Paul Gilbert, the legendary guitar shredder best known for his bands Racer X and Mr. Big, took time out of his recording schedule to join Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast podcast to talk about his early music education, his online 'Rock Guitar School, his signature Ibanez guitars and a new solo album.
Ranked as one of the fastest players of all time, Paul Gilbert began his musical education by listening to his Uncle's rock n roll albums outside of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He has since led the metal band 'Racer X' and the chart topping 'Mr. Big' along side bandmates Billy Sheehan (bass), Pat Torpey (drums) and lead singer Eric Martin.
While talking with Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast, he revealed he's in the mixing stage of his new solo album which will be called "I Can Destroy". Legendary record producer Kevin Shirley handled the production on the album. Shirley has produced some of the top rock n roll albums of all time with artists including Aerosmith, Journey, Dream Theater and Iron Maiden to name a few.
The title 'I Can Destroy' was inspired by his young son's penchant for smashing things. Gilbert says: "The stuff he really loves the most [is what he] can tear up and destroy. That's how he's discovering the world. He picks it up in his hands and says 'can I crush it, can I eat it, can I bang it on the ground?" The longer title 'I Love Anything That I Can Destroy' was shortened for brevity. Another inspiration for the title was the world's largest machine, the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) which is a particle collider used by physicists to learn the basic laws governing the interactions and forces among the elementary objects. Paul added: "We're half way through the mixing and stuff is really turning out to be very exciting." The album is expected to be released before the end of 2015.
Paul Gilbert's 'Online Rock Guitar School' gives you access to lessons from the master himself. New videos are posted every week, to directly answer the students' questions. When you send in your own "Video Exchange," Paul will listen to your playing, and reply with a video to give you advice and also new phrases to work on. Since 2012, Paul has replied to ver 2,000 video exchanges. More info at www.PaulGilbert.com
Also discussed were Gilbert's Ibanez signature guitars the FRM150 and the PGM80P. Both designed by Gilbert and used on albums and tours for years.
For more of the discussion go to www.GuitCast.com, Episode 31.
Direct link: http://www.guitcast.com/blog/2015/8/30/episode-31-paul-gilbert-of-mr-big-racer-x