posted on Oct, 13 2005 @ 01:34 AM
Id just like to share some "classic rock" tidbits.
I hope everyone finds these interesting. They are just things I am thinking up as I type.
-Aerosmith used sugar packets as maracas on sweet emotion
-John Lennon wrote "I am the Walrus" but used the wrong character in the song. The walrus is actually the bad guy in the writing its based on. The
good guy was the carpenter, but what kind of song would that make?
-Angus Young of AC/DC uses no effects when playing guitar. His sound is pure guitar into amp and is actually quite clean contrary to popular belief. A
friend of mine met them backstage in winnipeg and said that Angus drank TEA after the show !
-Jimi Hendrix would string his guitar in odd fashions, using a e for a b for example.
On the note of stringing instruments, the beatles were said to have pulled strings out of pianos to use on there own instruments. I dont even think
-Many of the famous Queen guitar tones came from a homemade amp made from a scrap circuit found discarded by the bass player (cant remember his name
at the moment deacy? )and a small hi-fi speaker and cabinet that ran off of a lantern battery. Brian May also created a small treble booster to get
some of his famous tones.
-Johnny Cash (hes rock and roll to me!) became famous for his "man in black" image after he appeared on the grand ole opry with solid black clothes
when everyone else was wearing rhinestones.
-Pink Floyd has a cover band endorsed by them. I cant remember the name, the australian pink floyd something... They were found out after the band
played for the lead guitarist at his birthday.
-In his quest for loud, Pete Townsend basically invented the "Marshall stack" of amps with help of Jim Marshall. (those are the amps you see with
the amp head on top and the speaker cabinets( 4 x 12 inch speakers) underneath. Except his version was a complete box of 8 x 10 I believe. They found
them too hard to move around and later "cut" them inhalf inventing the amp stack !
-Edward Van Halen holds many patents on guitar inventions, with his input he helped to create the floyd rose tremolo system, used on thousands of
-The Beatles would often talk with the Rolling Stones so that they could release there singles apart so that each one would have some time on the
charts. Beatles then Stones, stones than beatles etc.
-Rush plays live with a set of washing machines. And the machines are mic'd !
-The eric clapton song layla is about stealing george harrisons wife.
-Fleetwood Mac would sometimes request that a PIANO would be brought into there hotel room so they could play, even if they had to take a window or
two out to lug it in.
-When trying out amps at a shop, the cops had to come because Stevie Ray Vaughn was playing so loud.
-The guitarist from Black Sabbath made his own fingertips to play guitar because he lost part of them in an accident.
-BB King invented guitar vibrato (think of a violin player shaking there hand to sustain the note) to emulate the sound of slide guitar.
I tried to think of one for every band mentioned in the thread.
I know lots of interesting guitar bits and pieces, but I tried to stray away from them. If anyone wants to hear more, say !