Today, June 10th, 2011, Worleygig.com celebrates 8 Rad Years on the Interwebs! This past year has been a particularly fantastic year of growth at The ‘Gig, with the NeatoHub affiliation, FaceBook’s Networked Blogs and optimized SEO bringing in thousands of new readers. As Worleygig.com branches out from being primarily a music blog to covering more of the Art scene here in NYC and elsewhere, we hope you’ll keep coming back daily for the Pop Culture coverage, the Humor, the awesome food, movie and book reviews and, of course, all things Pink or made from Bacon. You can like this Blog on FaceBook by clicking on the widget on the lower right hand side of this page, or by visiting This Link. As always, immense gratitude to Ian Koss, the man behind the curtain who fixes all the little weird things that are beyond my web comprehension. And Big Thanks to all of my fans, friends and readers – both random and loyal – for your encouragement, tips, feedback and support of the blog! Eight more years!
If you’re passionate about music and appreciate a photograph’s ability to tell a story beyond words, you will have a field day checking out the archives of rock photography on sale at Rock Paper Photo. Whether you dig modern pop stars like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber or go for the classic rockers like Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Bowie and The Beatles, you’ll find a vast cache of both black & white and color shots, representing most genres of music, from a variety of famous photographers, in all sizes and within a price range to fit the casual fan to the avid collector. Rock Paper Photo was co-founded by Guy Oseary (Madonna’s Manager) and LiveNation, the world’s leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, so between those two entities you know the site has access to any image you could covet. I recommend you cruise on over there and waste some time right now! And have your credit card handy!
It is no secret that I spent a few of my teenage years being completely, over-the-top obsessed with the rock band Queen. I was lucky enough to see Queen about five times on the Night at the Opera, Day at the Races, News of the World and Jazz tours. My love of all things Queen was so all-consuming, I even knew the names of and biographical details about their roadies, one of whom was nicknamed “Ratty.” So it only took me about three seconds to flash back to the good old late ‘70s when, quite by chance, I came across the website Ratty’s Queen Memories. Here’s an excerpt from the site’s home page by Peter ‘Ratty’ Hince himself:
“Welcome to my site, which is a collection of bits and pieces of imagery and info on my time with Queen, who I worked full time for from 1975 until the final Magic tour in 1986, having done more live shows than anybody else – except the band themselves! I first met Queen in 1973 when I was working for Mott The Hoople who Queen were support to on a UK tour. It was their first big break: “They’ll never make it,” I seem to recall thinking and saying.
I was wrong about that.
I worked as Freddie and John’s roadie and subsequently became head of the Queen crew while still doing my original role – and several others that came up as well…”
If there is anybody who is going to know his shit when it comes to Queen, it’s this guy. I recommend that any fan of Queen spend some time looking around Ratty’s Queen Memories and letting the sweet nostalgia wash over you. Hince also sells select pieces of his band memorabilia from time to time, and offers sound advice to the avid Queen collector on how to avoid eBay rip-offs. Cheers!