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Graham's Thoughts

 

 

 

Nag's Head - Graham

 

' Greetings from the Great South Land!’

I was born on the 7th of October 1961, and grew up in 'The Bush' - The great Australian Outback.  My introduction to the joys of music started at around age 10, and involved my mother, an old iron frame upright piano, an even older ukulele, and every song heard on the wireless during WWII.  We had no commercial radio and no television, so ABC radio was all we had. The upside of this was an introduction to classic BBC radio comedy (The Goon Show, Hancock's Half Hour, Just A Minute) and classical music. My first record was the Berlin Philharmonic playing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and the power in the music left an indelible impression.

When I moved to Perth at 12 and discovered the guitar at age 15, and my life changed. The instrument became the object of a lifelong obsession, and a career in music was born. The first concerts I attended were at Parkerville Amphitheatre, a natural music bowl in the middle of a national park outside Perth. These daylong events were like mini-Woodstocks, and were truly amazing for a music-obsessed kid to go to.  At 16, I left school and joined a band... sound familiar?  Since then, I have played on the bill with people like Meat Loaf, Bon Jovi and Canned Heat, and have travelled hundreds of thousands of miles as a musician, engineer and producer. In 1991 I had an international release with my band, Ice Tiger and our album, Love'n'Crime, which got to #2 in the Kerrang! magazine import charts.  I have held Ibanez and Peavey clinics for their Australian wholesaler, Australis Music Group (a company I still have an ongoing relationship with), and have been a contributing writer for X-Press Magazine, the local music bible.

Over the last few years, I have released three solo CDs, done some teaching (guitar and bass), and started a web design and music production company with my lovely wife, Donna. My musical tastes range from Beethoven to Zappa, and I have played most styles, although the style I am best known for here in Oz is progressive guitar.

Everyone has favourite bands, and memories of particular artist who 'did it' for them. Below is my personal list of bands and artists who have inspired, intrigued and excited me over the years. Some of them may not seem 'prog' by today’s definitions, but they were all leaders in their fields, which does indeed make them progressive. There are many more than these, but hey... the web is only so big...

The Artists

Beethoven

Liszt

Paganini

Deep Purple

Led Zeppelin

Yes

Pink Floyd

Genesis

Rainbow

Van Halen

Toto

Jeff Beck

Larry Carlton

Al Di Meola

Joe Satriani

Steve Vai

Steve Morse

 

The Albums

STATUS QUO  

- Hello

SLADE  

- Alive

DEEP PURPLE  

- In Rock

BLACK SABBATH  

- Masters Of Reality

LED ZEPPELIN  

- Physical Graffiti -

RAINBOW  

- On Stage/Long Live Rock and Roll

LARRY CARLTON  

- (Self-Titled)

JEFF BECK  

- Blow By Blow

YES  

- The Yes Album

RETURN TO FOREVER  

- Romantic Warrior

STEVE MORSE BAND  

- The Introduction

VAN HALEN

DREAM THEATER  

- Images And Words

Peace,

Graham Greene

 

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