The Great Gig in the Sky
3/13/2013 2:30:00 PM
It seems that lately I have been writing a lot of blog posts about recently deceased rock musicians going to join that great gig in the sky.. and I don’t like it.
Sure, I like talking about rock and roll, and great musicians, and their killer music, and guitars, and drums, and amps, and concerts.. o hell yeah! But it’s sad to talk about our heroes when they have passed. Let’s face it man, it’s a serious bummer.
“I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.” ― Jimi Hendrix.
Truly, I do feel it is a rare honor to be one of the people who get the responsibility of passing along the deceased information. Often, we know very little about some of these musicians. We may have heard some of their songs or seen them on stage if were lucky. I know that can be the case with me, because as I do a little deeper research into these lost warriors of rock and roll I find out so much surprising information. It is actually very cool to share this knowledge with my fellow fans.
You see, there is so much to learn from those who blazed the trail in rock and roll before us. I hope that there is a young keyboardist who read my story about the great Jon Lord playing his keyboard through Marshall Amps, or how Peter Banks approached guitar improvisation during live performances. Taking the gifts of those before us and using them in our own way, hell man, that is one of the core fundamentals in music.
“Keith Moon, God rest his soul, once drove his car through the glass doors of a hotel, driving all the way up to the reception desk, got out and asked for the key to his room.” -
Yes, this is a good point, there are more than just musical lessons to be learned from these lost God’s of Rock. I keep seeing the same words written between all of the lines in their obituaries. Let me share some of them with you:
- Don’t trust your money with your manager or record label
- Bands Don’t Last – The music will
- Those who play for the sake of playing will enjoy a life filled with music, those who play simply for fame will find a life of disappointment
- Forgive your bandmates
- Respect your fans
- Play every day
- Don’t try the heroin
- Prenup.. Yes!
- Only 1 Mohawk per band
- Never Ever Never Stop Rockin
Look, that great gig in the sky is already filled with some seriously excellent musicians and artists. I’m sure it sounds amazing. Your story still has a lot to be written. It’s OK. I can wait.