REVIEW: Lynch Mob – Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne, December 10, 2008

I’ve been into George Lynch’s heroic guitar playing and to-die-for tone ever since I was about 14 and one of my older cousins showed up one day with a box full of cassettes. He’d been doing some spring cleaning and I guess he was growing up and entering the ‘real world’ and no longer had time for the wild-haired rock I’d always associated him with. Among that box were a few Dokken cassettes, and Lynch’s playing blew my mind. Not long after, he released his Sacred Groove solo album, and I was set on my path towards mastering that wide Lynchian vibrato.

I was fortunate to interview George a few months ago in preparation for Lynch Mob’s Australian tour. The current Mob line-up includes drummer Scot Coogan (Bridges of Destruction, Ace Frehley), bass legend Marco Mendoza (this dude is so charismatic he shows up David Coverdale on Whitesnake’s recent live DVD), and singer Oni Logan.

The first three tracks played were ‘She’s So Evil,’ ‘Hell Child’ and ‘Street Fighting Man’ from the first Lynch Mob album. Coogan has that rare ability to seem like he’s at the front of the stage even though he’s hidden away behind a drum kit, and his energy brought a powerful edge to the already riff-stomping Mob sound. George used his legendary J.Frog ESP (the one with the awesome carved skull and bones) for most of the set, although it was very cool to see him break out his ESP GL-57, which looks like a modified and bashed up Stratocaster. Amp-wise, he appeared to be using a Soldano SLO-100 and a Marshall Plexi, but the amps were turned towards the back wall (either for better isolation or because George wasn’t using his signature Randall amp, I’m not sure) so it was hard to tell. But his live tone was every bit as crunchy, clear and vocal as his studio work. Guitarists in the crowd, and I’m sure there were a lot of them, could learn a lot from the clarity of his tones, which are clean enough to remain punchy, but distorted enough to sound thick and edgy.

A particular highlight for guitar geeks such as myself was Lynch’s instrumental signature, ‘Mr Scary.’ The studio version included multiple overdubbed guitars, including a huge harmonized melody, so it was interesting to see how it translated to a single guitar, bass and drum interpretation. It came across more like an extended jam, with Mendoza covering a huge amount of ground while Lynch whipped across the guitar neck. When it was done, my ass was thoroughly kicked and somewhere my inner 14 year old was saying “Whoa…” Other Dokken tracks in the set were ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Tooth And Nail.’

Finally, with ‘Wicked Sensation’ and a Scot Coogan stage dive as an encore, Lynch Mob were gone, but hopefully it won’t be too long before they return. With a new album on the way (the first with this particular line-up), I’d love to see them play a larger venue with a bigger stage to prowl upon.

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Photo by Gabrielle Geiselman

NAMM 2009 artist signing schedules

Here are some artist signing schedules from NAMM. Some are arranged by band or artist, and others are arranged by company. I’ll keep adding to this page as I find more.

Steve Vai

Friday, January 16 – 1pm

Saturday, January 17 – 10am press conference, 11am signing

Tom Araya:

Saturday, January 17:
ESP – 1-2:30pm

Kerry King:
Thursday, January 15

Fernandes – 1pm
B.C. Rich – 4-6pm

Saturday, January 17
Monster – 11am
Dunlop – 1-2pm
Shure – 2:30pm
EMG – 4pm

Sunday, January 18
Kahler – 11:30am
Marshall – 1:30pm

Dave Lombardo:

Saturday, January 17
Paiste – 2pm

Dave Mustaine:

Friday, January 17
Dean Guitars – 1-2pm
Marshall – 4pm

Saturday, January 18-4:30pm to 5:30pm
Dean Guitars – 4:30pm-5:30pm

Shawn Drover:
Friday, January 16
Ddrum – 4pm
Vic Firth – 5pm

Saturday, January 17
Ddrum – 4pm

Velvet Revolver
Duff McKagen
Saturday, January 17
Rotosound – 12pm-1pm
Gallien Krueger – 1:15pm-2:15pm
Jim Dunlop – 2:30pm-3:30pm
Divine Heresy
Dino Cazares

Friday, January 16
Ibanez – 11am-12am

Saturday, January 17
Seymour Duncan – 2:30pm-3pm

Peavey NAMM artist schedule:

Friday, January 16
11:00 a.m. – Rudy Sarzo (DIO, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT) autographs
12:00 p.m. – Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY) autographs
1:00 p.m. – Joe Satriani press conference, middle of booth
1:00 p.m. – Alex Skolnick and Greg Christian (TESTAMENT) autographs, rear of booth
3:00 p.m. – BLACK STONE CHERRY autographs
3:00 p.m. – Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR, CHROME DIVISION) autographs, rear of booth

Saturday, January 17
11:00 a.m. – David Ellefson (F5), Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Rudy Sarzo autographs
1:15 p.m. – Joe Satriani autographs
3:00 p.m. – Flynnville Station autographs, rear of booth
4:00 p.m. – Gary Rossington (LYNYRD SKYNYRD) autographs

Paul Gilbert
Friday January 16
HomeBrew Electronics – 2pm
Ibanez 3:30pm

Saturday January 17
Marshall – 10:30am

Sunday January 18
Ernie Ball – 12pm
Alfred Publishing – 1pm

Times subject to change.