Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra & Travelling Willburys)

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The English songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Jeffrey “Jeff” Lynne Was born 30 December 1947. He is the leader and sole constant member of Electric Light Orchestra. Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) were a British rock group from Birmingham, England, who Were formed by jeff Lynne  Roy Wood and Bev Bevan around a fusion of rock and classical music, with the original idea of both The Move and ELO existing in tandem. This project would eventually become the highly successful Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Problems led to Wood’s departure in 1972, following the band’s debut record, So Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group’s original compositions and produced every album.Despite early singles success in the United Kingdom, the band were initially more successful in the United States, billed as “The English guys with the big fiddles”.  they incorporated d complex and unique pop-rock sound mixed with studio strings, layered vocals, and tight, catchy pop singles. Thereafter followed a succession of band personnel changes and increasingly popular albums: 1973’s ELO 2 and On the Third Day, 1974’s Eldorado and 1975’s Face the Music. By 1976’s A New World Record. They gained a cult following despite lukewarm reviews back in their native United Kingdom. By the mid-1970s, they had become one of the biggest-selling acts in music. From 1971 to 1986They released eleven studio albums and another album in 2001 &accumulated 27 Top-40 hit singles in both the UK and the US, with 20 Top 20 UK singles and 15 Top-20 US singles (as charted by Billboard magazine). The band also holds the record for having the most Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 hits of any group in US chart history without ever having a number one single.ELO collected 19 CRIA, 21 RIAA and 38 BPI awards, and sold over 50 million records worldwide during the group’s active period of recording and touring. The pinnacle of ELO’s chart success and worldwide popularity was the expansive 1977 double album Out of the Blue, which was largely conceived in a Swiss chalet during a two-week writing marathon. The band’s 1978 world tour featured an elaborate “space ship” set and laser light show. In order to recreate the complex instrumental textures of their albums, the band used pre-recorded supplemental backing tracks in live performances. Although that practice has now become commonplace, it caused considerable derision in the press of the time.

Lynne has often stated that he prefers the creative environment of the studio to the rigours and tedium of touring. In 1979, Lynne followed up the success of Out of the Blue with Discovery, which held No. 1 in the UK for 5 weeks. The album is primarily associated with its two disco-flavoured singles (“Shine a Little Love” and “Last Train to London”) and with the title’s word play on “disco” and “very”. However, the remaining seven non-disco tracks on the album reflected Lynne’s range as a pop-rock songwriter, including a heavy, mid-tempo rock anthem (“Don’t Bring Me Down”) that, despite its use of a drum loop, could be considered the antithesis of disco. In an April 2008 interview, Lynne fondly recalled his forays into dance music:I love the force of disco. I love the freedom it gave me to make a different rhythms across it. I enjoyed that really steady driving beat. Just steady as a rock. I’ve always liked that simplicity in the bass drum.[10]In 1979, Lynne rejected an offer for ELO to headline the Knebworth Concert in the UK, allowing Led Zeppelin to headline instead. In the absence of any touring to support Discovery, Lynne had time to contribute five tracks to the soundtrack for the 1980 film musicalXanadu. The score yielded three Top 40 singles: I’m Alive (UK No. 20), All Over The World (UK No. 11), and the title track Xanadu, which reached number one in the UK. Nevertheless, Lynne was not integrated into the development of the film, and his material subsequently had only superficial attachment to the plot. Xanadu performed weakly at the box office (although it later has experienced popularity as a cult favourite). Lynne subsequently disavowed his limited contribution to the project although he later re-recorded the title song (with his lead vocal) for the 2000 box set Flashback. In 2007, the film was loosely adapted into a successful Broadway musical, incorporating almost all of the songs from the original film, and also using two other ELO hits: “Strange Magic” and “Evil Woman”. ln 1981, Lynne took the band in a somewhat different direction with the science-fiction themed album Time,  The strings were still featured, but with heavily synthesised textures. Following a marginally successful tour, Lynne kept this general approach with 1983’s Secret Messages and a final contractually-obligated ELO album Balance of Power in 1986.

ELO now had only three remaining official members (Lynne, Bevan and Tandy), and Lynne began devoting more time to producing. During his time in the Electric Light Orchestra, Lynne did manage to release a few recordings under his own name. In 1976, Lynne covered the Beatles songs “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Nowhere Man” for All This and World War II. In 1977, Lynne released his first solo single, the disco-flavoured “Doin’ That Crazy Thing”/”Goin’ Down to Rio”. Lynne and ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy contributed two original songs “Video!” and “Let It Run” to the film Electric Dreams . Lynne also wrote the song “The Story of Me,” which was recorded by the Everly Brothers on their comeback album EB84. , Lynne began his move toward focusing almost exclusively on studio production work. Lynne produced and wrote the 1983 top-40 hit “Slipping Away” for Dave Edmunds and played on sessions (with Richard Tandy) for Edmunds’ album, Information. Lynne also produced six tracks on Edmunds’ follow-up album in 1984, Riff Raff. .Lynne’s influence by the Beatles was clearly evident in his ELO work and the connection to the Beatles was strengthened when Lynne produced George Harrison’s Cloud Nine, a successful comeback album for the ex-Beatle, released in 1987, featuring the popular singles “Got My Mind Set on You”, “When We Was Fab” (where Lynne played the violin in the video), and “This Is Love”, two of the three songs co-written by Lynne.

Lynne’s association with Harrison led to the 1988 formation of the Traveling Wilburys, a studio “supergroup” that included George Harrison, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison as well as Lynne himself, and resulted in two albums (Vol. 1 and Vol. 3), both co-produced by LynneIn 1988 Lynne also worked on Roy Orbison’s album Mystery Girl co-writing and producing Orbison’s last major hit, “You Got It”, plus two other tracks on that album. For Rock On!, the final Del Shannonalbum, Lynne co-wrote “Walk Away” and finished off several tracks after Shannon’s death.In 1989, Lynne co-produced Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty, which included the hit singles “Free Fallin'”, “I Won’t Back Down”, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”, all co-written by Lynne. This album and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 both received nominations for theGrammy Award for Best Album of the Year in 1989. The Traveling Wilburys won a Grammy for “Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal” that year.Lynne’s song “One Way Love” was released as a single by Agnetha Faltskog and appeared on her second post-ABBA album, Eyes of a Woman. Lynne co-wrote and produced the track “Let It Shine” for Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson’s first solo album in 1988. Lynne also contributed three tracks to an album by Duane Eddy and “Falling in Love” on Land of Dreams for Randy Newman.

In 1990, Lynne collaborated on the Wilburys’ follow up Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 and shortly after that released his first solo album Armchair Theatre,with old friends George Harrison and Richard Tandy featuring the singles “Every Little Thing” and “Lift Me Up”. The album received some positive critical attention but little commercial success. Lynne also provided the song “Wild Times” to the motion picture soundtrack Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991. In 1991, Lynne returned to the studio with Petty, co-writing and producing the album Into the Great Wide Open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which featured the singles “Learning to Fly” and “Into the Great Wide Open”. The following year he produced Roy Orbison’s posthumous album King of Hearts, featuring the single “I Drove All Night”.In February 1994, Lynne fulfilled a lifelong dream by working with the three surviving Beatles on the Anthology album series.At George Harrison’s request, Lynne was brought in to assist in reevaluating John Lennon’s original studio material. The songs “Free as a Bird”and “Real Love” were created by digitally processing Lennon’s demos for the songs and overdubbing the three surviving band members to form a virtual Beatles reunion that the band had mutually eschewed during Lennon’s lifetime. Lynne has also produced records for Ringo Starr and worked on Paul McCartney’s Grammy nominated album Flaming Pie.Lynne’s work in the 1990s also includes production of a 1993 album for singer/songwriter Julianna Raye entitled Something Peculiar and production or songwriting contributions to albums by Roger McGuinn (Back from Rio), Joe Cocker (Night Calls),Aerosmith (Lizard Love), Tom Jones (Lift me Up), Bonnie Tyler (Time Mends a Broken Heart), the film Still Crazy, Hank Marvin(Wonderful Land and Nivram), Et Moi (Drole De Vie) and the Tandy Morgan Band (Action). In 1996, Lynne was officially recognised by his peers when he was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Contributions to British Music” for a second time.

Following legal action to get the ELO name back from Bevan’s touring group ELO Part II after Bevan decided to retire and sell his 50% rights of the ELO name to Lynne, Lynne released a new album in 2001 under the ELO moniker entitled Zoom The album featured guest appearances by Ringo Starr, George Harrison and original ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy, with Lynne multi-tracking a majority of the instruments and vocals. The album received positive reviews but had no hit singles Despite bearing little sonic relationship to the halcyon ELO days of the late 1970s, it was marketed as a “return to the classic ELO sound”in an attempt to connect with a loyal body of fans and jump-start a planned concert tour (with Lynne and Tandy as the only returning original ELO members). Earlier in 2001, Lynne began working with George Harrison on what would turn out to be Harrison’s final album, Brainwashed . After Harrison’s death from cancer on 29 November 2001, Lynne returned to the studio in 2002 to help finish the uncompleted album.Lynne was also heavily involved in the memorial Concert for George, held at London’s Royal Albert Hall in November 2002, which also feature Wilbury member Petty. Lynne singing the lead vocal on “The Inner Light”, “I Want to Tell You” and “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”, and subsequently produced the Surround Sound audio mix for the Concert for George DVD released in November 2003, which later received a Grammy. Lynne reunited in 2006 with Petty to produce his third solo release, Highway Companion.ASCAP honoured Lynne with the Golden Note Award during their inaugural “I Create Music” EXPO on 24 April 2009, the presenter was Paul Williams. ASCAP’s Golden Note Award is presented to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Previous honorees include Tom Petty, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Sean “Diddy” Combs andGarth Brooks, to name a few.[18] Lynne said in a Reuters article on 23 April 2009, that he has finally been working on the long awaited follow-up to his 1990 solo debut album Armchair Theatre with a possible tentative release date of “later this year”. He also produced four tracks on Regina Spektor’s fifth album Far, released 23 June 2009.

In 2010  Lynne confirmed he is working on a new album with Joe Walsh and simultaneously “writing a couple of albums under his own name, though he won’t tell us in which musical direction he’s heading.” Lynne contributed a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Words of Love” for the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, which was released on 6 September 2011. On 31 December 2011, Brian Williams reported on NBC New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly that “2012 releases will include rare new work from Jeff Lynne.”In 2012, Walsh released his Analog Man album which was produced by Lynne. Lynne’s second solo album, a covers albumentitled Long Wave, was released on 8 October 2012. A greatest hits collection of re-recorded ELO songs by Lynne titled Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra was also released under the ELO moniker on the same days. Lynne has implied a new album with original material will be released during 2013.In 2012, Lynne and Tandy teamed up at Lynne’s Bungalow Palace home studios to record a live set of ELO’s songs. This was broadcast on TV as part of the Mr. Blue Sky documentary.On 11 October 2012, Lynne was nominated as a performer/songwriter for 2013 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.On 21 June 2013, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Lynne is to Receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Famesometime in 2014.Lynne and Tandy reunited again on 12 November 2013 to perform, under the name Jeff Lynne and Friends, “Livin’ Thing” and “Mr Blue Sky” at the Children in Need’s Rocks concert at Hammersmith Apollo, London.

Sister Bliss (faithless)

British classically trained pianist, keyboardist record producer, DJ, composer and songwriter Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim),Was born 30 December 1970). she is best known for her work with Rollo Armstrong, particularly as part of  Faithless.she has also Worked With a number of collaborators over the years including Zoë Johnston and, frequently, Rollo’s sister Dido, who began her musical career providing backing vocals for the band. Faithless toured extensively, and while Rollo preferred to stay in the studio, Sister Bliss could be seen on stage with Maxi Jazz. Faithless enjoyed a 17-year career, that included 7 albums, including two number ones, and six top 10 singles. To date, Faithless have sold in excess of 15 million records worldwide and have played live to millions across the world.She released a two-disc compilation entitled Headliners: 02 in 2001.On 10 September 2006 she gave birth to a baby boy named Nate. The track “Nate’s Tune” found on the Faithless album To All New Arrivals is dedicated to him. Later on, Faithless founded their own record label called Nate’s Tunes.She released Nightmoves on 14 July 2008.

She formed Faithless in 1995 with Rollo, Jamie Catto and Maxi Jazz. Bliss constructed most of the music of Faithless herself electronically, but also played the piano, violin, saxophone and bass guitar and their debut single “Salva Mea (Save Me)” was released in July l Jazz acted as a vocalist, whilst Bliss constructed most of the music herself electronically, but also played the piano, violin, saxophone and bass guitar. Rollo heads and produces the band. Lead female vocals for many of their songs are performed by Pauline Taylor, who also performed lead vocals for singles by Rollo released under his monikers Rollo Goes Mystic and Rollo Goes Spiritual.”The albums are Reverence (which reached number 26), Sunday 8PM (reaching number 10), Outrospective (at number 4) and No Roots (which debuted at number 1); they were released between 1996 and 2004, with a greatest hits compilation album out in 2005. In light of their dance roots, each of the four studio albums has been followed with a subsequent bonus disc of remixes. Their fifth album, To All New Arrivals, was released in 2006. Album number six,The Dance, was released on 16 May 2010, after a four year recording break for the band.”The band also collectively indulge in mixtapes of other musicians’ work, either mixed by the group or merely selected by them. This includes the long running Back to Mine sessions as well as The Bedroom Sessions and more recently theRenaissance 3D music project, in conjunction with the Renaissance nightclub.On 29 September 2006, the first single “Bombs” from their album To All New Arrivals made its debut on BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong show. The album was released on 27 November 2006. “Bombs” generated moderate controversy with its music video, as demonstrated by MTV’s refusal to air it.The video featured interchanged clips of war scenes and daily life. In October 2007 they played alongside Talib Kweli and Ozomatli and one of China’s earliest music festivals, Yue, organised by Split Works

On 7 August 2009, a dub mix of the track “Sun to Me” from their latest studio album, The Dance, made its debut on BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong show. “Sun to Me” has been given as a free download to all users that have registered on the new Faithless site, or subscribed to their newsletter. The track has been released on the band’s Myspace page as well. On 12 February 2010, the first official single from the next Faithless album was played on Pete Tong’s show. The single, “Not Going Home”, was released on 4 May 2010, whilst the latest album The Dance, was issued on 16 May 2010. The album is available only in Tesco (3 month exclusive contract) and via iTunes in the UK. Since 2009, their track “Drifting Away” has been the theme tune for the BBC Television’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show website. In 2010, they returned to the Glastonbury Festival after eight years, playing on the Pyramid Stage. They performed many of their most popular songs including “Insomnia”, “God is a DJ”, and “We Come 1”.On 16 March 2011, Maxi Jazz announced on his website that Faithless would cease to be. They played two nights at Brixton Academy on 7 and 8 April 2011. The latter date would be the last ever Faithless show and was transmitted live via satellite to cinemas across Europe. However, the Faithless Sound System (a stripped down version of Faithless consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Sudha Kheterpal) gave final shows on 22 July 2011 at the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, at the Waterford Music Fest in Ireland on 30 July and in Split at the Riva Discothèque on 12 August.Faithless performed in Dubai on 31 December 2012.Despite the announcement of their retirement, they currently – albeit only occasionally – continue to perform in the form of the stripped-down Faithless Sound System or via live PA and DJ sets incorporating Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss only.

Following Faithless’ retirement from touring in April 2011, she has concentrated on different projects. She presents a weekly show on Ministry of Sound Radio at 7pm on Friday evenings. Sister Bliss has collaborated with Dido, Boy George, Cat Power, Robert Smith (The Cure), The Temper Trap and Example amongst others. A gifted musician and composer, Sister Bliss has written music for film, TV and theatre. Credits include 2012ʼs film Knife Fight starring Rob Lowe, and directed by 2-times Oscar winner, Bill Guttentag, commissions for Sex & The City 2, Danny Boyleʼs The Beach, acclaimed British film The Hide, Crossing The Line and popular TV drama Life Begins. For theatre, Bliss has written music for The Black Album and The Emperor Jones at The National Theatre in London, as well as composing an original piece for the London Sinfonietta, which was performed at Fuse Festival, UK.Inspired by her love for discovering new music through her radio show and DJ sets, 2013 will see Sister Bliss launch her own label: Junkdog Records. An outlet for signing new music she believes in, Junkdog already has a busy schedule of new artists and exclusive originals from the lady herself.The ‘Faithless Sound System’ – a stripped down live act featuring a live PA from Maxi Jazz, DJ set from Bliss and percussion – has appeared at a number of festivals worldwide since the full Faithless band’s split. The sets are typically one hour or less in duration.She has occasionally appeared at medium-sized clubs in the UK in recent years, often as a headline DJ act playing sets of house music.Junkdog Records is her current record label, which has released Sister Bliss solo singles, her remixing of others’ tracks and also independent artist.

On 31 May 2013, she reunited with Maxi Jazz for a Faithless live PA and DJ set at the Electric Brixton nightclub in London. The 1,500 capacity event was in aid of the youth academy for Crystal Palace football club. A similar arrangement of her DJing house tracks between Faithless songs featuring Maxi Jazz on live vocals, was performed at a festival in the United States  As well as their own studio albums, all three members actively engage in other people’s work as solo figures. Sister Bliss is a prominent dance DJ and has for a long time toured the circuit on her own, remixed others’ albums and even appeared in music videos, such as Paul Oakenfold’s “Weekend”. Maxi Jazz brought out an album before the formation of Faithless and also worked on pirate radio. He also collaborated with Faithless founding member Jamie Catto on his new project 1 Giant Leap guesting on a song with Robbie Williams. Finally, Rollo founded the label Cheeky Records and has produced the music of other artists, most notably his sister Dido’s albums, as well as using various monikers to create popular dance music under the names Rollo Goes … (Camping, Mystic and Spiritual), Felix, Our Tribe (with Rob Dougan), and Dusted.

Reading

P-RHHaving read loads of Robert Harris novels I Was pleased, but not altogether surprised to learn that Recent research, carried out by scientists at Emory University in the US, suggests that Being pulled into the world of a gripping novel can trigger actual, measurable changes in the brain that linger for at least five days after reading. They found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory.

The changes were registered in the left temporal cortex, an area of the brain associated with receptivity for language, as well as the the primary sensory motor region of the brain. Neurons of this region have been associated with tricking the mind into thinking it is doing something it is not, a phenomenon known as grounded cognition – for example, just thinking about running, can activate the neurons associated with the physical act of running.“The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist,” said neuroscientist Professor Gregory Berns, lead author of the study.“We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically.”

Twenty One students took part in the study, with all participants reading the same book –  Pompeii, a 2003 thriller by Robert Harris, which was chosen for its page turning plot.The story follows a protagonist, who is outside the city of Pompeii and notices steam and strange things happening around the volcano,and depicts true events in a fictional and dramatic way. It was important to us that the book had a strong narrative line.”Over 19 days the students read a portion of the book in the evening then had an MRI scans the following morning. Once the book was finished, their brains were scanned for five days after.The neurological changes were found to have continued for all the five days after finishing, proving that the impact was not just an immediate reaction but has a lasting influence.“Even though the participants were not actually reading the novel while they were in the scanner, they retained this heightened connectivity,” added Prof Berns. “We call that a ‘shadow activity,’ almost like a muscle memory.”

Tribute to the Late, great Cozy Powell

The late great English rock drummer, Cozy Powell (Colin Flooks) was born 29 December 1947  He made his name with many major rock bands like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath. Cozy Powell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, and started playing drums at age 12 in the school orchestra, thereafter playing along in his spare time to popular singles of the day. The first band he was in, called the Corals, played each week at the youth club in Cirencester. At age 15 he had already worked out an impressive drum solo. The stage name ‘Cozy’ was borrowed from the jazz drummer Cozy Cole.The semi-professional circuit was next, with semi-pro outfit The Sorcerers, a vocal harmony pop band. The late nights and usual on-the-road exploits began to affect his education, and Powell left to take an office job in order to finance the purchase of his first set of Premier drums. The Sorcerers performed in the German club scene of the 1960s. By 1968 the band had returned to England, basing themselves around Birmingham. Powell struck up friendships with fellow musicians like Robert Plant and John Bonham(both at the time unknowns in Listen), future Slade vocalist Noddy Holder, bassist Dave Pegg and a young Tony Iommi. The Sorcerers now became Youngblood, and a series of singles were released in late 1968–69. The group then linked up with the Move bassist/singer Ace Kefford to form The Ace Kefford Stand. Five recorded tracks are available on the Ace Kefford album ‘Ace The Face’ released by Sanctuary Records in 2003. Powell also began session work. Powell with fellow Sorcerers Dave and Denny Ball formed Big Bertha.powell also played with swamp rocker Tony Joe White at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. Powell then landed the then highly prestigious drumming job with Jeff Beck’s group in April 1970. Their first project was to record an album of Motown covers in the USA. This was never finished and remains unreleased. After the recording of two albums, Rough and Ready (October 1971) and Jeff Beck Group (July 1972), the band fell apart. ln 1972′

Powell drummed for two tracks (“Hey Sandy” and “Martha”) on Harvey Andrews’ album Writer of Songs. By late 1972 he had joined up with the Ball brothers and singer Frank Aiello to form Bedlam, whose eponymous album was recorded for Chrysalis and released in August 1973. Eventually Powell abandoned Bedlam to record two singles including “Dance with the Devil”, which reached #3 in the UK singles chart during January 1974. The song was his only solo hit in the United States, peaking at #49. The track featured Suzi Quatro on bass. Powell’s second hit during 1974 was with “The Man in Black”, which reached a respectable #18.Arrows front man Alan Merrill, also a RAK records artist, played electric bass on ‘”The Man In Black'” and the b-side ‘”After Dark.” Jeff Beck’s studio producer was Mickie Most and Powell soon found himself drafted into sessions for artists signed to Most’s RAK label, including Julie Felix, Hot Chocolate, Donovan and Suzi Quatro. To cash in on his chart success the drummer formed Cozy Powell’s Hammer in April 1974. The line-up included Bernie Marsden (guitar), Clive Chamen (bass), Don Airey (keyboards) and Frank Aiello (Bedlam) on vocals. Clive Chamen was replaced on bass by Neil Murray in the band in early 1975 for the RAK Rocks Britain Tour. “Na Na Na” was a UK #10 hit, and another single “Le Souk” was recorded but never released

rainbown 1975 he joined Rainbow. Powell and Ritchie Blackmore were the only constants in the band’s line-up over the next five years, as Blackmore evolved the sound of the band from a neo-classical hard rock to a more commercial AOR sound. Rainbow’s 1979 Down to Earth LP (from which singles “Since You Been Gone” and “All Night Long” are taken) proved to be the band’s most successful album thus far; however, Powell was concerned over the overtly commercial sound. Powell decided to leave Rainbow, although not before they headlined the first ever Monsters of Rock show at Castle Donington, England on 16 August 1980. The festival was Powell’s last show with the band.

After Powell left Rainbow he worked with vocalist Graham Bonnet (he too an ex-Rainbow member) on Bonnet’s new project calledGraham Bonnet & The Hooligans, their most notable single being the UK top 10 single “Night Games” (1981), also on Bonnet’s soloLine Up album. For the rest of the 1980s, Powell assumed short-term journeyman roles with a number of major bands — Michael Schenker Group from 1981 to 1982, and Whitesnake from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 he started recording with Phenomena for their first album, which was released in 1986, when he joined up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a member of Emerson, Lake & Powell.

Powell worked with Gary Moore in 1989, followed by stints with Black Sabbath from 1988 to 1991, and again in 1994–1995. Between late 1992 and early 1993, Powell put together an occasional touring band using the old band name ‘Cozy Powell’s Hammer’ featuring himself on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Mario Parga on guitar and Tony Martin on vocals and occasional rhythm guitar/synth module. The band performed throughout Europe and appeared on German television. Powell along with Neil Murray were members of Brian May’s band, playing on the Back to the Light and Another World albums. Cozy played with May opening for Guns N’ Roses on the second American leg of their Use Your Illusion tour in 1993. The duo also served a spell with blues guitarist Peter Green in the mid-nineties. Cozy’s last recording session was for Colin Blunstone’s The Light Inside, alongside Don Airey, which was released shortly after Cozy’s death. Prior to his death in 1998, Cozy had pulled out of a tour with Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen due to an injury and was preparing to tour with Brian May. The final solo album by Cozy Powell Especially for You was released in 1998 after his death, and featured American vocalist John West, Neil Murray, Lonnie Park, Michael Casswell and others.

Powell had a fascination with fast cars and motorbikes, and raced for Hitachi on the UK saloon car circuit for a few months. He made headlines, when he appeared on the BBC children’s programme Record Breakers, where he set a world record for the most drums played in under one minute, live on television.

Powell sadly died on 5 April 1998 following a car accident while driving his Saab 9000 at 104 mph (167 km/h) in bad weather on the M4 motorway near Bristol.Powell was dating a married woman  who phoned him on 5 April 1998 and asked him to come quickly to her house which was approximately 35 miles away. As he was making the drive to her house she phoned him again and asked “Where are you?” He informed her he was on his way and then she heard him say “Oh shit!” followed by a loud bang.Powell was ejected through the windshield and died at the scene .  at the time of the crash Powell’s blood-alcohol reading was over the legal limit, and he was not wearing a seatbelt, in addition to talking with his girlfriend on his mobile phone. The official investigation also found evidence of a slow puncture in a rear tyre. It was suggested, that this could well have caused a sudden collapse of the tyre with a consequent loss of control of the car.He was living at Lambourn in Berkshire at the time and had returned to the studio shortly before his death to record with Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green. At the time of death Cozy had recently had to pull out of tour rehearsals with Yngwie Malmsteen, having suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident. During his career Powell had been the drummer on at least 66 albums with minor contributions on many other recordings. Many rock drummers have cited him as a major influence

 

Silence will fall…

Time-Of-The-Doctor-3 l have Watched The exciting Christmas Episode of Doctor Who , entitled Time of The Doctor which Sees The massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species including The Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and Silence,  drawn to a planet where A mysterious message ‘Is being transmitted Out to the stars and the Doctor (matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna Coleman ) ‘must find out what this enigmatic signal means for the fate of the universe.”

The Doctor and Clara are invited on board the first ship to arrive at the scene — the Church of the Papal Mainframe, a space church headed by Mother Superious Tasha Lem, (Orla Brady) an old acquaintance of the Doctor. Tasha states that the Church has secured the planet with a force field and that the message instills fear into all who have heard it, then asks the Doctor to explore .On arriving, they find a town called Christmas that is surrounded by a truth field that prevents anyone from telling a lie. The message’s origin is quickly identified as a crack in reality in the church tower; this crack is “scar tissue” from the cracks originally closed when the Doctor rebooted the universe (“The Big Bang”). The language  ‘is Identified as Gallifreyan and translates  as : “Doctor who?” (the ‘first question’ in “The Wedding of River Song”), repeating endlessly.  He discovers that the Time Lords, are using the crack in the universe and calling to him for help, from the pocket universe in which Gallifrey was trapped (“The Day of the Doctor”), from which they wish to escape. However, if they escaped this would also trigger a renewal of the Time War as the alien species gathered above descend to destroy them, and Tasha states this will not be allowed to happen.

The Doctor then discovers he is on the planet”Trenzalore”, where  he will one day die (“The Name of the Doctor”). Then Clara gets transported home while the Doctor remains on Trenzalore for 300 years defendIng the planet from  the aliens overhead, creating a stalemate where he cannot leave without sacrificing his home planet and its people. The Doctor reveals  that he has already used all of his twelve possible regenerations, once his incarnation who fought in the Time War (War Doctor) and the Tenth Doctor’s aborted regeneration (“Journey’s End”) are counted. He is therefore in his final body and can no longer regenerate, and is instead visibly aging.

During a further visit to the Papal Mainframe now the Church of the Silence he discovers that during this protracted stalemate, a chapter of the Church broke away (see Madame Kovarian) and tried to avert these events by killing off the Doctor in the past: by destroying his TARDIS (“The Big Bang”) and engineering River Song as a child to kill him (“A Good Man Goes to War”). Additionally, Tasha and her crew have been taken over by Dalek consciousnesses, converting them into Dalek puppets, aallowing the Daleks to regain their memories of the Doctor (lost since “Asylum of the Daleks”) & mass above Trenzalore ready for war. As the centuries pass, most of the races depart or are destroyed and the Doctor ages, leaving only the Silence (with whom the Doctor puts aside his differences and allies himself) and the Daleks. Meanwhile  Clara returns to Trenzalore, “and meets with the now old and frail Doctor at the point when the Daleks finally win control of the town, so the Doctor goes out to face the Daleks in a final stand-off. Clara, meanwhile begs the Time Lords to  Intervene…

Tribute to F-W-Murnau

nosferatu-friedrich-wilhelm-murnau-posterRegarded as one of the most influential German film directors of the silent era, the German film director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau was born 28th December 1888. He was also a prominent figure in the expressionist movement in German cinema during the 1920s.Born in Bielefeld, Murnau was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare, and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and made friends with director Max Reinhardt. Murnau also served as a company commander at the eastern front during World War I, surviving several crashes without any injuries.

Murnau’s best known work was his 1922 film NOSFERATU an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Although not a commercial success due to copyright issues with Stoker’s novel, the film was a considered a masterpiece of Expressionist artwork. He was also known for his work with the 1924 film The Last Laugh and his interpretation of Goethe’s Faust (1926). He later emigrated to Hollywood in 1926, where he joined the Fox Studio and made three films, including Sunrise (1927), Four Devils (1928) and City Girl (1930).Murnau travelled to Bora Bora to make the film Tabu in 1931 with documentary film pioneer Robert Flaherty, who left after artistic disputes with Murnau who had to finish the movie on his own. A week prior to the opening of the film Tabu, Murnau died in a Santa Barbara, California, hospital on March 11, 1931, from injuries he received in an automobile accident that occurred along the Pacific Coast Highway near Rincon Beach, south of Santa Barbara.Although some of Murnau’s films have been lost, most still survive.

NOSFERATU http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KO5mMVeFZEQ

Excelsior!

wayuki_docOckWayuki_venomWayuki_spideyThe American comic book writer editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and Founder of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee was born on this day 28th December in 1922 in New York City.  As a child Lee was influenced by books and movies, particularly those with Errol Flynn,  He was also A voracious reader who enjoyed writing as a teen. During his youth he worked such part-time jobs as writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center; delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to offices in Rockefeller Center; working as an office boy for a trouser manufacturer; ushering at the Rivoli Theater on Broadway; and selling subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune newspaper.He graduated high school early, at age 16½ in 1939, and joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project.Lee became an assistant at the new Timely Comics, which evolved into Marvel Comics. He made his comic-book debut with the text filler “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” in Captain America Comics #3, This initial story also introduced Captain America’s trademark ricocheting shield-toss, which immediately became one of the character’s signatures. He graduated from writing filler to actual comics & two issues later. Lee co-created his first superhero the Destroyer. Other characters he created include Jack Frost and Father Time.

He showed a knack for business that led him to remain as the comic-book division’s editor-in-chief, as well as art director for much of that time, until 1972, when he became publisher.During In the mid-1950s, Lee wrote stories in a variety of genres including romance, Westerns, humor, science fiction, medieval adventure, horror and suspense.In the late 1950s Lee was assigned to create a new superhero team in response to DC Comics Justice League of America. Lee responded by giving his superheroes a flawed humanity, a change from the ideal archetypes that were typically written for preteens and introduced complex, naturalistic characters who could have bad tempers, melancholy fits, vanity; they bickered amongst themselves, worried about paying their bills and impressing girlfriends, got bored or even were sometimes physically ill.The first superhero group Lee and artist Jack Kirby created was the Fantastic Four.He also collaborated with several artists, most notably Steve Ditko, and co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and many other fictional characters introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. wrote a monthly column called “Stan’s Soapbox,” and wrote endless promotional copy, often signing off with his trademark phrase “Excelsior!”

Lee also supported using comic books to provide some measure of social commentary about the real world, often dealing with issues of discrimination, intolerance, prejudice, racism and bigotry. Lee became the figurehead and public face for Marvel Comics & made appearances at comic book conventions around America. He has also been an executive producer for, and has made cameo appearances in various Marvel film adaptations. In the 2000s, Lee did his first work for DC Comics, launching the Just Imagine… series, in which Lee reimagined the DC superheroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash.In 2006, Marvel published a series of one-shot comics starring Lee himself meeting and interacting with many of his co-creations, including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, the Thing, Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom. In 2008, Lee wrote humorous captions for the political fumetti book Stan Lee Presents Election Daze: What Are They Really Saying?. Lee also collaborated with Hiroyuki Takei on the manga Karakuridôji Ultimo. In 2009, he collaborated with the Japanese company Bones to produced its first manga feature, Heroman, and In 2010 The Stan Lee Foundation was founded which focused on literacy, education and the arts, and In August 2011, Lee announced his support for the Eagle Initiative, a program to find new talent in the comic book field. He was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.