BO DIDDLEY
1928-2008

BO DIDDLEY was one of the handful of true originators in rock history. Born in 1928 in McComb, Mississippi, the man born Otha Ellas Bates, later Ellas McDaniel and finally christened Bo Diddley, enjoyed a short career as a boxer—which might be where those short guitar jabs in his songs got their start—before taking to music. Influenced by Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters, Diddley recorded his first two classics ("I'm A Man" and "Bo Diddley") in 1954. He later re-recorded those songs and committed "Roadrunner," "Pretty Thing," "Who Do You Love," and many more primal rock nuggets to tape for Chess Records. He entered the hall of fame of rock 'n' roll long before such a structure existed. The Rolling Stones and The Pretty Things took their names from his song titles, and countless bands used his "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm as the foundation for their own tunes.

Bo didn't quite make it to his 80th birthday. All of us at Crate wish his family the best during this time… They don't come anymore rockin' than Bo!



ZZ TOP: AMERICAN IDOLS

Your Crate sportin' bearded one, Billy F. Gibbons, appeared on the season finale of American Idol on May 21st flanked by twin stacks of our V-Series all-tube amps, custom-covered in red tolex. Sure, you couldn't really make it out, but these babies were outfitted with piping that lights up. So when Billy & Band backed eventual winner David Cook on their smash "Sharp Dressed Man," Crate accompanied 'em with dash and panache.


CRATE BOARDS THE LENNON BUS

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit, mobile recording studio outfitted with traditional musical instruments as well as current technological advances. Since 1998, the Bus has provided free hands-on programs to hundreds of high schools, colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, music festivals, concerts, conventions and community organizations. Working together with some of the biggest names in music—including Crate—the Lennon Bus encourages students to play music, write songs, engineer recording sessions and produce music video projects using the latest audio, video, and live sound equipment. Crate has provided a gaggle of guitar amplifiers for the bus, in our quest to help young musicians learn more about making, performing and recording music. If you'd like to take a tour of the bus, go to www.lennonbus.org and check out the schedule of where the bus will stop next. There's also a virtual tour of the bus you can take, though it's not so much a magical mystery tour as it is a musical history tour. However you look at it, it's a great endeavor.


GERMAN SITE "MUSO TALK"

Muso Talk, a German website dedicated to music and recording, has posted a review of the Crate FlexWave 15R. In it, the two reviewers appear to be giving the amp a nice "thumbs up," though our German isn't good enough to know exactly what's being said. Check it out for yourself--we think their facial expressions tell the story, plus you can hear what the amp sounds like.

Check out the website: http://musotalk.de/archives/209


GERMAN ROCK SUPER STAR AND CRATE AMPLIFIER PLAYER MAX BUSKOHL OF EMPTY TRASH AT MUSIK MESSE 2007

German Rock Super Star and Crate amplifier player Max Buskohl attends the 2007 Musik Produktiv Haus Messe to sign autographs. Hundreds of adoring fans showed up to meet Max, check out the latest Crate gear and race RC cars around the booth.