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Feb 2
PaulGilbert

I had a great time on Saturday night having dinner with Larry DiMarzio and his wife Gina. Also at the dinner were Steve Vai, Richie Kotzen, and Billy Sheehan. We talked, and laughed, and ate, and ate, and ate. Larry DiMarzio knows pickups, and he knows Italian food. I'm glad to know him! (and Steve, Richie, and Billy as well!) Now, I'm going to go play some notes through my Air Classics...

Rock and Roll!

Paul

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Jan 30
AW

By Recreation Therapist Jim Carlson

California State Prison – Sacramento

Internationally acclaimed guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor recently included California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) as a concert venue on their six-week “The Colonel and the Governor” USA performance tour.

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Jan 29
PaulGilbert

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I grew up in Greensburg, Pennsylvania... a small town, where a visit from a famous musician was a rare event. But on Feb. 2nd, 1982, Randy Rhoads came for a whole day of guitar clinics at a music store in Greensburg. Of course I went to one of the clinics, and the photo above was taken when I was standing in line (upper left, in the photo) and waiting to get an autograph from Randy.

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Jan 26
PaulGilbert

The NAMM show is a great place to see friends from the music business. Today I saw Steve Morse, Allan Holdsworth, Uli Roth, and Nuno Bettencourt. I stopped by the Ernie Ball Booth to sign autographs, visited Ibanez to see my new guitar again, went to Larry DiMarzio's hotel suite to escape the din of NAMM for a few minutes, and then jumped back into the chaos to do some jamming with my fellow Artistworks teachers, Jeannie Deva and Howard Levy.

Jeannie, Howard, and I jumped right into a blues jam, and I was blown away at how great both of them are. We had some musical "conversations" where I would play a phrase, and then let them respond to it. Both Jeannie and Howard could copy and embellish anything that I played. They are amazing players, and also fantastic listeners.

After three days of the NAMM show, I am truly exhausted! I celebrated tonight with a good Japanese dinner, and am looking forward to some sleep and recovering on Sunday. I'll be back here next week, to listen to new Video Exchanges and see how everyone is doing.

Thank you,

Paul

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Jan 24
PaulGilbert

Today I had the great pleasure of announcing the release of my 25th anniversary Ibanez signature model guitar. I went to the Ibanez booth and talked about the guitar, and also about my previous models, and my many enjoyable years as an Ibanez endorser. I did a short video interview for a writer from Guitar Player magazine, and then went to visit Larry DiMarzio at his suite in a nearby hotel. The NAMM show can be a noisy place, and Larry likes to do his business in a peaceful environment. His room is always a oasis from the noise of NAMM, and it's fun to talk about guitars and pickups with him as well. My last stop was at the Majik Box booth. They make my "Fuzz Universe" pedal, and there was a long line of people waiting for me for autographs and photos. On the way to leave the show, I saw the Empress Effects booth, so I stopped there to thank them for making my favorite parametric EQ pedal.

The drive home took two hours. Friday night in L.A. is busy! I invited Freddie Nelson to my house for dinner, and my wife, Emi, cooked some delicious Japanese food for us. Freddie is a fantastic singer, and also a good friend, so we had a great time eating and talking.

More NAMM adventures tomorrow!

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