This section presents a handful of memorable Jay Graydon gigs. From time to time we will give
you the lineups, some pics,
sound bites, reviews, as well as some stories and comments from Jay. Hang around - more
of this is just around the corner....
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The first memorable gig on webmaster's account was of course when Jay and his All Star
- the City of Birches - far up on the northeast coast of Sweden. This was on
January 29, 1994. We had more snow than
usual this year and it was very cold (-29C which is -20 in Fahrenheit) The gig was sold
out and we were MANY who had waited
for this concert to happen!!! Tell you one thing for sure - we were not disappointed!
A note from Jay regarding rare tour footage released by Ward Records, Japan...
"When on tour with my All Star band in 1994 we toured Japan, Sweden, and Norway. The video is of a concert in
Japan and I don't remember why it was filmed. The audio was from a feed from the PA audience mix. Typically the
audio feed from such a mix would not translate well for a recording as the levels are set by the mixer for the
audience considering sonic information bouncing around the room building up certain frequencies and sucking back
other frequencies. Ironically, the mix sounds good as a recording!
Many years later my good friend Kenji Sano mentioned a video company was interested in releasing the video, I said we
needed to watch and listen as to make sure it was good enough for release. I was amazed how well all of us played and
how good the vocal performances were! What is most amazing is I think this was the first night we had performed!
Yea, you might enjoy checking out the sound bites from this
Since the odds are good such a tour will probably not happen again it's nice to have the concert on film! It is
available at HMV Japan, CD
Amazon and other online stores. - Jay Graydon"
JAY GRAYDON ALL STARS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
The Japan/Scandinavia Tours 1994 and 1996 with documentary bonus material A Region Free 4 DVD box
set, having a few flashbacks from the 1994 and 1996 actual concert footage, a fun and informational band
reunion hang at Garden Rake Studios 20 years later, filmed by Todd Homme, and a lot of bonus material, such
as for instance a complete explanation by Jay Graydon on how to play his "Peg" solo, as well as a very cool jam
session in Jay's garden from 1989 with great musicians, including Steve Lukather, and so much more.
This Region Free 4 DVD box set is for instance available at Amazon. - Worldwide shipping!
Jay's own memories from the gig in Umeå...
I clearly remember this gig for many reasons - I will start from the beginning.
1. Before arriving, I was told the people of UMEÅ are most friendly which proved to be true. When arriving at the
hotel, everyone was so very kind!
2. We went to a record store as to sign autographs. During the autograph session, I met
Kerstin, Lage and their family.
Since that meeting, we have become great friends! Note: Kerstin is my incredible PA and the webmaster of this
3. Up to this point in my life (the Scandinavian tour), I had never seen snow fall let alone walking on slick ice. When
arriving at the gig, as soon as I stepped foot of the road bus, I slipped on the ice and almost fell on my butt! That was
a wake up call as to watch my step on ice!
4. When entering the concert hall, I was impressed that the room design was ideal for seating and most beautiful! (Aula Nordica at the university - Webmaster's remark) A few minutes later, I plugged my guitar into my
amp set up and discovered a serious sonic problem - the room was very dead sounding meaning all surfaces were soft (walls
are covered with cloth type material, the room is carpeted and so on). Such an environment is not typical meaning 99% of
medium size halls have many hard surfaces (plaster walls, etc.)
So why the problem? When playing live, I do not use any effects such as reverb and delay lines since there is usually so
much sound bouncing off walls, etc. (If using such effects in live rooms, this just adds to sonic confusion). Since my
guitar sound was extremely dry, since my amp speakers were about 15 feet back, the sound from my amps sounded thin and
I experimented with amp EQ settings but to no avail. My sound sucked! When any guitarist is not digging their tone, this
distracting when trying to create musical ideas.
The lesson to be learned: on the next tour, I made sure I had reverb (if needed).
5. I only used one effect which was an Orange Squeezer compressor. This unit plugs into the guitar and the guitar amp
cord plugs into the compressor. As to make sure the guitar cord does not accidentally get unplugged from the compressor
on the guitar cord while playing), I always wrap the guitar cord through the guitar strap as to anchor.
During the concert, after going off stage for a song, when coming back on stage, I forgot to wrap the cord through
the strap. When I started to play the guitar solo on "Nothing You Can Do About It", I stepped on the cord which pulled it
out of the
Well, that was it for the guitar solo since by the time I got the cord plugged back in, the solo was over. At the
end of the
song, Sherwood asked the audience if they wanted to hear the solo - the audience said yes. We then counted off
the song at
the solo section and I played the solo.
6. Even though I struggled with my sound all night, the gig was very fun and I think we all performed better
By the way, the audience was outstanding which always inspires us to perform well!