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Discussion in 'The Cellar' started by BanditPanda, Oct 2, 2020.
Shame the way he went out, such a great player although I was never really a fan of his music.
He's missed so much.
I saw him about a week before it happened .He was on a high note ...sober and playing great.
That being said , Id rather listen to Steve Gaines than Stevie Ray , anyday ....
SRV was such a great talent...............he was just getting sober and he went out in such a tragic way.
SRV was always great it seemed to me whatever state he was in. I've not heard anything sloppy by him. As a big Hendrix fan I couldnt believe he had the 'audacity' to cover Voodoo Child on Couldn't Stand the Weather. I should have known better, He played with such authority and confidence and completely owned it not to mention the covers he did of Let the Good Times Roll and of course Little Wing.
You do some pretty convincing covers yourself.
I must have a listen to Steve Gaines. I 'almost' saw SRV on Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour in '83. Bowie hired SRV after seeing him play at Montreux
SRV contributed guitar solos to six of the songs on Let's Dance. He was to join the tour to please the American audience. Vaughan showed up for rehearsals in Dallas in April with a cocaine habit, a hard-partying wife and an entourage looking for easy access to drugs.
Given that Bowie himself had moved to Berlin in the late 1970s to try and kick his own cocaine habit, Bowie and Vaughan's management failed to come to an agreement on how to temper the situation, and in the end Vaughan pulled out of the tour. Vaughan was replaced by longtime Bowie guitarist Earl Slick. SRV then concentrated on 1983's Texas Flood, thankfully.
Never heard of him.
In all seriousness, my guitar hero. Played with a ferocity that is still unmatched. Many try (*cough* KWS *cough*), but nobody can do it the same way. He died about a year before I was born and when I was introduced to him by my dad at 9 or 10 years old, I told him that I wanna go see him play live and I almost cried when he told me that we wouldn't be able to. Helicopters suck. Or at least incompetent pilots.
Stevie was the only guy who could ever play Hendrix tunes and make it sound like Hendrix was copying SRV. He really took ownership of any song he played.
I had the pleasure of seeing him play live once. It was NOT a dull concert!
I was unfortunate in that I never got to see him live but I was fortunate enough to be stationed in the SE USA in the early 90's where you could go to 2 or 3 blues clubs in a happening town and see 2 or 3 SRV clones lol. I thought I wanted to play like Stevie until I realized that plenty of people had it covered lol. Im of the opinion that musicians shouldnt fly on anything smaller than a DC10.
He played here on the Soul To Soul tour, Fabulous Thunderbirds opened. TV crew interviewed him in the roughest bar in town, asked him who was the world's coolest guitarist. "My big brother Jimmie." Highlight of the show
I saw him on that Soul to Soul Tour too. Great night with the T-Birds opening, Jimmy and Stevie playing together. The blues was pretty much dead commercially at that time and Stevie and Jimmy started a new revival.
Much like Eddie Van Halen, Stevie's success paved the way for a bunch of imitators, but they both had a certain something that their imitators didn't. To paraphrase a a saying about Charlie Parker, if Stevie (and Eddie) was a gunslinger, they'd be a lot of dead copycats.
Here's a outstanding clip of SRV from 3/25/87.
Notice the vintage EHX Hot Tubes that he engages at 3:06 for the solo.
One of the all times greats and a tragic loss. I personally feel a bit of guilt in the fact that I felt totally burnt out on SRV, in the late 80s/early 90s. I had seen him SO many times in concert and then got to see him even more, opening for Robert Plant in 1988. Little did I know this was not a hardship, but a blessing to be able to say I saw him so many times. Got to say hello to him and shook his hand outside of a college gym he was playing in Montclair, NJ - he was very short! RIP SRV.
I gave up trying. I, instead, incorporate his style into making my own. Worked out better that way, I think.