My first Marshall was a Super Lead 100 that I bought along with a 4X12 cabinet that was stenciled 'Ram Jam,' back in 1977.
Yup, the Black Betty rig, and I've not been the same, nor quite right since. Notable tours of duty have included working as a guitar tech for Michael Schenker (McAuley/Schenker days), playing with such notables as Bobby Womack, Iggy Pop, and too many others, and working as a manager in the Guitar Center chain for many years, where I started out at on Sunset Boulevard back in 85.
I currently write my Rock Guitar Daily blog, manage an artist here and there (more on that very soon), and have returned to Los Angeles to seemingly do it all over again.
While I'm at it, I'm going to join a band, or two, as well and make some noise.
That was me you saw talking to Billy Gibbons last week in that Mexican restaurant in Hollywood. Never let the third act be boring. And you'll hear me say this a lot - Rock Ain't Near Dead.
31st July 2014: Dick Wagner Obituary
30th July 2014: Ace Frehley: 'Space Invader'
30th July 2014: That Metal Show Presents: Anthrax, Living Colour, Corey Taylor: Thunder Valley Casino, Northern California
20th June 2014: The Dagger
20th June 2014: The Who: 'Quadrophenia - Live In London'
10th June 2014: Interview With Scott Gorham Of Black Star Riders/Thin Lizzy
10th June 2014: Kadavar: 'Live In Antwerp'
30th May 2014: California Breed: Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood
27th May 2014: Pinnick Gales Pridgen: 'PGP 2'
27th May 2014: Rival Sons: 'Great Western Valkyrie'
19th May 2014: Black Star Riders: Harlow's, Sacramento, California
16th May 2014: Glenn Hughes Talks About His Split With Joe Bonamassa And Being Excited About California Breed
12th May 2014: Joe Satriani And Jake Brown: 'Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir'
23rd April 2014: Motörhead With Support From Graveyard: Warfield Theater, San Francisco
14th April 2014: Jack Bruce: 'Silver Rails'
9th April 2014: California Breed: 'California Breed'
7th April 2014: Joe Satriani: In Conversation About His Solo Career, Chickenfoot And Collaborations
12th March 2014: Gus G: 'I Am The Fire'
9th March 2014: Korn + King's X + Lynch Mob = KXM = Synergy
1st March 2014: George Lynch's Mob Makes A Good Effort But Stalls Out In Sacramento
20th February 2014: Cynic: 'Kindly Bent To Free Us'
13th February 2014: Bigelf: 'Into The Maelstrom'
12th February 2014: Michael Schenker's Temple Of Rock: The Boardwalk, Sacramento, California
5th February 2014: Brian Tichy - MVP For NAMM Week 2014 With Bonzo Bash And Randy Rhoads Remembered Tribute Shows
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