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Hi Rock of Ages listeners, subscribers, fans
Firstly my apologies for the lengthy delay in getting the newsletter out to
you, the move to Joburg turned out to be more complicated than I thought
(best laid plans....etc, etc). The actual move itself was no sweat but getting
Telkom to install my ADSL and phone lines has turned into a nightmare of
note! Despite applying well in advance and following up with regular calls
I am at the time of writing, still without lines and no confirmed date
to do so ... As a marketing person (in my other life) it amazes me that Telkom
can trumpet it's ADSL business capability and aggressively market it's
ability to install same promptly and yet when push comes to shove they fail
miserably ... OK that's my gripe of the week out of the way.
Having spent the best part of the last 2 years in laid back Cape Town the switch
to Joburg has come with some advantages and some disadvantages; the
disadvantage is that I have to leave for the studio at least 90 minutes
before airtime in case there is a traffic jam (par for the course here) and
the SABC studios are about 35 kms away so it takes a while but at least I
get a chance to listen to tons of music on the way. The main advantage is of
course that I am closer to the 'edge'; I get samples from the labels quicker
and I also get to see mi compadres at Radio 2000 (Barney Simon, Michelle
Constant, etc) a lot more. Overall I'm happy to be back in 'The Big Smoke' and
look forward to working with the 2000 team in helping to build the station
into the best music station in the country. Of course I hope to return to
Cape Town from time to time to present the show from there ......
In the annals of classic
female singer songwriters Joni Mitchell stands head and shoulders above all
others; from the late 60's onwards she has forged new frontiers in music, fusing folk, jazz, rock and pop influences into her own unique style. In
addition to offering Rock of Ages fans the best in rock music, we also like
to bring you the best in rock journalism and noted author Michael Waddacor
is arguably South Africa's finest rock writer and archivist ... read Mike's
fantastic 2-part piece on Joni Mitchell at the Strange Brew website. If you would like to contact Michael he can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This coming Thursday the special will focus on Peter Frampton - a sadly underrated
guitarist and vocalist whose early work with Humble Pie built the platform
for his highly successful 70's solo career. I will be trawling through his
lengthy back catalogue to bring you the best tunes PLUS there are 5 copies
of the new double cd set "Frampton Gold" to give away .... and if that wasnt
enough rock for you I will also be interviewing Dennis East and Allan
Goldswain from mid 70's SA 'supergroup' STINGRAY about the reissue of their
legendary debut album, in my opinion one of the best AOR rock albums of that
decade - 5 copies of Stingray to be given away on the night ...... so as they
say in the classics - pull in, turn the volume up and rock!
Frampton comes alive on Rock of Ages
Peter Frampton first became interested in music when he was seven-years old. He discovered his
grandmother's banjolele (a banjo-shaped ukulele) in the attic. Teaching
himself to play, he became near obsessed, and upon receiving a guitar and
piano, from his parents, taught himself those instruments as well. By the age
of ten he played in a band called the Little Ravens and both he and David
Bowie were pupils at Bromley Technical School where Frampton's Art Teacher
and Father, Owen Frampton, was head of the Art department. The Little Ravens
played on the same bill at school as Bowie's band, George and the
Dragons. Peter and David would spend time together at lunch breaks, playing
Buddy Holly songs.
At the age of 11, Peter was playing with a band called The Trubeats followed
by a band called The Preachers, produced and managed by Bill Wyman, of The
Rolling Stones. In 1966, he became lead guitarist/singer with The Herd, with
which he became a teen idol in Britain, scoring a handful of British
teenybopper hits. Frampton was named "The Face 0f 1968" by the UK press. In
1969, when Frampton was 19 years old, he joined with Steve Marriott of The
Small Faces to form Humble Pie and while playing with Humble Pie, Frampton
also did session recording with other artists including; Harry Nilsson, Jim
Price, Jerry Lee Lewis and George Harrison's solo All Things Must Pass. This
session was where he was introduced to the 'Talkbox' that has become such a
trademark guitar sound for Frampton. After five albums with Humble Pie,
Frampton left and went solo in 1971, just in time to see 'Rockin' The
Fillmore' rise up the US charts.
His debut solo album was 1972's Wind of Change. This album was followed by
Frampton's Camel in 1973, which featured Frampton working within a group
project and in In 1974 Somethin's Happening. Peter toured extensively to
support his solo career and in 1975, the Frampton album was released. The
album went to #32 in the US charts, and went gold. All of Frampton's solo
albums were given fair reviews but had little commercial success. This
changed with Frampton's breakthrough best-selling live album, Frampton Comes
Alive! (1976). "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Show Me the Way" were singles
but it was with Do You Feel Like We Do, despite its length, that he finally
broke through into the mainstream. The latter two tracks also featured his
use of the talk box guitar effect.
His following album, I'm in You (1977) sold close to 1 million copies, but
was panned by critics. Frampton then took a co-starring role with The Bee
Gees in director Robert Stigwood's poorly received Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band. Frampton's career seemed to fall as quickly as it had
risen and there were rumours that he had succumbed to depression and heavy
drinking. He was involved in a near fatal car accident in the Bahamas near
the time of Sgt Pepper's' release. In 1979, Frampton returned to recording
with the album, Where I Should Be (1979). In 1980, his following album Rise
Up was released to promote his tour in Brazil. The album eventually turned
into Breaking All The Rules, released the next year in 1981. These albums
were the first he recorded almost completely live - their sound is believed
to be the better for it.
In the late 1990s, he starred in an infomercial plugging the internationally
successful eMedia Guitar Method, a piece of instructional software
represented as an alternative to taking actual guitar lessons. He claimed in
the infomercial that the software was the best way to learn guitar.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Frampton decided to become a United
States citizen. He now resides in Indian Hill, a suburb east of
Cincinnati. In 2003, he released the album Now, and embarked on a tour with
Styx to support it. He also toured with The Elms. He appeared in 2006 on the
FOX Broadcasting variety show Celebrity Duets, paired with Chris Jericho of
WWE fame. They were the first pair voted out.
On September 12, 2006, Frampton released his newest album, an instrumental
work titled "Fingerprints". His band consists of drummer Shawn Fichter,
guitarist Audley Freed, bassist John Regan, and keyboardist/guitarist Rob
Arthur, and guest artists such as members of Pearl Jam, Hank Marvin, and his
bassist on Frampton Comes Alive, Stanley Sheldon.
- Wind of Change (1972)
- Frampton's Camel (1973)
- Somethin's Happening (1974)
- Frampton (1975)
- Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)
- I'm in You (1977)
- Where I Should Be (1979)
- Rise Up (1980)
- Breaking All The Rules (1981)
- The Art of Control (1982)
- Premonition (1986)
- When All the Pieces Fit (1989)
- Peter Frampton (1994)
- Frampton Comes Alive II (1995)
- Live in Detroit (2000)
- Now (2003)
- Live in San Francisco March 24, 1975 (2004)
- 2004 Summer Tour (2004)
- Fingerprints (2006)
Rock of Ages presents "Footstomping Music"
The distribution problems that plagued the initial release seem to have been rectified, however if you do have a problem finding the album please email the information to me so that I can take it up with the distributors. In the meantime you can securely order the album via the Rock of Ages website. Click on www.rock.co.za/rockofages for details.
|Rock Of Ages Presents Footstomping Music
- Grand Funk Railroad - Footstomping Music
- Deep Purple - Burn
- Uriah Heep - Look at yourself
- Black Sabbath - Sweat Leaf
- Thin Lizzy - Chinatown
- Robin Trower - Too rolling stoned
- Mountain - Never in my life
- Wishbone Ash - Blowin' free
- Foghat - I just wanna make love to you
- Budgie - Baby, please don't go
- Santana - Toussaint l'Overture
- Alice Cooper - Muscle of love
- Nazareth - Go down fighting
- Blue Oyster Cult - The Red & the Black
- Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme back my bullets
- Free - The Hunter
- Taste - What's goin' on
Buy this 'Footstomping Music' CD direct from Rock Of Ages
Rock Of Ages News
BON JOVI THREATENS ENERGY DRINK
Jon Bon Jovi isn't too pleased with the makers of new energy drink Mijovi.
In fact, he's demanding they change the name, because it's too similar to
his own. And he's got his lawyers to write them an official letter to that
SIMMONS HEADS FOR JUNGLE
Kiss' Gene Simmons has apparently been signed up for the new series of
jungle reality TV show 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Outta Here'.
OFFSPRING READY NEW RECORD
The Offspring have now completed 13 songs for their new, as yet untitled
album, including one called 'Take Me Nowhere'. The record should be out at
the end of the year, or early in 2008.
KORN COVER UP
Korn are planning to do a covers album. No specifics yet, but among those
artists ready to get the Korn treatment are Faith No More, Ozzy, the
Psychedelic Furs and Nine Inch Nails.
Seether have announced the release of their third studio album via Musketeer
Records on 22 October 2007. The South African imigris, who now live in the
Los Angeles area, are coming off three consecutive gold certified studio
THE DON IS DEAD
Don Arden, who managed Black Sabbath, the Electric Light Orchestra and the
Small Faces in his day, has died at the age of 81. He's Sharon Osbourne's
father, and therefore Ozzy's father-in-law. We send condolences to his
family and friends.
There are reports that The Yardbirds are planning a re-union tour in
October. This would feature guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist Chris Dreja and
drummer Jim McCarty. No word on who'd be brought in as vocalist. More soon.
MOUNTAIN AT WAR
Mountain are to release a new album shortly. Called 'Masters Of War', it
features re-workings of Bob Dylan songs. Ozzy guests on the title track.
SIGN OF THE 'RYCHE
Queensryche are to release a double CD compilation called 'Sign Of The
Times: The Best Of Queensryche' on August 27. The first CD features 17 of
the Seattle band's finest moments, while the other CD has three demos from
Myth (vocalist Geoff Tate's previous band), three demo tracks of songs from
their debut album 'The Warning', a live version of 'Silent Lucidity', a
version of 'Della Brown' done for 'MTV Unplugged'and new track, 'Justified',
featuring former guitarist Chris DeGarmo.
Keep the rock real...
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Studio phone: 089-1102003
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Benjy Mudie is a self confessed 'rockaholic' with little chance of recovery... a music obsessive whose entire life has been spent in search of the lost chord... from discovering Jimi's "Are you experienced" at 13, he has constantly devoured music through lp's, singles, tapes, cds, dvds, books, magazines, film, concerts, radio, tv and the internet. His entire working life has also been music related: from running a record store and later joining WEA Records in the mid 70's through to his 21 year A&R/Marketing stint at Tusk Music where he signed some of the biggest names in South African rock and pop. The last 8 years have been spent nurturing new talent at his indie label Fresh Music and reissuing classic albums as part of it's ongoing Retro series.... To say that 'music is his first love' (to paraphrase John Miles's classic song) is somewhat understated.