Seven years after the release of their last proper studio album, Plastic Beach, Gorillaz are back with their brand new album Humanz. Rumours of this album began to surface two years ago while Damon Albarn was touring with Blur and those rumours escalated last year with confirmed reports that he was in the studio working on a new album. The result is Humanz, a wonderful album that sees Gorillaz return to their very best.
As a guitarist myself I’m often thinking about my favourite guitarists and how my ranking seems to change depending on what kind of mood I’m in. I thought it’d be fun to put a top 10 list together. Remember, the key word here is favourite. Enjoy.
It’s been a few months since my last book update on my website and now is a very good time to give another. In a couple of weeks I will be moving permanently to the United States and as a result I will be visiting a number of venues where Derek and the Dominos played on tour in 1970, including the great Fillmore East. Obviously the auditorium is no longer there but I cannot wait to see where it was and soak up the atmosphere. I’ll also be visiting a number of others in the North East including the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester and the Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, now the Oncenter War Memorial Arena.
On top of that I am very excited to announce that I have been invited to appear on a radio station in America to talk about my biography on Derek and the Dominos. The station is dedicating a whole show to Derek and the Dominos and I am honoured to have been invited on to talk about them. I will share more with everyone when I know exact broadcast dates and where you’ll be able to download it, as it will be in podcast form too.
As every day passes I know this book will be a game changer when it comes to Derek and the Dominos, as I can promise you no other book on the band has ever been this detailed, in-depth and focused. I cherish every day I spend writing and cannot begin to express my gratitude to all of the people I have interviewed so far.
And to all of the countless messages and comments I receive on a daily basis from people around the world, thank you. I know a lot of you are waiting patiently for this book, and let me tell you with great certainly, it will be well worth it.
Thank you, Tom
For the 15th instalment of my CLASSIC ALBUM SERIES I turn to Eric Clapton’s incredible 1994 album From The Cradle, an album which saw him return to electric blues with one hell of a bang. Two years earlier Clapton had recorded and released his Unplugged live album which contained a number of high quality acoustic blues performances and From The Cradle certainly expanded on his return to the blues.
Well here we go, four new songs by Gorillaz have dropped this evening with the stand out track being Andromeda. That’s not to say the other three tracks are bad of course, far from it, but in this article I’ll just be focusing on Andromeda which is absolutely exquisite. Take a listen for yourself:
News emerged last year of Chuck Berry’s first new studio album since 1979 and the first song has been released. After Chuck’s passing a few days ago on the 18th March his new album will be a posthumous release, but it’s a joy that he was able to finish the album before his death. The track is called Big Boys and contains the delicious guitar riffs you’ll always associated with Chuck Berry.