That Was The Year ... 1983 Road­star, Thrust 2 And Moon­walk

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

PEAVEY PULLS THE PLUG on its bud­get range T-15 gui­tar with dou­ble cut­away off­set body and maple neck. Although am­ply equipped with a pair of over­sized sin­gle-coil pick­ups and even the op­tion to buy an ‘elec­tric case’ with a 10-watt amp and a five-inch speaker built in the gui­tar failed to cause much in­ter­est.

THE LARGEST RECORD­ING CON­TRACT in his­tory is signed by The Rolling Stones with CBS Records for a colos­sal $28 mil­lion; Kiss of­fi­cially ap­pear in pub­lic with­out makeup for the first time on MTV; the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers re­lease their epony­mous first al­bum; the first ever Now al­bum is re­leased and dur­ing a TV spe­cial to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of Mo­town; Michael Jack­son in­tro­duces the moon­walk dur­ing his per­for­mance of Bil­lie Jean.

BAD NEWS FOR THE NU­CLEAR IN­DUS­TRY fol­low­ing a se­ries of ma­jor in­ci­dents. The au­to­matic shut-down fails at the Salem Nu­clear Power Plant in the USA but for­tu­nately the re­ac­tor in Rus­sia’s Kursk Plant does shut-down suc­cess­fully after a fuel rods fail­ure. Ar­gentina has a to­tal loss of coolant at their Em­balse Nu­clear Sta­tion caus­ing an “Ac­ci­dent With Lo­cal Con­se­quences” then in Ger­many the Philipps­burg Plant re­leases deadly io­dine-131 after a ‘tech­ni­cal fail­ure’ oc­curs. Hink­ley Point C any­one?

A NEW LAND SPEED RECORD of 633.468 mph (1,019.468 km/h) is achieved in the Black Rock Desert by Bri­tish en­tre­pre­neur Richard Noble driv­ing Thrust 2; Mar­garet Thatcher’s gov­ern­ment is re-elected by a land­slide majority; the pri­vati­sa­tion of clean­ing, cater­ing and laun­der­ing ser­vices is in­tro­duced for the NHS to save money and Bill Gates’s Mi­crosoft Word is launched.

SUC­CESS­FUL FIRST FLIGHT of the Space Shut­tle Chal­lenger and sub­se­quent mis­sions in­clude Sally Ride be­com­ing the first Amer­i­can woman in space and Guion Blu­ford the first AfricanAmer­i­can in space. Pi­o­neer 10 ven­tures beyond the or­bit of Nep­tune and leaves the ma­jor plan­ets of the So­lar Sys­tem be­hind, the first man-made ob­ject to do so.

SAD TO LOSE Muddy Wa­ters, Den­nis Wilson, Billy Fury, James Jamer­son, Karen Car­pen­ter, Winifred Atwell, Chris Wood (Traf­fic), Earl Hines, lyri­cist Ira Gershwin and con­duc­tor Sir Adrian Boult.

DIS­NEY­LAND IN TOKYO OPENS then the company kicks off chan­nel broad­cast­ing with the Dis­ney Chan­nel. Cin­e­mas are show­ing Star Wars Episode VI: Re­turn Of The Jedi and Flash­dance and after win­ning five con­sec­u­tive Wim­ble­don cham­pi­onships Björn Borg an­nounces his re­tire­ment from ten­nis.

IBANEZ IN­TRO­DUCES ITS ROAD­STAR RS1010SL Steve Lukather Sig­na­ture se­ries with gold hard­ware, bound arched Bird­s­eye maple top and bony fret­board with pearl snowflake in­lays. The Su­per 58 and SL Spe­cial pick­ups are wound to Lukather’s specs and coil-tap op­tions are switched by a push on/push off func­tion on the con­trols. The Hard Rocker Pro vi­brato is rev­o­lu­tion­ary and comes with a black arm.

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