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Il nostro riassunto della settimana, sopra e sotto i palchi
dal 27 gennaio al 2 febbraio 2019

1. LA MORTE DI WES WILSON

È morto a 82 anni Wes Wilson, l’artista che ha definito l’immaginario grafico della psichedelia degli anni 60, in particolare di quella sviluppatasi nella Bay Area: autore di poster per band come Grateful Dead e Jefferson Airplane Wilson è scomparso il 24 gennaio nella sua casa di Leanne, in Missouri, per cause che non sono state divulgate.

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#weswilson, 1968

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2. VITTORIO FELTRI SCOPRE L’HEAVY METAL

O meglio, Vittorio Feltri scopre i Napalm Death, e non gli piacciono: “Solo per una cosa (ma sarà una questione di generazione)”, scrive riferendosi all’allenatore del Verona Ivan Juric, “mi lascia perplesso. La sua passione per un genere musicale che ho chiesto mi facessero ascoltare e trovo sia quanto di più esecrabile le mie orecchie abbiano mai subìto: l’heavy metal, che ho trovato particolarmente ignobile in gruppi che lui ama, come i NAPALM DEATH. È come se vi chiudessero a tradimento in una scatola di lamiera e una dozzina di energumeni molto motivati ci picchiassero sopra con delle sedie. Ma almeno forse ho capito come ci si sente a uscire dal campo quando il Verona è in vena, mentre tu pensavi di andare a portare via tre punti”.

3. L’OMAGGIO DEI LAKERS A KOBE BRYANT

Un tributo musicale a Kobe Bryant ha aperto la prima partita in casa dei Los Angeles Lakers dopo la scomparsa del campione: prima Usher, che ha cantato Amazing Grace, poi il violoncellista Ben Hong con una Hallelujah che accompagnava un video con la voce dello stesso Bryant. Infine l’inno nazionale intepretato dai Boyz II Men, che avevano già ricordato il giocatore durante la serata dei Grammy. La stessa sera, i Guns N’ Roses hanno dedicato Knockin On Heaven’s Door a Bryant durante il loro concerto al Bud Light Super Bowl Fest.

4. OZZY OSBOURNE SI AMPUTA LE DITA

Solo in foto e per una buona causa: Ozzy Osbourne ha prestato la faccia, e le mani, per una campagna della PETA contro la pratica di tagliare le unghie ai gatti. “Amputare le unghie a un gatto”, spiega il cantante, del quale di recente si è parlato per la sua confessione di essere affetto dal morbo di Parkinson, “è perverso e sbagliato. Se il vostro divano è più importante della salute e della felicità del vostro gatto, non meritate di avere un animale!”

5. GLI OMAGGI A REED MULLIN

SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 29: Reed Mullin of Corrosion Of Conformity performs on stage at the Corporation on April 29, 2011 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns)

La notizia della scomparsa del batterista dei Corrosion Of Conformity Reed Mullin ha toccato molti musicisti, che hanno voluto ricordarlo sottolineandone la rilevanza e l’influenza artistica, oltre che le qualità umane. Fra i tanti, membri di Metallica, Faith No More, Anthrax.

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I got the sad news last night that my friend Reed Mullin passed away. Reed was the drummer for one of my all-time favorite bands, Corrosion of Conformity, & he is also one of the reasons I am a singer in a band today. Back in 1985, C.O.C. put out their ground-breaking hardcore crossover record, “Animosity” & from the first time I heard it I loved it- I wore that freaking tape out. My favorite track on that album is one Reed sang, “Hungry Child.” One day I was going skateboarding with some older dudes in Wilmington, NC (I was around 15 years old at the time) & we were in a car driving to the spot- someone threw “Animosity” into the cassette deck. When “Hungry Child” came on, I started singing along. The driver turned around & said “Damn, kid- you can actually sing like that. You should be in a band one day.” That was the first time anyone had ever told me that, I never forgot it, & I never will. If you listen to the way I scream at times, & you listen to “Hungry Child” you’ll hear Reed in my delivery. I told Reed that story many years later, after we had become friends, & he was super stoked. Reed was an O.G. punk rocker from the American South, a place where it wasn’t easy to be different in back in the day. He booked shows for other bands who came through Raleigh, NC, & was super important to the development of the hardcore scene in general. I met him for the first time in an airport when he came up to me & said “Nice shirt!” (I was wearing a C.O.C. one)- we became friends, I got to interview him for my radio show, & I even sang in his super group, Teenage Time Killers. Once in the 80’s my brother & I went to go see C.O.C.- my brother didn’t have enough money to buy a t-shirt, so Reed (who was selling merch after the gig) traded him one for the Black Flag t-shirt he was wearing- that’s the kinda dude he was. Reed also played at the hands-down greatest gig I ever saw- Bad Brains, C.O.C., & Leeway in VA Beach in the 80’s. I took this photo when my band took out C.O.C. on tour- we played freaking Red Rocks on that run- not too shabby for two dirt bag punk rockers from the South. Rest In Peace, Reed- you’re a legend & an influence & I’ll miss ya, bro.

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So sad to hear the news of Reed Mullin. That’s just not fair. Such an amazing talent to have initially come from the hardcore scene. I remember seeing him wearing a white Trouble t-shirt in Maximum Rock n Roll and wanted to know who that band was. I met him many times, mainly when Cathedral and COC were staying at the Columbia hotel at the same time during the 90’s, which seemed like every week to be honest! One of the funniest was visiting them at Electric Ladyland studios in the middle of the night, whilst they were mixing. I was completely off my trolley. We played with them on several occasions during the early 90s, which was always a pleasure and a great time. Every other year he would send an email, checking in to ask how I was doing. I probably have some personal photos but don’t have them to hand right now. RIP mate and condolences to your family, friends and former band mates.

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E se non vi bastano queste news in pillole, qua trovate quelle musicali e qua quelle scovate dalla rete.


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