7 questions with Loverboy's Paul Dean: First songs, embarrassing stage moments, and why the Neural DSP Quad Cortex is a game-changer

Paul Dean performs onstage
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Living legend and longtime Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean checks in with Guitar World for some quick-fire Q&A action where he discusses the electric guitars he’d save from a house fire, the genius consistency of 21st-century amp modelers, and why you should not do big stretches when wearing cowboy boots onstage.

If you play guitar, you must, however, learn how to write songs, he says. Because that’s all that matters.

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Joe Matera

Joe Matera is an Australian guitarist and music journalist who has spent the past two decades interviewing a who's who of the rock and metal world and written for Guitar World, Total Guitar, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Sound On Sound, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and many others. He is also a recording and performing musician and solo artist who has toured Europe on a regular basis and released several well-received albums including instrumental guitar rock outings through various European labels. Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has called him, "... a great guitarist who knows what an electric guitar should sound like and plays a fluid pleasing style of rock." He's the author of Backstage Pass: The Grit and the Glamour.