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Steve Haynie

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  1. lots of HAMERS

    We can figure out why they have so many NOS instruments, too.
  2. The same friend who got snowed in and had to give up her Trans-Siberian Orchestra ticket had a friend who bailed out on going to Warren Haynes' 29th Annual Christmas Jam in Asheville, NC. The show was sold out at US Cellular Center. It was a few minutes past 5:00 PM when I was asked if I would use an extra ticket, and my reply was that if no one local would use it I would take it. I found out as I was about to drive out of my driveway. Just in case, I started driving in the direction toward Asheville which worked out well because I was the lucky person who got the extra ticket. It was 6:45 PM when I got one of the last close parking lot spaces. The tickets were for the general admission floor. We both walked down and found a spot. My friend decided she could move up closer, but I stayed put because I hate it when latecomers try moving in front of me. Girls can get away with stuff guys cannot. The show started with Warren Haynes on acoustic guitar and Jake Shimabukuro on ukulele playing the Allman Brothers song Melissa with Jake doing all the soloing. They jammed a couple of tunes then turning it over to Jake being by himself for a song or two. He runs his ukulele through a looper and plays it like a guitar, even using a little overdrive every now and then. Next up was a girl singing country music with a full band that included Joe Kwon from the Avett Brothers on electric bass, not cello. I never caught her name, but she must be somebody big in modern country. During set changes there was a side stage where a few people could stand close together and play. Jake Shimakbukuro and a piano player named Holly Bowling played three songs in the first side set. Bowling plays jazzy stuff. Both of them would accompany others during the night. The Avett Brothers came out and played their set of old time country with their modern day presentation. The cello added to acoustic guitar, upright bass, and banjo makes them a little different. They were well received. I had wanted to see them for a while, and now I have. When the Avett Brothers finished they moved from the main stage to the side stage to jam with Warren Haynes to play a couple of songs. Blackberry Smoke did a set that I wish had been longer. They are the current state of Southern Rock, and worth seeing. Charlie Starr had a single cut Les Paul Junior for most of the show. Paul Jackson had a Les Paul and some kind of hollow body Gibson. Between sets Warren Haynes came out to the side stage again. He brought out Ann Wilson and Jake Shimabukuro to do a couple of songs as the main stage was getting set up for the Trey Anastasio Band. When the Trey Anastasio Band started playing the entire concert hall started dancing. The entire floor was moving. People in the stands were dancing at their seats. Trey Anastasio had a guitar that I could not recognize with a hollow or semi-hollow body and a clean tone for his solos. He had some kind of effect unit set up high enough to just reach over and twist knobs or push buttons. His bass player sat while playing, and his P-Bass was in a stand rather than strapped over his shoulder. The keyboard guy had a real Hammond furniture console, a real Rhodes (I think) and few other keyboards taking up a lot of the stage. When those guys lock into a groove they stay there and hammer it forever. It was not my kind of music, putting me in a small minority, because for the hour or so they played they owned that audience. Warren showed up on the side stage playing with Holly Bowling. Then it was time for Warren to hit the main part of the stage and play the rest of the night. What was next was Gov't Mule, but I may be a little incorrect. I saw Warren Haynes and Jorgen Carlsson of Gov't Mule, but did not see Matt Abst. There were two drum sets, one of which was played by Paul Riddle, the original Marshall Tucker Band drummer. At midnight they started playing Allman Brothers Band songs which made me happy. Mike Barnes played guitar opposite of Warren as they did all those great harmonies. Lamar Williams, Jr. was on vocals which I thought was cool since his dad was bass player in the ABB in the 70's after Berry Oakley died. They did not start until midnight, and I really could not stick around too long if I wanted to make my self-imposed curfew of not driving after 3:00 AM. I kept thinking it might be good to leave at 12:30 AM to get home safely. The highways were clear after the big snow, but some of those people living in the mountains might have some slick back roads. The guests started coming out. Right when I was about to leave Marcus King came out to play Dreams I'll Never See and the next song. Craig Sorrells came out with a trumpet, and a kid named Brandon "Taz" Neiderauer came out with a guitar, and they all played Southbound. When they were done it was time to go home even though the show was not over. They all started playing Whipping Post as I walked out from the floor. It was 1:04 AM when I walked out of the front doors to the building. My friend who got me in was determined to see Ann Wilson on stage with Gov't Mule. She had not taken the stage by 1:35 AM, but was singing Led Zeppelin and other songs with them within an hour. After Ann Wilson had finished singing my friend left at 2:51 AM, and the band was still playing. I was within a few miles of my house by that time. We texted back and forth and felt that if a show is going to last so long it needs to be an all day festival. Even for the local people, a show that goes on to 3:00 AM or whenever is not practical. Being tired after drinking beer or smoking whatever does not help driving home safely. I have possibly left one other show early. It seems like I left something early, anyway. It bothers me to do that, but I am alive to tell the tale. I get up early for work every day which makes it hard to drive home late, especially two nights in a row like when there are shows in Atlanta or Charlotte. I missed the best part of the show, but what I saw was great, although I could live without so much Trey Anastasio. Just a few songs would be enough for me, but as I said, it was HIS crowd in the concert hall. For those of you who like travelling to Asheville, consider getting a hotel room and go see next year's show.
  3. Nazareth yesterday

    Yup. Bands like Marseille and Paralex. Then there was Def Leppard.
  4. I seriously need a handler. :(

    If it felt right while needing a little repair work it will feel great when you are done.
  5. Vintage PERSONAL band publicity photos

    As long as no one we know ends up in the Hall of Douchebags we are OK.
  6. #52... ...and #53

    Apparently the legacy of Hamer accumulation is now infused into Shishkov guitars. By the time Shishkov #500 is made there will only be 100 people that own them all.
  7. Speaker dust cap glue

    Paging JohnnyB...
  8. Robin Trower has US tour dates in March and April.
  9. Trey Anastasio was indeed playing a Languedoc Guitar. It looked interesting.
  10. Nazareth yesterday

    Lucky you! North American show dates are rare now. I have nearly all of their albums on CD.
  11. Paint repair

    Your Scepter was made when Hamer used nitro.
  12. Paint repair

    You have at least three layers in the red area. There is a white base coat, red color, and a clear top coat. My Scepter had a bit of sparkle in the red area that I think was a clear red color over a pearl gold.
  13. Cali Body Size?

    Now you have me wondering about how interchangeable cases are between Strats and Super Strats.
  14. Christmas is such a wonderful time. Snow can be beautiful sometimes. A friend who loves Trans-Siberian Orchestra had a ticket for the afternoon show in Greenville, South Carolina. Her Christmas wish to see TSO again should have come true, but she woke up around 1:00 PM (she works 3rd shift) to see nearly eight inches of snow on the ground in Asheville, North Carolina with more coming down in the evening. Greenville would have a little snow and some sleet in the evening, but her worry was being able to drive safely as she got closer to home. Guess what? I got a free ticket to see TSO! Trans-Siberian Orchestra has two units touring at the same time, one doing East region shows and the other doing West region shows. I have no idea where they divide them up. South Carolina gets the East Coast version of TSO. There were two shows scheduled, one at 4:00 PM and another at 8:00 PM. Because of the snow and slush on the roads, traffic was slower than normal with a couple extra traffic accidents around the area. I could feel the roads getting a little slippery in places, but there was no problem getting into a parking garage. Both TSO shows at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena were virtually sold out in what was probably a 16,000 seating arrangement. The place holds 17,300 for a hockey game. There were less than 40 tickets available for the afternoon show which included floor seats that may have been released that morning by the promoter, and maybe 20 for the evening show that were all up in the highest altitude area. That meant there were a lot of extra cars in the city during the daytime. The thought of what a mess there would be when people would be trying to leave the early show as people arrived for the evening show came to mind. I parked and then took a photo of at least 12 tractor/trailers parked in a row along one of the streets. KISS does not even use that many trucks. As I was leaving the parking garage there was a man coming back in with a purse and telling women they could not bring normal purses and bags into the arena, only clear bags. One woman said she had a clear bag in her bag, so she took it out and put the big bag inside the clear bag. Technically that should have made it OK to take everything in. I wonder how that worked out. I went in the building and got ready for a good time. My seat was on the side of the bowl just far enough front to see all of the performers from a frontal view, but close enough to see their faces. I would find out that the performers were just out of range of my camera for getting clear shots. A big curtain was in front of the stage, and the light rig was sticking out past it. I had no idea what I would see. The show started and I saw the biggest stage and light rig I have ever seen. It was also the most well designed concert stage I have ever seen. The lights were the most advanced I have ever seen, too. There were lifts in the stage and out by the mixing console. It has been a while since I have seen lazers used in concert. The lazers were far better and had more colors than anything I have seen in the past, and I go to a LOT of concerts. Considering that TSO can sell out two shows a day in a large venue, they ought to be able to afford such a large show. Now for the musical review. The local string section and the keyboards mask the metal, but the metal guys still stand out. The musical director was one of the keyboard players, Derek Wieland, but it was a guitar player named Chris Caffery doing all the talking to the audience. He switched guitars a few times, playing a Flying V, Les Paul, and some super Strats that included at least on Dean. The other guitar player was Joel Hoekstra who will be coming back through in the summer as part of Whitesnake. He played Strat shaped guitars and one with a Tele shaped body. The bass player, Tony Dickinson, used a Music Man StingRay with two pickups. The drummer was Jeff Plate. Occasionally one of the male singers played guitar, too. Now amps were seen anywhere. Chris Caffery has to love his job. He and the violinist, Roddy Chong, walked through the audience at least three times. Caffery walked up the stairs by my section at least twice. Both of them played on a satellite stage and lift by the mixing board. It is hard to figure out who had the most time playing guitar solos, but it may have been Caffery, and he is good. It would be nice to know what else he has done. There were five girl singers and three male singers. In different groupings they acted as a chorus, backup singers, or they sang individually. One of the guys singing with TSO is Russell Allen of Adrenaline Mob. Each of the girls sang in a different style when they took lead vocal spots. Four of them sang in the first part of the show. The show began with a narrated story that lasted about 90 minutes, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. When it was over it was like the band was through with being nice. They cranked it up a notch and played heavier. The fifth girl singer was a part of that. Her name is Kayla Reeves, and she has been discussed here before. That girl was a total rock and roll chick who made me want to learn more about her. The Christmas vibe of the show seemed to be pushed aside toward the end. It was a full on rock concert, and all those people in the audience outside the normal age range of growing up on heavy metal just had to deal with it. The band hammered away. Shows still run through the end of the month. If good seats open up within a day or two of the show, GO see it. It was two and a half hours worth seeing, especially for free! I wish I could have seen it twice. According to the friend who gave me the ticket, if you see a late show the band will come out and meet people afterward. I crossed sleet covered slippery sidewalks back to the parking garage where it took 45 minutes to get out. The streets were either clear and wet, or covered in sleet and slippery. Wouldn't you know it, I tried to take a short cut and got on a steep hill. I made it downhill s l o w l y to avoid skidding. That 8:00 PM show would have been worth seeing in a 200 level seat.
  15. Vintage PERSONAL band publicity photos

    The only promo shot I was ever in was for a fake band. A friend had been through a couple of performance duo partners who had to leave for different reasons. So, a few of us who had played together went to a photo studio for band shots. The idea was that if a full band was needed some of us in the photo would likely be called in to participate, giving the impression that there may have been a lineup change in an otherwise steady working band.
  16. Cali Body Size?

    OK. I was confusing models anyway thinking about the Centaura.
  17. Cali Body Size?

    Do you mean Chaparral body size?
  18. There was a set change where they took out the two drum sets, and then Matt Abst was playing. So, Gov't Mule was separate from the jam on ABB tunes.
  19. Yeah. It would be nicer to have an unnoticeable repair. The guitar has enough finish issues that one more really is not going to hurt, though.
  20. If the guitar had a perfect looking repair/restoration while the rest of it looks beat it would look even worse.
  21. Amp and Pedal Reviews

    I hate hearing someone talk more than playing. I can read, so throw in some captions. Sweetwater has some demo videos that have more talking than playing. No audience cares about technical specs, just whether or not the band sounds good. The same is true for trying out an amp. I want to hear it, not talk about it. Andy at the now-defunct Pro Guitar Shop understood that it was important to get to the point right away in a demo.
  22. Are these Explorers any good?

    The Blitz was the lower priced Explorer shaped guitar that Hamer made. The headstock was usually a 3+3 paddle, but sometimes they were the proper Explorer style. They had beveled edges on the body where a Standard would have the more squared edges and usually a bound top. Finding a left handed anything is going to be less common, but they do exist. Be patient. The price of a used Blitz versus the cost of a nice XT Series is going to be close and worth it.
  23. Check out my bands xmas song.

    Did Roy Thomas Baker produce that?
  24. Are these Explorers any good?

    It will be nice, but try holding out for a used left handed Blitz.
  25. Sweetwater

    Try one out first. Trust me.