Just testing my new Apogee Duet interface with Logic. I've not had much time of late so haven't practiced for a while, hopefully this'll get my fingers moving again :p
Improv (Apogee Duet test)
How exactly did he get that damned awful outside sound (and without even thinking all that much)?
Well, it goes like this....
On 28 October in Bologna hold an event not to be missed for all lovers of progressive band Dream Theater. John Petrucci, at one of four Italian dates of the band, will hold a meeting in Bologna that will answer questions and sign autographs. Almost certainly there will be braced for the possibility that the guitar and amaze the audience with his guitar mastery. Petrucci will meet at 14 fans inside AllforMusic for this Meet & Greet to be held in collaboration with Tomassone Mogar. The Mogar for the occasion will give a Music Man Stealth Black one of the participants. To participate you must book the number 0516490868 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org insert name, telephone number and number of participants.
Rare video(for some odd reason) of Key To The City, of his criminally underrated masterpiece Maximum Security, if you love Guitar music and don't have this album then get your asses to the shop or online store and get this EPIC motherfucker
One of the most talented musicians and performers around. One of the greatest guitarists and singers, a true rock legend and my musical hero. I was lucky enough to chat to him, see him play guitar in a music shop.., as if that wasn't enough I then to have the privilege of being the only fan allowed in soundcheck for the Leeds gig as well as being on the guestlist!photo gallery
He is a really cool, down to earth guy and very humble. His bassist and drummer were also awesome people and musicians.
The gig needless to say was breathtaking, so much so I went to Manchester the next day to catch the next gig!
New York Dolls' Guitar Slinger
to release hot new album
"STEVE CONTE & THE CRAZY TRUTH"
Released in the UK/ Europe on November 30th
by Varese Vintage/Colosseum Music
"There is very little genuine rock and roll out there at the moment - but Steve Conte has hit the nail on the head with this one!"
- Steve Lillywhite (producer of U2, Rolling Stones, Morrissey)
To rock and rollers around the globe, the legendary Steve Conte is probably best known as the lead guitarist, songwriter/and backing vocalist in the New York Dolls. Conte is also the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for a raft of other bands including Crown Jewels, The Contes, and his latest incarnation - Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth.
Sonically, The Crazy Truth lies somewhere between garage rock and punk blues with hints of Latin-soul in a dark, smoky lounge. It's the Stooges and the Stones versus Morphine and Tom Waits. The vibe is best described by Conte as "classic roots with a modern twist."
Steve Conte delivers the power, soul and raunch. He's a runaway guitar hero on the edge of falling apart - with the voice of a derelict angel. Drummer Phil Stewart is equal parts Max Roach and Keith Moon while bassist Leeko was weaned on The Clash and old school reggae. Says Conte, "This album sounds like a band playing live because it's drums, bass and guitar together in one room, solos recorded live on the basic tracks, rough and tough. It was like doing a gig. I love playing live with this band because it's all about interplay and the moment. We don't just deliver the songs...we JAM!"
1. This Is The End
2. Gypsy Cab
3. Texas T
4. The Goods Are Odd
5. Get Off
6. The Truth Ain't Pretty
7. Her Highness
8. Busload of Hope
9. Strumpet-hearted Monkey Girl
10. Indie Girl
11. Junk Planet
Lyrically, the songs reflect two decades of life and excess in New York City...the distractions troubled souls move toward to fill the emptiness. Dive bars, gambling, sex and drugs. It's all there, but not celebrated with the traditional macho rock attitude. It's more about redemption.
On The Truth Ain't Pretty, Conte sings, "I'm always putting the last things first, that's why I'm starting out with the second verse," while on The Goods Are Odd he croons "Drag queens, drama queens, future ex-porn stars, we're all looking for lovers with beautiful scars."
Whether he's the morally bankrupt guy "coming downtown in a Gypsy Cab" (from the standout track Gypsy Cab) or riding a Busload of Hope to Atlantic City, Conte offers a sense of optimism in the song This Is The End - "In the end we transcend - we're divine".
Special guests on the album includes David Johansen (New York Dolls) on harmonica,Catherine Russell (David Bowie) and Nicki Richards (Madonna) on backing vocals, plusDanny Ray (Sylvain Sylvain/Johnny Thunders), Kiku Collins (Beyonce) Tom Timko (StevieWonder) on horns.
The album was mixed by the legendary Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Keith Richards) and mastered by Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Green Day).
Steve Conte and the New York Dolls on tour in the UK from 2nd December