Guitarist and songwriter Link Wray, a tent post for the heavy metal, instrumental surf, punk rock and rockabilly musical genres was born on May 2nd 1929. We would have 93 years old.
Wray put the “POWER” in the power chord and introduced heavy distortion, something that rock music has not been able to do without since. The single Rumble, was one of the first songs actually banned in some US markets for fear that the playing of the song would promote teenage violence…well isn’t that the point! All kidding aside, if you have any doubt of the influence of Link Wray outside of Quintin Tarantino movies, take a look at the documentary film It Might Get Loud. You can see the pride Jimmy Page has at pulling out his 45rpm vinyl and dropping the needle on Rumble to explain how Wray controlled distortion. Link Wray’s power chords illicit some sincere air guitar moves from Jimmy. Amazing to see the greatness of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page reduced to the most basic fandom by the riff…a must see clip. https://youtu.be/LnyY3rJoaZ4
Rockabilly Hard Today!
For the 1st time since the KnuckleBonz Krew attended KISS with opening act David Lee Roth in March of 2020, we were able to step out and see an arena rock show. The Black Crowes had “The Remedy” and we were treated to what rock n’ roll is all about. A great band, with great songs, w/ undeniable passion. With the Robinson brothers Rich and Chris’s fabled feuding over the years, we thought this day might not come, but it did.
We were treated to a great night out with opening act Dirty Honey bringing the dirt. Riff oriented rock with a great singer front man in Marc Labelle, absolutely solid. You must tune in to this band if you subscribe to boogie rock in any form..
The Black Crowes were on fire tearing through the 1990 “Shake Your Money Maker” album in sequence to lead off the set. “No Speak No Slave” was also highlight for us. The band laid down a hit laden set throughout with an amazing cover of Led Zeppelin “Hey Hey What Can I Do” as closer. The previous show in LA had them closing with a Rolling Stones cover so this was a surprise treat. Check out The Black Crowes with Jimmy Page “Live at the Greek” and you will see why we were so excited.
All systems go for more shows this fall including Megadeth, Billy Idol, Greta Van Fleet, The Eagles and many others.
If you are not motivated to get out and go to a live show now after that last year and a half, it might be time for you to hang em’ up…get out there and ROCK!
Rock Hard this Monday…
Not all heroes in the the KnuckleBonz Rock Iconz®, 3D Vinyl® and On Tour™ and On Tour Series played an instrument. The paint brush and camera lens also made music for all of us when wielded by the great album cover artist and designers.
Before the digital age of music, Album and Poster art was and essential part of the music Superfan experience. It the same flag many of us still fly today on the art we have in the house or the clothes we wear. Can you imagine Pink Floyd’s legacy with the designs of Storm Thorgerson? The “Dark Side of the Moon” Prism, all of the “Wish You Were Here” “Hand Shakes” the “Delicate Sound of Thunder” “Lightbulb Man.” Aubrey Powell founded the great Hypgnosis (In Collaboration w/ Storm Thorgerson) and gave us classic Led Zeppelin cover art from “Houses of the Holy” and . Could we ever separate Pink Floyd “The Wall” from the illustrator and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe? We think not. So many of the great bands we love are so closely tied to the great artists that were associated with their album releases. Roger Dean defined the band “Yes” with unbelievable illustration and graphic design that almost let you here the albums before you dropped the needle. Many of us discovered the fantasy art master Frank Frazetta, from the album art of Molly Hatchet before we ever heard of “Conan the Barbarian” The list goes on. Can you imagine Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow without the “Rainbow Raising” cover painting of Ken Kelly? Oh yes, what we owe the KISS Destroyer cover to him as well…
For us, these images are as as important as the music that plays when you drop the needle. It’s an essential part of why we are in our 18th year here at KnuckleBonz.
Rock Hard! Kbonz