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Al Murray to honour the legend of rock amps

Pub Landlord Al Murray is to play a Wembley Arena gig – in honour of the inventor of the Marshall amplifier.

He will appear alongside bands including Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Whitesnake, The Cult, Deep Purple, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath to mark 50 years since Jim Marshall founded his company.

The gig on September 22 will have extra poignancy as Marshall, who was nicknamed The Lord of Loud, died in April at the age of 88 – after the tribute show was announced.

Murray – who is also a drummer – said: ‘It’s truly an honour to be involved in this monumental event. To share the stage at Wembley Arena with such legendary rock stars will be totally thrilling.

‘But it’s more than that! Jim Marshall’s pioneering amps shaped the sound of rock music forever and as a music-fan and fellow drummer I believe this should be celebrated! Marshall was the epitome of loud and there is no better way to commemorate Jim’s amazing life than rocking out!’

Murray is the drummer for rock band T-34, has twice performed at the Download Festiva and owns a drum customising company called PimpCo. He will be hosting the Wembley gig.

Marshall was awarded the Queen's Award for Export for his iconic amp stacks, and in 2003 he was made an OBE . Last weekend, the Download festival paid their own tribute to him – renaming their main stage in his honour.

Click here for tickets to the show

Published: 12 Jun 2012

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