It's interesting to me to see the guys who are still out there doing it well. Paul Rodgers sounds at least as good has he ever did. Mark Farner is pretty danged close. Dave Meniketti still sounds great, although he has lost a little top end. Same for Steve Whiteman from Kix. Stryper, by most...
I have the privilege of meeting Billy at a clinic in Storm Lake, IA in 1990 (I think) just after Inhale Pink/Exhale Blue came out. He spent a lot of time detailing his tunings and compositions, and even handed out some hand-written tabs for some of his stuff. Very generous, open guy. I'm really...
I saw him in about 1997 or so in Alta, IA in a tiny little community center. I was close enough that I could have spat on him, had I chosen to. He was playing a Tokai Strat clone with a Floyd Rose thru a TubeScreamer and a Boss Delay into a pair of BFDRs. Mighty tasty stuff!
I guess it depends on the gig, but most of the time I'd bite the bullet and turn down a bit to keep the peace unless the guy is just being a jerk. He could be taking some heat from the club owner. I used to run sound for a band that had an animal drummer that made it really hard to get a decent...
For the uninitiated, here are a few classic PK pieces:
Two things that really stand out for me about him.
A. The number of things he does so well. He can do the blues/rock thing, he can be jazzy, he does nice Chet-style acoustic stuff, he does the quiet, introspective stuff, the Hedges-style stuff, vocal pop, classical-style pieces, all with total...
This one's not quite so comical, but after 5150 came out and there was all the Roth vs. Hagar mudslinging going on, Dave said something about how "Every night Sammy gets to go out there with those guys and sing songs that I wrote. I can promise you that you'll never hear me singing a Sammy Hagar...
I was going to make the same point. I think that if we all had the same abilities, we'd all be capable of the same stuff. However, some guys will never be able to run a 4 minute mile, no matter how much we train in spite of our diligence and discipline. I think that it's our own individual set...
+20 for Queensryche. I also dug WASP, Accept, Lillian Axe, Fates Warning (kinda like Queensryche with a more progressive edge), and a little later was a band called Slammin' Gladys; Jani Lane produced them.
Last night I was horsing around with my Squier Strat plugged into my mid-80's Peavey Bandit. I got the Strat for $125 bucks used (with a nice case) and I got the Bandit for 20 bucks at a yard sale. I spent another 20 bucks for the footswitch, and I think I had to have a little work done on the...
While he probably wouldn't quite fit the title "rock vocalist", Phil Keaggy can still hit the notes in a big way. I love the fact that, either on guitar or singing, he is always going for it and doesn't hold back, even at the risk of making a mistake.
Crate/Palomino V32 Head and Cab
WGS Veteran 30 and Reaper speakers for above
Digitech GSP 1101 w/Control 2
BBE Sonic Maximizer
Vox AD120VTH Head w/AD412 Cab
1974 Marshall 4x12
Supro Lap Steel
In Transit: GFS pups for the Strat