My night with the Aristocrats!

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  1. Dioxic

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    So, I saw the Aristocrats last night in San Francisco! For those of you who don't know the Aristocrats are a super group composed of Guthrie Govan, Bryan Beller, and last, but certainly not least, Marco Minnemann. It was in a a nice blues venue that was pretty small and cramped, but I felt that gave the show a much more intiment feeling. I lucked out & happened to get a table RIGHT in front of Guthrie. I watched him like a hawk would watch its prey, hoping that I'd absorb even a minuscule amount of knowledge from watching him play.

    Overall the show was Incredible! The band is super dynamic and has unparalleled chemistry. They were able to just totally feed off of each other and sense what each other wanted to do. They really compliment each others playing styles & are exactly what a supergroup should be. We've often heard of super groups, which sound good in theory, but end up sucking. These guys are the real deal.

    Anyways, here's the setlist from what I can remember & some anecdotes and/or details to go with them.

    Set list:

    See You Next Tuesday! I can't say for sure, but I think this was their first song. I wasn't 100% acquainted with all of their material at the time of the show.

    Flatlands Before the song Bryan Beller explained how he hails from Nashville and does a lot of driving around out on the open country road and that that's where a lot of the inspiration for this song was derived. He was trying to tell everybody they were going to take the mood in a new direction, but somebody in the back shouted the name of a Slayer song. Bryan & Marco thought it was a pretty funny suggestion, so they broke out into the first few bars of said Slayer tune. (I'd name the song, but I know nothing about Slayer, my bad!) After stopping Bryan said they would play it, but "Poor Guthrie isn't up on his Slayer." To which Guthrie replied, "I come in peace!" They then joked about how they'd lost the mood they were going for, but that they'd play it anyways. I see what Brian meant when talking about the open road influencing the song. The chord progression just kind of rolls along and actually reminds me of a winding road. The overall vibe of the song is pretty relaxed. A nice change of pace from the rest of their set, which was pretty crazy & uptempo.

    Boing!... I'm In the Back Guthrie switched to his set neck Suhr for this song. Marco told us the title of the song & said that he couldn't tell us what it was really about because his parents were in the crowd. He gave them a shout out & to my surprise they were sitting right behind me! I was making small talk with them earlier, they speak mostly German, so our conversation was limited as I only speak English, but they seemed like great folks. Marco said they came all the way from Germany to see him play!

    I Want A Parrot
    After switching from his set neck Suhr, back to his Antique Modern especially for this song, Guthrie realized his guitar wasn't in tune. So as he was tuning it he talked to us for a bit. He said he wrote the song because he'd always wanted a Parrot, but could never get one. He continued to tell us a funny anecdote about how the band was in Tenesse? :)huh sorry the exact location slips my mind) when they wrote this song about wanting a Parrot. The very next day they saw signs posted saying "Wanted: A missing African Grey Parrot." He joked about however suspicious it must've seemed it wasn't them & they were still parrot-less. I'm not quite sure how this song has anything to do with wanting a parrot, but it's a great song none the less. :rotflmao

    Sweaty Knockers Bryan introduced the song by telling us it was about boobs. He then proceeded to tell us his wife's were "very nice." Bryan said he had to give his wife credit because although he had wanted to name the song "Boobs," it was her who came up with the "much more clever title Sweaty Knockers."

    Blues ****ers Marco Minnemann explained that his concept for the song was to take all of these Blues cliches and just totally wreck them. He wanted to "**** the blues," so to speak. The band then effectionately joked about how it should be called **** the blues instead.

    Erotic Cakes This was the last song on the set list (minus the encore). They referred to it as "the dirty song."

    Waves Although the set was technically over and the club needed to close up everybody obviously wanted to hear more. After a lot of applaus and a standing ovation they were allowed to play an encore song & they chose waves.

    Something else I forgot to mention, Marco Minnemann took what was at least a 10-20 minute drum solo while Guthrie & Bryan took a break. It was nothing, but incredible, I've never seen drumming like that live. Words can hardly describe.

    I had happened to have my guitar with me since I was playing with some friends prior to the gig. I tried to get Guthrie to sign it after they were down bowing, but he just blew me off. A bit disappointing, but hey it was definitely a night to remember either way!

    Oh, here's some photos I took! Sorry for the poor quality, they were taken with my phone.

    Guthrie's guitars & amps
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    Guthrie's pedalboard
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    Marco's kit
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    Marco in action
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  2. Shnook

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    Cool. No love for Bryan Beller's rig? Byran is probably one of the best bassist out there.
     
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    'Twas a killer show! Had a blast. I couldn't believe how good the food was at this place. I had the fried chicken and it was every bit as good as Little Skillet or Farmer Brown. Even better I'd say. They actually didn't play I Want Parrot, which I was a just slightly bummed about. He was talking about how the parrot was like a thief, when their gear got ripped off recently. Which is why the bird was named, Furtive Jack, which was what they played then. They closed with Erotic Cakes, and opened with Bad Asteroid, I think. A lot of Marco's family was there up front, including Mom. It was nice, and he got to do a really long solo that was just amazing! They even did a little three way iPhone jam into the vocal mics. So yeah, if these cats come to your town, do yourself a favor and make the effort to go and see'em. Best $24.00 I've spent in while.
     
  4. Dioxic

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    Yeah, sorry about that one. They started coming on stage as I was taking pictures so I had to return to my seat!

    Ahh my mistake (albeit a pretty big one), you're correct about the I Want A Parrot thing!

    But didn't they close with Waves, not Erotic Cakes? :huh

    How could I forget the iPhone Jam! That was hilarious and super cool. Lance, you might find this interesting. I'm not sure which one came first, but here's a cover of Waves on the same application, but on an iPad instead of an iPhone.

    I couldn't agree with Lance more guys! I'd easily have paid much more to see them. $24 is a steal of a deal. If they're coming by in your town you've gotta check 'em out!
     
  5. esoteric pete

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    guthrie is already rockin the polytune mini!
     
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    Great show tonight. The crowd was really obnoxious, but the band was killer.
     
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    I came here expecting to see a Gilbert Gottfriend youtube.
    Disappointed.
     
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    Is this an American tour? Where are they going next? Anybody know the tour dates?

    Thanks,
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    They already toured east coast USA last fall (I saw them and they were awesome). I don't think they'll be back for a while.
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    I'm still debating on whether or not I should go tonight. The audience almost ruined last night for me. Tough decision.
     
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    After Marco's solo at the Raleigh show, Bryan got on the mike, and said, "we're just as dumbfounded by him, as you all are." Amazing show -can't recommend it highly enough.
     
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    Yeah, his solo was sick! They didn't have a lot of stage room, so Guthrie sat on the floor, and Bryan just leaned against the wall during Marco's solo.
     
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    i love this band & their cd. i missed the raleigh show for my best friends wedding in tx, i may never forgive him.
     

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