Following the release of his new album ‘Behold Electric Guitar, Paul Gilbert will be taking to the road and playing 9 shows through the UK in September.

The Illinois born, Mr. Big co-founder and Racer X star is now on his 15th solo studio album and continues to enthrall. His latest album was released on Music Theories Recordings in May and received a wave of critical praise with Planet Rock Magazine calling it “immaculate”, Classic Rock lauding its “fret-scorching fireworks” and Powerplay calling him an “astonishing talent” amongst others.

Talking about the upcoming tour, Gilbert says; “After a month of touring in the USA, my band and I are deep into the songs, and warmed up for our upcoming shows in Russia, Europe, and the U.K.! One of my best moments was when my old Racer X bandmate, Bruce Bouillet came to a show and afterwards wrote, ‘Paul and his band killed it… I’ll go so far as saying this is the best I’ve seen him play.’ Thanks Bruce! And thank YOU. See you on tour!”

Paul Gilbert‘Behold Electric Guitar’ September UK Tour

Tickets available from
paulgilbert.com/tour

Mon 16 Sep – The Fleece, Bristol
Tues 17 Sep – Riverside, Newcastle
Weds 18 Sep – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thurs 19 Sep – Academy 3, Manchester
Fri 20 Sep – Sub 89, Reading
Sat 21 Sep – Engine Rooms, Southampton
Sun 22 Sep – O2 Islington Academy, London
Mon 23 Sep – The Mill, Birmingham
Tues 24 Sep – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes

After his recent move to Portland, Oregon, Paul set out to connect with the best and grooviest musicians in the area, and record an album in his brand new hometown. Brian Foxworth (drums) and Asher Fulero (keyboards) were both obvious choices to play Paul’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, and pop flavors. When Paul’s regular Portland bassist Kelly Lemieux was unavailable (due to his touring with Buckcherry), Paul reached out to New Orleans bass legend, Roland Guerin. Roland came to Portland weeks before the recording dates for intense rehearsing and arranging sessions.

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On May 17th, Music Theories will release ‘Behold Electric Guitar‘, Paul Gilbert‘s newest album. Ahead of the release of the album, Paul has unveiled another new track, ‘Things Can Walk To You‘.

Things Can Walk to You‘ is the closing track on my new album ‘Behold Electric Guitar,’ and although it is performed as an instrumental, the melody is based on my most recent cantankerous lyrics. Let me tell you the story. One of my goals in moving to Portland was to live in a neighbourhood where I could “walk to things.” I looked forward to getting daily exercise by walking to local restaurants and shops, and getting some fresh outdoor air. I found a website called “Walk Score,” which rated the walkability of any address, and the area where I moved was rated high, and seemed perfect. It turns out that walkability not only attracts exercising musicians, but also attracts homeless people with their shopping carts, brimming with garbage, and leaving a trail of hypodermic needles.”

Yes, yes. I know that it’s callous to call anyone a “thing.” (Even when they when steal your license plates, and smash your car window to steal your son’s backpack.) I’m sure everyone has a story. And not everyone has the good fortune to be able to turn their story into a song. I certainly appreciate my station in life. So I used the power of music to transform a callous rant into a soulful slide guitar melody, and guitar solo that builds and builds until it earns its place as the closing musical statement on my album. Some of my other cantankerous songs offer not only a problem, but also a solution. Problem: People don’t use their turn signals. Solution: Everybody use your goddamn turn signal. Problem: Auto-tuned music is annoying to me. Solution: Terraform the moon, so I can move there, and get away from auto-tuned music.”

Things Can Walk to You‘ offers no solution, because I don’t have one. For those who are struggling, I wish I had the answer. If I could help homeless people by showing them how to play patterns with the major and minor blues scales, then I think I could do some good. But I suspect they need help in other areas. So in the meantime, I guess we’ll all keep walking, and breathing the fresh air. And if it’s blues scales you need. I’m here.”

After his recent move to Portland, Oregon, Paul set out to connect with the best and grooviest musicians in the area, and record an album in his brand new hometown. Brian Foxworth (drums) and Asher Fulero (keyboards) were both obvious choices to play Paul’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, and pop flavors. When Paul’s regular Portland bassist Kelly Lemieux was unavailable (due to his touring with Buckcherry), Paul reached out to New Orleans bass legend, Roland Guerin. Roland came to Portland weeks before the recording dates for intense rehearsing and arranging sessions.

With the band complete, Paul enlisted legendary producer and engineer John Cuniberti. John is well known for his work with Joe Satriani, but Paul was primarily interested in John’s expertise with “one mic” recording. Paul explains, “It’s so easy to make albums with overdubbing and editing these days, but I really prefer playing live and just getting the music to sound right because the musicians, the songs, and the performances are good.” After hearing Paul’s band, John recommended a few more mics, but still agreed that the music worked best as live performances with no overdubs. “There is not one overdub on the record. Everything you hear is four guys jamming, listening to each other, and making room for each other. The music almost mixes itself that way! And it’s just a great mindset to have. When you know that you won’t be fixing or adding parts later… It keeps your mind very active to get things right!

Paul will be touring with his band this year to support ‘Behold Electric Guitar.’ Make sure to catch him at the peak of his powers! Behold Electric Guitar!

Paul’s extensive tour schedule will bring him to Europe and the US and the dates can be found here :http://www.paulgilbert.com/tour

On May 17th, Music Theories will release ‘Behold Electric Guitar‘, Paul Gilbert‘s newest album with 12 new original songs, all with Paul’s most expressive, and inspired guitar playing to date!

Paul comments on ‘Havin’ It‘: “I finally wrote a song with long guitar solos! It took me decades to stretch beyond my pop song structure habits, and it feels great to be FREE, and just play, and play, and play. The song still has melodies and themes, and those were inspired by the idea that when you have something good… You still want MORE. Havin’ it… don’t make me stop wantin’ it!

After his recent move to Portland, Oregon, Paul set out to connect with the best and grooviest musicians in the area, and record an album in his brand new hometown. Brian Foxworth (drums) and Asher Fulero (keyboards) were both obvious choices to play Paul’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, and pop flavors. When Paul’s regular Portland bassist Kelly Lemieux was unavailable (due to his touring with Buckcherry), Paul reached out to New Orleans bass legend, Roland Guerin. Roland came to Portland weeks before the recording dates for intense rehearsing and arranging sessions.

With the band complete, Paul enlisted legendary producer and engineer John Cuniberti. John is well known for his work with Joe Satriani, but Paul was primarily interested in John’s expertise with “one mic” recording. Paul explains, “It’s so easy to make albums with overdubbing and editing these days, but I really prefer playing live and just getting the music to sound right because the musicians, the songs, and the performances are good.” After hearing Paul’s band, John recommended a few more mics, but still agreed that the music worked best as live performances with no overdubs. “There is not one overdub on the record. Everything you hear is four guys jamming, listening to each other, and making room for each other. The music almost mixes itself that way! And it’s just a great mindset to have. When you know that you won’t be fixing or adding parts later… It keeps your mind very active to get things right!

Paul will be touring with his band this year to support ‘Behold Electric Guitar.’ Make sure to catch him at the peak of his powers! Behold Electric Guitar!

Paul’s extensive tour schedule will bring him to Europe and the US and the dates can be found here: http://www.paulgilbert.com/tour

Track list:

  1. Havin’ It
  2. I Own A Building
  3. Everywhere That Mary Went
  4. Love Is The Saddest Thing
  5. Sir, You Need To Calm Down
  6. Let That Battery Die
  7. Blues For Rabbit
  8. Every Snare Drum
  9. A Snake Just Bit My Toe
  10. I Love My Lawnmower
  11. A Herd Of Turtles
  12. Things Can Walk To You

The Stories We Could Tell

Hard rock’s original supergroup, Mr. Big are back with a vengeance with their new album …The Stories We Could Tell. The band’s eighth studio album is slated for release in the UK on Monday 22nd September, followed by North American release on Tuesday 23rd September via Frontiers Music Srl.  “This new album rocks,” says Paul Gilbert. “I love playing guitar, singing, and writing with Eric, Billy, and Pat. And after 25 years, I’m proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional.”

“We wrote songs individually and collectively on this new record,” says Eric Martin. “To me this is the album that we’ve threatened to make decades ago. A classic, groovin’, blues-rock record with the spirit and spark of our rock and soul idols from the 70’s. Hells to the yeah it’s a Mr. Big album complete with all the trimmings. I think whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or just starting, you’re going to dig where we are coming from and where we’ve been.”

The original line-up comprised of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey ( drums), are back with some of their most powerful material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release “What If,” that marked the band’s return to their signature hard rock sound. The new album is available for pre-order via Amazon UK.  Mr. Big kick off their European tour on Friday October 17th at London’s Koko. Visit the official Mr. Big website to view all their 2014 tour dates.

The band recently announced that drummer Pat Torpey has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The diagnosis has left him unable to perform his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour. He did complete all of the drumming on the upcoming album, but unfortunately touring will be too difficult for him at the present time. Mr. Big intends to announce a drummer in the near future who will handle most of Mr. Big’s drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the group’s acoustic set.

Album Track Listing:

1)            Gotta Love The Ride

2)            I Forget To Breathe

3)            Fragile

4)            Satisfied

5)            The Man Who Has Everything

6)            The Monster In Me

7)            What If We Were New?

8)            East/West

9)            The Light Of Day

10)          Just Let Your Heart Decide

11)          It’s Always About That Girl

12)          Cinderella Smile

13)          The Stories We Could Tell

14)          Addicted To That Rush (Live – Exclusive Bonus Track)

Mr Big

Mr Big

LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London’s Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 – their only show on these shores this year.

The original line up of super-piped vocalist Eric Martin, shred legend Paul Gilbert, bass god Billy Sheehan, and powerhouse drummer Pat Torpey will perform songs from their vast catalogue, spanning nearly 25 years.

With huge tunes such as “Addicted To That Rush”, “Green Tinted Sixties Mind”, “Undertow”, “Ain’t Seen Love Like That” and of course their 1991 smash hit “To Be With You”, this exclusive British Isles show is unmissable for any Mr Big fan.

Tickets go on sale 9am Friday 27th June and are available from www.kililive.com and www.seetickets.com