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Everything posted by cookieman15061

  1. If you’ve ever sung in a band or musical group you owe a debt of gratitude to the brothers. Two of rocks originals . RIP
  2. Always good to see another old timer pop in from time to time. Hope you and those close to you are doing well.
  3. You guys throw some great choices out there but I'm just a simple kind a man. For years now I've used the Boss Blues Driver into a Boss Distortion pedal. On a good day, if the winds just right and the temperature outside reaches a balmy 77 degrees I can find my Santana tone on the neck pup.
  4. Yes, She looks at guitars as art and loves when I'm looking for a new one. She's also become my concert buddy since my brother got married 8 years ago. We've seen some great shows together, McCartney, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, The Who, Brian Setzer, The Police to name a few. For years she came out on weekends to hear me play in the clubs. She's my biggest fan and the love of my life.
  5. Hofner Violin Bass (just like that lefty from the Beatles)
  6. The difference was Brian Wilson had complete control in the studio from the start. Don Kirshner ran the show on the early Monkees records and had the music for the first album and TV season in the can waiting for the newly hired band to put the vocals on. Tork told the story of how he showed up with his guitar for the first session and Kirshner asked him what he was doing? Of course a line was eventually drawn with show execs Rafelson and Schneider siding with the band and giving them total control to make the music.
  7. I don't know. He's been an extremely successful producer of movies, music and videos along with his songwriting. I'm not buying the being a Monkee was a curse BS. Of course when your Mom invents White Out and becomes a millionaire it softens any career missteps you might have made
  8. Come on, I was 6 when they debut and I knew it was a TV show. They were ripped by the media for doing nothing worse than the Mamas and Papas, Beach Boys and Birds were already doing. They did eventually play all the instruments on their third album.
  9. They've been touring every couple of years for a long time. Since 86 and with a little help from MTV, its been Mickey ,Peter and Davey, with MIke joining in for the occasional one off. Seen them several times and had the honor of meeting them backstage after meeting Mr. Jones in our airport as he came into town for their show. He gave me and my family free tickets and backstage passes and couldn't have been nicer.
  10. Very nice! Looks like a different guitar in every pic.
  11. NEARLY HUMAN is my all time fav Todd album and Parallel Lines one of his best songs ever. Saw him a few years ago when he toured with a DJ and 2 female backup singers / dancers. Every song was done in dance techno style. Now i'm a huge Todd fan but it's the only show I ever walked out on and I had front row seats. Awful.
  12. He's a guitar geek like me.......I love him!
  13. Wow, I'm speechless. T-man and I always wished each other Happy Birthdays since we were born a week apart back in 1960. My prayers go out to him and his family. I'm sure when the times right we can come together and help him financially or in what ever way possible.
  14. Spent most of my life playing in "cover bands" and by that I mean we covered a certain genre. Whether it was Rock, Pop, R&B or Funk styles we often tried to take the well known version of the song and change it up a bit, make it our own. One of our fav things to do was take Motown hits and rock them up a bit more. Over the years we wrote a number of our own songs we mixed in but people usually wanted to hear stuff they new. You could make some good money playing weekends doing just that.
  15. Kinda miss the old west atmosphere that permeated that lounge. Sometimes cruel , sometimes funny as hell, always interesting and entertaining.
  16. I joined this forum in 2008 and there were some real knockdown drag out battles going on then. Members getting suspended and even banned for their inability to follow the rules. At times it was all in fun but it could often get personal. ahhh those were the days!
  17. Pics were taken as soon as I got it home and yes since then the neck pup has been adjusted for a more balanced attack.
  18. I'm really impressed with everything about this guitar. If all the 2018 are this well made then Gibson is on the right track. I had really shied away from getting a newer Les Paul with all the failed changes being pushed on consumers. This Traditional seems like a back to basics model that feels perfect. Good for them and great for us!
  19. Not so long ago this forum and especially the lounge was a free for all. Political rants and religious put downs were common. Ya gots your popcorn and hunkered down for a lively night of accusations and innuendo. Some real characters frequented these halls. Some are gone and some are living , in my life I’ve loved them all. Apologies to John Lennon. Much more civil these days, for the most part. Mods did a great job cleaning it up.
  20. Decided to do my part and help GIBSON get back on their feet. Here's my 2018 Traditional tobacco burst.
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