I've been dying to share these great shots I got of George Lynch's gear at his show in Buford, Georgia (metro Atlanta) earlier this week! It was a really small club and only one other audience member was between me and the stage, so I raised my camera over my head and got a couple of nice ones. Pedal-wise, I'm seeing: Strymon "El Capistan" analog delay simulator, Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, Boss OC-2 Octaver, Strymon "Blue Sky" reverb, something with lipstick writing that I can't identify (Seek and something? Looks handmade), a A/B box that is NOT his signature Morley and I can't make out the brand, Trans-something; MXR 1974 Handwired Phase 90 Reissue, Cusack V2 Tube Screamer in plain metal with red chickenhead knobs, and what looks like a conventional Dunlop Crybaby Wah. Amps: Very obvious. Soldano SLO-100 and a Randall Lynch Box LB103, with Hiwatt and Marshall cabinets, respectively. Guitars: The guitars were the old standby tiger guitar for 90% of the show, the skeleton guitar (it's called Mr. Scary, right?), and he also had a mahogany-looking guitar with the tiger stripes carved in, and the baby blue ESP Telecaster. Even moving to the Tele, his sound didn't seem to change much. I had overestimated traffic and got there hours early so I got to stand on the sidewalk and hear the soundcheck inside. It sounded great, but right before show time, the tech brought the pedal board back out and plugged it up, and suddenly there was a buzz that hadn't been there before. The guy checked the amps and then tapped a pick around all the pedal connections, and it seemed to be coming from the cable into the MXR. He got it toned down and the band played just fine. Near the end, though, they were doing a bluesy breakdown and suddenly something went BFFFVVV! Mick Brown on drums made it funny by saying, "He's a great guitar player, folks! Really!" They got it under control but there was still a noticeable buzz, and so as Oni tried to get back into improvising some blues lyrics, Brown says, "Pay no attention to that noise!," which was hysterical again. I went into the Lynch show and came out a Mick Brown fan, just because the guy's such a great MC! Technical glitch aside, George played everything studio-perfect. He keeps his eyes closed a lot and sort of puckers his lips and seems to really get into a zone and just hits everything dead on. He makes the stuff look easy, but then you get your guitar at home and remember you're still stumbling on Angus Young licks! A real high point was when he came front and center to the edge of the stage and played "Mr. Scary" just a couple of feet from my face. That was an incredible moment. At 16 I never would've thought it possible. I wish I could tell you the name of the very first band that played (three opening acts!). They were some local guys in their mid-20's who were stunning. The guitarist sounded like "Frank Gambale plays Jimmy Page," and the singer could keep up with Steve Marriott easily. The drummer killed it, too, but I didn't catch the name! Great show! Hope they come back through again!