Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes at The Backyard - more photos photo by Jeff Barringer - Staff Photographer
Well Bonaroo has officially started and club kingsnake writer/photographer Clint Gilders is somewhere in Tennessee living in a tent hoping to shoot pics of bands like Metallica, Pearl Jam, and a handful of other notable acts. Somewhere, also in Tennessee, is sometime club kingsnake contributor and Austin Chronicle staff photographer Gary Miller. It is not without a great deal of jealousy that this reporter sits at his computer minding the store, but hopefully they will find a way to check in and give us a few updates.
Not that I won't be keeping busy here myself. Tomorrow I will be doing a podcast interview with Filter bass player John Spiker and then following up later with a concert shoot with Rancid down at La Zona Rosa.
In other Austin concert news, at The Cure show at the Austin Music Hall on Sunday, there were posters announcing a Black Crowes gig at the hall on November 22nd. Also recently announced are a Bullet For My Valentine show over at Stubb's on August 2nd and then Seether at Stubb's on August 8th. Austin favorites The Toadies will be doing a show at Stubb's on September 3rd.
Bo Diddley - photo by Gary Miller - Contributing Photographer
The legendary Bo Diddley died today in Archer, Florida, of heart failure. After suffering a stroke while on tour last spring, he then had a heart attack last August. He never fully recovered from either. From NPR:
Bo Diddley was born Ellas Bates in Mississippi and grew up in Chicago, where he played guitar on street corners before being discovered by Chess Records. He leaves behind a sound that helped build a musical movement.
Diddley's signature rhythm, among the most distinctive beats in rock 'n' roll, can be heard on songs like "I'm a Man" and "Bo Diddley." Scholars trace the pattern to church tambourines, West African drumming, and a hand-patting rhythm called Hambone that goes back to slavery. But Diddley told the public radio show American Routes that he found it someplace else.
"I was trying to play 'I Got Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle' by Gene Autrey, and stumbled upon that beat," Diddley said.
The beat may have come from a television cowboy, but later, Diddley described it as "basically an Indian chant."
"Just picture dancing around a daggone big fire, dancing around with their spears," he told Morning Edition in an interview.
Regardless of the beat's source, music historian Peter Guralnick says that Diddley made it big enough for everyone.
"That was just an invitation for people to step into," Guralnick says. "Lots of people imitated it; lots of people carried it on."
These people included Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Bruce Springsteen.
Full obituary here, and see the great man in action under the jump...