You mixed this DVD with Rich Chycki. What are the challenges to that?
The challenges are small things, like the perspective of where the
guitar sits, because the drums take up a great deal of space. I have to
say, the mixes on this DVD were probably the easiest way to get a great
focus on the instruments. There’s a lot of air around all the
instruments, but it’s still really cohesive. I’m really happy with the
tonality of this DVD. To get my guitar tones, we used a combination of
Palmer speaker simulators and mics on my Hughes & Kettners. Rich
did the majority of the work on it. He has a great understanding of how
we sound in our heads, and he translates that well.
Which guitar of yours gets the biggest reaction?
Most definitely my white Gibson ES-355. I’m playing the Inspired By reissue version for “The Trees,” but at the end of the night, for the encore, I’m using my original 355. I do worry about it disappearing or having some horrible thing happen to it. There’s so much history in that guitar. But I wanted to bring it because it sounds so good and it’s so much fun to play.
How did you get involved with ivideosongs, where you demonstrate “Tom Sawyer” and other tunes?
To be honest, I’m not really comfortable doing those things and I was reluctant. When I saw what they were doing, and a couple of the other artists on their site, I warmed up to the idea. We did it at my studio, so I was comfortable. After we got started, I realized that it wasn’t such a difficult thing to do. Be yourself, goof around, talk about which parts are hard to play, and so on. It seemed to flow very naturally and it was a lot of fun. What would you have thought as a kid if you could have watched Jimmy Page or Pete Townshend demonstrate their songs? It would have saved me a lot of time [laughs]. It would have been amazing. It would still be amazing.
You guys play some tunes on this DVD, like “Circumstances” and “Entre Nous,” that haven’t been in the set in a while and really make the fans go crazy.
We try to work in older songs like those. We bring in a list and try them out in rehearsal, and if we get fired up, we go with them. One tune we tried was “A Farewell to Kings,” and it just didn’t get us going. We ran it a couple of times and moved on. “Circumstances” had something we really liked. “Entre Nous” is one we had never played live. Those songs really do make people happy, and it’s rewarding to look out and see so many smiling faces.
Cloud Microphones Releases The Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI
Watch Metallica Perform “One” with Lang Lang Live in Beijing
Ashdown Releases Funk Face – Stuart Zender Signature Twin Dynamic Filter Pedal
TASCAM Announces Additions to Professional Rackmount Line
NAMM 2017 Highlights From Tracktion Corp
Cloud Microphones Unveils Cloudlifter Zi Vari-Z Instrument DI and Mic Activator
Top Keyboard Gear Picks for NAMM 2017, Day 2
Sennheiser Launches New Frequency Variants for Evolution Wireless 300 and 500 Series Microphone Systems
Ibanez Celebrates the JEM with 30th Anniversary Model
Watch Nita Straussâ€™ Shred in New Video for â€œPandemoniumâ€
Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 10 Greatest Guitar Moments
Hellyeah Premiere New Music Video, "Love Falls"
Thy Art Is Murder Announce the Return of Vocalist C.J. McMahon, Premiere New Single, "No Absolution"
Falling In Reverse Premiere New Song, "Loser," Announce New Album Details
NAMM 2017: Jackson Guitars Releases New Dinky Models
NAMM 2017: Taylor Guitars Unveils Academy Series and 800 Deluxe Series
NAMM 2017: EVH Announces New EVH Striped Series 5150 Guitar Based on the Original
Copyright ©2017 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470