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Marshall at 50 - the power and the glory!

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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.



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