A few weeks ago, Robert Plant informed the world that he would not be hitting the road with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and son-of-John Bonham in an attempt to squeeze money out of fans of Led Zeppelin, because he was pretty happy performing bluegrass with Alison Krauss and he really needed a two-year vacation or so. This led to many rumors of Page, Jones, and Bonham auditioning other lead singers—including the dude from Alter Bridge —although they were never confirmed. Until this weekend, when Jones took the stage at a guitar show in the UK and [...]
Bo Diddley passed away on Monday and a more influential musician they may never have been. While many people cannot name a Bo Diddley song outright, they have without a doubt heard the distinctive beat that Diddley created and that thousands "borrowed" afterward...some in tribute, some because the beat seeps into your brain never to escape...The Diddley Beat is possibly the archetypal rhythm that all of our ancestors at one time sang and drummed to around the fire in a primordial cave. The best example of the Diddley Beat can be found in the song "Bo [...]
Bo Diddley passed away , RIP: Deerhoof has a new album coming out Ocotber 7th. A local Atlanta band had their gear stolen, so be on the lookout . Vinyl sales are on the rise . Black Lips were in New Jersey . The Black Keys will be at The Tabernacle [...]
Little did I know that when I was kid romping around my room playing air guitar while listening to U2’s “Desire” on repeat that I was moving to the Bo Diddley Beat. Little did I, or my worried father, know that when I was doing the same thing to George Michael’s “Faith” that I was really moving to the Bo Diddley Beat. The contagious 5/4 rhythm might be the only rock n’ roll beat that has been both used to sell lollipops (The Strangeloves “I Want Candy) and deal with Heroin addiction (Guns N’ Roses “Mr. Brownstone). Though the rhythm [...]
The intro to the New York Times story says it all: "The singer and guitarist invented his own name, his own guitars, his own beat and, with a handful of other musical pioneers, rock ’n’ roll itself." Listening to some of his tunes today, it's striking how fresh they sound. It really must've blown minds to hear those songs in the 1950s. It's not just that those songs are the foundation of a whole
One of the most influential rock guitarists of all-time is dead at 79... The legendary singer and performer, known for his homemade square guitar, dark glasses and black hat, was an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and received a lifetime achievement award in 1999 at the Grammy Awards. Diddley appreciated the honors he received, "but it didn't put no figures in my checkbook." "If you ain't got no money, ain't nobody calls you honey," he quipped. His [...]
In memory of Bo Diddley who passed today at the age of 79
Tha Carter III leaked over the weekend. So it's C3 Week. This is "Mr. Carter". Jay-Z guests. (Jacked from 2dopeboyz.) And rest in peace, Bo Diddley.
( photo cred ) The Associated Press - 12:00 PM EDT, June 2, 2008 JACKSONVILLE - Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock 'n' roll whose distinctive "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79.
By LORNA PERRY Bo Diddley, legendary vocalist, guitarist and rock and roll pioneer died today at the age of 79. Author of the oft-covered head-sticker “Who Do You Love?”, Diddley is often credited as being a key player in the metamorphosis of blues into rock – having drawn upon rhythm and blues as source materials during his (and rock and roll’s) formative years. Utilizing a unique, rectangular “cigar box” guitar that he designed in 1958, Diddley’s never-before-seen guitar work and fiery songwriting helped define rock and roll as we know it. [...]
Good to see Bo Diddley on the mend after a stroke on Sunday. Who remembers this commercial?