Well okay the price tag of 125 Canadian wasn't great but well worth it.
So first thing I noticed was that they set it up so that as you walk into the recital hall Steve is noodling away....... instead of a Carvin he is using a Orange Rockerverb 100. I asked him about it and he just explained that he wasn't able to bring it.
He had nice things to say about Toronto and painted an insane picture of him and David Lee Roth riding bikes together through a cemetery. There is a well known cemetery that is well kept and people bike and jog in it.
He took all questions posed...... although he took the high road when people were fishing for dirt. For example, what was your toughest tour. But he did talk about physically tough and emotionally tough tours but didn't go into names.
He talked about his biggest vice was ego and how difficult it was to go from winning polls/being retired from polls/complemented by his idols (Page) to opening mags and not even making the poll and having people write in letters saying he is everything wrong with guitar.
He gave some insight into his vibrato technique and how he developed it..... basically it is circular and he practiced different radii, different speeds, different directions, every single finger, and then the use of two/three/four simultaneous vibrato notes. He was showing how vigorous it can get and even commented on how it hurt his hand..... this surprised me as I assumed he had hands like an eagle claw kung fu practicing shaolin monk. Oh and he would practice each iteration for an hour....looking into a mirror. But he was quick to point out that this is a tool and it's not necessary for someone to develop all the tech skills that he has to write great music.
He is definitely a very spiritual guy and in a really positive head space.
Amazing to see him play sitting in the front row.
He's not as tall as I thought he would be.... tall yes..... but Tender Surender vid on youtube makes him seem really tall.
Got a good look at his pedals...... boss super chorus, boss digital delay, morley/vai pedal, boss distortion, and a few more a red digitech pedal that looked like some sort of wah/expression pedal..... maybe one more.
I gotta say the Orange Rockerverb sounded really nice.
Got him to sign a sealed copy of Eat Em and Smile on vinyl.
We sang him Happy Birthday.