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The Shards, Up Close and Exposed !!!

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Gary
Bass Guitar
Lead Vocals

What is your role with The Shards?

To see how long it takes me to piss off one or more of the other 4 guys on any given evening. I think I'm good at it, but you'll need to ask them.

Where are you from?

My family walked out of Africa about 140,000 years ago.

How long have you been playing bass, and what other instruments do you/can you play?

When I started playing bass… Jimi, Janice and Jim were still alive.

Who are your musical influences?

Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Bowie, Zappa, BB, Lennon, Reed & Sinatra

Who is your favorite guitarist

Gilmore, Zappa  & Kurt Cobain...All 3

...bassist?
 

Flea

...synth?
 

Emerson

...keyboard?
 

Vladimir Horowitz

...drummer?
 

Neil Pert & Billie Cobham

...cellist?
 

Yoyo Ma

...violin?
 

Isaac Stern & Jean Luc Ponte...I can't pick one over the other

...singer?

Gabriel, Bowie & Sinatra...I can't pick one over the others.

What’s currently in your CD player?

Ryan Adams,  The Strokes,  Radiohead's OK Computer,  Dark Side of the Moon

If you were stuck on a desert island and could bring 6 CD’s what would they be?

1. Dark Side of the Moon - Floyd
2. Ziggy Stardust – Bowie
3. The Lamb Lies down on Broadway - (the real) Genesis
4. Quadraphinia - The Who
5. In Utero – Nirvana
6. 10 - Pearl Jam

What type of gear do you use?

Bass. Fender Jazz, Warwick Corvette Fretless, Schecter Stiletto 5 string
Power: Trace Elliot 250
Effects: Digitech bass signal processor
To push air with: Peavey 4-10's and Peavey Black Widow
Sing With: Shure M58 mics & Digitech vocal processor

What’s your favorite piece of gear? (or most useful etc).

Most useful: Fender Jazz Bass
Favorite: Warwick Fretless

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you while playing before a live audience?

The band had to stop playing so we could watch two beautiful lesbians go at each other at the bar.

What do you like to do besides play music?

Designing and creating exciting & delicious pastries.

What do you love to do most?

Depending on my mood, write and play music.

What do you like to do least?

Depending on my mood, write and play music.

What’s your favorite color?

Yellow

What is your favorite food?

Anything Mexican.

Describe the perfect gig.

Giving the audience what they want.

What do you like most about playing with The Shards

Why do you assume I like it?....I may simply be paying a Karmic debt from bands long gone.

James Lipton Questions...

What is your favorite word?

"Fuck",  because it's over-used

What is your least favorite word?

"Genius", because it's over-used

What turns you on or what is your favorite thing?

A kid smiling.

What turns you off?
 

Self righteous jib jab.

What sound or noise do you love?

The ringing in my ears after a great gig.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Nails on a blackboard or Hillary Clinton's voice...oops same thing

What is your favorite curse word?

"Gosh-darn-it"

What professions (other than music) would you like to attempt?

Forest Ranger or the guy that drives the Starship Enterprise

What profession would you not like to do?

Toll Collector

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive?

"Alright, I'll let you come in anyway..."

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