The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton SO17 3SD
|26-January-08||By: Jonah Hex|
| Ryan Hoyle, Friday January 18th, 2008, Anaheim Convention Center, In the Sun
_____________________________ Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that you just cant pass up. This was the case when I received an email out of the Blue asking if wed be interested in interviewing Ryan Hoyle of Collective Soul. Collective Soul has been one of my "A List" bands (meaning bands I always enjoy, can always listen to, and just ....
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The Brook, 466 Portswood Road, Portswood, Southampton SO17 3SD
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Heartbreaker is a Paul Rodgers tribute band from the West Midlands and was established in June 2006. The band has replicated the authentic classic rock sound from the diffrent eras of Paul Rodgers career, which includes Free, Bad Company, The Firm, Queen + Paul Rodgers. The band plays in various venues in the United Kingdom and audiences appreciate the live experience of Heartbreaker.
The Band consists of:
Stretch - VOCALS - A well seasoned blues man, Stretch has gigged extensively and has also toured with Peter Green. Surrey's Hoochie Coochie man is the perfect front man for both Free and Bad Company material.
Terry Gregory - BASS - For the last decade, Terry has been the bassist of choice for some of Britains finest guitarists (including Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor, modern maestro Shaun Baxter) and has spent much of this time recording and performing on the international stage.
Darren Bazzoni - DRUMS - During his teens, Darren worked hard on an 'originals' project and signed management, publishing and recording deals, opening up for multi-platinum selling artistes. He later played drums for many great artists including Cliff Bennet, Zoot Money, Lol Williams, Freddie Starr, Gary Wilmot and literally scores more, touring the international stage in the process. Darren is now a successful music producer and DJ.
Royston Smith - AXE - Having gigged the London pub and club scene for the last 10 yrs this mad axeman's Les Paul cries and screams for ALL RIGHT NOW. He has shared the stage with Johnny Warman, Henry McCullough, Johnny Fean etc...
Paul Rodgers, legendary singer/songwriter of Free, Bad Company, The Firm and Queen + Paul Rodgers is celebrating his 40th anniversary as a recording artist in 2008. Bursting onto the music scene in 1968 and forming British rock band Free, Rodgers has released over 30 albums with sales exceeding 92 million.
Rodgers wrapped up an amazing year in 2007 writing and recording a new Queen + Paul Rodgers album, due in 2008. An invitation from the Led Zeppelin camp followed and he performed solo for their highly anticipated reunion show at Londons O2 Arena.
Rodgers recently performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for 80,000 plus fans, to which he said I have never been so deeply moved on so many levels at once; musically, visually, personally and even spiritually. Visionary Paul ONeill (mastermind behind the Trans-Siberian Orchestra) has created a wonderland of light and sound. Performing with them was pure magic. To cap it all off, Rodgers concert DVD Live in Glasgow recently achieved Gold status. Live in Glasgow hit the charts at #1 in Canada and peaked at #3 in the U.S. This particular Gold award is sweet and special in my 40th year as a recording artist, said Rodgers. It celebrates the power of music and the fans.
Rodgers ended the year with a sold-out New Years show which was streamed live online with an estimated 50,000+ logging on to celebrate at: www.eq.tv/paulrodgers
Currently, Rodgers is set to present at the 2008 Pollstar Awards in Los Angeles, February 7th and in June, Queen + Paul Rodgers will perform at Nelson Mandelas 90th Birthday Concert in Hyde Park with a highly anticipated European tour to follow this summer.
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Gridiron Greats Super Jam
Featuring NFL and Rock & Roll Legends
Saturday February 2, 2008, Hotel Scottsdale
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This Super Star event will feature NFL & Rock & Roll Legends Attendees include: Mike Ditka, Franco Harris, Ed Jones, Dwight Clark, Harry Carson, Dick Butkus , Eric Dickerson Jerry Kramer and many others, all gathered in one place to hear a once in a lifetime multi genre rock & roll jam including Paul Rodgers (Bad Co & Queen), Neal Schon (Journey), Pat Travers, Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Jack Blade (Night Rangers), Johnny Gunn (Eddie Money), Dell Bruchette (Greg Kihn Band), Tommy Miller (Gregg Allman Band), Steve Salinas (Cold Blood), Donny Baldwin (Jefferson Starship), hosted by CMTs Cowboy Troy, special performance by Kyle Turley ( Kansas City Chiefs)
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Paul Rodgers excellent
Great guitar with a sense of summer and energy. Paul Rodgers is here at his best,
his voice together with Donahues guitar makes this album a must for all fans of good songs, great guitar and..Paul Rodgers
466 PORTSWOOD ROAD
|Doors - 8.00pm (7.30pm Sun.) Weekday shows normally- 9.00pm, Weekend shows normally - 9.30pm. If there's a support, they'll be on stage earlier. Please check with venue as times can vary, if in doubt, get there early.|
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The Band consists of:
Stretch - VOCALS - A well seasoned blues man, Stretch has gigged extensively and has also toured
with Peter Green. Surrey's Hoochie Coochie man is the perfect front man for both Free and Bad Company material.
Terry Gregory - BASS - For the last decade, Terry has been the bassist of choice for some of Britains
finest guitarists (including Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor, modern maestro Shaun Baxter)
and has spent much of this time recording and performing on the international stage.
Darren Bazzoni - DRUMS - During his teens, Darren worked hard on an 'originals' project and signed management,
publishing and recording deals, opening up for multi-platinum selling artistes. He later played drums for many
great artists including Cliff Bennet, Zoot Money, Lol Williams, Freddie Starr, Gary Wilmot and literally scores more, touring
the international stage in the process. Darren is now a successful music producer and DJ.
Royston Smith - AXE - Having gigged the London pub and club scene for the last
10 yrs this mad axeman's Les Paul cries and screams for ALL RIGHT NOW.
Jordan Gonzalez, 15, plays with Chicago Joe Jones
and his band at Maddy's Rib & Blues Joint in Decatur - Atlanta.
Jordan Gonzalez appears distressed.
His face is contorted, eyes shut tight, his mouth curls toward his nose. Gonzalez, head lifted, rocks on his heels.
|Jordan Gonzalez, 15, plays with Chicago Joe Jones and his band at Maddy's Rib & Blues Joint in Decatur. |
The guitar tells the sordid story. The strings seem to scream with pain as his fingers run from high-to-low extremes. The minute-long intro brings a once-chatty crowd to near silence.
Finally, with the pent up aggression of a man separated from his woman too long, he steps to the mic: "Well, it's flooding down in Texas, and all the telephone lines are down. I said, it's flooding down in Texas baby, and all of the telephone lines are down. I've been trying to call my baby, but I can't get a single sound."
After his stirring rendition of "Texas Flood," Jordan flashes a quick smile at his parents. They applaud wildly, as does everybody else in the place, at the performance their 15-year-old son had put on.
"I'd say he's definitely one of those people who was born to play the guitar," Andrew Black, a local musician said. "A lot of kids know the notes, but they just don't have the feel for it. He does."
Jordan, a 10th grader at Pace Academy in Atlanta, is a self-proclaimed "shy guy" at school. But after the final bell of the day rings, he causes quite a stir with his guitar.
His musical abilities are not exactly a surprise as his mother, Micki Gonzalez has multiple degrees in music and is a choral director. Jordan has taken lessons since he was 11 and been on stage since he was 12, playing wherever he could. Juggling school work with his budding music career is something he enjoys.
"That's what's really special about Jordan," said Chicago Joe Jones, Jordan's former guitar teacher. "He's committed to the music. He's really committed to being a part of the music."
Jordan's parents have also made a commitment to his music, which is especially helpful because he doesn't have a driver's license. He won't be 16 until March, so one or both of his parents accompany him to every gig.
"I'm the driver and part-time roadie," joked his father, an attorney. "I also double as an equipment guy too, I guess."
There are some places Jordan's not allowed to play, because of his age. The young musician hopes that will be the only age-related barrier that will get in his way.
"I really want people to enjoy the music because it's good, not because it's good for someone my age," he said.
This particular night at Maddy's in Decatur, Jordan isn't the youngest one on stage. Jones hosts a jam on Thursdays and encourages his students to come and play before a live audience. Jordan is, however, the youngest in the house band, led by Jones. Jordan performs with Jones' group several times a week, when his schedule allows.
"This kid really is something special," Jones said. "And he's only getting better."
Last year, Jones needed a rhythm man in his band for the 2006 Atlanta Blues Challenge. He asked Jordan to join the band and retire his student status. It was the first time Tommy Brown, an Atlanta blues artist, saw him.
"He was really green," Brown recalled. "At that time he didn't know much about stage presence and things like that."
A year later, "Fantastic!" is how Brown describes Jordan's progress.
Over the past three years Jordan has thrown himself into his music. He's started a band of his own, Swagger, with three of his friends and taken to the live performances he used to not be so fond of. He's also focused on being a better rhythm player, one of the harder aspects of playing guitar, he said.
"If you really want to be good, you've got to learn how to back somebody up," Jordan said. "You've really got to know when to pull back and how to stay out of the way. There's no substitute for learning that, you've just got to get out there an embarrass yourself a few times and then you'll get it."
"I've done that a lot," he added with a laugh.
Jordan's growth also includes the depth and breadth of the music he plays and enjoys. He's decided he wants to make a career out of being a musician and he plans to add song writing to his list of talents. He's looking forward recording some of his work and "really branching out as an artist," he said.
"When you play with people who are so much better than you, it really makes you want to get better, you know?"
Todays upload I nearly didn't share with you as it is very personal. You
have seen my posts about Alabama and this was the ultimate personal
pilgrimage to honour Tom Hendrix's great great grandmother. A journey I
connected with from afar and one I am so blessed to have finally made.
Singing to this 86 year old stone talker, I was overcome with emotion.
This is for me the reason I love music. Never let the legends fade
people NEVER ❤
Find out more on Tom's amazing story here http://www.natcheztracetravel.com/nat...
The River That Sings written by Kaz Hawkins