Sin City Presents Magazine August 2017 Volume 4 Issue 8 - Page 39

My smallest set up would be one amp, one cabinet, a BOSS GT-8 and a Keeley Compressor. No rack or other foot controllers. Talk Box optional.

So, there you have it. The “Big Rig” is either a Gear-head’s Dream or a Purist’s Nightmare!

Your musical background is quite diverse and your list of influencers is probably endless… who are your top three influencers?

It’s impossible for me to pick three, but if I had to, I would say Billy Gibbons, Todd Rundgren and Prince.

As far as endless influencers go, Jimi Hendrix is a given. They say there are two types of guitar players; those who admit they were influenced by Hendrix and those who don’t admit it. Meaning if you are playing guitar today, you were influenced by Hendrix whether you think so or not. I grew up listening to Country, Motown and Funk. I got hip to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Humble Pie, Jethro Tull, James Gang, Grand Funk, Robin Trower, Johnny and Edgar Winter just to name a few. When I heard ZZ Top I was really drawn in by Billy’s guitar sound.

I saw YES open for Black Sabbath and then YES became one of my favorite bands. Which then led me down the progressive route with early Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Todd Rundgren, Mike Oldfield, Return To Forever and Gentle Giant. That ended up steering me towards a bunch of electronic music like Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Kraftwerk and Jean-Michel Jarre. I also loved KISS and got to see Rush open for them. Years later came Prince, then Stevie Ray Vaughn and they both changed the game for me with their own style and an undeniable Hendrix influence.

As far as guitar goes, other than the first three I mentioned and all of the mentioned bands, Jeff Beck and Alan Holdsworth are my main Whammy Bar influences along with David Gilmour and Robert Fripp being responsible for the boatload of effects in my rack.

Your discography is like a who’s who of rock archeology…. What is your most memorable moment on stage or in the studio?

There are a lot! Here’s one.

A big memorable moment on stage was when I got to play at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to a packed house. I always dreamed of playing there. Steve Vai was backstage, but for some reason I didn’t get a chance to meet him. We played the show and it went great. After the show our sound girl running the front of house mix said, “ My friend Steve Vai was here. He sat with me out front at the board and I let him run your Guitar slider.” I said, “He was responsible for my guitar volume out there?”

Oh crap. The first thing I thought was, “How many mistakes did I make?” I’m glad she told me after the show.

There are quite a few studio moments also.

Probably one of the most memorable records I was involved with was Steve Lukather’s Candyman, recorded at Capital Records Studio A. That was actually the first record that I worked on. Steve Lukather on Guitar and Vocals. Simon Phillips, one of my favorite drummers was playing Drums. John Pena on Bass, David Garfield on Keyboards, David Paich on Organ, Larry Klimas on Saxophone, Lenny Castro and Chris Trujillo on Percussion. I didn’t play guitar on the record, but I did sing background vocals along with Steve, Fee Waybill (from the Tubes), Richard Page (from Mr. Mister) and Paul Rodgers (from Bad Company). Lukather introduced me to Eddie Van Halen at these sessions also. After the record was finished, Luke said I basically helped co-produce the album with him and producer Tom Fletcher.

My credit reads; Kevin Curry = Background Vocals, Vibemeister Viper and Sordid Third Opinion.

Frank Sinatra was actually recording his “Duets” record in studio A and B, at the same time that Steve’s record was being mixed in Studio C. We were lucky enough to watch Frank do several takes with the Orchestra. After they left I went and grabbed Frank’s pack of Camel non-filters that he had left behind, along with his glass that had some leftover Jack Daniels still in it. We made a toast and all took a sip. I still have that pack of cigarettes and the glass.