Crazy weekend... Sort of stoked about it though...

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Member Since: Aug 05, 2008

(Queen's) Bohemian Rhapsody with an 87-piece orchestra. Feb.17.2013

I think my first time on stage with an *electric* guitar in over a decade (used to make a decent living at it back in the 90's when I had long hair and a 6-pack).

Had a rehearsal with the orchestra Saturday morning. A2 for the BoDeans for the rest of the day. Woke up Sunday to do my tech for the concert (no stage rehearsal and the orchestra call was 2:30 for the first performance at 3PM - Which meant I needed to get there before noon to figure out the logistic requirements of an amplified guitar and talk to the sound guys). Had some decent coffee and a lot of lower intestinal distress all weekend from eating something (I guess).

Anyway, blah, blah, blah, it was nice to be on stage again "in my own element" - although there were about 85 more musicians than I was used to.

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Since: Aug 17, 2004

Feb 19, 2013 06:03 pm

Badass dude! Can we check out the concert anywhere?

PS: That guitar looks amazing.

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Feb 19, 2013 11:08 pm

(A) I hate to say no. Although the producer was sort of pounding his head on his desk because they didn't video the event...

(B) Thanks! It's part of my "Black and Tan" collection --

I used the "antique natural" one on "We Will Rock You" -- that was fun - 90 people on a sprung floor stomping plus the crowd (not huge, maybe 350 in a 450-ish seat auditorium) made quite the thunder... Hoping for some shots of that at some point also. I have a feeling "tan" is a little more photogenic.
Since: Nov 11, 2007

Feb 20, 2013 10:29 pm

Playing with an orchestra has to be an awesome feeling! I too, dig the guitar(s). I dig it with gusto!

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Feb 21, 2013 01:23 am

It was different - "fun" different... I've sat in before, but usually "under the microscope" -- Think "Ashokan Farewell" type stuff -- me, (with little to no classical guitar background, chord progressions literally taped to the side of the guitar) and two "ringer" string players in the spots while the rest of the orchestra is dimmed out.

Too much pressure.

This was much more "my element" -- I was pretty stoked when the director said "What the hell are you doing back there? (by the percussion section) I want you downstage by the conductor!"

Everyone was in concert blacks, I got to be in "rock concert" blacks (Levis instead of slacks, leather vest, no tie, etc.) and "Do what you do" as far as playing the crowd and what not.

If I had a better wireless unit, I'd have been walking up the aisles.

I just hope they have me again. I know they're planning on doing this sort of "pops" concert again (they didn't expect it to be this well received actually) so we're already talking about next year.

And the orchestra kids (I call them "kids" as I'm easily old enough a parent to any of them) are talking to me backstage about doing Metallica and Europe and what not -- So they seem to be more "on board" than I thought at the start...

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 21, 2013 08:31 am

Damn dude, cool!

Music is everything
Since: Apr 01, 2010

Feb 21, 2013 08:40 am

Looks like a lot of fun.

PS. I "Liked" the MassiveMaster Facebook page :)

MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Feb 23, 2013 02:32 pm

(Likes that!)

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