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Anyone watch last night? Ya it was bad. Anyways a couple highlights for me; William Bell and Gary Clark Jr., and the guitarist for The Time during the Prince tribute killed it. Metallica had a Mic fiasco...very Spinal Tap.

 

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I saw the Metallica debacle. I didn't care about the mic thing (that sucked though)...but those fake mosh dancers and gaga...no thanks.

That Prince guitarist was a hack, imo. I don't think I've seen a guitarist stick so tightly to one pentatonic scale position in a show of that size.
 

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Now, I like Bruno Mars. He's a terrificly talented guy with a great sense of humour. And I'm a HUGE Prince fan ever since 1977 or so. But the Prince "tribute" was lame. It was the funk version of an Elvis impersonator. The fact that he tried to nail Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" solo on his cloud guitar, note for note, was lame, made even lamer by attempting to dress him up like Prince. I was reminded of a roast appearance Jeff Ross made dressed the same way, playing heavily flanged Strat like he was some space-ae Henny Youngman. Mars's earlier number, where he simply got to be himself, was MUCH better. As for Morris Day and Co., well he's just 110% smoove, and nothing can change that. Not time, not TV producers, nuthin.

Gaga seemed to be trying to channel Wendy O. Williams from the Plasmatics.

Gary Clark held his own, and it was nice to see William Bell up there with him. I miss Stax records.
 

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I saw the Metallica debacle. I didn't care about the mic thing (that sucked though)...but those fake mosh dancers and gaga...no thanks.

That Prince guitarist was a hack, imo. I don't think I've seen a guitarist stick so tightly to one pentatonic scale position in a show of that size.
You mean Bruno Mars? Well he's not really a guitar player, obviously, but outside of singing, dancing, and everything else, he also plays drums, and a bit of guitar :)

 

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You mean Bruno Mars? Well he's not really a guitar player, obviously, but outside of singing, dancing, and everything else, he also plays drums, and a bit of guitar :)

Ah, that's the Bruno Mars I've been hearing about. I'll give him credit that his name stands out of the crowd. good branding.

If he's not really a guitar player, he definitely has the faces and moves down - just not much to back it up though.

I thought it was weird to watch a guy look the part (REALLY look the part), but play mindlessly within the box. To be fair, I have a hard time writing a tasteful solo, but if you ever see me playing and acting like that at wriff wrath, throw a beer bottle at me.
 

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Gaga is a legit superstar. Last week she won the Super Bowl and last night she crushed the Grammy's with Metallica. She's awesome! I'll fight the internet if it says otherwise :)

I thought the Axe-Fx powered Metallica tones were very good all around (everyone is Axe-Fx direct.. except Lars).

Bruno is a pretty great talent as well, but he's no Prince. I don't think he should have done the purple jacket and Cloud guitar thing.. seemed off and wrong.

Taken overall, I thought the Grammy's show was pretty weak. Weaker than recent weak years.

BTW.. what do you think of Gary Clark Jr's mic positions in that picture? Both mics look right on the very outside edge of the cone. Maybe not so odd for thick blues tones?
 

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BTW.. what do you think of Gary Clark Jr's mic positions in that picture? Both mics look right on the very outside edge of the cone. Maybe not so odd for thick blues tones?
See my post above.... LOL

Poor placement, but what does it matter for R&R? I didn't see the show, so no idea if the guitar was played live or "mailed in".
 

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Master of Puppets was played as Megadeth walks to the stage for their grammy.
Kinda awkward sounding coverband version at that.

For all the "Mustaine's an Ahole" stuff I've read, he seemed like a really cool guy in that acceptance speech. And his response on Twitter later "Ah, you can't blame 'em for not being able to play @Megadeth". Perfect.
 

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Ah, that's the Bruno Mars I've been hearing about. I'll give him credit that his name stands out of the crowd. good branding.

If he's not really a guitar player, he definitely has the faces and moves down - just not much to back it up though.

I thought it was weird to watch a guy look the part (REALLY look the part), but play mindlessly within the box. To be fair, I have a hard time writing a tasteful solo, but if you ever see me playing and acting like that at wriff wrath, throw a beer bottle at me.
You need to spend a little more time with this guy - he does it all, and with a pretty good attitude, respect for his craft, showmanship and humour. I didn't even know he could play guitar until last night - and his solo, limited as it might have been, was better than anything I could have managed in front of a billion people.
 

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3 10"s in a Vibro King - that change anything?
Not really. It's not unusual to use one or more mics on a multi-speaker cab. The normal practice is to use two different mics for variety of choice in the mix. Using two different ribbon mics is quite unusual, and the placement even more so. To be fair, the Shure KSM313 (the red mic) is pretty warm, so maybe they compensated by getting it out towards the edge. I haven't used the other ribbon mic (looks like an Audio Technica), so can't be sure that isn't as dark sounding, although I doubt it.

Hey, it's the Grammy show, so glitz, glamour and shiny white teeth are most important.

Resuming my listening stream of scruffy dudes and dudettes playing "Americana" now......
 

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I thought gaga was great. She should become a metal singer. I would watch her a lot more. Ed Sheeran's looping was pretty good too. And of course I thought Gary Clarke Junior was awesome. None of those were worth the time spent watching the rest of the crap. I was looking forward to Sturgell Simpson but he was just so so. I've never been a Bruno Mars fan. Adele is just getting old with her start over routine. Lars showed how a professional deals with equipment failure.
 

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You need to spend a little more time with this guy - he does it all, and with a pretty good attitude, respect for his craft, showmanship and humour. I didn't even know he could play guitar until last night - and his solo, limited as it might have been, was better than anything I could have managed in front of a billion people.
We've got tickets for the Toronto show. I was pressured into it by my wife and her best friend but I know I'll enjoy it. His "Runaway Baby" performance at the Grammy's a few years ago is one of the best I've ever seen on there. I thought he also killed the SuperBowl.

 

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Not really. It's not unusual to use one or more mics on a multi-speaker cab. The normal practice is to use two different mics for variety of choice in the mix. Using two different ribbon mics is quite unusual, and the placement even more so. To be fair, the Shure KSM313 (the red mic) is pretty warm, so maybe they compensated by getting it out towards the edge. I haven't used the other ribbon mic (looks like an Audio Technica), so can't be sure that isn't as dark sounding, although I doubt it.

Hey, it's the Grammy show, so glitz, glamour and shiny white teeth are most important.

Resuming my listening stream of scruffy dudes and dudettes playing "Americana" now......
Outside of what is normal or best practice I actually thought he sounded terrific.
 
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Good (for me)
Ed Sherian playing solo with looping station and sample triggers
Bruno Marrs (first song)
Katy Perry's song
The TIME!!!
Prince tribute was ok, well done but emotionless.



bad:
Gagatalica. dancers added nothing, The now internet famous mic snub. Might be I just do not like the new album. Just not as good as previous efforts
Keith urban/carrie underwood song. just didn't like the song
Beyonce: The costumes, made me think she was going for an Egyption thing, but the song was horrible. Has she put out anything good since "Single ladies"?
Bee Gee's tribute: Don't know what they were going for but it sounded like a high school for the performing arts musical version of the bee gee's. No groove, no fun.


Pretty much gave up on the show after that.
 

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You need to spend a little more time with this guy - he does it all, and with a pretty good attitude, respect for his craft, showmanship and humour. I didn't even know he could play guitar until last night - and his solo, limited as it might have been, was better than anything I could have managed in front of a billion people.
I can't. I have little time for stuff I already appreciate let alone anything new. It's like me making new friends...I don't.

Without doubt he was comfortable in front of the crowd. I'd a let out a brown note and exited stage right.
 
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