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Re: When / where did you first see Gordon play?

Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:26 am
by Harrysong
Aaaah, my mistake.

Re: When / where did you first see Gordon play?

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 8:22 pm
by Nickswitz
I first heard Gordon in 1982 or 1983 when he became my
guitar teacher when I was 13 or 14 at school.
I had no idea who he was or what he had done apart from
my foster mother banging on about the Holiday program
theme track.

I then bought the live album at the time and played it
to death. My tastes in music have broadened immensely
since then, but there is something that always makes
me listen to him 3 or 4 times a month.

Re: When / where did you first see Gordon play?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:41 pm
by GalebG4
A couple days ago, to be quite honest :oops: I've somehow missed this immense musician even by going through many music shops in my high school and university years (although that was already quite some time ago!) but one of my friends finally lent me In At The Deep End and... I now feel like I must catch up!
So, I joined this forum, and will now proceed to learn more about Gordon himself as I think it'll help me understand how and why his songs and style evolved the way they did during his long career.

Re: When / where did you first see Gordon play?

Posted: Wed Sep 01, 2021 9:21 pm
by Nottingham Boy David
First saw Gordon as a Support act to Amazing Blondel at Nottingham University in 1973. It was one of the most interesting and entertaining support sets I have ever seen.

The problem for all support acts at the Uni was that whilst they were playing the Disco on the next floor down was in full swing and very loud as was the bar just down from the stage which added to the noise level. Most times I saw support artist they just put up with it but not our Gordon. After a couple of pieces Gordon he was clearly annoyed by people standing at the bar talking loudly but also with people in the audience talking amongst themselves as he played. I clearly remember him saying “I would appreciate those of you who are talking whilst I am playing to either go to the Disco or just stay quiet “

This made me warm to Gordon as I had enjoyed the first pieces and appreciated the ability to listen to more without having to complete with the noise. Some people grumbled a bit but most decided to listen.

As he played more pieces I really began to enjoy Gordon’s style of playing and technique and the quality of the pieces he played and thought I would be investigating finding some of his albums at my local record store in Nottingham. However 2 things then happened that made me a fan forever.

First was when I heard Gordon play Lucifer’s Cage and I was totally blown away by this piece especially as I got to hear it twice. This was because whilst playing unfortunately Gordon broke a string. Unperturbed at not having any spares he just took the equivalent string from his 12 string and then played it again. Boy was I impressed.

Second was at the end of the set Gordon finished with a piece on the 11 string guitar which was brilliant and impressed the hell out of me even more. I have never seen anything like it from that day to this.

The set was appreciated by all there given the earlier noise battle and the battle around the lack of strings but I will always remember that gig as becoming fascinated by the music, the man and the way he played with passion and style.

I was hooked from that evening and have been ever since. It was a unique first gig from a great guitarist I have seen many times since and have the honour of calling a friend.

Re: When / where did you first see Gordon play?

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 4:04 pm

Re: When / where did you first see Gordon play?

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:04 pm
by Kevdav0
Hi everyone and thank you so much for letting me join the group .
I was first introduced to Gordon when I was 13 years of age at Bearsden Academy by a friend .
It was his Fear of the Dark album . I even did a talk at the school on the Album and received an A for it !!

Fear of the Dark is very special to me . I became seriously ill in 2005 and ended up in a coma with septicaemia . The nurse said to my wife bring in some of his favourite music it may help , so she brought in Fear of the dark on CD as well as some others . They played the cd for hours and when I came round ,visionary was playing and I said to the Dr “ I know that tune “. He turned to my wife and said “ he’s going to be ok .

A day or two later I made up my mind I had to return to guitar playing and when I got out from hospital I bought a Les Paul and worked very hard to learn the solo on visionary ( the track ) .

I would be very interested to know what guitar Gordon used on that track for the solo .
The fear of the dark period has some top musicians on it especially a young Simon Phillips who’s drumming is outstanding .

Gordon it would be so good if you could tour these 3 albums in the future .
I’m 57 by the way and now never take anything for granted . Life is a gift so live it to the Max

Re: When / where did you first see Gordon play?

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:12 pm
Hi Kev.

Thankyou so much for that beautiful posting.

I’m deeply touched by your amazing story.Believe it or not I didn’t own an electric guitar at the time of recording Visionary!I borrowed a very nice Telecaster for the recording.I have no idea who owned it or where it came from.I think the solo may have been improvised in the studio but can’t swear to it.Later on I used a Yamaha SG 2000,my John Bailey twin neck and I think for Fear if the Dark a Gibson Les Paul custom.Beyond that it was a Yamaha 335 style guitar and then an early 70’s Strat.

Hope this answers those questions.

Be Well.


Re: When / where did you first see Gordon play?

Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 3:59 pm
by Kevdav0
Thank you so much for your reply .
I just realised I had got the track name wrong . It was “visitation” not visionary as that’s an album however the solo on visitation would have to go into my all time top 5 Solos .