Some Hair Metal Inspiration
Last night my son and I received some free tickets to see Whitesnake at a local civic center . They were certainly one of my influences in my younger days.
It can be a hard pill to swallow when you see the people (myself included) attending shows from bands we grew up listening to. As I look around it’s a sad reminder of growing older. Lots of balding, withered, cane carrying folks. I fit the bald category so far.
A Meet and Greet
For me, I have a snapshot in my mind of when I last saw Whitesnake in concert in March of 1990 in Pensacola, FL (at least that’s what google research is telling me haha). On the day of the show, my childhood best friend Kevin and I skipped school to go to a local music store, although it could have very well been a record shop, to have a meet and greet with one of the guitarists and bass player, Adrian Vandenberg and Rudy Sarzo, respectively. The album, Slip of the Tongue, featured the addition of second guitarist Steve Vai and the departure of the previous guitarist Vivian Campbell.
Back to the Present
While watching the show, seated in a comfy chair (what have I become??) I found myself at times feeling very nostalgic thinking back to what I was doing when some of those hit songs released.
As a guitar player, I’ve always had a hard time enjoying shows because I am usually unintentionally critiquing it. I don’t want to, but I can ‘t help myself. Both guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra were amazing. I hadn’t listened to Joel before. He was unbelievable and really served well to recreate the feel of the original guitarist John Sykes on that 1987 Whitesnake album. He has a similar look as well. Needless to say, when I got home I spent an hour or so watching several instructional videos of Joel.
Rock is NOT Dead
There was great energy at the show. The crowd was excited. There was a wall of meaty guitar goodness that really inspired me to keep the dream alive and work towards putting together more live performances. We need more of THIS. I think a lot of people like myself have lost sight of attending live shows and the importance of staying inspired. Playing to a small camera for a YouTube channel is the least inspiring thing I can probably do, but helping people and possibly inspiring others is part of what keeps me going. The interaction with viewers is another avenue of inspiration, which means I will continue to do it until I no longer have an audience, as far as the channel is concerned.