Dance Crazes: Headbanging

The origin of headbanging (violently shaking your head in time to the music) is still contested. Many believe that the phrase was first coined at a Led Zeppelin concert in 1969. Crazed fans would bang their heads against the stage floor in time to John Bonham’s rhythms. Black Sabbath are thought to be the first well known performers…

Yes – Fragile (1971): Review

Produced by Eddie Offord and Yes Label – Atlantic Released less than a year after its predecessor (“The Yes Album”), “Fragile”, the band’s fourth studio album, would mark the point that brought together what many fans consider to be the “classic” Yes line-up, and a collection that fully explores the integral skills each member possessed.…

The Cult – Dreamtime (1984): Review

Produced by John Brand and Chris Kimsey Label – Beggars Banquet After releasing two previous L.P.’s as the Southern Death Cult and Death Cult, the band shortened their name to The Cult and launched their Goth/Rock “Dreamtime” in 1984. Led by Ian Astbury, a vocalist stylised on Jim Morrison and Native American Theology, with Guitarist…

On Stage Injuries (Part 1)

On stage musicianship can be fraught with danger. Here’s a continuing saga of accidents that have occurred at concert venues around the world. Matt Bellamy (Muse) The Muse front man smashed himself in the mouth whilst performing a customary guitar wheel at a 2004 show in Atlanta. Blood spewing from his face he ran off…