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Paul Gilbert – Acoustic Samurai [2003; Japanese pressing HDCD]

■ Genre: Guitar Virtuoso
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■ Included: nfo, log, sfv, m3u, Booklet, CD, Tray card, Obi
■ Playing Time: 00:58:05
■ Size: 433,59 MB/131,01 MB
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  1. December 13th, 2010 at 13:00 | #1

    One concert ticket: €27
    Two hot dogs for the road crew: €5,50
    Shaking hands/talking/taking photographs with your favourite artist (who also happens to be THE ultimate guitar GOD): PRICELESS!

    Dear diary,
    Last Wednesday -December the 8th- I went to see Paul Gilbert, probably the most versatile guitarist in the world and certainly #1 in my preferences.
    Despite the fact it was the second time of seeing him live, I still had that overwhelming feeling of anticipation and was literally counting the days off.
    Upon my arrival at the venue, my mind was set solely on one thing:
    I needed to find the perfect spot to watch and shoot a few pictures, undistracted if possible.
    So, I rushed down the steps paying no attention to what was going on around, a decision I would regret at the end of the night…
    Half an hour later the band appeared on stage, the waiting was finally over.
    As expected, Paul drew most of the audience’s attention.
    Most fans (myself included) had their eyes locked on the Ibanez fretboard or more precisely his frantically moving fingers 😉
    You’d thought a second guitarist would be unnecessary for the case but Tony Spinner, whose name I must admit hadn’t heard before, proved to be quite a player and arguably added a special touch.
    A worthy sidekick indeed.
    The show lasted for approximately two hours -two hours of sheer joy- during which we heard songs from Gilbert’s entire career (solo albums, Racer X, Mr. Big, a couple tracks off of the “United States” album with Freddy Nelson) as well as some classic covers.
    Forgive me, the exact order escapes me at the moment.
    I’ll suffice to say it was an excellent blend although I would have liked to see more of his own material in the setlist…

    So, the gig comes to an end, the band takes a bow, the crowd is cheering and I’m thinking “Great show, now if I could just get an autograph and some pictures with them…”
    Alas, it was never meant to be.
    My friend notices the band leaving in a hurry (normally they would go backstage), an indication they won’t be staying to meet & greet the fans.
    We decide to stick around nevertheless.
    But things don’t look very optimistic, half an hour has passed and the road crew has already started loading the equipment in the vans outside the club.
    Then a member of the staff informs us that the band went straight to the hotel and won’t be coming back after all.
    Bummer! Nothing more to do here, let’s call it a night.
    Yes, but can we go home without first discussing every detail about the show we’ve just seen?
    Definitely NOT. We decide to take our time and walk back rather than call a cab.
    We had only been walking for 10 minutes or less, when we came across a rather big bus at a (other than that empty) parking lot.
    My friend Chris turns to me and says: “I bet THIS is Paul Gilbert’s Tour Bus! Just wait and see…”
    It made sense being in close proximity to both the club and the 2 major hotels most Rock/Metal bands are usually staying.
    But still, how can we be sure? The windows are tinted, we can’t see through…

  2. December 13th, 2010 at 13:00 | #2

    Well, we didn’t need to. Minutes later those vans we’ve seen earlier arrive and park next to the bus.
    “It’s Paul Gilbert’s Tour Bus alright, what’s next?”
    We’re in a few feet distance and the light is dim. There’s no sign of the musicians, just the crew transferring the gear.
    “Oh, just go and ask them. What have you got to lose?”
    “Be that as it may, isn’t it kind of rude? They may be resting and don’t wish to be disturbed.”
    At that point some other fan appears, asking if we saw Paul Gilbert while we were waiting.
    Unlike me he has no reservations, so in the end we merely ask one of the road crew about their schedule.
    The guy is totally cool and seems to understand how strong we feel about meeting the band.
    Permission granted. It shouldn’t take long before the members check out of the hotel and return to the bus.

    Now, while chatting about the gig with our new acquaintance, he mentions something about T-shirts.
    “T-shirts, what T-shirts? I didn’t see any merchandise at all at the venue”
    “Well, I don’t about you but I got one for myself” says and shows it to me.
    “WTF? How did I miss it?” Shit! I remember now. I remember that as soon as I found the ideal spot to watch, I didn’t move an inch. Not until the show was over”
    “The bench must have been on the other side. Do you think I can get one NOW? How much it cost?”
    “OK, let me check my wallet. Let’s see. €10 in notes and about 3 more in coins. Shit! I only took enough for the taxi. Did it have to be TODAY?”
    “Hey Chris, can you lend me…”
    Before I finished my sentence I saw the same guy who answered our questions earlier was coming towards me.
    “Great, just great. What do I do now, ask for a discount? I must look like a real jerk.”
    Fortunately, he had different plans:
    He offered us the T-shirt (I’m telling you, it doesn’t get any cooler than this) AND a copy of the “Get out of my yard” CD in exchange for 2 hot dogs!
    Apparently, they were hungry 😛
    Needless to say the food cost a lot less. I kept the T-shirt, the other guy kept the CD (I own the Japanese pressing so I wasn’t interested; had it been something rare say that limited edition EP “Tough Eskimo” which I can’t seem to find no matter where I look, I would have fought tooth and nail :P)

    The next 20 minutes flew by as we discussed various topics, all music related of course.
    Finally, at 2am the band arrived evidently tired – you could tell from their faces all they wanted was to get some rest.
    We shook hands with Craig Martini then kindly asked Paul if it would be OK to take a few shots with him and sign the tickets/posters/CD booklets/record sleeves (hey, at least there were no instruments involved!) we had.
    And so he did, without the slightest complaint. Very polite and down to earth person.
    Before saying goodnight, I asked for one last favour:
    I realize the vast majority of fans would go crazy for a Mr. Big concert (they made it clear throughout the show) but I happen to prefer Racer X.
    “Next time you visit Athens, I hope Scott Travis, Juan Alderete and Jeff Martin are with you”

  3. December 13th, 2010 at 13:05 | #3

    Paul Gilbert at Wikipedia
    “Acoustic Samurai” at RateYourMusic
    “Acoustic Samurai” at Discogs

    Record Label: Bat Girl Records/Universal Music Japan
    Catalogue Number: UICE-9009
    UPC: 4988005343444
    Rights Society: JASRAC [Japan]
    Mastering SID Code: IFPI L235
    Matrix/Runout: UICE-9009 1R V
    Mould SID Code: IFPI 4011

    01. Potato head [2:07]
    02. Dancing Queen [3:31]
    03. I like Rock [2:19]
    04. Down to Mexico [4:58]
    05. Suicide lover [3:40]
    06. I am Satan [3:02]
    07. Individually twisted [4:11]
    08. Bliss [5:34]
    09. Time to let you go [3:14]
    10. I’m not afraid of the police [3:48]
    11. Three times Rana [4:43]
    12. The second loudest guitar in the world [2:05]
    13. Scarified [3:42]
    14. Heaven in ’74 [3:52]
    15. Maybe I’ll die tomorrow [4:00]
    16. Always for Alison [3:21]
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    Photos from the gig by yours truly 😉

    Have you ever heard the expression “Good things happen to those who wait”?
    Well, now we’ve got proof.

    Exhibit A, a really cool T-shirt:


    a really cool T-shirt


    Exhibit B, Paul ultimately signed my ticket:


    Paul Gilbert ticket [08-12-2010]


  4. DalSegno
    December 13th, 2010 at 19:55 | #4

    Nice story, nice memories and… nice music.
    As always, thanks a lot.

  5. December 13th, 2010 at 23:40 | #5

    Paul Gilbert is a great guitar player, thank you for sharing.
    I can’t wait for the new Mr. Big album!

  6. LongColdWinter
    December 14th, 2010 at 14:20 | #6

    Apart from being the greatest uploader, you obviously have sufficient talent in writing literature, man!
    Thumbs up!

  7. Anonymous
    December 16th, 2010 at 07:50 | #7

    I missed the concert 🙁

  8. Anonymous
    December 19th, 2010 at 21:50 | #8

    Hi, I have been visiting your fantastic blog for a while now, and this is the first time I post anything.
    First of all, gotta let you know I am no kid, I am over 40 years old. But I gotta tell you I was a VIP ticket holder in a recent concert by Paul.
    I was from out of town (from quite far, actually), so I had to go to a hotel. Bingo, when I was checking in, I met the crew, and Paul suddenly appeared.
    I introduced myself, shook hands with Paul, and I let him be. I don’t like to “stalk” popular people (Paul is popular in my book, and I much admire the guy).
    We were just 3 guys with VIP tickets, so it was great. Paul was very kind. It was an out of this world experience having the guy play with you, just at a 1 meter distance. We had two jams and could ask him questions, which we did.
    After the class was over, time for pictures and autographs. He signed, among other things, my guitar.
    Then it was time for the sound check. I was impressed with Jeff Bowders. The guy can hit the drums.
    The tour manager treated us very well, and we could enter the venue before the doors were open for the general public. We were less than a meter from the stage, with no one in front of us.
    I took a few pictures during the concert. I also shot 2 HD vids with my photo camera (“Norwegian cowbell” and “Propeller”) with more than decent picture and sound quality.
    At one point, I wanted to take a picture of Craig Martini. He spotted me, looked at the camera, and gave me 2 thumbs up. For real. I immortalized that moment. I guess he remembered me from the hotel and from being a VIP ticket holder. Just fantastic.
    I must also mention Tony Spinner. Very nice guy, and a superb guitar player. He provided great contrast to Paul’s playing as his phrasing was different.
    What can I say? I saw Mr. Big in 2009, I saw and was with Paul in 2010… I hope Racer X is next.
    Thanks for this great blog. Keep it up.

  9. Rated PG
    October 3rd, 2011 at 14:00 | #9

    That’s such a heartwarming story – did you tell Paul that you were ripping off his CDs at full quality and posting up his hard work for everyone to download for free?
    I wonder what he would have made of that?
    It’s a wonder you just didn’t spit in his face…

  10. Edson Silva
    July 1st, 2015 at 19:50 | #10

    Can you please re-upload this one?
    Thank you!

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