This One Goes To Eleven…

5 04 2012

There are music legends and there are legends in music.

They are different. But like a bacon sandwich without HP sauce, one can’t exist without the other. Apart, they are just two distinct flavors but together….they rock!

Today, the music world said goodbye to a man whose influence went beyond creating radio-friendly-unit-shifters or providing the lyrics for American Idol contestants.

You would never see Jim Marshall throwing shapes in an arena or destroying a guitar but if the world is stage, his name appeared all over it.

Jim was a sound businessman, he made everything louder. Fifty years ago in London, he founded a company called Marshall Amplification…you may have heard some of his products. You certainly will have seen them.

Every self-respecting music fan has turned up at a gig and watched as the stack of Marshall amps sits quietly on stage, waiting for their controllers, the quiet buzz of anticipation as they are switched on. Every rock music fan has left a concert with their ears ringing after Jim’s invention has pounded their heads into submission.

I have lost count of the amount of concerts that I have been to where the Marshalls are the first thing I see when I walk through the door. Most of my favorite bands use them – Motorhead, Slayer, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Megadeth to name but a few. Jimmy Page uses them, Slash doesn’t just always have a top hat on, he plugs into a Marshall. Eddie Van Halen, Paul Stanley, Dave Navarro, Zakk Wylde, Joe Perry…like a beautiful piece of feedback, I can keep going.

Even if they were custom-made for a band with the iconic logo replaced, you could tell that they were a Marshall. They were a thing of beauty, raw power in a box. I own one myself, it’s 5 inches high and 3 inches wide – I plug my mp3 player into it when I want the world to know what is on my musical mind.

Jimi Hendrix used them, Gary Moore and Kurt Cobain were huge fans of the “Marshall sound”. Today, these guys will be joined by their creator.

I don’t believe in heaven but it would be nice to think that somewhere, perhaps in another reality, there is one huge jam session going on…with everyone plugged into a Marshall.

RIP Jim Marshall…you actually changed the world.




One response

5 04 2012

Well said Dave…passing of a giant!

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