Author: Rockshot

Photography: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers @ RAH

What a thrill to photograph Tom Petty. One of my all time favourites and the cool dude friend everyone wants to have. I was actually nervous before hand and I contacted a few photographers who had been there on the previous date to ensure I got it right. What a great show and great sound. First three songs and out. Listen to Her Heart was the opener, followed by the theatrical You Wreck Me  and I Won’t Back Down. After I had gone  to file my pictures, I heard that Steve Winwood came on stage and did two songs...

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All Quiet Now: Brian Hibbard (Flying Pickets)

The actor and performer Brian Hibbard has died at the age of 65 after suffering from prostate cancer. Born in Ebbw Vale, he became famous as the singer of the chart-topping Flying Pickets before his acting career. He had parts in the films Twin Town and Rancid Aluminium and appeared in Emmerdale, EastEnders, Coronation Street and the Welsh soap Pobol Y Cwm. His close friend and fellow actor Boyd Clack said he was a “fantastic actor, fantastic singer and fantastic man”. He came to prominence after forming the a cappella band Flying Pickets with a group of other actors who used to sing in a coach on the way to appearances. Their hit, Only You, took them to number one in the charts in 1983 for five weeks. After a short attempt to launch another group with fellow Picket, Red Stripe, known as Brian and Stripe, Hibbard turned to acting, appearing in such shows a Making Out and The Bill. He played Doug Murray in Coronation Street from 1992 to 1993 and went on to appear in other soaps, including Emmerdale as Bobby-John Downes and Johnny Mac in the long-running series Pobol y Cwm. He also starred in the Welsh-language drama Pam Fi, Duw and took to the big screen for the Swansea-set Twin Town starring Rhys Ifans in 1997.He was reunited with Rhys Ifans for the 2000 film...

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Video: Ultraista

Ultraísta are Nigel Godrich, Laura Bettinson and Joey Waronker. Nigel Godrich is pleased to introduce Ultraísta- a new band along with fellow band members Laura Bettinson and Joey Waronker. Godrich has been involved with records for musicians including Paul McCartney, Beck and Air. After spending a long time producing other people’s projects Nigel decided he wanted try out and set up his own band, and formed Ultraista with close friend musician Joey and St Martins Art College student Laura. Joey Waronker is a musician who lives in Los Angeles, who has been involved in writing performing and producing music...

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Video: Passion Pit, Take A Walk

Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos is sick of music videos looking like commercials for the song. “From now on I want every music video to be like its own small short film,” he says. For the music video to accompany “Take A Walk,” the first single to come off their forthcoming album ‘Gossamer’, The Creators Project teamed him up with emerging British director David Wilson, who previously lent his quirky, absurdist film talents to create music videos for Metronomy, The Maccabees, and a whole Advent Calendar’s worth of music videos this...

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All Quiet Now: Bob Welch

Bob Welch the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer has died. Welch’s wife found him dead on Thursday at their home in Nashville, Tennessee. A police spokesman said the 66-year-old had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that a suicide note had been found at the house. Welch was part of Fleetwood Mac in their early years from 1971 to 1974 and worked on such albums as Future Games and Bare Trees. He left before Fleetwood Mac released their 1977 album Rumours and prior to Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining the line-up. He went on to form hard...

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All Quiet Now: Donna Summer

Donna Summer, disco queen, actress and a performer who paved the way for the look of Beyonce and Alisha Dixon to name but two. A singular vocal stylist whose string of disco hits spawned five Grammy awards and a following that has long outlived the genre, has died at age 63 of cancer. More to...

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All Quiet Now: Donald “Duck” Dunn

Bass guitarist Donald “Duck” Dunn, who played with Booker T and the MGs, has died in Tokyo aged 70. The MGs were the house band for Stax Records, and Dunn can be heard on songs such as Otis Redding’s Respect and Sam and Dave’s Hold On, I’m Comin’. He was in Japan for a series of concerts, and had played two shows on Saturday night. His friend and fellow musician Steve Cropper, who was on the same tour, said Dunn had died in his sleep. “Today I lost my best friend,” Cropper wrote on his Facebook page. “The World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live”. Miho Harasawa, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Blue Note, the last venue Dunn played, confirmed he died alone early Sunday. She had no further details. Born in Memphis on November 24, 1941, Dunn started playing bass at the age of 16. “I tried the guitar but it had two strings too many,” he wrote on his website. “It was just too complicated, man! Plus, I grew up with Steve Cropper. There were so many good guitar players; another one wasn’t needed. What was needed was a bass.” His distinctive grooves underpinned dozens of hit records for the legendary Stax label – including Soul Man and Try A Little Tenderness. The MGs scored their own hit with Green Onions in 1962....

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Photography: Tinariwen @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Tinariwen played a double header Soundclash event with Jose Gonzalez at the Shepherds Bush Empire and it was packed to the rafters. They play their instruments with desert warrior like aplomb and share dancing, instrument changes and lead vocal with ease. The lighting was a couple of stops down from a normal rock gig at Shepherds Bush but colourful....

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All Quiet Now: Lloyd Brevett Skatalites

Lloyd Brevett, bassist and co-founder of the highly influential ska band the Skatalites, died this morning at the age of 80,  Brevett, known for playing the upright bass, passed away at Andrews Memorial Hospital in St. Andrew, Jamaica, after being treated for a stroke and seizures. The original Skatalites only existed for 18 months between 1963 and 1965, but were essential in popularizing their genre, which included elements of R&B, jazz, calypso and Cuban music. The band’s best known songs included “Guns of Navarone” and “Eastern Standard Time,” both of which helped to lay the groundwork for the emergence of rocksteady and reggae. The Skatalites still tour as a band and have some gigs in the UK coming up in...

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Photography: John Peel’s Studio Door

When bands used to play on John Peel’s radio show to record the Peel Sessions etc, they used to treat the studio as a home from home…as you can see many of them left stickers and scribing’s on the studio door. These pictures were taken about 5 years ago before the BBC Maida Vale revamp. John Peel’s recors collection has now been releases online through a collaboration from the BBC and the Arts Council and can be found at...

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Rock Media: Record Store Chart

US rock group Alabama Shakes have topped the first ever Official Record Store Chart. Their album, Boys And Girls, beat competition from Adele, Trembling Bells and Graham Coxon to take the top spot. The chart, which reflects sales at the UK’s independent record shops, has been launched to coincide with International Record Store Day on Saturday. DJ Steve Lamacq announced the top 10 on BBC 6 Music. Seven of the records were released on independent labels. By contrast, only one album in the mainstream top 10 is not on a major label – and that is Alabama Shakes’ Boys And Girls. Led by singer and guitarist Britanny Howard, the four-piece are signed to London-based Rough Trade Records. Label boss Geoff Travis said the number one made him “very proud”. “Alabama Shakes deserve every accolade and success that may come their way. They do it right.” RECORD STORE CHART 1) Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls 2) Adele – 21 3) Trembling Bells – The Marble Downs 4) Graham Coxon – A&E 5) M Ward – A Wasteland Companion 6) Lana Del Rey – Born To Die 7) Sun – Death 8) Black Keys – El Camino 9) Dr John – Locked Down 10) Shins – Port Of Morrow Appropriately, given the nature of the chart, Rough Trade Records started as an off-shoot of the Rough Trade record store in...

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Rock Media: SQUACKETT. Chris Squire & Steve Hackett

Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the hugely anticipated album by SQUACKETT, the collaborative project between two legends of Progressive Rock, Chris Squire and Steve Hackett. With progressive rock (in its many forms) now seemingly more popular than ever a collaboration from members of two the the godfathers of the genre is hugely exciting. Chris Squire has appeared on every YES album and is widely regarded as one of the most influential bass guitarists of all time. Now an established solo artist, Steve Hackett first came to prominence as the guitarist with Genesis. He was in...

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All Quiet Now: Jim Marshall

Guitar amp innovator Jim Marshall – dubbed “the Father of Loud” for creating kit used by some of the biggest names in rock – has died aged 88. Mr Marshall, who originally owned a music shop in London, founded Marshall Amplification 50 years ago. Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain are among the musicians who used Marshall amps. A statement posted on the company’s website called him a “legendary man” who led a “truly remarkable life”. Fomer Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash tweeted: “The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER!” Jim Marshall began building amplifiers in the early 1960s, using the Fender Bassman amp as a model, creating what later became known as “the Marshall sound”. It took him six attempts to create an amp he was happy with. ‘Humble and generous’ As the company grew, Mr Marshall expanded his products, unveiling the Master Volume Marshall amps and the classic JCM800 split channel amps. “Jim rose to become one of the forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar, as we know and love it today, to be born,” the statement said. “In addition to the creation of the amps, chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who,...

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All Quiet Now: Davy Jones

Davy Jones, Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, has died aged 66, his publicist has confirmed. He died in his sleep at his home in Florida. His publicist, Deborah Robicheau, said he had a massive heart attack. The band, who included musicians Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, were famous for hits including Daydream Believer and I’m a Believer. The Monkees were an American pop band, assembled in 1966. Jones was married three times and had four daughters. Early on in his showbusiness career he appeared as Ena Sharples’s grandson in ITV soap Coronation Street. The...

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All Quiet Now: Dory Previn

Dory Previn, the US singer and composer who collaborated with former husband Andre on two Oscar-nominated songs, has died in Massachusetts at the age of 86. Born Dorothy Veronica Langan in 1925, she began as a lyricist before finding success as a solo artist in the 1970s. She married Andre Previn in 1959 and worked with him on the theme to 1967’s Valley of the Dolls. After he left her for Mia Farrow, she recorded such albums as On My Way to Where and Mythical Kings and Iguanas. According to the New York Times, her difficult childhood, divorce from Previn and bouts of mental illness informed her music. The six albums she released in the 1970s were confessional and confrontational. Beware Of Young Girls, a track from On My Way To Where, directly addressed Mia Farrow’s role in the break-up of her marriage. “Beware of young girls, who come to the door, wistful and pale, of twenty and four,” she sang. “She was my friend. She was invited to my house,” the lyrics continued. “She admired my wedding ring”. Her death on Tuesday at her Southfield farm was confirmed by husband Joby Baker, a Canadian actor she married in 1984. Soul-bearing Dory was born in New Jersey in the 1920s and, after school, attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She worked as an actress and a dancer until...

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All Quiet Now: Etta James

US soul singer Etta James, best known for the tracks At Last and for I’d Rather Go Blind, has died aged 73. It was announced last year that the singer had been diagnosed with leukaemia and was undergoing treatment. The star began singing in a group aged 14, before she embarked upon a solo career where she signed to the legendary Chess Records label. She went on to win six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Legendary producer Jerry Wexler once called her “the greatest of all modern blues singers”....

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