guitar players talking about guitars.
i mean, this YOUTUBE series by PAUL REED SMITH that finds its namesake founder placing ZOOM calls with famous guitarists is as beautifully basic as it gets. and i love that.
in these conversations you very much get a palpable sense of ENERGY and ENTHUSIASM that iconic players like JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, VERNON REID (LIVING COLOUR), AL DI MEOLA, TIM MAHONEY (311), JOHN MAYER, CARLOS SANTANA and STEVE VAI (among countless other notable participants) still have for their instrument.
you also get some insight into the relationship of the builder with the instrument and the unadulterated JOY of watching others reciprocate that LOVE and PASSION with their own CREATIVITY. that dynamic very much reminds me of the joy of creating, in my case through WRITING, GRAPHIC DESIGN and VIDEO EDITING, and witnessing others interact with such. you get to watch the cycle continue and transmogrify into the ether. theres a magic and an ALCHEMY there that is difficult to quantify about distinct and discernible all the same to those of like-minded disposition.
i love this series and wish for others to take it in. shows that even during the pandemic when everyone was separated there was still the potential for genuine HUMAN CONNECTION all the same. its a lesson i learned with my interactions with the likewise PASSION community of MUSIC LOVERS over at MAKERPARKRADIO. that same KINETIC SPARK.
im a total sucker for behind-the-scenes content, especially when it comes to anything band-related.
ENLARGED TO SHOW DETAIL: THE SERIES is a currently ongoing self-produced YOUTUBE series by the CALIFORNIA-by-way-of-NEBRASKA 1990s ALTERNATIVE ROCK veterans 311, that follows them on their 2021 summer & fall tour. the series is a continuation of their three previous self-produced studio/tour documentaries also entitled ENLARGED TO SHOW DETAIL, of which i owned the first on VHS back in the late 1990s. the 10th episode is tonight with the final episode set for next sunday, which concludes two days after 311 DAY (which is march 11). traditionally the band has a major concert on that day every year in a different city and this ongoing series is a promotion of such (this year it is in LAS VEGAS).
what i love about the first nine episodes (each an hour long) is how the edits are unafraid of showing the viewer the mind-bending REPITITION and tireless BRUTE EFFORT involved with putting on such an event and moving it around the country. id dare say that the real stars of the show is not the band but their road crew which includes everyone from GUITAR and DRUM TECHNICIANS, SOUND BOARD OPERATORS and MANAGERS to countless ROADIES hanging from elevated rigs attempting to install massive speakers and light displays. likewise the now middle-aged band are fearlessly unafraid of showcasing the UNGLAMOROUS and essentially MUNDANE aspects and realities of touring life such as the passing of time on long drives (complete with time-lapsed road footage between cities) and the plentiful down time spent exercising, doing yoga and demoing in makeshift back-of-bus studios. the perspective presented is that of a workmanlike atmosphere that has been the band's touring reality for the past 20+ plus years. again, watching every episode is incredibly repetitive (since that is the reality) but the mantra-like cycle of day-in, day-out activity is beyond cool to watch.
it really is a GIFT to experience. definitely worth watching if you are a fan of the band or are interested in the realities of modern touring life across the UNITED STATES.
much like the ICONS and THE COLLECTION series covered before, RIFF LORDS is another string of YOUTUBE videos promoted by GIBSON GUITARS under the GIBSON TV moniker that seeks to reestablish the brands bonafides with the guitar-playing public via celebrity musician endorsements after the disastrous "play authentic" campaign of 2019.
the hook regarding RIFF LORDS is that these famous guitarists are allotted an extended-period to not only go over their most notable riffs, but the PHILOSOPHY, THEORY and TECHNIQUE behind their composition. noteworthy participants include that of BUZZ OSBOURNE (MELVINS), NICK HEXUM (311), JADE PUGET (AFI), LER LALONDE (PRIMUS) and CLAUDIO SANCHEZ (COHEED & CAMBRIA). this sort of territory has been mined for years by the likes publications like GUITAR WORLD and PREMIER GUITAR (not to mention online vendors like REVERB and SWEETWATER) for years, but the extended time and lack of an annoying an unnecessary interloctur makes this series of videos more immediate and engaging.
i play guitar so this hits me right in the sweet spot of seeing some of my favorite artists talk at length about their playing. now if they could only get DAVE NAVARRO or JOHNNY MARR... here's hoping.
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its super interesting to me that in the last couple of years it appears that various corporate entities are releasing back catalogues of live performance and interview footage on their youtube channels.
corporate ogre LIVE NATION is no different. i imagine GREEN ROOM TALES was a long form interview segment various acts were contractually forced to do when playing their HOUSE OF BLUES venues to be shown in house before future gigs of other acts. most of the ones i located were around the turn of the millennium. most of the videos provided are crap (think BOY BANDS, NU METAL and FAKE GRUNGE bands), but i dug up some gems from various artists either now deceased or early in their career.
i'm glad these were made available even if the interviewer was overly enthusiastic and pretty awkward.
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check out HERE this recent streaming video episode of DEER GOD RADIO dedicated to the longest running traveling music festival in NORTH AMERICAN history, the WARPED TOUR. for 25 years it provided the soundtrack to my teenage years and had a total no rock star bullshit, PUNK ROCK ethos. except the BOUNCING SOULS, they were dicks to me in VENTURA back in 2001.
thank you KEVIN LYMAN for keeping it going as long as you did!
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with the impending second bankruptcy of GUITAR CENTER likely to be finalized at the close of this month, it seemed as good a time as ever to look back at the live performance series GUITAR CENTER SESSIONS that they co-produced with DIRECT TV that took advantage of their iconic flagship HOLLYWOOD location.
it feels like the end of an era with their impending doom, but sadly they never took advantage of the internet and basically ceded that ground to competitors like SWEETWATER. it is mind-bogging that COVID knocked them out give that this lockdown period we've been living through has sold more guitars and instruments then any other period in history. just think about that.
oh well, at least we have these performances until they inevitably get taken down.