What was that John Lennon said? 'Life is what happens to you whilst you're busy making other plans'. Why am I doing this and not sat on a beach being served Pina Coladas by sexy Cuban ladies? I cannot answer that question. Perhaps a single-malt shared with a country-rock gall, sat on our porch whilst watching the Sun set. (Luke will you get on with your biography please?)
Where was I....yes, music, U2, tribute band, little money, day to day grief, can you play this song, when are you coming to Albania, can you ask The Edge if he'll sign me this, the venue have decided to cancel your show, it's only five hours in the van, how do you get that sound on Zooropa, do you really need all these guitars, who's nicked my f*cking sandwiches, we'll fly you in by helicopter, my wife in Russia will not believe I've just met U2, do you charge less for twenty minutes, I'm leaving the band and taking the last four gigs wages with me, I've only had three months to learn that song, do you like Brazilian girls, do you play weddings, it worked fine at home, do you play any Queen songs, we've cancelled but can I pay you in drugs, I know you've got all your settings but can you change them all, do you all believe in God, can we build a screen around the drums, is it that important we play In God's Country, it's 5am so I'm staying up, after expenses we all get £53.87, I sent you 3000 flyers weeks ago and they're all still in that box, who's scratched my new guitar case, anybody got any batteries, my girlfriend's mad about U2 and Joe Dolce, it's purely cosmetic, I used to teach this shit, I hope you're not vegans because we're having a barbecue, you were not playing that verse right, you weren't either, if there's a fire alarm I'll carry her, do you live near Bono, our Edge doesn't mime, we all look like catalogue models, she'll have anything but she's really into older men, can I have one of your plectrums, why has he changed the sound now we're on stage, will you come to my friend's wedding, two lesbians and one of Robert Plant's old groupies, the Gibson headstock is screwed, one day I'm cleaning toilets and then I'm headlining a festival, when you met U2 who was the tallest, I hate Bono but you guys are awesome, I'm a make-up artist not a f*ck*ng plastic surgeon, your girlfriends just wet the top of my amp, how many toll roads are in France, £10,000 for one gig is fine by us, would you play a far-right convention, that's £320 a year on Ernie Ball strings, two gay men want to buy us all drinks, service stations are a rip-off, I swear to God it was a transvestite driving, I've not even touched the surface of this Eventide, no lift you are joking, two monitors should not go out of phase, what was that Zeppelin song you were playing in sound check, can you sign both tits, don't fall off the roof as we're not insured, I know you're cleaning but I really need a shit, it was hot no booze and no women without beards, you only played half of Bad, you only played a bad half, can you play two sets so they can get a drink in between, we thought that you were hiring that, don't bump it or we're not insured, U2 go on after the speeches, all I saw was your bum on that TV screen, can you play that for my mother, they did call it arson so I'm watching you guys before they come for me, Exit is so much better played fast, I can't travel up there for hundred quid, even the Manic Street Preachers would use that toilet, I need to tune these up where it's not raining on me, why didn't you just pull up the bollards, so you've six Irish girls and a bag of whizz, well this is why I'm Buddhist as my heart won't take anymore.........ask me again why I play The Edge?
1. My favourite U2 track is 'Red Hill Mining Town'. That was the first song I heard from The Joshua Tree and
I think it's a pinnacle of their passion, with Bono's vocals screaming to reach those notes.
2. I love performing, 'City of Blinding Lights', which is strange as it never turned me on when I first heard it. 'I miss
you when you're not around', always gets me. Guitar wise, I like things that change throughout and 'Love is Blindness'
is great to play for the solo.
3. Favourite gig would be playing to 10,000 people in Portugal. We were the only band playing and I finished the gig,
laying on the stage, with a blonde girl on top of me, each swigging from a bottle of whiskey under the stars.
4. Regarding playing in another tribute, I do look like Tony Iommi...or did when I had long hair, so maybe Black
Sabbath. If we weren't into the look-a-like part, probably The Police or even Led Zeppelin.
Black 1974 USA Fender Stratocaster
Black 2000 USA Fender Stratocaste
Sunburst 1957 USA Fender Stratocaster
Cream 2004 USA Fender Telecaster
Olympic white Gibson Les Paul Custom (for theatres)
Gold top Gibson Les Paul
Cream Hand made Gibson Clone Les Paul
Gordon Smith Hand made Explorer
Rickenbacker 330 (for theatres)
Amps: 1967 VOX AC30 with Bulldog Speakers (for theatres)
1995 VOX AC30 with Greenback Celestions
2005 VOX AC30 with Custom Wharfdales
2008 VOX AC15
1998 Fender Tweed Deluxe (for theatres)
Effects: Eventide Harmoniser H3000se
Line 6 Pod Pro
Korg A3 multi effects
Korg A3 beta unit multi effects
Roland GP100 preamp
TC Electronics D-Two
TC Electronics G-major
TC Electronics G-major
Lexicon MX300 Delay and reverb unit
Lexicon MXP200 reverb unit
Fractal AXE‑FX III X 2
Behringer MIDI 1010
Behringer MIDI 1010
VOX LE multi effects preamp
Kay Fuzztone (in custom housing)
Durham Sex Drive
Peterson Strobe Tuner
Keyboards: Yamaha DX7
Yamaha W7 (2)
Then there is rigging to all up to talk to each other - patience doesn't come close!
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