Last night my Digitech RP6 finally gave up the ghost, or at least in terms of being a gigable floor pedal. Only 2/6 pedals are working, and the Delay pedal has even fallen off. (I guess my excessive and forceful stomping on it in size 12s didn’t help!)
With a Powerpoint gig on Friday, and no effects board behind which to hide, this morning I toddled down to Sound Control, on St Mary’s Street in Edinburgh (just off the Royal Mile, and not that far from Waverley Station) and purchased a new Digitech (of course!). The Digitech GNX2 (featuring a GeNetX processor) was a bargain at £299.00. This is the same price that I paid for my RP6 in 1996 (at Rose Morris, on Denmark Street in London), but these days I get a whole lot more for my money.
In 1986 my friend Davie Watson let me listen to his new Celtic Frost album Into the Pandemonium. As of this morning, I now have all the Frost albums on CD, with many thanks to Jane, HMV, eBay and Amazon.co.uk.
Next artist to collect: Voivod. I already have on CD their first four albums (War and Pain, RrrÃ¶Ã¶Ã¶aaarrr, Killing Technology and Dimension HatrÃ¶ss) and their latest ‘Voivod’, featuring their new bass player Jason ‘Jasonic’ Newsted (formerly of Flotsam & Jetsam, Metallica and Echobrain).
I received the following albums from these fine people:
Apollyon Sun – Sub (from my wife, Jane)
Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion (from my wife, Jane)
Iron Maiden – Live After Death (from my brother, Eddie)
I’ve just rediscovered the Lies Damned Lies album ‘lamentations’ from 1996. I got it on special offer from Sticky Music’s website (http://www.stickymusic.co.uk/). It was seeing Steve Butler at a conference from Monday to Wednesday that prompted me to give it a spin again. Good stuff: reflective, prayerful and beautiful.
Just when I had given up of ever seeing my customized guitar picks from www.guitarpicksuk.com arrive they dropped through my letterbox this morning. They are printed with the simple message: Join Me. Of course!