My first job was tape op at a studio in the countryside just south of London. An ex member of Aerosmith called Rick Dufay recorded his album there. He ended up teaching me how to play Hendrix and Cream riff properly and the difference between good old Marshall stacks and not so good newer ones, amongst other advice. I then moved to LA and joined his band for a couple of years. Back in London I played on sessions for a variety of TV shows and artists including Tom Jones, Robin Gibb and Paul Young amongst others. I answered an ad in the back of the Melody Maker and got the gig with Ian Hunter, that was amazing. Since then I regularly play in Bob Geldof’s band and Holy Holy whose members include former Bowie bandmates Tony Visconti, Woody Woodmansey with Glenn Gregory from Heaven 17 on vocals.
Eric Clapton. I was obsessed, he lived nearby, luckily I never bumped into him.
A CMI Les Paul copy with a bolt on neck and humbuckers that actually weren’t when I took the covers off. It was rubbish.
1.The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking – Roger Waters (that Clapton solo)
2.All the Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople
3.Thirty Days In A Hole – Humble Pie
4. Rock’n’roll Suicide – David Bowie
5. Badge – Cream.
Probably the last Holy Holy gigs we did in Tokyo, it was sounding very very good.
Reeves Gabrels came and played on Lisa Ronson’s album which I was producing, he’s brilliant and so was his Spacehawk.
A Manta Ray and a Double Agent.
I can’t remember the last time a guitar worked so well straight out of the box. The Manta Ray turned up and I gigged it that night. It felt comfortable straight away and took my usual level of abuse in its stride.
My amps are all made by Denis Cornell, I’ve played through pretty much everything over the years including a spell as an amp reviewer. His amps are the best in my humble opinion. Pedal wise the one I really rate is a Williams Mk1 Tonebender replica.
Do it for the love of it, not the money.
Holy Holy are touring the East Coast during January, we are playing the entire Man Who Sold The World Album plus a second set of early Bowie favourites, so please come along. Lisa Ronson (Mick Ronson’s daughter) has just released an album called The Emperors Of Medieval Japan, I co wrote and co produced most of the tracks. Reeves Gabrels and Earl Slick are also on there with Morgan Fisher from Mott The Hoople. Lisa and I will be gigging again in the spring.