Rock Chain # 11: A Taste of India


This is something I used to do in a magazine I used to edit a couple of years ago. I took the idea from a column that used to appear on Scientific American magazine written by a British scientist called James Burke. His column was called “Connections” and consisted in relating history and science facts that were linked by a word until the cycle was finished. I just adapted it to Rock And Roll. Now, I’ll try to resurrect it every first Friday of the month here at the blog.

Taj Mahal is a rather underappreciated Blues guitarist, who is said to have invented World Music before the term even existed. He had support slots for Otis Redding and The Temptations and was supported by Led Zeppelin in the legendary Fillmore West.

Led Zeppelin, whose guitar player, Jimmy Page is promising to finally release a new solo album yet this year. It would be his first solo album since 1988’s Outrider which marked the first time John Bonham’s son, Jason, recorded in a studio.

Jason Bonham then went on to form his own band, Bonham, and had stints playing with  UFO, Foreigner, Black Country Communion and is the drummer in the fictional band, Steel Dragon in the movie Rockstar.

Rockstar, which is a good movie with a terrible ending, is supposedly based on the career of Tim Owens, when he became the singer in Judas Priest.

Judas Priest, who is currently releasing a version of their classic album, Defenders of the Faith, with some bonus live tracks that were never heard before, aside from bootlegs.

And speaking of Judas Priest bootlegs, there are a few more classics than Bruce Dickinson – Judas Priest – Los Angeles 1990. Priest was touring Painkiller and Bruce his debut solo album, Tattooed Millionaire. Bruce even plays some covers like Deep Purple’s “Black Night”, Free’s “Wishing Well” and AC/DC’s “Sin City”.

Speaking of AC/DC, the world anxiously awaits for what must probably be their last tour. If they really stop, it would be interesting to see if any of their members will still pursue a career in music. Brian Johnson might dedicate himself to his other passion, cars.

Cars are also the passion of another Blues/Rock artist, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, who actually started his career with The Moving Sidewalks that opened some dates for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was actually formed in London and had as manager Chas Chandler, who had previously worked with The Animals.

The Animals were led by Eric Burden who a few years ago released a conceptual album about water.

Speaking of conceptual albums, how about Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick, based on the fictional story of a boy that a lot of people thought it was true.

Jethro Tull appeared on the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus TV show having a young and still unknown Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath on guitar.

Do you know who else appaeraed at the Rolling Stones’s Rock and Roll Circus? Bluesman Taj Mahal.

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