Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
This was a cool event. The last time I attended a guitar clinic at Instrumental Music was Michael Angelo (Batio) in the 80s when the store was on the other side of the boulevard and Doug Aldrich was still giving lessons there.
George was funny from the second he came out and addressed the crowd.
He asked if he could smoke while he played. Then he said "I bet you you’d let Slash smoke in here.” It was classic.
He shredded along with a few backing tracks before doing a Q&A. I learned some new stuff while watching him play.
Someone asked how he got the clean tones he did on the new Dokken album.That elicited a good laugh for the other attendees.
George said he hasn’t been in Dokken since 1997 and that’s Don’s lawyer playing on the album.
George talked about the music industry, how the internet affects the music world these days, what he’s been working on and all kinds of interesting things. Very insightful stuff.
The coolest story may have been when he was talking about taking over Randy Rhoads’ teaching gig when Randy joined Ozzy. Getting to hear about that story with George’s comedic commentary added in was great.
He also went into detail about his guitars and his rig. This was both funny and informative. He had his "go-to" guitar (he said he’s recorded the majority of his music with it), a new Diezel head and the cabinet he was using used to belong to Eddie Van Halen – it was kind of a cool wooden box-looking thing.
George is 58 years old. I never would have guessed. He seems very down to earth, unlike some guitar players of his caliber. Here’s to George rocking into his later years..
After he shredded it up and answered all the questions from the crowd, he signed some merch and took pictures with the people in attendance. They even raffled off a guitar to some lucky guy.
Thanks, Instrumental- this was a great one.