Rush at the O2 arena 25th May 2011

Great blog review here! http://www.theartsdesk.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3771:rush-o2-arena&Itemid=27

It was fantastic to see the guys play the entire Moving Pictures album – the album which seriously kick started my rock career (thanks to my friend Bobby, who couldn’t make the gig – damn)

The sound was awful, but the show was great. Alex’s white Gibson 355 was the winner here. A “kinda” recreation of  his Permanent Waves era axe, I wish he had used it for all the songs. IMHO THAT is the Rush signature guitar sound. Raw, thick and incisive.

Mind you… The tobacco burst Les Paul  he used for 2112 (one of his many) had that raw “all the world’s a stage” les Paul

Marshall stack  tone very reminiscent  of the great Jimmy Page.

There’s a great Alex Lifeson interview at the gibson website in case you missed it.

…and New(ish) song BU2B is such a great tune… A proper Rush classic – really looking forward to the new album, with Nick Raskulinecz Richard Chycki (Foo Fighters etc) at the helm – They really managed to capture Rush’s sonic power on this tune. What a shame Allaire Studios is gone. Neil Peart’s The drum sounds are phenomenal, and  have never heard him groove like this.

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Andy Mitchell forthcoming gigs confirmed

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Good start to the week: Great first rehearsal – just me and the drummer going through the arrangements. Moving up a gear next week with bass player joining us.

GIGS

Saturday 25th June First headline acoustic show with my band, featuring songs from my forthcoming album “Rooms”

Friday 22nd July  – Regal Room at The Distillers Hammersmith – stripped-down and delicate acoustic set with Ben King from The Yardbirds on guitar. this is a fantastic intimate venue with a great sound. Please come and pack it out!

Tuesday 23rd August – The Bedford Balham – Acoustic set with my band – The Bedford is widely considered as the place to go and see top quality acoustic music in London. Come down and celebrate the release of my album.

Here’s some proto-punk for you from the Yardbirds final sessions “Cumular Limits” featuring Jimmy Page (it is long out of print I believe)

apparently the  CD goes for $50-$100 used!



THE YARDBIRDS

The Yardbirds headline Zep Fest in Washington DC on Memorial weekend 27th to 29th May 2011

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Zep Fest 2011 – The Yardbirds

Zep Fest 2011 is fast approaching. Learning up some additional material. Bought new Hohner “blues” harmonica with a plastic comb to replace my favourite custom “A” Marine Band, and I have to say… It has a great tone, and so easy to play!

Here is a Yardbirds documentary, pretty much essential viewing to understand the zeitgeist of that era.







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Zep Fest 2011

The Yardbirds at Zep Fest Washington DC 27th-29th May 2011

In the run-up to Zep Fest in Washington DC, I’ve been checking out that wonderful resource Youtube for Led Zeppelin-related clips.

I found a link to this insightful interview with the late great John Bonham from July 1972 (2 parts)




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Andy Mitchell Solo Album – stay tuned for release date info, plus video shoot details fo rmy first single “(Like a New Year’s Day)

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Zep Fest 2011

In the run-up to Zep Fest in Washington DC, I’ve been checking out that wonderful resource Youtube for Led Zeppelin-related clips.

I found a link to this insightful interview with the late great John Bonham from July 1972 (2 parts)




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Andy Mitchell Solo Album – stay tuned for release date info, plus video shoot details fo rmy first single “(Like a New Year’s Day)

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A good week – Peter Gabriel concert, and expensive boutique guitar amps

Good week so far:

Karin Fransson

Started off by laying some guitar tracks down for soul/jazz/pop artist Karin Fransson who is deep in recording mode at the moment for her debt album. I will be plaing guitar with her at her album launch in May. Details to follow. Karin has an amazing voice… Top class.



Divided By Thirteen amps

Ben King, the Yardbirds Lead Guitarist gave me a call and cajoled me (yeah right!) into accompanying him to Machinehead in Hitchin to try out these amazing amps (just don’t look at the price tag!) Absolutely incredible 3-d organic vibrant tones came pouring out, and we needed no excuse to crnk up the volume and pound out some Zeppelin riffs on this gorgeous 1962 Lake Placid Blue strat, just like the one Jimmy Page used on “Presence”. Ben loved the JRT 9/15 with its switchable 6V6/EL84 power stage and special edition Celestion G12H30. I was really impressed by the RSA 31, a very classy AC30 variant with none of the associated negative points. Next time we are going to check out the FRT37 properly as we didn’t get a chance to check it out thoroughly (same goes with the Two Rock which had a nice solid tone.)

I must say Ben’s new germanium transistorWilliams Audio Tone Bender fuzz pedal sounded

    incredible

through the JRT 9/15: fat vintage fuzz tones, but tight bass, and no woolliness or harshness.

Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra

My friend shouted me a ticket to Peter Gabriel gig at Hammersmith Apollo last night. (thanks Graham). Coincidentally, Yardbirds bass player Dave was there with his brother, and Spinlords bandmate guitarist Jonny. After sitting in the wrong seats “up in the gods”, we finally saw sense and went to our correct seats in the stalls fo the second half, where the balance between voice and orchestra was much better. I ended up sitting next to a guy that had seen so many classic era concerts, including Rush on the Hemispheres tour >Jealousy barely in check< Peter Gabriel was deliberately self-effacing to draw our attention to the orchestra who were excellent. I found the pace and dynamic a little bit samey through the entire set, but there were some great moments. Great sound and atmospheric lighting.

Tomorrow night – The Yardbirds live at Twickenham Stadium

Really Looking forward to this, an annual event put on by The Eel Pie club.

Juliet Russell “Lazy” video and single launch

Sunday night – 26th March – I will be playing guitar and singing backing vocals.

The Spinlords have a new EP out – http://www.thespinlords.com/
Stay tuned for news about my forthcoming album
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