Paul Gilbert: The “Fuzz Universe” Interview

Matt Warnock:
You’ve said that your experiences on the G3 tour back in 2007 helped inspire to you write and record “Fuzz Universe.” Was it playing with those guys every night that inspired you, or playing in an instrumental setting for the tour, or both?

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Paul Gilbert: I was truly surprised by the audiences at G3. Every night we’d go onstage in a different city and there would be more guitar fans than I ever imagined possible. And they loved it when we played lots of solos. It really opened my eyes to the culture of guitar.

I grew up listening to music where guitar always shared the spotlight with the vocalist, the song, and band. G3 showed me that that mixture doesn’t have to be exact. You can focus on the guitar and the world doesn’t come to an end. In fact, it can be even more exciting for those of us who love the guitar.

Of course, having nightly jam sessions with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci was very inspiring as well. I loved every second of that tour.