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Paul Gilbert.

Paul Gilbert.

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Published by Anupam Gurung
A brief essay on the history behind the success of a Great Rock Guitarist ever born.
A brief essay on the history behind the success of a Great Rock Guitarist ever born.

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Published by: Anupam Gurung on Mar 04, 2010
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Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert
Background informationBorn
November 6, 1966 (age 42)Carbondale, Illinois 
Years active
Notable instrument(s)
Ibanez PGM signature series
Paul Brandon Gilbert
(born November 6, 1966 in Illinois, USA)is an American musician. He is well known for his guitar work with Racer X and Mr. Big,as well as many solo albums. He
also joined Joe Satriani and John Petrucci on the 2007 G3 tour.
Shrapnel Records
Around 1981-82 Paul first contacted Mike Varney,founder of  Shrapnel Records,asking for a gig
with Ozzy 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 to L.A for the GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology), and then was ready to record Racer X's debut album Street Lethal. 
Racer X
Formed in Los Angeles in 1985, Racer X originally comprised Paul Gilbert (guitar), Juan
Alderete (bass), Harry Gschoesser (drums) and Jeff Martin (vocals). They were heavily
influenced by Judas Priest and Gilbert's playing was reminiscent of  Yngwie Malmsteen, 
displaying fast-driven solos with extreme-level technique. Gschoesser was replaced by ScottTravis (later known for being the drummer for Judas Priest)in 1986, and Bruce Bouillet was added 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.
Snakebyte accused Paul of abandoning the shred guitar genre thathe helped popularize with Racer X.
Paul contacted the members of Racer X, and all agreed to return, with the exception of BruceBouillet. In mid-1999 the band recorded the album Technical Difficulties.Technical Difficulties went gold in 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 famed Whisky a Go Go in
Los Angeles. The show was recorded for both audio and video, and in 2002, both the CD and DVD were released under the name Snowball of Doom.  In January 2002, in support of Superheroes and Snowball of Doom, Racer X toured Japan and
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 in Las Vegas to record
,which was sold alongside
Snowball of Doom 2
in a package deal. Although the
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 2009 NAMM show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Andy Timmons and his band opened the show, followed by a solo set from Paul
Gilbert, and finally Racer X. The Racer X lineup consists of Paul Gilbert, Scott Travis, Jeff  Martin and John Alderete. 
Mr. Big

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