August 16th, 2022Chapters
00:00 - Royal Mile Pub in Des Moines
Dear John Hickl from the Royal Mile pub in Des Moines….this place is awesome and the food is incredible….
Check it out on your next trip to the midwest friends.
Opening for ZZ tonite again…last time we did that the whole crowd just sat there the whole time with their arms crossed waiting for Billy to come on…i get that
August 14th, 2022Chapters
00:00 - Plucking around in hotel room / Checking in
04:35 - VCB / "Dumbest things" (boomer bends, modeling, "she" guitars)
10:38 - Young guitar players (Seth Lee Jones)
10:51 - Lesson (guitar chords)
Some hot takes regarding guitar culture guaranteed to piss off at least 25% of my prescribers.
Come at me bro.
Dig this cat
August 13th, 2022Chapters
00:00 - Tony apology
10 minutes before we went on tonite, Tony decided he wanted to do this public service announcement.
I thought for a minute he might reveal the name of his new forthcoming youtube show, but alas….he didn’t
but he did go to see whales today
August 13th, 2022Chapters
00:00 - Tour update
05:45 - Chord lesson
It’s just uncle larry clarifying a few things that got a little sideways yesterday…and also getting into a little mild major brand defamation…
man, i’ll tell ya, when you are on the road and you start getting into time zones that have half hours involved, it’s kinda hard to tell what day it is. I am loving it up here in St John’s, I haven’t kissed any cods yet, but there were a few down in the hotel bar last night.
Ok. so the following is a private message to Ken, the guy who got totally bent outta shape about Tony’s comment.
So if you are NOT Ken then please stop reading right here…………..right at this line.
“Hey bro….bro bro….if we were all chillin in the bar together…me you and tony, i guarantee you would instantly be taken by his charismatic charm and natural ability to light up a room with his intense neuroses and tortured deep inner trauma that he wears on his sleeve in the most beautiful way. We wouldn’t have any problems. You would walk outta there saying “man, that tony, what a cool guy” You gotta trust me on this…i don’t hang around with idiots, even though i am one myself. I appreciate what you are saying Ken, but you just gotta shake the etch-a-sketch and take a new look at all this…put a new spin on it all in your mind. Tony IS gonna start his own channel…and you will watch it and you will laugh at it, because he is a fascinating guy…truly unique, one of a kind….and those folks don’t come around very often. The voting was almost unanimous (besides you) that we keep this ABSOLUTELY FREE channel raw and unfiltered, just like its always been. If the occasional thing comes along that gets stuck in your craw, please keep in mind….none of this cost you ANYTHING. We are all good bro….im cool with you if you are cool with me.”
Ok…carry on boys
August 12th, 2022Chapters
00:00 - Behind the scenes / Soundcheck
01:11 - "The offended language incident"
01:45 - Paul Moak pedalboard / Gear
02:48 - Tony's Bass
03:13 - AC30 / Gear cont.
07:45 - Drum insights
I thought you guys might appreciate this little illustration of exactly why most lifer musicians absolutely loathe soundchecks.
Soundchecks are always just a cacophonous labyrinth of disjointed rude sounds played by overtired people with bad attitudes and short tempers, whose only REAL concern is the catering.
But more importantly….please listen closely to what I’m about to say.
If there was ever any ONE LESSON that you all learn from any of these videos, let it be this my friends….
unless you are using Rockit Cargo or some other PROFESSIONAL gear transport company…do not EVER try to bring any of your own gear on an international trip….it is practically GUARANTEED to end in tears….and cost you a fortune while you’re at it.
We are just now getting Paul’s gear back from Germany…our poor manager Dave was stuck in Germany for 3-4 extra days trying to deal with the messy gear situation. They wouldn’t fly some of it back because the cases were oversized etc etc, which is strange considering they had no problem flying it INTO the country. As of tonight we are supposed to finally get most of it, but some of it is lost forever at this point.
The only real rule of flying gear international is that there are no rules….just rent whatever you can, and if you DO bring something make sure it’s something you don’t mind losing forever.
Special guest appearances in today’s vid by the crew guys
Steve (the drum tech)
Justin (Pauls keyboard and guitar tech)
Michael (our manager Dave’s son who runs the teleprompters
Matt (the amazing monitor guy)
Gary (the amazing front house guy)
Thank you for watching folks
August 12th, 2022Chapters
00:00 - Couple of clips
Just a random mish mash of Homeskoolin’ related stuff…the studio footage is from a sesh i did the other day for my producer friend Julian Raymond, working with a young artist called Connor Mccutcheon….very nice lad he is…
Can i just go off for a minute about how much i love Julian Raymond? I have done a million records with him since he moved to nashville 10 years ago or so….as a producer, he always has a way of making me think i can accomplish or play ANYTHING….
Being a positive force and being a cheerleader is a great trait for any producer to have. As a player, when producers act that way you just want to KICK ASS for them…. and conversely, when producers are condescending cunts you absolutely DO NOT want to kick ass for them.
And what’s with these brown bottles of rolling rock here??
August 11th, 2022Chapters
00:00 - Piano playing of strange chord progression
We have all heard this song a million times….it was a huge hit record. One of Sting’s most genius moments in his absolutely amazing career.
“Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by the Po-lice….
But have you ever noticed how fucking weird the chord changes are???
The end of the chorus literally jumps from an Ab major to a cold D maj that starts the verse
Verse is Dmaj to F# min which is pretty normal….then the chorus jumps to C#maj to G#maj….. But then BACK TO D??
Its easy to be “weird”….but real genius is being able to do something totally weird and totally unique that sounds completely normal…and is a hit record
August 10th, 2022Chapters
00:00 - Found footage
I found this in my phone, totally forgot about it…goddamn that shit is hard to play