Leslie West
American musician
Leslie West
Leslie West is an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the hard rock band Mountain.
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Leslie West releases 16th solo album 'Soundcheck'
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FOX411 Music: Leslie West
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Conversations with The Fray's Isaac Slade, Los Lonely Boys' Henry Garza, Graham Colton and Michael Schenker, Plus a Jordan Mayland & The Thermal Detonators Exclusive
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A Conversation with The Fray's Isaac Slade Mike Ragogna: How do you feel you did on your recent Jimmy Kimmel appearance and does performing on network television for millions get you guys a teensy bit nervous before or during a performance or are you hardcore broadcast warriors by now? Isaac Slade: You know, I do still get nervous. Usually, when we're trying something new--new song with new lyrics, new city we've never played in. We've done Kimmel enough though that he puts me right at ease. He's so chill, helps a lot. We always say, "Hey," side stage right before we play. Jimmy's a class act. MR: Can you take us on a quick tour of Helios' songs, it's creation, et cetera? IS: Yeah. We started writing Helios last January. We hammered out maybe three dozen songs, all over the map. Wrote with a handful of other writers on this album, which we've never done before. It was thrilling to see how the real pros get it done. We put together band demos at our studio in Denver and then start ...
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Music Review: Leslie West - 'Still Climbing'
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
This hard-rocking album is another link in the Mountain guitarist's artistic growth and hard rockin' survival.
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Binky Philips: Binky's Revenge: My Own Damned Most Influential Guitarists List!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I have long had a love/hate relationship with The Top 10 (20, 50, 100) All Time Guitarist lists. As in, I love to see how much hatred and rage they can generate in my arrogant pedantic know-it-all bile-soaked soul. It is absolutely guaranteed that at some point, a guy who doesn't belong within a fer-piece of any list will be ranked far above a Giant, and I'll want to tear the heads off the dolts who had the temerity to write/publish such tripe. So, in that spirit, I've decided to have my head torn off. I've been writing for Huffington Post since June of 2010 and it only occurred to me last week, Hey, I have a forum! I can make my own damn list. Oh, boy! Oh, boy! [Check my archive... I have plenty of posts about plenty of the guitarists mentioned in this one.] You are about to embark on a journey (sorry, no Neil Schon) into the mind of a Total Dick when it comes to the subject of (guitars and) guitar players. It's simple, really... I know more than you. Nyaaaah Nyaaah ...
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David Cassidy Added to Sunset Music Series Line-Up
Newport Patch - almost 5 years
The Newport Yachting Center announces that David Cassidy will headline at the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series stage on Saturday, July 21st.  Tickets to the concert are $24 for standard seating and $44 for preferred seating and will be available for purchase at 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, May 2nd online at www.newportwaterfrontevents.com or by calling the Newport Yachting Center Box Office at (401) 846-1600.  This headliner announcement is the seventh in what will be an expanded 2012 Sunset Music Series through the summer with more concerts planned than ever before.  “This show will be a real 70’s flashback!  David Cassidy has had quite an amazing career with starring roles on Broadway and the most successful production in Vegas, but he was bigger than Elvis and the Beatles when he was singing all those hit songs with The Partridge Family and as a solo artist in the 1970s,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, General Manager of the Newport Yachting Center.  “We’re not sure if The Partr ...
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Los Lobos to Play Sunset Music Series
Newport Patch - almost 5 years
The Newport Yachting Center announced that multiple Grammy award winning band, Los Lobos, will be returning to the Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series stage on Friday, July 13.  Tickets to the concert are $24 for standard seating and $44 for preferred seating and will be available for purchase at 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, April 11th online at www.newportwaterfrontevents.com or by calling the Newport Yachting Center Box Office at (401) 846-1600.  This headliner announcement is the fifth in what will be an expanded 2012 Sunset Music Series through the summer with more concerts planned than ever before. “When Los Lobos played our Sunset Music Series in 2009, it felt like the energy of the band and its enthusiastic fans were literally going to raise the roof off of our tent,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, General Manager of the Newport Yachting Center.  “Their combination of rock, country and blues music, along with a Spanish and Mexican twist, is the perfect blend for a beautiful ...
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Chickenfoot Recruits a New Rooster - The Morton Report
Google News - over 5 years
For those who don't know, Aronoff is a crack player and was named the number one pop/rock drummer for five consecutive yeas by the readers of Modern Drummer and has logged time with The Smashing Pumpkins, Leslie West, John Fogerty, Elton John,
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TICKETS: Falling in Reverse coming to Las Vegas - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Google News - over 5 years
"3 Guitar Heroes," featuring Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West, comes to The Railhead at Boulder Station on Nov. 11. Tickets are $24, $34, $42 and $45 and go on sale at 10 am Saturday at the Boulder Station Boarding Pass Rewards Center,
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Just announced: Brandi Carlile, Lights, 3 Guitar Heroes - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
3 Guitar Heroes featuring Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West: 8 pm Oct. 26, Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St. $29.50 reserved seating, on sale noon Friday at the Pabst and Riverside Theater box offices, (414) 286-3663 and www.pabsttheater.org
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Guitar Hereos tour makes stop at Pabst - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
The national "Guitar Hereos" tour featuring Michaeal Schenker, founding member of The Scorpions and a prominent member of UFO; Uli Jon Roth - also of The Scorpions and Sky Academy - and Leslie West of Mountain
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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Hoping To Connect With Keith Richards - RTT News
Google News - over 5 years
Gibbons recently connected with former Mountain guitarist Leslie West for a track on the "Mississippi Queen" axe-slinger's upcoming solo release, Unusual Suspects. Gibbons notes that it was a fast-paced collaboration, saying: "Leslie's fast
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TUNES & TIX: The return of the gold dust woman - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
COM) • Leslie West, Michael Schenker, Oct. 27, House of Blues (17 and older, HOB.COM) • Adrian Belew, Oct. 8, Old Town School of Folk Music (OLDTOWNSCHOOL.ORG) • Rachel Yamagata, Nov. 8, Logan Square Auditorium (TICKETWEB.COM) • Shemekia Copeland, Dec
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ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Loves Keith Richards [Interview] - Audio Ink Radio
Google News - over 5 years
Mid-tour, Gibbons checked in to talk about his recent collaboration with blues player Leslie West, his desire to jam with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards (you out there, Keith?) and ZZ Top's surprisingly simple secret to success
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Rockin' Paradise: Lindenhurst Trio Perform in West Islip - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Whether it's James Brown or Simon and Garfunkel, bassist Artie Webb provides a solid foundation, drawing on his experience playing over the years with the likes of Leslie West and Malcolm Bruce. Tim Castoro possesses style and drive on lead vocals
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Ticket Booth - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
... ANIMALS AS LEADERS, TESSERACT, Nov. 11 ($20, all ages) at House of Blues FLEET FOXES, THE WALKMEN, Oct. 1 ($38, all ages) at Chicago Theatre LESLIE WEST, MICHAEL SCHENKER, ULI JON ROTH, Oct. 27 ($32.50, 17+) at House of Blues
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Coming attractions for Aug. 4, 2011 - Albany Times Union (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West shred and strum at The Egg in Albany on Friday, Oct. 7. Folk-rockers Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers take the stage on Wednesday, Oct. 12, along with special guest singer-songwriters Jon McLaughlin and Amy
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Hot Tickets: Fillmore Silver Spring, the Nightwatchman - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“3 Guitar Heroes,” featuring Michael Schenker, Uli Roth and Leslie West Oct. 18 ($30-$37.50). • “So You Think You Can Dance — Live Tour” Sept. 24 at Patriot Center ($38.50-$58.50). • Billy Joe Shaver and Jimmie Dale Gilmore & the Wronglers Sept
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kd lang, Meat Puppets, Bell X1 and Steve Miller - Cincinnati CityBeat
Google News - over 5 years
Thankfully still with us but clearly in need of our every prayer and good vibe is former Mountain guitarist Leslie West, who had to be rushed to a hospital from a solo performance on June 20 when the swelling in his right leg turned to excruciating
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Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West Team Up - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth and Leslie West are teaming up for the 3 Guitar Heroes tour of North America. We were sent the following details along with the initial dates: Following sets by each of these legends, the evening will climax with a jam of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Leslie West
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    His 2015 album, Soundcheck, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to these accomplishments, Leslie West and Mountain created one of the most sampled drum breaks in Hip Hop with the intro on "Long Red". The list of early to current beat creators, producers and artists who have sampled these drums and vocals is long, helping create many an anthem within different musical genres. West is renowned for helping popularize use of the Gibson Les Paul Jr. guitar with P-90 pickups, along with the use of Sunn Amplifiers, to create a tone which became his trademark sound. West frequently used two Les Paul Juniors, one "TV Yellow" and the other a sunburst. West also used a modified Gibson Flying V, with the neck pickup removed (he used the hole for an ashtray) and a P-90 pickup fitted at the bridge position, West also had a two-pickup Flying V which he used after the ash tray vee broke (the s/n of that flying V is s/n 906965). West also used a plexiglass Electra guitar, which is a Japanese copy of the better known Ampeg made Dan Armstrong guitar, for slide.
  • 2014
    In 2014, West was a guest performer on Eli Cook's album, Primitive Son.
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  • 2011
    West made his first public appearance after his surgery on August 13, 2011
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    On June 20, 2011, West had his lower right leg amputated as a result of complications from diabetes.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    West was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details West married his fiancée Jenni Maurer on stage after Mountain's performance at the Woodstock 40th anniversary concert in Bethel, New York (August 15, 2009). Over 15,000 people were present and the couple walked through a bridge of guitars held by Levon Helm, Larry Taylor and Corky Laing among others. West now lives in New Jersey. Johnny Ramone, a fan of West, has called him, "one of the top five guitar players of his era". West continues to make occasional appearances on radio, notably on Howard Stern's radio show. In May 1987, West played the band leader in a series of late night pilot shows for Howard Stern on the FOX network. He taped a total of five shows with Stern, which never aired. Stern went on to form a new show dubbed the Channel 9 show without Leslie.
    In addition to fronting Mountain, West continues to record and perform on his own. His solo album, entitled Blue Me, was released in 2006 on the Blues Bureau International label.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007 Mountain released Masters of War on Big Rack Records, an album featuring 12 Bob Dylan covers that saw Ozzy Osbourne providing guest vocals on a rendition of the title track.
  • 2005
    In 2005 he contributed to Ozzy Osbourne's Under Cover album, performing guitar on a remake of "Mississippi Queen"
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  • 2001
    West contributed the music and co-wrote the lyrics to the song "Immortal" on Clutch's 2001 album Pure Rock Fury, which was a reworked cover of the song "Baby I'm Down" on Leslie West's first album.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Leslie West teamed up with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple fame, to co-write and play guitar on the song "Hang Me Out To Dry" from the Gillan album ToolBox, released in Europe in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Leslie West and Joe Bonamassa recorded Warren Haynes' "If Heartaches Were Nickels" together. West released it on Guitarded (2005), and Bonamassa on A New Day Yesterday (2000).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    West also played guitar for the track "Bo Diddley Jam" on Bo Diddley's 1976 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album.
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  • 1973
    Mountain reformed in 1973 only to break up again in late 1974.
    More Details Hide Details But since 1981 it has continued to reform, tour and record on a regular basis.
  • 1971
    West, along with keyboard player Al Kooper of Blood, Sweat & Tears, recorded with The Who during the March 1971 Who's Next New York sessions.
    More Details Hide Details Tracks included a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Baby Don't You Do It," and early versions of "Love Ain't For Keepin'" and The Who's signature track "Won't Get Fooled Again". Though the tracks were not originally included on the album (recording restarted in England a few months later without West or Kooper), they appear as bonus tracks on the 1995 and 2003 reissues of Who's Next and on the 1998 reissue of Odds & Sods.
  • 1969
    Some of the Vagrants' recordings were produced by Felix Pappalardi, who was also working with Cream on their album Disraeli Gears. In 1969, West and Pappalardi formed the pioneering hard rock act Mountain, which was also the title of West's debut solo album.
    More Details Hide Details Rolling Stone identified the band as a "louder version of Cream". With Steve Knight on keyboards and original drummer N. D. Smart, the band appeared on the second day of the Woodstock Festival on Saturday, August 16, 1969 starting an 11-song set at 9 pm. The band's original incarnation saw West and Pappalardi sharing vocal duties and playing guitar and bass, respectively. New drummer Corky Laing joined the band shortly after Woodstock. They had success with "Mississippi Queen", which reached No. 21 on the Billboard charts and No. 4 in Canada. It was followed by the Jack Bruce-penned "Theme For an Imaginary Western". Mountain is one of the bands considered to be forerunners of heavy metal. After Pappalardi left Mountain to concentrate on various production projects, West and Laing produced two studio albums and a live release with Cream bassist Jack Bruce under the name West, Bruce and Laing.
  • OTHER
  • 1945
    Born on October 22, 1945.
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