All suited and booted for the train photo shoot!
What an interesting shoot, because unlike most shoots we could only take photos at precise times.
There was a lot of standing around waiting for the trains to come along. This was far from the typical photo session where you’re in a nice studio with a handy refreshment table in the corner stocked with booze. This was like the type of session where you have to avoid birds sh**?ing on your head while you try to pose!!
Playing live will always be the ultimate rush! There's nothing quite like it. We all know the highs that go with playing live, but maybe some people aren’t all that clued in on the lows that come with a live gig.
With seven years of playing live, I have certainly had my share of Spinal Tap stories. Like the time when I jumped off the stage at a festival (which I was headlining), getting up close to the wild fans in the front row, but realising that getting back on the very high stage was be even more of a mission… This resulted in one huge leap back on the stage that resulted in my wireless falling out and smashing into a thousand pieces!!
Or the time I did one of my ‘TJ jumps’ while doing the splits, and not realising that the big stage I was playing on was compiled of several smaller stages… the second I landed I felt the stage beneath me part like the f?**ing red sea!! I think the sound guy had to leave the mixing desk to kick the stage back into place!!
Ok, so we played our first gig since releasing the album at Harlow, Essex’s famed venue The Square, and the night was most defiantly a triumphant success!
The crowd was rowdy, energetic and (on a few occasions) more than happy to stage dive!!!
If you were unlucky and missed the show, don’t worry, it was also filmed and will be uploaded to YouTube very soon…
Now that the drums and bass are finished, it came time to record the guitar tracks.
One thing I over looked was that I’d never recorded with John K before. Which means I had no idea how precise he was with perfecting each note. At some points, we’d record some rhythm sections and John would hear an discrepancy when recording chords, so he had me recording each string separately, literally breaking up the chord and recording it note for note.
I’d never recorded like this in my life, everything had to be just right. If there was the slightest little problem, one that only John could hear, it had to be remedied!
It was at this point that I understood Def Leppard's frustrations when recording with Mutt Lange!
(in no particular order…)
Poison ~ Life Goes On ~ CC Deville
Guns N Roses ~ November Rain ~ Slash
KISS ~ Tears Are Falling ~ Bruce Kulick
Journey ~ Separate Ways ~ Neal Schon
Def Leppard ~ Bad Actress ~ Phil Collen & Vivian Campbell
Aerosmith ~ Amazing ~ Joe Perry
Judas Priest ~ Locked In ~ Glenn Tipton
Slash (Solo) ~ I Hold On~ Slash
ZZ Top ~ Rough Boy ~ Billy F Gibbons
Van Halen ~ Ice Cream Man ~ Eddie Van Halen