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tommy p last won the day on March 15 2018

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  • Birthday 04/13/1964

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    '07 Hamer Standard Custom (59 burst), Hamer Zandard, 93 Hamer Studio (59 'burst), 80's Hamer Special (checkerboard), '96 Hamer Daytona (seafoam), Hamer Sunburst (Beatles graphic), '81 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Tobacco Burst), '83 Gibson Les Paul Custom (Black Beauty), '85 Gibson Les Paul XPL (red), '98 Gibson Les Paul Custom (Alpine White), '75 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop, '95 Gibson Les Paul Special doublecut (TV Yellow), 2012 Gibson SG '61 Reissue (cherry), '04 Fender MIJ Telecaster (natural), Gretsch Malcolm Young (natural), Greco Firebird, Dean Cadillac (pinkburst), Martin HD-28, Guild JF-30 12-string, '79 Rickenbacker 4001 (Jetglo)
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    Mesa Stiletto Deuce head, Mesa Nomad 55 head, Mesa 5:50 Express+ combo, Fender Super Champ XD combo, Marshall DSL40c, Marshall Lead 12 Microstack, Hartke HyDrive 210c

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  1. The man could play anything with strings on it and had a great voice for the songs he wrote and performed. Everybody loves The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Uneasy Rider, and Long-haired Country Boy, but The Legend of the Wooly Swamp is my favorite. RIP.
  2. Sorry to see it confirmed, but that is a very cool story straight from Jol! I wonder if you could find the other one and own them both. Now THAT would be something!
  3. Gorch, I was the one who scanned the magazine pics for you before you evidently acquired a copy. Man, I hate to rain on your parade but other than similar (not exact) paint on the upper wing, that doesn't look like the same guitar at all. Yours is still really cool though.
  4. I remember reading (maybe in Ozzy, Bob Daisley, or Rudy Sarzo's books) that Randy was worried people would think he was ripping Eddie off in his solo spots when he played live because he did some tapping stuff. Of course, like a lot of guitar solo spots, some of it was just standard rock licks played at blinding speed. He didn't feel like he had his own thing. I feel like they BOTH did. When they started out both were striving to be innovative; Randy with the classical influences in his melodies, licks, and progressions and Eddie with tapping and whammy stuff along and all manner of other weird sounds. Each VH album seemed to have some new twist. VHI took tapping to a new level with Eruption and had all the crazy fills, VHII added some cool volume swells and acoustic tapping, W&CF had stuff like the intro to And the Cradle Will Rock and the craziness at the beginning of Everybody Wants Some, Fair Warning had the Mean Street intro, and even Diver Down (which I love but I know others don't) had Cathedral, Intruder, the Little Guitars intro and showed off another side to Eddie with Big Bad Bill. He never surprised us again at the level of those first 6 albums IMHO. I still "like" Eddie better but I give them both a LOT of credit. We're still talking about them 38 YEARS after Randy's death and 36 since Eddie's best period which ended with 1984 IMO. They both absolutely made their mark.
  5. "Hijinks" and "shenanigans" are such lighthearted, fun words they shouldn't be used for fuckery such as this. We need something darker.
  6. OOF! I freakin' LOVE that. I would call that the Pink Panther.
  7. I "owned" Tom Terrific's Beatles graphic Sunburst and it was top-wrapped. When I read about top-wrapping giving a guitar a slinkier feel I was 100% sure it was bullshit but I'm convinced. I loved playing that one and would consider top-wrapping some of my other guitars.
  8. I saw him live for the first time last year in a small theater in Richmond, VA that was only 2/3 full. He (and his band) blew me away. It was the tour with 4 of his old singers, who all did a good job on the songs from their respective eras and the new stuff but IMHO Graham Bonnet was the best. He's a tiny guy and I've seen lots of live footage of him sounding awful, but the night I saw him he just killed it! Michael had some "lost years" for sure but he is on top of it now, I can assure you. If you get a chance to see him, don't miss it!
  9. I don't know what that first string of characters was supposed to be, but I figured FIFY out. LMGTFY is great. You don't see that used as much as it used to be.
  10. For me, that experience was not what you would think... I was 13 when VH I was released in Feb 1978. A friend of mine got that album for Christmas so it had been out nearly a year before I heard the whole thing. I remember distinctly listening to it at his house and thinking "WTF is this garbage???" I HATED it. I didn't have a clue what instrument was playing in Eruption during the tapping part. I thought it might be some kind of synthesizer. This was years before I started playing guitar. The only song I had heard prior to that was You Really Got Me which I remember my brother turning up when I was riding with him somewhere in his car one day in the summer. I remember not liking it then either. Then in early '79, Dance the Night Away came out and I liked that. I didn't put together that this was the same band that I hated, so VH II became the first "real" album I ever bought around my birthday in April. Everybody probably remembers the first "real" album they bought as being something special, and I loved VH II and wore it out. I was blown away by the intro and dark take on You're No Good, of course Dance the Night Away, and Light Up the Sky became an early favorite too. Everything else was just as good and I was pretty much hooked after that. I remember getting each new VH ASAP after release after that so I wised up pretty quick. 1978 or '79 was also the first time I heard AC/DC in friend's car on 8-track! The album was Let There Be Rock and THAT had an immediate impact. I loved them from the first second I heard them and nothings changed in 40+ years. I would guess that LTBR and Highway to Hell were in the next few albums I bought after VH II.
  11. Uh oh. I'm not familiar with FIFY. Dare I ask for an explanation? @The SharkIf that V sounds and plays as good as it looks, you got a winner!
  12. Yep, I read that one too. Just listen to the first one 9 times. The other two are good, but the first one is great IMHO.
  13. I just got the Ted Templeman biography. Often when I get a new book, I'll look for a section that I'm really interested in and read a little bit of it to decide where to place the book in my "to be read" pile. In this case, I found the part where Templeman meets/starts working with VH. He has a lot of praise for the band, especially Eddie. He said he would suggest changes to songs and Eddie would listen to whatever he said and either nail it or make it even better. Same with DLR, but he and Donn Landee both were very worried about DLR being in the band because of his vocal limitations. The more he got to know him, the more he felt he was the right guy to be there, and he mentions the screams that Dave was capable of that he had never heard before. Very interesting - can't wait to get into it.
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