Chuck Berry 1926 – 2017

Chuck Berry, legend who formed the bedrock of rock ’n’ roll, dies at 90

Chuck Berry was the father of rock-and-roll… period. He influenced millions of musicians including myself.

He was a great influence on me as a guitar player. I don’t think rock-and-roll will have started the way it did without him. Even most of my favorite guitarists like Rory Gallagher, Ace Frehley, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, etc, will not have sounded the way we know them today. He will be greatly missed. 😥

I learned how to play Johnny B. Goode from the Jimi Hendrix Plays Berkeley film. After that I started learning and buying many of Berry’s songs and albums.

You can see some Chuck Berry moves and playing style on this Jimi Hendrix video. 🙂

Chuck Berry 1926 – 2017 R.I.P. 😦

Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

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That he is gone leaves us with nothing but sadness. If anyone deserved a longer life, it was he. He was the Greatest. With his death we lose that best living example of what we, as a nation, so des…

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My attention growing up was on music and playing the guitar and not really into sports like most of my friends. But Ali was one of those people you knew no matter what you were into or doing. 😐

I remember watching one of his last fights with Larry Holmes with my father, and witnessing the end of an incredible boxing career from a great man. 😮

Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

R.I.P. 😦

Falling Legends

We have lost two great music legends that influence generations of people and musicians. 😦

David Bowie

The British musician David Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer, two days after his 69th birthday.

David Bowie had a unique and special way of making music. He was like a chameleon, every album was different from the one before. He really was into visual and music experimentation. In every album he had a different face. 😎

I used to play Ziggy Stardust with my band back in the 90s. But my favorite Bowie song always been Space Oddity. 😀

David Bowie 1947 – 2016 😦

 


 

Lemmy Kilmister

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Lemmy Kilmister was Lemmy! 😉 A bad-ass metal in your face icon. His music was an influence to me. He had a fast and heavy sound that also influence many other bands. I used to jam on Ace Of Spades back in the day! 😎

I saw Motörhead, Dio, and Iron Maiden on tour at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2003, and Lemmy was awesome on stage! :mrgreen:

Lemmy Kilmister 1945 – 2015 😦

 


 

P.S.

I really love this version of Space Oddity by astronaut Chris Hadfield and his great YouTube page. ❗

R.I.P. 😦

Chris Squire 1948-2015

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1970s, USA — Chris Squire Playing the Bass — Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

Chris Squire was one of the founding members of the band YES. I am really shocked to hear the news about his death. 😯 This was really unexpected. Just last week, I was just watching an interview about his gear on YouTube. 😦

Chris Squire

Chris was a unique bass player and vocalist. He shared vocal harmonies with Jon Anderson and had great chemistry singing. He will be missed. 😦

I can’t believe all my favorite musicians and heroes are passing away so soon. 😥 I guess we as fans expect them to live forever.

YES is one of those progressive bands that influenced me greatly. Steve Howe is one of my many heroes in the guitar.

One of my favorite Squire’s songs is Heart Of The Sunrise

Also from his solo album Hold out Your Hand/You by My Side

R.I.P. 😦

B.B. King 1925-2015

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I saw this coming. 😦 News of him been sick were all around the net these past weeks. 😦

B.B. King was a great influence on me. He was a very melodic soulful blues player. He had a very unique way to bend his guitar strings and put great feeling in his notes. I used to spend hours learning and listening to his music, and breaking my guitar strings. 😉

R.I.P. 😦

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

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A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

 

When I was a kid I loved Star Trek, and Spock was a great influence on me growing up. I never wanted to be Kirk or Bones. They didn’t have the mental skill and control that Spock had. I was always attracted to characters that could carry out things by using mind over matter. This is the same reason I like Batman more than Superman or other superpower heroes.

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Leonard Nimoy: Spock Vulcan Salute

 

As a kid, handling things more logically than emotionally was one of the things I try to emulate by watching Spock. I was mostly unsuccessful though. 😉 He was my favorite Star Trek character of all the Star Trek series and movies.

Adam West and Leonard Nimoy

Adam West Batman and Leonard Nimoy Spock playing the drums

 

Leonard Nimoy was a great actor and artist. He did more than just acting. He wrote and directed movies, was a successful photographer, and voice actor.

1967s Mariner V launch

NASA 1967’s Mariner V launch. Scientists wearing Spock-ears!

 

Live Long And Prosper My Opera: Spock

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

R.I.P. 😦

Roberto Gomez Bolanos 1929-2014

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El Chapulin Colorado (The Crimson Grasshopper)

Chespirito was a great comedian with a very special way to connect to children. My favorite of his many characters was El Chapulín Colorado. But his most famous and well-known was El Chavo Del Ocho.

From all the way back to the 70s, his comedy show TV re-runs can still be seen in all over Latin America and the US.

Roberto Gómez Bolaños 1929 – 2014

R.I.P. 😦

For Jack

Jack Bruce

– Eric Clapton

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via Eric Clapton – Timeline Photos FaceBook.

Great guitar tribute by Eric Clapton. 😎

Jack Bruce was a great musician. 😦 Jack, along with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker were members of one of my favorite bands growing up. I remember playing Cream and the Experience every time I tuned my guitar for a gig.

Jack Bruce 1943 – 2014

R.I.P. 😦

Robin Williams 1951-2014

robin-williamsI used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.

Robin Williams

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He was part of my childhood, and Mork & Mindy and Popeye were my first exposure to Robin Williams growing up.popeye-1980

I have never really been a big fan of comedians, but Robin Williams was part of my short list. He was unique and special. 😦

It’s tragic and terrible. 😮 I know first hand how hard is to deal with depression. 😐


 

Robin Williams R.I.P. 😦

It is time now to abandon ship

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It is time now to abandon ship My Opera! 😮

I wouldn’t say I am surprised with the decision of closing down My Opera. But it is the sad conclusion after more than a year of Opera’s bad decisions, starting with Jon S. von Tetzchner leaving, the Unite, M2, and Presto fiasco, etc… 😡

One thing, after many years of using Opera, (since version 3, and starting with 5 as a default browser) I no longer use it. I uninstalled everything Opera and moved to SeaMonkey for good. 😈 In a way I went back to my previous browser Netscape. :mrgreen:

As for this blog, I might move to WordPress or another blog hosting. I don’t know yet. It’s just a silly little Batman blog. 😉

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