The Next Best Thing – 1st Edition

The Next Best ThingIt’s finally here, the first (of two) books I have been working on about tribute bands! In this book we will take a look into the phenomenon that is the rise of the tribute band. These dedicated musicians reintroduce generations to great artists of the past who have long left this world to the broken bands of yesteryear and even touring musicians of today. We will explore the bands rise, the musicians that play in them and their dedicated fans.

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Author David McCarter is a musician, writer and an award-winning photographer. Not only does he do photography for bands presented in this book but also many other artists in Southern California and national artists that include the well-known bands Queensrÿche, and Buckcherry!

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Looking for Position in Rock Band

Rocking the UkraineI’m a rhythm guitarist (some leads) and am looking to join a tribute band (have lots of great ideas) or one that does covers and maybe originals. Prefer established band with gigs coming up, otherwise would really like to start or join band that wants to focus on songs by The Cult, Collective Soul, AC/DC or Queensrÿche and more. To learn more about my music tastes, check out my blog and my videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL939FFCAE80EB4BE0

This is a short video on how I rocked the geeks in India before my conference session:

This is a gig I played with the Wayward Sons at the Belly Up in June 2014.

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Eric Johnson at the House of Blues

On January 27th, I was proud to do photography at the Eric Johnson show at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA. Eric has always been in my top three guitarists list since I fist saw him on his tour to support his first album in the 1980’s. So, I was very excited to shoot this show!

Eric is a “guitarists guitarist”. Like at the show in the 80’s, I would estimate that 90% of the guys there are guitarists or want to be. The only women at the show were the few that those guitarists convinced to come, including the woman sitting next to me. She ending up loving the show that included guitarist Arielle from Austin, TX opening and playing a few tunes with Eric.

Eric still seems pretty shy and rarely looks at the audience, which is fine with me. We aren’t there to look at him… okay, maybe his hands (which I call “alien hands” since they do things I’ve never seen a human hand do). We are there to listen to him.

Observations

Here are some observations that I made during the shoot and the show. First, Eric hardly looks different from the 80’s.  At age 63, the only thing different was his hair color and maybe a few wrinkles. Being a guitarist, the biggest thing I noticed was his pedal board (see below). It looked to me that he has not upgraded from the first time I saw him (or cleaned). Only his amps looked newer. Previously he played through 3 amps but I saw 5 at least. He is pretty busy with the right foot switches to switch between the amps. It also looks like he is also using his original tape delay machines (I’m sure there aren’t many of those left in the world).

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With the ever-changing world of guitar pedals and effects, Eric stays true to his roots and to his tone.

I’d like to thank the House of Blues and LiveNation for allowing me to shoot this show. Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, you are next on my list to photograph, since you are the other two in my favorite three guitarists list.

Rockstar of the Week – Michael “Whip” Wilton

Below is a photo I took of Michael Wilton of Queensryche on November 18th, 2016 at the House of Blues in San Diego. I chose this photo to be the picture of the week since it was liked and re-posted many times by fans and Queensryche. Michael even posted it on Thanksgiving when he wished all of his fans a happy holiday.

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Michael Wilton of Queensryche

 

Sevendust: Headed To The Grammys!

I first saw Sevendust open for Creed in 2002. Ever since I have been a huge fan and the band is my favorite “underrated band”. I am so glad they are nominated for a Grammy this year because I want more hard rock fans out there to love them as much as I do.

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I first meet the band in 2006 when they headlined a sold out show at the House of Blues in San Diego. Unfortunately they have not headlined a show in San Diego since. In 2011 I hung out with the band on the Shiprocked cruise. On this cruise, founding member Vince Hornsby nicked named me “San Diego”. During one of the Sevendust shows on the ship Vince gave me one of Morgan Rose’s drumsticks which I unfortunately lost later that night in the casino.

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During both times I meet the band I learned that not only are they fantastic musicians but really nice, down to earth guys. I even got to meet Lajon Witherspoon’s wife who is super nice too.  There couldn’t be a better group to win at the Grammy’s this Monday. I have my fingers crossed!