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Forty years after the riff to BUDGIE's 'Breadfan' was unleashed, a free iPhone and iPad app tells the story of the early days of the influential Welsh rockers, from 1967 to 1973. The Budgie's First Three Albums app includes 75,000 words of text, 300 images, two hours of audio interview clips and two previously unreleased music tracks. Budgie's original line-up of Burke Shelley, Tony Bourge and Ray Phillips made three albums in three years at Rockfield Studios. A self-titled debut in 1971 was followed by Squawk in 1972 and Never Turn Your Back On A Friend in 1973 - the latter album houses 'Breadfan', widely hailed as a precursor of thrash metal. The three albums were made on shoestring budgets, yet punched above their weights to influence heavyweight bands to come, including METALLICA, SOUNDGARDEN and MEGADETH. The app has new interviews with the three band members, plus an exclusive new, heavy instrumental number from guitarist Tony Bourge. "I did 'MyGrain' in one take on the guitar as a three-piece band might play it live, to try and capture the feel," Bourge says. "There is a hillside near Cardiff called the Wenallt, and I always wanted to set up a 100,000-watt PA and play this kind of music to the population at about six in the morning!"
FAN EXPO CANADA will celebrate 19 years of Comic-Con North from August 22nd to 25th in Toronto, ON at The Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Guitarist SLASH (ex-GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) will be in attendance on Saturday, August 24th. Legendary shock rocker ALICE COOPER will appear on each of the four Expo days. Details at fanexpocanada.com.
The NEW JERSEY KISS FAN EXPO is has announce that KISS lead guitarist TOMMY THAYER will be their featured guest for 2013. "We return this year to the NJ Convention and Exposition Center for our largest show yet!" This years event takes place on Saturday, September 28th at NJ Convention and Exposition Center, at the Raritan Center - 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison NJ 08837. For details visit njkissexpo.com.
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