WHAT IS YOUR LATEST GEAR ON THE ROAD AND IN THE STUDIO
I am still using Soldano Decatones, although I now have the tiny 25 watt Hot Rod for taking on flights.
This makes transporting my minimum requirements absolutely easy!
I like to take my PRS P22 and Quatro on the road, but also like my old Fat Strat and '59 Les Paul as they both sound great and look good too!
I am happiest with my small Marshall cabs, but at festivals it's pot luck with hire cabinets; the speakers are rarely the originals so the sound varies too much for my liking.
I change strings every 2 gigs (or one per festival!) with GHS Boomers 10 to 46 gauge .
My mandolin is a 1954 Gibson EM 150, through a Mark acoustic amp which also links to the acoustic side of the P22 guitar.
In the studio I add a few guitar favourites of mine, including Schekter Strat and a 1969 Telecaster.
My favourite bouzouki is a Fylde, but, like my 1917 F4 Gibson mandolin, it's too nice for the back of a truck!
I also have a custom Manson guitar in the pipeline, it has 3 outputs….more later !!
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT THE MOST FROM YOUR DAYS IN TULL
We always had a strict discipline within the music, which I have engrained in my performing and writing.
I think control and dynamics are vital and always say, if you don't need to play in a section of music….don't !!
I want to have a band that works as a unit and I keep the communication between us constant.
I want input and like to think that band and crew can voice their opinions on everything that affects us all.
In return though, I need to have loyalty and commitment from the others.
We have a really good feeling within the band; whatever the quality of the day's events, we are happy together.
WHERE WILL YOU GO NEXT WITH THE MUSIC
I am writing songs for the next CD, all will be original material.
I want to steer the identity of the band into a more personal area with me and Dan both writing.
The Tull connection will always be there and our blues/rock "label" will remain.
I feel that it is really important to move along, musically, all the time.
IS THE LINEUP OF THE BAND GOING TO CHANGE AGAIN.
Now Alan Thomson is playing on all the gigs this year, I want the band to stay and develop as we are.
Richard Beesley will guest on some of the shows and will always be involved with the new material.
Both George and Dan have been amazing over the last couple of years.
We all have a great working relationship, so long may it last!