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.
The Anon was a band that had in its ranks drummer Robert Tyrell, guitarist Anthony Phillips and bassist Mike Rutherford. After Robert Tyrell left, the band eventually evolved to Genesis.
Genesis, as everybody knows had Phil Collins as its drummer from its third album, Nursery Crime onwards.
Phil Collins had in its resume the fact that he played drums in two different continents on Live Aid in 1985.
Live Aid’s was opened by Status Quo playing one of his signature songs “Rockin’ All over the World”.
Status Quo never achieved in America the status (no pun intended) that they had in mainland Europe and especially Britain, much like what happened to Slade.
Slade however had a slight increase in popularity in America after “Cum on Feel the Noize” and “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” were rerecorded by Quiet Riot.
Quiet Riot rerecorded those songs with Carlos Cavazo on guitar, replacing the mythic Randy Rhoads who had gone to play with Ozzy Osbourne.
Ozzy Osbourne had a lot of myths surrounding him, but it is fact that he once licked his and Nilkki Sixx piss out of the floor of a hotel on that debauched tour with Mötley Crüe.
Mötley Crüe’s book The Dirt tells a lot of unbelievable stories leading some people to think some were false. However, Biff Byford says he believes in everything that’s in there due to what he saw happening when Saxon toured with them.
Saxon in the course of their career, covered three songs on their albums, but the most left-field was probably “In the Court of the Crimson King” from King Crimson.
King Crimson was the opening act for the now legendary performance at Hyde Park in 1969 by The Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones were once managed by the crook Allen Klein.
Allen Klein was source of great discussion among The Beatles members because Paul McCartney never trusted him.
Paul McCartney once recorded a song called “Say, Say, Say” with Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson had some ties with Rock and Roll (Steve Lukather, Eddie Van Halen, Slash…) and he also recorded with Queen three songs: “There Must Be More to Life than this“, “State of Shock” and “Victory” all result of a partnership that he had loosely forged with Freddie Mercury in the early eighties.
The last band Freddie Mercury sang for before joining Queen was Sour Milk Sea.
Do you know who was the drummer for Sour Milk Sea? The Anon’s Robert Tyrell.
Nuclear Assault – Handle with Care
Firebird – Grand Union
The Rods – Wild Dogs
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger – Stephen King
The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
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