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on 30 June 2006
Kicking off with The legendary Crickets with Albert Lee and Brian May both using Strats instead of their usual Musicman and Fireplace /BM Burns instruments of course this is yet another Strat anniversary and we hear some classic tracks but it looks as though rehearsals were rushed or did not even take place. Nevertheless good to hear where it all started. "Guitar Legend" is a much over used term but the next man despite what anyone thinks is probably the only true legend appearing. No surprises to hear "Apache". The best track of his set is "Sleepwalk" which is still the best demonstration of the beauiful tone that can be obtained from a Strat.
Americans next in the form of country star Theresa Anderson who was average but then our Albert (Lee) joins her for "Country Boy" and his virtuosity makes you wonder how anyone can play so fast and yet so crisply.Wonderful stuff. How do you follow that? Space does not allow a blow by blow account of this concert but just what the hell is Jamie Cullum doing on this??? My conclusion is that he filled a spot while the audience purchased an ice cream or went to the toilet. Just fast forward your DVD player at this point.
Apparently Jeff Beck, if you have a copy of the concert programme, was meant to appear and it looks as though Gary Moore was drafted in as cover. He blows the place apart with his tribute to Jimi Henrix and "Red House" he is awesome and plays with such passion. His mike is not working at first and then he wonders over looks at his amp and turns it up to 12 (sorry spinal tap 11 is not loud enough). You can hear the distortion coming from the amp and then he blasts into it with no holds barred. Wonderful! Just one track from Gary but worth buying the dvd for alone. Then Amy Winehouse. She is not a "noted" Strat player per say but she is great anyway and Paul Rogers not so great when his kids come on doing Free numbers with Bryan May back with his fireplace and knitting needle guitar. You just cannot keep a Strat around his neck. Highlights then on in is Paul Carrack and the great Andy Fairweather-Low's tribute to George, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". The Beatle would have approved.
Jo Walsh does a fantastic set, "Lifes Been Good; "Rocky Mountain Way" etc. Topping the bill and being introduced by Phil Manzanera is David Gilmour for two tracks playing serial No 001 which is not stricly the first production Strat but probably the most valuable instrument in the show and the only one brought to the show in a Securicor van. Good to hear it doing what it is supposed to do. I hate collectors who buy vintage Strats and hang them in glass cases on the wall. "Marooned" "Coming Back to Life" on 001 closing with "Sorrow" on his familiar red Strat. OK so we have to close the show and we need a Rolling Stone. On comes Ron Wood and an all star line up closing the show with a "Live Aid" feed the world type chorus of Rod Stewart's stay with me. All the cast bar one look to be on stage for this awful show closer. Yes the legend himself cannot be seen. Great stuff as funds were raised for the Nordorff Robbins music therapy charity.Special mention to Phil Palmer the music director of the show. What a guitarist! Enjoy this DVD but guitarists will fast forward some tracks.
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