Can’t believe, I just can’t believe: my friend Trevor Bolder has passed away.
One of the most unassuming persons you could ever meet, on stage he used to turn into a bass beast – be it with David Bowie, WISHBONE ASH or URIAH HEEP, the band that became Trev’s home for more than three decades.
Off-stage, though, Bolder was always quiet. As he told me during our longest conversation, “Like with a lot of bass players, it’s the playing. It doesn’t matter how famous you are if they don’t like what you do, then they dismiss you. I’m not a musician who’s been in a lot of bands, hanging around and playing with lots of different people, so most people who know me they’re HEEP fans and they know about HEEP, and your usual Bowie fan is not a HEEP fan, they’re dedicated to Mr. Bowie and don’t know where you are. <…> I’m very shy in a lot of ways. I mean, I’m OK on-stage, I do what I do, but I’m not one of those people who go out and say, “Hey, look at me! I’ve just come off-stage! Here I am!” Yet here he was, and now he’s not.
Quite underestimated player, Ray Manzarek‘s contribution to THE DOORS‘ sound was immense. It was his keyboards that gave the signature melody to “Light My Fire” and the buzz to the likes of “Hello, I Love You”. Together with guitarist Robby Krieger, Manzarek continued to carry on the legacy of the band he was a co-founder with for many years and did so almost until his last day, which came, sadly, on May 20th, 2013. Ray was 74.
Ray Manzarek will be sorely missed. Light a fire for the man today.
Strange it is, yet many a classic rock aficionado never heard of a historic event known as the Dutch Woodstock, or Holland Pop Festival, that took place in August 1970 in Rotterdam and featured a fantastic array of American and British artists. And now, it’s out as a double CD/DVD set on Gonzo Multimedia – with rare footage and excellent playing. If you weren’t one of 100,000 people in attendance, you’re bound to love it; if you were, you’d love to experience it again. That’s what’s on there:
It’s been a few years now since this site started working with good folks at the Esotericlabel, one of the best in the reissues world and a purveyor of great new releases on their Antenna imprint. They’ve just published a list of their forthcoming CDs, and there’s much to be salivating about. So it goes like this.
* HAWKWIND - “Warrior On The Edge Of Time”:
3-disc clamshell box (bonus tracks, a remix, 5.1 surround mix by Steven Wilson);
box Set (vinyl, postcards, poster etc. + 3-disc edition.