Amplified Blog

  • Suns Out Guns Out!

    9th May 2016

    It's getting too hot for your black hoodie and jeans which means festival season is on its way!

    Shop our range of vests and get ready for the summer sun with Amplified Clothing

     

  • PRINCE

    26th April 2016

    It has nearly been a week and we still can’t believe he is gone.

    Prince was a legendary musical icon. He broke through conventions with his music right from his breakthrough album '1999' until his final album 'HITnRUN Phase Two'

    Even though he is gone his legacy will live on and the world will always be playing his unforgettable songs.

    Lets all pay tribute by playing Prince's iconic music as loud as we can! 

  • WE LOVE EXHIBITIONISM

    18th April 2016

    EXHIBITIONISM has been open only one week but we already want to go back!

    The entire exhibition was unforgettable. It was so immersive it actually felt like we were in that Edith Grove flat with Mick, Ronnie, Keith and Charlie as we were surrounded with the sights and smells of empty ale bottles and overflowing ashtrays.

    Also hats off to the Saatchi gallery as they must have known Amplified were coming as they played the Stones music as loud as possible!

    If all of The Rolling Stones memorabilia wasn't enough there was also a massive gift shop at the end which stocks every gift you could think of.

    However our favourite EXHIBITIONISM gift from the shop was the limited edition Rolling Stones Supergas. Superga teamed up with EXHIBITIONISM to make a special collection of shoes especially designed for the show!

    The collection is filled with The Rolling Stones graphics which we all know and love, and here at Amplified we know that they will go perfectly with our Rolling Stones shirts. Our favourite is the Superga 2750 Exhibitionism Grey Lips.

    Head to Superga to check out their unique collection here!

    And don't forget to grab yourself one of our Rolling Stones shirts so you can be EXHIBITIONISM ready!

  • 43 years of Aladdin Sane

    8th April 2016

    It has been 43 years since the release of the legendary album that was Aladdin Sane, time goes so fast!

    Aladdin Sane was the the first album he wrote and released as a bona fied rock star!

    It was his sixth album and it took the nation by storm by topping the UK charts and reaching No. 17 in America, which made it Bowie's most successful album in both countries to that date.

    Lets celebrate this anniversary by playing Aladdin Sane as loud as possible.

  • EXHIBITIONISM

    5th April 2016

    Exhibitionism, The Rolling Stones first ever major exhibition, has finally opened its doors today!

    Held at the Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition covers over nine galleries and will be an immersive insight into their life as the Rolling Stones.

    It includes over five hundred unseen artefacts and will also have immersive rooms where you can experience the sights sounds and smells of their flat and recording studio.

    Check out a video of Mick, Charlie, Keith and Ronnie all talking about Exhibitionism and why they decided to do it now.

    Charlie mentions "It’s hard to believe that it's more than fifty years since we began, and it is wonderful to look back to the start and bring everything up to date at this exhibition.’’

    Check out more about the exhibition here and grab your tickets here!

    Make sure to check out our T-Shirts so you can rock up to Exhibitionism wearing your favourite Rolling Stones Tee!

  • Glastonbury Line Up

    1st April 2016

    So the Glastonbury line up has finally been released!

    It looks like it is going to be a jam packed weekend, with the likes of ZZ Top, LCD Soundsystem and Art Garfunkel on the list. Also with a few surprises like ZZ Top and Cyndi Lauper returning to the stage.

    Ronnie Spector, who was the lead singer of The Ronettes, will also be at the festival and Earth, Wind and Fire are also performing following the loss of their founder, Maurice White, this year.

    Representing rock are Bring Me The Horizon, Band of Horses and Of Monsters & Men!

    This looks like it is going to be an unforgettable line up, with more acts soon to be announced we can't wait to see the rest of the line up.

    Keep updated with Amplified as we will bring you more Glastonbury related posts!

  • Happy 34th Birthday to the Beast!

    22nd March 2016

    Happy 34th Birthday to the Beast!

    Charting at Number 1, The Number of the Beast was a game-changer for the heavy metal icons, Iron Maiden, when it was released in 1982 as the band's first album to feature Bruce Dickinson as lead singer.

    Run to the Hills and The Number of the Beast have both become anthems that are still rocked to today, and both the album and the title song have been featured on too many ‘Greatest’ lists to count!

    Shop our range of Iron Maiden T-Shirts now!

    All Hail the Beast!

     

  • Rest in Peace Legends

    14th March 2016

    2016 is becoming a very tough year for rock and roll, as more legends are taken from us.

    In the last couple of days we have had to say goodbye to the Beatles producer Sir George Martin and prog rock legend Keith Emerson.

    Sir George Martin was considered the fifth Beatle as he helped them achieve global success after hearing one of their demo tapes in 1962, when other labels had previously turned them down.

    Tributes were pouring in by the thousands last week, with Paul McCartney writing "From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know” 

    We have also lost the progressive rock legend that is Keith Emerson. He was a synthesizer pioneer in ELP, who helped to design and build massive modular synth arrays which were capable of creating sounds no human ear had ever heard before.

    His ELP bandmate Greg Lake has said "What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever."

    Rest in Peace George and Keith, you will never be forgotten.

  • Master of Puppets Turns 30

    9th March 2016

    It's been 30 years since Metallica released what most metal fans would agree is their best album and maybe even the best metal album of all time!

     

    There’s not a huge amount you can say about this album that hasn’t been said already. The best way to pay tribute to its power and genius can only be to put on your favourite Metallica top, play the album and turn it up as loud as possible!

  • ICONIC BAND LOGOS

    2nd March 2016

    A band doesn't need an iconic logo in order to be remembered, but it doesn't hurt!

    Here at Amplified we wear our favourite band logos as badges of honour, so we decided to put together our top list of iconic band logos!

    Here are our top 8 unforgettable band logos.

    8. THE RAMONES

    Arturo Vega designed The Ramones logo, he lived with multiple members of the band and after a trip to Washington he felt that the Presidential seal was perfect symbol for an "All-American Band." Each part of the logo has a significant meaning to the band, for example the text seal are the names of the band members and it changed as the members did.

     7. NIRVANA

    The Nirvana logo consists of the smiley face and the band name. There are many theories as to what the logo means and who designed it but nothing has been confirmed. The logo itself didn't appear on album covers but was featured on the front of a 1992 t-shirt which was when fans immediately resonated with the logo.

    6. RUN DMC

    Run DMC have been a group which always stands out, which can also be said for their logo, with its bold typography and three-part colour scheme it is timeless. Their logo is still one of the most memorable to ever grace the music industry and continues to be today. 

    RUN DMC

    5. KISS

    Lead guitarist of Kiss, Ace Frehley, came up with design of the logo and he made it unforgettable by designing the final two letters in Kiss as stylized lightning bolts. This logo first appeared band's album 'Hotter Than Hell.' and the logo instantly became a hit with the fans. 

    Kiss

    4. ACDC

    ACDC's logo was first shown on the international edition of 'Let There Be Rock.' It was designed by Atlantic Records VP and Bob Defrin, the typeface was based on the writing he'd first seen the Gutenberg Bible.

    ACDC

    3. GUNS N ROSES

    Guns n Roses logo is very literal but is still a clear winner! The imagery, typeface and perfect symmetry of the guns, roses and vines make the logo iconic. It was designed by Slash himself and it became an immediate part of the bands identity.

    Guns n Roses

    2. PINK FLOYD

    Pink Floyd have had many logos but none that resonate as deep as this one. The logo was designed by Storm Thorgerson and George Hardie and it shows an illustration of light passing through a prism. The logo has since become as recognisable as the band's name itself.

    Pink Floyd

    1. THE ROLLING STONES

    Our number one iconic band logo is, without question, The Rolling Stones' world-famous tongue logo.

    Designed by art student John Pasche, it was inspired by Mick Jagger's mouth and also the mouth of Hindu goddess Kali. It was first used on their 1971 'Sticky Fingers' album and was recently purchased by the Victoria & Albert Museum for £50,000! This logo is iconic around the world not only as the bands logo but as a representation for freedom and young spirit.

    Rolling Stones

     

    What are your favourite band logos of all time?

    Refresh your memory and take a look at our selection of Band T-Shirts to pick up your favourite iconic logo shirt

  • Festival Frenzy

    18th February 2016

    It might be pretty cold outside, but things are hotting up as our favourite festivals begin teasing us with line-up announcements! 

    Glastonbury just announced Coldplay as their first headliner for this years festival. Coldplay will be playing the Sunday night, while the Friday and Saturday headliners are yet to be announced. 

    Rumour has it Adele, Foo Fighters and Muse are hotly tipped for appearances, so stay tuned!

    The rest of the summer is shaping up to a belter too. Download has already announced headline slots are to be filled by legends Iron Maiden, bringing their ‘Book of Souls’ Tour to the UK for the first time since its release. Black Sabbath will be playing too, making Download festival one of their last shows ever, which means the performance will surely be an epic sign off not to be missed.

    Download Festival

    Reading & Leeds sees the return of the kings of funk-rock, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. We’ve had our Chili Pepper archive T-Shirts to tide us over, but we sure have missed those guys!

    That’s a lot of action for one summer and there’s still more to come. See you in a field soon!

  • VALENTINE'S MIXTAPE

    10th February 2016

    Valentines is soon approaching and here at Amplified we have got you sorted!

    In honour of Valentines Day we have made a loved up mixtape filled with some of the best rock songs of all time, so grab someone close by and listen!

    LOVE BITESDEF LEPPARD

    LOVERS ROCKTHE CLASH

    FUTURE DAYS - PEARL JAM 

    LOVE ME FOREVERMOTORHEAD

    NOTHING ELSE MATTERSMETALLICA

    THANK YOULED ZEPPELIN

    I DON'T WANNA MISS A THINGAEROSMITH

    WILD HORSESTHE ROLLING STONES

    Treat yourself & your loved one this weekend by grabbing one of our T-Shirts from some of these awesome bands.

  • GUNS N ROSES X BBC4

    2nd February 2016

    This Friday we are definitely going to be staying in to watch 'The Most Dangerous Band In The World: The Story Of Guns N’ Roses' on at 10pm on BBC4!

    Jon Brewer has directed the documentary which tells the story of how Guns n Roses went from playing bars on the Sunset Strip in LA to stadiums across the world.

    We can't wait to see it and start getting excited for the 2016 reunion which will see Axl Rose and guitarist Slash back together on stage for the first time since 1993.

    Get yourself some of our Amplified Guns N Roses T-Shirts ready for the show this Friday! 

  • A Major Loss for Music - RIP Starman

    11th January 2016

    The world is a sad place today as we learn we have lost another great star.

    David Bowie has died after an 18 month battle with cancer, days after his 69th birthday and the release of his new and final album, Blackstar.

    A huge span of celebrities, from American rapper Kanye West to British comedian Ricky Gervais, have cited Bowie as a major inspiration, influence, or hero. The internet is thick with tributes and condolences pouring in as the world mourns the great loss of a musician, actor, artist, and fashion icon.

    Join us today as we listen to the huge hits from the Brixton-born legend - from Space Oddity and Man Who Sold The World, to his latest albums including Reality and The Next Day. Not forgetting to include The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes", and Let's Dance.

    His incredible talent was not limited, so don't limit your playlist today. And play it loud!

    RIP to the Starman, to Ziggy Stardust, to the Thin White Duke, to the Goblin King.

    David Bowie - 8th January 1947 - 10th January 2016

  • A Sad Week for Rock & Roll - RIP Lemmy Kilmister

    28th December 2015

    'There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.

    We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness, there aren’t words.

    We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please…play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD.

    Have a drink or few, share stories, and celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

    HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT'

    Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

    1945 -2015

    Born to lose, lived to win.