Last night saw the most anticipated gig of the year: The Marshall 50th Anniversary & Jim Marshall Tribute Concert, which took place at Wembley Arena, London.
With appearances from some of the most talented and well known artists who use Marshall back lines, it was a gig I couldn’t miss.
From the articulate opening played by the house band (Chris George – guitar, Brian Tichy – drums, Jaz Lochrie – bass, Adam Wakeman – keys), through the crushing metal of Zakk Wylde/Kerry King, and a moving performance by Joe Satriani, to the finale of Smoke on the Water, featuring more than 8 guitarists and no less than 3 drummers: The whole night was faultless.
Particular highlights for me were:
Satch paying tribute to the late Jim Marshall with ‘Always With Me, Always With You’.
Satch and Paul Gilbert (aka G2, lol) doing a quick ad hoc blues shootout.
Paul Gilbert playing Cheap Sunglasses.
Billy Duffy and Corey Taylor playing/singing ‘Lil Devil.
The outrageous vocal range of Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Glenn Hughes.
Al Murray playing the drums… Twice!
Brian Tichy showing what an outstanding drummer he is!
The gig was organised by Chris George, Marshall’s official product demonstrator, and new product coordinator.
Chris, who played in the house band at last nights gig, tweeted afterwards: “I’m at a complete loss for words. Tonight was everything I’d ever hoped it to be. Thank you ALL so much.” Chris also posted the following photo on his twitter feed: @chrisgeorgeband