Ok, Keith and I met up to grab a burger and a beer in the middle of a hurricane and then roll over to Matt's Music and Weymouth to watch Andy Timmons rip it up. This was a bit over a week ago, but I've been busy as hell and I'm kind of a slacker at the best of times, so I'm only getting to this now.
First, pictures! Sorry if some of these are a little blurry, my camera hates me in all but the best light conditions.
Wall o' Mesa:
After a brief intro by the regional Mesa rep, Andy comes out and introduces himself:
...and then begins tearing it up through the Lone Star:
Hey look! an Ebow!
Andy closed the clinic by jamming with this local girl - I wish I could remember her name, because she was absolutely tearing it up. They ripped through "Deliver Us," the opener off Resolution, playing a perfectly-in-sync note for note rendidition. The girl had chops... Someone was filming it with a pretty intense looking video camera, so I'm hoping it ended up on YouTube.
The clinic itself was pretty damned cool. Timmons has absoluitely spectacular tone, great melodic sense and phrasing, and turns out is just a really genuinely nice guy to boot. The guy he was talking to immediately before Keith and myself was this kid who couldn't have been more than 18 or 19, and evidently he has a really good friend who's also a big Timmons fan who'd just left for school in Pennsylvania so he couldn't make it. So, Andy basically said, "well, call him up!" and next thing you know he's on the phone with this guy's friend, joking with him about what was he doing in Pennsylvania when he should have been at the clinic, etc. Just a really nice, humble guy, and a really nice gesture to a fan...
He's also a walking songbook. It was nuts, he busted into impromptu covers by The Who, Ted Nugent, the Beatles, Jimi, and even Barry Mantilow as the night went on, plus probably 20 or 30 other bands I'm forgetting. He claims that that's really how he learned how to write, by learning songsfrom other people and kind of watching how everything fit together, and then talked a bit about how the Beatles must have done the same, as they started off playing pop standards before they really had written much of their own stuff, and a lot of the unexpected changes in their music could be traced straight back to jazz. Kind of an interesting perspective, and it makes a lot of sense.
HE also demo'd Mesa's new Transatlantic at one point, the small low wattage amp they've introduced at about the $800 price point. Long story short, it sounded damned good, most of the room seemed taken aback by the thing. I kind of want one, but on top of the Roadster it'd probably be overkill.
Anyway, really cool night, and a huge thank you to Matt for arranging and hosting the thing, it was a fuckin' blast, man.
Sweet, Sounds like you guys had fun.