Les Paul rips some guy a new one...

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Les Paul rips some guy a new one...

Post by ubertar » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:52 pm

Went to see Les Paul tonight-- it was paid for by my work b/c we want to get him to be a guest speaker. Unfortunately he wasn't feeling well and didn't do his usual thing of coming out to sign guitars etc after the show, so we didn't get to ask him directly. But that's not what this post is about...

He had a lot of guest musicians join him on stage, and they were all really professional, talented players. But there was one guy from the audience who asked to come up and play "summertime" at the end of the set, and Les said ok. They started playing while the guy was setting up his guitar, and things were going fine until the guy started playing. His tone was awful. Les stopped playing and cracked some jokes about it. The guy managed to fix his tone but couldn't find his way into the song, and they had to stop again, and Les really ripped into the guy. They let the guy start out so they could follow him, and he started to sing the song... he sang it really slowly, like a dirge (and not well), and Les ripped into him again. The whole audience was laughing at this guy, and he was totally humiliated. Finally Les jumped to the end of the song and they finished it up; then they played a quick version of how high the moon so they could at least end the show on a high note. This guy totally brought it on himself, but damn, Les was merciless. Seriously, this guy is going to be in therapy for quite a while. I guess when you're 90 years old, your tolerance for bullshit goes waaaay down. No time to waste.
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Post by virtualguthrie » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:58 pm

What a great story! I saw Les a few years ago, glad that guy wasn't there. Almost wish he was so I could've seen him get chewed by a 90 year old man who happens to be a genius.

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Post by ubertar » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:05 pm

I was shocked. I mean, he seems like such a sweet, happy old man. He looks so happy just to be up there playing. He really ripped this guy to shreds. I'm surprised the guy didn't go straight home after that. If you're going to invite yourself on stage with Les Paul, you'd better have the chops to back it up. The best thing he could have done, once things were going badly, would be to say, "you know what, I can see I'm not actually up for this, I'm sorry to waste your time". I was hoping the guy would play well enough to redeem himself, but he just didn't have the ability-- by staying up there, he just dug himself deeper.
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Post by ubertar » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:06 pm

Why does this make me think of ampguy?
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Post by Mr. Dipity » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:37 pm

ubertar wrote:Why does this make me think of ampguy?
Maybe ampguy also jammed with Les Paul, showed him a few 'licks'?

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Post by ubertar » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:43 pm

Mr. Dipity wrote:
ubertar wrote:Why does this make me think of ampguy?
Maybe ampguy also jammed with Les Paul, showed him a few 'licks'?
He taught him how to get "that jazz sound".
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Post by Girl Toes » Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:00 am

I'm confused-- who taught who?

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Post by ubertar » Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:31 am

ampguy schools everyone.
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Post by curtiswyant » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:14 pm

Pffff...what has Les Paul ever done? :roll:

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Post by SaneMan » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:26 pm

I saw Les Paul about a year ago and he was a complete asshole to almost every one of the musicians who joined him(all professionals). He even gave this chick shit for being fat, while she was killing it on her cello. While it doesn't change what he's done, I did lose some respect for him as a human being. Man he was a dick.
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Post by MAR » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:58 pm

Oh yeah Ampguy, my favorite guitar player who sounds like he's playing with catcher's mitts on his hands.

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Post by dither » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:20 pm

This post is almost pointless without an mp3 of the even. C'mon, tell me you recorded this!!!

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Post by 8th_note » Sun Apr 02, 2006 11:59 am

SaneMan's comment reminds me of the story my wife tells about Dave Brubeck coming in to her high school for a few sessions to coach the Jazz Choir. The guy was a total horse's prick to these high school kids. Had some of them in tears. High school kids..... WTF? She's still incredulous to this day.

Like film celebs and sports stars, some of the most gifted musicians are the biggest assholes.

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Post by drumsound » Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:00 am

Its the guys own fault. Don't talk the talk if you can't walk the walk.

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Post by knobtwirler » Tue Apr 04, 2006 3:43 am

God bless the old coot.

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