Sunday, July 05, 2009

Careful with that axe, Eugene.


Waitaminnit ... that doesn't look right ...


10 comments:

Frank Frink said...

I've seen Floyd at least a handful of times, with and without Waters, as well as Waters alone a couple times.

Caught the Vancouver show on this particular tour. The whole show (two sets - 2nd set: Dark Side of the Moon from start to finish) was every bit as excellent as this vid. Thanks.

croghan27 said...

Roger used to live down the street from me! (in a gated community) His house was not far from that of the Pres of IBM. They did not have a ball diamond there, or even a football field - they had a field for playing polo. Philip (yes, Elisabeth's hubby) would come over occasionally (horses and all) to play a bit.

(He never dropped over for coffees in the mornings.)

jj said...

"I've seen Floyd at least a handful of times"

Me too. I even have Pink Floyd PJs.

CC said...

You're missing what I was getting at -- why it took me a couple seconds to figure out what looked so weird about that lead guitarist.

Frank Frink said...

Hmm.. well, he's not David Gilmour. He's also left-handed. Looks vaguely like Syd Barrett.

I'm assuming you meant the guy (Dave Kilminster) playing the left-handed sunburst Strat and not the other guy (longtime Floyd, Gilmour & Waters associate, Snowy White) playing the right-handed Les Paul goldtop.

I dunno, CC, is it the 'fish' necklace/pendant?

CC said...

No, Frank, you're still missing it. Look at the lead guitarist. Now look at his guitar.

Frank Frink said...

Ah, my mistake. This clip was taken from the second leg of that tour. Kilminster, who is a left-handed guitar player, was replaced on that portion by Doyle Bramhall II. This clip has Bramhall, also a left-handed guitar player, who is well-known for playing his guitar strung upside down.

Didn't register because it didn't seem all that unusual to me, at least in the sense of left-handed guitar players I've known. A lot of them play that way mostly because they started out on a right-handed guitar. Just flipped it over and went for it.

The most notable lefty guitar player, Hendrix didn't but has been noted as being able to play strung upside down. Blues legend Albert King was a lefty who played strung upside down. If you look at Jeff Healey vids, when he stands up and plays the guitar is strung correctly (he's a rightie) but his fretting hand is in the reverse position to the strings, in effect playing upside down and backwards.

But, yeah, that's it. Bramhall plays strung upside down. Freak.

jj said...

I missed that completely. The lead player is left-handed but his guitar is a right-handed guitar, being played upside down.

I'm not a musician, but I imagine that takes some real skill since it would put the strings in the opposite order. Very unique!

GaryB said...

Hendrix used a right handed Strat, strung upside down and flipped over. This guy is using a left handed Strat strung upside down.

Both techniques are from learning on right handed guitars. What is so odd about that?

Frank Frink said...

Not quite unique, JJ. The late Albert King played that same way. There also other left-handed guitar players who play that way, they just don't have profile gigs with a major touring act.