Y&T (originally known as Yesterday & Today) is an American hard rock/heavy metal band formed in 1974. They hail from Oakland, California. The band released two studio albums on London Records as Yesterday & Today in the 1970s, before shortening their name to Y&T and releasing several albums on A&M Records beginning in 1981, as well as albums on Geffen Records, Avex Records, and others. The band was originally co-managed by Herbie Herbert (who also managed Journey) and Louis “Lou” Bramy. The band has sold over 4 million albums worldwide to date.
Early years (1972–1983)
In 1972, Leonard Haze, Bob Gardner, and Wayne Stitzer had an unnamed band in Oakland, CA playing only cover tunes. Dave Meniketti auditioned for the job of guitar player in 1973. Shortly after, the band received a call for their first gig, but they needed a name. According to Meniketti and Haze, Leonard chose the name of the album that was playing on his turntable at that moment–”Yesterday and Today”— a compilation from The Beatles. The first lineup—which only played cover tunes (not original music)–consisted of Haze on drums, Stitzer on piano, Gardner on bass, and Meniketti on lead vocals and lead guitar. After Wayne Stitzer quit the group, Bob Gardner went from bass to rhythm guitar and piano, and Phil Kennemore was brought in on bass. In 1974, Gardner left the group and was replaced by Joey Alves. The band, then, began writing original material. Read more…
Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s. Uriah Heep’s progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion’s distinctive features have always been massive keyboards sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Byron’s operatic vocals. Twelve of the band’s albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasyreached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972). In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the “Lady in Black” single was a big hit.Along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purpleand Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep has become one of the top bands in the early 70s and also people like to call these four bands “The Big 4″ of Hard Rock. Read more…
REO Speedwagon (originally stylized as R.E.O. Speedwagon) is an American rock band. Formed in 1967, the band cultivated a following during the 1970s and achieved significant commercial success throughout the 1980s. Hi Infidelity (1980) contained four US Top 40 hits and is the group’s best-selling album, with over ten million copies sold. Over the course of its career, the band has sold more than 40 million records and has charted thirteen Top 40 hits, including the number ones “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. REO Speedwagon’s mainstream popularity dissipated in the 1990s but the band remains a popular live act. Read more…
The film itself doesn’t really explain how they earned the right to call themselves “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band”. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentary maker Brett Morgen, it’s a strange mix of archive footage and new interviews with current band members Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, as well as former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. The new interviews are audio recordings, which Morgen cuts over old video images, and the film doesn’t include anything shot after the late 1970s. As a result, until the final credits, we never see the Stones post-craggification.
Duff McKagan, bassist of Guns N’ Roses, has released an autobiography called It’s So Easy (And Other Lies). Here are some fascinating facts you probably didn’t know.
1. The members in the band would cure their STDs by visiting the local pet store. ″You could get dirt-cheap antibiotics – intended for use in aquariums – at pet stores. Turned out tetracycline wasn’t just good for tail rot and gill disease. It also did great with syphilis″
2. The first proper gig for the band supporting the Fastbacks would see all five members hitchhike over 1,000 miles to get to The Gorilla Garden Venue in Portland.
″With no money left, our only hope now was to straight-up hitch hike on the side of the freeway. From a less determined perspective, it would have seemed a hopeless long shot that anyone would pick up five fucked-up-looking guys with their guitars – if anyone even had enough room space. But we didn’t see it that way at all then. We just had no alternative.″
3. To this day Slash still considers ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ the worst Guns N’ Roses song. Ironically it’s been their biggest selling hit all over the world.
Orange Amplification has announced The Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2012. This annual star-studded awards ceremony celebrates the world’s greatest rock icons, performers, musicians and songwriters. It will be held at The Roundhouse, Camden, London on the 13th November 2012 with rock legend and Orange endorsee Duff McKagan hosting the evening.
Managing Director, Damon Waller, commenting said: “This is our second year as the headline sponsor and our partnership with the awards reflects our long association with supplying amps to the biggest bands in Classic Rock for over forty years.”
The Living Legend Award, which is also sponsored by Orange, is only ever awarded to those artists who have truly cemented their place in the rock hall of fame. Previous winners include Alice Cooper, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and this year it has been awarded to ZZ Top who, with a career spanning over forty years, have sold more than fifty million albums and continue to sell out arena tours around the world. ZZ Top is also nominated for the Band Of The Year award.
Orange Amplification endorsees, Phantom Limb, Tracer and Ghost are nominated for Best New Band. Other Orange endorsees nominated include Mastodon in the Album Of The Year category and rock legends Rush in the Album Of The Year and Band Of The Year categories.
Slipknot has posted a 10-minute tribute video to the band’s late bassist Paul Gray, featuring previously unseen footage. Check it out below.
Private funeral services for Gray were held on Friday (May 28) in Des Moines, Iowa.
Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines suburb on Monday (May 24). The cause of Gray‘s death has not been determined, although according to a 911 call, a hypodermic needle and pills were found near the 38-year-old musician’s body.
The eight surviving members of Slipknot held a news conference on May 25 at Wells Fargo Arena in the band’s native stomping grounds of Des Moines, Iowa to address Gray‘s death. Also present at the event was Gray‘s brother Tony and widow Brenna, who spoke briefly at the end of the conference.
“He was everything that was wonderful about this band and about this group of people,” frontman Corey Taylor said. “The only way I can sum up Paul Gray is ‘love.’ Everything he did, he did for everyone around him whether he knew you or not … and that’s what he’s left behind for us: absolute love. I will miss him with every fiber of my heart, as will everybody at this table and everyone who knew him. He was the best of us.”
“It’s very important that everybody on the outside of us understands that Paul Gray was the essence of the band Slipknot. … Paul was there from the very, very beginning, and none of us would be on the path that we’re on now in life or have the sorts of life that we have without him,” percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan added. “Paul loved the fans. He was kind of the person in the band that really wanted everybody in the band to always get along and just concentrate on the band. He was a really great friend and a really great person. He’s going to be sadly missed, and the world is going to be a different place without him.”
“It’s very hard for me right now,” added drummer Joey Jordison. “I just want to say that I love you, Paul, very much. You’ll be sorely missed by the world over.”
Sid Wilson, the band’s Dj, credited Gray with introducing him to the band, which he described as a family.
“To me, that’s the most important thing,” Wilson said. “That in everyone he met there was a change in their life. He was so good at giving everyone a different perspective, and I love him for that.”
Percussionist Chris Fehn said when Gray called “you just felt good,” and he remembered the bass player as giving “the best hugs out of everyone I ever hugged. When he grabbed on to you, you could feel the love he had for you.”
Brenna Gray spoke last, mentioning the couple’s unborn child while discussing her husband.
“Paul was my husband, an amazing person, and I want people to remember him for that,” Brenna said. “And his daughter will remember him for the way he was.”
Paul and his wife were reportedly expecting their first child in September.