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    Where is the next episode of Sunset Sound??? Geez already
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    Quote Originally Posted by James in New York View Post
    Cool Eddie story from someone on Reddit:


    In the early nineties I worked for Imago Records, the label for the Australian band Baby Animals. Eddie loved the band and invited them to open for their arena tour in '91 and '92. I did tour support for a number of dates and thus had full all access to backstage and the arena before, during, and after the show. I spent a lot of time with the Baby Animals, and that meant I spent a fair amount of time with Eddie, as he was nice and friendly and would often hang out with the band before the show.

    At the time, Baby Animals lead singer Suze DeMarchi was dating Dweezil Zappa, who is a friend of Eddie's and a fantastic guitarist himself. So I'm standing in the Baby Animals dressing room before the show with Dave Leslie, the lead guitarist of Baby Animals and also a fantastic guitarist, Eddie, and Dweezil. The three of them were sitting on a couch. Dave was at one end, with Eddie in the middle, and Dweezil at the other end.

    All three of them had guitars with amps connected at their feet. The three talked guitar lines, riffs, and other guitar players the whole time, but at one point Dave started to just ask Eddie about his playing and his various guitar riffs from the various Van Halen albums. While it was basically about craft, it was pretty clear that Dave just wanted to watch Eddie play Dave's favorite Van Halen guitar lines. Eddie clearly enjoyed it, so I had this amazing experience of watching Dave say, "Oh, play the line from this album cut from Diver Down," and then Eddie would tell some story about it and then play the line.

    Part of what made it fun was having Dweezil there, because Eddie has clearly written a lot of music, and he couldn't remember some of the more obscure songs that Dave asked about. Dweezil, who is about the biggest Eddie Van Halen fan in the world and a great guitarist, had memorized literally every guitar note Eddie had ever laid down on record.

    So Dave would say, "Oh, can you play that killer bridge from [some deep album track]" to Eddie in the center of the couch, and then Eddie would turn to to his left and ask Dweezil, "Oh man, how did that one go again?" Then Dweezil would play it perfectly. Eddie's eyes would light up, and after Dweezil finished, he would then tell some story about how he came up with it and then play variations of what he was thinking while playing it after Dweezil.

    It was one of the many moments of my life that underscored for me that artists at that level really love the act of creation and sharing their passion and excitement for it with others. They're normal people excited about the things they're doing. They're just doing extraordinary things.

    I'll finish with one sad and possibly illuminating note: Eddie had a bottle of Jack Daniels with him the entire time. He held it in his hand and drank directly from the bottle when he was hanging out before and after. But he never touched it when the guitar was in his hands.
    Didn't know Ed was a whiskey guy. I guess he probably had a little bit of everything in his day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    So far, it is KILLER.

    I am really enjoying it, and they aren't fucking around, it's done for the HC fan.

    Dweezil is so articulate, and his internal connection to Ed's music, is EXACTLY
    how i felt as a teenager.
    It's this really deep thing, an obsessive attraction, that goes beyond liking some songs.
    It's all the little things within the songs, where you see that mad scientist at work.

    It's good to see Dweezil & Nuno are back on good terms.
    Post Confessions (Dweezil's BEST album), Nuno did kind of a douchey move, similar
    to Richie Kotzen in Poison, and Dweez did not speak to him for ages.

    Neither one of them is with her anymore, but i gotta say, her fucking voice
    was AWESOME.

    To this day, i love this album & especially this song.
    Glad you are enjoying it. I was surprised when I saw that Dweezil was going to have Nuno involved as part of this series, as I thought they no longer had any relationship after Suzi DeMarchi came between them back in the early 90s. The second part of the Fair Warning discussion with Nuno was posted a couple days ago, so I plan to listen to it this weekend.

    I still need to go back and hear the WACF episodes with Blues Saraceno.

    It also looks like you can ask Dweezil questions on the forum and/or blog sections on the site. These sections on the site are not laid out very well IMO, but I do see where Dweezil has responded to some questions and posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombattt View Post
    Where is the next episode of Sunset Sound??? Geez already
    I keep checking for it too. I think the Sunset Sound folks said Ted Templeman was coming in back in December before Christmas for a session. I wonder if something happened and it was delayed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dislocatedday View Post
    Glad you are enjoying it. I was surprised when I saw that Dweezil was going to have Nuno involved as part of this series, as I thought they no longer had any relationship after Suzi DeMarchi came between them back in the early 90s. The second part of the Fair Warning discussion with Nuno was posted a couple days ago, so I plan to listen to it this weekend.

    I still need to go back and hear the WACF episodes with Blues Saraceno.

    It also looks like you can ask Dweezil questions on the forum and/or blog sections on the site. These sections on the site are not laid out very well IMO, but I do see where Dweezil has responded to some questions and posts.
    Yeah, i guess they both lost Suze in the end, and Dweezil was probably long over the slight.
    Nuno actually was part of that Baby Animals album i posted (Producer, guitar player on one track, i'm
    not completely sure), but this had to have been right after "Confessions."
    So he was probably eyeing Demarchi, while working with Dweezil.

    When Nuno was in Sinful, the singer claimed Nuno banged all his band mates GF's,
    but that was just Nuno for ya.
    He didn't seem angry.

    The podcast is great, and the Saraceno stuff is great (what a cool guy).
    I LOVE the WACF period!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dislocatedday View Post
    I keep checking for it too. I think the Sunset Sound folks said Ted Templeman was coming in back in December before Christmas for a session. I wonder if something happened and it was delayed.
    I hope Ted is okay.

    Ted loves talking about Edward, and i'm sure this series would be the perfect forum for him.

    I've been anxiously waiting, too.

    Read Greg Renoff's book on Ted, if you get the chance.
    I've read it twice now, and man, i enjoyed it as much as Rising (which says a lot).

    I still love the Van Morrison stories in there, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    I hope Ted is okay.

    Ted loves talking about Edward, and i'm sure this series would be the perfect forum for him.

    I've been anxiously waiting, too.

    Read Greg Renoff's book on Ted, if you get the chance.
    I've read it twice now, and man, i enjoyed it as much as Rising (which says a lot).

    I still love the Van Morrison stories in there, too.
    I've read Ted's book, but even though I bought VH Rising when it came out I still have not yet read it (...shame on me, I know..). I need to go read that soon.

    My favorite story in the Ted book is when Prince came into his office around 1983 and asked Ted's advice on what he should do to sell more records than Michael Jackson. Ted told him he should consider getting Quincy Jones to produce one of his albums. Prince did not like that response and stormed out of Ted's office and walked down the WB halls yelling "I produce myself. Nobody else can produce me".....or something similar along those lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    Yeah, i guess they both lost Suze in the end, and Dweezil was probably long over the slight.
    Nuno actually was part of that Baby Animals album i posted (Producer, guitar player on one track, i'm
    not completely sure), but this had to have been right after "Confessions."
    So he was probably eyeing Demarchi, while working with Dweezil.

    When Nuno was in Sinful, the singer claimed Nuno banged all his band mates GF's,
    but that was just Nuno for ya.
    He didn't seem angry.

    The podcast is great, and the Saraceno stuff is great (what a cool guy).
    I LOVE the WACF period!
    I met the members of Extreme a couple different times in the early 90s. Nuno was definitely the least approachable and "icy" member of the band on those couple occasions. He was much more receptive to female fans though, which I can understand as he was in his early 20s and out on the road across the USA for the first time. This was before they exploded with "More Than Words". I'm not saying he acted like an asshole or anything, but he definitely gave off a vibe of I do not want to interact with you unless you are a good looking female. In my case, I think he also did not like me standing next to him for even a couple seconds as I am very tall (6'7") and he is a short man. I would guess he is around 5 and a half feet tall.

    Gary Cherone, on the other hand, was one of the nicest musicians I have ever met. He came over and initiated conversation with me and my friends first. I had a t-shirt on with "The Who" and their old Bullseye logo on it, and he came over to tell me that he was a massive Who fan and we started talking about our favorite Who albums and songs. He was just as cordial the second time I met him as well in '95.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dislocatedday View Post
    I met the members of Extreme a couple different times in the early 90s. Nuno was definitely the least approachable and "icy" member of the band on those couple occasions. He was much more receptive to female fans though, which I can understand as he was in his early 20s and out on the road across the USA for the first time. This was before they exploded with "More Than Words". I'm not saying he acted like an asshole or anything, but he definitely gave off a vibe of I do not want to interact with you unless you are a good looking female. In my case, I think he also did not like me standing next to him for even a couple seconds as I am very tall (6'7") and he is a short man. I would guess he is around 5 and a half feet tall.

    Gary Cherone, on the other hand, was one of the nicest musicians I have ever met. He came over and initiated conversation with me and my friends first. I had a t-shirt on with "The Who" and their old Bullseye logo on it, and he came over to tell me that he was a massive Who fan and we started talking about our favorite Who albums and songs. He was just as cordial the second time I met him as well in '95.
    I met Nuno around the time of the first Extreme album (89), in Boston, and
    i was kinda gushing, and told him he'd be the next big Guitar guy (Hey, i was right!),
    and i think me doing that, kinda warmed him to me.

    He was actually very cool towards me.
    But i was a huge fan, even before the first album, because i heard the demos,
    and saw them play a radio sponsored show with other local bands.

    But i heard he became full of himself around Pornografitti, so maybe i caught
    him at the right time.

    And, yeah, he is a really small guy, but pretty ripped.

    I'm 5'10, and he just seemed shorter than he looked onstage.
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    Looks like The Dweez is unloading a bunch of his guitars


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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    But i was a huge fan, even before the first album, because i heard the demos,
    and saw them play a radio sponsored show with other local bands.
    Tell me you don't think some of those demos aren't better than a lot of the songs from the first album. Especially "Strong As You!"
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    One of my all-time non-Van Halen favorite songs:



    Video with VH nods throughout:



    God what a great song. The HAIL-type solo, Extreme's background vocals...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DFVH5150 View Post
    Tell me you don't think some of those demos aren't better than a lot of the songs from the first album. Especially "Strong As You!"
    I paid this guy 50.00 for a ton of early Extreme demos, and i remember it even had an
    early version of "Suzie (wants her all day sucker)."

    It had Sinful, too.
    Nuno's first band.

    This guy knew them and was like:
    If you ever release this to anyone, i will get in so much trouble!

    He put it on those high quality maxell tapes, i still remember.

    It had all these songs that never made it onto albums, Nice place to visit.
    A really badass demo of "It's a monster."

    I remember when the debut came out, i was confused why "Monster" was left off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    Looks like The Dweez is unloading a bunch of his guitars

    It still blows my mind that this guy is Frank Zappa's son, and his wife is the breadwinner.
    Nothing wrong with that, but....FRANK ZAPPA'S SON.

    I could tell he was hurting pre-covid, by some of his comments in interviews,
    but the Pandemic really took everything away for him.

    Meanwhile, guys like Steve Vai, are enjoying the down time tinkering away in their
    home studios.
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