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Festival in Czech Republic just been added with Michael Schenker. We're playing the BENÁTSKÁ! Festival in Liberec/Areál Vesec on 30th July. The great Tom Jones is on the bill too - now I want to see HIM live!
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It will be a particular pleasure for me to visit Japan with Michael as I unfortunately missed the tour with McAuley Schenker Group back in 1987 due to family illness. Better late than never - Let's ROCK!!
Great short feature from Wieland Morawietz documenting the Ignore The Sign "Saviours of Rock" gig in Hannover on Friday. (Please excuse my German!) Thank you Wieland - great job!
Very happy to say that I'll be playing guitar and keys at 2 festivals with Michael Schenker this summer. First up is the Sweden Rock Festival on June 11th, followed by the Rock Fest Barcelona on July 15th. Both shows feature the rhythm section of Ted McKenna and Chris Glen, and for Sweden Michael has invited 3 of his past singers to play at the one show - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and my old mate Robin McAuley. Should be enormous fun! Stay tuned as there are more shows to be announced.
Sweden Rock Festical
Rock Fest Barcelona
The mixing has begun. The raw sounds are all clean - no mics got knocked off their positions or anything which is always good news! It's giving me a chance to really test drive PreSonus Studio One and so far so good. It's handling 48 tracks of 48kHz/24 bit audio, each of 3.5 hours duration (total of around 170 hours along the timeline) plus video, plus lots of plugins and we're nowhere near maxing out the CPU. That's all good news because I just love the fast workflow of S1 too.
The musicianship is exemplary of course! By the way, the video still frame shows Bruce Welch of the Shadows playing THAT Strat - the first one exported out of the US in 1959.
But let's not forget Chris Farlow, Shakin Stevens, Joe Brown... these concerts at the weekend are going to be unbelievable if the music today is anything to go by.
Everything is being recorded onto PreSonus Studio One running on my laptop (with Reaper running on the backups). I upped the track count from the Dante network to 64 tracks today and it handled it beautifully. Studio One is impressing me a lot and I have already used it to mix the 3 initial solo tracks from Albert on it.
Gotta say, another personal highlight was getting to play the first ever Stratocaster to be brought into Europe - a pink 1959 belonging to Bruce Welch. Beautiful machine - and I think only Clapton's Brownie could ever top that one for me.
It was great to witness Albert meeting up with these guys, some of them the first time in years. But especially moving was the deep respect and love these guys have for Albert, which is why they are all so happy to come and help him celebrate his 70th at the Cadogan Hall this weekend.
From a technical standpoint (getting back to my main job...) I hooked up my laptop to the Dante network (over Ethernet) and let 48 tracks of direct audio from the Yamaha CL5 desk record for nearly 5 hours. Ran beautifully without a hitch. On the concert nights we will have an additional 2 laptops running as backups - definitely do not want to risk missing a single second of these concerts - think they are going to be something truly remarkable.
Guitarist, Keyboardist, Producer/Engineer.