Tony Besgrove’s Essential Viewing: May 2005, Cream played a number of packed out reunion concerts at the Albert Hall.

In May 2005, Cream played a number of packed out reunion concerts at the Albert Hall. These concerts were attended by the great and the good from UK’s rock royalty. This video demonstrates the incredible musicianship still present in the trio – Jack Bruce’s bass and vocals, Ginger Baker’s brilliant drumming, and whilst I’m not […]

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Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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SLASH: Tony Besgrove’s Guitar Hero #3 – Slash

Born Saul Hudson in Hampstead, London, in 1965, and spending his early years in Stoke-on-Trent, he moved to Los Angeles around the age of five and subsequently adopted the stage name Slash. After playing in a number of LA bands, in 1985 he decided to join a bunch of old musician friends who had just […]

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Tony Besgrove’s pick of the day: Lindsey Buckingham; 2003 concert in Boston

Tony writes as follows: Every few years, the music and guitar magazines run their ‘best guitar solo’ poll, and every year it is topped by either Dave Gilmour’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ or Don Felder’s & Joe Walsh’s ‘Hotel California’ solos – all magnificent pieces of guitar artistry. However, here’s one that seems to have been forgotten, […]

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Tony Besgrove’s guitar hero no. 1 – Neil Young

One of the greatest acclamations a guitar player can have is to be instantly recognisable through their playing. Who else, other than George Harrison, could it have been playing the first solo on Cream’s ‘Badge’. Take the guitar solo in Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ – no-one but Eddie Van Halen sounds like that. Brian May, […]

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From our archives: Tony Besgrove …… and then there were none!

I couldn’t let the passing away of the last remaining member of the original Ramones lineup go by without putting pen to paper (well, fingers to keyboard, then). On July 11th. Tommy Ramone, drummer, died from cancer. He followed in the footsteps of Joey (vocals, d.2001), Dee Dee (bass/vocals d.2002), and Johnny (guitar, d.2004) More […]

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OLC rock editor Tony Besgrove suggests that you consider Modern Life Is War

“We’re Modern Life Is War from Marshalltown, Iowa!” So begins every gig played by this band. This is the signal that initiates a stage invasion and subsequent mass crowd surfing – with hyped-up fans hurling themselves over the heads of others and seemingly unconcerned over the consequences should that body of fans in the audience […]

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Tony Besgrove’s You Tube Pick of the Day ‘The Unguarded Moment’ by The Church.

The Church were (and still are) a relatively unknown Australian band – at least outside of their home country. In 1981 they released their debut album, ‘Of Skins And Heart’. One track on that album became their first Australian top ten 45 – ‘The Unguarded Moment’. The Los Angeles Times described the band’s music as […]

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