According to SonicState.com, Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN), Paul Gilbert (MR. BIG, RACER X), Glenn Hughes (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH), Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE, DIO) and Tim “Ripper” Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) will take part in a tribute event in memory of Jim Marshall, the creator of the Marshall amplifier. The gig will take place on September 22 at Wembley Arena in London.
McBrain, who will compere the event, had this to say: “This is truly a celebration of a British icon — Marshall. Beyond doubt, Jim Marshall shaped the sound of rock music for eternity! Words cannot describe how pioneering Jim Marshall was! We’re bringing together beyond-legendary artists for a true celebration of Jim’s life. There is no better way to commemorate Jim’s amazing life than putting on the loudest event ever. Expect pure rock and roll madness amplified to the max by Marshall!”
Marshall died earlier in the month at the age of 88. A message posted at the web site of Marshall Amplification, the company he founded 50 years ago, stated, “Jim’s ascent into the history books as ‘the Father of Loud’ and the man responsible for ‘the Sound of Rock’ is a true rags-to-riches tale. Cruelly robbed of his youth by tubercular bones, Jim rose to become one of the four forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar as we know and love it today to be born. The groundbreaking quartet also included the late, great trio of Leo Fender, Les Paul and Seth Lover — together with Jim, they truly are the cornerstones of all things rock.”
The site described Marshall as “a legendary man who led a full and truly remarkable life.”
The cause of Marshall’s death was not announced.
A former singer, drummer and music shop owner, Marshall eventually landed a job as an electrical engineer that helped him design a transportable amplifier to use at his own live shows. Consulting with musicians like THE WHO’s Pete Townshend and DEEP PURPLE’s Ritchie Blackmore, Marshall refined his invention and opened Marshall Amplification in 1962.
By the mid-1960s, he had created the classic Marshall Stack, consisting of one head containing the actual amplifier, on top of two stacked loudspeaker cabinets each containing four 12-inch loudspeakers arranged in a square layout. The setup has become an iconic symbol of rock music played as loud as possible.