Twenty years ago today, Bruce Dickinson was reaching the end of his 'Accident Of Birth' promotional tour of the UK. He had with him writing partner and (at the time) former Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith, and guitarist / producer Roy Z. Eonmusic's Eamon O'Neill was there, and jammed '2 Minutes To Midnight' with Adrian. Here's the story of how.
With the future of hard rockin' institution AC/DC looking as shaky as your foundations, we look at the top ten albums featuring the band's patented TNT explosive High Voltage rock and roll.
Don't know if 'Killer's is killer, or 'The Number Of The Beast' is simply playing it by numbers? Wondering if 'Piece Of Mind' gave food for thought, or if 'Somewhere In Time' was actually lost in space? If so, then help is at hand, as we count down the top ten albums from one of metal's biggest bands; Iron Maiden.
Fifteen years' ago today, Marillion took to the stage in Manchester as part of their 'Anoraknophobia' tour. Later released as 'Anorak In The U.K', the show was recorded during what was seen as something of a 'dukes up', comeback period for the band. Leaving behind their “wilderness years” and stumbling upon a hit formula for what nowadays is a standard business model, 2001’s ‘Anoraknophobia’ got this strange engine started up again, and saw the band making inroads towards a new found stability. Here we look back at its creation, and speaking to protagonists Steve Hogarth, Mark Kelly, Steve Rothery and Pete Trewavas.
With half the world hopping mad that Axl Rose is to take over from an estranged Brian Johnson as AC/DC's front man, could the move prove a step too far for the Aussie legends, or a surprisingly effective way to make the best of a bad situation?
My latest Youtube endeavour has been to tackle one of the greatest, and what some might say is among the most sacred pieces of music of them all - Mark Knopfler's guitar solos in Dire Straits' 'Sultans Of Swing' (see above). So how did I go about the task?