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Saturday, March 31, 2012

George Lynch: Talks Lynch Mob Tour, Tooth And Nail, Solo Instrumental EP And Evolving

Iconic and innovative guitar virtuoso George Lynch  is currently on the road with Lynch Mob and celebrating his 25 years with ESP. Matthew O'Shaughnessy from talked to him about the current tour, the Tooth And Nail debut and his upcoming instrumental EP. Describe life in the resurrected Lynch Mob?

George Lynch: "This band is really about changing things up quite a bit and evolving. We really enjoy that. Today, we just worked up a medley of Dokken songs so we've got like five or six Dokken songs built into one ten minute jam! So we're trying that out today. We're also adding some songs from the Wicked Sensation album. The band is very committed and dedicated; we've got Robbie Crane on bass who officially just left Ratt, Scott Kugan who was with Ace Frehley and Oni Logan is back as you know. We are dedicated to seeing this through! I think we are due back in your area (New York) later in the year playing a festival called M3. What's interesting about that festival is that our set is right between Ratt and Dokken!" You are one of the most decorated guitar players the world over. As you look back to your roots over the last 30 years, and all the wonderful contributions you have gifted the hard rock community, what comes to mind? Does your success seem surreal?

George Lynch: "I look at it from a completely different perspective; When you're in it, you're in it. This is my life, I'm doing what I've always done. Whether or not we sell records or we don't, or we're playing arenas or we're playing clubs.  It's just part of the process. You feel compelled to make music.  The business end of it is something you cannot control. And that's up and down. The most rewarding part of all this is making music that you love and dealing with the challenges, rewards and adversity."  I understand you have quite a lot on the fire recording-wise.

George Lynch: "Yes, I've got an instrumental EP coming out called Legacy on Ratpack Records. And then Lynch Mob is going back into the studio right when we get off this current run of dates to record a five-song EP including one cover song which will be out before the summer touring starts.  And then we finish up the Tooth And Nail record which has a lot of guest singers on it such as "Ripper" Owens, Sebastian Bach, Glenn Hughes and Doug Pinnick of Kin's X.g That's coming out in the fall.  And Lynch Mob is going to put out a full length album in early 2013.  So we've got back to back records stacked up! And just to make things even more confusing, I'm also doing a movie and a CD with a band called Shadowtrain and we're going into the studio on April 10th."  You've always taken quite a liking to ESP guitars. What makes them so special?

George Lynch: "Well, for one thing, the company is really about the people. It's not about the company itself. It's about what they can do. They have always been there for me.  As far as specs on the guitars, etc.  ESP has always been willing to try things other companies have not always been willing to try. They have a sense of humor about it.  I am a dedicated guy.  It's a symbiotic relationship that works for everybody. The president of the company was my guitar roadie in Dokken for eight years and my best friend. He's been the best man at all four of my weddings and he's the Godfather to all my kids, so I'm not going anywhere." 

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