Last night I was in Acton, London to attend guitarist extraordinaire Dave Martone's masterclass, a combination of amusing PowerPoint slides and guitarists' tips and tricks interspersed with several classic Martone songs. After a nearly a decade of on-off correspondence, it was great to finally meet up and have a few beers and a catch-up after the gig.
Those in the know will be aware that I featured 2 Martone tracks on my label, Liquid Note Records' compilation albums, The Alchemists and The Alchemists II. I've been a fan since Martone's first mid-90s release, Shut Up & Listen and have watched his career blossom since. He's now one of the most respected new players in the business, having played with Steve Morse, Jennifer Batten, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe and as recent support to Joe Satriani. He's paid his dues and the dividends are starting to show.
It was a great show with some superb playing by Mr Martone, with excellent support from local musicians on several of the songs.
Have a great time in Italy, Dave. And remember to show Marty who's boss...
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