Happy birthday rock n’ roll amp

Jim Marshall with Number 1 amp
Jim Marshall with Number 1 amp

A 50th birthday is a milestone that deserves to be celebrated in style, and that is exactly what Marshall Amplification is doing.

Furthermore, they are inviting 11,000 well-wishers along for the party.

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Zak Wylde and The Black LablelSociety at Marshalls '''Wk29 MPMC

The amplification giant will take over Wembley Arena on Saturday, September 22 for a guitar-fuelled gig featuring many of the brand’s most celebrated ambassadors.

Since it was founded in 1962, Marshall has always accompanied the scene-leaders. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Slash, Jeff Beck and Frank Zappa are among numerous past and present fans of the brand.

And Marshall’s enduring popularity means that global rock royalty are queuing up to appear at the 50 Years of Loud bash.

Artists already confirmed for the show include Whitesnake’s Doug Aldrich, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Ozzy Osbourne collaborator Zakk Wylde and Billy Duffy from The Cult. Iron Maiden’s drummer Nicko McBrain is confirmed as event compere.

He said: “This is truly a celebration of a British icon.

“Beyond doubt, Jim Marshall and the team have shaped the sound of rock music for eternity.

“I feel more than privileged to be involved in this event. We’re bringing together beyond-legendary artists for a moment in history. Expect pure rock n roll madness amplified to the max.”

Paul Marshall is head of artist liaison: “Artists play a massive role in the company... over the five decades of Marshall’s history, practically every guitar hero has used Marshall.”

Marshall moved from London to Bletchley at the tail end of the 1960s and the iconic brand currently employs 160 people at its Denbigh base.

Founder Jim Marshall has been a generous supporter of charities in Milton Keynes.

His donations include supporting The Stables at Wavendon, and making a substantial gift to Macmillan cancer care, enabling the charity to open a unit at Milton Keynes Hospital.

Tickets for the Wembley Arena show go on sale tomorrow at 9am, priced at £35. To book, visit www.livenation.co.uk