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RIP, Geoff Nichols (January 28, 2017) Black Sabbath

Posted by themusicsover on January 28, 2017

Geoff Nicholls
February 28, 1948 – January 28, 2017

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Geoff Nicholls was the longtime keyboardist for Black Sabbath.  Although not nearly as recognized as core group since he primarily played off stage for some 25 years.  Born in Birmingham, England, Nicholls helped form his first band of note, Quartz (initially called Bandy Legs) during the mid-’70s.  Quartz, an influential band that helped usher in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, built a sizable enough following to sign with Jet Records in 1976.  They released their debut album, the Tony Iommi-produced Quartz in 1977 and went on to tour with Black Sabbath after its release. In 1979, Nicholls left Quartz to play with Black Sabbath. Although unaccredited, his debut was on their Heaven and Hell album of 1980. He went on to play on every subsequent Sabbath album through 1995’s Forbidden.  In later years Nicholls played with former Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin.  Geoff Nicholls died of lung cancer on January 28, 2017.  He was 68.

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The Music’s Over’s Favorite Albums Of 2013

Posted by themusicsover on December 28, 2013

Happy Holidays! Please enjoy checking out some NEW music here on The Music’s Over for a change. Here were our favorite albums of 2013.

1. David Bowie / The Next Day

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2. Dropkick Murphys / Signed And Sealed In Blood

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3. Jason Isbell / Southeastern

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4. Black Sabbath / 13

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5. Charles Bradley / Victim Of Love

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6. Johnny Marr / The Messenger

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7. Bobby Rush / Down In Louisiana

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8. Daniel Romano / Come Cry With Me

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9. Motorhead / Aftershock

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10. Will Hoge / Never Give In

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11. Sturgill Simpson / High Top Mountain

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12. Arctic Monkeys / AM

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13. The Thermals / Desperate Ground

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14. Paul McCartney / New

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15. Carrie Rodriguez / Give Me All You’ve Got

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16. Fates Warning / Darkness In A Different Light

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17. The Slide Brothers / Robert Randolph Presents The Slide Brothers

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18. Kylesa / Ultraviolet

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19. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Push The Sky Away

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20. Big Harp / Chain Letters

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21. Valerie June / Pushin’ Against A Stone

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22. Johnny Flynn / Country Mile

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Died On This Date (June 22, 2013) Kevin McDade / Singer & Bassist For Behold! The Monolith

Posted by themusicsover on June 22, 2013

Kevin McDade
DOB Unknown – June 22, 2013

kevin-mcdadeKevin McDade was the bassist and lead singer of the up-and-coming Los Angeles stoner metal band, Behold! The Monolith.  With a sound influenced by such acts as Celtic Frost, Motorhead and Black Sabbath, Behold! The Monolith were no strangers to positive press from the likes of Decibel, Terrorizer, blabbermouth.net and Metal Hammer.  They self-released their debut EP in 2008 and their self-titled full-length album in 2009 Defender, Redeemist in 2012.  McDade had been part of the trio since 2007.  Kevin McDade was killed in a car accident on June 22, 2013.

 

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Died On This Date (April 18, 2013) Storm Thorgerson / Created Several Iconic Album Covers

Posted by themusicsover on April 18, 2013

Storm Thorgerson
February 28, 1944 – April 18, 2013

storm-thorgersonStorm Thorgerson was a renowned graphic artist whose catalog includes some of rock music’s most famous album covers. Born in Middlesex, England, Thorgerson went to high school with Syd Barrett and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame.  He eventually joined a graphic arts collective called Hipgnosis which created many popular album cover designs until closing shop in 1983.  He then went on to form his own design house, Storm Studios.  Arguably, Thorgerson’s most famous cover is the one he designed for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.  Often surreal in nature, his canon of work includes the covers of most of the Pink Floyd albums; the Cult‘s Electric; Led Zeppelin‘s Presence and In Through the Out Door; Peter Gabriel‘s three self-titled albums; as well as visually stunning covers for Muse, Phish, Megadeth, Catherine Wheel, Black Sabbath, the Cranberries, Genesis, Alan Parsons and many more.  Thorgerson also directed popular videos by the likes of Bruce Dickinson, Nik Kershaw, Paul Young, David Gilmour, and of course, Pink Floyd.  He suffered a stroke in 2003 but recovered and went back to work.  Sometime later, he was diagnosed with cancer and ultimately died from it on April 18, 2013.  Storm Thorgerson was 69 when he passed away.

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Died On This Date (July 16, 2012) Jon Lord / Deep Purple; Whitesnake

Posted by themusicsover on July 16, 2012

Jon Lord
June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012

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Jon Lord was an influential English keyboardist who, as co-founder of Deep Purple, has been recognized for pioneering the use of baroque and classical elements in rock music.  Lord was just 5 years old when he began studying classical piano. As he  grew older, he started gravitating toward the raw organ sounds coming from American blues artists like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff. After settling in London during the late ’50s, Lord did session work (he can be heard on the Kinks‘ “You Really Got Me”) and played in various jazz and blues groups.  In 1968, he and drummer, Ian Paice formed Deep Purple.  Lord went on to play in all variations of the group through 2002.  With worldwide hits like “Hush,” “Smoke On The Water,” and “Highway Star,” – all prominently featuring Lord’s iconic organ sounds – Deep Purple, along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, are considered the flash point of heavy metal.  They would go on to sell over 100 million albums are were even recognized as the “Globe’s Loudest Band” by Guinness Book Of World Records.  In 1978, Lord joined up with one-time Deep Purple band mate, David Coverdale in his new group, Whitesnake.  Although more a hired-gun than a full-time member, Lord’s tenure with Whitesnake lasted until 1984.   The collaborators with whom he worked throughout his career seems endless.  He also made several albums of his own.  During the early months of 2012, Lord was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which ultimately contributed to his death by pulmonary embolism on July 16, 2012.  John Lord was 71 when he passed away.

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