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Κυριακή, 3 Μαΐου 2009


The Igloo Club was so called because it was designed to look like the insight of an igloo, with everything rounded. It had a resident band called the Juniors and their manager needed another band to support them, so John Bailey talked  this guy into hiring us. The gig consisted of us playing three sets a night, alongside the Jouniors, who were playing songs by the Beatles and the Kings.

Two nights after we got this gig, the Juniors were involved in a car crash and two of them were killed outright. The following morning we were having coffee at the club when the manager came in and started screaming the name of Thanos, the keyboard player, who he was apparently in love with and who was one of the guys who had died. 'Thanos, Thanos, Thanos' he screamed and then started throwing glasses at the mirror behind the bar. Someone said we had better get out, so everyone left and he smashed the club to bits.

They repaired the club and someone who represented the heartbroken manager approached me and told me that they nedded to get things up and running again and they wanted me to play with the Juniors. So I found myself playing a set with them, then a set with my band, another set with them, etc. After a few days of this, the Juniors suddenly took off. I knew all the songs they wanted to play and the next thing I knew we were doing gigs in Pireaus playing to 10,000 people.

When I told the drummer in the Juniors that I was thinking of leaving, he said, 'You'd better not, the manager will come after you if you try to leave and he 'll cut your hands off'. I got the impression he wasn't joking, so we planned to do a runner. We secretly organised train tickets, while the band packed up their stuff so they were ready to go. I turned up as usual one afternoon for a Juniors rehearsal, but we had a car waiting on the other side of the building. At a given signal, I said I was going to the toilet and walked out, got into the car and went straight to the train station leaving the Juniors high and dry. The drummer with the Juniors was our inside man, I owe him my hands, thanks man I can never repay you enough. I left behind a beautiful Gibson Les Paul and a Marshall amp...


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G3 is an almost annual live music show and concert tour featuring three select guitarists of the generation; hence its name. It was created by guitarist Joe Satriani in 1996. Since its inception G3 has featured many guitarists including: Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd,Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Robert Fripp, Paul Gilbert, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Adrian Legg and many other special guests, including Tony MacAlpine, Johnny Hiland, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Chris Duarte, Andy Timmons, Neal Schon, Gary Hoey, Brian May,Billy Gibbons, Johnny A, George Lynch, Patrick Rondat, Michel Cusson, Alejandro Silva (Only in Chile) and Eric Sardinas.


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Πέμπτη, 19 Φεβρουαρίου 2009

Gipsy Kings are a music group from Arles and Montpellier, France. Although group members were born in France, their parents were gitanos who fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War. They are known for bringing Rumba Catalana, a pop-oriented version of traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences. Their music has a particular Rumba Flamenca style, with pop influences; many songs of the Gipsy Kings fit social dances, such as Salsa and Rumba. Their music has been described as a place where "Spanish flamenco and Romani rhapsody meet salsa funk".[1]more........


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Δευτέρα, 16 Φεβρουαρίου 2009


After several years of local success in the Nottingham/Mansfield area as a band known since 1962 as The Jaybirds (its core was formed in late 1960 as Ivan Jay and the Jaycats), and later as Ivan Jay and the Jaymen, Ten Years After was founded by Alvin Lee and Leo Lyons. Ivan Jay sang lead vocals from late 1960 to 1962 and was joined by Ric Lee in August 1965, replacing original drummer Dave Quickmire, who had joined in 1962. In 1966 The Jaybirds moved to London, where Chick Churchill joined the group. That November the quartet signed a manager, Chris Wright, and decided to change their name to Blues Trip, Blues Yard (under which they played a show at the Marquee Club supporting theBonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band), and finally in November 1966, to Ten Years After (in honour of Elvis Presley, an idol of Lee's whose momentous year in rock, 1956, helps to better explain the band's title). They became the first band of the soon-to-be Chrysalis Agency. They secured a residency at the Marquee, and received an invitation to play at the renowned Windsor Jazz Festival in 1967. That performance led to a contract with Deram, a subsidiary company of Decca – the first band so signed without a hit single. In October, their 1967 self-titled debut album was released.

In 1968, after touring Scandinavia and the United States, Ten Years After released their second album, live Undead, which brought their first classic, "I'm Going Home." This was followed in February 1969 by studio issue, Stonedhenge, a British hit, that included another classic, "Hear Me Calling" (it was released also as a single, and covered in 1972 by British glam rock rising stars, Slade). In July 1969 they appeared at theNewport Jazz Festival, in the first event to which rock bands were invited. In August, the band performed a breakthrough American appearance at Woodstock; their furious-to-soft-to-furious rendition of "I'm Going Home" featuring Alvin Lee as the lead singer was featured in both the subsequent film and soundtrack album and catapulted them to star status.

During 1970, Ten Years After released "Love Like a Man", their only hit in the UK Singles Chart. This song was on their fifth album, Cricklewood Green. The name of the album comes from a friend of the group who lived in Cricklewood, London. He grew a sort of plant which was said to have hallucinogenic effects. The band did not know the name of this plant, so they called their album Cricklewood Green. It was the first recordto be issued with a different playing speed on both sides – one a three-minute edit at 45rpm, the other, a nine-minute live version at 33rpm. In August, Ten Years After played the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 to an audience of 600,000.

In 1971, the band released the album A Space in Time which marked a move toward more commercial material. It featured their biggest hit, "I'd Love To Change The World". But a few albums later, the band broke up after the 1974 album Positive Vibrations. They re-united in 1983 to play the Reading Festival and this performance was later released on CD as The Friday Rock Show Sessions - Live At Reading '83' . In 1988, they re-united for a few concerts and recorded the album About Time (1989).

Alvin Lee has since then mostly played and recorded under his own name. In 2004, the other band members replaced him with Joe Gooch and recorded the album Now. Material from the following tour was used for the 2005 double album Roadworks. Ric Lee is currently in a band called The Breakers, along with Ian Ellis (Clouds).


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