Friday, May 25, 2012
"The direct inspiration for the "MTV Unplugged" series came in the decade immediately preceding the creation of the MTV program. The catalyst was a series of highly publicized "unplugged" performances that occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The first of these was the June 1979 appearances by Pete Townshend at "The secret poleceman ball", a series of benefit shows in London for human rights organization Amnesty International at which the usually electric guitar-wielding Townshend was persuaded by benefit producer Martin Lewis to perform his hits "Pinball Wizerd" and "Won't get fooled again" on acoustic guitar. The performances were widely seen and heard on the 1980 live album and the UK-only movie of the benefit and inspired other rock performers to emulate Townshend"./Wikipedia
A medium size room that is gently lit, a few head lights above. Some chairs for people who prefer to sit, space for those who prefeer to stand during...A drum kit, maybe a piano. A bass guitar, and a lot of ACOUSTIC ones. Rock & Roll never sounded better.
In this very intimate atmosphere, great Rock & Roll bands, took their place on a make believe stage, took a familiar sound and made it new again! It created a snow ball and the list of performances grew by the minute. They were all there: Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, REM, Annie Lennox, Led Zeppelen, Kiss...and it just goes on and on. How they managed to play an electric guitar riff on an acoustic one, remains a mystery till this day.
This upcoming Monday night, 25.5.12, 21-23pm(Jerusalem time) we'll take a musical journey to the world of "MTV Unplugged".