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  • Birthday 02/18/1964

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    '89 Chap Custom w/ trans. red all-flame body, boomers etc., Black with cream binding '95 Duotone USA 3-hole with Bartolinis, Black '86 Cruise bass
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    Zinky MOFO Encore head and 2x12, Tech21 TM60
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    Z Airbrake (Trainwreck), Rocktron Multivalve rack FX unit, Fulldrive II - blue, Keeley RAT, modded Thomas Organ Cryaby wah, Guyatone St-2 compressor, Korg Dt-10, Danelectro Fish & Chips EQ, Rocktron Prorax Hush IIx, Nady 201VFH wireless.....

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    God, family, friends, guitars, music, tennis, motorcycles, guns, home brewing, wine making...

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  1. Looks almost like my '89 except I have a recessed Floyd (and different pickups). What year is that? When did they recess or not-recess Floyds?
  2. I never heard this before even though Sweet has always rocked in my book. I love Scorpions too...Now I need to find that Action cover! >>>>From Wiki... "Fuchs geh' voran" is a German cover versionof the song with lyrics about a literal fox being chased by hunters to sell its fur. It was released as a single in 1975 by the German rock band Scorpions as The Hunters. The B-side also features a German cover version of another Sweet song, "Action", as "Wenn es richtig losgeht". >>>
  3. Yesterday I got an email from Steve Haynie on whether Rodney (Jettster) and I would be at the show. Rodney mentioned how it's just too hard to make the weeknight shows with work etc. I know how he feels. I've been motivated to work on our house lately and I know I need to take advantage of that motivation whenever I feel it! But, I kind of overdid it especially with a stand-up show ahead of me last night. At 55 those stand-up shows after work can take the energy out of me quick. At least compared to how it used to be! But, I had my ticket and the show must go on! Michael Schenker was essentially the last of the guitarist I had to see before I die so it was mandatory. I got there right at 8 and was able to be around 9 people back from the stage right in front of Michael right before the show started. For those that don't know, Michael Schenker Fest is a project involving the 3 singers from MSG and Doogie White from Michael's Temple of Rock band. Their first album, "Resurrection", was pretty strong. I read that it charted at #81 on the US charts (don't know any specifics) and better in Europe and Japan. 2nd album coming in August I believe. During the show, they mix it up quite a bit with each guy handling his respective time period in basically chronological order. They share duties for the UFO tunes, sometimes each singing a verse. They also played 2 Scorpions tunes that Michael penned; starting the show with Holiday with Michael singing and later playing the great instrumental Coast to Coast. Lately, Michael's been very public about how his brother, Rudolph, ripping him off, copied his black and white V etc. and it just comes off as petty and negative to me. I do feel that Michael's been taken advantage of through the years by quite a few characters but this isn't the way to go, IMHO. Nevertheless, he started the show talking about his brother even before playing a note and then again on the other Scorps tune. Somehow, it didn't really bother me though and hope that it is some kind of cathartic process for him this year and that he just gets it out of his system. Gary Barden's voice was the weakest of the 4 singers which was unfortunate as that's one of my favorite periods for the band. He was at the end of the tour (2nd to the last show) and even Michael was wearing an elbow brace, so maybe old age and active touring does that to you. He did have good charisma with the crowd and was still a good front man. I thought Graham Bonnet's voice was still very strong and I've always liked his non-typical-hard rock/metal rock star look - clean cut, short hair, suit jackets sometimes etc. I enjoyed his solo albums and now I might want to see him when he goes on tour again, I think soon. Robin McCauley had your typical rock star look and man, he really sings great. It was just unfortunate that as the singers got better the material, to me, got weaker. Doogie white came out in typical medieval garb/kilt thing and reminded me so much of Jack Black. Very funny , energetic and he can belt it out! I never listened to any Temple of Rock stuff but I have to now, any recommendations? The 4 singers thing actually worked great as they could sing backups to fill in the songs better and help each other out as needed. Seeing the lack of ego involved was refreshing, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Chris Glen was on bass. I never knew he was with Alex Harvey. Man, 3 hours of solid playing; no wonder Michael was wearing an elbow brace at the 2nd to the last US tour date! The singers all rotated through the night but Michael was playing the whole time, 31songs I believe! I still remember the day that Kevin Jennings came in to Mr. Cappetti's drafting class in high school with the new MSG album on cassette; my life changed! His uniqueness, note choices, vibrato and his melodic playing made each solo a song within a song. I remember back in the day that I would routinely fast forward albums to just listen to the solos from certain artists, but with MSG I thought all the playing throughout the whole song was quality. The 2nd MSG album is a definite desert island disc for me! Michael was great! He was very interactive with the crowd which I didn't expect. He seemed comfortable up there, slapping peoples hands in the crowd between parts of songs etc. I was just glued to all he was doing last night! I had already saw the setlist but was surprised that he doesn't play "only you can rock me". One of my all time favs and that solo is Michael Schenker in a nutshell. Steve showed me a pick of Steve Mann's (keyboardist/guitar) setlist and they had it listed as one of the encore tunes but they didn't play it.That was the only real disappointing thing about the show.
  4. That first video was the first instance I've seen of progressive mouth shredding, pretty cool!😉
  5. Perfect timing! I'm sending my address. Thanks! I've not been playing guitar as regularly as I used to (everyday) over the last 2 years or so. I just decided to get back into it more which includes restringing all my guitars! I used to keep up on all that stuff religiously but just lost all the passion for some reason; depression will sap the life out of you.
  6. So right on old Crue! I often play the first one. No heavy production, just a real raw sound, like watching them play in someone's garage. Perfect for their tunes back then! Also, nice job OP on the cool tones!
  7. Is that one of those fender fat-finger things on his headstock question mark is supposed to improve tone. Does anyone have any experience with those? I guess I could just take a heavy metal vice and put it on there with some material to protect the finish just to test the theory.
  8. I recently read two things that peaked my curiosity about Ozzy's treatment of Randy Rhoads and his other guitarists. Or, I guess I should say how did his boss, Sharon, treat them? We all know how the Osborne's chose to screw original band members out of royalties by re-recording the parts they made famous. I was sickened to hear of how great Ozzy is to give Lee kerslake one of his dying wishes of finally getting his gold/platinum albums (whatever they were) for his work on them after almost 4 decades! Then, I read how Vivian Campbell said his deal with Dio (yes, that he agreed to) was no royalties, publishing, nothing for the first two albums except $250 a week in today's dollars the first year, and $1,000 a week on the 2nd. That's for both all the creative work on the albums plus the ensuing tours. He was promised to get some equity on the 3rd album but it never happened and Vivian left. Yes, Vivian agreed to it and it certainly was great exposure. And, he ultimately landed on his feet and hopefully with some money in the bank now, but I felt that was crappy. Anyway, does anyone know what kind of deal RR had with Ozzy? Jake etc?
  9. I know it was just a little jam to highlight Brad's playing but I missed the great descending bass part of the original. I missed seeing RR so I saw Brad at the Oakland colliseum (I think, or was it cow Palace in SF?). Anyway, he did a good job. Would have been interesting to see what original music they would of made together.
  10. I'm not telling anyone what to do but it would be fair to mention that it's not just some dance troupe but part of a religious / political movement that you may or may not support. That's up to you. Plenty of stuff on the internet machine about it if you're interested.
  11. I thought Pat Thrall was also in the mix of touring guitarists after RR, but nothing to back that up except memory. EDIT: seems like Pat just set Ozzy up with Brad.
  12. ^^^ Doh! Yes, you're correct. I looked at the drummers for MSG and they had starting and ending dates under each name and when I saw that for Cozy (I knew he had passed) I assumed the same tombstone date for Appice as well! I even have the Last In Line album Appice played on ... must need coffee!
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