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Matt "Guitar" Murphy, guitarist for the Blues Brothers and noted sideman for blues legends like Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Memphis Slim, died Friday at the age of 88. Murphy's death was first announced in by his nephew Floyd Murphy Jr, who performed alongside his uncle. "He was a strong man that lived a long long fruitful life that poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took," Floyd Jr. wrote of Matt Murphy in a Facebook post (via Deadline). No cause of death was provided. In 2002, Murphy suffered a stroke that forced the guitarist into semi-retirement.
A veteran of the legendary Chicago blues scene of the Forties and Fifties, Murphy worked alongside artists ranging from Ike Turner (as members of Junior Parker's Blue Flames) and Etta James to blues musicians like James Cotton, Willie Dixon and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Murphy is best remembered as the indispensable guitarist in the 1980 comedy classic The Blues Brothers; in the film, soul food chef Murphy and his waitress wife Aretha Franklin have a disagreement about him reuniting with the Blues Brothers, resulting in Franklin's iconic "Think" performance: See the full story at: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/blues-brothers-guitarist-matt-guitar-murphy-dead-at-88-w521611
UFO frontman Phil Mogg confirms that next year’s 50th anniversary tour will be his last...
UFO frontman Phil Mogg has announced his retirement from the band. Mogg, the band's only ever-present member, will leave after UFO finish a 50th anniversary tour next year. In a statement on the band's website, Mogg says: "This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours. I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band. “2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right. There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit." Mogg has also hinted that the band might be able to continue without him, saying, "I’ve told the guys that this is how it is. They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me, but I don’t want to play live or make records anymore, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that. “Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’. But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour." Details of the band's farewell tour have yet to be announced.
It is with heavy hearts that we report that Stu Boy King passed away on May 1 after a brief and brave battle with pancreatic cancer. Stu was the original drummer for the Dictators and played with the band for their first 18 months of existence. He will forever be remembered as their drummer on the classic “Dictators Go Girl Crazy!” LP. Stu was an intensely private guy. To paraphrase his own words, once he put down the sticks (and left the music business), he put them down for good. His post-music career as a security director and private investigator became his new focus, and he rarely spoke of his days with the Dictators. We were privileged to have conducted the only interview he ever granted, which ran both here and in Ugly Things magazine.
Stu may have been reluctant to start talking, but once he got going, holy cow–it was an avalanche of memories. He couldn’t get the words out fast enough, and his thoughts were pretty much equally split between his stories from back in the day and his pride in his family. He wore his passion for both on his sleeve. I know he was pleased with the validation and recognition he received from the music world once the interview ran in November 2015, which was timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary reissue of the LP. More than anything, he was moved by how proud his family was of him over his story finally being properly told.
Our condolences go out to his wife, Deirdre, his five daughters and his grandson. If you are so inclined to contribute, there’s a GoFundMe account in his name to help defray his final expenses. Here’s the link: www.gofundme.com/stuartking
Here’s the link to Ugly Things back issues. The Stu Boy interview appeared in issue #40.
Farewell, Stu. We hardly knew ye.
Eric Moore & The Gods, Vol. 3 Gotta Keep A Runnin'. Thanks for the acknowledgement, Eric and John! - Mark After Dark
In 2008, "The Easy Outs" were formed by Lead singer/songwriter Bruce Ferguson who released their first self titled album in 2009. Their debut album was followed by "Desolate Row" in 2015. They are busting into 2018 with "Hot Mess," their 3rd release on Dead Walker Records. Although members have changed, the intense in your face 70s rock feel is the same. From influences such as The New York Dolls, The Stooges and numerous others that can be heard in each song while adding their own twist. “Superb rock band keeping it old school but with a modern twist. If you like good old full on rock as it should be then these guys are spot on, no strangers to the music business they know how to write, perform, and be rock stars, which they do extremely well. Full of highs, lows and melodic at times accompanied with some cool vibrant lyrics and fantastic guitar solos really puts these guys in a league of there own. Vocally superb, Lyrically supreme and the music kicks ass big time”
— Scotty Salter, Roockbandom May 15, 2015
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow to release live album Memories in Rock II recorded during their 2017 UK tour - will feature a new studio track
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow have announced they’ll release a new live album titled Memories In Rock II later this year. It was recorded during the band’s shows across the UK last year and will feature a brand new track. While a final release date has still to be confirmed, the band have issued a 9-minute video to showcase the album, featuring live clips and interview footage. In the video, Blackmore says of his return to rock: “Rainbow is part of my life, as is Deep Purple. I just got back together for a few shows because I wanted to have a blast on the Strat. “That’s always good fun but it’s not something I will do all the time. I might do another couple of shows. Japan wants us and a lot of other places. “Blackmore’s Night is really my main music – that’s much more challenging. It’s not so easy to play.”Further album details will be revealed in due course, while the full video can be seen below. Blackmore reactivated Rainbow with Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero in 2015, also bringing in Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau.
Late AC/DC legend Bon Scott is being immortalised with a sculpture in Australia. The ‘bas-relief’ sculpture - a low relief carved from a wall - of Scottish born Bon comes out of the historic Cherry Bar brick wall on Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane. It’s three metres high, two metres wide and protrudes 15cm.
Officially supported by the Victorian Government’s 'Rockin’ The Laneways' initiative, the statue has been created by street artist Mike Makatron after Cherry Bar owner James Young came up with the concept.
The sculpture will be officially unveiled at 11 am local time on Tuesday 6th March, however Australian publicists Jameson & Co have shared this image ahead of the launch showing Mike Makatron at work on the installation...follow story at: https://www.planetrock.com/news/rock-news/photo-bon-scott-honoured-with-permanent-sculpture-on-melbournes-acdc-lane/
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