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Marshall at 50 - the power and the glory!

Issue #13

To celebrate those 50 years and to honour the passing of the man, earlier this year, who started it all, for one night only Marshall brought together some of its star players for a night of music that would never be forgotten. Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Doug Aldrich and many more shared one stage, playing for Jim - and Guitar Interactive was lucky enough to be invited to cover it.
Levi Clay

Marshall 50 Years of Loud Live!

September 2012 saw Marshall Amplification celebrate its 50th birthday with a major live show, held in Wembley, West London. And what a show it was, featuring some of the iconic Rock musicians who have helped make Marshall the most famous name in amplification. Needless to say, Guitar Interactive was there. Our man in the mosh pit, Levi Clay, reports.

Jim Marshall's place in Rock history was cemented long ago, in 1962 to be precise, when the former band drummer, by then a drum teacher and music shop owner, created Marshall amplification to meet the demands of local guitarists who wanted something 'bigger and louder'!

Over the last 50 years Marshall has released top of the line amplifiers and been the gear of choice for players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Richie Blackmore, Slash, Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen - and that's to name just a few. The iconography of the Marshall amp needs no detailing. When Joe Public imagines a Rock show, the chances are he sees a huge wall of Marshall amps. From music videos, to television show, to films and music related games, the Marshall logo has become one of the classic international brands, recognised even beyond the music industry.

To celebrate those 50 years and to honour the passing of the man, earlier this year, who started it all, for one night only Marshall brought together some of its star players for a night of music that would never be forgotten. Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Doug Aldrich and many more shared one stage, playing for Jim - and Guitar Interactive was lucky enough to be invited to cover it.

After a short opening jam with the house band and Billy Duffy coming on to play Lil' Devil, Whitesnake axemaster Doug Aldrich takes the stage sporting a stunning goldtop Les Paul; he's joined by power metal vocal titan, Tim “Ripper” Owens. After tearing out some great covers of Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath) and the Whitesnake classic, Slide It In, Nicko McBrain gets behind the kit for the Iron Maiden tune, Flight of Icarus. Corey Taylor then returns to the stage with Marshall's Nick Bowcott on guitar, and the seven men tear apart Living after Midnight (Judas Priest). This was a great close to Doug's set because, aside from his remarkable fretwork, Corey and Ripper got to really go at it in this early Halford-era gem.

The next guitar giant to take the stage is Paul Gilbert, he's joined by Emi Gilbert on keys, Jaz Lochrie bass and ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy behind the kit. Paul and Mike have a long history of working together, having put out DVDs of four different tribute shows together. Unfortunately this means we won't be seeing any of Paul's new material tonight, but instead we're treated to great covers of ZZ Top's Cheap Sunglasses, Hendrix's Manic Depression and the Joe Walsh classic, Rocky Mountain Way. Aside from the obvious observation that Paul's phrasing has changed so much over the years and he's now a really tasty Blues player, it's also worth mentioning that his single coil equipped Ibanez Fireman allows him to stand out as one of the highlights of the night.



Next up is Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell, joined by Corey Taylor again as they play through a heartfelt version of Thin Lizzy's Still In Love With You and then Motorhead's Ace of Spades, with Slayer guitar demi-god Kerry King coming to the stage with his pointy BC Rich. Next Campbell leaves and things get a little heavier as the group rock out a crazy cover of Pantera's classic Mouth For War. Kerry even gave a perfect tribute to Dimebag with the classic solo played note for note.

Next is Zakk Wylde, and the only complaint that could be made is that he's playing his Gibson bullseye ZV (the half-SG and half-V hybrid) and it would be nice to see the iconic Les Paul. But these thoughts are quickly forgotten when he launches into the Sabbath classic, Fairies Wear Boots. Zakk is on fire as always, throwing out his trademark brand of pentatonic playing as they blast through the Sabbath tune Into the Void, before ending on the Black Label Society favourite, Stillborn. The set was short, but its impact will last!

Next the roadies wheel out a full stack with two heads, so it can only be time for Yngwie Malmsteen. This icon of shred guitar is 49 now, but you'd never guess it from his outlandish stage presence, flipping his guitar round his head, dropping to his knees and kicking out so many picks to the audience that his guitar tech spends most of the set restocking his pick holder. His material is strong too, tearing through three of his own compositions, Baroque & Roll, Evil Eye and Far Beyond The Sun, it really is hard to find fault in his set, and easy to see why he's been at the top of the shred pile for 30 years now.

The guitar giant of the night is the fantastic Joe Satriani, who takes to the stage to play classics, Satch Boogie and Always With Me Always With You, before bringing G3 touring friend Paul Gilbert out for a jam and to play the Freddie King tune, Going Down. Joe's material is strong and it's especially nice to see him play with Paul as their tones are so far apart you can really hear them complementing each other nicely.

Bassman Glen Hughes is next with a collection of tunes before bringing Andy Fraser of Free out to play on the Free classic Mr Big, followed by Malmsteen for a cover of the Deep Purple's Mistreated. His playing is solid and his voice is incredible, even if his set does drag on a bit compared to someone like Joe Satriani, who only had two of his own songs. Fortunately, the last song of the night sees almost all of the artists from the night return to power out Smoke On The Water and although there are so many guitarists you can't really hear any solos, the song sounds amazing.

There couldn't have been a more appropriate tribute paid to Jim Marshall than the love shown by these Marshall icons. As Zakk mentioned earlier in the night, he sure the great man was looking down. And if he was, then I'm sure he'd have been smiling.

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