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    I got to open for Michael Schenker last saturday night

    As a result of helping a promoter and booking agent out with a last minute fill-in opening slot for another national. My band Dread Effect got the offer to open for Michael Schenker last saturday night. Since my band is a six piece, we opted for 1st slot so that we could get a full opening slot set in without having to worry about any potential issues with sound check and set up (no one seems to be able to sound check keyboards properly).

    We got our half hour set in, everything sounded good, we got a great response from the crowd and loaded out on time which we really watched to make sure we were professional about.

    Anyway, as I'm jumping off stage to get my gear out the front door, a couple of Schenker's crew stopped me and told me they really loved my playing and that my band was killer, a few minutes later a friend told me that he was hanging out at the sound booth and he saw Schenker's rhythm guitarist come up to the sound man and yelled at him to turn us up because Michael wanted to hear us better from the back of the club. I got stopped a lot the rest of the night as I walked around the club by fans who really enjoyed what they heard from us and had some questions about the band.

    That night was a dream come true for me. The combination of praise from some of Schenker's crew, Schenker's interest in hearing us, as well as the interest we generated from his fans really meant a lot to me as a lead guitarist. I'm not a guy who plays a lot of national opening gigs, I'm not super well known in the local scene and as a father of 2 (with another one on the way) with a career and a mortgage, this was the closest thing to a rock star moment I think I will ever have and it sure was wonderful.

    I just had to share this with you guys because it meant so much to me to play that show and there are few people who will understand how much that night will mean to me for the rest of my life.

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    Awesome, man. Sounds like it was a great experience.

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    Dude, that's frigging sweet! It's great to hear that you got some props on your playing and such. I always have that fear of meeting somebody I really looked up and realizing they're a grade A douche.

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    Sounds awesome man I met Schenker once and he was an absolute gent. Got a really old photo somewhere.


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    Sounds awesome man. Makes me want to see the show!

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    Awesome. I love those nights - makes all the crap you put with as a local band worth it.

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    Right on, man. Sounds like a killer evening. Kudos.

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    Nice! Hopefully, you get many more great nights on stage like that.

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