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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Big_Bend, Mar 31, 2016.
One and a half week ago in Nuremberg, Germany:
In the late '60s I saw Mike Bloomfield playing with Al Kooper during a "Super Session" tour. He was absolutely jaw dropping. The funny thing was he started playing and never stopped. He played through all the vocal verses, took all the solos and kept his foot to the floor for the whole show. Big sound-LP through a big Fender piggy back amp (Dual Showman?).
I love when people say that because let's face it: That's one of the most indirect, roundabout ways imaginable of meeting girls.
"Hey I think I will hide myself away for years woodshedding so that I can get girls, while regular guys are actually meeting girls."
Then when you emerge from the woodsheddding, you realize girls don't care about guitar players, you or your crappy band!
I think that worked for 5 minutes in 1964 after the Beatles hit and anyone with long hair and a guitar was attractive.
But people (except guitar players) have been bored with guitar players for decades.
Charlie Sexton at Wharehouse live in Houston, the small room. Awesome show.
Trey Anastasio.. Hands down. 1997 and every year since then.
Last year I was taken to a private Flamenco club near Cadiz in Spain and saw the best guitarist I've ever seen play live.
Just incredible. Just a local who played in the area for a few decades.
I have seen many killers: Van Halen, Yngwie, George Benson, Allan Holdsworth, and many others, but the one that totally blew me away was Pat Metheny. He was playing solo on his Orchestrion Tour. He played by himself with instruments he programmed and triggered to accompany his playing. It sounded huge. The guy is a musical genius.
oh yeah, the flamencos -- those guys rule
flamenco is its own mountain
like the Himalaya
That hasn't been my experience. How many times it has actually led to sexual intercourse is another matter, but it is very common to see women become very interested when they find out I play guitar.
Once they actually hear me play is also another matter.
Oh yeah I forgot about him to! I saw him in Philly on the day of Live Aid. No question I went to the right show that day.
Here's my short list of people that have blown me away live:
Concerts where I left going "I don't know how to play guitar".
Kenny Vaughn and Marty Stuart
Acknowledging my dislike for absolutes, I'd probably have to say George Benson
Yeah, I get that, and maybe I am overlooking the fact that some people find musicians alluring in some way. But still, as a way to meet girls?
Way too labor intensive and indirect. Just a bad "plan."
Best or favorite? Both are so subjective.
Favorite: Steve Vai
Best: BB King followed closely by Buddy Guy (same show at Red Rocks).
I had tickets to go so EVH... but I had to go see about a girl.
Even if it works it could be a bad plan. I have a friend who's been married and divorced twice--to women he met because they were fans of bands he was in.
And engaged once to a woman he met in a bar where he was playing. Lucky for him they broke up before they actually got married.
As of last month, Robin Trower is now my favorite guitar player- again!
Heard him live. Expected a pleasant ride down a nostalgic memory lane.
Instead, he was just phenomenal.
The guys who play acoustic and you swear are playing in another tuning than you...as there's very little in the way of shapes and cliche phrases to grab onto.
Recently I've seen
The Grigoryian Bros, Paco Pena and his flamenco troupe, Wolfgang Muthspeil.
At the end of end each piece they would tune up in standard guitar tuning. So there is No trick to being this good apart from talent and hard work. The best I could do with their given instruments would be to play a simple boss a nova