VIDEO: Chris Buono performs Raining Caterpillars live at Rockwood Music Hall, Manhattan, NYC (10.17.2016). Steve Jenkins, bass. Tobias Ralph, drums. Note Chris uses the OEM DiMarzio neck pickup during the entire song.
We drove up the Garden State Parkway, along the Hudson River, and down into the Holland Tunnel. From the seaside darkness of rural New Jersey coast, to the bright lights of Manhattan's skyline. Salt air mixed with diesel. The pace of traffic increased. Chris flowed through three green lights in sequence, navigating lanes as he does a fretboard, bending us into a parallel parking slot on the street outside the venue: "This never happens. Awesome!"
Also by luck, we had Moonlight Spearfish guitar with us. I was doing some mods on the instrument for Bob Gore and so we had this unplanned moment to evaluate the guitar live, on stage. Chris has played many of my guitars, but never a Spearfish™. Forty minutes before departure to the gig he put it on for the first time then resumed figuring out his pedal board. I asked him how the instrument felt...and he looked up at me, surprised by the question.
Being a longtime Strat™ player I feel at home with Spearfish™.
Rick's guitars are ALWAYS well-balanced. This is especially true for Spearfish and especially good for a guy with a bad back leading a trio on a gig where you need to be on your game the entire time.
Rick's machined aircraft aluminum neck is an adventure. The best way I can describe is being on your bike as a kid riding down the steepest hill in your neighborhood that your mom said never even go near, but you do anyway, pedaling as fast as you can.
The great thing about the Element™ aluminum neck is the way it responds to my various right hand techniques. I employ a lot hybrid picking and alternative percussive techniques. The response from the neck makes it all sound so punchy and full.
Even better is the absolute stability on all fronts — with tuning at the top of the list. (Chris Buono)
The trio eased into the first tune. Crowded bar, people talking loud over the music. New York scene. By the end of the first song you could hear a napkin drop during quiet passages. By the second song, iPhones were out, taking video. I noticed two independent pro-equipped photographers drawn in from the street, shooting stills and recording.
so good my laptop speakers melted (Daniel via YouTube)
POSTER: Chris Buono three show Octoberpunk Tour. First two dates were canceled due to death in a friend's family. But they rocked on the 17th.