In the current issue of Guitar World magazine (March 2013), we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s revolutionary debut album, Texas Flood. But while SRV is on our cover, another bluesman has been occupying my mind.
Usually, this is where I bitch about the horrible state of the music industry and what slim pickings there are for true guitar hounds … but this year was actually jolly good fun. A lot of veterans stepped up to the plate (Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Edward Van Halen), and so did a few new, impressive hot shots (Periphery, Gary Clark Jr., HAARP Machine).
You shouldn’t really have to use EQ in the studio if the instruments sound good. It should all be done with microphones and microphone placement. The instruments that bleed into each other are what creates the ambience. Once you start cleaning everything up, you lose it. You lose that sort of halo that bleeding creates. Then if you eliminate the halo, you have to go back and put in some artificial reverb, which is never as good.
I’m not a collector by nature. It seems like after 20 years in the business I’d have all sorts of valuable music-related artifacts. Instead, my office is dotted with just a couple of guitars, a blizzard of press releases and small handful of weird memorabilia that has somehow stuck to my walls and shelves like chewed gum on the bottom of a shoe.
Here's a NAMM 2012 video that was posted by CNN, covering one of the presentations at NAMM Media Day (January 18) at the Anaheim Convention Center. It also happens to feature Guitar World Editor-in-Chief Brad Tolinski.
This was definitely a weird year for music, so I had to grab the good stuff wherever I could find it. I have pretty eclectic tastes, so in some ways I had fun picking through the rock, jazz, blues and metal world. I look forward to trying to absorb Jimi Hendrix’s Winterland shows and Duane Allman’s remarkable playing on the SUNY bootleg over the next, say, two decades.
Fantasies are an essential component of life and, admittedly, some are more exciting than others. After years of putting it off, I decided I was going to, once and for all, learn how to operate Pro Tools. This is where the fantasy part comes in. I thought I was going to purchase Pro Tools 10, pop it into my new MacBook Pro and start recording. Geez, was I wrong.
Despite their similar attire, Iommi and Hetfield' s demeanors provide sharp studies in contrast. Iommi, with his dark eyes, meticulously groomed moustache and soft English accent, has the dignified bearing of a British noble man. The blond, gravel-voiced, sharp-tongued Hetfield, on the other hand, has the guarded, hulking aspect of an urban street-fighting man.