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March 15, 2007

Opening for Trooper

The band Trooper came to Camrose last night, and guess who opened for them? We did! We played for about 30 minutes, around 8 songs I think.

Our band is called Myra Marshall Band, and we are 3 guys and 1 girl (Myra of course). It was a fun gig, and I had the pleasure of playing Trooper's guitar player's amp - a Marshall Super Lead 100 watt - a vintage plexi Marshall. Wow, what a tone! My jaw dropped a bit when I plugged in. A very mature sounding amp, boys and girls!

Playing a Marshall Super Lead 100 with my Squier Tele

I am guessing the amp was a 70s model, but I am not sure, could have been even older. Thing is, it sounded awesome. It had that punchy, responsive touch that good tube amps have. You hit strings hard and boom! It's hard to hide your mistakes with an amp such as this, but I see that as a good thing. Fantastic sound, and unforgiving. Like the amp is saying, "if you're gonna play me, make sure you can play!" - so true!

The gig went quite well. We screwed up a few endings and beginnings like usual, but oh well. We have hardly practiced and this was a first real gig, so it should only get better from here.

Rocking out with the band

I played my Squier Tele, and in front on the Marshall, I used a Maxon SD-9 and a Fulltone Clyde wah pedal. Those two pedals are certainly quality pedals, and I'm glad I have them.

People were coming up after the gig and asking us where they could buy our CD (we don't have one of course). One guy asked if we were from California, and one lady wanted our autographs. Whew.

It was really great that the crowd appreciated us that much. We don't play the same style as Trooper - our stuff has more blues and country style to it, but it seemed to go home well with the crowd.

Tomorrow, we have a gig at Merchants and on Saturday, it's time to play some Irish tunes for Saint Patrick's Day at O'Shea's!

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com


Posted by Robert Renman on March 15, 2007

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