Gamma Ray Performed by German Rock Band Birth Control

Watch this video with german rock band Birth Control performing the tune Gamma Ray, one of their most successfull songs. This is a concert from the 1970s and belongs to what people outside of Germany called Krautrock, referring to Kraut which is typical german food.
The band played in the progressive rock tradition and in this video clip is performing a concert for the german television channel WDR which organized yearly rock concerts for live transmission throughout the late seventies and early eighties. This version of the song shows only the first part of the song, usually there would begin a drum solo when this clip ends …

Deep Purple Performing Their All Times Hit Smoke on the Water

This video clip shows the heavy metal and hard rock band Deep Purple performing their greatest hit called Smoke on the Water. This peace of music has become a must play for all hard rock music guitar players.
Deep Purple appeared on the music scene in the 1970s and has remained there for a long time.
This video clip is from a concert in 1999 while the original version was released earlier and the concert recorded in this video clip took place in 1973. We strongly recommend you to look for the original version, specially because of the former singer of the group.
Notice that the lyrics talk about a fire that happened in Montreux where the band played a concert in a music festival, the lyrics also mention another great rock musician: Frank Zappa who also played this festival.
The initial riff is well known all over the world and since it is very easy to play, every beginning rock guitar player learns it. Not so the rest of the song which includes a solo that requires some advanced skills.

Black Sabbath Performing their Superhit Paranoid

This video shows the famous british hard rock and heavy metal band Black Sabbath performing their greatest hit called Paranoid. This band appeared on the music scene in 1968 under the name of Polka Tulk Blues Band, and rapidly became very popular, landing several hits in the top ten charts of the time. The band’s original line up counted with Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler , Tony Iommi and Bill Ward. Black Sabbath has been an influence to bands like Pantera, Megadeth, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Slayer or Metallica have continued the dark style of Black Sabbath.
The band forced Ozzy Osbourne to leave in 1979 due to problems related to drug addiction. Black Sabbath however did continue to play concerts with different musicians as group members, until the year of 1997 when the band had its comeback with the original members. This group played from 1997 to 2006.
An interesting detail is that the guitar player of the group suffered an accident while working in a factory. This incident cost him two fingers but he used some plastic from old bottles as prothesis. In order to play the guitar he had to lower the tension of the strings, changing the standard tuning to one that allowed him to continue with his musical career. Since the bass player of the group adopted the same tuning, the specific dark sound of Black Sabbath was born.