Monday, October 31, 2011

Thunder Photograph Book

Thunder have brought out a coffee table picture book. Thunder were a hard rock band from the UK, they split up recently.  They reformed for a one off show in the summer at the High Voltage festival in London.  The book has photos from High Voltage festival, the rehearsals and the warm up show at Nottingham rock city.  
It may be a coffee table book but they don't play coffee table rock. If you don't know any Thunder stuff then check out their music here is the Thunder music catalogue. The Very of Thunder box set is a good introduction to the band and great value for a 3 disc set.

The book has 3 days in July 2011, Day 1 is the rehearsals, Day 2 is the warm up show and Day 3 is the High Voltage appearance.  The book also has a foreword by each of the band.  See the links below.

The Thunder Book shop is here.

Look at the preview of entire book here, Thunder: 3 Days In July 2011:

They have an iPad & iPhone version which is quite cheap 5e vs 65e.  It is worth having a look and a read of the book anyway.

Thanks for reading,

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Steve Rock Guitar and the Acoustic Update

One of my sites has been updated and it is I have a new subdomain on Hubpages, it called Steve Rock Guitar which is cool.  You can go see it here.

At the moment I have had a hub there called Playing Rock Guitar which has been up for about a year and a half.  I recently have been adding some information on the acoustic guitar to it. 

All new Steve Rock Guitar at Hubpages

I have a friend BeaRockr who has a very enjoyable Rock Blog Here.  He pointed out the advantages of an acoustic guitar in rock.  I have always used an acoustic privatley but preached the use of an electric guitar.  So it got me thinking and I have put some info on the hub about it.

So if you have checked out the hub before take another look at the end for the new content.  I am thinking about adding another rock guitar hub to keep it company.  So if you have any ideas or want to see anything on it then leave me a comment or drop me a line.

Thanks for reading,
Steve Rock Guitar.  \m/

Friday, October 15, 2010

Thunder Great Rock Guitar Picture

Been a while since I updated the Playing Rock Guitar Blog.  Welcome back.

Thunder were an English hard rock band that split up last year.  They did their last UK tour in July 2009.  Marty Moffat the photographer has a beautiful set of prints of the band that he shot on the tour.

Here is one of Luke Morley playing the guitar.  The stage show lights catch the headstock of the guitar and look like the Japanese rising sun.  Really unusual, just the right angle and timing.

Luke Morley of Thunder Courtesy of ThunderOnline

You can see the prints here at the Official Thunder Online Shop Site.  Look for picture no. 18 and of course check out the rest of the set.

If you want to check out some music by Thunder, I would recommend "Robert Johnson's Tombstone".  A lot of good cracking hard rock songs on it.  Most of their albums are excellent but that would be my favourite.

Thunder seemed to be getting better in the 2000's and it was a surprise to me when they announced they were splitting up after so many strong albums in the last few years.  Worth checking out to listen to the guitar riffs.  I think once you hear them you'll be sorry too that they are gone.

Thanks for reading, till next time,

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Playing Rock Guitar Beginner Rythm Lesson

I have published a Playing Rock Guitar Lesson ebook.  It based on lessons from my Squidoo lens.

The book is a tab book.  It teaches you to play a rock rythm riff  in easy steps.

You can read or download the eBook here at scribd.


Monday, May 24, 2010

On Holiday in Poland

Just a quick hello from Poland.  I am away for two weeks holiday.  Weather is not great here.  The volcana ash is causing a lot of rain (and floods in the south of Poland).  Usually it is warm and sunny at this time of year.  For me it is still a break away from home.

Tonight I am just sitting up having a Piwo (beer, pronounced Pivo) in a friends house.  Updates to my guitar blog area and sites will not really happen untill I am back the week after.

I am thinking of doing a Guitar book to give away.  Will be more Heavy Metal than Rock though I think, and will tie up with a few posts on this blog.  I will let you know when it is done.

Thanks for reading,

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ronnie James DIO Sad News

Heavy Metal singer Ronnie James Dio passed away yesterday (May 16 at 7:45PM) after after his battle with stomach cancer.  He was 67 years old.  He was well known for showing the "Devil's horns".

Dio in action with Tony Iommi.

Dio had been due to tour with Heaven and Hell (with Black Sabbath members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler) to support Iron Maiden this summer but that had been cancelled due to his health.

In the past Dio sang with Rainbow (with Ritche Blackmore from Deep Purple), Black Sabbath and another recent Sabbath reincarnation Heaven and Hell.  He also had his own band called Dio which contained Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard at one stage.

On a personal note, one of my first albums was Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell which is one of the strongest classic Sabbath albums.  It was one of the first songs I wanted to play on guitar.  Also I saw him play live a few years ago.  It was a fantastic non stop 2 and half hour gig where he played the whole of the Dio Holy Diver album back to back.  He was a great singer and frontman and will be sadly missed but as Slash has said his music will live on forever.

"Sing me a song, you're a singer. 
Do me a wrong you're a bringer of evil."
Ronnie James Dio, 2010, Heaven and Hell.
Rock in Peace.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Heaven and Hell Tour Update

Heaven and Hell were meant to tour with Iron Maiden in Europe this summer kicking off in Dublin, Ireland.  Ronnie James Dio, singer, had cancer last year and it looks he is not up to touring this summer.  He unfortunately requires more treatment.  Lets hope he gets better soon.

Rumour is Dream Theater might step in to support Iron Maiden as they are touring with them in the states.  Their new album is great (Black Clouds & Silver Linings) so that won't be too bad.  John Petrucci is a fantastic guitarist so it would be great to actually see him play guitar live.  They are free for some of the dates in July / August but are in Japan for August the 7 and 8th.

Dream Theater Live in 2006.

Dream Theater have played whole Iron Maiden albums live before as part of their set and released them as a bootleg.  They also did a good version of "To Tame a Land" on a recent Maiden tribute album.