Music Diary – 25th March

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 25th March!

Guns N' Roses

Guns N‘ Roses: Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose, Steven Adler and Slash

On the 25th March 1986, Guns N‘ Roses signed a record deal with Geffen Records. Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler received $ 75,000 in advance for recording their debut album. Before that, the four-song EP „Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide“ was released originally on the Geffen subsidiary UZI Suicide in December 1986. The first pressings were limited to 10,000 copies.


On 21st July 1987 the long awaited Guns N‘ Roses debut „Appetite for Destruction“ hit the stores. The LP became a mega seller and sold over 30 million times worldwide.

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Music Diary – 26th November

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Tina Turner

Happy birthday to singer, dancer and actress Annie Mae Bullock aka Tina Turner, who was born on the 26th November 1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee. With her husband Ike Turner (she married the musician in 1962), she recorded under the moniker Ike & Tina Turner the classics „A Fool in Love“ (1960), „River Deep Mountain High“ (1966), „Proud Mary“ (1971) and „Nutbush City Limits“ (1973) before getting divorced in 1976. Seven years later Tina Turner had a successful comeback: In 1983 the single „Let’s Stay Together“ charted worldwide and reached the top ten. Also the LP „Private Dancer“ (her fifth solo album released in 1984) became a huge success. Over 8 millions copies were sold worldwide until today. And more hits followeld like the megahit „What’s Love Got to Do with It“ (1984). TIna Turner was also working as an actress: So she played the „The Acid Queen“ in The Who rock musical „Tommy“ (1975). Ten years later she took over a role in the blockbuster „Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome“ and in „Last Action Hero“ (1993) she acted in a cameo role.


Tina Tuner is also called „The Queen of Rock’n’Roll“ and she is one of most successful female rock artists ever. She received eight Grammys and sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide.

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Music Diary – 19th November

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Matt Sorum

Happy birthday to drummer Matt Sorum, who was born on the 19th Novermber 1960 in Mission Viejo, California! Sorum is well known as the drummer of Guns N‘ Roses, with whom he recorded three studio albums. Before joining the Hardrock legends he worked with The Cult and Y Kant Tori Read (a project fronted by Tori Amos).

In 1990 Slash was looking for a new drummer and a replacement for Steven Adler. The Guns N’Roses guitarst saw Matt playing on the Cult tour, supporting the fourth studio album „Sonic Temple„. Slash was very impressed and asked Sorum, if he would like to join. So soon later he became the new drummer in the Gunners line-up and stayed for seven years. His powerful drumming can be heard on the three LPs „Use Your Illusion I„, „Use Your Illusion II“ (both 1991) and „The Spaghetti Incident?“ (1993).


After his leaving, Matt Sorum worked with a lot of bands and musicians like Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and Neurotic Outsiders. He did also a lot of sessions – just look on his impressing discography.

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Music Diary – 7th November

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IzzyProfileOn the 7th November 1991, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin announced his leaving from Guns N’ Roses. The founding member of the American Hardrock band was replaced by Gilby Clarke, who filled in for the „Use Your Illusion„-worldtour.

Izzy Stradlin, his real name is Jeffrey Dean Isbell, justified his quitting of a combination of Axl Rose’s personal behaviour and the difficulties of being around with the band in general. In an interview with „Rolling Stone„, he later recalled: „Once I quit drugs, I couldn’t help looking around and asking myself, ‚Is this all there is?‘ I was just tired of it; I needed to get out.“


Izzy played his last show with Guns N’Roses on the 31st August 1991 at the Wembley Stadium in London, UK.

 

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Music Diary – 31st October

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Slash

On 31st October 1996, guitarist Slash announced that he has left the Hardrock band Guns N‘ Roses.

In his book „Slash“ (2007) he remembers his historic decision:
„After working to make that band all that it could be for the better part of my life, saying good-bye to the institution I helped build was as alien as being launched into space. But once I’d done it, a weight was lifted from my shoulders and the lead was out of my shoes. It was like decompressing after a deepwater dive. The day I made my decision, I woke up early and called the powers that be to deliver the news, and went back to sleep. I don’t remember anything else of theat day aside from the fact that when I woke up again I was refreshed. I felt as if I’d just slept for a week.“


Slash was the lead guitarist in Guns N‘ Roses from June 1985 until October 1996. So after eleven years he was leaving one of the most successful rockbands in the world and started working on his solo career and other projects like Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver.

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Music Diary – 30th October

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Chris Slade

Drummer Chris Slade was born on the 30th October 1946 in Pontypridd, Wales (UK). The Welsh musician has worked with many acts – just to name a few: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Tom JonesAsia, Uriah Heep, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Gary Moore. Slade also played with Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page in The Firm.

But Chris Slade is best known for his drumming for AC/DC from 1989 to 1994. He joined in November 1989 and took over the place from Simon Wright. In this period he recorded the studio album „The Razors Edge“ (1990). His powerful drumming is also featured on the releases „Live“ (released 1992), „Big Gun“ (1993 – Single for the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie „Last Action Hero„) and „Live at Donington“ (recorded 1991 – DVD). During the recording sessions for the next AC/DC album „Ballbreaker“ (1995), Malcolm Young told him, that the band wanted to do a reunion with former drummer Phil Rudd. Chris Slade about his time with AC/DC: „It was an honour and a privilege to play with those guys.“


In 2015, Chris Slade returned to AC/DC and took over the place from Phil Rudd again, who get into big legal troubles.The official band’s announcement: “Chris Slade will be on drums for the upcoming Rock or Bust world tour.”

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Music Diary – 26th September

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AC/DC - Ballbreaker (1995)On the 26th September 1995 the 12th AC/DC album „Ballbreaker“ was released. It was the first time that the band worked with star producer Rick Rubin together, who already produced the single „Big Gun“ for the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster „Last Action Hero“ in 1993. And for longtime drummer Phil Rudd was this the celebration of his comeback (he retired in 1983 and was replaced by Simon Wright in 1983 – 1989 and Chris Slade in 1989 – 1993).

During the „Ballbreaker“ tour the following new songs were on the setlist: „Hard as a Rock„, „Boogie Man“, „Cover you in Oil„, „Hail Caesar„, and the title track „Ballbreaker“.

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