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Metallica’s Special Tribute in Moscow, cover of Kino’s song, “Peremen”

by Ashley Andersen
July 23, 2019
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Metallica – 2019. © Herring and Herring.

After nearly four decades, Metallica proves that they still enjoy setting the bar high and challenging themselves as musicians. Metallica’s live performances have become legendary. They have never stopped giving back and paying special tribute to their fans all around the world. Metallica demonstrates that they enjoy stepping outside of their comfort zone by performing special covers such as, “Dancing Queen” by Abba in Sweden. “Take on Me” by AHA in Norway, Rammstein’s “Engel” in Berlin and the work of Ivan Mladec in Prague.

 Metallica carried on this tradition by surprising and electrifying their fans in Moscow while performing at Luzhniki Sports Stadium on their WorldWIred Tour.  On July 21st, in the middle of the concert. bassist Robert Trujillo and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett broke into “Gruppa Krovi” (Blood Type) by the revered, beloved and respected Russian musician / songwriter Viktor Tsoi.

Viktor Tsoi © The Calvert Journal.

Viktor Tsoi and his band Kino gained much popularity during the ’80’s. Tsoi’s song “Changes” became anthem of real change. Mikhail Gorbachev adopted the song as an anthem during Perestroika and he would go on to change the face of Russian politics forever.

Almost by accident, (the song “Changes” was originally about personal change.) Tsoi became a cult hero and revolutionary figure. Like Marc Boland from T-Rex, Tsoi’s career was cut short when he was killed in a car accident in 1991. Metallica’s cover proves that Tsoi’s music still resonates and lives strong in the hearts and minds of the Russian people.

This was no easy feat for vocalist Trujillo to accomplish. He had to first translate the words into Latin and then break it down phonetically. But the reaction of the crowd shows that they appreciated the effort that Metallica made for a show that will never be forgotten by the Russian fans in Moscow.

Metallica lice atLuzhniki Sports Stadium in Moscow, Russia, 2019.

History of Peter Murphy and 11 Nights at (Le) Poisson Rouge – NYC

by Ashley Andersen
June 19, 2019
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Peter Murphy - Bauhaus

Peter Murphy, iconic lead singer, with an incredibly distinctive voice, is an original member of the band Bauhaus. These highly inventive and inspiring “rock and rollers” were some of the pioneers, who created a whole new genre of music, Gothic Rock

The Early Years...

Bauhaus formed  in 1978. The four young men all hailed from Northampton, England. Originally, the band’s name was Bauhaus 1919, giving a nod to when the famous German Bauhaus Art Movement was created. The group ultimately decided to drop 1919 from their band name. However, they kept the font of their band’s name exactly like on building of the art college in Dessau, Germany that the whole band admired so much… 

Peter Murphy, had never sang or written lyrics prior to joining Bauhaus. It was Daniel Ash, who would convince Murphy to become the group’s lead singer and write words to their songs. Ash thought Peter Murphy had exactly the right look for the band. Murphy gave it a shot… The rest as the saying goes in this particular case, is “rock – n – roll history…”

A picture of Bauhaus taken by the British Guardian Newspaper in 1979. The title of the article was called: Bauhaus Invent Goth, which Peter Murphy personally hated. The look on Murphy’s face makes that obvious…
From left to right: Daniel Ash: Guitarist, Kevin Haskins: Drums, Peter Murphy: Lead Vocals, David J.: Bass Guitar.

Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, David J. and Peter Murphy entered Beck Recording Studios for the first time as a band. They recorded their legendary song “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” along with five other tracks to use as their first demo tape.

Kevin Haskins played a wonderful, hypnotic, bossa – nova style drum beat, while Daniel Ash added very experimental guitar riffs and sounds. Bauhaus bassist David J., who’s last name also happens to be Haskins is the older brother of Kevin Haskins. David J. played a very heavy, gloomy, distorted bass line, which was perfect for the song!

Bela Lugosi’s Dead was over nine minutes long. Something in the late 1970’s that was usually very problematic for most radio stations and music labels at that time. The movie Bohemian Rhapsody is a perfect example of why radio stations and music labels had such an aversion to extremely long songs during this era. Small Wonder Records released Bela Lugosi’s Dead as a single in 1979. 

The song received favorable reviews and it was played often on BBC Radio 1Bela Lugosi’s Dead also remained on the British Independent Music Charts for two consecutive years. Popular D.J. John Peel played the song on his nighttime BBC Radio 1 show frequently. No one had heard anything like Bela Lugosi’s Dead prior to 1979… 

The song would go on to be featured as a video during the opening sequence of the cult classic movie, The Hunger. The film was made in 1983 and starred David Bowie, along with beauties, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. The film was directed by Tony Scott. If you have not seen this film, I highly recommend it. It is truly remarkable… It should be noted that Peter Murphy and Bauhaus were highly inspired by the late, incredible musician / songwriter David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust

As a result of the song and its popularity,  4AD Records signed Bauhaus immediately in 1980. 4AD released Bauhaus first studio recorded album “In The Flat Field” on November 3, 1980. Bauhaus’ popularity became so great that The 4AD Music Label was no longer able to represent them effectively. They signed them on to their sister music label, Beggar’s Banquet. Beggars Banquet would go on to represent the amazing Goth, electronica music pioneer, Gary Numan. They would also go on to represent the band The Cult.

Bauhaus - The Beggar's Banquet Years...

The first Bauhaus studio album on Beggars Banquet was “Mask,” released in October of 1981. This album was quickly followed by The Sky’s Gone Out, which was released on October, 19, 1982. (This album by Bauhaus is yours truly’s personal favorite!) 

Bauhaus fourth album during the 1980’s was Burning From The Inside, recorded in 1983. Peter Murphy was extremely ill during the recording of this particular album. As a result, Daniel Ash had to sing many of the songs on the album. By the time the album was officially released, Bauhaus had broken up as a band… In 2008, Bauhaus released their final album number five, Go Away White.It was the first time Bauhaus as a band had introduced new material since 1983.Ironically, Bauhaus (a very unique sounding band) experienced huge success by doing covers. Bauhaus covered “Ziggy Stardust,” written by David Bowie on his concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars released on June 6, 1972. Bauhaus would release their version of Ziggy Stardust a decade later in 1982 on their album The Sky’s Gone Out.

 It was released as a single a went straight to #4 on the U.K. music charts. It also got Bauhaus on to the popular British “Top of The Pops.” It would become Bauhaus’ most successful song ever on the U.K’s music charts.

 Bauhaus also covered “Telegram Sam” It can be found on the Bauhaus album “In The Flat Field.” The song was written by the late Marc Bolan former leader of influential band T – Rex. The Bauhaus cover made it to number 69 on the U.K. music charts.

Peter Murphy has released over ten solo albums throughout the course of his extraordinary career. In 1984, Murphy created a band Dalis Car, with friend and amazing bassist Mick Karn. You may remember Karn as bassist for the popular 1980’s underground band Japan

In this group Karn played bass, keyboards and saxophone. Peter Murphy was lead vocalist and Paul Vincent Lawford was in charge of all rhythmic arrangements for the band. The band released one album, The Waking Hour.

The album came in $30,000 over the $60,000 (U.S. dollars) that Beggar’s Banquet had given them to create the album. “The Waking Hour” was considered to be a commercial failure. Apparently, Murphy and Karn had a hard time working together, while recording in the studio. Karn had this to say during an interview, when he was asked about why the album had flopped,

“It was a particularly difficult project. We were two very different people…”

The Ruby Celebration Tour...

In 2018, Peter Murphy went on the Ruby Celebration Tour with former bandmate, bassist and Co – founder of Bauhaus David J. 

This tour was commemorating forty years of Bauhaus and their incredible music. Murphy and J. on this tour played the amazing Bauhaus album “In The Flat Field,” in its entirety every single night during the Ruby Celebration Tour. The tour began in the U.K, went on to Europe and Oceania… 

Peter Murphy and David J. played an exhausting ninety three shows while on this tour. During this tour millions of Bauhaus fans were stunned when it was discovered that Murphy had been thrown out of his own show in Stockholm, Sweden. Apparently Murphy was infuriated with the sound technician during this particular performance… 

“The world famous goth rock star Peter Murphy, 61, was thrown out by organizers from his concert at Nalen in Stockholm on Wednesday night. The rejection was preceded by Murphy throwing bottles from the stage that injured a concert visitor in the face. When Murphy was thrown out, he ended up fighting with guards…”

 Swedish newspaper ~ Dagens Nyheter (Translated into English)

Murphy earned a well deserved rest and hiatus after the Ruby Celebration Tour. He recuperated in Instanbul, Turkey. Murphy has called Turkey his home since 1992. It is also the birthplace of his wife, Beyhan Murphy. She is the head choreographer of the Turkish National Modern Dance Group. The couple have been married since 1982. Murphy considers himself to be a Sufi, Muslim. The singer has some very exciting news to share with fans all around the world and particularly those, who reside in New York City!   

Peter Murphy Residancy at (Le) Poisson Rouge - NYC

Peter Murphy will be giving concert performances from August 2 – 18 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City! He will be performing his solo albums in their entirety!

Aug. 2nd: Should the World Fall Apart

Aug 3rd: Love Hysteria

Aug 5th: Deep

Aug 8th: Holy Smoke

Aug 9th: Cascade

 Aug 10th: Dust

Aug 12th: Ninth

Aug 13th: Lion

Aug: 15th Greatest Hits

Aug 16th: Mr. Moonlight (Bauhaus Songs)

Aug 18th: Tribute to David Bowie

Buy tickets, see these shows and remember the cause that you are supporting! By performing these shows Peter Murphy is reminding generations of fans both young and old about the legacy of Goth Rock. How this music is still loved and inspires millions fans, bands and musicians today. A legacy that started with Bauhaus and that Murphy is carrying on as a solo artist, singer, musician and songwriter.

Johnny Depp “Heroes ” – Hollywood Vampires

by Ashley Andersen
June 11, 2019
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A screen shot of the video “Heroes,” performed  by Johnny Depp and his band “Hollywood Vampires. 
 

When one thinks of John Christopher Depp II, who is known the world over by his stage name Johnny Depp; we automatically think of an incredibly talented and versatile method actor. Depp first rose to fame when he starred in the highly popular television series 21 Jump Street, which was featured on the Fox network from 1987 to 1991. Depp played an extremely young looking undercover cop in the series. This role instantly made him become a teen idol, which made both women and men absolutely swoon with his every move…

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“The Dirt” – The Mötley Crüe Story on Film

by Ashley Andersen
March 26, 2019
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The dirt Motley Crue Poster

In 2017, Netflix bought the rights to the rock-n-roll biopic “The Dirt,” directed by Jeff Tremaine and the screen play written by Rich Wilkes. The movie is based on the collaborative book, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, who became forever known as Motley Crue.

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Dick Dale – King of Surf Rock and So Much More

by Ashley Andersen
March 20, 2019
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 Dick Dale featured with a Fender south paw guitar circa 1961 – ’62. He did not string his guitar in the traditional way for a “lefty” guitar. The strings were arranged as they would be for a right handed guitarist. Technically, he played the guitar upside town. Photo credit: Jasmine.

On March 16th, 2019 the music world lost one of its most unique, inspirational and legendary guitarists, Richard Anthony Monsour. You will recognize him by his stage name Dick Dale. He was crowned the King of Surf Rock. But Dale would go on to acquire a few more honorable music titles before it was all said and done.

 Dale was born on May 4th, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts. As a young boy, he was very fond of Hank Williams. Williams has been called one of the greatest songwriters of the twentieth century. You may be surprised to learn that the first instrument that Dale took up was not the guitar. It was the piano, which he started learning at the age of nine.

He considered the piano to be his favorite instrument to play. He could not read music. He also would learn the ukulele and the trumpet. The first song he learned on the ukulele was “Tennessee Waltz” due to being highly influenced by the way Hank William’s played the guitar. These are just the western instruments that Monsour learned how to play…

Hank William’s giving one of his only live performances. He performed “Hey Good Lookin” in 1951 on the Kate Smith Evening Hour. Before the song begins, he dedicates it to a twenty two year old June Carter. This gives a great example of William’s guitar playing style that Dick Dale grew up being influenced by.

As Dale got older he became interested in the guitar. He put down a deposit on one that a friend of his was selling. At the time was only making five cents an hour at a bakery. The cost of the guitar was a steep eight dollars. After making weekly scheduled payments of fifty cents, he succeeded in acquiring the instrument. In 1954, Dale moved to California with his family after graduating the eleventh grade in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dale discovered his passion for surfing at age seventeen.

Originally, Dale aspired to become a country music musician and singer. He began playing in Honky Tonk bars and met a fellow named Texas Tiny. It was Tiny who would give Richard Monsour the stage name Dick Dale. Both men agreed that it would be the perfect name for an aspiring country music singer. Due to his maternal Belarusian and paternal Lebanese heritage, Dale was exposed to many wonderful rhythms, instruments and musical genres.

 His uncle taught him how to play the tarabaki drum a.k.a. the goblet drum. Dale said that mastering the rhythms on this drum would go on to influence every other instrument that he played. In his guitar playing it would translate into “the pulsation,” which was Dale’s unique, signature, alternate picking style that would ultimately make him a music legend.

Dale incorporated a lot of middle eastern scales into his guitar playing. This is perhaps best demonstrated in his song, “Misirlou.” Prior to this song no rock and roll guitar players were doing this. Dale was left handed and played a south paw guitar. Once again, Dale would create his own approach to playing a “lefty” guitar. 

Essentially, the way in which Dale technically played guitar was upside down because he chose to string his left handed guitars as you would if you were right handed. With the success of “Misirlou,” Dale could have retired and gone into the sunset. But, this was only the beginning for this man’s extraordinary career as a musician…

“Misirlou.”It could be argued that this is Dale’s most popular song. This song help Dale become a household name when he and his band performed it on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964.

Dale became a tester of new equipment for an American inventor named Leo Fender. This man’s guitars and amplifiers became the preferred choice of legendary guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton and countless others. Incredibly, Leo Fender did not know how to play guitar. He considered himself an inventor – engineer and not a musician. In his obituary, Robby Slaugher from Guitar Player Magazine wrote this about him.

“Leo Fender neither drank nor smoked and had few close friends. He had no children. His guitars and amps, one associate said, those were his kids. He was described by more than one associate as something of a recluse. While he dabbled in photography, liked to play pinochle on a Saturday night, and owned an expensive boat, his only true hobby, perhaps his obsession was his work. He was a man of few words. He did not play guitar.”

Leo Fender, American inventor. 

Dale had a need for a loud sound! As a result of this, he wound up blowing up a lot of Fender amplifiers. After attending a show Leo Fender and an associate Freddie Travares acquired a customized fifteen inch loudspeaker. It became known as the Fender Single Showman Amp. It was the loudest amplifier available at the time. As a tester for new Fender products Dale said, “when it can withstand the barrage of punishment from Dick Dale, then it is fit for human consumption.”

Dick Dale and his main guitar, which he called “The Beast.” He received this  guitar directly from his friend Leo Fender. Photo courtesy of Eric Ernest from Abalone Vintage

Dale also developed a preference for using heavy gauge strings. Dale is credited as being “The Father of Heavy Metal.” The shows that Dale and his band played in Balboa Beach, California became the most popular event in town. He was granted permission to play at the Rendezvous Ballroom, which had a three thousand person occupancy as long as there was no alcohol available and fans adhered to a strict dress code. Dale sold out the venue every time he and his band held a show. These “surfer dances” became known as “stomps.” 

In 1962, Dale released his first album called “Surfer’s Choice.” Dale commented about what surfing meant to him as a musician. “There was a tremendous amount of power I felt while surfing and that power was simply transferred into my guitar.” This primarily instrumental rock, saturated in reverb and known for its alternate picking techniques became highly popular.

“Surfer’s Choice.” This was the first album from Dick Dale and his Del Tones by the Deltone label and was released in 1962. This was Dick Dale’s own label. This picture represents Dale’s two passions – music and surfing. It was recorded live at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa Beach, California. The song “Let’s Go Trippin” is considered to be one of the first surf rock songs.

In 1963, several of Dale’s songs were featured in the movie “Beach Party,” staring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. In 1964, Dale’s music was featured in the film “Muscle Beach Party.” The film was directed by William Asher and again starred Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello and Don Rickles. A thirteen year old Stevie Wonder would make his first film debut billed as “Little Stevie Wonder.” Surf rock became overshadowed by groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other British Invasion groups when they began dominating the American music airwaves and music charts. 

Around this time Dale was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Although the cancer went into remission, he retired from music and was not heard of for many years. One day while swimming, Dale had an accident and was injured. He almost lost a leg due to acquiring a pollution related infection. After this experience Dale became an environmental activist. In 1986, Dale recorded an album which would earn him a grammy nomination. The following year Dale would perform “Pipeline” in the movie “Back to the Beach with the late, legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. 

Dick Dale and The Del Tones and “Little Stevie Wonder” performing “Happy Street” in the 1964 movie “Muscle Beach Party.”

Quentin Tarrantino’s use of “Misirlou” in his cult classic film “Pulp Fiction,” essentially revitalized Dale’s career and exposed him to a whole new generation of fans. In 2009 Dick Dale was inducted into the musicians hall of fame in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2011, he was inducted into the surfing walk of fame specifically in the surf culture category. In his later years, Dick Dale was not a well man. The cancer that had been in remission resurfaced. He also had diabetes, renal failure and damage to his vertebrae, which caused him excruciating pain. 

He said that he had to keep touring in order to pay his medical bills. Dale did not drink or smoke and encouraged his bandmates and roadies not to either. He said it was because of health reasons. He was married twice and has a son James. Dick rarely saw his first wife or his son. James would go on to tour with his father’s band as the drummer. Dale’s wife Lana became his manager. On March 16, 2019 Dick Dale passed away. No specific cause of death has yet been disclosed.

Dick Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughan performing “Pipeline” together in the film “Back to the Beach” released in 1987. All you have to do is look into the eyes of Stevie Ray Vaughan to see how honored he felt playing next to Dick Dale. Dale had the ability to make other guitar legends become “awe struck.” Two incredible guitar players, who are now no longer with us.

According to dictionary.com a “Renaissance Man” is defined as, “a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.” I would say that this is the perfect way to define Dick Dale. He surfed, played guitar as well as many other instruments, road motorcycles was an activist and an animal lover and much more. He was a pioneer, an innovator and completely original. That is something that is hard to be in our world today. 

His unique approach to playing guitar created a whole new genre of rock music. His music would go on to inspire the creation of other genres of music including punk, garage rock, psychabilly, indie and goth music… If I had to talk about all the amazing musicians, who have been inspired by Dick Dale’s guitar playing this blog would probably get put into the Guiness Book of World Records in the category for world’s longest blog. Instead, I’ve chosen to feature some tributes from musicians who admired and or knew him.

“I’m sorry to hear about Dick Dale passing. Dick’s guitar playing was a big influence on all of us, and we covered “Misirlou” on our Surfing USA album in 1963. Love and mercy to Dick’s family.” 
Brian Wilson /The Beach Boys

“Dick Dale, who will forever remain a guitar God. May his spirit rest in peace. We will meet again brother…”
Rick Springfield

“It is saddening to hear of the passing of the incredible Dick Dale. I spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing “Nitro” whenever I can. Sadly, I never got to meet him. A unique innovator of the guitar with pick melting style and swagger for miles. I can remember traveling up from Pontiac to Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was sixteen. That upside down gold sparkle Fender of his needs to be hung up some place special. Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar.”
Jack White III

I think Jack White III describes what a lot of other guitar rockers like Jim Heath a.k.a. the Reverend Horton Heat, Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Setzer and other killer guitar players all did when they were first learning. They practiced and learned technique and tried to master songs by Dick Dale. I’m willing to bet money on that! For more info about Dick Dale go to www.dickdale.com. We here at Rock-n-Roll.biz send our thoughts and prayers to his family.