Guitarist Paul Gilbert is coming to the Rockhal Floor for a Masterclass on April 8th 2019.
It’s a question every artist has to grapple with: If you’re not pushing yourself creatively, how can you grow? And that’s exactly what acclaimed guitar maestro Paul Gilbert tackles with fervor on his solo album, I Can Destroy. ‘One thing I’ve always struggled with as a writer is I don’t think I’ve written a lot of songs that make it easy on the improviser,’ the consummate soulful shredder admits. ‘Coming from a heavy rock background, that’s been a real challenge. But I worked really hard to rework all my fingerings so I could emphasize different tones the way my ear hears them. I’m still working on it, but that was a major step forward for me as a guitar player – to be able to get that sound on purpose, rather than by accident.’
It’s no accident that Destroy cuts a wide swath and textures, from the full-frontal assault of ‘Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal’ to the jazz-blues lament of ‘One Woman Too Many’ (which also features Gilbert’s patented four-pick Makita drill-bit riffery) to the radio-friendly balladeering of ‘Love We Had’ to the smoking-hot gut/heart punch of ‘I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You)’ the latter track’s title a playful reference to the ubiquitous #1 hit Gilbert enjoyed as part of his gig as lead guitarist for the still-going-strong Mr. Big.
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