YES, ASIA, John Lodge Band, Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy (w/ Arthur Brown)

*ASIA ft. Bumblefoot (guitar/vocals), Billy Sherwood (bass), Geoff Downes (keys), Carl Palmer (drums), & guest Steve Howe (guitar)

JUN 12 - Sands Event Center (Bethlehem, PA)
JUN 14 - Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater (Farmingville, NY)
JUN 15 - Hard Rock Live at Etses Arena (Atlantic City, NJ)
JUN 16 - PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ)
JUN 18 - Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT)
JUN 20 - Westchester County Center (Westchester, NY)
JUN 21 - Stage AE (Pittsburgh, PA)
JUN 22 - MECU Pavilion (Baltimore, MD)
JUN 24 - Budweiser Stage (Toronto, ON, Canada)
JUN 25 - Artpark Amphitheater (Lewiston, NY)
JUN 27 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel, NY)
JUN 29 - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (Gifford, NH)
JUN 30 - Bold Point Park (E. Providence, RI)
JUL 3 - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre (Rochester Hills, MI)
JUL 5 - Express Live (Columbus, OH)
JUL 6 - RiverEdge Park (Aurora, IL)
JUL 8 - Opry House (Nashville, TN)
JUL 10 - Koka Booth Amphitheatre (Cary, NC)
JUL 12 - Ruth Eckerd Hall (Clearwater, FL)
JUL 13 - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Hollywood, FL)
JUL 15 - Saenger Theatre (New Orleans, LA)
JUL 16 - Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land, TX)
JUL 18 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre (St. Augustine, FL)
JUL 20 - Toyota Music Factory (Irving, TX)
JUL 21 - Walmart Amphitheater (Rogers, AR)
JUL 24 - Comerica Theatre (Phoenix, AZ)
JUL 26 - Hard Rock Casino (Las Vegas, NV)
JUL 27 - Fivepoint Amphitheatre (Irvine, CA)
JUL 28 - The Mountain Winery (Saratoga, CA)

*More shows to be announced




I started working at age 12 painting album covers on the backs of dungaree jackets for $20 each (most people asked for Iron Maiden's first album or Killers) Ibanez just came out with the Roadstar series of guitars, which were Stratocaster copies with a better vibrato bar on 'em. When I was 14 I saved up enough money to get one selling at the store I took lessons at - the wood was cracked, it was last year's model, it was $180. It was a 1983 Ibanez Roadstar RS135BK (bought it July 3rd, 1984) First thing I did when I brought it home was pry the paint off it and sand it down to the wood.

(pic taken Feb 16th, 1985)

This is another guitar that went through alot of changes. Put a humbucker by the bridge. At one point I hung old skeleton keys all over the guitar - made the guitar too heavy. I left it as is for a while. Put a Floyd vibrato and a locking nut on it eventually. I wanted to make the guitar look like someone took a big bite out of the body. My dad had a bunch of drill bits - I drilled away the wood where ya rest your picking arm, and in the end it looked like shit. So I kept on drilling and eventually it looked like Swiss cheese. I went to an auto paint store with a slice of Swiss cheese and told them I need to match that color. They hooked me up and I painted it yellow. In the early 90s, DiMarzio re-wired the guitar for me, with a Chopper pickup by the neck and a Tone Zone by the bridge. They put in a single volume knob and a 5-way toggle switch - 1) bridge pickup, 2) bridge pickup as a single-coil, 3) both pickups, 4) both pickups out of phase, 5) neck pickup.

This was my main guitar until I hooked up with Vigier in '97. When Vigier built the "Bumblefoot" guitar, I laid the cheese guitar to permanent rest.

(pic taken Feb '97)



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