withOzzy Osbourne.At the time Varney couldn't think why Osbourne would want a 14 year old
guitarist, but after listening to his demo it changed his mind. They talked for the next 3 years,until Paul came toL.Afor theGIT(Guitar Institute of Technology), and then was ready torecord Racer X's debut albumStreet Lethal.
displaying fast-driven solos with extreme-level technique. Gschoesser was replaced byScottTravis(later known for being the drummer forJudas Priest)in 1986, andBruce Bouilletwasadded as a second guitar player. Bouillet was a very skilled player, as he had to play overGilbert's always difficult and challenging phrases. Paul Gilbert gained recognition as one of thefastest guitar players in the world due to incredibly technical pieces like "Frenzy", "Scarified","B.R.O." and "Scit Scat Wah". Gilbert left Racer X in 1988. Racer X carried on for a short timewith guitarist (and fellow GIT alum) Chris Arvin and vocalist Oni Logan (later of GeorgeLynch's Lynch Mob) when singer Jeff Martin departed to play drums in Jake E. Lee's Badlands,in which he replaced Eric Singer who left to join Kiss. Shortly thereafter, the members of the re-invented Racer X went their separate ways. The original band would eventually reform(allthough without Bruce Bouillet, who in-turn did produce the first reunion record), after Paulreceived an e-mail from a disgruntled fan under the alias "Snakebyte" about the musical directionof his solo albums.
Paul contacted the members of Racer X, and all agreed to return, with the exception of BruceBouillet. In mid-1999 the band recorded the albumTechnical Difficulties.Technical Difficultieswentgoldin Japan, and Racer X's new record label requested a follow-up. In late 2000, the band
released another album,Superheroes.The record was mixed by former Racer X guitarist, Bruce
Bouillet.In order to further capitalize on their new-found success in Japan, Universal Japan requested thatthe band record a live show for another live CD and DVD. On May 25, 2001, the band playedtheir first live performance in thirteen years to a sold-out crowd at the famedWhisky a Go Goin
Los Angeles. The show was recorded for both audio and video, and in 2002, both theCDandDVDwere released under the nameSnowball of Doom.In January 2002, in support of Superheroes and Snowball of Doom, Racer X touredJapanand
Taiwan.The band performed these shows in their Superheroes costumes, and the final show, inYokohama,was hastily recorded in two tracks on the sound board and was to be later released asSnowball of Doom 2.Later that year, Universal Japan pushed for another Racer X release. InOctober 2002, all four members of Racer X gathered at Gilbert's house inLas Vegasto record
album was a successful release in Japan, some fans were disappointed with the lighter tracks,which resembled a Paul Gilbert solo album more so than a traditional Racer X album.Racer X performed at the 2009NAMMshow at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim,California.Andy Timmonsand his band opened the show, followed by a solo set from Paul