MC5: Tony Besgrove suggests that you Stay Alive with The MC5

In the late sixties, earning their spurs at the legendary Grande Ballroom in Detroit alongside The Stooges as a house band, the MC5 blasted their way into my affections, producing some of the loudest, baddest, heavy rock music ever heard at that time.  Having given their support to a left wing, anarchist movement called the […]

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LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM: The 2003 concert in Boston – Tony Besgrove comments

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 view […]

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THE CHURCH: The Unguared Moment. Tony Besgrove’s discusses

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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MODERN LIFE IS WAR: Tony Besgrove suggests that you consider investigating

“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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PRINCE: Purple Rain. Tony Besgrove’s opinion

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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RAMONES: …… and then there were none writes Tony Besgrove

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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MICK RONSON: Tony Besgrove’s YouTube pick of the day

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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CREAM: 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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NEIL YOUNG / A Tony Besgrove guitar hero, and then some

  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 […]

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THE CREATION: Making Time / Tony Besgrove’s pick of the day

Editor’s note: Today we welcome our friend Tony Besgrove to the team. Howard has known Tony (known, but not in the biblical sense!) for some years now and says he’s as fanatical about music as the rest of us. Fortunately, unlike the rest of us where we  share musical common denominators, Tony bring a fresh […]

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