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King's X - “Take Cover” (Influences & Connections, Vol. 1: Mr. Big)

Today I rediscovered this cover of the Mr. Big tune “Take Cover” in my iTunes library. Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor of King’s X teamed up with Chuck Wright on bass (who unfortunately has neither the chops nor the instrumental acrobatics of the great Billy Sheehan), guitarist Lanny Cordola, and Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey to produce this tribute album version that honestly I much prefer to the original (which was no slouch itself). If you have a Spotify account, you can compare the two and judge for yourself.


King’s X is one of my favorites. They should have been as big as U2, but life is not fair, but they were that groundbreaking.
Billy Sheehan on being asked what groups from the late ’80s to early ’90s moved him most, The Sun News | Kicks! interview

The Notes Go Right Into Your Heart

Paul Gilbert runs through his rig for Premier Guitar

Premier Guitar runs through Billy Sheehan’s bass rig

It’s time for another rig rundown with Premier Guitar. This time, in lieu of having their techs go through their rigs, Mr. Big shred-meisters Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan discuss their guitars, amps and effects themselves, all the while displaying how genuinely nice and down-to-earth they both are. No rockstar egos here, boys and girls. The only question I have is … where’s Rebecca?!


The instrumental stuff is a good challenge, … but I’m totally happy to bang away on some chords, sing some harmonies and play some wailing blues solos after the second chorus.
Paul Gilbert on once again being in a vocal-based rock band, Music Radar interview
It’s taken me about 30 years to recover from hearing “Eruption,” but I’m finally getting back to where I was going before Eddie Van Halen came along and made everyone want to follow him.
Paul Gilbert on how his guitar playing has changed since the 1995 version of Mr. Big, Music Radar interview

She Lives By Golden Rules That Don’t Apply

Mr. Big - “Undertow”

I was never a huge Mr. Big fan, being familiar only with the big radio and MTV hits. And while I liked those songs well enough, I’ve become more attracted to Paul Gilbert’s post-Mr. Big output, especially his involvement in one-off supergroup tribute projects and obscure music-based Japanese game shows with former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. But if the rest of the upcoming Mr. Big album What If…—the first all-original-members release since the early-2009 reunion—is as good as this, it might be worth a closer look.