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Reb Beach Joel Hoek­stra

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

my girl­friend’s ex-boyfriend stole it and sold it for drugs. It would prob­a­bly be worth around eight bil­lion dol­lars to­day. JH: My first gui­tar was a red Elec­tra/ Westone. As a kid I think it re­minded me of An­gus’s SG, so I had to have it. GT: What was your best ever gig? RB: We opened for Kiss on my birth­day, Au­gust 31st 1990. I had the spot­light guy fol­low me when I ran out and slid on my knees to the edge of the stage, and it brought the house down. JH: Ei­ther my first show fill­ing in for Mick Jones of For­eigner for 18,000 peo­ple, my first show/au­di­tion with Night Ranger on no re­hearsal; or play­ing for a live au­di­ence of two mil­lion peo­ple in Ber­lin with Trans-Siberian Orches­tra. GT: And your worst night­mare? RB: One time with the slid­ing out on my knees thing, I slid right into the au­di­ence. I never did it again. JH: As a kid, play­ing with my first band, we train-wrecked our open­ing song at a show. Ter­ri­ble feel­ing. GT: What’s the most im­por­tant mu­si­cal les­son you ever learnt? RB: Some guy at a mu­sic store taught me the Chuck Berry lick with the third-string bend while bar­ring the sec­ond and first strings. I’ve done it in al­most ev­ery solo I do. JH: You get back what you put in. GT: Present com­pany ex­cepted, who’s the great­est gui­tarist that’s ever lived? RB: It’s gotta be Jimi Hen­drix and Al­lan Holdsworth. JH: For me there is no such thing. There are so many play­ers with dif­fer­ent styles and ap­proaches that I ad­mire. GT: Is there a solo you re­ally wish you had played? RB: Peter Framp­ton’s Do You Feel Like We Do. JH: David Gil­mour has some beau­ti­fully con­structed so­los Com­fort­ably Numb maybe. Whites­nake’s The Pur­ple Al­bum is re­leased by Fron­tiers Mu­sic SRL on May 18. Whites­nake tour the UK with Def Lep­pard and Black Star Rid­ers in De­cem­ber. Fur­ther info: www. whites­nake.com

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