Controversial Quote From Steven Wilson

In a recent interview Steven Wilson said:

I’d rather hear Dave Gilmour playing one note and break my heart, than hearing Joe Satriani playing 300 notes and not touch me in any way at all.

I agree with that, but not fully. The only part I disagree with is “Joe Satriani”. I think he just picked the wrong guitarist.

And to those wondering if he really said that. Yep, he actually did…

I’ve said it before, I’m going to say it again, Music is art, not a competition.

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Merely a Coincidence? I Don’t Think So

Last night I was quickly checking my Facebook feed before going to bed and a very familiar photo caught my attention. The picture was posted by my friend Alex Argento, the amazing sound engineer and keyboard player, the very same guy who mixed Solipsistic. The title of his post was “Here is where it began!”

The picture is him as a kid playing this red toy piano that I immediately recognized… because I had one exactly like it (mine was orange), and I have a picture playing it (kinda) too, so I thought why not share it with him and with all of you.

Alex (left) and myself (right) playing the same toy piano

Alex (left) and myself (right) playing the same toy piano

Alex pointed out that my hand was on the power button, ready to call it quits and move to another instrument. But hey, look at that left hand constantly playing the lowest C, trying to sound as heavy as possible.

This is how you properly do a Throwback Thursdays,not with a picture taken two weeks ago.

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The Gentle Storm – Update 1

I share the same feelings with Arjen Lucassen regarding Anneke Van Giersbergen’s voice. Here’s the first update for their new project The Gentle Storm.

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My “Wish You Were Here” Cover Remake

Recently I visited Los Angeles with my wife, and we took a tour of the Warner Bros studios.

This was the outcome…

Warner Bros.

Our tour guide didn’t even know the cover for Pink Floyd’s album was taken at their studios, but she was super helpful finding the exact spot. When I showed her the legendary cover on my phone, she immediately said I know exactly where this is! And she took us there and also took the shot. Awesomeness.

And here’s another with the fire for full effect. Luckily I didn’t have to burn myself.
Wish You Were Here cover remake

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Tony Iommi is Battling Cancer

Tony Iommi

Black Sabbath’s guitarist Tony Iommi revealed about his Cancer in his interview with Mirror magazine yesterday. Tony had starting working on the latest Black Sabbath album 13 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012.

Apparently when Iommi gathered his bandmates around to tell them the bad news, Ozzy said “Oh yeah, didn’t so and so die from that?”, jokingly I am assuming.

In the interview mr. Iommi says:

When the doctors told me I had cancer I thought, ‘That’s it then.’ Cancer was death as far as I was concerned. I found a painful lump in my groin while I was in New York promoting my book. I thought it was my prostate acting up again, but Ozzy told me I should get it checked out.

The legendary Black Sabbath guitarist is unsure how much longer he will live.

I Could Be Here Another 10 Years or Just One Year

I wish mr. Iommi all the best, and hope he can win this battle.

Read the full interview on the Mirror.

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