Dave Weiner: “For a long time I had no desire to pick up a guitar. The guitar has always been my coping mechanism and now it seemed silly”

Dave Weiner
(Image credit: Dante Frisello)

This article is part of Guitar World's series of interviews and features with artists addressing and raising awareness around themes of mental health, particularly as they relate to musicians.

It was, by all outward appearances, a year that any musician might envy. After a decade-long wait, Dave Weiner was finally releasing his fourth solo album, A Collection of Short Stories: Vol. 2, and preparing for rehearsals for Steve Vai’s upcoming tour. That was on the outside.

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.