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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 4:53 am    Post subject: The Sweat Blessing
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I'm learning how to play my new guitar and it's going fairly well, thanks to the Sweat Blessing.

You see, when I was in high school I went to an AC/DC concert. I was sitting in the aisle seat when half way through the show, Angus Young came down the steps right next to me, riding on a roadie's back and playing guitar like a wild man! For some unknown reason I reached up and patted him on the back with my left hand. This got some of Angus Young's sweat on my fingers, and that's how I received the Sweat Blessing!

Now I'm having fun learning the chords, and I even had one moment last night where the strings just seemed to fall into place so to speak. I know it's because I received the Sweat Blessing over 20 years ago, and the power to Rock has been latent within me all this time.

So hopefully soon I'll be jamming all night on this beautiful guitar. For those about to rock, we salute you! Do you have any similar stories? Fess up and share!

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

OH YEAH!

First off... October 1972, Columbia, SC. I was 15 and went to an Alice Cooper concert. I was walking around the place he was playing (Carolina Coliseum) and there was this guy walking around outside with a boa constrictor around his neck. I thought, I should go meet this guy. So, I walked up to him and talked to him a bit. I asked him if it was Alice's snake and he snickered a little and said "Yeah". At that moment I looked at him and said, "You're...?" He smiled bigger and said "Yeah." I was stunned, but stayed cool. We walked into the coliesum together. He sid gotta go, I said later. Since that moment, I wanted to be a musician.

Another very cool conection with a great musician was at an Ian Hunter/Mick Ronson show. There was hardly anyone there, and I was right up front. Standing in front of Ian Hunter, and had my drink on the stage. I went with a fellow Gothic Playground band member, who had never heard of Ian Hunter before that night. The small few of us in the crowd were calling up song requests. I called for "Death May Be Your Santa Claus", "Lounge Lizard", ect. But at one point I said "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" which was the first solo album by Mick Ronson. The band finished the show, did an encore. And while the rest of the band was walking off the stage, Mick Ronson walked up to me, bent down slightly and played "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue". I thanked him, he thanked me and walked off the stage. That was the coolest thing that has ever happened to me.

AND THEN....

A few years ago, I saw Mountain in a small club in Tallahassee. During the first song, Leslie West handed me his guitar pick, held down his guitar and said (in a very loud Leslie West sort of way) "PLAY!". So I nervously stroked the strings and then he pulled back and continued playing. I still have that pick, all of my picks are now that width and I started using lighter guage strings AND shortly after this, the whole Oenyaw thing started. I mean, if Leslie West tells you to play, you should get off your ass and start playing.

I fucking love music!

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Great stories, I was hoping for a few like that! We need more stories to entertain us! If you have one, don't be shy, tell us your music hero stories!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Bumping this thread to the top because i like it...

Les

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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You see, when I was in high school I went to an AC/DC concert. I was sitting in the aisle seat when half way through the show, Angus Young came down the steps right next to me, riding on a roadie's back and playing guitar like a wild man!


Dude!!! I had the exact same experience!!! Only difference was I didn't get any Angus sweat on me. AC/DC was opening for Cheap Trick; must have been '78 or '79. I had never even heard of AC/DC - I was there to see Cheap Trick (for the second time). At some point in the show, you could hear Angus wailing on the guitar, but you couldn't see him. All of a sudden, here comes, right up past my seat, on the back of a roadie, playing like the madman you describe (he had the same model/year as my Gibson SG!!!). I could never understand how that man could keep his head bobbing like that and still play like that, let alone not collapse from a migraine headache.

AC/DC burned that place down. Made Cheap Trick seem sooooo lame afterwards. Worst choice for an opening act....ever.

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Haha, yeah and they're still a powerhouse today! Long live AC/DC!!!

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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

A bit more synchronicity. I just ran across this:

http://zeegrooves.blogspot.com/2011/02/cheap-trick-surrender.html

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Great stories, I was hoping for a few like that! We need more stories to entertain us! If you have one, don't be shy, tell us your music hero stories!


I don't have any stories like that, but my kids do! When they were like 12 I would take them to see local rock bands. (kind of frowned on by bar owners. I was an unconventional mom!) Bands like "Dezire" would give my son guitar picks. One time my son caught a drumstick from some band. Or was it my daughter. My daughter & I went to a Dream Theater concert & edged our way to the front. We were close enough that John Petrucci might have dripped a few molecules of sweat on us!!! My whole family is musical.

Oh, I got my start in bluegrass and got close to a lot of the semi-greats in that genre. Or at least musicians I thought were great. They'd let me try their instruments too!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Good times, Laura. Why am I not surprised you were a cool mom?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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Good times, Laura. Why am I not surprised you were a cool mom?

Les


Hahahah... thanks Smile The conventional view would be that rock music was a 'bad influence". I just thought that music was a great influence to have in your life.

And I guess it worked cause I have some great kids, and my son Aaron ("Genetique")was an electronica geek since about age 13, and he taught me a good deal of what I know about MIDI and electronica. He and I did a set together last year. This year we are both planning to do solo sets. OK, enough with the "mom" bragging. Wink

So I guess those guitar picks did work!
(what can synth-heads give out as an equivalent of a guitar pick? Patch cords? Capacitors? Smile)

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I guess we could give away mini-synths. In fact, I just finished building one of my own design. Turned out retty good too.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Saw Commander Cody last weekend, and got to talking with George after the show. I asked him if he could give me some tips on getting my left and right hands working together on the keyboard. He spent about five or ten minutes giving me some pointers, which helped right away.
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