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Best live tone you've ever heard?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by metalosophy, Apr 14, 2021.

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    Alex Lifeson on Rush’s Snakes and Arrows tour as well as the Clockwork Angels tour. He was using H&K amps for most songs. His sound was so huge and defined no matter what he played.
     
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    Eric Johnson, every one of the hundreds of times I saw him.
    Brian May.
    Only saw him once, in 74.
    Joe Walsh & Barnstorm (75?)
    Skynnyrd, all three original guitarists in 75.
    The Eagles, both times, in 72 and 75.
    All the guitarists sounded great!
    Joe Pass, solo 1990.
    Those guys.
     
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    Ted Nugent at Winterland in 76. At the end of show he leaned his Birdland against the amp stack, gave it a kick, and walked off.
     
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    Brian Setzer. 6120 into Roland Echo into two Blonde Bassman amps. Saw him at a small club in Seattle at the start of his first big band tour and was about 40 feet from him center stage. Those amps sounded so great.
     
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    Dick Dale.
     
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    Saw Brian Setzer at a 700 seater with dance floor. Playing his Gretch into his 59 tweed Bassman with a reverb tank on top. It had balls without peeling paint off the walls and he has that amp tweaked to perfection, not to mention his playing and the reverb. Got up close to the stage to see his delay pedal....(Boss) DD-2.

    Great tone, great playing, great band.

     
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    I've seen them almost 10 times, he is a testament to being a tone nerd. He always sounds just like the record, but so does the whole band live! They're the most professional performers I've ever seen.

    Greg Koch sounds incredible too, I always forget about his The Koch amp. Killer company.
     
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    Chuck Prophet, at a small-medium club. Old Squier Telecaster into a Deluxe Reverb. Just a perfect sound.
     
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    Another ABB vote here, but I’m gonna go back to 70-71 Duane and Dickey. Both PAFs into Marshall’s, but their dynamics were different enough that it was easy to distinguish the two with your eyes closed.

    I’m so thankful I got to see them live a bunch of times in that period.
     
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    I think it's unfair to judge all tones against each other, but categories. Keep in mind these are only folks I have seen live.

    For rocking blues, Dickey Betts...Warren Haynes, too, since they played off of each other
    Clean sound through a Fender: Erik Hokkanen (local Austin guy that plays both guitar and fiddle, sometimes in the same song!)
    Rock and Roll: Ronnie Wood
    Country: Redd Volkaert/Bill Kirchen...it's a toss-up
    Overall: a dude named Kurt Bloch who I saw play guitar with Alejandro Escovedo at a taping of the Austin City Limits tv program. His sound isn't as good on the taped show as it was when I was 10 feet from the stage. You just had to be there. They dialed him back in the mix and it isn't as raw and amazing as I heard it.
     
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    Here’s a couple videos I took from the show. Shot with an iPhone. Sounded much better in person, but you get the idea.

     
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    Like I said, I was literally standing right in front of him. ;)
     
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    George Benson - Jazz Underground (NYC) 1972 or 73...
     
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    Warren Haynes with Gov’t Mule and Charlie Starr with Blackberry Smoke.
    I saw both live at The Texas Club in Baton Rouge.
    Different occasions, but same venue.
    If I had to pick, I prefer what Charlie is doing.
     
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    Long time ago now but ... Paul Kossoff.
     
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    Warren Haynes, yes. My wife and I stood right in front of him and his half stack at St Andrew’s Hall in Detroit. She had her fingers in her ears for the first few songs. He went backstage for a moment and when he came back out he walked up to her, handed her earplugs, and gave me a wink. Such a cool guy.
     
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    About 10 yrs ago I went to a Grand Ole Opera show at the Rhyman. Hand't been to one since I was like 13 yr old 40 years ago.
    But anyway, there was a older gentleman in the stage band playing behind all the regulars. He was picking a 335 style Gibson plugged straight into a Twin Reverb. Dont even know his name. I dont think Ive ever heard a sweeter country tone that that dude had.
     
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    I saw them way back in their early days around 2000 or so play a small in-studio radio performance. Those boys were FIRE. Now, they've gone a bit too hippy-dippy for my taste, but back when they were cranking some hill country blues, they were tearing it up!
     
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