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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by ELG60, Feb 14, 2021.
My apologies if this has been posted previously:
Here's another story about Tommy Tedesco as told by Chuck Rainey. WARNING, Adult language!
Good stuff. I’ve read a couple of different places about Tommy doing stuff like that (first story) for other musicians. Sounded like he was a class act.
It’s a good reminder that being a great musician is about more than just being great with an instrument.
I have been aware and in admiration of him for decades. Besides his work in Guitar Player Magazine, and hence my knowledge of his session work, he was a hoot on Fernwood Tonight which was a very funny show.
I never saw that show. I’ll have to try to remember to look it up. I was introduced to TT in Guitar Player also. Couldn’t believe the chicken scratching, fly speck sheet music he could apparently sight read cold. I remember Robbin Ford (I think?) saying he was on a studio date with Tommy and they gave Robbin an intricate part he wasn’t sure he could get through. I guess Tommy was sitting next to him and knew how he felt. He reached over and switched music with Robbin and gave him a simpler part.
A total class act! iirc, he's the one who advised Joe Osborn that he'd get more gigs if he learned to read music.
Here's a short vid about Fernwood and T T:
I met Chuck Rainey at the 1991 NAMM Show. He could not have been kinder or more generous w/ his time. Chuck even hand wrote his home phone # on the back of his business card before giving it to me.
Not only a monster player, but a class act as well.
It's always a hoot to find out your heroes are decent human beings. This isn't always the case . . . . . .
I'm a huge Steve Stevens fan, the remarkable guitarist for Billy Idol all these years. SS tells the story of Idol being on the road and opening for Van Halen. Steve was out with his favorite vintage Marshalls, who despite being cared for by his tech, could be a real handful to keep going. Eddie had him try his Peavey 5150 rig and Steve was very impressed, especially when Ed told him how little care and feeding the amps required.
When they come off the road, one day there's a knock at the door, and Ed gifted him with three brand new 5150 stacks. Free. Steve never forgot this kindness, one of many similar stories from many players about Eddie.
This came up on my YouTube feed just now . . . Enjoy the absurdity which was Fernwood 2nite:
Here's another: hysterical!
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