Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mick Fleetwood Turns 70: Watch Him Bang Out an Insane Drum Solo (Video)




In honor of Fleetwood’s birthday, we thought we’d give you a peek at why he’s considered one of the best drummers of all time

Fleetwood Mac has had a change or two of style along their 50-year incarnation, but one thing has not changed, and that is the genius of its namesake, Mick Fleetwood.
Today, in honor of his 70th birthday, TheWrap takes a look at the talent of one of the best drummers of all-time, from a 2015 concert in Minnesota (above, starting at the 4:32 mark) to the classic “percussion vest solo” (below). Fleetwood’s skill with a pair of sticks is no joke. At a young age, he taught himself how to play the drums and never stopped. The band’s first album “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac” in 1967, only for Green to leave shortly thereafter. To boost the band’s success, the group moved to the United States, where Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were asked to join.
And the rest is music history, including the heralded album “Rumours,” which topped the Billboard 200 for 31 non-consecutive weeks.
But Fleetwood persisted, not only touring but also with side projects, like co-authoring “Fleetwood – My Life and Adventures with Fleetwood Mac” and taking on small acting roles in “The Running Man” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
But back to his music. Sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy show in the videos above.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Jimi Hendrix Park Opens at Last, With a Purple Flourish

Jimi Hendrix Park Opens at Last, With a Purple Flourish

After more than a decade of delays, a park dedicated to Jimi Hendrix opened in his hometown, Seattle. Credit Mike Savoia

SEATTLE — Jimi Hendrix’s looping signature greets visitors at the park bearing his name, here in his hometown. The eye-catching purple script is among many personal touches that pay homage to the musician in Jimi Hendrix Park, which was formally christened in 2006 but didn’t open until Saturday, after a decade of permit delays and financial woes.
The 2½-acre park honors the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist within walking distance of his childhood home in the Central District, one of this city’s historically black neighborhoods that is now rapidly gentrifying. Its opening came on the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, a breakout event for Hendrix, who set his guitar ablaze there.
More than 200 people, from children eager to play with sidewalk chalk to gray-haired fans sporting vintage tie-dye T-shirts, joined local officials, park advocates and the musician’s sister for the ribbon-cutting. Musicians from a youth rock camp belted out a cover of “Purple Haze,” the first tune in a daylong Hendrix soundtrack, from underneath a red sculpture evocative of a butterfly wing.
The sculpture, which doubles as a shade structure over a performance stage, sits at the center of a spiraling sidewalk that resembles a guitar when viewed aerially. At 12 points on the sidewalk, along what would be frets on a guitar neck, plaques embedded in the concrete narrate Hendrix’s life. The lyrics from his songs “Little Wing” and “Angel” are etched along the walkway’s edge, forming a purple ribbon. Cedar saplings, a nod to Hendrix’s Cherokee heritage, mingle with paulownias, which will eventually bloom purple flowers.