IT’S time for the big one: The cream of the guitarist crop, the aces in the pack, the stadium commanders, those who know how to put the solo into ‘guitar’, coming together for one big night of the hard, heavy and well, guitar-noodling.
There have been plenty of iconic guitar wielders over the decades, but though they have come and gone, Marshall Amplification has been a constant for the past half century.
From Jimi Hendrix to Pete Townsend and Slash, they’ve all plugged in and sounded out through a JM amp.
On Saturday night, artists and fans alike will descend on Wembley Arena, to celebrate the brand, toast the anniversary, and remember the man who made music loud, Jim Marshall.
When Jim passed away in April, the world of music got sad, reminisced and then celebrated one of the most determined, astute businessmen of his time.
Jim overcame difficulties in his younger life, and was determined to make something of himself. As it turned out, he made the whole world listen, literally.
On Saturday, Wembley Arena will listen again, at 50 Years of Loud, Live!
The rather big room might be full of guitarists, but once again, it’ll be a drummer keeping things in check, although this time around, Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain will is onboard in a hosting capacity.
Bet he picks the sticks up too…
Funnyman Al Murray likes hitting the hard things too, and does just that in T-34.
You might not know that he owns drum customizing company Pimp Co too.
He’s stoked to be on board: “Imagine a world without rock music. Imagine a world without wailing guitars, clanging cymbals, wobbling bass.
“That’s what I’m doing to prepare for the Marshall 50 Years of Loud gig,” he told City Nights.
“Because that’s what the world would be without Jim Marshall’s incomparable intervention in human history – the Marshall amp.
“And I’m sure you would agree: It doesn’t bear thinking about.
“Without Jim there’d have been no Jimi,.without Marshall no Motorhead.”
And Al wants you to celebrate with the big guns.
“…Join us, as we give thanks for Mr Marshall and his mighty world changing soldering iron!”
So, fancy a raucous night outside of the new city?
Wembley is calling. Tickets are on sale at £35.
Buy online at www.livenation.co.uk
> Gig-goers who fancy showing up early can visit the Marshall Collection, amps, vintage products and guitars and personal memorabilia by those artists who are proud to be part of the Marshall family.
Tuning up, sounding out…
Doug Aldrich & Brian Titchy (Whitesnake)
Billy Duffy (The Cult)
Paul Gilbert (Mr Big)
Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion)
Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest)
Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre)
Andy Fraser (Free)
Kerry King (Slayer)