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In an age where musicians are often easily described and defined, Richard Fortus stands apart by blending his depth of musical experience with his enthusiasm for performing. Richard is well known in the music industry for being perfect for both live music and recording situations, and has shown to be incredible versatile while performing and recording with all styles of artists. From TV commercials and show themes to movie soundtracks and video games, Richard has always found a way to bring a perfect sound to all his projects.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Richard got started with music very early by studying Violin at age 4 and drums at age 5. He studied at the Conservatory of the Arts in St. Louis and Southern Illinois University and also played wth various youth symphonies in St. Louis.
Richard formed "The Eyes" as his first band in 1984, releasing the single "Freedom in a Cage" while developing a cult following in the Midwest. In 1990, the band changed their name to Pale Divine and signed with Atlantic Records, releasing "Straight to Goodbye" in 1991.
Pale Divine toured supporting the Psychedelic Furs, beginning a long standing relationship between Richard Fortus and Furs' singer Richard Butler. In 1992, Richard joined the Furs on tour again, this time as member. Richard Butler and Rich formed a band on their own, called Love Spit Love. Their eponymous album was released in 1994 on Imago/RCA Records. Richard Fortus co-wrote and co-produced Trysome Eatsome for the bands second album release, on Maverick Records. Richard Butler and Rich continue to work together to this day.
In the late 90s Richard began a collaboration with Composer / Artist BT. They have recorded film scores, records, and also toured together in 2000. Around this time Richard was becoming one of the most in-demand first-call session musicians in New York City. He also because a partner in the music production company Compound, where he's provided music for TV commercials and show themes, movie trailers, video games, industrial films, and more. Around this time, Richard worked with photographer Michael Halsband and provided the soundtrack to the film "Surf Movie." A follow up to the well-received film is in the works, and Richard will again be providing the soundtrack.
In 2001, Richard joined legendary hard rock band Guns N' Roses and began touring with the band and recording for the bands long awaited "Chinese Democracy" record. The album was released to great anticipation in 2008 and Richard has continued to tour with the band in support of the record. They have played sold out shows on nearly every continent in front of millions upon millions fans.
During his Guns N' Roses downtime over the last 10 years, Richard has found time to always be performing and recording. From Enrique Iglesias to Rihanna to Thin Lizzy to Nena, he's played all over the world with a dizzying array of artists. He also recorded for the Repo! The Genetic Opera, Role Models, Monster, and The Fast and the Furious soundtracks. Angela McCluskey, Jesse Malin, Fiona Apple, Tommy Stinson and the Crystal Method are just a few of the artists whose albums Richard had contributed to. In 2011, Richard lived a lifelong dream, joining and performing with the legendary Thin Lizzy.
In 2013, Richard joined The Dead Daisies, a supergroup featuring Jon Stevens (INXS) and David Lowy (Mink). The band opened for ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Alice in Chains, Janes Addiction and many other top bands in 2013. The bands first headlining tour was in February 2014 in Australia and was a resounding succes, leading to opening gigs in the US for Kiss, among others. Also In 2014, the Face I Love EP was released, Richard's first studio work with the band.
Currently, Richard is on tour with Guns N' Roses.
Phil Xenidis is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. He replaced Richie Sambora as Bon Jovi's lead guitarist in 2013 after his departure from the band and will be featured on the band's upcoming 2016 album.
JOHN TERRY NORUM was born on February 23rd 1964 in Vardø, at the extreme northeast corner of Norway, on the Barents Sea only 40 miles from the Russian border, near the entrance to the Varangerfjord. Aged 1, his family moved to Sweden and he grew up in Upplands Väsby, a Stockholm’s suburb.
Philip Kenneth Collen was a late starter by all standards, especially when you consider his current iconic rock star status as lead guitarist for a world famous multi-platinum selling rock-n-roll band. Born in Hackney, East London, England on December 8th, 1957, Phil was influenced by everything from the Rolling Stones to the Motown sound to glam rock, hard rock, punk, or anything with a flair. He got his first guitar at the age of 16 after pestering his parents for two years. Ken, a cross country truck driver and Connie, a devoted housewife were persuaded that it was the right thing to do. This came about after Collen was taken to his first rock concert to see Deep Purple at age 14 by his cousin. “The experience changed my life,” said Phil.
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Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and humanitarian. He is best known for his work with his E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political sentiments centered on his native New Jersey, his distinctive voice and his lengthy and energetic stage performances, with concerts from the 1970s to the present decade running over three hours in length.
Springsteen's recordings have included both commercially accessible rock albums and more somber folk-oriented works. His most successful studio albums, Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984), showcase a talent for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily American life; he has sold more than 64 million albums in the United States and more than 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
Philip Anthony Campbell (born 7 May 1961) is a Welsh rock musician, best known as the lead guitarist in Motörhead from 1984 to 2015.
Brian Harold May (Twickenham, 19 luglio 1947) è un chitarrista, cantautore e astrofisico britannico, famoso per essere membro dei Queen, band da lui fondata insieme a Freddie Mercury e Roger Taylor.
È l'autore di alcuni dei brani più celebri del gruppo, come Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, Flash, Hammer to Fall, Who Wants to Live Forever, I Want It All, Save Me e The Show Must Go On. Figura al 26º posto nella classifica dei migliori chitarristi di tutti i tempi, redatta nel 2011 dalla rivista Rolling Stone, al 5º posto nella classifica della stessa specialità redatta da Total Guitar e al numero 2 in quella di Guitar World.
Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, actor, and one of the original members of the rock band The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone Magazine credited Richards for "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The Stones are generally known for their guitar interplay of rhythm and lead ("weaving") with Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood over the years. In spite of this, Richards plays the only guitar tracks on some of their most famous songs including "Paint It Black", "Ruby Tuesday", "Sympathy for the Devil", and "Gimme Shelter".
Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), known professionally as Slash, is a British and American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During his later years with Guns N' Roses, Slash formed the side project Slash's Snakepit. After leaving Guns N' Roses in 1996, he co-founded the supergroup Velvet Revolver, which re-established him as a mainstream performer in the mid to late 2000s. Slash has since released three solo albums, Slash (2010), featuring an array of famous guest musicians, Apocalyptic Love (2012) and World on Fire (2014) recorded with singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge, along with rhythm section Brent Fitz and Todd Kerns, known on the album as The Conspirators. Slash returned to Guns N' Roses in 2016.
Slash has received critical acclaim as a guitarist. Time named him runner-up on their list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009, while Rolling Stone placed him at No. 65 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011. Guitar World ranked his solo in "November Rain" No. 6 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos" in 2008, and Total Guitar placed his riff in "Sweet Child o' Mine" at No. 1 on their list of "The 100 Greatest Riffs" in 2004. In 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the rest of Guns N' Roses' original line-up as well as Dizzy Reed and Matt Sorum.
James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, main songwriter, and lyricist for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but has also performed occasional lead guitar duties both in the studio and live.
Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released nine studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.
In 2009, Hetfield was ranked number 8 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, and ranked 24th by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. In Guitar World's poll, Hetfield was placed as the 19th greatest guitarist of all time, as well as being placed 2nd (along with Kirk Hammett) in The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists poll of the same magazine, only behind Tony Iommi. Rolling Stone placed Hetfield as the 87th greatest guitarist of all time.
Kirk Lee Hammett (born November 18, 1962) is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus. In 2003, Hammett was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2009, Hammett was ranked number 15 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.
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Nashville-based Roots Blues and Americana artist Justin Johnson has been hailed by Guitar World as a “must-see act,” lauded as an “American Master” by John Carter Cash, and a “musical visionary” by Ted Nugent, has had his “funk” praised by Bootsy Collins, and his musical approach described as “timeless” by North Mississippi Allstar frontman Luther Dickinson. He has been recognized as Slidestock International Slide Guitar Champion, and his original music has been licensed to Wieden & Kennedy, Dodge Motor Co, Ken Burns, Florentine Films, and the list keeps growing. Always innovating and following his own sound while taking inspiration from the past, Justin Johnson blurs the lines between the traditional and the cutting edge, taking current day music back to it’s roots and keeping the blues alive.
Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Walsh has been a member of five successful rock bands: the Eagles, James Gang, Barnstorm, The Party Boys, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. In the 1990s, he was also a member of the short-lived supergroup The Best. He has also experienced success both as a solo artist and prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists' recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed Walsh at the number 54 spot on its list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
Walsh joined the Eagles in 1975 as the group's keyboardist and guitarist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon, with Hotel California being his first album with the band. In 1998 Guitarist magazine selected the guitar solos on the track "Hotel California" by Walsh and Don Felder as the best guitar solos of all time, and eighth of the Top 100 Guitar Solos.
Walsh pursued a solo career and released his debut album The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get in 1973. Since then, he has released twelve studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums. His solo hits include "Rocky Mountain Way", "Life's Been Good", "All Night Long", "A Life of Illusion" and "Ordinary Average Guy".
As a member of the Eagles, Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The Eagles are considered to be one of the most influential bands of the 1970s, and they remain the best-selling American band in the history of popular music. Walsh's creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin's former guitarist Jimmy Page, who praised Walsh by saying "He has a tremendous feel for the instrument. I've loved his style since the early James Gang." Cream's former guitarist, Eric Clapton said that "He's one of the best guitarists to surface in some time. I don't listen to many records, but I listen to his." The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend, a friend of Walsh's, commented that "Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There're not many like that around.
A NATIVE CHICAGOAN, 29 YEAR OLD ISAIAH SHARKEY SPENT HIS EARLY YEARS LIVING IN CABRINI GREEN. PERHAPS AS A PRECURSOR TO HIS FUTURE CAREER, HE LIVED WITH HIS PARENTS IN A ROW HOUSE ON A STREET THAT IS NOW NAMED FOR CURTIS MAYFIELD. COMING FROM A MUSICAL HOUSEHOLD, ISAIAH WAS INTRODUCED TO MUSIC AT THE AGE OF FOUR. HE DECIDED HE WANTED TO BE A GUITARIST AND ASKED HIS PARENTS TO PURCHASE ONE. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, ISAIAH STARTED LEARNING MUSIC UNDER THE CLOSE INTRODUCTION OF HIS FATHER, MICHAEL SHARKEY. HE WOULD LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT MUSICAL GENRES/STYLES FROM GOSPEL MUSIC, WHICH CAME FROM GROWING UP IN THE CHURCH, TO JAZZ, R&B, BLUES, ROCK AND FUNK MUSIC. IT WASN'T LONG AFTER THAT ISAIAH WOULD BECOME NOTICED BY OTHER MUSICIANS IN THE CHICAGO AREA FOR BEING A YOUNG, NEW TALENT. SOON AFTER, HE STARTED DOING CONCERTS IN THE CHURCH AS WELL AS SITTING IN LOCAL JAZZ CLUB JAMS. AT THE AGE OF 14, ISAIAH, ALONG WITH HIS FATHER AND BROTHERS, RELEASED THEIR FIRST ALBUM ENTITLED, "SKYLINER." THIS ALBUM DISPLAYED ISAIAH'S ABILITY TO PLAY COVERS AND SOME TRANSCRIPTIONS FROM GREATS LIKE WES MONTGOMERY AND GEORGE BENSON. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE STARTED HIS RECORDING CAREER AND SERVED AS A SIDEMAN FOR GOSPEL ARTISTS SUCH AS SMOKIE NORFUL, DONALD LAWRENCE AND VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG. HE ALSO TOURED AS LEAD GUITARIST WITH RONALD ISLEY AND RECORDED TWO ALBUMS WITH HIM. IN 2009, ISAIAH STARTED WORKING WITH ARTIST D'ANGELO ON HIS THIRD ALBUM, BLACK MESSIAH, WHICH WON THE 2015 GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST R&B ALBUM. BASED ON HIS WORK AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROJECT, ISAIAH RECEIVED HIS FIRST GRAMMY. ISAIAH ALSO HAS WORKED, RECORDED, AND TOURED WITH SEVERAL WORLD-RENOWN AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTISTS INCLUDING JOHN MAYER, PATTI LABELLE, CHRISTOPHER MARTIN OF COLDPLAY, PAUL SIMON, CORRINE BAILEY RAE, MIKE POSNER, KEITH URBAN, BRIAN MCKNIGHT, BOYZ II MEN, LALAH HATHAWAY, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, CHRIS DAVE AND THE DRUMHEDZ, REGINA BELL, RUBEN STUDDARD, LUPE FIASCO, KELLY PRICE, FAITH EVANS, RANCE ALLEN, THE WINANS, THE CLARK SISTERS AND MANY OTHERS. ISAIAH SHARKEY IS POISED TO TAKE CENTER STAGE AS HE FUSES TOGETHER HIS BACKGROUND IN ROCK, GOSPEL, JAZZ, R&B, BLUES, AND FUNK TO CREATE AN ORIGINAL SOUND WITH AN UNMISTAKABLE DOSE OF SOUL. HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM LOVE.LIFE.LIVE. WAS RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2017 AND EARNED HIM THE IHEART RADIO ARTIST OF THE MONTH AWARD IN NOVEMBER FOR HIS SINGLE “IT’S A SHAME” FEATURING DJ JAZZY JEFF. YOU CAN SEE ISAIAH ON CORY HENRY’S REVIVAL TRIO TOUR THIS YEAR, ALONG WITH JOHN MAYER AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND. ISAIAH WILL ALSO BE HITTING THE ROAD WITH HIS OWN BAND THIS SUMMER SO LOOK OUT FOR DATES NEAR YOU.
So kam ich zur Musik
Mit 14 sah ich Major Heuser gemeinsam mit Wolfgang Niedecken live den Song „Do kanns zaubre“ spielen und war völlig hin und weg. Ich hatte bis dahin nur Grunge und Rockmusik gehört. Ich kaufte mir meine erste Akustik-Gitarre und nahm Unterricht. Dadurch lernte ich viele Arten von Musik kennen und lieben.
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Moving to Los Angeles in 1983, Kevin first met with Keyboadist/Producer George Duke on a demo session, which led to 10 years of collaborating and session work under the guise of George for many projects including playing on records for George Duke, George Howard, Howard Hewitt, Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind, & Fire), Stanley Clarke, Al Jarreau, Dale Bozio, Stephanie Mills, Japanese singer Hideke Seijo, Irene Cara, TV themes and commercials to name a few...
Also stemming from this was a 30 year touring span as a guitarist with artists as Chaka Khan, George Duke, George Howard, Philip Bailey, Diana Ross as Guitarist and Musical Director, Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson, Howard Hewitt, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, and Jeffrey Osborne.
Also a BMI songwriter and producer/engineer in a self owned professional recording studio, as well as a long time writer for Los Angeles based music library LAPM, Los Angeles Post Music. TV shows and networks include HGTV, The Food Network, numerous appearances on David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. Also HBO, Top Of The Pops (UK), Soul Train, Martha Stewart, and Inside The Actors Studio with James Lipton
Ben Granfelt (born June 16, 1963) is a guitarist from Helsinki, Finland and best known from his work in Leningrad Cowboys, Wishbone Ash, Gringos Locos, Guitar Slingers and his solo band Ben Granfelt Band.
Granfelt's most active and recent band named Ben Granfelt Band was formed in 1993 and since then they have toured clubs and festivals in Finland, United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Austria, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates where they appeared at the Abu Dhabi and Dubai Jazz Festivals. Ben Granfelt Band’s latest album Kaleidoscope was released on Feb 4, 2009 in Finland with the rest of Europe following later that spring.
Ben Granfelt Band began working on their 11th album in February 2010 but Granfelt's family issues forced him to put both the album and the band on hiatus in June 2010. Soon after making this decision, Granfelt was asked to join Finnish Rock'n'roll sensation Los Bastardos Finlandeses by the band's lead singer Bryn Jones. It did not take too long for Granfelt to join Los Bastardos Finlandeses full-time and contribute to songwriting for their next album.
HIS 2ND PAOLETTI GUITAR
Mi chiamo Michele Salvemini, sono figlio di un operaio e di una maestra.
Il mio nonno paterno era falegname, quello materno era contadino.
Io sono diventato cantante, non me ne vogliano.
Sono nato nel 1973, precisamente il 9 Ottobre, come John Lennon con il quale ho in comune solo questa data e.. chissà.. forse lo stesso epilogo.
Da piccolino mi iscrissi ad una scuola di musica per imparare a suonare il pianoforte. Dopo 3 mesi lasciai la scuola di musica col desiderio di abitare
in una baita riscaldata da un camino alimentato dalla carcassa di un Bosendorfer gran coda. Decisi che la musica non faceva per me.
Il giorno dopo iniziai a comporre i miei primi pezzi.
Dopo aver sfornato decine di demo che torneranno utili con la mia dipartita, magari arricchiti dagli interventi di questo o quell'altro rapper che presteranno la voce ai cd postumi, arrivò il momento della prima pubblicazione. Era il 1996, mi facevo chiamare Mikimix e pubblicavo dischi della stessa qualità degli ultimi dischi pubblicati dai cantanti di qualità.
A quel tempo ero troppo ingenuo per sospettare che mi avrebbero cagato il cazzo un'intera vita con questa storia di Mikimix perciò decisi di continuare... E scusate se sputo nel piatto in cui non ho mangiato.
Dopo una serie di riflessioni emo, di momenti depressivi e di fallimenti amorosi, capìi che era arrivato il momento di seguire la strada dei miei avi: andare a lavorare. Era chiaro che la musica proprio non faceva per me.
Il giorno dopo iniziai a comporre nuovi pezzi.
Mi crebbero i capelli, il pizzetto e altro..
Ero pronto a rivelare cazzutamente il mio pensiero sulle cose, senza compromessi. Nel 1998 inizia il mio percorso come Caparezza col demo "Ricomincio da Capa". La musica è cambiata e inizio la trafila delle jam e dei concerti in pizzeria col vicinato che chiede di abbassare il volume durante l'esibizione (e non lo fa con garbo).
Siamo nel 2011 e viene pubblicato il mio quinto album in studio ("Il sogno eretico"), ho all'attivo centinaia di concerti e mi sono comprato un pianoforte.. (l'inverno è stato particolarmente duro).
Che dire.. Per me la vita di un'artista è meno interessante della sua opera ma a corollario vi lascio comunque delle informazioni utili perché la sostanza va, la forma resta..
Massimo Varini, born 1970, a thoroughly eclectic musician and character, moreover known to aficionados of his work for having played the guitar on some of the finest Italian records. Probably, you've never heard his name... but it is impossible not to have ever heard the notes from his guitar: it's his guitar on the albums and alongside artists of the calibre of Biagio Antonacci, Bocelli, Mina, Celentano, Morandi, Bertè, Masini, Vanoni, Nek, Grignani, Pausini, Fossati, Ramazzotti, Vasco Rossi, Alessandra Amoroso, Emma Marrone (just to name a few)... and many, many more.
The EDUCATIONAL products of MV are the most selled in Italy since 2007, but his production starts from 1997 with the first video VHS. Now in the first 10 places of the charts, Massimo has 8 Manuals!!!
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