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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


I can’t find a better way to bring this message to the world than the one and only John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl (checked this twice to write no mistakes 🙂 ), who – just like me – shares an interest in music and photography. Check out his cheerful video and have a nice day!

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Robert Plant shifts Festival space in Werchter!


  1. The Lemon Song
  2. Rainbow
  3. Black Dog
  4. Turn It Up
  5. Black Country Woman
  6. How Many More Years
  7. Dazed and Confused
  8. Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
  9. Little Maggie
  10. Fixin’ to Die
  11. I Just Want to Make Love to You / Whole Lotta Love / Bo Diddley
  12. Encore: Rock and Roll
    (Led Zeppelin song) (with ‘Bluebirds Over the Mountain’ intro)
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Led Zeppelin Found Not Guilty in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Case

sth-trialAs expected by all intelligent people, British Legends Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” is not a copy of “Taurus” by American Sixties rock band Spirit. This decision was made by an eight-person Californian jury on Thursday June 23th 2016.

“Stairway to heaven” is a beacon from the past for generations to come: a landmark in music history.

“Taurus” is a very nice instrumental on Spirit’s self-titled debut album.

During the trial music experts made clear what every one can hear: the beginning of both songs is just a chromatic descending arpeggiated scale that skips the E note. This is  a common musical element and more importantly is in the public domain. The defense argued that it has been used by many groups and composers, e.g. The Beatles and Mary Poppins. Continue reading »

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Steve Vai’s Passion and Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour


Bad Horsie

The Crying Machine

Gravity Storm

Whispering a Prayer


Passion and Warfare


Erotic Nightmares

The Animal

Answers (with Joe Satriani)

The Riddle

Ballerina 12/24

For the Love of God

The Audience Is Listening (with John Petrucci)

I Would Love To

Blue Powder

Greasy Kid’s Stuff

Alien Water Kiss


Love Secrets


Stevie’s Spanking (with Frank Zappa)

Build Me a Song

Racing the World

Fire Garden Suite IV – Taurus Bulba


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Listen in Colours : GREEN

Dive into your CD collection and pick some with the same basic sleeve colour. This is exactly what I did recently, and it brought back some forgotten gems.

“When you see the sun” by The Jason Bonham Band versus Motörhead’s “Overnight Sensation” (not to be confused with “Over-Nite Sensation” from that other guy …).



Jason Bonham is one of rock’s most noticable power-drummer, just like his father. This album showcases the talent of both, being a collection of original songs mostly written by Jason and co-producer Marti Frederiksen, latter well known as lead vocalist for the fictitious band Stillwater in the movie “Almost Famous”.

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Wild Snippets : Kashmir / The last thing on my mind

john_wetton-no_mans_land_aI’m not sure that “Kashmir” is really the last thing on my mind, but it definitely is a mind-blowing piece by the ultimate super-group Led Zeppelin, of “Stairway to Heaven” fame.

Yesterday I came upon a nice little surprise while listening to John Wetton‘s Nomansland: a live recording of his 1998 performances in Poland. Surely well-known for his fame in King Crimson Mk III (the “classic line-up”), Mr. Wetton has released some very fine pieces himself as a solo perfomer.

Listen to this marvellous piece called “The Last Thing On My Mind”, in search of the Led Zep link …

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The Six String Siren – Diana Rein

albumcovercdbaby-1024x1024The multi-talented Diana Rein has struck again!

Born in Romania and raised in Chicago, Diana is best known to her fans as the six-string siren.

She started a career as an actress (“Home Alone” series) and, being an unstoppable creative person, has already released her first short  movie”Gypsy Gift” in 2014.

But she is also a very gifted songwriter, singer and guitar player. Although it is mentioned that Stevie Ray Vaughan was one of her biggest inspirations and the reason she took upon the blues, it is even more clear that she rises to stand next to Bonnie Raitt.

Her music is driven, soothing and appealing. Continue reading »

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Lost Treasures: Peter Evrard returns with 10Rogue

1200x630bf-as-Smart-Object-1Peter may be mostly known for his appearance in the first Belgian edition of Idols, winning the competition with his unique style, defying the rules so far. He represented Belgium at the International World Idol contest, winning bronze medal! But before these achievements he already fronted several local bands like Disobedient, Soultaker, Uncle Meat/Toner.Unfortunately the world is not always waiting for something new and refreshing, so he got into oblivion after leaving us two gems: “Rhubarb” and “Radio Honolulu”.

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Black Box Revelation

blackboxrevelation-as-Smart-Object-1This super group was the opening act at Werchter on 16th May 2016, warming up the audience for the Mighty AC/DC.

Take a few minutes of your time to listen to these two (yes, only 2!) rockers, start with “Never alone / Always together” and dig deeper.

Superb, innit?

Right, because this is Belgium!

A name to remember: “B-l-a-c-k-B-o-x-R-e-v-e-l-a-t-i-o-n“.

Rock On!

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Stairway to Court

Strange times are happening.

Spirits rise again.

Belated guitarist Randy “California” Wolfe never seemed to have had an issue with the intro of Taurus from his band Spirit first self-titled album and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to heaven” having the same chord progression. But blood is thicker than water (true meaning). 35 years later thanks to a trustee (reads like parasite) of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust and a stone deaf (stoned and/or deaf) U.S. District Court judge the hunt for free money has opened on Jimmy Page (guitar) and Robert Plant (vocals) who co-wrote Stairway in 1970, to be released on Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, accordingly titled “IV” (aka the “Runes Album”).

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