John - Guitar, keyboards & (very) occasional backing vocals
Jackson Custom Soloist
Ibanez UV777 Universe 7-String
Levinson Blade Telecaster
ENGL Retro Tube 100 & Custom Control Pedal
Boss GT Pro - rackmount effects system
Boss FC200 foot controller and Roland EV-5 expression pedal
Sennheiser FreePORT UHF wireless pack
Marshall 100w angled-front cab (early small logo, long since gone - modified to stereo, loaded with Greenbacks)
Washburn J-9 Washington Jazz hollow-body electric
Tanglewood Electric Acoustic
Status Graphite Bass
Kimbara Stratocaster (modified)
Kimbara Les Paul (modified)
Yamaha Motif XF7 Workstation
My earliest influences were my parents' old LPs of Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves and Elvis.. After that I tried to get into the chart music of the early 80's, but it never really set my world on fire. (I don't think Shakin' Stevens is really me..)
It was during an early foray into the teenage world of under-age pub drinking that I met Pete Fisk & Lorraine Bennington who were performing as a duo at the time, having recently returned from touring Europe with their previous band, Airdance. This was my first experience of live music and by the end of the show I wanted a guitar!
Over the next few years, my influences broadened considerably. I developed a definite bias towards american AOR guitar based rock like Journey, Boston and Foreigner. Other favourites were REO Speedwagon, Dire Straits, The Eagles and Queen.
Since then I've been into allsorts.. The 80's was a real melting-pot of guitar music; some of it good, some not so good.
I listened to Jeff Beck, Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Gary Moore, Jeff Healey, Robert Johnson, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Extreme, Giant, Strangeways, Thin Lizzy, Nightwish, Air Supply, Nina Simone, Bjork, Joni Mitchell, Dixie Chicks, Jerry Reed and Joe Bonamassa...
The list goes on and on, but if I had to pick out my favourite ever guitarists I'd have to say Jeff Beck, Brian May, Ian James Stewart, Joe Bonamassa, Dan Huff, Jerry Reed and Tom Scholtz, in no particular order.
I suppose the one guitarist who influenced me the most was Pete.. Spending 3 or 4 nights a week for 5 years watching him play I absorbed far too many of his bad habits, so if you see me drop a bollock or two when I'm playing, blame him!!