Guitarist Tommy Denander is joined by former members of Journey, Toto, Chicago, and Rainbow on this amazing live cut. Denander was covered in the 6/13 issue of GP, and you can read that interview below.
By Matt Blackett
Swedish guitarist Tommy Denander is currently a member of former Toto singer Bobby Kimball’s band and is also in the backing band for Legends: Voices of Rock, a touring consortium that includes Kimball and vocalists from Deep Purple, Journey, Chicago, Rainbow, and others. Although Denander has played on more than 2,000 records, he was able to pick five of his favorites. 1. Paul Stanley Live to Win My friend Andreas Carlsson called me while I was on vacation in L.A. and asked me if I could come to Desmond Child’s studio and do a couple of sessions, including Paul’s new solo album. I played on the song “Wake Up Screaming” and the title track. Because I only had access to a small but good-sounding combo and not my full rig, the amp sound wasn’t big enough to carry the rhythms. So, all they kept was an old Ace Frehley trick I used where you turn down the volume of the neck pickup and flick the switch back and forth. 2. Alice Cooper Welcome 2 My Nightmare I was already writing with Bob Ezrin’s cousin Jeremy Rubolino for the new Alice Cooper album and sending those demos to Bob. I ended up working on the opening track, “I Am Made of You.” I used my signature VGS TD-Special with the Evertune bridge and True Temperament frets through a Suhr Badger for the clean sounds and a Laboga Mr. Hector for the distortion. 3. Fee Waybill Don’t Be Scared by These Hands I’m a huge fan of the Tubes and when my friend Bruce Gaitsch (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion) asked me if I wanted to play on Fee’s new album back in 1996, I was at a loss for words. I’m on the song “Dying of Delight.” I recorded my parts on ADAT back in Sweden and used a Zion guitar with EMGs and Floyd Rose through a custom-built preamp and Marshall power amp with just my Rocktron Intellifex for reverb and delay. I love the solo to this day. At the end I came up with a line of false harmonics through the fade that sounds pretty cool. I was listed as “Swedish Solo” in the credits, which I liked. 4. Guitars for Freedom II It was an honor to be asked to do a song for this project since the other guitarists on it include Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Michael Landau, and Andy Summers. I picked one of my favorite compositions, “Grace,” that features Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, David Foster on piano, Randy Goodrum on keyboards, and my dear friend Michael Thompson on some amazing guitar effects. I played all melodies and solos on a beautiful purple Tom Anderson with a flame top into a Marshall JMP-1 preamp going direct to my Mackie mixer, blending in effects from the Rocktron Intellifex. 5. Ricky Martin Mas I had worked on some really cool songs with Desmond Child for an Adam Lambert record. He decided not to use them and I had forgotten about the songs until I got an email saying that Ricky Martin was using three of those tunes and Desmond was producing the album. I ended up playing on three songs and one of them, “No Te Miento,” also released in English as “Liar,” features a cool intro riff. Desmond asked me, “Do you remember the intro to my song ‘Poison’ for Alice Cooper?” I did, and I came up with a little copy riff of that for this song. I used my first VGS signature model with a Schaller Floyd Rose through Laboga Mr. Hector amps for this album.