For most, John Weldon ‘JJ’ Cale will be best remembered as the writer of ‘After Midnight’ and ‘Cocaine’, tunes popularised in the 1970s by Eric Clapton, and ‘Call Me The Breeze’, a number which became a Lynyrd Skynyrd staple. Yet, as ingrained as these songs are in the minds of classic rock fans, it always seemed that comparatively few are as familiar with Cale’s original recordings as they are these much-heard cover tunes.
On 21st May 2013, legendary rock bassist Mr. Trevor Bolder lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 62.
At the age of 49, on Thursday May 2nd, Jeff Hanneman lost his life to liver failure. In the few years leading up to his death, the Slayer guitarist had been in poor health suffering necrotising fascilitis, following a reaction to a spider bite, forcing him to miss various tours.
In the world of rock music sleeve art, one artist’s name can be found cropping up time and again: Storm Thorgerson. His graphic design companies Hipgnosis and Storm Studios were responsible for so many instantly recognisable pieces of art. Some of them are now so much part of popular culture, they are almost taken for granted by music lovers.
On 12th March 2013, the world of hard rock lost one of the UK’s best-loved drummers, when Clive Burr lost a long fight against multiple sclerosis. Although he recorded with Samson, Trust and Alcatrazz, it will be for his four year stint with Iron Maiden between 1979-82 Burr will be most fondly remembered – not least of all at Real Gone.