The Web site of the UK radio station Absolute Radio is currently featuring several very interesting podcasts marking the 25th anniversary of the Live Aid concerts.
It’s been a quarter-century since Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof put together what has been, in hindsight, the most extensive multi-continental benefit concert to date, Live Aid.
Absolute Radio will broadcast a documentary about the 25th anniversary of Live Aid next week. The documentary will be aired in two parts. The first will be broadcast on Monday, July 12th at 10 p.m. BST (5 p.m. Eastern) and part two can be heard the following night at the same time.
In addition to featuring well-drawn characters, interesting storylines, razor-sharp dialogue, and, for better or worse, the fashions of the early 1980s, Ashes to Ashes also has a fantastic soundtrack that is chock full of the music of the time.
Super-sized rocker, Meat Loaf, will offer viewers the opportunity to purchase his forthcoming album, “Hang Cool Teddy Bear,” one week before its street date, on the shopping network.
Looking at small bits of art necessarily enters the realm of the abstract, and, of course, a guitar solo is usually shorter than a band’s catalog, much less an album or even a song. So, this gets tricky.
The Who’s Pete Townshend is one of many musical icons who sing the praises of Paul Rodgers.
Fall 1974 was a tempestuous time on the British rock scene. Particularly if you were a guitarist.
Ariel Bender left Mott The Hoople. Mick Taylor was on his way out of The Rolling Stones. Adrian Fisher was sacked by Sparks. And Brian May, if the rumor mill was telling the truth, was about to leave Queen.
At the height of the band’s American visit, following a week of shows at the Uris Theatre on Broadway, New York, May was stricken by hepatitis, causing the band to cancel their last few appearances.
Collectors and archivists have registered a handful of surviving outtakes, but little of it sets the pulse racing — instrumental versions of “Tenement Funster,” “Flick Of The Wrist” and “In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited,” and an early take of “Brighton Rock.” But the band also recorded a “new” version of the musical-hall standard “Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside.”