Hello all, we are now in March, 2012... 'RizMum' blog sure is getting slower now, but as promised I will try my best to keep on going... and its been awhile now since my last post (T_T) and to update this took me almost a year, anyhow, this will be my final year so you guys know how it is when the big "E" comes. So guys, see you in my next post and keep on SHREDDING!!!! And as always please feel free to drop a suggestion/ideas via e-mail, Thanks


DUK? - Did 'U Know...?

Billy Sheehan (Talas/Mr. Big);
  • Has something of an urban legend. According to the legend he actually wanted an electric guitar, but his grandmother is said to have responded to the request with 'OVER MY DEAD BODY!'. She died soon after and Sheehan used some of the insurance money received to buy his first electric guitar.
    Angus Young (AC/DC);
    • They got the band's name after seeing the letters "AC/DC" on the back of a sewing machine owned by Margaret (sister).
    • Angus tried a number of stage costumes, such as Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla and even a parody of Superman, named Super-Ang, before settling on his signature schoolboy look.
    Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave);
    • In Los Angeles, before joining "Rage Against the Machine" as a guitarist, he first supported himself by working as an exotic male stripper.
      Eet Sjahranie (EdanE);
      • Rumors has it, that his last name 'Sjahranie' was taken from the surname of legendary guitarist 'Joe Satriani' as a symbol of recognition for his favorite idol. 
      Tony Rombola (Godsmack/ Another Animal);
      • He never took any guitar lessons, he got his skills where he learned everything from every guitar magazines. 
      Kirk Hammett (Metallica);
      • Hammett 'signature right-hand tape' was because of his playing style, he constantly hitting the strings and palm muting and, generally, beating up his right hand.  He explained: "Over the course of a tour, those wrinkles (if you look at the side of your hand, right below your pinkie, you'll see there are some wrinkle lines) start busting open and bleeding. I put tape over the wrinkles so they don't break open and bleed all over my guitar, 'cause if a string gets in there once your hand is cut --wow!--that stings! Plus, it lets me play faster since it reduces drag between my hand and the strings".
      David Ellefson (Megadeth);
      •  Ellefson was referred as 'Dave Junior' or Junior, to differentiate between the two Daves (Dave Mustaine and him).
      Jeff Hanneman (Slayer);
      • Hanneman are reformed cocaine and pill abusers, he decided to quit when he realised this 'activities' can lead to only death or something. Since then he restrict himself to drinking beer and drugs.
      Mick Goodrick;
      • When he was 9 years old. he put a belt on a tennis racket and would mime the records in front of a mirror. He told his parents for a guitar because the tennis racket didn't look so cool, and they got him a ukulele instead, which looked even worse in the mirror than the tennis racket.
      Steve Harris (Iron Maiden);
      • He got the name "Iron Maiden" (a type of torture instrument), after seeing movie 'The Man in the Iron Mask'.
      • Before playing, Harris often chalks his fingers, to make these fast patterns easier to play. He also uses power chords, which are unusual on bass, on several songs. Harris has also stated that he never uses a pick and that he never warms up before a show. 
      Ruyter Suys (Nashville Pussy); 
      • Before she was married to Blaine Cartwright, she was working in a wheat farm in Canada as a tractor driver.
      • She started to play guitar because of Courtney Love (Hole) - not because as her idol, but for the opposite reason. She stated: "Courtney gives women a bad name in Rock 'n Roll and uses her guitar as a necklace not as an instrument.... being a woman in a band can be hard sometimes because people will never look at me for my musicianship, they'll always look at the boobs."
      Poison Ivy Rorschach (The Cramps);
      • She played her first gig in a mental hospital.
      • One of her recent roles was in the movie 'The Lather Effect'.
      Django Reinhardt;
      • At the age of 18, Django was injured in a fire that ravaged his caravan. He received first- and second-degree burns. Paralyzed his right leg and the third and fourth fingers of his left hand were badly burned. Since that accident, he been playing guitar using only two fingers.
      Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath); 
      • At the age of 17, on his last day of work in a sheet metal factory, he lost the tips of the middle and ring finger of his right hand.  He considered abandoning music, but his boss encouraged him to reconsider by playing a record by jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who earned wide acclaim despite limited use of his fretting hand following an injury.  After attempting to learn to play right-handed, he strung his guitars with extra-light strings and wore plastic covers over the two damaged fingers.
      Hardee (The Seeds);
      • While enjoying hi-tea, Hardee's sister Shenoi got the name "The Seeds" from a cloth which written 'seeds & leaf'. This is where "The Seeds" got their name.
      • Until now, Hardee does not own any electric guitar nor an amplifier. 
      Tuck Andress (The Gap Band/Tuck & Patti);
      • Tuck put a container at the back of his guitar headstock which contains a makeup sponge saturated with 'sweet oil' (unrefined olive oil used as an emollient) to lubricate the strings. Since his hands tend to get dry, he was advised that it is less harmful to the guitar than the various products specifically made for this purpose. 
      Jason Mraz;
      • He is of Czech descent through his grandfather and his surname is Czech for 'frost'.
      • He is a vegetarian and owns an avocado farm in Northern San Diego County near Fallbrook.
      John Mayer;
        • In a 2009 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mayer said that he thought he shouldn't have won the Grammy for 'Song of the Year' because he thought that Alicia Keys' 'If I Ain't Got You' was the better song. Because of this, he removed the top half of the Grammy and gave it to Keys, and kept the bottom part for himself.
        Marty Friedman (Cacophony/Megadeth);
        • He speaks Japanese well and when in Japan, he did all of his TV and radio interviews in fluent Japanese. 
        • He has been featured in all major newspapers and even Playboy magazine. There are full features on him in 4 major mainstream magazines every month. His extremely popular features can be seen every single day at any newsstand in Japan. 
        Jeff Loomis (Nevermore);
        • When he was 16, he auditioned for "Megadeth" after their lead guitarist Jeff Young was fired from the band. Dave Mustaine thanked Loomis and told him that one day he would become a great guitarist, but because of his age he was not right for the position. After he saw "Cacophony" on tour, he met with guitarist Marty Friedman about the audition. Friedman got interested and tried out for the position and joined "Megadeth" in 1989. 
        • In 2005, Loomis as the guitarist for "Nevermore" would then share the stage with "Megadeth", as part of Mustaine's Gigantour festival. Coincidentally, Loomis' co-guitarist in "Nevermore", Chris Broderick, later auditioned for, and became a member of "Megadeth" (after Loomis recommended Broderick to Mustaine).
        Mark Tremonti (Creed/Alter Bridge);
        • When bassist Brian Marshall left "Creed" in 2000, Mark Tremonti also played bass for "Creed's" follow-up album, 'Weathered'.
        David Gilmour (Pink Floyd);
        • In the 60's , Gilmour worked as a model before joining "Pink Floyd".
        • Owns numerous airplanes and is a licensed pilot. Also started a flying museum called 'Intrepid Aviation'. 
        Dick Dale (The Del-Tones);
        • Dale has never used alcohol or drugs, and discourages use by band members and road crew. Health is a priority for him; 39 years ago he ceased eating red meat, and he has studied martial arts for 30 years.
        John 5 (Marilyn Manson/Loser);
        • While working with "Marilyn Manson" the band, John has stated he did not do any drugs, and he does not consume any alcohol.
        Erros Candra (Sheila on 7/Jagotsu);
        • Before there was "Sheila on 7", the band's original name was "Sheila Gank".
        • His first guitar was a Kawasaki acoustic, which we seldom heard about that.
        • Before he send their demo to Sony Music Indonesia, Erros saw a fallen star the night before and wished for a recording contract with the studio. The next day, the band got the contract and "Sheila on 7" was born.
        •  Sheila on 7 - 'Sheila' is derived from the Celtic meaning of music and 'On 7' was taken from the seven scales in music.