It’s Been A While…
Well, it’s been absolutely ages since I last wrote a blog. I have no excuses. When I had this site built, I set out with every intention of posting regular updates. However, touring happened, life happened and here I am, nearly 18 months later, trying to recount everything I’ve been up to.
Firstly, I would proudly like to announce a couple of recent gear endorsement deals. The first is with Eternal Guitars And Hotrod Pickups in Chichester, UK. I have just had the first of two brand new custom Eternal guitars built by the fantastically talented Dave Walsh.
Both guitars are ash-bodied S-types with maple necks and rosewood fingerboards. However, the first guitar (named “Tommy” after my late grandfather), has an HSS pickup configuration (humbucker and two single coils) and the second has a more traditional, three single coil Strat configuration. Both guitars have extra pickup switching options under the hood for more tonal options.
The guys at Eternal Guitars have a sister company, Hotrod Pickups. They hand-wind an amazing range of pickups in-house. For Tommy, we chose Eternal Revelation single coils in the neck and middle positions and the HFT (Hot For Teacher) humbucker in the bridge. In my opinion, these pickups are the perfect “Fat Strat” combination, offering a tonal palette ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Eddie Van Halen.
As you can see from the picture, Tommy has been finished in lightly aged Ocean Turquoise with a tortoiseshell pickguard. I’ve always had a thing for vintage, metallic finishes and left-handed models with such paintwork are very rare. This is one heck of a guitar and it’s so hard to put down that it’s making my other guitars jealous.
In other gear-related news, I am proud to announce that I am now a user of Kemper Amps and will be using the Kemper Profiling Powerhead and Kemper Remote throughout this summer’s Cliff Richard tour.
I’d been hearing great things about the Kemper Profiler for several years. however, upon trying it for the first time, I was absolutely blown away by the authenticity of the amp profiles, especially those captured by the great Michael Britt of the band Lonestar. In my opinion, Kemper offers the most realistic and user-friendly modelling amp available today. The unit is also extremely portable and easy to tour with.
So, more about Sir Cliff’s upcoming tour…
Last year, rather than embarking on a tour per se, Sir Cliff played several great shows throughout the year, including festivals in the Faroe Islands and Denmark, a brilliant Mediterranean cruise and numerous performances on TV and radio.
This year’s tour sees Cliff performing outdoors at some of UK’s most beautiful castles and historic locations, as well as dates in Ireland, Denmark and Israel in support of his most recent, Nashville recorded album “Just…Fabulous Rock ’n’ Roll”.
Once again, I am honoured to be a part of this tour and to work with such talented musicians and such a great crew. Full details and tour dates can be found here.
I think that just about wraps things up, albeit in the most condensed way. Oh yeah, there is some other very exciting news, but I’m not allowed to announce it just yet, so I’ll save it for my next blog. That way, I won’t wait another 18 months before posting the next update.
All the best for now,
Here’s The Latest…
Well, it’s been a while since my last blog, but I’ve been a very busy boy over the past few months.
Firstly, it was a great honour to play guitar on Sir Cliff Richard’s 75th birthday UK and Ireland tour, which began in Killarney in September and ended with a week-long run at London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 18th.
Cliff celebrated his 75th birthday live on stage on October 14th, in front of fans and friends. The full concert was filmed for DVD release and will be available at the end of November. Incidentally, it’s set to be a Christmas number one on pre-sales alone!
The entire band, crew and of course, Cliff himself, made me feel very welcome from day one. It was truly a privilege to work with such a talented and fun team of people. The rehearsal period and the tour itself never felt like work and each show was a party.
Secondly, I’ve finally set myself up as an online session guitarist, meaning I can record guitar parts remotely, from home. I’m very excited about this new venture, since it’s a service I’ve had a lot of requests for and is something been meaning to do for a long time. However, my previous touring schedule only left me with a couple of months at home each year and not enough time to set up shop, so to speak.
Aside from all that, Nick Radcliffe and I will recommence filming more lesson content for frethub.com next month. If you haven’t yet checked out the site and are looking to improve your guitar playing, you’ll be in safe hands with us.
That’s all for now.
All the best,
I have recently received a number of messages regarding my seemingly sudden departure from Brit Floyd.
Thank you all for your concern and support. Ordinarily, I would not compose a blog of this nature, since it’s important to tread carefully when publicly discussing such matters, but, in light of recent speculation and since I don’t have time to respond individually to the messages I’ve received, I felt compelled to write a few paragraphs.
There’s a huge distinction between Brit Floyd the show and Brit Floyd the tour. As much as I loved playing Pink Floyd’s music, there was was so much more to being part of a Brit Floyd tour than the three hours I spent each night performing on stage.
I toured relentlessly for 4 and a half years with Brit Floyd and for 3 years prior to that with The Australian Pink Floyd Show, which, at the time featured much of the same personnel and management, so I feel I gave this project a good, long run. My decision to leave was by no means a knee-jerk reaction.
Italian guitarist, Edoardo Scordo will take over my role on July 15th. Some of you may be familiar with Edo’s playing if you attended any of the gigs on this year’s Classic Rock Show UK tour. Edo is a fellow Fractal Audio Axe FX user, so I have donated all of my Axe FX sounds for his use. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Edo’s playing and the enthusiasm he brings to his live performances.
Although I have left Brit Floyd, I have by no means retired from music. I will continue to work as a professional musician and session guitarist. I have accepted a job as lead guitarist, touring with a major artist whose identity I am not yet permitted to reveal. However, I am very much looking forward to working with a great team of musicians and playing some classic, hit songs.
I would like to conclude by saying that, in spite of my decision to leave Brit Floyd, I have had some fantastic experiences on tour over the years and have made some friends for life. I am extremely proud of the sound we made as a group and the great shows we played together. I wish the band and its amazing crew all the very best for the future.
Thanks for reading.
Brit Floyd Discovery World Tour 2014 – USA, Canada & Europe
A spectacular new live production featuring music from all fourteen Pink Floyd studio albums plus a dazzling new light and laser show.
Named after Pink Floyd’s recent box set of the same name, and featuring music from the Syd Barrett led ’60s psychedelic pop of “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”, through to the nineties “The Division Bell”, and everything in between, the brand new DISCOVERY show captures in note-for-note detail, all your favourite moments as well as a few lesser known gems, from one of the most outstanding and enduring back catalogues in the history of recorded music.
Includes stunning new video animation, theatrics and inflatables.
The tour is well underway, having kicked off in Johnstown, PA on March 6th, with our final 2014 show in Sheffield, UK on December 14th. Along the way, we will be playing the iconic Red Rocks amphitheater for a third time, as well as making our debut appearance at London’s Wembley Arena.
Having performed to over a half a million fans around the world since its first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, Brit Floyd, returns to North America in February 2013 and the UK in October and November 2013 to present P-U-L-S-E 2013, The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience, a stunning new three hour show featuring note-for-note performances of five full album sides, including ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Animals’, ‘The Wall’, ‘The Division Bell’, and, in celebration of the 40th anniversary, Pink Floyd’s defining album, ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’.
Inspired by the record breaking 1994 ‘Division Bell’ Tour and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show, and brand new Floydian animation and projection, P-U-L-S-E 2013 will be Brit Floyd’s biggest show yet.
The Classic Rock Show 2013 Tour
The classic rock fan’s ultimate live juke box!
After the success of their critically acclaimed 2012 UK tour and as a testimony to the immense popularity of classic rock music, The Classic Rock Show is back, bigger and even better!
Featuring the music of The Eagles – Greatest Hits, Led Zeppelin – IV, Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms, Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon & The Wall, Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run, Meat Loaf – Bat out of Hell & much, much more!
Classic Rock doesn’t get any better than this!
A virtuoso band of the finest musicians on the planet perform an amazing mix of selected tracks from the ten best selling rock albums of all time, with extra songs added for 2013!
Two and a half hours of classic rock’s best moments!
From Dire Straits’ Money For Nothing through to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird, via Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell and Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb, you will be taken on a tour of top notch, full throttle, air punching, guitar rocking, chorus singing, foot stomping sonic excitement.
Exhilarating and entrancing in equal measure, with a climax to the show that is not to be missed. A gem of a rock show.
Sore throat guaranteed!
The Classic Rock Show – UK 2012
Following the success of this year’s tour, The Classic Rock Show is delighted to announce dates in the UK in January 2012. The tour will once again feature classic album tracks from the 70’s and 80’s, including bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, Dire Straits and Supertramp.
A Foot In The Door – World Tour 2012
BRIT FLOYD – The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, is proud to announce their brand new 2012 show ‘A Foot In The Door’. Especially created to celebrate the release of the official Pink Floyd ‘Best Of’ album ‘A Foot In the Door’, the show will include all of Pink Floyd’s best work, in its entirety – track by track – and as selected, personally, by the Pink Floyd band members themselves.
And as an extra bonus, and back by popular demand, BRIT FLOYD’s new show will also include its full 23 minute show-stopping rendition of Echoes, taken from Pink Floyd’s classic 1971 album, Meddle.
The BRIT FLOYD ‘A Foot In The Door’ show will include; Hey You, See Emily Play, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick In The Wall pt2, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Time, The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Comfortably Numb, Echoes, High Hopes, Learning To Fly, The Fletcher Memorial Home, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Brain Damage, Eclipse and Run Like Hell.
In less than one year the new BRIT FLOYD phenomena has been embraced by Pink Floyd fans worldwide, and acclaimed for its note-for-note perfection, unique Floydian animation and its state-of-the art sound and lights.
Learn Guitar Online With Frethub
Frethub is a fresh and comprehensive online guitar course offering hundreds of video lessons and guitar techniques taught by Bobby and Nick Radcliffe, two highly qualified and respected teachers with over 40 years of combined professional experience.
Fretbub’s videos are taught in a down-to-earth manner and presented in a logical and progressive order, providing the consistency and familiarity you get from taking private lessons. The aim is to give you a solid foundation and equip you with the necessary tools to learn and recognise the techniques used in the making of the music you love. From beginners through to advanced players, there’s plenty to help you become the musician you want to be.
You will have unlimited access to a huge catalog of video lessons and downloadable backing tracks, all in one centralised and convenient location.
Bobby’s Stage Gear Video
Check out Bobby’s new video, made with TC Electronic, where he takes us through the details of his stage rig and explains how he gets some of the sounds used on songs on the current Brit Floyd tour.