A bittersweet moment in the world of rock and roll so soon this year as a bevy of artists will be coming together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the advent of the Marshall amplifier on the heels of the death of legendary founder and “father of loud,” Jim Marshall.
The event will take place later this year at London’s Wembley Arena on September 22 and will feature plenty of guitar gods known for their love of “THE” amp. “50 Years of Loud…And Live” is set to crank it up to 11 with the likes of Zakk Wylde, Billy Duffy, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Corey Taylor, Joe Satriani and Nicko McBrian, with plenty more to be announced.
Jim Marshall created his first amp back in 1962 when he was commissioned by a young Pete Townshend to fashion him an amp with more power and better gain control. Although Marshall was just the owner of a music shop and a drum teacher at the time, he used his extensive knowledge of electronics along with help from his shop repair man, as well as former EMI electrician, and created the JTM-45 and the unforgettable “Marshall sound.”
In an interview with Total Guitar, Paul Marshall, head of the company’s Artist Liaison division, spoke about the event last month when it was first announced. “Artists play a massive role in the company, and are very much part of the Marshall family,” he said. “Over the five decades of Marshall’s history, practically every guitar hero has used Marshall: Richie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Slash, the list goes on…. This event is a celebration of the Marshall family and we are honored so many artists want to get involved.”