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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Paul Gilbert (Racer X/Mr. Big)

Name: Paul Brandon Gilbert
Born: 6th November, 1966 (Carbondale, Illinois, USA)

Profile: He is an American musician, well known for his guitar work with "Racer X" and "Mr. Big", as well as many solo albums. He also joined Joe Satriani and John Petrucci on the 2007 G3 tour. He was also a guitar instructor in GIT.

History: He began playing music at the age 5 and by age 15 he was touring local clubs with his band "Tau Zero". In 1984, Gilbert relocated to LA to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), becoming an instructor there the following year; concurrently he formed the band "Electric Fence", which by 1986 evolved into "Racer X", they were heavily influenced by "Judas Priest" and Gilbert's playing was reminiscent of Yngwie Malmsteen, displaying fast-driven solos with extreme-level technique.

In 1988, Gilbert left "Racer X" and join Mr. Big, which in 1992 topped the pop charts with the ballad "To Be with You." In 1997, Gilbert left "Mr. Big"; and a year later Gilbert made his solo debut "King of Clubs".

In the late 90's, he reunited with his former band "Racer X" and recorded the album "Technical Difficulties", following "Superheroes" in 2000. In 2009, Gilbert reunited with the rest of the original "Mr. Big" band members for a reunion world tour.

Influences: Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Iommi, Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page, Robin Trower, Judas Priest, Akira Takasaki, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss, The Ramones, The Beach Boys and The Beatles and Jimi Kidd (his uncle).

Axology: Ibanez PGM signature series guitars, Ibanez RG750, Ibanez "Fireman" (a reversed-body Ibanez Iceman with single-coil pickups and an extra cutaway) guitars, ADA preamps and rack effects, Laney amplifiers.


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