The Yardbirds Releasing 2 DVD Set
... to make, and I think it really shows how young and old musicians can work together in a spirit of harmony and energy, giving credence to a great repertoire." Shot at multiple concert dates over the course of the past two years, Making Tracks, produced and directed by Bruce Macomber, McCarty and Yardbirds
guitarist Ben King for Reel Time Productions, features 32 track audio recordings and was filmed using six HD cameras. Disc 1 contains 17 songs, including new material. Some of the footage was captured at B.B. King's in NYC, which Guitar World Magazine called the "best concert of the year." Disc 2 ... [ read more ]
Remembering Yardbirds' Keith Relf
... (Gibson) On this day 1976, Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds
, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly grounded. He was 33. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight-year-old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. Gibson takes a look back: When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted '60s greats The Yardbirds
in 1992 they made the following statement: "In addition to their six Top 40 songs, the Yardbirds
will be remembered as having produced the top three English blues-based guitarists of the '60s: Eric Clapton, ... [ read more ]
Jim McCarty Discusses Jeff Beck's Ouster from the Yardbirds: "He Had to Go"
... recording session or doing interviews or photo sessions. All the money we made was from playing live. There weren't big record royalties in those days. Of course, we all got really tired, and some people cope with it better than others."McCarty, 68, continues with the current Yardbirds
, which includes vocalist/harmonica player Andy Mitchell, lead guitarist Ben King and bassist David Smale. Dreja left the tour last September after suffering a stroke. McCarty said Dreja's speech was not affected, and he is at home recuperating. View the original article...This story appears courtesy of Something ... [ read more ]
The Yardbirds (1963-1968, 2003-)
Keith Relf (vocals)
Chris Dreja (guitar)
Paul Samwell-Smith (bass)
Jim McCarty (drums)
Eric Clapton (guitar) 1963-1965
Jeff Beck (guitar) 1965-1966
Jimmy Page (guitar) 1966-1968
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One of the lesser known British Invasion bands, The Yardbirds produced three of the greatest guitarists of all time: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Their heavy guitar sound and experimental approach was a huge influence on Cream, The Jeff Beck Group, and Led Zeppelin. When the band broke up, Page reformed as The New Yardbirds before Led Zeppelin came together.
Relf was 32 years old when he was electrocuted in 1976. His electric guitar was not properly grounded, and he died while playing it in his home studio.
They opened for The Beatles in 1964.
They popularized the "Rave-up," which is an unstructured jam session where the musicians don't solo, but play in tandem, often for up to 30 minutes, before climaxing and returning to the song.
In 1963 they became the house band at the Crawdaddy Club in London, replacing The Rolling Stones.
Dreja and McCarty put together a new version of the band in 2003 and released the album Birdland. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for all above)
Shaun Morgan of Seether
Shaun breaks down the Seether songs, including the one about his brother, the one about Ozzy, and the one that may or may not be about his ex-girlfriend Amy Lee.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Charlie Benante of Anthrax
The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up
sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.