Monday, December 29, 2008

BRN. Monday.

It's cool when a lesser-known musician is honoured upon his death, and such was the case today with Delaney Bramlett, best known for his years with Delaney & Bonnie, an under-rated two-named duo that was unfairly relegated to the bin of history with Captain & Tenille and Hall & Oates. He is more recognized now as the guy who taught George Harrison the beauty of gospel music (and the slide guitar), leading to one of the great songs ever written, "My Sweet Lord". Bramlett also collaborated often with Eric Clapton (who was a session player with Delaney & Bonnie quite often), producing Clapton's first album. He was 69 years old.

A smashed-up Fender guitar once owned (and smashed) by Kurt Cobain has sold at auction for $100,000. Which is the second-highest Cobain guitar price. Another one sold two years ago for $131,000, but that one you could still play. There is a long story to accompany this guitar, a story involving another musician named Sluggo and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. But I won't bore you with it.

For people looking to see some cool rock & roll this New Years Eve, Elton John will be on NBC - with Carson Daly! at 10:00, performing "Don't Let Your Son Go Down On Me". Then, at 11:00, Lynyrd Skynyrd will be playing the FOX new years special. Take a shot for every mullet you spot in the audience.

And the best story of the day - remember last week, when the Scottish parliament tabled a motion called "AC/DC we salute you", where they decided to officially honour AC/DC, since most of the members of the band were born in Scotland? And no one knew exactly what they were going to do to honour them? Open every session of parliament by playing "Big Balls"? Anyway, that's all done, so the Scottish folk will do what they're going to do, and the rest of us will forget all about it. All of us, that is, except for Dave Evans, who appears to have taken exception at the Scots trying to claim AC/DC for themselves. Evans, the original lead singer of the band (yes, there was one before Bon Scott), has started campaigning to have Sydney, Australia declared the "official birthplace" of AC/DC. He wants them to put plaques up in a bunch of AC/DC landmark places - like the place Bon Scott once punched that guy, or the place where Angus Young was inspired to find a schoolboy outfit...I certainly hope this all leads to some kind of Scotland - vs. - Australia international incident.

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