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WATCH: VAN HALEN DEBUT ALBUM PLAYED IN FULL MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2019

Posted in Artists, Melbourne guitar Show News, Special Features    //    Post Date - November 19, 2020

At the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show, Simon Hosford’s Fair Warning performed Van Halen’s debut album live from track to track, just as you play the record on your turntable. Thanks to Peter Rickman’s (Advanced Audio Melbourne), plus Simon Hosford’s amazing mixing effort, we can now deliver you the full performance. This one’s for you Eddie! Pics by Jason Rosewarne and Greg Phillips

Fair Warning consists of:
Simon Hosford – Guitar
Gerry Pantazis – Drums
Jason Vorherr – Bass
David Bowers – Vocals

WATCH IT HERE:

Video time clock
(“Side A”)
00:00 Intro
00:45 Running With The Devil
04:17 Eruption
06:39 You Really Got Me
09:19 Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
13:09 I’m The One

(“Side B”)
16:58 Jamie’s Cryin’
20:56 Atomic Punk
24:14 Feel Your Love Tonight
28:04 Little Dreamer
32:19 Ice Cream Man
36:02 On Fire
39:29 Credits & Thank You’s

The self-titled debut studio album by Van Halen was released on February 10, 1978. The album peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 10 million copies in the United States, receiving Diamond certification. The album contains some of Van Halen’s most well-known songs, including “Runnin’ with the Devil”, “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Love”, “Jamie’s Cryin'”, and their cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me”. The 1 minute and 42 second Eddie Van Halen instrumental “Eruption” is considered one of the best electric guitar solos of all time and popularized the technique of two-handed tapping

Simon Hosford reflects on the Melbourne Guitar Show performance:

Fair Warning is a fun band that I put together back in 1997, for no other reason than to have fun and keep our chops up by jamming Van Halen songs with my talented and good pals, as we all toured in Tommy Emmanuel’s band at the time. We didn’t even have an intention to do a gig, it was purely for a fortnightly get together in our favourite Melbourne rehearsal space: setting up our gear, having a few beers, and playing the music of early Van Halen (and sneaking in some Sammy Hagar era songs too, naturally). So obviously, we never intended to be a ‘tribute’ band in the strictest sense (where we even try and act and look like our musical heroes), we were content enough just playing the music as close as possible to the record. We jammed every fortnight for a year, and had a blast, but the only gig we ever did was for the Frankston Guitar Festival in 1998, more than 20 years ago.”

As the 40th Anniversary of the debut Van Halen record approached, I thought it would be novel to get “Fair Warning” back together and do a show. I spoke to Rob Walker, who does an amazing job putting together the Melbourne Guitar Show and we tried to make it happen but alas, the schedules of everyone did not align. Thank you to Rob Walker and Greg Phillips for thier eternal patience with us, because the planets did align for us to headline on the Saturday of the following year, August 3rd 2019, which we thought would be acceptably close to the anniversary anyway Lol (well, it’s a whole year off, but we just wanted to do it, so any excuse, right?)

The concept was simple: as a proper ‘homage’ to the album – to play it from start to finish, like a live version of listening to the record, if you will – a nice tight 40 min show…

However, (and to quote a Seinfeld phrase): “the sea was angry that day my friends”.. which is to say, anything that could go wrong did go wrong. The P.A. blew up earlier in the day due to a power issue in the building, therefore the most we got was a line check, and one of the guitar lines was crapping out during the show. We were truly flying by the seat of our pants. So if you see crew scrambling onto the stage to fix issues, that’s why. If you see us constantly motioning to crew offstage to turn this up or turn this down, that’s why. If you hear a little ‘crackling’ from time to time in the audio, that’s why (it’s not your speakers lol). And then the live stream went out with only the right speaker channel of audio. Cest La Vie. Mercifully, the audio multitracks and some of the camera feeds on the day were stored on disk, and apart from one of the guitar channels, was all intact.

So now, albeit two years later than the anniversary of the album release; one year later than our performance at The Melbourne Guitar Show; and with full respect to Edward, Wolf, Valerie and everyone in the whole extended Van Halen family, here is the footage of us playing the first album from start to finish….

We tried to play it ‘true’ musically, but more than that – we tried to feel onstage, while playing, the way we felt when we all first heard this music… and playing this stuff, you just can’t wait wipe the smile off your damn face!…so, yes, we know we look like goofy kids in a candy store in some parts, but we’re ok with that; because when I was 12 years old, it was Edward that taught me that it was ok to smile when you played your instrument; it was Edward that showed me that it was ok to look like you’re having as much fun as you are; and that music is an expression of joy.

RIP Edward – you changed the world while you were here for a short while, because you changed all of us in it… and how WE are now will change our children, and on and on it will cascade forever. The world knows that you wrote a lot of great songs, and that your guitar playing was completely unique and innovative… but I like to think it is ‘WE’ – the people that you touched and changed for generations to come – that are your greatest composition, and your grandest accomplishment.

Respect.

Here’s a chat we had with Simon pre-Melbourne Guitar Show performance (and pre-covid)

Here are some photos from the gig courtesy Jason Rosewarne and Greg Phillips

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MAKE MUSIC DAY ISO MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW THIS SUNDAY!

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 18, 2020

Australian Musician magazine online presents a very special virtual version of the Melbourne Guitar Show on Make Music Day, June 21, this Sunday at 2pm. Some of Australia’s finest exponents of the guitar and other fretted instruments will perform in isolation for Make Music Day Australia. The two hour show will be viewable on the Australian Musician Youtube Channel and Facebook page

During the show we are also encouraging you, if you can, to donate to Support Act’s music industry Emergency Appeal, which assists those in the music business doing hard during this period.
Visit https://supportact.org.au/ to donate.

Here’s the running order for Sunday’s virtual Melbourne Guitar Show:
Jeremy Barnes
Lucas Michailidis
Nick Charles
Joshua Batten
The Thin White Ukes
Phil Manning
Dennis Jones (USA)
Anna Scionti
Mike Elrington
Fiona Boyes
Lloyd Spiegel
Chris Bieniek
King Canyon
Geoff Achison & Roger McLachlan
Simon Gardner
Opal Ocean

The Melbourne Guitar Show has a rich history of entertaining punters with live performances, demos and offering a huge array of guitar gear for the last five years at Caulfield Racecourse. While covid-19 has put a stop to this year’s physical presentation, we hope that this isolation version on June 21 as part of Make Music Day will at least bring a smile to your face and encourage you to continue to enjoy the guitar. All going well, we hope to present a full scale Melbourne Guitar Show in March 2021.

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2020 POSTPONED

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - March 19, 2020

In the light of developments and the impact of the coronavirus, the Australian Music Association, organiser of the Melbourne Guitar Show, which was scheduled for August 1 & 2, 2020 has announced the postponement of the August event.

The Guitar Show, which has become a crowd and music industry favourite, is in its 6th year at Caulfield Racecourse. It features displays by over 50 exhibitors, employs over 60 artists and attracts crowds of up to 5000 guitar enthusiasts.

The association has been investigating the possibility of a re-scheduled date later in the year, possibly October, and will continue to do so, but is preparing for the eventuality that this may not be possible.

This decision comes after consulting partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in conversation with over the past week or so as the situation has developed.

The AMA’s Rob Walker said “We are all very sad and disappointed to make this announcement. The Melbourne Guitar Show is a rare opportunity for our industry to showcase both its instruments and gear and all of the fine artists that use them. It provides a boost to musical instrument suppliers and retailers, attracting local and interstate exhibitors, as well as to the live performance sector, so we hope we can look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our industry and our audience safely”.

Keep an eye on the Melbourne Guitar Show website and Facebook page for developments.

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‘INSTRUMENTATION’ – ART INSPIRED BY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - February 19, 2020


‘INSTRUMENTATION’
A unique exhibition of art works inspired by musical instruments by Nick Carpenter

10-19 April 2020
Wildwood Instruments Studio. 11 Phillips Road, Mount Franklin, VIC 3461

Melbourne Guitar Show regular, Nick Carpenter has been a luthier for over 30 years, and has recently turned his hand to creating beautiful works of art from old, defunct musical instruments. INSTRUMENTATION is a unique exhibition showcasing sculptures and mixed media, drawn from a range of stringed, wind and percussion instruments. While Nick believes that they have been exquisite art forms in their prime, he has given them a new lease of life so they live on beyond their intended use.

There will be over forty works on display, each telling their own story about these wonderful machines of music and our relationship with them. Included in the collection are “Trojan” and “PianoGuitar”, two award winning entries from the inaugural Piano Transformation Challenge in November 2019.

The exhibition will be held at the Wildwood Instruments workshop, the very space where these creations have come to life, and where he runs his Guitar Making Courses every month in Mount Franklin, near Daylesford, VIC.

Come visit INSTRUMENTATION from the Easter long weekend, where the exhibition will be open 10am to 5pm, 10-19 April 2020

If you are unable to make it, fear not, as it will also be available online at www.wildwoodinstruments.com.au from 10 April 2020.

Contact Details
Nick Carpenter
Luthier/Owner
 Wildwood Instruments
11 Phillips Road, Mount Franklin, Victoria 3461
0416188950

nick@wildwoodinstruments.com.au


 

 

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2019 HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - September 5, 2019

The 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show was another successful event for Australian Musician and the Australian Music Association. With a great blend of international acts and the very best of our local performers in concert or in clinic, there was something for everyone. Best of all was the amazing array of gear from our biggest brand distributors and retailers to the makers and dealers of the boutique and rare. Here’s a little video we put together which captures the spirit of the 2019 show.

See you on August 1 and 2, 2020

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THE OMNIFIC LIVE AT MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 12, 2019

The Omnific is a progressive instrumental band from Melbourne, Australia featuring two bass players and a drummer. They’ve become  a regular and popular attraction at the Melbourne Guitar Show, whether on stage or on the CMC Music stand. The Omnific’s new EP ‘The Mind’s Eye’ is out now

The young trio has established working relationships with reputable companies Darkglass Electronics, Ernie Ball Music Man & Neural DSP, seeing them represent the brands with pride at the guitar show, bringing attention amongst the ‘Gear-Nerd’ community. Coupled with their online play-thru, gear demo and music videos, the band’s reach is beyond what many would expect from this impressive Melbourne trio so early in their career.

“Recorded on August 4th at the Melbourne Guitar Show 2019, representing Darkglass Electronics and Ernie Ball Music Man. We took line outs (pre-pedalboard) and recorded our basses directly into a Scarlett 2i2, tucked away behind the cabs in the video. We then mixed and created new tones using the Darkglass Ultra Suite (for amp and cab), and the Plini Archetype (delay and reverb). Video by Liam Davidson (Lord Media) Thumbnail photo by Deb Kloeden (Amnpify) Stream, love, buy our new EP ‘The Mind’s Eye’ : https://the-omnific.lnk.to/TME” – The Omnific

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WATCH: MGS 2019 – DENNIS JONES INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 8, 2019

LA-based singer, songwriter and guitar slinger, Dennis Jones played the Melbourne Guitar Show last weekend and blew everyone away with his smokin’ blues guitar licks. Dennis played his own set on the Saturday with his Melbourne-based band featuring Ben Wicks on bass and Johnny Tesoreiro on drums. He was back on Sunday for the end of show finale jam, playing alongside Mal Eastick, Pete Robinson, Charlie Bedford, Michael Spiby, James Ryan, Kathleen Halloran, Roger McLachlan and Marcus Ryan.

After the guitar show Dennis sat down to speak with Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips.

Dennis plays The Fyrefly, St.Kilda Friday August 9 and the Palais Hepburn, Hepburn Springs on Sunday August 11 in the afternoon before heading home.

www.dennisjonescentral.com

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2019: THE WRAP UP

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 7, 2019

Melbourne Guitar Show 2019 Coverage
Report: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne (unless specified)

The annual fabulous festival of fretted instruments, the Melbourne Guitar Show has been run and won again at Caulfield Racecourse. Three floors of exhibits, performances and sessions, running all day meant that people had to make choices but whichever area of the event they ended up at, there was sure to be product or performances of quality and interest.

DAY ONE
Upon entry to the show area on day one, punters were greeted by the Triple M street team and their spinning wheel full of prizes donated by some of the exhibitors including a Katana Mini amp and Waza MT-2W Distortion pedal from Boss, Slinky strings from Ernie Ball Music Man, stickers from Fender, as well as a whole bunch of merch Triple M brought along too.

Once inside the ground floor level, an assemblage of attractive, well stocked exhibitor stands were looking inviting, many featuring guitar show special offers. Of course you could find all of the well known brands such as Fender, Jackson, Gretsch, Gibson, Epiphone, Ibanez, Schecter, Ernie Ball Music Man, MarkBass, Ampeg, Yamaha, Line 6, Vox, Boss etc, all spotlighting new gear releases. Fender’s walls were lined with the wonderful new era-specific Vintera series guitars in all the vintage colours you need. You can catch Angus Marshall talking his way around the new gear on the Fender stand HERE. Gibson is back in business in a big way after a huge Winter NAMM relaunch and backing it up at Summer NAMM with many new releases. Australis Music Group were proudly flying the Ibanez flag with a special guest appearance by Jake Bowen from iconic metal band Periphery. Jake delivered a fascinating masterclass, utilising his new signature model JBM10FX Ibanez guitar. We caught up for a chat with Jake which you can watch HERE. Of course as well as the big brands, there were also plenty of the lesser known but equally as exciting products and curiosities on view. Eastman guitars for example are just gorgeous looking instruments and sound wonderful too. So too the Duesenbergs on the Cranbourne stand and the Hagstroms as well are extremely hard to walk by without picking one up for a play. There was much interest in the new Kemper Amps Profiler Stage unit at the Innovative Music booth too, as it was just released at Summer NAMM a couple of weeks ago.

Then there are the independent makers, the incredible luthiers who display some of the most beautiful instruments you’ll ever see. Take Ruben guitars for example. Every year Ruben Becker is on a mission to make the most incredible instrument possible and this year was no exception. On display behind glass was the amazing “Celt”, featuring outstanding Brazilian Rosewood, a 2850 Ancient Sitka Spruce soundboard, solid platinum, rubies and a gorgeous Celtic Sword pearl fingerboard inlay. The $74,000 guitar was actually sold on the weekend too. Always one of the most popular exhibits at the show is the Charles Cilia guitars stand, one of our most respected local builders. You can tell he’s much admired in the industry by the amount of high profile players who step by to say hello to Charles. Everywhere you looked there was quality craftsmanship, particularly from the independent builders. It wouldn’t be a guitar show without colourful industry character Owen Ray and his amazing collection of rarities and treasures, many of which were #1 models off the production line.

Ruben Guitars ‘The Celt’

From Owen Ray’s collection

It’s not just the guitars which were impressive, some of the amps and pedals were mind blowing too. As we know from previous years, George Evans make a mighty fine amplifier and they were certainly getting work out on stand this year. So too were the audio products from Brookfield Tube Audio and Lovell. Yamaha Music have taken on Australian distribution of Earthquaker Devices pedals and their booth was one of the more eye catching on the weekend, chock full of awesome effects. The retailer stands were great too as they carried various brands for people to browse. It wouldn’t be a guitar show without the collective stock of high class gear from KCs Music, GH Music, Cranbourne Music, Guitar Brothers down from Queensland, Musos Corner and Bass Centre, always adding much colour to the event. Check out the guitar show exhibitor list HERE for a rundown of everyone who was involved.


There was plenty of on-stand performance action with tunes from Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall for Fender. CMC Music had a full schedule of performers too, highlighted by the return of The Omnific and also Mixdown editor Nicholas Simonsen on the other side of the media coin playing tracks from his band Caution: Thieves’ repertoire.

Jenna McDougall (Tonight Alive) by Greg Phillips

Before people headed upstairs to the acoustic guitar exhibits, Mezzanine stage and workshop room, there was always time to grab a snack or grab a seat at Cafe Corner where I Heart Guitar blogger Peter Hodgson was hosting the Meet the Players sessions. These are invaluable sessions in which Peter gets to interrogate famous guitarists and get them to reveal all of their career and gear secrets. On day one Peter chatted to Jeremy Barnes, James Norbert Ivanyi, Michael Dolce, and a bunch of great fingerstyle guitarists, such as Van Larkins, Phisha, Drew Roller and Ella Belfanti.

At the top of Escalator East you’d find the Acoustic Guitar product. Taking up a prime postion straight off the escalator was Cole Clark Guitars, not only showcasing their usual high quality locally made acoustic guitars but also their amazing ingenuity. Of great interest this year was their FL2ECBLBLHUM
 model acoustic guitar featuring a humbucker, which possesses true clean and real dirty sounds, as was demonstrated on stand and in clinic by Lloyd Spiegel. Watch Lloyd demo the guitar HERE.

Some other name brands looking and sounding immaculate on stand were Taylor, Yamaha, Fender, Washburn, and Tanglewood. Once again, the independent exhibitors were shining too on the acoustic level such as Cargill Custom Guitars – Southern Tonewoods, Octigan, Eborall and Avocet Cigar Box guitars. On the artistic side there were Melbourne Guitar Show regulars George Racz with his sought-after custom-made leather guitar straps, partnered with Gypsy Spelling of Double Bass Tattoo’s extraordinary pencil art. The stunning looking Timberline Harp guitars were getting plenty of attention too. We spoke to Tonekey Imports-Timberline Australia’s Braegen Russell before the show about the guitars. Watch it HERE.

Just a jump to the west of the acoustic gear section lays the Marsh Mezzanine stage. Day one on the Mezz kicked off with the rousing blues slide sounds coming from Anna Scionti’s cigar box guitars, playing tracks from her debut album Orphan Diary. The mighty Minnie Marks followed, belting out killer licks and dirty riffs, winning many new friends in the process. Ash Grunwald couldn’t wait to hit the stage with his new signature Pratley guitar and rip into tunes from his soon to be released new album Mojo (out August 30), it’s been five years between releases. Phil Manning and South Australian legend Chris Finnen then traded fingerpickings and were joined by Florida based artist and music festival director Steve Arvey, who just happened to be in town. The organic trio featuring Rob Papp, Jon Wade and Rob Mercer had a lot of fun generating infectious grooves, a fine warming up for the International Blues Day Celebration which included Nick Charles, Liz Frencham, Minnie Marks, Phil Manning, Ash Grunwald, Shannon Bourne, Anna Scionti, Charlie Bedford and Corey Legge. A highlight of the session and maybe even the show was Shannon Bourne’s stunningly poignant tribute to local blues legend Chris Wilson, who passed away earlier this year.

Anna Scionti

Ash Grunwald

Next door in the Winner’s Circle Workshop Room, some serious nerd talk was taking place in some fascinating product information sessions, which included a tube and solid state amp blindfold test, thanks to Brett Kingman, an Earthquaker Devices pedal launch, another fine Positive Grid Bias Amp showcase and an entertaining session by Lloyd Spiegel for Cole Clark, featuring that humbucker-laden acoustic guitar. The rooms were extra buzz-worthy for the two sessions by our international guests. First up as mentioned earlier Jake Bowen flashing his signature Ibanez guitar and offering tales of Periphery, then courtesy of Schecter guitars came Keith Merrow with his signature axe, providing some stunning and chunky sounds from the stage.

Jake Bowen with AM editor Greg Phillips

Keith Merrow by Greg Phillips

Upstairs the new 1876 Exclusively acoustic stage, ably stage-managed by Ben Kelly was a perfect place to wind down and chill out, while catching some top notch acoustic talent such as Paul Carey & Julian Scheffer, Van Larkins, Ella Belafanti, Phisha, Corey Legge and Ben himself. Once more, the Marsh Whammy bar stage provide world class entertainment from local and international guitar stars. Versatile guitarist Chris Bieniek, who could be seen in the Herald Sun during the week promoting the show, didn’t disappoint with his ridiculously slick fingerwork. The Superjesus’ Sarah McLeod has been pumped for months about playing the guitar show and became somewhat of an unofficially ambassador, appearing absolutely everywhere in the media for the guitar show cause. When Sarah finally got to hit the stage she didn’t let anyone down either, delivering a superb set of rockin’ tunes wrapped in a ball of energy and enthusiasm. Her purpose-built guitar loop system worked a treat too. Check out an interview we did with Sarah pre-show about her gear HERE. James Norbert Ivanyi is one of the most respected players in the prog rock music scene and it’s no wonder why, he’s pretty amazing. LA-based blues rocker Dennis Jones, playing with his Australian band Ben Wicks on bass and drummer Johnny Tesorierio, inflicted an electric blues storm upon us, playing tunes from his 6 albums and a few well worn covers. It was the first official Australian stage performance for Dennis and judging by the audience response, it won’t be his last Aussie tour. Wrapping up day one in spectacular fashion was the much-anticipated Simon Hosford and his band Fair Warning performing Van Halen’s debut album live. It was indeed one of those ‘you needed to be there’ gigs! Simon and band had gone into painstaking detail to give us this show and the crowd showed their appreciation. All those lightning fast, melodic Eddie licks were there and Eugene Hamilton played the perfect Diamond Dave frontman. The rhythm section of Gerry Pantazis on drums and Jason Vorherr on bass played a pivotal role in keeping it all solid for the fireworks on top. Gerry even went to the trouble of including an actual Alex Van Halen cymbal to his kit. It was a joyous combination of musical skill and fun rock n roll.

Sarah McLeod

Dennis Jones

Simon Hosford

DAY TWO
The second day of the show brought Diesel to the track, not to perform but to fulfill his promise to give a guitar lesson to the winner of Triple M’s Club competition, Lee Wilson. Actually it was partner Glen who won but donated the prize to his long-time Diesel fan wife Lee, who also received a Fender Player guitar, which Diesel signed for her. Once done Diesel headed downstairs to sign copies of his newly released EP Sunset Suburbia Vol 1. Your Sunday morning breakfast menu consisted of either a Fractal Audio workshop, a country music performance by the oh-so-funsome Cartridge Family, a world-class performance of classical and Latin guitar by Sergio Ercole (Read his pre-show interview HERE), or a dose of Jeff Beck, played superbly by Robyn Payne’s Engine Room. At what a great opportunity for many to witness the magnificent skills of Robyn on bass and keyboards.

Triple M Guitar and lesson winner Lee with Diesel

The Cartridge Family

It was tremendous to see the reformed 70s country rock legends Stars in action at midday. Although lead singer Mick Pealing was suffering from a cold, he made a sensational effort to deliver a memorable show. With Mal Eastick, Roger McLachlan, Nick Charles out front helping with vocals and a back catalogue Australian classics, having Stars at the guitar show was a treat for everyone. Elsewhere in the building Adam Miller, who is now Nashville-based showed why he is now such a sought-after international performer. James Norbert Ivanyi was back, this time revealing the tricks behind his prog rock trade in the workshop room during his Tone design for prog metal guitar session for Boss. American shredder Keith Merrow returned for Schecter too and seemed to be having a ball on his first trip to Australia. Sessions followed for Vox amps by Jimi Hocking and Fender’s Matt Colyer gave a great presentation on the awesome Acoustasonic Telecaster, which we first saw at Winter NAMM earlier this year.

Jimi Hocking

Stars

It was encouraging to see so many families in attendance and a lot more younger people sitting on stands playing guitar with inspiration in their eyes, the future is looking bright. The beautiful Melbourne musician community was on show again and on it’s very best behavour. As always it’s wonderful to see so many well known musicians in the aisles who weren’t booked for the show but showed up as punters anyway and seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as everyone else. Spotted around the venue this year were Stephen Cummings, Mental As Anything, Colin Lillie and Augie March and I’m sure there were many more.

Meanwhile back down on the ground floor, Peter Hodgson was holding court at Cafe Corner with packed rooms for his chat and play sessions with local legends Dave Leslie and Phil Manning. Upstairs Nick Charles rounded up his annual posse of fingerpickers and launched into another memorable acoustic guitar jam, which this year included Lloyd Spiegel, Van Larkins, Chris Finnen, Sergio Ercole and Adam Miller. However, it was the level two Marsh Whammy Bar stage where the major excitement was building. The penultimate performance of the weekend saw Jeremy Barnes rip into it. I think that the term shredder was coined specifically for Jeremy, who has been officially timed at playing 40 notes per second.

Peter Hodgson by Greg Phillips

Chris Finnen, Adam Miller and Sergio Ercole

On stage the fabulous guitar show crew were placing mics, tweaking amps and making room for multiple pedalboards in readiness for the marquee spot of the show, the Triple M Super Jam. Kicking off proceedings was Charlie Bedford, a guitarist the Melbourne Guitar Show began nurturing five years and with many gig miles under his belt since, he’s developed into a class act. Charlie traded soulful licks with special guest from LA Dennis Jones and the super jam was off and running. Mal Eastick then joined Dennis for a smokin’ version of Stevie Ray’s Cold Shot before they came together for what many are saying was an event highlight, a magical duet on Mal’s own tune Swept Away. Pete Robinson and James Ryan then donned guitars taking the jam from the sublime to the fabulous with a merry rendition of Status Quo’s Caroline. Guitar show debutante Kathleen Halloran joined the fray with Charlie Bedford and grabbed her stage time opportunity with gusto and gave us some superb note choices. Kathleen is clearly destined for a bright future. The Badloves Michael Spiby was up next, prompting the full cast to join him on a spirited version of his band’s hit Green Limousine. With Spiby on vocals, ‘The Weight’ gave Kathleen another chance to rip some tasty licks. With the pre-planned jam songs exhausted, James Ryan left it to American guest Dennis Jones to select BB King’s The Thrill Is Gone to end the show. The thrill might well be gone for another year but the stories and inspiration will linger.

Mal Eastick and Dennis Jones

Mal and Dennis with Kathleen Halloran

Kathleen Halloran

Marcus Ryan, Charlie Bedford, James Ryan, Kathleen Halloran and Peter Robinson

The Melbourne Guitar Show wouldn’t be possible without the support of the main sponsors, the exhibitors and members of the Australian Music Association, the fantastic businesses, stores and builders that bring the amazing music tools into the community. The range on show was stunning and the love and vibe that the music products community and our artists bring to the event is what makes it so special. It was heartening to see so many people walking out of the show with their newly acquired dream item, be it a guitar that they’ve had their eye on for years or the very latest in music making technology, inspired by what they’d seen and heard on the guitar show stages and stands over the weekend. Thanks to our supporters Triple M, 3PBS, Marsh Insurance, Advanced Audio, Ernie Ball Music Man, Bose, Fender, Yamaha, our media partners Beat/Mixdown and Noise 11 and most importantly the attendees and we’ll see you on August 8 & 9 in 2020.

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WATCH: MGS 2019 JAKE BOWEN (PERIPHERY) INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 7, 2019

Jake Bowen, guitarist from cutting-edge American metal band Periphery joins Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips at the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show to chat about his masterclass for Ibanez Australia and his new Ibanez signature instrument—the JBM10FX, which he demonstrated at the guitar show.

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WATCH: NEW FROM FENDER AT MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2019

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear, Melbourne guitar Show News, Pedals    //    Post Date - August 7, 2019

Angus Marshall from Fender Australia shows us the Vintera series guitars, Classic 65 Deluxe Reverb and Classic 65 Twin amps, plus new pedals from Fender at the Melbourne Guitar Show 2019

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