NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE BASS
WORLD, COLLATED В У Ш TEAM
OF INTREPID NEWSHOUNDS
H I
F I D E L I T Y
Swiss amp manufacturer Schertler
has announced its first bass products,
a three-combo range dubbed the Bass
Fidelity series. "Designed for both stage
and studio use, Bass Fidelity combos
feature a high-voltage Class A preamp
section that lets players shape and
style their sound as required." they say.
Bassists can choose from the 300W
BIO combo, with a 10' speaker and а 1"
compression driver; the 400W B12, with
a single 12" and two compression drivers:
and the 500W B15, with the 15" speaker
you’d expect, plus a single 1" driver. Fans
of Schertler's renowned acoustic amps
should investigate post-haste.
Info: www.schertler.com
H A I L ,
M R
K I L M I S T E R
Ian Х етту’ Kilmister is something of a hero at
BG
M’s command bunker, as we hope he
is to many readers of this magazine. Given that he’s now 69 and not in the best of health,
we think it’s worth raising a glass to the great man for his many achievements. The front
cover of the magazine is his any time he wants it. but he’s proven difficult to pin down of
late. In the meantime, let's support him with occasional heartfelt salutes such as this one.
An amazing Hawkwind box set has just been released with Lemmy’s splendid bass tones
all over it. Titled
Th
is
Is
Your Capta
in
Speak
ing
...
Your Captain
Is
Dead
(they don't make 'em
like that any more. eh?), the box features five studio albums, two live albums and a singles
compilation, recorded at the space-rockers’ peak of 1970 to 1974. Back then the band's
reputation for drug-addled antics - plus their stage show featuring the naked dancer Stacia
Blake
gave authority figures like the BBC the jitters, leading to a ban on occasion, but
nowadays it all seems rather tame. The music is still great,
though, and Lem my's droned bass parts are a
huge influence on more bands than we have
space (ahem) to mention here.
What’s more, Lemmy’s current band,
Motorhead. have a significant milestone
approaching. Formed in 1975 after
Hawkwind kicked him out following a drug
bust (a move he likened to ‘being pushed off
the Empire State Building for being
afraid of heights’), Motorhead is
celebrating 40 years in business
in 2015. They’re currently
recording their 22nd (!) studio
album and, although
they’d be forgiven
for relaxing a bit
in their old age.
Lem my and his crew
are doing anything
but. The last album.
2013’s
A
ftershock,
received a Grammy
nomination and they're supporting the Foo
Fighters in Japan. Not a bad way to finish off
your seventh decade, eh?
Info: www.im otorhead.com
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