PRINCE: Tony Besgrove’s Pick of the Day – Purple Rain – Prince

Updated with new links 21/06/18 Many Prince You Tube videos get taken down pretty quickly, but for the moment you can view the performance at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8raPqu-6Gw and for those in a hurry a crudely edited truncated version of the guitar solo may be seen at:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANn8Y1p-DfA. —//— The first time I saw this performance on […]

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Rory Gallagher: Best Guitar Solos. Observations by Tony Besgrove

We are – as always – indebted to our friend Tony Besgrove for this terrific recommendation. He writes – “Rory at his greatest – clips from his most spectacular solos – such brilliant phrasing. Strats just don’t get so battered as this one.” Also ….. You can find all of Tony’s infallible choices by clicking […]

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MOTORHEAD: Overkill Live Full-HD. Observations by Tony Besgrove

We are – as always – indebted to our friend Tony Besgrove for this terrific recommendation. He writes – “NOTHING, BUT NOTHING says ‘rock’ as much as this video. The editing is unbelievably and stupidly busy, but the audio is something else. Funeral music extraordinaire.” Also ….. You can find all of Tony’s infallible choices […]

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

  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, but in my […]

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Tony Besgrove’s YouTube Pick of the Day – Mick Ronson

Mick Ronson died 22 years ago at the age of 46 from liver cancer. He was probably best known for his association with David Bowie, acting as David’s axeman during his Ziggy Stardust phase. A multi-talented musician, ‘Ronno’ also arranged and produced a multitude of Bowie tracks. Later he collaborated with many other class acts, […]

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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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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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