Thursday, December 10, 2015

BEN SMITH...HEART-LIVE...MILWAUKEE....

I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Ben Smith of Heart here this week in Milwaukee, and see him play live.  Ben has been with the band for 20 years, and the show, like his playing, was just truly unreal. Heart is a very endearing favorite among music lovers, and they just were simply spectacular. It takes hearing the intro to the first song and you realize why this band is an all-time favorite of virtually everyone, and how they have not lost a step...Not a single one.

Ben Smith...I told him this and will repeat it here because I truly mean it: His playing is so on the mark & is so in the pocket. He is never out of it, above it, or below it. His playing honors the original tracks of these songs, and he adds his own entirely to the newer one's which they do. This is a mark of all of The Greats. They respect the original versions of songs, and then weave their own mastery in and out of the hits without altering them. That is a very difficult thing to do, and he does it unbelievably well.

As well...Have to say a big Thank You to Matt Sabin his tech. He was nice enough to take some time, & I had the best conversation with him. I am always looking to sit down with techs like him. He has this encyclopedic knowledge of anything about drums, hardware, heads, etc.., He also performs live when not on the road which adds further to his insights. Discussions like this I really value.

Look forward to seeing you guy's soon....And to staying in touch. Thanks Again for the opportunity to come on out Ben.....