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Bass Guy Dave

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Bass Guy Dave last won the day on September 1 2013

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    Dallas, TX

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    1981 CruiseBass, 1982 CruiseBass, 1983 Blitz, 1985 Phantom, 1986 TLE, 1996 2-TEK Cruise 4, 1998 Phantom, Import Duotone
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    Trace Elliot 7215SM, 1964 Fender Bassman, 1969 Fender Super Reverb, Marshall JCM-900 50w Dual Reverb, Perfect Connection GP-1000 preamp, Rocktron R50DSP practice amp
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    Tech 21 TRIAC, Rocktron Heart Attack evnvelope filter, Trace Elliot SMX Dual Compressor, Visual Sound Route 66 OD/ Compressor

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  1. New Judas Priest album

    Bought 'Firepower' a day or two back, and after a few listens, posted the following thoughts of the moment on a FB page that I infrequently dabble with (for the 6 or so people that follow, lol) Thanks for the links to the live video. I must've caught Glenn on a good night back in 2015. He really sounded decent-- yes, was not riding the edge like the 90s, but in control of the instrument. A shame that those days may be well past now. Faulkner was impressive, high energy and nailed his parts. on to my ramblings... -- Been a Judas Priest fan since the early 80s as a teenager, and they're probably my single biggest musical influence since I started playing bass as a 13 yr old kid. Bought "Firepower" yesterday, and after about 5 trips through, can say it's a very solid album, easily sharing space in the car with 'Screaming...', 'British Steel,' and 'Painkiller.' In fact, I'm ready to call it their best record for fans to bridge the gap between the styles of the Classic 80's Judas Priest and their remarkable evolution into their 1990 benchmark, 'Painkiller.' After helping pave the way for Metal in the mid to late 70s in twin-guitars, double kick-drum work and iconic leather-and-studs imagery, 1980 to 1984 saw Priest go from the raw, stripped-down fundamentals of British Steel, to swinging the pendulum more to an airplay-oriented batch of songs on 'Point of Entry' in 1981. I liked 'Point of Entry.' I think it catches heat, only in that-- aside from "Hot Rockin'" it didn't quite have the range of darker, heavier tunes, like 'Grinder', 'The Rage' and 'Steeler,' to balance the anthems and (mostly-soured) relationship songs like "Don't Go," "You say Yes," and "All the way." Priest found their balance in '82 with "Screaming for Vengeance." Fierce and friendly, from "Fever" to "Devil's Child" and capped with radio-ready anthems "Electric Eye" and "...Another Thing Comin'," it was a powerhouse album, and remains their biggest seller to date. "Defenders..." continued the theme, with an even heavier, darker edge, with masterpieces like "Jawbreaker," "Love Bites," and "The Sentinel," to balance the very underrated "Night Comes Down," ( which I admit to fast-forwarding past, almost without fail-- as a teen, to my fave track of "Heavy Duty." "Night Comes Down" upon reflection, is actually a very well-executed song .) I bought "Turbo" on vinyl when it was released in 1986 from a local K-mart. I was so unbelievably pumped for that first listen that I left my turntable on 45 instead of 33 amd didn't realize it until Rob, the chipmunk, informed me that I wouldn't hear him.... "Turbo" still polarizes to this day, whether for the synths or the spandex, and as a result, a lot of good moments get overlooked, like the guitar solos on "Locked In," or the overall soul bare-ing of "Out in the Cold." "Ram it Down" just happens to be MY 14 yr old son's favorite Priest album, (with "Redeemer..." 2nd for him,) and I remember it as being a steady listen, but less enthusiastically, as the guitar tones were far more sizzle than crunch, and try as i might, the "Johnny B Goode" cover still made me wince more than a little overall. Halford, however, was incredible on this album. Unbelievable performance. "Painkiller" was a real surprise 2 years later. Had no idea what to expect when I bought the casette (which i still have,) least of all a relentless buzzsaw of drums, vocals and some SERIOUS woodshedding that had been done by two established guitar guys that had no need to prove a thing--except to themselves. 28 years later, it still remains a benchmark of intensity in the Metal world and I've grown to appreciate it much more over the years, though I didn't realize at that time that Priest had truly evolved and I was still trying to force a Square 'Painkiller' peg into a 'Defenders...' shaped hole. ( I imagine, much like the 'Sad Wings...' and 'Stained Class' fans before me.) Which brings us to today. After K.K.Downing retired and Ritchie Faulkner stepped up to an unenviable task, This new lineup of Priest released "Redeemer of Souls" in 2015, which both raised some eyebrows and scratched some chins. Containing a range of tunes and tempos, with Glenn Tipton's technical and melodic Classical sensibilities now complemented by Faulkner, who not only provided the testicular intensity of Downing, but added an other-worldly level of precision and speed to the mix, new classics like "Halls of Valhalla," "Cold blooded" and "Battle Cry" came from the new writing trio. "Firepower" also finds Halford comfortable in the evolution of his voice. While his incredible range gets it's well-earned kudos, His greatest asset has always been the passion of his delivery. There are some inspired moments here, with "Traitor's Gate" and "Lone Wolf " a couple of the standouts. Producers Tom Allom, from the band's heyday, returns after a long absence, and the talented Andy Sneap make a great pair, with Tom's focus and familiarity with the band's history and strengths allowing Sneap to bring an impressive and dynamic mix to the record. Thick, sturdy tones in guitars and bass with an aggressive edge, drums that never get harsh and Rob's vocal clear and up front, this record sounds fantastic LOUD. A real treat to the ears. Turn up "Never the Heros" and see for yourself. Priest has been doing this for over 40 years, so there are a few riffs that will be familiar. "Flamethrower" may remind you in the verses of "Hot for Love" for a moment, and so on, but there's more than enough freshness and fire on this album to be worth your time and money. A very solid "A" rating and one you'll find playing more and more. High points ( for me ) "No Surrender" "Traitor's Gate" and "Lone Wolf."
  2. Looking for tips on learning bass guitar

    Even though I had already been playing bass for years and years, Best thing I ever did was start 4-tracking some AC/DC songs and analyzing what Cliff Williams does--and what he doesn't do. Highway to Hell is a perfect starting track. Simple, but not easy. Like others have said, get inside the kick and snare in your mind. Be an extension of that as a great place to start. (Now if I could only take my own advice more, lol.)
  3. Glenn Tipton No Longer Touring

    Tough (but realistic,) day. Priest was, hands-down, my earliest and strongest major musical influence. Glenn has such a nice mix of Classical melodies and voicing with a bluesy shade in the delivery. Even though it took some time for me to fully appreciate the quantum shift of Painkiller as a whole, I could immediately recognize and respect the jaw-dropping level of woodshedding he and K.K. put in, as a couple of well-established pros who needed to prove nothing--and instead came out totally on fire. I know this one's made the rounds before, and while the tones can be debated, the fantastic vibrato and legato playing are on clear display in the solo excerpts from the two songs. (As well as the great sense of wry humor, "...if you can spot the deliberate mistakes, please write to...") Wishing Glenn, as well as Andy and all the Priest guys the very best. May they enjoy their times together.
  4. Wish I could... Wish I wish I could. somebody pick this up. it's a great deal!!
  5. Metal jam tonight...

    love it!
  6. Are we out of January yet? Dave Holland Dead, 69

    HUGE Priest fan as a kid and beginning musician, right in the peak of the Holland era. Probably my favorite tune starting out was 'Grinder.' Just loved how relentless the beat was, and later grew to really appreciate the little nuances ( like the splash of open Hi-hat right before each verse that falls on a different beat each time, just ahead of the snare roll.) not groovy like Phil Rudd, just a straight ahead power version R.I.P
  7. First, saw Maynard Ferguson when my older brother took me in high school ( I think it was the Bisonette brothers at that time with him.) First rock concert was Motley Crue w/Lita Ford on the Dr.Feelgood tour. Latest was Iron Maiden and Ghost last summer, as a birthday present for my oldest ( his first concert.) Next is a surprise, as I'm seeing King's X on Friday. A co-worker I introduced to the band and took to a show about 4-5 years ago gifted me with tickets out of the blue a week ago. Looking forward to it. Seen 'em twice before and both were great shows. Might catch Priest this next time around, depending on venue and pricing (pesky bills and responsibility. )
  8. Looks like a big score waiting there...
  9. NBAD (new bass amp day)

  10. Malcolm Young RIP

    This one's tough. Like others have said very well above, I don't know just how you can calculate just how big a loss this was. After spending a few years chasing the gunslinger chops-wagon (as a bass player of all things, lol) When I started having hand problems I had to quit for a couple years, and after that down time, once I started playing again, I took a fresh look at AC/DC and the like once I tried laying down a cover on a 4-track and heard how flimsy it came out by comparison. It was Cliff Williams at first that blew me away, then later Malcolm did the same exponentially. zero BS playing. Medium gain, HIGH volume with a Right hand that means business. Maybe that's part of it...Malcolm looks very much like a guy that could and would deliver a solid right hand without hesitation... Rest in Peace.
  11. 90s USA B12L basses - fake? wtf??

    SOMEday, I'll have an 8 or 12 Hamer. Back in 2000-ish, I had tinkered with a white Import 12 that the Kaman rep had left at the store I was working at at the time, but just wasn't feeling it. Sure wish I would have made it more of a priority gear wise at the time, lol!!
  12. ^^^ Exactly this. ^^^ That Black SS with the dual hums and a Floyd looks like THE perfect Rock guitar--especially for anything from 1980 to mid 90s. Great looking shape and great lower cutaway. I'm just not anywhere in any kind of purchase mode after taking care of life and family needs. Someone is missing out, big-time!
  13. Saw Iron Maiden Last Night

    Great show! Ghost was interesting. Sounded great, and my 13 yr old is now a fan. Maiden put on an outstanding show. Impressive energy and Bruce sings just fine and then some. Great job of keeping 3 guitarists from tripping over each other, musically and physically. Wasn't familiar with the new material, but it flowed really well with the classics. Stage and light show was what I had hoped for. My son was alternating between jaw drops and fist pumps, and Dad gained a touch more credibility.
  14. Saw Iron Maiden Last Night

    Thanks for the preview! Taking my 13 yr old to see 'em at the end of this month in Dallas. It'll be his first rock concert and my first time seeing Maiden.
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