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I picked up Dave at the Moore theater and we headed over to Pike Place for a little touristy lunch and a coffee. Dave’s got a lot going on, there is of course the Vai tour with a few dates left in the states and then a trip to Europe for a few months, but also a new record out, a complete revamp of the Riff of the Week website, YouTube channel and apps, his fusion trio Visible at Night and of course loads of personal things as busy people usually do. I was incredibly greatful for his time and we enjoyed a nice lunch and then hit the first Starbucks for a touristy coffee before heading to Guitar Center.
It was kind of fun to just kill time walking around Guitar Center bullshitting about this and that, looking at Guitars and Amps, talking about gear, etc. I got more insight on what makes Paul Reed Smith guitars so cool and why Dave plays them. There were a few cool vintage instruments and we pondered the strange decisions Ibanez has been making lately with their product lines.
Back at the Moore
After GC, we headed back to the Moore Theater to shoot the interview I posted earlier today. It was over an hour and I will try to get the audio up as a podcast shortly for those of you who want his insight into recording his latest album “A Collection of Short Stories Vol. 1.”
After we chatted, we headed up to the stage and I got a tour of his rig and guitars. He was having a bit of trouble with latency in his patch switching so I pulled out my Macbook Pro and we tried to update his AxeFXII to V8 to see if it solved the problem. Steve Vai’s tech Thomas Nordegg was on hand and decided to update Steve’s too.
With both rigs updated, I hung out and watched sound check. There was a strange zipper noise in Dave’s rig when he used his expression pedals for the AxeFX, so when check was over, we hurried up and reverted his back to V7.
The concert was amazing as you might expect. Vai was a monster and the whole band sounded fantastic. The Freidman amp Dave is using sounded like an absolute beast.
I had an absolutely guitar-nerd-tastic day and cannot thank Dave enough for his time, hospitality and killer tickets for the show. If you haven’t already, you have to check out his latest album.
Enjoyed meeting Ryan G. Bruce Sunday and hanging out with him to mix and master his new record “Save For All Things.” Ryan ran the mixing show, I just sat in to provide him some help getting around in Logic and some mixing tips, and then bring it all up to ear splitting levels :) I cranked up the Mesa Mark V and plugged in my Gold Top Les Paul to put a little melodic color on the song “The Hope.” It’s a great sample of what this guy can do, be sure to check it out and for God’s sake, he’s asking a dollar for all four songs, buy this shit!
Check him out at his Bandcamp site and be sure to check out his great gear demos and instructionals on YouTube.