Tha t Wa s The Ye a r... 2002 Paul, Paisley And Peacemaker
ONCE AGAIN FENDER JAPAN comes up with the goods with affordable reissues of the Blue Flower and Paisley Telecasters. The original US models were in the shops in 1968 and only around for a short time so these are very welcome indeed. With all maple necks and regular accoutrements and sounds, these are all about the body finishes which still look as fresh as ever!
EMI ofers Robie Williams £80 million for a six-album deal and he signs; Graham Coxon leaves Blur during the recording of their Think Tank album sessions; Kelly Clarkson becomes the first winner of American TV’s American Idol; the Dominion Theatre hosts the Queen musical We Will Rock You; and Paul McCartney marries Heather Mills. After riots at Guns N’ Roses concerts due to the non arrival of Axl Rose, the band cancels the tour.
THOSE SADLY DEPARTING the world include John Entwistle, Lonnie Donegan, Joe Strummer, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Ramone, Ray Conniff, Rosemary Clooney, Waylon Jennings, Dudley Moore, Lionel Hampton, Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne & Motley Crue), Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes as well as Princess Margaret and The Queen Mother.
GOOD SELECTION OF ALBUMS in the shops including Steve Vai – The Illusive Light & Sound, David Bowie – Heathen, U2 – 7, Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, Del Amitri – Can You Do Me Good, Yes – In A Word, Korn – Untouchables, Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane, Joe Satriani – Strange Beautiful Music, Mark Knopfler – The Ragpicker’s Dream, Wishbone Ash – Bona Fide, Bad Company – Merchants Of Cool, John Mayer – Inside Wants Out, Boston – Corporate America and Gary Moore – Scars.
ASHDOWN ENGINEERING finally includes a guitar range among its impressive array of bass amplification. Somewhat ironically named the Peacemaker 50 head packs a hefty punch when fired in anger and its bigger brother, the Peacemaker 100, shifts even more air. If you fancy something a little less powerful and expensive the range also includes a series of combos that are easier on the ears as well as the pocket.
GRAND PUBLIC OPENINGS include London City Hall on the south bank of the Thames and Manchester’s Imperial War Museum North. The Rochdale Canal is reopened for recreation and at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London the statue of the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is decapitated while on display.
SANTA CRUZ RELEASES its Vintage Jumbo acoustic with a Sitka spruce topped body with mahogany back and sides. This American beauty has a mahogany neck with an ebony fretboard and a style more in keeping with Gibson’s round-shouldered dreadnought than a regular jumbo body but it’s a joy to play, the workmanship is sublime and the price tag is understandably hefty.