Paul Gilbert


Paul Gilbert (1998)


First off, all the guys in Mr. Big have found side projects or are making solo records - where does that leave the future of Mr. Big?

Mr. Big is currently on hiatus. The future is unknown at this time.

I will come back to Mr. Big, but first to your solo record - Congratulations on a fine album!
In the lead up or approach to this album, what were you looking to do?
In my approach to my first solo album, I wanted to introduce myself as a
singer/songwriter and still keep interesting and heavy guitar

How long were you writing for the record?
The songs were written mostly a few months before I began recording, but
there are some old favorites of mine too.

How long did it take to record?
The album was recorded in 3 months.

I see you enlisted the help of Bruce Bouillet. Are you two buddies?
Bruce Bouillet is a very good friend of mine! We worked very hard
together while recording and still had lots of fun.

So how do you like the outcome?
I am very happy with both the recording experience and the finished product.

I know of your love of the Beatles, and there is certainly influences of them the record, but I thought the record may have been a more acoustic feel.
I was actually pleasantly surprised at how rocking the album was!

I am very influenced by the Beatles and much of the music from the 60's
and 70's.
I am glad that you liked my direction on the record. Most of
the time I prefer to rock!

Your vocals are sounding great. Were you nervous to sing, and be featured on the whole album?
I felt good about singing because I made sure to write songs that fit my
voice. Plus, I have been practicing a lot!

Tell me about some of your favourite tracks on the album. I love the first 4 especially.
I like the first songs on the album too. I like "Champagne" because it
is up tempo and has lots of different drum beats. Plus, the electric 12
string is always fun to play. I like "Vinyl" because it has lots of
tom-toms. I also like the lyrics and the vocal harmonies.
"Girls Who Can Read Your Mind" was written a few years ago, and after doing several demo's, I finally found the right key and arrangement for the album.
"I'm Just in Love" is the only track with me playing drums. Plus, it has
big heavy guitars and a surprise flamenco solo!
I think my other favorite is "Streetlights". It sounds live to me even though the parts were over dubbed.

And I hear there is going to be a US release of the album shortly.
Yeah, "King of Clubs" should be released in the U.S. on April 21.

So how have you enjoyed the ride with Mr Big?
Mr. Big was incredible! I was able to tour all over the world and make
some records that I am really happy with. Everybody in the band is an
incredible musician!

Japan has been the first release point for most Mr Big albums, and your solo record - how have you found the Japanese and their dedication to hard rock and to Mr Big?
I feel very lucky to have people listen to my music ANYWHERE! I'm not
sure why, but there are a lot of people in Japan who like my music. This
is fantastic for me because I love Japanese food and Japanese people. It
is a long way to travel and I wish I could do more touring in the
States, Europe, Brazil and anywhere they will let me in!

I have to ask this! Do you have any control over the amount of live albums released in Japan, or is that purely a label decision?
We do have a lot of live albums! We usually put a live album out while
we are touring since we don't have time in the studio. Plus, Mr. Big is
best live!

The song 'Unnatural' is written and sung by yourself, can you tell me a little about the lyrics? The first verse seemed to be applicable to the last question.
"Unnatural" doesn't have a specific lyrical theme, but it is
occasionally about me wishing that I had a voice like Aretha Franklin!

Okay, on the lighter side, have you been talking to the guys lately? What are they up to?
I played a few solo's on Pat Torpey's upcoming solo album. He flew out
to my studio in Las Vegas to produce me. We had fun and it was good to
see him. I haven't seen the other guys lately, but I live in Las Vegas
and they live in California.

Do you have a favourite Mr. Big gig?
Some of the most memorable Mr. Big gigs were the benefit for the Kobe
earthquake victims, our show for 100,000 people in Brazil, and the time
that I got the drill caught in my hair in Atlanta!

Yeah! Ha ha. And a favourite Mr. Big song?
My favorite Mr. Big song is probably "Green Tinted 60's Mind".

So where to from here Paul?
I am currently preparing for my solo concert tour. I have a show in West
Hollywood at the Troubadour on March 4, and then a week of shows in
Japan. After that, I hope to go to Europe...probably in May. Also, I
hope to record my second solo album this year!

Damn! No rest for the wicked! Thanks Paul for taking the time out to answer some questions.
Thank you again for listening to my music and I hope I answered your

You bet! See ya.





PAUL GILBERT Will Destroy on May 27

Friday, May 27, 2016
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It's no accident that I CAN DESTROY cuts a wide swath of styles and textures, from the full-frontal assault of  'Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal' to the jazz-blues lament of 'One Woman Too Many' (which also features GILBERT's patented four-pick Makita drill-bit riffery) to the radio-friendly balladeering of 'Love We Had' to the smoking-hot gut/heart punch of 'I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You),' the latter track's title a playful reference to the ubiquitous #1 hit PAUL GILBERT enjoyed as part of his gig as lead guitarist for the still-going-strong Mr. Big.
'My guitar playing was born from playing in my teenage heavy rock bands,' GILBERT explains. 'After playing for 40 years, I've been able to evolve the way that I see the fretboard, and how I hear the guitar in my head. This opens up my soloing, and also my writing. I couldn't have written this music when I was a kid. I couldn't have written these lyrics either. I needed time to live'to experience joy, and anger, and love, and frustration at people who don't use their turn signals.'
GILBERT knew that I CAN DESTROY producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Bonamassa), whom he previously collaborated with on Mr. Big's 2011 release WHAT IF, would push him to do his best from the get-go. 'One thing I knew about working with Kevin as a solo artist is that there weren't going to be that many overdubs on the record ' not that many takes, and not many fixes,' he reports. 'As a musician, that puts the fear into you. It's a good fear, and it made me want to prepare in a pretty healthy way.'
With Shirley onboard to get behind the board, GILBERT next had to cull together some top-drawer musicians to bring into the studio. 'On drums, we've got Thomas Lang, who's somewhat of a drumming legend, and on bass is Kevin Chown,' details Gilbert. 'He was the only guy I'd never worked with before, and he was great. He played all the right stuff. He's played with everybody from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Sebastian Bach.'
Ultimately, the joy GILBERT expresses all throughout I CAN DESTROY celebrates the freedom and creativity he enjoys as a solo artist. 'I do my best. It's pretty incredible to have been living the dream and putting food on the table by banging it all out on an electric guitar,' he concludes. 'This is actually my 30th year as a recording artist, and I still enjoy the search. I like looking around, trying to find things I haven't done yet, and then seeing if I can do them.'
Here's the complete track listing of I CAN DESTROY:
1. Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal
2. I Can Destroy
3. Knocking On A Locked Door
4. One Woman Too Many
5. Woman Stop
6. Gonna Make You Love Me
7. I Am Not The One (Who Wants To Be With You)
8. Blues Just Saving My Life
9. Make It (If We Try)
10. Love We Had
11. I Will Be Remembered
12. Adventure and Trouble
13. Great White Buffalo (bonus track)

PAUL GILBERT New Album “Stone Pushing Uphill Man” on Shrapnel Records August 5

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Paul Gilbert's new record 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man' is a guitar-oriented instrumental record on which Paul covers some of his favorite songs, using his guitar like a voice to convey a wide range of emotions, while retaining his signature cutting-edge solo work. Following Paul Gilbert's last highly successful CD, 'Vibrato' is the next important chapter in this amazing guitarist's career. Regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry, Gilbert once again proves why he is the guitarist's guitarist.

Starting his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a teenager in the late 80's, Paul Gilbert has remained one of the most active guitarists from the original shred guitar scene, stemming from his multi-faceted talent and long-range career. With Platinum success, including a number one song with Mister Big, and cult status as founding member of the legendary and highly successful underground progressive metal band Racer X, Gilbert's sales draw from more than 20 albums and more than 20 years as a recording artist and touring musician. Paul has toured on the legendary G3 tour in support of Joe Satriani and once again confirmed to a younger audience what Gilbert fans have known for over 20 years: that Paul Gilbert is simply one of the greatest guitar players on the planet today.

When excitedly discussing his newest record, Paul said: 'For my new 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man' album, I decided to bring my guitar to the forefront and let it sing. To do this, I used the inspiration of my favorite singers. Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Elton John, James Brown, Sting, k.d. lang, and more. These voices are always in my head. With my guitar I could finally reach their high notes. The challenge was to match their emotion and expression. This was my goal as a guitarist. 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man,' is the first big step to truly find my voice on the guitar. I wanted the inspiration of my favorite singers for such a big challenge, so I chose a lot of cover songs. I think listeners will be surprised at what I've been able to do with the guitar'.

Paul Gilbert "Stone Pushing Uphill Man" available August 5th at finer record stores,, iTunes and Shrapnel Records Inc.



Points of Interest

' Gilbert's profile as a music educator, instructional video performer and international guitar clinician, and guitar designer continue to keep his visibility high.
' Response from Gilbert's fans was overwhelming for his last record, 'Vibrato', and they are about to get served up an even more impressive guitar smorgasbord, beyond their wildest hopes.
' Racer X remains one of Shrapnel's best-selling catalog items, fueled by guitar fans that want to hear Gilbert at his shredding best. 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man' contains some of Gilbert's best playing to date. 
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