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Tom Verlaine

Tom Verlaine

Born Thomas Miller in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1949. Verlaine (who borrowed his artist name from the French poet) was trained as a pianist but got interested in rock music because of The Rolling Stones. In 1968 he moved to New York where he formed the Neon Boys with Richard Meyers (aka Richard Hell) and drummer Billy Fica. In the early 70's Richard Lloyd also joined on guitar. In 1973 the band changed their name to Television.

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2 Cents

Pete's "2 cents"

Asked to write something for this webpage I could only come up with one single subject: the guitar... I can't claim having any skills on the guitar worth mentioning, but I think I do have some experience in guitar-tone. I improved on the motto to "try everything and keep the good stuff" by replacing it with "I like to avoid making mistakes by learning from others". Needless to say, there still have been plenty mistakes of my own my making along the way. And so, with this article I'd like to contribute to help others avoid my mine. Also, to put it into a guitar-analogy: it would be nice to help cancel out some of the humbug and myths like humbuckers do with hum...

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3/9/2017 Rolling Stone: Walter Becker (Steely Dan) dead at 67 16/6/2017 NPR: Bob Segers music finally online 27/5/2017 Rolling Stone: Gregg Allman, southern rock pioneer, dead at 69 2/5/2017 Rolling Stone: Radiohead OK Computer 20th anniversary 29/12/1994 Rolling Stone: Chris Cornell interview 18/3/2017 Huffington Post: Rock 'n' Roll legend Chuck Berry dead at 90 16/3/2017 Washington Post: Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello collaboration 6/2/2017 Mojo: David Axelrod 1933-2017 25/1/2017 Uncut: Intelligent turntable 24/12/2016 Rolling Stone: Rick Parfitt, Status Quo, dead at 68 17/11/2016 Uncut: Bruce Springsteen awarded presidential medal 13/10/2016 Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan awarded Nobel prize 10/10/2016 Mojo: Paul Weller supergroup play concert 20/6/2016 NME: Trailer for Ron Howard's Beatles documentary 16/6/2016 Guitar Player: Jimmy Page questioned on influences on Stairway to heaven 22/4/2016 New York Times: Prince, an Artist who defied genre 20/4/2016 Rolling Stone: 4 Questions about AC/DC and Axl Rose 16/4/2016 Fortune: Vinyl record sales at a 28-year high 31/3/2016 Rolling Stone: 100 Greatest drummers of all time 22/3/2016 Uncut: McCartney launches bid to reclaim Beatles catalogue 9/3/2016 LA Times: George Martin dies 19/1/2016 BBC: Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, 67, dies 11/1/2016 Rolling Stone: David Bowie dead at 69 22/12/2015 Rolling Stone: Cheap Trick Hall of Fame Reunion 22/11/2015 Guitar Player: 50 Best guitar pedals 6/11/2015 Rolling Stone: Lennon 75th birthday tribute 6/11/2015 Guitar Player: Pedalboards: How to build the perfect system 2/10/2015 Uncut: Budget supermarket launches music streaming service 1/9/2015 NME: UK supermarket Tesco to start selling vinyl 25/8/2015 Uncut: Grateful Dead announce last tour dates 13/8/2015 Guitar Player: Top 10 concept albums of all time 21/7/2015 Rolling Stone: 25 Worst original names of famous bands 13/7/2015 Guitar Player: 46 Chord shapes you must know 29/6/2015 MOJO: Chris Squire: 1948 - 2015 21/6/2015 U Discover music: The 50 Greatest Bass players 12/6/2015 Uncut: 50 Best singer-songwriter albums 31/5/2015 Lust For Life: The Replacements in Paradiso 20/5/2015 Ultimate Classic Rock: Lynyrd Skynyrd - One more for the fans 15/5/2015 Rolling Stone: BB King blues legend dead at 89 8/5/2015 Uncut: 100 Best debut albums 1/5/2015 Uncut: 50 Best bootlegs 29/4/2015 Rolling Stone: 50 Greatest live albums of all time 22/4/2015 The Guardian: Lemmy: 10 of the best 22/4/2015 U Discover: George Harrison's Beatles' songs 22/4/2015 Uncut: Johnny Marr criticises Record store day scalpers 21/4/2015 Consequence of Sound: Dave Grohl announces supergroup 19/4/2015 VH1: Paul McCartney inducts Ringo Starr in Hall of fame 17/4/2015 Uncut: Greatest lost albums 15/4/2015 NU: Omzet digitale muziek groter dan cd's 13/4/2015 Diffuser: 10 Best cover songs 8/4/2015 Uncut: American Pie lyrics worth 1 million dollars 2/4/2015 Guitar Player: Slash reveals guitar manual 28/3/2015 AD: Golden Earrings wall preserved 24/3/2015 Rolling Stone: The 10 best jam bands 23/3/2015 Guitar Player: Black Sabbath announce final show 17/3/2015 Uncut: Sinead Connor stops performing Nothing compares 2u 27/2/2015 Uncut: Radiohead have changed their method again 19/2/2015 MOJO: New Blur album is Graham Coxon's fault 10/2/2015 Rolling Stone: Shirley Manson on Kanye West after Grammy's 1/2/2015 The Toronto Star: New Rush tour could be last 27/1/2015 Uncut: Chris Robinson on the Black Crowes split 27/1/2015 Loudwire: Scott Weiland never in supergroup Art of Anarchy 21/1/2015 Rolling Stone: Garage rockers The Sonics return with Bad Betty 17/1/2015 Guitar Player: Ten overlooked, essential solos of the 70's 9/1/2015 Free Musketeers: Voetbalplaatjes maar niet van Panini 7/1/2015 Billboard: Neil Young explains Pono once more 4/1/2015 Uncut: Michael Stipe plays surprise debut solo gig in New York

Concert Tips

The Rolling Stones, 30 September 2017, Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam & 15 October 2017, Gelredome, Arnhem Royal Blood, 10 November 2017, AFAS live, Amsterdam Spoon, 10 November 2017, Paradiso, Amsterdam Queens Of The Stone Age, 12 November 2017, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam Waterboys, 15 November 2017, AFAS live, Amsterdam Jo Harman, 15 December 2017, Boerderij, Zoetermeer Depeche Mode, 13 January 2018, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam Alt-J, 24 January 2018, , AFAS live, Amsterdam

Live Reviews


, Tivoli, Utrecht 28/10/2014
Morrissey strips
The anticipation for Morrissey's performance in Tivoli was high because it was four years ago since his last show in Holland. For me it was the first time I witnessed him perform. As well as the first time in this impressive, renovated big hall. The place was absolutely sold out and the atmosphere electric.


Roger Hodgson

, Carré, Amsterdam 2/9/2015
Roger Hodgson and band
Roger Hodgson is the former lead singer of Supertramp and the songwriter of their biggest hits. Well-informed fans must've known that Hodgson has been performing a lot of Supertramp songs during his latest tours. The majestic theatre Carré (capacity: 3000) was sold out. Hodgson (65) was obviously thrilled to be playing in such a great, packed venue. It was 15 years ago since he last played in Amsterdam.


Jo Harman

, Paradiso (small hall), Amsterdam 9/2/2017
Jo Harman
Since 2010 Jo Harman has been steadily building up her career, music and songwriting. Tonight, in the small hall of the famous Paradiso, we get the chance to hear her brand new album "People We Become" (released on V2, 3 Feb). Recorded in Nashville, "People We Become" is Jo's second studio album. With 2013's "Dirt On My Tongue" Jo had already made a big impression on small audiences with her soulful performances.



The Story Of Big Star

Big Star, 1972
Looking back, Big Star seems to be one of the most unfortunate names a band could ever choose. Big Star wanted to conquer the world with beautiful music but they never even came near chart succes. During the band's existence (1971-1975) they only sold a couple of thousands of records. When Alex Chilton decided to call it quits in 1975 it seemed that Big Star's music would be forgotten.

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