Rock Chain # 22: Kossof Strat

Dave Murray

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 in the blog.

Paul Kossof is one of the most underrated guitar players ever. He was instrumental in getting Free its signature sound and created the riff of their most famous song, “All Right Now”. He was even asked once to teach the “All Right Now” riff by none other than Eric Clapton.

Eric Clapton who is known to have said: “Is him really that fucking good?” when witnessing Jimi Hendrix playing for the first time.

Jimi Hendrix was taken to England to become a star by Chas Chandler, who was convinced to go see him in a club in New York by Linda, at the time Rolling Stones Keith Richards’ girlfriend.

Keith Richards whose new solo album has Steve Jordan on drums, who was drummer for the Late Show with David Letterman band from 1982 to 1986, until he was replaced by Anton Fig.

Anton Fig, every great Kiss fan knows, was the drummer on Ace’s solo album and on Unmasked.

Unmasked broke Kiss in Australia, and the Aussies even coined the name “Kissteria” for what was happening down under at the time. That was the first Kiss tour with Eric Carr on drums.

Eric Carr died on 25 November 1991, probably the saddest day in Rock’s history. In the same day Eric and none other than Freddie Mercury were gone.

Freddie Mercury had to wear heavy make-up in the video for “I’m Going Slightly Mad” due to the fact that he was pretty ill at that point. The track is on Queen’s last studio album with Freddie alive, Innuendo.

“Innuendo”, the song, has a Flamenco guitar part, played by Yes’ Steve Howe.

Steve Howe, besides Yes and Asia, was also part of a band called GTR who released only one album in 1985, alongside Steve Hackett, who had left Genesis in 77.

Genesis that when Peter Gabriel left, devastated one of their biggest fans: Steve Harris, who at that time was trying to break his band, Iron Maiden.

Iron Maiden whose guitarist, Dave Murray, once sold everything he had to be able to buy a Fender Stratocaster who once belonged to his greatest idol. Do you know who this idol was? Free’s Paul Kossof.

Current playlist:


Ghost – Meliora


Queen – Live At the Rainbow ‘74

The Da Vinci Code

Deconstructing Harry


Under the Dome – Stephen King

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