Manic Street Preachers - International Blue (Radio X session)

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  • jdbwalesjdbwales Frets: 109
    Haha yup. There are some properly crazy fans who obsess over Bradders’ equipment in a very different way...
    When I lived in Cardiff I met him quite a few times around town, in HMV, walking his dog, in guitar shops, after gigs, at signings. Strongest handshake you’ll ever get! Met him and Sean in Cranes when they were guitar shopping for SATT recording, where in the heat of the moment I corralled him for a chat about gear and he chatted with me for a solid half an hour about his setup and some of his THB and GT tones, it was absolute guitar hero worship heaven (found out a few years before the Guitarist video that Motorcycle Emptiness was recorded on Richey’s Thinline Tele, I felt very in the know when that came out).

     Even better, I popped down the street after that to Gamlins, the ‘other’guitar shop on Cardiff’s St Mary’s Street, and full of the piss and vinegar of geeking out at length with my hero, tried out a DSL50 and Tubescreamer with a few riffs at volume. After a bit of time, I played the You Love Us solo and became aware of someone watching me. Turned around and JDB had the same guitar shopping idea and had been watching me play! He gave me a smile and a nod and I died a little bit of joy inside haha. 

    I also had the honour of having him sign the back of my white ‘99 Les Paul Custom’s headstock at a signing - absolutely wonderful. He also played a quick solo on it (I think I said ‘squee’ or some other indistinguishable sound) and offered to buy it off me! I told him it wasn’t for sale but if I was going to sell it to anyone it’d be him...

    Those are the two particularly guitar-heavy JDB moments, but he’s always absolutely lovely, down to earth and willing to chat. 

    Sometimes it is is a good idea to meet your heroes!

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  • darthed1981darthed1981 Frets: 1548
    Great stuff jdbwales, I'm rather jealous!

    Nice to hear such a positive "hero meeting" story.
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 685
    That's a great story(s) @jdbwales ; :)

    Only met him the once but definitely a great chap
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