The rock 'n roll of Marshall amps

Posted by David Konow

It’s hard to imagine rock and roll without Marshall amps, as the British based company has set the standard for big, loud, distorted amplifiers since the sixties.

In fact, this year Marshall celebrated its 50th anniversary, and practically every great guitarist in the history of modern rock has played through one. Slash has famously said in Marshall’s ads that he won’t even consider playing through anything else.

After a lifetime of creating legendary amp tone, Jim Marshall, the company’s founder, passed away this April at 88, and in tribute to the man and his legendary sonic innovation, there was a big tribute concert on September 22 in Wembley Arena in London England. As Blabbermouth reports, this concert was in the works to celebrate the anniversary of Marshall, and with Jim’s passing, it also was a loud memorial he could probably hear in the great beyond.
 
Among the guitarists that played the show included Billy Duffy from The Cult, Doug Aldrich from Whitesnake, shred master Paul Gilbert, Slayer guitarist Kerry King, former Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde, guitar gods Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Satriani, among others.  Songs covered at the event included Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, ZZ Top’s Cheap Sunglasses, Jimi Hendrix’s Manic Depression, Black Sabbath’s Into the Void, and the last song was Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water. 
 
Marshall amps has also inspired its own board game from Rock Science. Rock Science is a rock version of Trivial Pursuit, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous amp company, there will be a Marshall edition of the game. Rock Science has 1,600 trivia questions from all eras of rock. The game is for 2 to 6 players, and to get around the board and win the game, you have to be on top of your rock trivia
 
This edition of Rock Science comes in a package that looks like a Marshall amp, and the board game is in the Black and Gold Marshall colors. It’s a nice tribute to the company and the man who founded it, and for those of us who love metal and hard rock, we owe Jim Marshall an enormous debt for giving the world such wonderful, distorted, loud tones that will always be with us.