STEEL PANTHER'S NEXT BASSIST: Made you look, right? 😜 OK but seriously you guys, how is it possible that I didn't know about this whole "Steel Panther Bass Audition Tournament Of Champions" thing until today? I mean, I should have auditioned, right? Right?! I had a character ready to go and everything (see first comment)...
VAI TIME: Looks like Steve Vai is gearing up to release his next album. I'm on the third track, "Little Pretty". It's a wild and dense yet melodic and beautiful tune, a fun and worthwhile challenge to get my mind around. I haven't heard the rest of the album. Perhaps you should. 😉Yup, it’s ready. And it drops on January 28th, 2022. It’s called “Inviolate”. Enjoy the ride. ... See MoreSee Less
GETTING BACK (or, HOW I GOT RETWEETED BY THE BEATLES): So, on Friday night, right after I watched Part 1 of The Beatles doc “Get Back” and was already once-in-a-lifetime floored by it, I posted the following, only on Twitter, just as a snap reaction:
****“MOVED TO TEARS: I can't believe how wonderful and mindblowing The Beatles "Get Back" is. If you've ever been in a band & you're a Beatles fan, it's startlingly intimate and moving. To describe it is to defile it. Something to be grateful for in these crazy times. Happy Gobble!”****
And then, believe it or not, The Beatles’ twitter account *retweeted* it, resulting in the tweet then - as the kids say - blowing up. My one and only truly viral tweet, and really all because The Beatles were my parents’ favorite band and they had every album on vinyl and I listened to them all over and over before the age of 10. Weird, and fun!
Anyway, I finished watching it over the weekend, one night at a time, and I just keep thinking it’s a miracle that it even exists. I know a lot of people following me are musicians. We have to remember that, for the overwhelming majority of people who are *not* musicians, no movie or TV documentary has ever really captured the group creative process - which always, always has personal overtones - of working through new material. Not *really*, and certainly not any material that nearly everyone knows.
Now, one has, and because The Beatles still in many ways are the biggest band in the world in terms of the number of living fans, we’ve just experienced a true mass-consciousness-shifting event: Now people know what it’s like to be in a band, deal with each other, and write and record new material under pressure. Remember, before digital home studios, going into the studio was very expensive and there was always pressure to deliver the goods!
Most people didn’t really know what that was like, except for us. Before they didn’t, now they do.
That alone is miraculous. The fact that it’s The Beatles - the world’s biggest band, under the most pressure imaginable - who ended up being the teaching example is simply otherworldly, indescribable.
CAPTION THIS: I’ll go first - Professor Purple always checks with his trusted quality-control expert (and best girl) Eagle-Eared Ellie to ensure chart-reading excellence and accuracy on his last take. ... See MoreSee Less
FOR THE ROCKSTARS OF TOMORROW: Hey, maybe that’s you! I’ll be at the Rockstars of Tomorrow Norco CA this Sunday at 2pm for my first SoCal clinic in many years. Here’s a little promo video I did to hype it up. No shame, my game, etc. Also, it’s free with RSVP. And I’ll be doing a couple of tunes I’ve never done before in this format, including one very special cover. 😉
This event is sponsored by Mike Lull Custom Guitars & Guitarworks and D'Addario and Co. . Many thanks to those fine makers of extremely excellent gear!
STEEL PANTHER'S NEXT BASSIST: Made you look, right? 😜 But srsly u guys, how did I not know about this whole "Steel Panther Bass Audition Contest" thing until today? I should have auditioned, right?! I had a character ready to go and everything...