Simon drops in to collect his new pedalboard and treat us to some jaw-dropping playing
Welcome to the show! It’s a treat to welcome back an old mate, Simon McBride to the studio. He has (relatively) recently taken on one of the biggest gigs in rock as the guitar player in none other than Deep Purple!
In this show we talk through Simon’s Purple experience and take a walk through the pedalboard he’ll be using for the next big tour with the band. As ever, Simon’s incredibly melodic and mercurial playing is equal parts inspiring and astounding, so sit back and enjoy the stories and tones.
Interesting bits and go-to sections
0:00 Intro playing
1:45 Hello & welcome
2:40 Two rigs?!
4:00 How the Deep Purple gig happened
8:20 Following Blackmore, Morse et al
13:40 Standing next to Don Airey
15:10 Six 4x12 cabs?
17:00 Richie & Jon left & right?
22:30 Simon’s new board story
24:50 New Engl amp
28:05 No overdrive pedals - core tones
29:40 Today’s guitar?
33:25 Signal path explanation
38:45 A quick listen to the main pedals
42:15 Phaser pre and post preamp
46:00 Richie didn’t use all those pedals…
47:15 Why the Boss Slicer?
51:20 The volume in huge venues?
55:45 Boss SDE-3000D Delay
58:40 Boss RE-202 Space Echo
1:02:57 How DO you play Smoke On The Water?
1:06:18 Why not a Strat?
1:07:50 Digitech Whammy Ricochet?
1:12:15 Try the new PRS NF53?
1:14:50 Try Dan’s Red Tele?
1:16:58 Some core tones from the rig
1:22:35 Simon plays us out