Music Diary – 30th December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 30th December!

Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)

Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull)

Happy birthday to drummer Clive William Bunker, who was born on the 30th December 1946 in Luton, Bedfordshire (UK). Clive was the original drummer in Jethro Tull and a member from 1968 until 1971. With the band, he recorded the first four classic studio albums „This Was“ (1968), „Stand Up“ (1969), „Benefit“ (1970) and „Aqualung“ (1971).


Clive Bunker began playing in a band called „The Warriors“ in the sixties. Later he formed with guitarist Mick Abrahams the band McGregor’s Engine, before both founded in 1967 with Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick Jethro Tull. Shortly after the release of the LP „Aqualung“, Clive Bunker decided to leave the band, get married and spend more time with his wife. Barriemore Barlow, a school friend of frontman Ian Anderson, took over his place.

Clive about his decision: „I had always told Ian, ‚If I find the right lady, I’ll be gone,‘ and I did just that. That was just at the start of their world touring in 1972, and I wouldn’t have been back in England for ages at a time. So I thought that I might as well end it then. Besides, Barrie was always in the background anyway, so I knew I wasn’t going to put them in a difficult situation. You must understand that back then, we didn’t have any time off; it was non-stop work, and I wanted to spend time with my wife.“

After his life with Jethro Tull, Clive played with many acts like Blodwyn Pig, Robin Trower, AviatorManfred Mann, Jack Bruce, Gordon GiltrapUli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Steve HillageSolstice, Glenn Hughes and Jerry Donahue. Finally in 1998, Clive Bunker’s debut solo album „Awakening“ was released feat. contributions by old Tullers Ian Anderson, Martin Barre and longtime friends Andy Glass, Dave Lennox, Jim Rodford, John Batrum, Vikki Clayton and Graham Dee.

Interesting note:
Doane Perry, who became the new Jethro Tull drummer in 1984, was taught one of his first drum lessons ever by Clive Bunker! I did an interview with Doane and he talks about this historic meeting – you can stream the conversation here (the topic starts at appr. 19:10 min)!

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Music Diary – 17th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 17th November!

Martin Barre & John Glascock (Jethro Tull)

Martin Barre & John Glascock (Jethro Tull – 1978)

On the 17th November two remarkable things happened, which are connected to the British Rock band Jethro Tull:

In 1946 guitarist Martin Lancelot Barre was born in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Barre joined Jethro Tull in 1969 after the departing of Mick Abrahams and his first recordings with Ian Anderson & Co. can be heard on the second Tull album „Stand Up“ (1969). Martin Barre was the long time member in the line-up beside singer, flute player and acoustic guitarist Ian Anderson. He left Jethro Tull in 2011 and concentrated on his solo works.

Barre’s signature solo on the 1971 Jethro Tull standard „Aqualung“ is still considered as one of the most outstanding guitar solos. It was voted by the readers of „Guitar Player“ magazine as one of the top rock guitar solos of all time.


And on the 17th November 1979, John Glascock, the bass player for Jethro Tull from 1976 until 1979, died at the age of only 28 years. Glascock suffered a congenital heart valve defect, which was worsened by an infection caused by an abscessed tooth. Before joining Jethro Tull to replace Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond on bass, Glascock was a member of the Blues band Chicken Shack and later of the progressive Rock band Carmen. Ritchie Blackmore mentioned John’s fantastic skills in an interview with „Guitar Player“ in September 1978; „John Glascock is a brilliant bass player, the best in the business in rock.“ John Glascock’s playing can be heard on the Tull albums „Too old to Rock’n’Roll: Too young to die!“ (1976), „Songs from the Wood“ (1977), „Heavy Horses„, the live album „Bursting Out“ (both 1978) and some parts on „Stormwatch“ (1979).

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Music Diary – 29th November

Hello and welcome back to my Music Diary – today for the 29th November!

Back in 2007 I attended my first concert in France – Woven Hand performed in Paris at the Divan Du Monde. It was such a wonderful live experience and we all were so happy that David Eugene Edwards brought his Concertina along for the two 16 Horsepower classics „Harm’s Way“ and „American Wheeze„. And this night I heard one of the best live versions of „Your Russia„.

Woven Hand – Paris (Divan Du Monde)(29.11.2007) © Alex MelomaneCheck out my review, setlist pictures and videos of that show right here (and scroll down to the date 29/11/2007)!

Cheers,
Alex Melomane


Music Diary – 23rd November

Welcome back to my personal Music Diary – today for 23rd November!

Back in 2008 I was in Paris again to see Woven Hand performing at the La Maroquinerie. The show was sold out and David Eugene Edwards, Ordy Garrison, Pascal Humbert and Peter van Laerhoven rocked the club with full intense. My review, pictures and videos of the amazing performance are here (just scroll down to the date of 23/11/2008)!

Woven Hand – Paris (La Maroquinerie)(23.11.2008) © Alex MelomaneCheers,

Alex Melomane

UPDATES!

Hey Musicmaniacs all around the world!

I did some updates for the section „Concerts – July“ and uploaded tons of pictures (especially for the entries of Tom Waits and Woven Hand) – check them out:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/concerts-july

Cheers and spread the word!

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 26th July

Hello, dear Music Maniacs all around the world to my music diary for the 26th July!

After seeing Mr. Tom Waits live in Paris twice in a row in 2008, a third concert followed directly. So I arrived in Munich for Woven Hand. David Eugene Edwards and his band were billed for a show at the club Ampere that day.

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A full review can you read here (just scroll down to the mentioned date):
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/category/concerts-july

Pictures of the show will follow shortly – so stay tuned again 😉

Cheers,

Alex Melomane

Music Diary – 25th July

Welcome to my Music Diary for the 25th July!

You know, there are outstanding artists or bands who are legends and many people want to see them at least once live performing in their life time. This man is without any doubt a member of this very special club – Mr. Tom Waits!

I do know that I’m a lucky bastard because I saw him performing in Paris twice in a row! So on the 25th July 2008 it was his second show at the wonderful place Le Grand Rex.

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Read my reviews of both shows here:
https://melomaneblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/concerts-july/

Pictures of these outstanding concerts will follow shortly – so stay tuned as always 😉

Salut,

Alex Melomane