RIP David Bowie: Champion of Modern Guitar

I occasionally play a party game with friends. I posit, “Everybody laments musicians who die young, like Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, et al, saying, ‘What might they have accomplished if they had lived.’” I then say, “Name as many musical artists as you can, who lived and have continued to grow and be creative.” My list tends to be short: Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Jeff Beck, Jim Hall (while he was alive), Pat Metheny, maybe one or two more. It occurred to me today, as I learned of David Bowie’s death, that I never included him. On reflection, I realized it was because the fact that he would continue to grow and change as an artist as he aged was so obvious it didn’t bear mentioning.

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Gerry Leonard Gear

When master modern guitarist Gerry Leonard (a/k/a Spooky Ghost) is not acting as musical director or recording with David Bowie, he can be found accompanying the likes of Rufus Wainwright or Suzanne Vega. Here he give a detailed explanation of his gear setup on tour with Ms Vega.

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