Last week I went to Lugano, Switzerland to play at the Palazzo dei Congressi with A Vision of Elvis (www.avisionofelvis.com).

Lugano is a very nice place, and it was sunny, which is a pleasant change from English rain.

The gig went well, despite a few technical issues with the rented equipment during sound check, and the audience really seemed to enjoy everything. I had a great time on stage, and wandering around the city.

I travelled light and took a MXR / CAE MC404 Wah; Keeley C4 Compressor; Xotic EP Booster; Strymon El Capistan; Strymon Flint

Lugano, SwitzerlandLugano at nightPalazzo dei CongressiPalazzo dei Congressi 2Lake Lugano 2

O2 Academy Bournemouth 8/11/13

Last night I performed with Suspiciously Elvis at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth.

After a long drive down, it turned out to be a great gig and I really enjoyed it. We were even joined on stage by a random girl who wanted to try to copy our dancers, which was a little awkward.

I took my larger Trailer Trash pedalboard, but the sound was pretty much just my 52 Hot Rod Tele (with a new Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack bridge pickup) through the Keeley Compressor, a little slapback delay, and a Suhr Badger head and cab.

I also saw this Jimmy Eat World poster in the dressing room – I heard they were good this week.

After sound check at the O2 in Bournemouth 8/11/13

After sound check at the O2 in Bournemouth 8/11/13

Just about to go on

Just about to go on

Jimmy Eat World were here...

Jimmy Eat World were here…

New Amp and Cabs! Suhr Badger 30

Picked up a Suhr Badger 30, Suhr 1×12 and Suhr 2×12 today.

Fantastic amp and cabs. First gig with them will be this Friday on an Elvis tribute show, so will see how they perform. I expect them to do very well.

I will take my TC Electronic Nova System along with the 2×12, which will make for a great small rig.IMG_3644 IMG_3673

Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’52 Tele

Picked up a 52 Hot Rod Telecaster. Like a regular American Vintage 1952 reissue, but with a 9.5″ radius fingerboard instead of 7.25″ – easier to bend on; medium jumbo frets as opposed to the smaller vintage ones; Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbucker (SM-1), in the neck which is basically a Firebird pickup, and a different more gutsy bridge pickup.

It’s great.


Pedalboard 14/11/12

This is the updated pedalboard for my original band


Sonic Research Turbo Tuner
MXR 74 Vintage Phase 90
MXR Custom Badass Modified O.D.
Xotic Effects EP Booster
TC Electronic Shaker
TC Electronic Flashback

TrailerTrash 18×16″ Pedalboard
George L’s Cables
Voodoo Lab PP2+