Bryan Adams Vs. Foreigner: Plexi content

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  1. Nolatone Ampworks

    Nolatone Ampworks Silver Supporting Member

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    We went to the Bryan Adams/Foreigner show last night. We had lawn seats so I couldn't make out great detail, but Bryan Adams' backline had not one, not two, but THREE (count em) Marshall Plexi FULL stacks. I'm pretty sure they were plexis. They all had the short panel vs the panel that goes all the way across.

    The lead tones were so thick you could like the syrup off of them, and when he'd hit those big ringing open chords with his Gretsch, that grindy "karaaaaaang" just sounded like heaven. Really great show.

    Then there was Foreigner. Musically they were great. Vocalist was awesome, old Mick was smokin' on the old Les Paul, and they has Jason Bonham on the kit.

    BUT...not an amp in sight and the lack of that dimension coming from the stage really left me sortof flat. I've seen photos of Mick playing Marshalls on stage in recent shows, but the stage was clean here, and I swear it sounded like they were playing thru PODs. Don't know, maybe the amps were side stage, but tone wise, Bryan Adams just destroyed them. For me it was a bit of a let down because some of those Foreigner tracks have some of the best crunchin' Marshall tones I've ever heard on them.

    Anyhow, thought I'd share because I tried explaining this to my friends and they just gave me this blank look :)

    One other thing that was cool about that show, Jason Bonham was playing what appeared to be one of his dad's old kits. It was a clear Ludwig Vistalite (not amber though, clear, never saw pictures of John playing a clear one though). It had the 3 overlapping rings on the front head, Bonzo's "symbol".

    Anyhow, all in all, a worthwhile evening!
     
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    Was Keith Scott playing with Bryan? That guy has always had great tone and chops.

    Mike
     
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    Cool show report. I'm a huge fan of Bryan Adams, and Foreigner as well.

    I've read some reports that some of those old Foreigner tracks like "Hot Blooded" were actually Fender Bassmans - Tweeds I think. It wouldn't surprise me if that was the case.
     
  5. Nolatone Ampworks

    Nolatone Ampworks Silver Supporting Member

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    Yeah, he's lead guitar, had great tone, and just was a NUTS showman. He was a real hoot to watch!
     
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    I've seen him several times. Once as just a 3 piece with BA on Bass. And underrated guitarist. A tone monster. BA is one of my not so guilty pleasures.

    Plexi's eh? Nice!
     
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    Yeah, I wouldn't argue with that since early Marshalls were based on the Tweed Bassman.
     
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    Yeah, and all with 2 x 4x12 cabs! I swear I could see their pants legs flapping in the wind up there! :RoCkIn
     
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    I've seen him several times, I'vee seen him using Marshalls, as well as Voxes.
     
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    when I was a kid, I always thought Foreigner were a bunch of foreigners--you know, Brits or what not. boy was I disappointed when I found out they were plain old Americans...
     
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    I thought 3 were Brits, 3 were Yanks.

    EDIT: yeah, here's the WIKI on it - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreigner_(band)#Band_history
     
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    I'm pretty sure Mick Jones was using Hiwatts back in the early days of Foreigner. "Feels Like the First Time" is one of my all time favorite rock tunes.

    ~John II
     
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    Keith's solo in "Cut's Like a Knife" may be one of the best Strat solos ever laid down. Now THAT guy is an underrated guitarist.

    Mike
     
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    Keith is using a Blankenship Variplex 50 watt for his main amp now for dirty tones and AC 30 handwired for clean. Sounds real good.

    The plexi re-issue is a back-up and not on.

    Used mainly custom shop Fender Strats with the addition of a '54 Les Paul and '62 335 for some tunes.

    Adams uses a AC15 for cleans and Plexi re-issue for dirty tones. He did use a '64 Strat for one tune I believe.
     
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    Thats a concert I would go see! Foreigner is a shade before my 'time' but I'm with you guys on that early rock tone. Same with not being able to see a big backline of amps onstage, even though as gear heads we know they are usually 'dummy' cabs it's astheticly pleasing. On a side note I'm getting ready to go with IEM's andput my amp either way to the back pointing off to neverland or offstage altogether -space permiting. Maybe I need a big Marshall dummy stack? Any idea where to get one? :jo
     
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    So how many of you guys knew that Bryan Adams wrote something like three songs for KISS on their Creatures of The Night album?

    Very underrated guitar talent.
     
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    Apparently, he writes songs for many people. Up until he started to puss out, I really liked BA.

    Mike
     
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    Keith Scott is one of my favorites. I love guys that are "meat and potatoes" players. Great tone, great chops and everything is always right for the song.
     
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    Not just strat solos. One of the best solos period. His tone is amazing!

    ~John II
     
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    I agree...that is a great solo and the guy is an inspiration to me. :dude
     

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