Rock Chain #13: Cape Crusader

Rick Wakeman

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.

Reading about keyboardist Rick Wakeman the other day, I remembered he tickled the ivories for a lot of bands besides Yes, including Black Sabbath, on the song “Sabbra Cadabra”, from the album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” is also the song that the band Godspeed played on the Nativity in Black – A Tribute to Black Sabbath album. They had an invaluable help from none other than Bruce Dickinson, who sang the song.

Bruce Dickinson, currently convalescing from treatment on a tumor in his tongue, was the singer on Samson, before joining Iron Maiden. Samson was one of the leading names from the NWOBHM that never fulfilled its potential, just like Angel Witch or Tygers of Pan Tang.

Tygers of Pan Tang had on their formation the talented John Sykes, who went to find fame and fortune with Thin Lizzy and specially Whitesnake.

Whitesnake which in May will release an album called The Purple Album made up of re-recordings from the David Coverdale-era of Deep Purple.

Deep Purple whose current guitarist, Steve Morse is also a member of the Jazz-Rock combo Dixie Dregs, alongside drummer Rod Morgenstein, also a member of Hard Rock band, Winger.

Winger’s leader Kip Winger, was once member of Alice Cooper recording the albums Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell.

Alice Cooper was recently announced as participant of the Rock USA Festival along bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Def Leppard and Judas Priest.

Those who are older might remember that the Judas Priest’s song “Eat me Alive” was on the PMRC filthy fifteen list. Other artists on that list included Prince, Wasp and Twisted Sister.

Twisted Sister whose leader Dee Snider said recently won’t be releasing new music anymore because people are just not interested. This statement is similar (although much lighter) than that which said “Rock is dead” made by Gene Simmons not so long ago.

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are confessed anglophiles. It’s no accident that the the intro song for Kiss shows for some years now is The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”.

The Who, whose bass player John Entwistle was a fixture at a pub in London called Red Lion, where a lot of professional musicians used to gather to jam in the mid-sixties.

Do you know who, only 17 at the time, also used to go to the Red Lion Pub? Keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

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Prince Lestat – Anne Rice

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King

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