Slash and Ozzy in Nashville

February 16, 2011

Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

Two legends of the industry, touring together, made a stop in Nashville to show “Music City” what rock is all about.  Slash is an iconic musician whose guitar sound is instantly recognizable and Ozzy’s voice in unmistakable.

As I scanned the crowd, I was pleased to see many age groups represented. Some parents had brought their kids and the young fans were transported back to a time when there were awesome, memorable guitar solos in songs.  Though I am a drummer (please don’t hold that against me), I can still sing along to many guitar solo’s from some of my favorite tunes when I was growing up.  And, I can air-guitar to the best of them! (I did take 6 months of guitar lessons)

I was pleased to be able to spend some time backstage with Slash for a video interview, which you will be able to see soon up on: www.myspace.com/shuremics .  He was great to talk with and had some wonderful things to say about the musicians that influenced his playing and those who are relatively new to the scene, like Jack White.

I also interviewed Martin Walker, Slash’s Front of House engineer, who is going to be heading out on the Judas Priest tour in a few months.  It’s always great to get two points of view on the same tour and talk about how Shure products help them both.  Martin stated that the KSM313’s on Slash’s guitar cabinets give him the best guitar sound ever.  Slash mentioned during our conversation that he used them on his solo CD.

I also had a chance to catch up with long time Ozzy FOH engineer Greg Price.  The first thing he said to me was “We could not be doing what we do out here without your company’s support.”  I told him that we also appreciated his and Ozzy’s support.  At every show, Ozzy is singing in his UR2/Beta58 wireless and it goes through a beating on stage.  Sweat, water, and whatever else Ozzy can come up with. Ozzy’s new guitarist, Gus G, took a solo during Ozzy’s set that was pretty awesome.  Then his new drummer took a solo, complete with an elevating drum riser.  Behind him was a giant LED screen.  It looked cool to see him solo while the riser put him up in the middle of the LED screen.

I hung at the mix position for both sets. The crowd was energized, singing along with all their favorites.  Ozzy sprayed the first several front rows with water, was jumping up and down, and having a great time!

There’s a saying – “You get better with age.”    I’m on board with that idea !

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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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