as well
as a hobby
The merchandising and ticket sales for these
bands led half of the money to them and
another half to their companies
Merchandising of t shirts and licensed band
materials as well as signatures always costed
people extra so the bands can make money
Some bands will only sign new stuff or get
One of the largest Bands in the business of Rock
and Roll was Kiss
Kiss was a huge logo for all fans of Rock and roll
in the 1970’s and still today
They have one of the largest online stores
They run and support a lot of charities
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are seen on
television a lot
Their bass player Gene Simmons is the co
founder of the band and a huge business man
Kiss became known asThe Hottest Band in the
World and they started music in 1973
The 1950’s was the time period where most
Rock And Roll began to form
It was a form of Classic ,Blues,Swing, And
It started a revolution for all kinds of rock and
60’s rock was rock music from the 1960’s
It was music that was cross between
pop,rock,and classical styles
It was another very popular era for music
70’s Rock is a rock that started in the 1970’s
It was an awesome era for music
It was a era of peace love and music
50’s and 60’s rock revolutionized this
It was an era of all kinds of rock and disco
80’s Rock was a very popular rock in the
Hair bands were some of the most popular
type of rock in that decade
Lots of rockstars were covered in tattoos
,wore denim and leather,some even wore
It was a very progressive time period for rock
This is the rock of the 1990’s
A mixture of all kinds of rock
The very firstWoodstock concert brought
many hippies and people to celebrate a lot of
awesome bands in a 3 night show
This influenced rock because all bands were
heard live together for the first time
It was a concert of peace music and love
Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival) was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". It was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm in
the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County.
During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 500,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. Rolling Stone called it one of the 50 Moments That Changed the
History of Rock and Roll.
The event was captured in the 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock" which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Woodstock was initiated through the efforts of Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld. It was Roberts and Rosenman who had the finances. Lang had experience as a promoter and had already organized the largest
festival on the East Coast at the time, the Miami Pop Festival, which had an estimated 100,000 people attend the two day event. Roberts and Rosenman placed the followingadvertisement in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal
under the name of Challenge International, Ltd.: "Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business propositions".
Lang and Kornfeld noticed the ad, and the four men got together originally to discuss a retreat-like recording studio in Woodstock, but the idea evolved into an outdoor music and arts festival, although even that was initially envisioned on a
smaller scale, perhaps featuring some of the big name artists who lived in the Woodstock area (such as Bob Dylan and The Band). There were differences in approach among the four: Roberts was disciplined, and knew what was needed in order
for the venture to succeed, while the laid-back Lang saw Woodstock as a new, relaxed way of bringingbusinesspeopletogether. There were further doubts over the venture, as Roberts wondered whether to consolidate his losses and pull the
plug, or to continue pumpinghis own finances into the project.
In April1969, newly-minted superstars Creedence Clearwater Revival were the first act to sign a contract for the event, agreeing to play for $10,000. The promoters had experienced difficulty landing big-name groups prior to Creedence
committing to play. Creedence drummer Doug Clifford later commented "Once Creedence signed, everyone else jumped in line and all the other big acts came on." Given their 3:00 a.m. start time and non-inclusion (at Creedence frontman John
Fogerty's insistence) in the Woodstock film, Creedence members have expressed bitterness over their experiences at the famed festival.
Woodstock was designed as a profit-making venture, aptly titled "Woodstock Ventures". It famously became a "free concert" only after it became obvious that the event was drawing hundreds of thousands more people than the organizers had
prepared for. Tickets for the event cost $18 in advance (equivalent to $75 in 2009 after adjusting for inflation) and $24 at the gate for all three days. Ticket sales were limited to record stores in the greater New York City area, or by mail via a
post office box at the Radio City Station Post Office located in Midtown Manhattan. Around 186,000 tickets were sold beforehand and organizers anticipated approximately 200,000 festival-goers would turn up
The concert was originally scheduled to take place in the 300-acre (1.2 km2) Mills Industrial Park (WikiMiniAtlas
41°28′39″N 74°21′49″W/ 41.477525°N 74.36358°W/ 41.477525; -74.36358(MillsIndustrial Park)) in the town of Wallkill, New York, which Woodstock Ventures had leased for $10,000 in the Spring of 1969. Town officials were assured that no
more than 50,000 would attend. Town residents immediately opposed the project. In early July the Town Board passed a law requiring a permit for any gathering over 5,000 people. On July 15, 1969, the Wallkill Zoning Board of Appeals
officially banned the concert on the basis that the planned portable toilets would not meet town code. Reports about the ban, however, turned out to be a publicity bonanza for the festival.
Max Yasgur's dairy farm in 1968.
According to Elliot Tiber in his 2007 book Taking Woodstock, Tiber offered to host the event on his 15 acres (61,000 m2) motel grounds, and had a permit for such an event. He claims to have introduced the promoters to dairy farmer Max
Yasgur. Lang, however, disputes Tiber's account, and says that Tiber introduced him to a real estate salesman, who drove him to Yasgur's farm without Tiber. Sam Yasgur, Max's son, agrees with Lang's account. Yasgur's land formed a
natural bowl slopingdown to Filippini Pond on the land's north side. The stage would be set at the bottom of the hill with Filippini Pond forming a backdrop. The pond would become a popular skinny dippingdestination.
The organizers once again told Bethel authorities they expected no more than 50,000 people.
Despite resident opposition and signs proclaiming, "Buy No Milk. Stop Max's Hippy Music Festival", Bethel Town Attorney Frederick W. V. Schadt and building inspector Donald Clark approved the permits, but the Bethel Town Board refused
to issue them formally. Clark was ordered to post stop work orders.
 Free concert
The late change in venue did not give the festival organizers enough time to prepare. At a meeting three days before the event, organizers felt they had two choices. One option was to improve the fencing and security which might have
resulted in violence; the other involved putting all their resources into completing the stage, which would cause Woodstock Ventures to take a financial hit. The crowd, which was arriving in greater numbers and earlier than anticipated, made
the decision for them. The fence was cut the night before the concert.
The influx of attendees to the rural concert site in Bethel created a massive traffic jam. Fearing chaos as thousands began descending on the community, Bethel did not enforce its codes. Eventually, announcements on radio stations as far
away as WNEW-FM in Manhattan and descriptions of the traffic jams on television news programs discouraged people from setting off to the festival. Arlo Guthrie made an announcement that was included in the film saying that the New
York State Thruway was closed. The director of the Woodstock museum discussed below said this never occurred. To add to the problems and difficulty in dealing with the large crowds, recent rains had caused muddy roads and fields. The
facilities were not equipped to provide sanitation or first aid for the number of people attending; hundreds of thousands found themselves in a struggle against bad weather, food shortages, and poor sanitation.
On the morning of Sunday, August 17, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller called festival organizer John Roberts and told him he was thinking of ordering 10,000 New York State National Guard troops to the festival. Roberts was successful
in persuading Rockefeller not to do this. Sullivan County declared a state of emergency.
We were ready to rock out and we waited and waited and finally it was our turn ... there were a half million people asleep. These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep,
covered with mud.
And this is the moment I will never forget as long as I live: a quarter mile away in the darkness, on the other edge of this bowl, there was some guy flicking his Bic, and in the night I hear, 'Don't worry about it John. We're with you.' I played the
rest of the show for that guy.
John Fogerty regarding Creedence Clearwater Revival's 3 a.m. start time at Woodstock.
Although the festival was remarkably peaceful given the number of people and the conditions involved, there were two recorded fatalities: one from what was believed to be a heroin overdose and another caused in an accident when a tractor
ran over an attendee sleeping in a nearby hayfield. There also were two births recorded at the event (one in a car caught in traffic and another in a hospital after an airlift by helicopter) and four miscarriages. Oral testimony in the film supports
the overdose and run-over deaths and at least one birth, along with many logistical headaches.
Yet, in tune with the idealistic hopes of the 1960s, Woodstock satisfied most attendees. There was a sense of social harmony, which, with the quality of music, and the overwhelming mass of people, many sporting bohemian dress, behavior,
and attitudes helped to make it one of the enduring events of the century.
After the concert, Max Yasgur, who owned the site of the event, saw it as a victory of peace and love. He spoke of how nearly half a million people filled with possibilitiesof disaster, riot, looting, and catastrophe spent the three days with music
and peace on their minds. He states that "if we join them, we can turn those adversities that are the problems of America today into a hope for a brighter and more peaceful future..."
Sound for the concert was engineered by Bill Hanley, whose innovations in the sound industry have earned him the prestigious Parnelli Award. "It worked very well," he says of the event. "I built special speaker columns on the hills and had 16
loudspeaker arrays in a square platform going up to the hill on 70-foot [21 meter] towers. We set it up for 150,000 to 200,000 people. Of course, 500,000 showed up." ALTEC designed 4×15" marine ply cabinets that weighed in at half a ton
apiece, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall, almost 4 feet (1.2 m) deep, and 3 feet (0.91 m) wide. Each of these enclosures carried four 15-inch (380 mm) JBL D140 loudspeakers. The tweeters consisted of 4×2-Cell & 2×10-Cell Altec Horns. Behind the stage
were three transformers providing 2,000 amperes of current to power the amplification setup. For many years this system was collectively referred to as the Woodstock Bins.
Peace & Love is the largest festival[dead link] in Sweden and the only one with an outspoken message of Solidarity, Diversity and Understanding,
which runs through the whole event. It started in 1999 and is located in Borlänge, Sweden. The festival is a part of an organization which is
involved in other projects besides the festival in Borlänge.
The concept of the Peace & Love festival is to spread the message of Diversity, Solidarity and Understanding. It’s about crossing borders and
bringing differing cultures from near and afar together and trying to get people to change their attitudes towards themselves and others. The
Peace & Love festival was first held in 1999, as a reaction to the ongoing violence. The first festival was held at a club in central Borlänge, with
about 900 attendees. Since then the festival has been held at different locations i central Borlänge. The Peace & Love festival is still one of
Scandinavia's fastest-growing festivals. In 2006 there were 15,000 visitors per day, with over 37,000 people attending in total. The 10th Peace &
Love festival was in 2008 and had a record of 25000 visitors, which made them the second biggest festival in Sweden.
From the Latin pax, meaning "freedom from civil disorder," the English word came into use in various personal greetings from c.1300 as a
translation of the Hebrew shalom. Shalom, cognate with the Arabic "salaam", has multiple meanings: safety, welfare, prosperity, security, fortune,
friendliness. The personalized meaning is reflected in a nonviolent lifestyle, which also describes a relationship between any people characterized
by respect, justice and goodwill.
This later understanding of peace can also pertain to an individual's sense of himself or herself, as to be "at peace" with one's own mind attested in
Europe from c.1200. The early English term is also used in the sense of "quiet", reflecting a calm, serene, and meditative approach to the family or
group relationships that avoids quarreling and seeks tranquility — an absence of disturbance or agitation.
In many languages the word for peace is also used a greeting or a farewell, for example the Hawaiian word Aloha, as well as the Arabic word Salam
. In English the word peace is used as a farewell, especially for the dead as in Rest In Peace, RIP.
Peace of God" redirects here. For the medieval movement, see Peace and Truce of God.
Gari Melchers, Mural of Peace, 1896.
The Peace symbol in 1701 displayed by Pope Clement XI.
Religious beliefs often seek to identify and address the basic problems of human life, including the conflicts between, among, and within persons.
Christians claim Jesus of Nazareth to be the "Prince of Peace", the Messiah Christ who established a Kingdom of Peace where persons, societies,
and all of creation are to be healed of evil. For persons to enter this Kingdom and experience peace, Christians believe that one must develop a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ, who stated: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
Buddhists believe that peace can be attained once all suffering ends. To eliminate suffering and achieve this peace, they follow a set of teachings
called the Four Noble Truths — a central tenet in Buddhist philosophy.
Islam means the way of life to attain peace. The word "Muslim" means the person who submits to Allah in Peace. The submission to Allah (the
Arabic proper noun for "The God", One and Only) is based on humility. An attitude of humility within one's own self cannot be accomplished
without total rejection of violence and attitude of alliance towards peace.
See also: Catholic peace traditions and Peace in Islamic philosophy
Psychedelic rock was a popish rock that
started in the late 1960’s
It was when every thing wasTie dye
One of the first ever rock styles to emerge
It was way before classic rock and British pop
was a huge influence
It sparked a revolution for all types of rock
and metal after the woodstock of 69
Classic Rock dates back to early 1950’s
It is said that it formed from classical music,
blues, folk and hard riffs.
Most classic rock bands created their own
style by using scales and chords in their own
range to make their own music .
This kind of music brought forth leeway to
our music today
Classic Rock sparked creativity for all rock
styles beyond their ability
British pop also played a big role in rock and
It gave them a easy melody to use with all
It began in the early 1960’s in Britain
Instrumental rock was a soothing rock with
Some of this type influenced every kind of
genre and a lot of awesome solos and
It was very popular among everyone because
even though there were no lyrics it had
Progressive Rock in the 1970’s combined all
kinds of RockTogether to form a unique
These bands influenced the glam metal and
hair metal and all of the metal of today
Glam metal started in the late 1960’s early
Glam metal was a unique style all on its own
This genre was a huge influence to millions of
bands today because the music was so
energetic and definitely related to power
metal and European black metal
Shock rock is another popular style of rock
that began in the early 1970’s
Most of them had unique props when they
were on stage
It was like glam metal but a little different
Most of these bands wore all black and were
Some wore makeup
Screamin Jay Hawkins was one of the first
influences to this kind of rock
In the early 1980’s Hair metal took its place in
Hair metal featured guys with big hair and
lots of makeup
Hair metal was energetic and led to power
Doom metal is one of the first types of heavy
metal it evolved in the early 1970’s
It is a dark sounding metal with distorted
AfterTheWars from the 1950’s to 1980’s the
Europeans played a tole in a very heavy style of
This type of metal had violent and disturbing
This music was banned in US because it was
against peoples religions and the lyrics led some
people to suicide
These bands were so bad and violent they burnt
churches in European countries after touring
They do bring influence to some of the heaviest
Power Metal brought forth the power in rock
It was more powerful and energetic than any
other type of Rock
This rock had people air guitaring the riffs
It is very popular among teens and adults for
The Game Dungeons and dragons was
believed to give these bands ideas of props
on stage and for music videos
Ballad Rock was the soft touch to rock music
that many bands use to remain famous
Folk rock combines folk music with rock to
make it creative
Many metal bands are doing this today
All the different folk music instruments make
a unique touch to all rock music
Folk rock also lead to a metal style called
They also use some celtic styles in there as
Folk Metal is a type of metal that originated in
It started in the late 1980’s early 90’s
It was Power metal that was very heavy with a
twist of folk and classical music
alot of the bands sang in all different kinds of
languages including English
This type of music is also known asViking metal
Most of these bands dress in plated armor and
carry weapons as props for performance
Indie rock began in the late 80’s early 90’s
Indie rock was a type of alternative rock that
had a new age style
It was cross between alternative and modern
It also had some grunge influence as well
In the early 1990’S grunge rock began to form
It was a style of rough rock combined with
distorted riffs and down tuned instruments
It first emerged in SeattleWashington
The Ramones was a punk band that
influenced this kind of music
Grunge is still popular in forms of music from
the 1990’s and up
Nu metal in the 1990’s combined Rap with
rock to create a new mix of music
It was believed to come from bands like
Anthrax and Slayer and other forms of thrash
It created a direction for our modern rock of
Punk rock has emerged since the early 1970’s
It plays a huge tole in the rock of today
It created a rowdy kind of music that is found
in today's metal and rock
The Ramones and mc5 influenced punk
Country ,Blues , and Jazz is combined to
make southern Rock
Southern rock began in the early 1970’s and
made leeway to all rock bands of today
This movement led to many music acts and
led to what we call reggae rock
Reggae rock is a style of reggae Bob Marley
styles and rock to create a new alternative to
Also known as stoner rock
Electronic Rock is Rock Music that you can
It was a genre that came about in the late
1970’s early 80’s
It brought forth Dubstep Metal
Pop rock was a popish kind of rock
It is a genre that has been around since the
A very popular kind of rock of today
Dubstep metal is a new modern style of rock
that puts rock and electronic music together
1. Thunderkiss Robot Rock 65( Rob Zombie-Thunderkiss 65 and Daft Punk-Robot Rock)
2. Rock and roll will take you through the sandstorm ( Skrillex-Rock and roll will take you to the
mountain and Darude-Sandstorm)
3. Scary Monsters and nice Robot men ( Scorpions-Robot man and Skrillex-Scary monsters and
4. Mr.Roboto can feel the beat ( Styx-Mr.Roboto and Darude-I Can feel the beat
5. Icarus on wings of steel one more time-( Kansas-Icarus borne on wings of steel and Daftpunk-
one more time
6. Run to the hills with funk-(Iron maiden –run to the hills and Daftpunk- Da Funk)
7. I Can’t dance to the music ( Genesis-I can’t dance and Daft punk-Musique)
8. Turbo Lover around the world ( Judas Priest –Turbo lover and Daft Punk –Around the world
9. Party rockin in the free world (Lmfao –Party rock anthem and NeilYoung Rockin in the free
10. Im dio and I know it- Lmfao and dio
11. Sorry for kick starting my heart (Motley crue –kickstart my heart and Lmfao Sorry for party
12. Leave it technologic daft punk and yes
13. Money harder better faster stronger –Pink floyd and Daft punk
14. Shake Shake senora there’s a bungle in the jungle-Jethro tull and Pitbull
15. Satellites I like them –The hooters and Pitbull
16. Rio Rain over me- Duran duran and Pitbull
17. Jump And get ready to rumble-Van halen and Jock jams
18. It’s the final countdown out of control-Europe and darude
19. Viva la vida if I could fly-Coldplay and Joe satriani
Blues Rock is a style that combines blues and
It is another more commonly used rock
Mainstream rock was rock that was in
between progressive and alternative styles
Mainstream rock began in the late 80’s early
It was a very powerful genre
Alternative rock combines many styles of
music together with rock and roll and is on a
lot of radio stations
The most common rock genre of today
Gospel Rock also plays a role in Rock styles
Many classic rock bands wore crosses to show
they were religious so over religious people
wouldn’t feel offended by their music
Black Sabbath was the first band that
followed that movement
Gospel is rock that is religion friendly
PeteTownsend ofTheWho was the first rock
artist to start smashing guitars
Ronnie James Dio created the rock and roll
Iron Maiden first did the ohwheyohwheyoh!
On the stage
Kiss was the first band to dress up in
costumes on the stage
Little Richard was the first artist to wear
Thrash metal is in between Hard and Heavy
It began in the late 1980’s
It is a very popular and still modern rock of
Symphonic Metal was a style that has started
in the 1990’s
It is still very popular today
It is a mixture of classical and folk and hard
Most symphonic bands had female singers
Some did not
Most came from Europe
It combines keyboards and guitars together
Finnish symphonic metal also played a huge
Similar to Symphonic metal but way deeper
It was like high end power metal
A very popular genre of rock today
It started in late 1990’s and early 2000’s
New age is a type of instrumental rock with
It began in the late 1980’s
It is a soothing kind of rock with alternative
With a pop style too
Neoclassical is instrumental classical music mixed
with modern rock to make a very unique sound
It is very similar to symphonic rock
It is one of the most underrated genres of rock and roll
It also shows some bits of blues and folk in this style as
It began in European Countries
Uli Jon Roth started this genre when he started his sky
Trans Siberian orchestra from Russia followed after
Girl bands began in the late 1970’s to 1980’s
They were rock bands of all girls
Just as popular as the guy bands
Soft Rock is a soft Rock created from soul
,blues , and classical music
Soft rock is very popular in alternative music
It began as early as the late 60’s to 1970’s
Arena Rock is the most energetic kind of rock
Arena rock is usually performed in huge
It began in the late 1980’s and is still very
popular in today's world of rock and metal
It is another type of hair metal
Modern rock is our present day kind of rock
with a mix between heavy and soft rock and
It is the most popular rock genre played on
the radio today
The modern metal is metal that is a mixture
of all types of metal and most of it is death
metal or folk metal
These are album covers that got banned due
to content and were replaced with band
It was due to government laws
Some of these were banned from stores until
the cover was changed
It was all part of making better content even
though the bands thought the covers were
American Rock is Rock that originated in
It is the most common type of rock music
heard on the radio today
Canadian Rock is a genre of Rock that
originated in Canada
Some of the most popular new and old bands
made very good music from Canada
Canadian Rock was a mixture of all kinds of
rock genres in French and English
British metal is a type of genre that is hair
metal or power metal that came from Britain
It started in early 1970’s and still popular
German Hard rock was a type of hard rock
that originated in Germany and the lyrics
were in German
It was a unique genre although some of these
bands sing in English as well as German and
Scorpions was one of the very first German
hard rock bands they began in 1965 and
Rudolf Schenker was their founder
The Scorpions are a rock band from Hannover, Germany formed in 1965 by guitarist Rudolf Schenker, who is the band's only constant
member. They are known for their 1980s rock anthem "Rock You Like a Hurricane" and many singles, such as "No One Like You", "Send Me
an Angel", "Still Loving You", and "Wind of Change". The band was ranked #46 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock program. "Rock You Like a
Hurricane" is also #18 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. On January 24, 2010, after 46 years of performing, the band announced
that they will be retiring after touring in support of their new album Sting in the Tail. The band sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Rudolf Schenker, the band's rhythm guitarist launched the band in 1965. At first, the band had beat
influences and Schenker himself did the vocals.Things began to come together in 1970 when Schenker's
younger brother Michael and vocalist Klaus Meine joined the band. In 1972, the group recorded and
released their debut album Lonesome Crow, with Lothar Heimberg on bass andWolfgang Dziony on
drums. During the Lonesome Crow tour, Scorpions opened for upcoming British band UFO. Near the end
of the tour, the members of UFO offered guitarist Michael Schenker the lead guitar job, an offer which
he soon accepted. Uli Roth, a friend of the Schenker brothers, was then called in temporarily to finish off
The departure of Michael Schenker led to the breakup of the band. In 1973, Uli Roth, who had helped
Scorpions complete the Lonesome Crow tour, was offered the role as lead guitarist, but turned the band
down, preferring instead to remain in the band Dawn Road. Rudolf Schenker eventually decided that he
wanted to work with Roth, but did not want to resurrect the last Scorpions lineup. He attended some of
Dawn Road's rehearsals and ultimately decided to join the band, which consisted of Roth, Francis
Buchholz (bass), Achim Kirschning (keyboards) and Jürgen Rosenthal (drums). Roth and Buchholz
persuaded Rudolf Schenker to invite Klaus Meine to join on vocals, which he soon did.While there were
more members of Dawn Road than Scorpions in the band, they decided to use the Scorpions name
because it was well known in the German hard rock scene and an album had been released under that
Some of these bands grew tired of not having
enough fans so they start having reality
shows about their life
It soon draws more attention to their fans
They do it so that people can see what their
life is like and support them for why they put
themselves on television with their families or
if they are looking for friends there are a lot of
reasons behind it
Jazz Rock was a beginning style of rock that
incorporated jazz with rock
It began as early as the 1950’s
Lou Armstrong was one of the big influences
of this type of rock
Latin Rock was a form of rock and latin music
together to make a unique sound
Many rock and Roll Artists appeared in
That also brought by to their fame
They were very famous in hollywood
Steven SiroVai (born June 6, 1960) is an
American guitarist, songwriter and producer
who has sold over 15 million albums.After
starting his career as a music transcriptionist for
Frank Zappa,Vai recorded and toured in
Zappa's band for two years, from 1980 to 1982.
The guitarist began a solo career in 1983, has
released eight solo albums and won three
Grammy Awards.Vai has also recorded and
toured with Public Image Ltd.,Alcatrazz, David
Lee Roth andWhitesnake.Vai has been a
regular touring member of the G3 ConcertTour
which began in 1996. In 1999Vai started his own
record label Favored Nations, intending to
showcase as he describes, "...artists that have
attained the highest
performance level on their
SteveVai also designed the ibanez universe
a seven string jem
Vai began playing guitar in 1973, at the age of
13. In 1974, he took guitar lessons from
guitarist Joe Satriani and played in local bands,
one of which was called "The SteveVais". He
was influenced by guitarists including Jimi
Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Jimmy Page,
Glen Buxton, and jazz fusion guitaristAllan
Holdsworth.Vai attended the Berklee College
of Music, afterwards recording a promotional
piece for them in which he spoke about
auditioning for Frank Zappa at age 20.
Many guitarists had their own designs
Some had personalized parts and strings on
They had 6 or more strings or multiple pick
If you want to learn some cool facts about some of the
most influential guitarists watch these next few slides
If you can care less about skip to the end of the
PowerPoint it would be cool if you did watch it
Ill even throw in some cool videos on youtube and a
guitar solos quiz
The videos on youtube are of Uli jon roth
These guitarists are some of the greatest ones in
history and some even designed their own unique
instruments to take the quiz at the end of the
powerpoint some questions about these guitarists are
Enter at your own Riff!!!!!!!!!
Ulrich Roth was born December 18 1954 in DusseldorfWest Germany
He is commonly known as Uli Jon Roth
He is a very famous German guitarist
It was believed that uli ‘s influences came from classical artists blues ,and Jimi hendrix style guitar playing
He was one of the first musicians and songwriters to begin the genre known as neo classical metal
He first appeared as a guitarist for his first band Dawn Road in 1973
Shortly after since scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker left scorpions uli and dawn road became part of Scorpions
After Scorpions albumTokyo tapes in 1978 Uli left the band to form his own cool band known as Electric Sun that had 3
albums and featured him on lead guitar and vocals in 1979
The first electric sun album in 1979 Earthquake was dedicated to jimi hendrix
Fire wind in 1981 the second album was dedicated toAnwar el sedat an assassinated Egyptian president that tried to
make peace in the middle east
Beyond the astral skies the third Electric Sun in 1985 was dedicated to Martin Luther King
Uli has always used a Stratocaster when he was with Dawn Road,Scorpions,and Electric Sun
In the 1980s, Roth commissioned construction of custom guitars with additional frets from master luthier Andreas
Demetriou.Andreas developed the concept adding many unique specifications. Uli Jon Roth has had five of these "Sky"
guitars handcrafted by the British luthier.To be able to emulate the high notes of a violin, all of the Sky Guitars contain
extra frets.The first Sky Guitar (used on the album Beyond theAstral Skies) has 30 frets. Later versions of the Sky Guitar
overcame the problem of the higher register frets becoming too narrow by widening the frets by whole steps for the
highest notes. In an April 2001 Guitar Player Magazine interview, Roth reports that the guitars are either fretless above the
30th fret or have whole step fret spacing above the 27th fret, with 35 effective (half step) frets.All of the Sky guitars with
frets have extensive fretboard scalloping as is favored by Swedish guitaristYngwie Malmsteen (who was influenced greatly
by Roth) and many neoclassical metal guitarists.The Sky guitar's pickups are custom 4-coil humbuckers made by John
Oram, with one guitar having an Oram pickup hidden under the 24th fret. The guitars named 'MightyWing' and 'Destiny'
have 7 strings and the others have 6 strings.The 7th string is a low B. Roth preferred amplifier is currently the Framus
Dragon, and he uses a stalk mountedVibesware guitar resonator (sustainer) to introduce infinite sustain during solos
both live, and on the song "Benediction" from "Under a Dark Sky“.
Electric Sun was a music group formed by Uli Jon Roth in
Hannover Germany after his departure from the Scorpions
in 1978.They recorded three albums between 1979 and
1985. he played a fender Stratocaster at this time
The first album, Earthquake, was released in 1979 and
features guitarist/vocalist Roth, bassist Ule Ritgen and
drummer Clive Edwards. Edwards departed quickly after
recording the first album.
FireWind came next in 1981, featuring new drummer
Sidhatta Gautama.The band toured for a few years
afterwards. While the first two albums were a trio format,
the third album was more of an ensemble project.Veteran
drummer Clive Bunker, formerly of JethroTull, appeared, as
did Ritgen, vocalist Michael Flexig (have a look below) and
guest vocalist Nicky Moore, as well as an array of additional
various singers and orchestral musicians.Another feature of
the album was the invention of Roth's Sky Guitar.
The name Electric Sun was retired in 1986, and Uli Jon Roth
continued to pursue his classical-inspired rock under his
own name, as well as focus on other artistic area
Uli Jon Roth created his own orchestra with him on
the sky guitar called the sky orchestra
They covered a lot of classical pieces in a neoclassical
way this began in the early 1980’s
He also did some experimental things with the album
transcendental sky guitar
Metamorphosis ofVivaldi's four seasons was one of
his most popular sky orchestra albums
Sky of Avalon appeared in his newest albums under a
dark sky and Prologue to symphonic legends
He mainly used his famous sky guitar the might y
wing for these albums
The sky guitar was designed by ex scorpions German guitarist Uli
Jon Roth aka Ulrich Roth he has been playing for over 50 years and
does a lot of neoclassical and blues rock
It might have been one of the first 7 strings out there
It had 34 frets and lots of octave and pentatonic ability
It had a unique body and was a very versatile instrument he can
play anything with it it had a tone cross between a violin
,mandolin,and guitar and every fret on it was spaced out by
octaves so that he can reach higher notes easier than his strat
He had 5 of them for different songs
His favorite was known as the Mighty Wing and Dolphin was the
very first one that was seen he designed it in the early 1980’s and
started the sky orchestra with his 7 string sky guitar within the last
20 years Uli started having Dean Guitars make models of it for 10
to 12,000 Dollars in 6 or 7 string models they call it the Uli Roth Sky
there were only 50 of these special guitars to be sold
Steven Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960) is an American guitarist, songwriter and producer who has sold over 15 million albums. After
starting his career as a music transcriptionist for Frank Zappa, Vai recorded and toured in Zappa's band for two years, from 1980 to
1982. The guitarist began a solo career in 1983, has released eight solo albums and won three Grammy Awards. Vai has also recorded
and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Vai has been a regular touring member of the G3
Concert Tour which began in 1996. In 1999 Vai started his own record label Favored Nations, intending to showcase as he describes,
"...artists that have attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments
Vai mailed Frank Zappa a transcription of Zappa's "The Black Page", an instrumental for drums, along with a tape of Vai's guitar
playing. Zappa was so impressed that in 1979, he hired him to transcribe a number of his guitar solos, including some on the Joe's
Garage album and the Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar series. These transcriptions were published in 1982 in The Frank Zappa Guitar Book.
After being hired as a transcriber, Vai did overdubs on many of the guitar parts for Zappa's album You Are What You Is. He became a
full-fledged band member, going on his first tour with Zappa in the autumn of 1980.
One of those early shows with Vai on guitar, recorded in Buffalo, was released in 2007. While touring with Zappa's band, Vai
sometimes asked audience members to bring musical scores and see if he could sight-read them on the spot. Zappa referred to Vai
as his "little Italian virtuoso" and listed him in the liner notes as performing "stunt guitar" or "impossible guitar parts". Vai was a
featured artist on the 1993 recording Zappa's Universe. In 2006 he returned to Frank Zappa as a special guest on Dweezil Zappa's
'Zappa Plays Zappa' tour, alongside friends from his early years with Zappa.
After leaving Zappa in 1982 he moved to California, where he recorded his first album Flex-Able, in 1983 (released January 1984) and
performed in a couple of bands. In 1985 he replaced Yngwie Malmsteen as lead guitarist in Graham Bonnet's Alcatrazz, with whom
he recorded the album Disturbing the Peace. Later in 1985, he joined former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth's group to record
the albums Eat 'Em and Smile (released July 1986) and Skyscraper (released 1988). In 1986, Vai played with John Lydon's Public Image
Ltd on their album Album. In 1989, Vai joined Whitesnake, replacing Vivian Campbell. When Adrian Vandenberg injured his wrist
shortly before recording was to begin for the album Slip of the Tongue, Vai played all the guitar parts. Vai played on the Alice Cooper
album Hey Stoopid, along with Joe Satriani on the song "Feed my Frankenstein."
Vai continues to tour regularly, with his own group and with his one-time teacher and fellow guitar instrumentalist friend Joe Satriani
on the G3 series of tours. Former David Lee Roth and Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan joined him for a world tour. In 1990, Vai released
his critically acclaimed solo album Passion and Warfare. The song "For the Love of God" was voted #29 in a readers' poll of the 100
greatest guitar solos of all time in Guitar World magazine. In 1994, Vai began writing and recording with Ozzy Osbourne. One track
from these sessions, "My Little Man", was released on the Ozzmosis album. Despite Vai penning the track, he does not appear on the
album, with his guitar parts replaced by Zakk Wylde. Another track, "Dyin' Day", appeared as an instrumental on Vai's Fire Garden
album. Vai's band members in the 90's included drummer Mike Mangini, guitarist Mike Keneally, and bassist Philip Bynoe. In 1994 Vai
received a Grammy Award for his performance on the Frank Zappa song Sofa from the album Zappa's Universe.
Steven J. "Steve" Morse (born 28 July 1954) is an American guitarist and composer, best known as the founder of the
Dixie Dregs, and the guitar player in Deep Purple since 1994. Morse's career has encompassed rock, country, funk, jazz,
classical, and fusion of these musical genres. In addition to a thriving solo career, he enjoyed a brief stint with Kansas in the
Morse's father was a minister and his mother a classically trained pianist; both were also psychologists.The family moved
toTennessee, thenYpsilanti, Michigan, where Morse spent his childhood.Although familiar with piano and clarinet, Morse
ultimately became interested in guitar after seeing a gentleman finger picking a Dixie melody at a county fair.
Morse worked briefly with his brother Dave in a band calledThe Plague until the family moved to Augusta, Georgia. In the
late 60s, he played in a band calledThree—named on the day of a local battle of the bands (and finishing 2nd)-- with his
older brother; and 12 yr. old keyboardistWilliam Gerald (Jerry)Wooten, a student at the same junior high as, though 1
grade earlier than, the 13 yr. old guitarist.Wooten, at Morse's suggestion (after a tryout—with tentative pointers of the
solo- and bass-key style on the Doors' "Light My Fire", at the home of the young Morse) added bass keys (as well as
melodic blues scales learned from Steve) to the band—and was known casually as "Steve's Little Brother", by schoolmates
and denizens of a local psychedelic youth club, "The Green Onion" where—along with Legion Halls and church functions—
the early band performed. Enrolled in the Academy of Richmond County, he met bassist AndyWest and, together, they
formed the nucleus of the Dixie Grit, adding keyboardist Johnny Carr, guitarist and vocalist Frank Brittingham with Dave
Morse drumming. However, this effort was short lived, since covering Led Zeppelin,Cream and the like limited their ability
to get higher-paying jobs at local dance halls.West and Morse continued to play as a duet billed as the Dixie Dregs until
Morse's expulsion from school in the 10th grade (for refusing to cut his hair) enabled his enrolment at the esteemed
University of Miami School of Music. During the 1970s, the University of Miami played host to a number of future
influential musicians, including Bruce Hornsby, Pat Metheny,Chuck Schuldiner, Jaco Pastorius and others.AndyWest also
enrolled at the University of Miami and, with Morse, drummer BartYarnall, keyboardist Frank Josephs and violinist Allen
Sloan, collaborated in a lab project entitled Rock Ensemble II. Rehearsing and performing Morse's compositions at the
University of Miami brought some attention to his credibility as a composer and player.The group compiled a recording
used for promotional efforts in 1975.This recording was eventually released as The Great Spectacular in 1997.
Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a blues
singer and guitarist.
In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him
to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues
and rock luminaries as B.B. King, Albert King, Colosseum II, George Harrison and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo
career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high profile musicians, including a cameo appearance playing the lead guitar
solo on "She's My Baby" from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.
Moore died in his sleep of a heart attack in his hotel room while on holiday in Estepona, Spain, in February 2011.
Moore started performing at a young age, having picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight. He got his first quality
guitar at the age of 14, learning to play the right-handed instrument in the standard way despite being left-handed. He moved to
Dublin in 1968 at the age of 16. His early musical influences were artists such as Albert King, Elvis Presley, The Shadows and The
Beatles. Later, having seen Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, his own style was developing
into a blues-rock sound that would be the dominant form of his career in music.
Moore's greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac who was a mentor to Moore when
performing in Dublin. Green's continued influence on Moore was later repaid as a tribute to Green on his 1995 album Blues for Greeny,
an album consisting entirely of Green compositions. On this tribute album, Moore played Green's 1959 Les Paul Standard guitar
which Green had lent to Moore after leaving Fleetwood Mac. Moore ultimately purchased the guitar, at Green's request, so that "it
would have a good home".
Moore performing at the Manchester Apollo, 1985
While less popular in the US, Moore's work "brought substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world –
especially in Europe". Throughout his career, Moore was recognised as an influence by many notable guitarists including Vivian
Campbell, Patrick Rondat, John Norum, Paul Gilbert, Gus G, Slash, Orianthi, Joe Bonamassa, Adrian Smith, Doug Aldrich, Zakk
Wylde, Randy Rhoads, John Sykes and Kirk Hammett
He collaborated with a broad range of artists including Phil Lynott, George Harrison, Trilok Gurtu, Dr. Strangely Strange, Colosseum
II, Travelling Wilburys, Albert Collins, Jimmy Nail, Mo Foster, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Jim Capaldi, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Vicki
Brown, Cozy Powell, Rod Argent, the Beach Boys, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Rodgers, Keith Emerson, Roger Daltrey, Albert King and
together with Colosseum II with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the composer's Variations album in 1978. He experimented with many
musical genres, including rock, jazz, blues, country, electric blues, hard rock and heavy metal.
In 1968, aged 16, Moore moved to Dublin to join the group Skid Row with Noel Bridgeman and Brendan "Brush" Shiels. It was with
this group that he earned a reputation in the music industry, and his association with Phil Lynott began.
Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist/vocalist Phil
Lynott met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of twelve studio albums.
Thin Lizzy are best known for their songs "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" and "The Boys Are Back in Town", all major international hits still played
regularly on hard rock and classic rock radio stations. After Lynott's death in 1986, various incarnations of the band have emerged over the years
based around guitarists Scott Gorham and John Sykes, though Sykes left the band in 2009.
Lynott, Thin Lizzy's de facto leader, was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve
commercial success in the field of hard rock music. Thin Lizzy boasted some of the most critically acclaimed guitarists throughout their history,
with Downey and Lynott as the rhythm section, on the drums and bass guitar. As well as being multiracial, the band drew their members not only
from both sides of the Irish border but also from both the Catholic and Protestant communities during The Troubles. Their music reflects a wide
range of influences, including country music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music, but is generally classified as hard rock or sometimes
heavy metal. Rolling Stone magazine describes the band as distinctly hard rock, "far apart from the braying mid-70s metal pack".
Allmusic critic John Dougan has written that "As the band's creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk,
preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the
Irish literary tradition." Van Morrison, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix were major influences during the early days of the band, and later influences
included American artists Little Feat and Bob Seger.
Thin Lizzy were founded one night in late December 1969 in Dublin, Ireland, when Belfast guitarist Eric Bell met up with organist Eric Wrixon in a
pub and found that they shared an ambition to form a group. Both musicians had previously played with Them, fronted by Van Morrison. The
same night, they went to see the band Orphanage, which featured vocalist Phil Lynott and drummer Brian Downey. Bell and Wrixon introduced
themselves after the gig and suggested the four of them form a band together. Lynott and Downey were aware of Bell's good musical
reputation, and agreed with the condition that Lynott play bass guitar as well as sing, and that they perform some of his own compositions.
In July 1970, Thin Lizzy released a single, "The Farmer"/"I Need You", on EMI with the B-side written by John D'ardis, who owned Trend Studios
where the single was recorded. The single only sold 283 copies and is now a collectors' item. Wrixon left the band before the single's release,
meaning there was a greater share of income for the three remaining members. He moved to Europe before returning to Belfast, rejoining his
old band, Them. By the end of the year, Thin Lizzy were signed to Decca Records and they travelled to London in January 1971 to record their
debut album, Thin Lizzy. The album sold moderately well but did not chart in the UK despite airplay and support from influential DJs John Peel and
Around March 1971, the band permanently relocated to London, before the release of the unsuccessful "New Day" EP in August. Despite poor
sales, Decca agreed to finance the band's second album Shades of a Blue Orphanage, released in March 1972. Like the previous LP, the songs were
filled with Lynott's personal anecdotes and references to his life in Dublin and the people he knew there. Musically the style was Celtic, with little
warning of the hard rock direction that the band were to take in the future. Again, the album did not chart in the UK.
In mid-1972, Thin Lizzy were asked to record an album of Deep Purple covers, which was released under the title Funky Junction Play a Tribute to
Deep Purple. No mention was made of Thin Lizzy on the record. Vocals and keyboards were handled by members of another band, Elmer Fudd, and
a few instrumental tracks composed by the band were also included on the album. The album was released in January 1973.
 "Whiskey in the Jar"
Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American
musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with
the band the Grateful Dead. Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by
many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group.
One of its founders,Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire three-
decade career (1965–1995).Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side
projects, including the Saunders-Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders),
Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in theWay, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of
Mary, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage (which Garcia co-founded with John
Dawson and David Nelson). He also released several solo albums, and contributed
to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was
well known by many for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling
Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of AllTime" cover story.
Later in life, Garcia was sometimes ill because of his unstable weight, and in 1986
went into a diabetic coma that nearly cost him his life. Although his overall health
improved somewhat after that, he also struggled with heroin and cocaine
addictions, and was staying in a California drug rehabilitation facility when he died
of a heart attack in August 1995.[
Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a Scottish-born British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score
composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977. After
Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler went on to record and produce six solo albums, including Golden Heart (1996), Sailing to Philadelphia
(2000), and Get Lucky (2009). He has composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), and The Princess
Bride (1987). In addition to his work with Dire Straits and as a solo artist and composer, Knopfler has recorded and performed with many
prominent musical artists, including Phil Lynott, Chet Atkins, The Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jools Holland, Sonny
Landreth, and Van Morrison. He has produced albums for such artists as Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.
Knopfler is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era, and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100
Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date. A four-time Grammy Award
winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award and the Steiger Award, and holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music from
universities in the United Kingdom.
Mark Freuder Knopfler was born on 12 August 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland, to an English mother and Hungarian Jewish father—an architect whose
anti-fascist sympathies forced him to flee from his native Hungary. The family settled in Knopfler's mother's home town of Blyth,
Northumberland in North East England when he was 7 years old. He and his younger brother David attended Gosforth Grammar School. Inspired
by his uncle Kingsley's harmonica and boogie-woogie piano playing, he wanted to buy an expensive Fiesta Red Fender Stratocaster just like Hank
Marvin's, but had to settle for a £50 twin-pick-up Höfner Super Solid. During the 1960s, he formed and joined schoolboy bands and listened to
singers like Elvis Presley and guitarists Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, B.B King, Django Reinhardt, Hank Marvin, and James Burton. At 16, he made a
local TV appearance as part of a harmony duo, with his classmate Sue Hercombe.
In 1968, after studying journalism for a year at Harlow Technical College, Knopfler was hired as a junior reporter in Leeds for the Yorkshire
Evening Post. Two years later, he decided to further his studies, and went on to graduate with a degree in English at the University of Leeds.
In April 1970, while living in Leeds, Knopfler recorded a demo disk of an original song he'd written, "Summer's Coming My Way". The recording
included Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), Steve Phillips (second guitar), Dave Johnson (bass), and Paul Granger (percussion). Johnson, Granger,
and vocalist Mick Dewhirst played with Mark in the band Silverheels.
Upon graduation in 1973, Knopfler moved to London and joined a High Wycombe-based band called Brewers Droop, appearing on the album The
Booze Brothers. One night while spending some time with friends, the only guitar available was an old acoustic with a badly warped neck that had
been strung with extra-light strings to make it playable. Even so, he found it impossible to play unless he finger-picked it. He said in a later
interview, "That was where I found my 'voice' on guitar." After a brief stint with Brewers Droop, Knopfler took a job as a lecturer at Loughton
College in Essex—a position he held for three years. Throughout this time, he continued performing with local pub bands, including the Café
Racers. He also formed a duo with long-time associate bluesman Steve Phillips called The Duolian String Pickers.
By the mid-1970s, Knopfler devoted much of his musical energies to his group, the Café Racers. His brother David moved to London, where he
shared a flat with John Illsley—a guitarist who changed over to bass guitar. In April 1977, Mark gave up his flat in Buckhurst Hill and moved in with
David and John. The three began playing music together, and soon Mark invited John to join the Café Racers.
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. According to Edward M. Komara, 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." King was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987
King was born in a small cabin on a cotton plantation outside of Berclair, Mississippi, to Albert King and Nora Ella Farr on September 16, 1925.
In 1930, when King was four years old, his father abandoned the family, and his mother married another man. Because Nora Ella was too poor to
raise her son, King was raised by his maternal grandmother Elnora Farr in Kilmichael, Mississippi. Over the years, King has developed one of the
world's most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex
vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist's vocabulary. His
economy and phrasing has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. King has mixed traditional
blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In King's words, "When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally,
I start to sing by playing Lucille." King grew up singing in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael. At age 12, he purchased his first
guitar for $15.00 although another reference indicates he was given his first guitar by his cousin, Bukka White. In 1943, King left Kilmichael to
work as a tractor driver and play guitar with the Famous St. John's Quartet of Inverness, Mississippi, performing at area churches and on WGRM in
In 1946, King followed his cousin Bukka White to Memphis, Tennessee. White took him in for the next ten months. However, King shortly
returned to Mississippi, where he decided to prepare himself better for the next visit, and returned to West Memphis, Arkansas, two years later in
1948. He performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM in West Memphis, Arkansas where he began to develop a local audience
for his sound. King's appearances led to steady engagements at the Sixteenth Avenue Grill in West Memphis and later to a ten-minute spot on the
legendary Memphis radio station WDIA. King's Spot, became so popular, it was expanded and became the Sepia Swing Club.
Initially he worked at the local R&B radio station WDIA as a singer and disc jockey, where he gained the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy, later
shortened to Blues Boy and finally to B.B. It was there that he first met T-Bone Walker. "Once I'd heard him for the first time, I knew I'd have to
have [an electric guitar] myself. 'Had' to have one, short of stealing!", he said.[8
In 1949, King began recording songs under contract with Los Angeles-based RPM Records. Many of King's early recordings were produced by Sam Phillips, who later founded Sun
Records. Before his RPM contract, King had debuted on Bullet Records by issuing the single "Miss Martha King" (1949), which did not chart well. "My very first recordings [in 1949]
were for a company out of Nashville called Bullet, the Bullet Record Transcription company," King recalls. "I had horns that very first session. I had Phineas Newborn on piano; his
father played drums, and his brother, Calvin, played guitar with me. I had Tuff Green on bass, Ben Branch on tenor sax, his brother, Thomas Branch, on trumpet, and a lady trombone
player. The Newborn family were the house band at the famousPlantation Inn in West Memphis."
Performing with his famous guitar, Lucille
King assembled his own band; the B.B. King Review, under the leadership of Millard Lee. The band initially consisted of Calvin Owens and Kenneth Sands (trumpet), Lawrence Burdin
(alto saxophone), George Coleman (tenor saxophone), Floyd Newman (baritone saxophone), Millard Lee (piano), George Joyner (bass) and Earl Forest and Ted Curry (drums). Onzie
Horne was a trained musician elicited as an arranger to assist King with his compositions. By his own admission, he cannot play chords well and always relies on improvisation. This
was followed by tours across the USA with performances in major theaters in cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and St. Louis, as well as numerous gigs in
small clubs and juke joints of the southern US states.
In the winter of 1949, King played at a dance hall in Twist, Arkansas. In order to heat the hall, a barrel half-filled with kerosene was lit, a fairly common practice at the time. During a
performance, two men began to fight, knocking over the burning barrel and sending burning fuel across the floor. The hall burst into flames, which triggered an evacuation. Once
outside, King realized that he had left his guitar inside the burning building. He entered the blaze to retrieve his beloved guitar, a Gibson semi-hollow electric. Two people died in the
fire. The next day, King learned that the two men were fighting over a woman named Lucille. King named that first guitar Lucille, as well as every one he owned since that near-fatal
experience, as a reminder never again to do something as stupid as run into a burning building or fight over women.
RichardWilliams (born February 1, 1950) is the guitarist for the rock
band Kansas, and has been with them since their 1974 self-titled debut
album.Williams lost his right eye in a childhood fireworks accident. He
wore a prosthetic eye for many years, but now wears an eye patch
In the beginning,Williams shared guitar duties with keyboardist/guitarist
Kerry Livgren. In the late 1980s, he shared the stage with guitar virtuoso
Steve Morse instead.Years later, after some personnel changes in
Kansas,Williams found himself as the only guitar player.While Livgren's
sound could be described as virtuosic and bright,Williams' style was well
balanced with his melodic and mellow sound.Williams and Phil Ehart are
the only two members of Kansas who have never left the band, and have
been present for all Kansas albums to date.
Among the songs he co-wrote with the band are "Can ITellYou", "No
Room for a Stranger", and the hit "Play the GameTonight".
The Ibanez Jem was played by SteveVai
SteveVai experimented with guitars for years
His Favorite was his 7 string Jem
He had them in many colors including borax
He even named his guitars
He has a bunch of them
The parts and sustain on the Jem gave him
lots ofTonality in His Playing and they are
famous for the cutaway
The fender strat is another very famous
guitar it is played by millions of musicians
Eric Johnson was one of the coolest artists to
play stratocasters for his lifetime
He plays a unique style of music with his
Since the late 1950’s strats have been one of
the number one solid body electric guitars
They were designed by Leo Fender
Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991) was anAmerican inventor who founded Fender
Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, or "Fender" for short. He left the company in the late 1960s, and later
founded two other musical instrument companies, MusicMan and G&L Musical Instruments.
The guitars, bass guitars, and amplifiers he designed from the 1940s on are still relevant: the FenderTelecaster (1949) was
the first mass-produced electric guitar; the Fender Stratocaster (1954) is among the world's most iconic electric guitars;
the Fender Precision Bass (1951) set the standard for electric bass guitars; and the Fender Bassman amplifier, popular
enough in its own right, became the basis for later amplifiers (notably by Marshall and Mesa Boogie) that dominated rock
and roll music.
Clarence Leonidas Fender ("Leo") was born onAugust 10, 1909, to Clarence Monte Fender and Harriet Elvira
Wood, owners of a successful orange grove located between Anaheim and Fullerton, California.
From an early age, Fender showed an interest in tinkering with electronics. When he was 13 years old, his uncle,
who ran an automotive-electric shop, sent him a box filled with discarded car radio parts, and a battery.The
following year, Leo visited his uncle's shop in Santa Maria, California, and was fascinated by a radio his uncle had
built from spare parts and placed on display in the front of the shop. Leo later claimed that the loud music
coming from the speaker of that radio made a lasting impression on him. Soon thereafter, Leo began repairing
radios in a small shop in his parents' home.
In the spring of 1928, Fender graduated from Fullerton Union High School, and entered Fullerton Junior College
that fall, as an accounting major. While he was studying to be an accountant, he continued to teach himself
electronics, and tinker with radios and other electrical items but never took any kind of electronics course.
After college, Fender took a job as a deliveryman for Consolidated Ice and Cold Storage Company in Anaheim,
where he later was made the bookkeeper. It was around this time that a local band leader approached Leo,
asking him if he could build a public address system for use by the band at dances in Hollywood. Fender was
contracted to build six of these PA systems.
In 1933, Fender met Esther Klosky, and they were married in 1934. About that time, he took a job as an
accountant for the California Highway Department in San Luis Obispo. In a depression government change-up,
his job was eliminated, and he then took a job in the accounting department of a tire company. After working
there six months, Leo lost his job along with the other accountants in the company.
Eric Johnson (born August 17, 1954) is anAmerican musician,
songwriter, and vocalist from Austin,Texas. Best known for his
electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic,
lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist as well as an accomplished
pianist and vocalist.
Johnson has mastered a wide array of musical genres evidenced
by the many different styles incorporated in both his studio and
live performances including rock, blues, jazz, fusion, soul, folk,
New Age, classical, and country and western.
Guitar Player magazine has called Johnson "one of the most
respected guitarists on the planet". Johnson's stylistic diversity
and technical proficiency with the guitar have been praised by Bill
Hicks. His 1990 platinum-selling, full-length album, AhVia
Musicom, produced the single, "Cliffs Of Dover", for which Johnson
won the 1991 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental
Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (English pronunciation: /ˈɪŋveɪ ˈmɑːlmstiːn/ ING-vay MAHLM-steen, born June 30, 1963) is a Swedish
guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. Malmsteen became known for his neo-classical playing style in heavy
metal. Steve Huey of Allmusic stated that, "Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to
emerge during the '80s."
Yngwie malmsteen was born LarsYngwie Lannerback in Stockholm,Sweden
Ritchie Blackmore and Uli Jon Roth were huge influences to him
He started guitar when he was 10 years old
He has been playing for over 50 years
He plays fender stratocasters his favorite one is called the duck because it is a blonde
1972 strat that has donald duck stickers on the back.
It is a normal single coil with seymour duncan pickups
Malmsteen has stated that he prefers Stratocasters from the period of 1968-1972; he
claims that the bigger headstock on these generates more sustain. Malmsteen
customizes his guitars by fitting a brass nut, removing the middle string tree and
scalloping the fretboard. Malmsteen previously disconnected the tone controls on his
guitars but has said that he no longer does this. Malmsteen has previously used
DiMarzio pickups - most notably the HS3 and the HS4 (Formerly known as theYJM).
Malmsteen would use an HS3 in the bridge and the HS4 in the middle and neck
positions. He now uses his signature Seymour DuncanYJM Fury pickups which have
been out for the past couple of years or so. In his earlier recordings, Malmsteen used
an HS3 in the neck and bridge positions and a disconnected stock fender in the
middle. Malmsteen had also use a FenderTelecaster in a tour when in England, 1997.
Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore (born 14
April 1945) is a British guitarist and songwriter,
who is known as one of the first guitarists to
fuse classical music elements with blues
rock. He began his professional career as a
studio session musician and was subsequently
a member of Deep Purple, after which
Blackmore established a successful career
fronting his own band Rainbow, and later
progressed to the traditional folk rock project
Blackmore was born at Allandale
Mare, Somerset, SouthWest
England, but moved to Heston,
Middlesex (now Greater London)
at the age of two.Although the
surname Blackmore is thought to
be of English origin, his father was
of Welsh ancestry and his mother
of English. He was 11 when he
got his first guitar. His father
bought it for him on certain
conditions, including learning how
to play properly, so he took
classical guitar lessons for a year.
While at school he did well at
sports including the javelin.
Blackmore left school at age 15
and started work as an apprentice
radio mechanic at nearby
HeathrowAirport. He was given
guitar lessons by Big Jim Sullivan.