I got a PG clinic RSVP! For reals!

14 Jul

So a few days after my last post about not getting invited to either of the upcoming Paul Gilbert clinics, I received a phone call from Guitar Center in Independence, MO. They said someone cancelled and that I was next on the list for an RSVP! This is it! I can’t believe I’m going to see my guitar hero in person! I’m really lucky. Yeah, I mean, people should be envying me, you know? I do. I envy me.

Still, I’m a little surprised at the lack of information Guitar Center has about the clinic details, especially four days before. It’s also weird that I’ve never set foot in the Independence store and I still received an invitation. But hey! Who’s complainin’?

After rapid-firing questions at the poor Guitar Center guy, here are some things I’ve learned about the event:

  • UPDATED: Two local musicians, Go-Go Ray on drums and Tyson Leslie on bass will be backing Paul up. Thanks to flying-dyno for the info!
  • Their rehearsal is going to be private at an undisclosed location.
  • Per Paul’s request, audio and video capture devices are not allowed. Still-image capture only. They weren’t sure if I would be allowed to bring in my wife’s kick-ass Nikon or not.
  • They weren’t sure if there will be any picture-taking, autograph signing, or hand shaking going on afterwards.
  • They didn’t think Paul would be playing out on the town Saturday or Sunday night.
  • They weren’t sure if he would have any copies of his new album Fuzz Universe there for sale.
  • They thought the format would be the same as his other GC Session clinics: playing songs and then discussing technique/pedals/being awesome in-between them.

Anyway, I’m sure Paul’s playing will be amazing. In fact, I’m not even going to bother wearing socks to the clinic; Paul’s just gonna rock ’em off anyway. Who knows, maybe he’ll even whip out some crazy stuff like this:

Paul Gilbert à l'Autre Canal - Nancy 2008 by Nancybynight

“You want me to play that lick with my teeth? Not a problem.”

(I wonder if he still writes “Applause!” on the back of his guitar?)

As you can see, Paul Gilbert has a serious ax to grind with not being amazing. Read that again, it was a compliment.

So, yeah I get to go! I am so f’n happy to be out of that parallel universe where I didn’t get to see PG, and back safely in this one where I do and the Cubs are still under .500. I’ll bet the parallel me is sooooooo jealous right now, you know? I would be. I would be jealous of a parallel me who gets to see Paul Gilbert.

Check back later, I will be posting an in-depth review of the clinic.


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