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Black Sabbath
-once geezer borrowed ozzys book of black magic to read and that day in the middle of the night he saw a black shadow right at his bed. That inspired him to write the song called "black sabbath".

-once for band practise tony iommi and geezer butler were showing eachother and other guys riffs they made up. And somehow the riffs both of them made up fit together perfectly and were at the exact same tempo and everything. They never have seen eachothers riffs before.


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- Despite releasing an album called "Speed Metal Symphony" and playing in Megadeth for a decade, Marty Friedman is not a heavy metal fan. Uh, what?

- Zakk Wylde's name is actually Jeffery Phillip Wiedlandt.

- Dragonforce guitarist Sam Totman's album collection only consists of about 5 CDs. In contrast, Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt's collection has about 3000-4000.

- Jimmy Page played on Tom Jones' super-hit "It's Not Unusual".

- One of the many problems which the early Pink Floyd faced with Syd Barrett was the fact that he would play the same note during an entire concert.

- Steve Morse's (Deep Purple) guitar has 11 different pickup positions.

- One night at a gig, when The Who had just begun, Pete Townshend was experimenting with the feedback he got when he put his guitar near his amp. He accidentally hit the ceiling with the guitar, which caused an awesome sound that was cheered by the (small) audience. Pete tried to repeat that sound with such bad (or good) luck that he broke the guitar's neck. "No one cheered, in fact there was a terrible silence, a "this-guy-is-an-******* silence, so i finished breaking the guitar acting as if that had been my true intention". On The Who's next performance there were twice as many people.

- At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.

- The playing time as for "Stairway To Heaven" is longer than it took Plant & Page to write it (they needed one more song for the album.)

- Stevie Ray Vaughan was the guitarist on David Bowie's "Let's Dance" album
 

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The beginning of YYZ is Neil Peart playing YYZ in Morse Code on a cymbal.

Rush's debut single was a cover tune (Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away")

Billy Sheehan was a member of Max Webster for about 2 weeks back in 1974.

Genesis' song ABACAB got it's name, since A B A C A B is the arrangement of the song.
 

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The Crowther Hotcake overdrive pedal is designed, and manufactured by the ex-drummer of Split Enz, Paul Crowther.
 

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CalgaryTerry said:
The beginning of YYZ is Neil Peart playing YYZ in Morse Code on a cymbal.
YYZ is the airport code for Toronto. "Always a welcome sight on the luggage tags", Geddy Lee (I think) says.

Also: Jimmy Page has over 1500 guitars. Eric Clapton told him that they are "tax-deductable". Sweet.

Brian May was originally going to be an astronomer.


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Eric Clapton's father is canadian and he has three half siblings. His brother, a guitar player as well as faced drug addiction and very similar issues to his famous brother.
 

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zao_89 said:
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- At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.
I got lost half way into that.
 

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zao_89 said:
- At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.

That's completely insane
 

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Some more interesting facts

Before Neil Young joined Crosby, Stills and Nash, they had asked Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Steve Winwood to become the fourth member.

During the recording of Ted Nugents 1976 Free for All album, singer/r.guitar
Derek St Holmes left the band for personal reasons. A singer named Marvin Aday replaced him on five tracks..........he would later be known as MeatLoaf.

Jimmy Page plays guitar on Tom Jones 1965 hit "Its Not Unusual"
 

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Garrett's lick catalogue

Knopfler won't admit it, apparently, but his biggest influence is Amos Garrett. Sultans of Swing is like going to a condensed Garrett concert.
 

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Geddy Lee's real name is Gary Lee Weinreib. His grandmother's heavy Yiddish accent made saying the name Gary sound like Geddy.

Geddy and Alex almost passed on Neil Peart before his audition when he showed up with a bunch of metal garbage cans. That's what he used to store his drums in.
 

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zao_89 said:
- Despite releasing an album called "Speed Metal Symphony" and playing in Megadeth for a decade, Marty Friedman is not a heavy metal fan. Uh, what?
Lollercaust.

LOLLERCAUST!

LOLLERCAUST!!!!

Roflez...Sorry about that...But Marty Friedman USED to like heavy metal...Only god knows why he's changed to pop/dance music...He has said in many interviews that he used to listen to it all the time when he was younger, and he would not have written those fast/complex shred solo's if he wasn't into that type of music...Trust me, you've got to really be determined to write solo's like that....It's not something you can do by hating the genre.
 

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Lester B. Flat said:
Yeah, I can hear that. Midnight at the Oasis. Sultans of Swing. Oasis. Sultans. There is a train of thought there both in the playing and song titles.
Brilliant!

The thought never crossed my mind....lol

I wonder if Knopfler let it slip?
 

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Gil Moore (drummer for Triumph) switched to and endorsed composite drum sticks in the late 80s after he broke a wooden drum stick and it flew back and cut off part of his ear. The concert was in... London, at the old London Gardens.
 

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Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is:
1) a big history buff and a world class fencer (explains some of those lyrics), and
2) a first officer on a English charter airline (Aestrus, I think) that flies into Newfoundland all the time.

Nice to have something to fall back on if this music thing doesn't work out. :D
 

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10 second Neil Young history - Neil Young, Goldy McNeil (Steppenwolf), David Palmer (Buffalo Springfield) and Rick James :confused-smiley-010 (i.e. Superfreak) were in a Toronto band called the Mynah Birds (sp?) in the mid-sixties. They got signed to Motown but Rick James was arrested for being AWOL from the Navy. John Eaton had bought Neil an electric guitar (he only had an accoustic) and amps for the band. Once James was arrested Neil and Palmer sold the gear to go to California to try to find Stephen Stills ... which they did in a traffic jam ... and they went on to form Buffalo Springfield (the name on a truck or some construction equipment if memory serves).

Greg Lake (ELP) was the lead singer and bass player on King Crimson's first album - In the Court of the Crimson King.
 
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