JASON BECKER Looks Back On His DAVID LEE ROTH Audition: 'It Was Very Exciting'

JASON BECKER Looks Back On His DAVID LEE ROTH Audition: 'It Was Very Exciting'

Jason Becker, the guitarist/composer who has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease) for close to 30 years, was recently interviewed by Niclas Müller-Hansen of Sweden’s RockSverige. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

RockSverige: You auditioned for [David Lee Roth] at his house in Pasadena. Take us back to that first day when you walked into the house and met him and the band.

Jason: “It was very exciting. At that time, I was pretty confident about my guitar playing. Once I met Dave and all the guys in the band, I was totally comfortable. They all made me feel so appreciated and they all took me under their wings and encouraged me and we became friends. They were professionals and they welcomed me and my youthful energy. At a fancy dinner at Dave‘s house, he made a toast to ‘the new gunslinger in town.’ My parents were there. The studio was downstairs and it was a very cool place to hang out.”

RockSverige: Two songs on [your new “Triumphant Hearts”] album, “Taking Me Back” and “Tell Me No Lies”, go back to your time with Diamond Dave. Tell me about those two songs. Why didn’t they end up on the album and were these songs recorded with vocals?

Jason: “‘Taking Me Back’ was going to be a song on David Lee Roth‘s ‘A Little Ain’t Enough’ (1991) album. It was recorded at Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is from a cassette that [producer] Bob Rock gave me after I recorded my guitar parts. I know I would have redone the solo if Dave had decided to use it. Dave titled this song. I have a scratch track of David Lee Roth singing on this, and I love it, but I understand why he didn’t finish it. With ‘Tell Me No Lies’, David Lee Roth asked me, Brett Tuggle, Gregg and Matt Bissonette to write a bluesy song for ‘A Little Ain’t Enough’. We all went to Brett‘s home, and this is what we did that day. It isn’t quite what Dave was looking for, but it brings back good memories.”

RockSverige: After everything you’ve been through, how would you define true happiness?

Jason: “Hmm… that’s a heavy one to ponder. I guess I would say true happiness is to love and be loved. Of course, having enough money for food, shelter, health care and things like that all help, but that is more about security. Generosity and kindness always feel good to give, and it never feels good to give grief or negativity. So, at the risk of sounding ‘new age’ about it, the answer would be true happiness is about love.”

Read the entire interview at RockSverige.


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Watch JOE SATRIANI And NEAL SCHON Jam The Blues At 'G4 Experience V5.0: Rocks The Desert'

Watch JOE SATRIANI And NEAL SCHON Jam The Blues At 'G4 Experience V5.0: Rocks The Desert'

Iron Mike Savoia has uploaded video footage of Neal Schon (JOURNEY) and Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT) jamming the blues during Schon‘s January 6 concert at “Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience V5.0: Rocks The Desert” at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs, California. Check it out below.

Satriani‘s fifth annual event also boasted Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Rick Nielsen (CHEAP TRICK), Carlos Alomar (David Bowie), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (GUNS N’ ROSES), Kiko Loreiro (MEGADETH) and Lari Basilio.

Prior to this year’s event, Satriani said: “The students that have come to the first four ‘G4 Experiences’ have been as unique and eclectic as you could imagine so for ‘G4 Experience V5.0’, I’ve put together a team of instructors that really reflects that diverse nature

“The lineup this year is probably our best yet. It’s so exciting, getting to be so totally immersed and getting to be so close to these great players. You never know what’s going to happen, and at the end of the week, you’ll think, I went somewhere beautiful, I had fun, I made some new friends, and I grew as a musician. And there’s nothing better than that.”

Satriani was joined at “G4 Experience V5.0: Rocks The Desert” by his own touring band, Mike Keneally (guitar and keyboards), Bryan Beller (bass), and Joe Travers (drums), all of whom will also served as instructors and accompaniment for each night’s all-star concert.

Presented annually by Dreamcatcher Events, “Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience V5.0: Rocks The Desert” is an all-inclusive event with a jam-packed schedule sure to keep guests involved from morning until the wee hours of the night. “Joe Satriani’s G4 Experience V5.0: Rocks The Desert” featured four days and night of activities, including multiple workshops led by each instructor, access to fully loaded jam rooms, meet-and-greets, and exclusive nightly concert performances.

Satriani‘s 16th solo album, “What Happens Next”, arrived in January 2018 and is available now via Sony/Legacy Recordings.

Neal Schon will embark on his “Journey Through Time” tour next month. Schon will take the stage alongside founding JOURNEY and SANTANA singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, ex-JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo, bassist Marco Mendoza of THE DEAD DAISIES and THIN LIZZY, a musician named Chris Collins (on guitar and keyboards) and super-producer Marti Frederiksen (multi-instrumentalist, vocals).


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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON: 'We've Still Got The Passion For The Music And The Lifestyle And Our Fans'

MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON: 'We've Still Got The Passion For The Music And The Lifestyle And Our Fans'

JZ of Little Falls, Minnesota radio station FM94‘s “The Dark” recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson about his ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE side project with ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On what led to the formation of ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE:

David: “In 2010, I came back into MEGADETH, we were out doing the 20th anniversary of ‘Rust In Peace’. Along that, was also the ‘Big Four’ shows with METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX. We were kind of competitors back in the day, then we joined forces to unite for the movement and the fans. We did these big stadium shows around the world. During that process, Frank Bello and I started doing some bass clinics with our amplifier company called Hartke, based out of New York. When we were doing a clinic, I leaned over to him one night in London and I said, ‘You and I should write some backing tracks and songs to have something to play at these bass clinics.’ It’s pretty cool — two well-known thrash metal bassists doing something. That’s what led us writing together. What was interesting was when we started throwing ideas at each other, they weren’t thrash metal ideas. [Laughs] Frank crafted these songs like ‘Late’; it’s a song that Frank brought in. I write more on guitar, to be honest with you. My stuff is actually a little more kind of riffy, guitar, hard rock, heavy metal riffy kind of stuff that I write. That was where it started. That was, I guess, five years ago when we started that. We put out that first EP in 2014 and since then, we’ve been diligently getting together working on this thing in Los Angeles at our producer’s studio. We just needed to find the right time to put it out. We kind of thought we might put it out in 2018, but then Frank got busy, ANTHRAX was out doing a lot of the SLAYER farewell tour. We had this sliver of time right now in January and February of 2019 to put this out before we get busy with MEGADETH and ANTHRAX again.”

On who played bass on the band’s forthcoming “Get It Out” full-length album:

David: “On the record, I actually played bass on all of it. It was funny. Our roles sort of naturally developed inside of bands. In this case, of course, maybe a little more undecided because we are two bass players. It was funny, when we brought the songs in, we brought them in as guitar players. Frank is a really great singer to his songs. His voice really lends itself well inside of his music. He’s a great lyricist. He and I collaborated on a lot of the lyrics on the record as well. He’s a great narrator through lyric and through music. I really enjoyed playing bass to the music and songs that Frank brought in because they kind of remind me of this sort of CHEAP TRICK, late ’70s kind of early ’80s, new wave, Joe Jackson, CHEAP TRICK, THE CARS, that kind of music that was around back in those days that Frank and I grew up on in addition to the heavy metal stuff we both like.”

On the status of MEGADETH‘s next studio album:

David: “We’re working on it now. The whole last year, we’ve been writing and getting everything pieced together. That’s the stage that it’s in now, just getting arrangements all put together and we’ve each been putting parts down and working on that. Yeah, it’s definitely coming along. I don’t know exactly when the release will be. My thought is mid-to-late 2019. Records do take a while. It could be early 2020, but we’ll definitely have some new music and some stuff for people to hear, I’m sure at some point this year. It’s cool that we can still create good music. That doesn’t happen all the time in groups, and I think with the ‘Big Four’, it’s cool because we’ve all put out, I think, pretty compelling records here in recent years. That’s a pretty good testimony that the juices haven’t dried up. We’ve still got the passion for the music and the lifestyle and our fans.”

“Get It Out” will be released on January 18 via Megaforce. The follow-up to ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE‘s 2014 self-titled EP was once again produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, STONE SOUR), with Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, ASHES DIVIDE) returning behind the kit.

MEGADETH‘s next LP will be the first to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-SOILWORK), who joined the band nearly three years ago.

MEGADETH will support OZZY OSBOURNE on the next North American leg of the BLACK SABBATH singer’s “No More Tours 2” in May, June and July.

MEGADETH‘s first-ever Megacruise aboard the Norwegian Jewel will set sail on October 13 from Los Angeles, California and hit ports of San Diego, California and Ensenada, Mexico before returning on October 18.

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