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Sir, you need to calm down – Live with Paul Gilbert

Here’s one more beautiful memory of the Masterclass show with the fabulous PAUL GILBERT. “Sir, you need to calm down”, a track from his latest album “Behold Electric Guitar”. With the great Sérgio Marques on drums and your bass player, on April 12th, at my city – Coimbra.

Once again, my gratitude to Marco Matos of Virtuosos da Guitarra for the invitation to play for one of the greatest guitar players in the world.

You can watch the previously released post, with more videos from this show.

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A night with Paul Gilbert

On April 12th, I had the great privilege to play for Paul Gilbert, at the occasion of his Masterclass show, in my hometown, Coimbra.  In fact, it all started two months before, when I was invited for the event and began learning all the material: 10 songs, including rock classics from The Beatles, Gary Moore, Scorpions, among others. Paul Gilbert also sent three original songs from his new album “Behold Electric Guitar”.

I would like to thank Paul Gilbert for this incredible opportunity to play and meet in person one of the greatest rock guitarists.

I would also like to express my gratitude to Marco Matos of Virtuosos da Guitarra for the invitation and my partner in crime Sérgio Marques, on drums, who did a terrific job and was a joy to work with, throughout the rehearsals we did together. Finally, to Américo Silva and his team at Music Light, for the excellent sound and stage work.

Below are some of the songs from this memorable show, which I hope you will enjoy watching!

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Panda Pompoir – Mundial da Boa Esperança

Panda Pompoir did the politically incorrect anthem for the Portuguese national team’s campaign on World Cup 2010 in South Africa – World Cup of Good Hope (Mundial da Boa Esperança) is actually a support song for both Portugal and Brazil – The lyrics, written by featuring artist Felipe Flamboyant (aka the voice of “Bruno Aleixo” character) professes that both teams will make it to the final 16, that Brazil can win Portugal as long as they doesn’t thrash us too much, and that in the end Brazil will be 1st and Portugal 3rd. On the top of that, the song is sang in Portuguese but with a hardly convincing Brazilian accent! Confused? Good – that’s the whole point!

The song was recorded in one afternoon, that’s the way we could afford it… anyway this is the bassline I came up with in something like 20 minutes. I used my 1978 Fender Precision Bass, and yes – fingerstyle only! I don’t appear on the clip since I had to be at work :))

The song features on the closing/opening title’s of Bruno Aleixo’s special series about South Africa 2010 – Highly recommended, even if you don’t get a word of Portuguese!

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Caffeine – Slippery Ride

While I have been part of several local bands throughout the years, only this one – Caffeine – has released a video clip that actually aired on some tv stations. To put it simple, Caffeine was a rock act that had it’s major activity around the turn of the millenium and saw an EP and full length albums released. Quite far from the prog area (if not from some splashes from yours truly), this was a different thing and maybe not the usual dear channel viewer’s cup of tea. Still, I would like to present you a picture of what I was doing some years back, including some of my own bassline work. You will find “familiar” influences for sure, but also other elements that somehow are part of my style, if there is one.The bass however gets a bit lost in the mix, as this single edit of the song progresses. I used my J-Bass with flanger on the first part of the song, and on 2 occasional overdubs you may spot some 8-string harmonics. The video was shot in 2001 by the occasion of our only international performance, opening for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (after being invited by Mick Harvey) at La Riviera, Madrid – Spain, and in our homeland, at Lisbon’s Coliseu dos Recreios. Caffeine opened for other more and less well known international alternative acts such as Sigur Ros, Dakota Suite and Day-One.