BowieVision Rehearsal

BowieVision Rehearsal
On Tuesday 7/29 we held a full-band rehearsal in preparation for the upcoming BowieVision shows. When I recently upgraded my Fractal Audio AxeFX II XL to the most current firmware, I also updated the amp models in all of the presets I use for this show. It took me a bit of adjustment to get ...

Preparing for the 8/2 BowieVision Performance

Preparing for the 8/2 BowieVision Performance
This coming Saturday, my band BowieVision is performing at Nectar in Seattle. We are working on a few new songs for this performance, including “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”, from the Scary Monsters album. It’s another time I have to recreate the frenetic 1980s guitar sound of Robert Fripp. On this track, I believe he is using a Watkins Electric ...

Thoughts on the 7/16 Dudley Manlove Quartet / BowieVision Performances

On Saturday 7/16, I performed at the Bite of Seattle with two of my bands: The Dudley Manlove Quartet, and BowieVision. We had the opportunity for both bands to perform on the same stage, in adjacent time slots, so it was actually very easy from a logistic standpoint. The Bite of Seattle is a food ...

Thoughts On The 5/24 BowieVision Performance

Thoughts On The 5/24 BowieVision Performance
On Saturday 5/24, BowieVision performed at the Triple Door in Seattle. This was our first run of new shows at this venue, and it was a great opportunity to show off our full production. This was also my first big stage performance with my Fractal Audio AxeFX II XL system. About a month before this ...

Fractal Audio AxeFX Rig : Introduction 1

Fractal Audio AxeFX Rig : Introduction
Over the past few weeks I’ve radically changed my guitar rig, replacing my pedals / pedalboard and amplifier with a Fractal Audio AxeFX system. The preamp / processor is the new AxeFX II XL, which handles all of the amp and cabinet modeling, along with signal routing and effects. I’m using the dedicated Fractal Audio MFC-101 ...

Fractal Audio AxeFX

Over the past few months I’ve been exploring the possibility of moving from my traditional effects / tub amp setup to a more flexible system based around the Fractal Audio AxeFX. I made the decision to proceed with ordering the system. I’ve received all of the elements of my new guitar rig, and have already ...

Redesigning My Music Rig(s)

Well, it’s that time of the year… I’m taking a long look at my music rig(s) and pondering some significant changes. In the context of my bands I have the need for two basic configurations. THE BIG RIG This is the setup for multi-instruments (guitar, bass, Warr guitar) and for use on larger stages (Triple ...

Rehearsing for BowieVision

Over the past few weeks the members of BowieVision have been working hard to polish our arrangements for the upcoming shows. We have a number of new songs being added for these performances and I’ve continued to refine my tones as I pay tribute to Bowie’s very talented guitarists. For most of the songs I’m ...

Thoughts on the Dudley Manlove Quartet’s New Year’s Eve performance

This year for the New Year’s Eve we were hired to perform at a wedding reception. It’s unusual for us to take a private booking for this night as it’s usually the biggest public event of our year. The client for this event was a friend of the band’s and she wanted to throw a ...

Pondering The Rig

My existing live performance setup is very good. I use a combination of great instruments, boutique pedals, a central multi-effect unit and a fabulous tube amp. I’ve been very satisfied with the tone and versatility of my rig, but it has some factors that make it challenging: No presets for my boutique pedals. The only ...