Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2004. When George Harrison was inducted posthumously. Though
collectively not the best guitarists, the aggregate sound is quite impressive. Prince's solo was off the charts.
Madison Square Garden, New York City,  October 30, 2009. What happens when U2, the Rolling Stones and Black
Eyed Peas get together? Who knew Fergie could steal the show from Bono and Mick Jagger? The Edge did a pretty
good Keith Richards with his early American boogie guitar style. If you weren't a Black Eyed Peas fan before, you
should be after catching this video!
Video is rated R for language... Ozzy just being Ozzy. Kirk does some amazing guitar work. Not Randy Rhoads or Zack
Wylde but he doesn't need to. He's Kirk Hammett of Metallica since 1983 and ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The
100 Greatest Guitarists of all-time when this video was shot. Nuf said.  
U2,  Mick Jagger, Fergie, Will-I-Am
Britain Rules! This assembly of unbelievable talent is what you'd find in the dictionary next to the term "supergroup".
Clapton's Strat w/ Knopler's Les Paul provides some amazing guitar work. Raymond Cooper is on drums w/ Phil
Collins. If you liked that bone, you may like "
Hey Jude" from the same concert w/ Paul McCartney, Carl Perkins and
Elton John joining them. How about the combination of Elton John, Clapton and Knopfler doing EJ's timeless classic,
"
Daniel".(incredible audio and Knopfler solo) or "Sacrifice" (w/ Steve Ferrone on drums replacing Phil Collins) at
Knebworth, 1989. Or the year before from Japan w/ both Cooper and Ferrone on drums, an outrageous Nathan East
on bass, Clapton and Knopfler on guitars and EJ on keyboards doing the funkiest version of JJ Cale's "
Cocaine" you'll
ever hear. Speaking of JJ Cale, how about he and Clapton in Hawaii doing "
They Call Me the Breeze". Lynyrd Skynyrd
made it famous in 1976, but let's give props to JJ who wrote "Cocaine" as well as "
After Midnight".
Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne
Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins, & Ray Cooper
Frank Zappa, Peter Wolf, Tommy Mars, Terry Bozzio, Patrick O'Hearn, and Adrian Belew
The "Socrates of Rock", Frank Zappa, shreds one of his best solos on his Gibson SG on "Muffin Man" while Belew
rapes his Strat and Bozzio.. well, is just being Terry "
Baby Snakes" Bozzio on the skins. J. Geils Band founder, Peter
Wolf, joins the founder of Mother of Invention for one of the most avant guard on-stage performances you will see. If
you having a Zappa Jones after watching this check out "
Pound for a Brown" (less Wolf). But what's a Zappa tribute
section with out "
Stinkfoot" (from a 1974 US TV Show) or ".Why Does it Hurt When I Pee" (World premier played at a
Munich, Germany concert in 1978). Most think Zappa had to be on acid, but he was actually
aggressively anti-drugs.
Hence, the songs "
Cocaine Decisions" and "City of Tiny Lights". He was quoted as saying, "Tobacco was his favorite
vegetable
". A song you heard on the radio you wouldn't believe could be? "Dinah-Moe Humm". Three you won't hear
on radio: "
The Illinois Enema Bandit", "Broken Hearts are for Assholes" and "Bamboozled by Love". Of course there are
many that were: "
Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" (Thx to the greedy Zappa Family Trust for removing the cool live video
that used to exist for this song!), "
Jesus Think You're a Jerk" and "Any Kind of Pain" (of which we could only live video
footage of Frank's solo from this great tune). Frank was also a serious composer as evidenced with the unlikely title of
"
Watermelon in Easter Hay" ... one of the most beautiful instrumentals ever.
Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Ferrone, Prince, & Dhani Harrison
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, 2004
Gimme Shelter: 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, 2009 (HD)
Ironman/Paranoid:  25th Anniversary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, 2009 (HD)
Money for Nothing: Concert for Montserrat, 1997 (HD)
Montana:  Just Another Zappa Halloween Show, New York City, 1977
Compare and contrast these rare Zappa interviews. The his first TV appearance on the Steve Allen Show from 1963,
where Frank demonstrates to Steve 'playing the bicycle'. (Keep this in mind when you listen to Frank's 1971 concert
from Montreux... known as the "
Fire Show".) The second interview, from a 1974 Finnish TV Show followed by a 1976
interview with New York City's WNEW Channel 5 and Bill Boggs, where Frank gives his take on disco and drugs. Next, a
short 1983 Halloween night interview on
The David Letterman Show where he discusses his new Broadway play and
the
Mothers of Invention 35 album Anthology. After this personable appearance on The Tonight Show, with the late,
great Johnny Carson, he did an interesting
interview with the Penn State Police (of all people) where he discusses how
he put together his 12 pc orchestra for the
Broadway, Hardway tour. Here are a couple of Frank's memorable
appearances in CNN's conservative-laden, Crossfire from
1986 and 1989, forced to defend his position on censorship.
Frank's next-to-last interview was with Jamie Gangel on NBC's "The Today Show" just months before he passed away in
December, 1993. He died shortly after from a long bout with prostrate cancer. His
last interview was conducted from a  
hospital bed the day before he died. Frank discusses his friendship and collaboration with classical composer, Nicolas
Slonimsky. It's hard to understand but If you love Frank like the Guitar Maniacs do, it's even more difficult to watch.
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Written by George Harrison. It was first performed by The Beatles on the White Album), featuring the lead guitar of Eric
Clapton. (For purists, here is George performing "
While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with Ringo, Eric Clapton and friends
in 1987 at the Prince's Trust Concert in London.) It was ranked #135 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs
of All Time", #7 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, and #10 on their list of The Beatles 100
Greatest Songs. Inspiration for the song came to Harrison when reading the
I Ching, which, as he put it, "seemed to me
to be based on the Eastern concept that everything is relative to everything else...opposed to the Western view that
things are merely coincidental
The initial incarnation wasn't final. Harrison said: "Some of the words to the song were changed before I finally recorded
it.” A demo recorded at George's Esher home includes an unused verse:
"I look at the trouble and see that it's raging,
While my guitar gently weeps.
As I'm sitting here, doing nothing but ageing,
Still, my guitar gently weeps."
#37 in Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest songs, written by Keith Richards, speculation on its meaning ranges from the
political and social unrest at the time from the war in Vietnam and race riots to Keith feeling punked by Jagger for
ripping Anita from him to the Altamont concert disaster documented in the film of their 1969 tour. It had never been
revealed in any interview as to its meaning but Jagger sings of needing shelter from any of these possible storms.
Footnote: Merry Clayton, Gospel singer and former Rayette for Ray Charles, is the background female vocalist maid in
the movie Maid To Order. She eventually released her own version of this song.
Background to Iron Man: The 2nd Black Sabbath single in the US, Ozzy's distorted vocals at the beginning, "I am Iron
Man
" were made with a talkbox (an electronic device hooked up to a guitar amp). The guitarist makes sounds into a
tube that runs through the box.  Metal fans credit the inspiration for the song about everything from Jesus to Vietnam
Vets. But in a Rolling Stone interview, Ozzy was quoted as saying his motivation came from growing up in an industrial
section of England whose time had passed. Iron Man is the industrial worker where industry no longer exist.
According to original Black Sabbath bassist, Geezer Butler , in a 2004 interview w/ Guitar World, says "Paranoid" was
written in 10 minutes as a 3 minute "filler" for the album to be titled "War of Pigs". Tony Iommi came up with the riff.
Geezer quickly scratched out some lyrics, and Ozzy was reading them from a piece of paper while he sang them.
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Frank also had some amazing, unlikely and even unthinkable collaborations throughout his career. Would you believe
with
John Lennon and Yoko Ono... WTF is Yoko doing? "Stevie's Spanking", "Cosmik Debris" and "Black Napkins" with
Steve Vai?... "
Clownz on Velvet" with Al DiMeola? ..."Farther Oblivion" with violin virtuoso, Jean-Luc Ponty? ... Johnny
"Guitar" Watson doing "
In France" ? ... With Sting doing "Murder By Numbers"?
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R.I.P. to the Mother of all Inventions. Here's a message for those that continue to pull Zappa videos off You Tube
including his son, Dweezil, who
tries to carry on the family tradition touring under the moniker of "Zappa Plays Zappa".
Sometimes even
Moon joins Dweezil on stage. But I'm really getting tired of seeing the Zappa Family Trust, Yamaha
Music Publishing
and 'Jazz Casual' (whoever they are) pulling all the memories of the genius of OUR generation.
These interviews cover his entire amazing career and are priceless! Often called the Lost Interviews, enjoy Part 1, 2, 3,
4, 5, 6, and 7. Perhaps, the best interview of all is with the entire Zappa Family on the David Brenner Show. Part 1 & 2.
Frank kept the creative juices flowing up to his final days. This
jam session, known as the "Salad Party" was done at
Frank's house with his old friend, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, The Chieftains (Ireland) and The Tuva Singers (Mongolia).
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  • "There's nothin' like the hot stink of a too loud electric guitar..." --- Frank Zappa