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(Guitar World) Hero Bad: You suffer from a panic disorder. Worse: You suffer a panic attack shortly before you're supposed to go on stage for a gig. METAL: you play the gig from a backstage bathroom   (guitarworld.com) divider line
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2022-06-28 9:59:45 AM  
Fun fact, he was the Guns in Guns N Roses. He was a founding member but left before the band made it big.
 
2022-06-28 10:02:40 AM  
Peter Steele is alive?!?!?
 
2022-06-28 10:15:03 AM  
Doesn't Maynard do this practically all the time?
 
2022-06-28 10:25:13 AM  
 
2022-06-28 10:27:32 AM  
This happens quite frequently, playing shows from a bathroom.  Seen it first-hand several times.  Food poisoning is a common occurrence on tours.
 
2022-06-28 10:30:14 AM  

RandyJohnson: Doesn't Maynard do this practically all the time?


When I saw APC he was on stage. ALL of him was on stage. He was wearing Gucci jeans and Gucci loafers with no shirt. After the first song, he "donated" these items by taking them off and tossing them into the audience. Rest of the show played butt ass naked.
 
2022-06-28 10:40:29 AM  
Tracii is a monster of a player.  Very much one of the unique 80's-era guys that had more of his own voice than a lot of the shredders out there.

BTW, if you're using the same Headrush pedalboard he has, go download the patches he's made from their website.  Headrush's documentation is terrible and you learn way more from seeing what other people do and that usually means having to purchase patches.

Tracii's patches are an education in what that rig is capable of doing.  I was on the line about whether I was going to keep mine until I got ahold of his patches and Nili Brosh's and spent about $20 on Sonic DNA.
 
2022-06-28 10:45:54 AM  
LA Guns was the one hair band in the 80s I loved. Then and still. Even though I only ever listened to the first couple albums. Saw them live twice and enjoyed the shows both times. I think a part of it was that Phil Lewis wasn't merely a dick thrusting singer (he was) but he also seemed to have that je nais se quois that certain front-people have. A lot of hair bands had bold singers but that didn't make them great front-people.

LA Guns still pops into my head first when the topic of guilty pleasure bands pop up. I didn't know about all this stuff but good on tracii guns for playing the show and I hope things work out for him
 
2022-06-28 10:47:00 AM  
I feel for the poor arena worker, patiently waiting outside the bathroom door for his turn
 
2022-06-28 10:49:47 AM  
Tracii is perhaps the most underrated player from that era.  As noted, he was the "Guns" in Guns n Roses.  His playing is phenomenal and is a blend between Slash and Randy Rhoads.  He's also a nice guy (to fans, anyway.  He goes through bandmates like Spinal Tap drummers).  I've hung out with him backstage several times.

The last year I was single, I actually hung out with him backstage in three different states.  By coincidence, I happened to be in Phoenix, L.A., and Denver the same time he was and got to listen to him tell stories about Nikki Sixx and Axl Rose, and hear behind the scenes stories about L.A. Guns music videos (In the "It's Over Now" video, my pouts were real because I was fighting with my girlfriend at the time and we didn't have cell phones were we can just go back and forth in text").
 
2022-06-28 10:51:51 AM  

Skarekrough: Tracii is a monster of a player.  Very much one of the unique 80's-era guys that had more of his own voice than a lot of the shredders out there.


I asked him once if the chromatic fill in one of the "Never Enough" choruses was inspired by a Randy Rhoads fill in "Crazy Train" and he said "damn right, it was.  Good ear!"
 
2022-06-28 10:52:24 AM  

STRYPERSWINE: Tracii is perhaps the most underrated player from that era.  As noted, he was the "Guns" in Guns n Roses.  His playing is phenomenal and is a blend between Slash and Randy Rhoads.  He's also a nice guy (to fans, anyway.  He goes through bandmates like Spinal Tap drummers).  I've hung out with him backstage several times.

The last year I was single, I actually hung out with him backstage in three different states.  By coincidence, I happened to be in Phoenix, L.A., and Denver the same time he was and got to listen to him tell stories about Nikki Sixx and Axl Rose, and hear behind the scenes stories about L.A. Guns music videos (In the "It's Over Now" video, my pouts were real because I was fighting with my girlfriend at the time and we didn't have cell phones were we can just go back and forth in text").


Username checks!
 
2022-06-28 11:04:09 AM  
Quemapueblo:

Username checks!

haha one of the stories I've told here before was when Tracii joked about me being "just" a church musician and I reminded him that I play in front of more people than he does, more often than he does, every setlist is different (I'm not stuck playing the same four MTV hits every week), and every song might be a different genre.  He thought about it and told his drummer "maybe WE should find a church band!"

Years later, he has now collaborated with the Stryper frontman in two albums.
 
2022-06-28 11:13:00 AM  
Bet the acoustics were amazing.
 
2022-06-28 11:24:32 AM  

Sid Vicious' Corpse: This happens quite frequently, playing shows from a bathroom.  Seen it first-hand several times.  Food poisoning is a common occurrence on tours.


Diseases Of The Band (Live)
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2022-06-28 11:28:15 AM  
Playing the guitar on the toilet is hella awkward
 
2022-06-28 11:32:26 AM  
It's good to know that at least one other person out there has heat-induced panic attacks. That it's this guy and that he was able to get through it and kick much ass is fantastic, and particularly inspirational to me.
 
2022-06-28 11:34:21 AM  
That's f*cking awesome.
 
2022-06-28 11:48:39 AM  
DIE KRUPPS To the hilt
Youtube QLVpyPCEjxU
 
2022-06-28 12:16:04 PM  

Skarekrough: Tracii is a monster of a player.  Very much one of the unique 80's-era guys that had more of his own voice than a lot of the shredders out there.

BTW, if you're using the same Headrush pedalboard he has, go download the patches he's made from their website.  Headrush's documentation is terrible and you learn way more from seeing what other people do and that usually means having to purchase patches.

Tracii's patches are an education in what that rig is capable of doing.  I was on the line about whether I was going to keep mine until I got ahold of his patches and Nili Brosh's and spent about $20 on Sonic DNA.


LOL, even inexpensive ones like the Boss GT1's have a stupid learning curve, because they couldn't just load it with the effects straight up, you got like 99 preset combo's and only a few were all that fun. So you needed to build your own patch library pretty quick. Still a great practice rig for $150ish or whatever.
 
2022-06-28 12:16:38 PM  
Last year I saw LA Guns open for Slaughter.  But LA Guns has one guy from original band (I think its the drummer), It was pretty good but it was a cover band at this point.  Slaughter was great, Mark Slaughter can still hit the the high notes and keep going.
 
2022-06-28 12:47:49 PM  

drewogatory: Skarekrough: Tracii is a monster of a player.  Very much one of the unique 80's-era guys that had more of his own voice than a lot of the shredders out there.

BTW, if you're using the same Headrush pedalboard he has, go download the patches he's made from their website.  Headrush's documentation is terrible and you learn way more from seeing what other people do and that usually means having to purchase patches.

Tracii's patches are an education in what that rig is capable of doing.  I was on the line about whether I was going to keep mine until I got ahold of his patches and Nili Brosh's and spent about $20 on Sonic DNA.

LOL, even inexpensive ones like the Boss GT1's have a stupid learning curve, because they couldn't just load it with the effects straight up, you got like 99 preset combo's and only a few were all that fun. So you needed to build your own patch library pretty quick. Still a great practice rig for $150ish or whatever.


The Headrush is actually super easy and intuitive to make something that sounds good.  However to make it amazing takes some work and knowledge of things that they don't do a great job of telling you about.  It's also designed in a way where the things you wanted others to do but couldn't, you can with it.

Half of what I do with downloaded patches it dissect them for how they're put together and what functionality they have.

For example, Tracii was using the MX5 on a European tour, which seemed odd considering it's a much smaller device with less buttons for things like overdrive.  Instead he utilized the treadle for multiple parameters on different effects to get what he was looking for, including doing it inverse so that when amp gain was turned down and it was a cleaner sound a chorus or phaser would be up.

I've been torking with multi-effects for decades and no one has that sort of functionality without making it a huge feature.....and I had to figure it out by picking apart one of his patches.
 
2022-06-28 1:15:46 PM  

Farkenhostile: Fun fact, he was the Guns in Guns N Roses. He was a founding member but left before the band made it big.


Funny fact: circa 1988, GnR was set to open for Iron Maiden at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix.
GnR cancelled, and LA Guns was assigned the unfortunate task of insulting and pissing off a lot of people. They then shiat the bed by coming out and saying "This is the largest crowd we've ever played for." which everyone literally cringed at.
Best part: Some guy up front was carrying around a deli-sized roll of sliced bologna and just slinging slices up on the stage. He'd bought two tickets to the show, one for him and the other for this hottie he wanted to charm. When GnR cancelled, she cancelled on him, so he sold the ticket and bought the bologna.

The 80s were crazy fun, man.
 
2022-06-28 1:17:42 PM  

tobcc: Last year I saw LA Guns open for Slaughter.  But LA Guns has one guy from original band (I think its the drummer), It was pretty good but it was a cover band at this point.  Slaughter was great, Mark Slaughter can still hit the the high notes and keep going.


There are still two versions of L.A. Guns.  One has the original drummer and bass player and the other has the original guitarist and lead singer.  I'm on Team Tracii because an L.A. Guns without Tracii is like Santana without Carlos.
 
2022-06-28 1:24:45 PM  
like Santana without Carlos.

Depending on the era we're talking about, that might not be the worst thing.
 
2022-06-28 2:24:09 PM  
Sounds like a decent premise for an SNL skit
 
2022-06-28 10:06:20 PM  

Skarekrough: drewogatory: Skarekrough: Tracii is a monster of a player.  Very much one of the unique 80's-era guys that had more of his own voice than a lot of the shredders out there.

BTW, if you're using the same Headrush pedalboard he has, go download the patches he's made from their website.  Headrush's documentation is terrible and you learn way more from seeing what other people do and that usually means having to purchase patches.

Tracii's patches are an education in what that rig is capable of doing.  I was on the line about whether I was going to keep mine until I got ahold of his patches and Nili Brosh's and spent about $20 on Sonic DNA.

LOL, even inexpensive ones like the Boss GT1's have a stupid learning curve, because they couldn't just load it with the effects straight up, you got like 99 preset combo's and only a few were all that fun. So you needed to build your own patch library pretty quick. Still a great practice rig for $150ish or whatever.

The Headrush is actually super easy and intuitive to make something that sounds good.  However to make it amazing takes some work and knowledge of things that they don't do a great job of telling you about.  It's also designed in a way where the things you wanted others to do but couldn't, you can with it.

Half of what I do with downloaded patches it dissect them for how they're put together and what functionality they have.

For example, Tracii was using the MX5 on a European tour, which seemed odd considering it's a much smaller device with less buttons for things like overdrive.  Instead he utilized the treadle for multiple parameters on different effects to get what he was looking for, including doing it inverse so that when amp gain was turned down and it was a cleaner sound a chorus or phaser would be up.

I've been torking with multi-effects for decades and no one has that sort of functionality without making it a huge feature.....and I had to figure it out by picking apart one of his patches.


Is an expression pedal easier than a foot switch tho? I guess if you're dead nuts with it maybe. I'm uncoordinated, so a treadle is only useful for me for stuff like reverb, I could never set it to trigger multiple effects based on position.
 
2022-06-29 8:04:18 AM  

drewogatory: Is an expression pedal easier than a foot switch tho? I guess if you're dead nuts with it maybe. I'm uncoordinated, so a treadle is only useful for me for stuff like reverb, I could never set it to trigger multiple effects based on position.


Much of it depends on what you're doing.

Let me give you an example.  In one of my bands I have a song where there's three presets I use; the first is a sparkling clean with a chorus and some slapback delay, the second is minor amounts of gain with some chorus and the third is lots of gain and a heavy delay.  On the Headrush I'm able to set where in the range of the treadle the effects effectively kick out.  So all the way back the gain on the amp is down to 20% but the slapback and chorus are 100%.  By the time I get to 50% on the treadle the gain is at 60% and the slapback is turned off but the chorus has decreased a but.  At 100% on the treadle the gain is at 100% and the long delay is on.

The Headrush documentation is terrible so you're really at the mercy of YouTube videos.  With that said there are some cats on there that can and do break things down and make the unit do some incredible things.
 
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