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 Why did you start listening to Racer X? 
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Back in the late 80s while I was in high school one of my relatives bought me a subsription to Guitar World. Each month I'd get to read about different guitar players and the many projects they were involved with. It was in this magazine that I read about the formation of a musical super group featuring Billy Sheehan and some hotshot shred guitar player named Paul Gilbert.

A couple of freinds and I went out to see these guys open for the band Winger. When Paul did his solo we all sat there with our Jaws dropped. I don't think any of us had ever seen anything like it before. I had seen quite a few concerts (guys like Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch) but none of those guys left me in such total awe.

After that show I went out and bought all of X albums that were out.


Wed Dec 11, 2002 5:59 pm
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i'm a pretty new racer x fan. i read a review of technical difficulties in a drum mag (modern drummer or drum!) and checked out some mp3s online. i was instantly hooked. i bought technical difficulties, then got superheroes, snowball of doom, and the dvd as soon as they came out. i have the earlier albums on mp3, but haven't ordered them yet.

haven't been to any live shows yet. i think the whisky show was RIGHT before i got into them. i'm STILL waiting for them to come back to southern california!


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I downladed a song by accident that was a guy playing a song called I understand completely. I listned to that song and was lke OH MY GOD THAT OUTRAGEOUS. and then i found out about racer x

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My brother read a lot about them in shred magazines and e-zines, and he bought Extreme Volume. He also downloaded Technical Difficulties, Hammer Away and Street Lethal. I think it was only when I listened to the dual guitars in Loud and Clear and the live solos I was like...respect.

Better late than never though, right?

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While working at wal-mart....i struck up a conversation with one of the managers....and he played guitar, as did I. So we we're talking about different players, and he started up nevabout paul gilbert. I've heard of him before and seen him in mags...but for some reason never really got to listen to anything by him. So Jeff (the manager) said he went to MIT at some point and learned a few things from PG. He lent me the 2 racer x live albums and that was all it took for me.......i retired my yngwie cd's for good and got anything PG related i could get my grubby little hands on...


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because, flat out, my guitar teacher told me to do it (he went to GIT too!), i was telling him how i thought a black metal band was fast in this one part of one of their songs (wasn't fast at all, at least not now, good band though, Extol) and he's like "you want fast? listen to this band caled Racer X, download this song ...." he wrote down Technical Difficulties. so i go home, and i'm like "okay sure". well i downloaded it, and for some reason at first i thought it was awesome, but it didn't hit home. after about a month, i listen to it, and i'm like "whoa!!!" i checked out Scarified, then i was sold, it wasn't long before i bought a couple CD's, a PGM 300, and here i am!!

that story started about early 8th grade if i remember correctly, i'm a sophomore in high school now.


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My guitar teacher was asking me what I was into lately and I was like...eh...Hammett....Megadeth....Dimebagg....Yngwie....and....then he was like...take these home...and check em out.

They were Intense Rock I & II....Case Closed.

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My friend eric (mad4guitar) told me about these guys that were INSANE. Second Heat was the album...Changed my life.

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I was at a party at Michigan State University,and this dude there knew I played guitar,so he tells me to:CHECK THIS SHIT OUT!!!He played FRENZY and STREET LETHAL.I was blown away....the funny thing is for the longest time,I thought Street Lethal was called SCREAMING EAGLE.I told Paul this story,and he laughed.Then he told me that it was O.K. because when he first played it for his dad,his dad thought it was called STREET PEOPLE.A song about the homeless.

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There was a small plastic record in GuitarPlayer magazine..It contained a track called Scarified...I was impressed..I wasn't a big metal fan and still ain't.. but I soon got the rest of their records and everything involving Paul Gilbert.Im probably more a fan of the guitar playing in Racer X.

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I was playing in bands on "The Strip" at the same time as Racer X so you couldn't help but know about them, and I had several friends attending GIT that RAVED about PG constantly... also rehearsed in one of the same buildings as they did at one point... I bought Street Lethal and the first Steeler album (and I do mean ALBUM as in vinyl) on the same day, a day I should celebrate every year...X


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Mines actually a weird story. I was in study hall one day and these three girls were talking about random junk; usual gossip and whatnot. One of the girls, breaking a brief 5 minute silence they had, said "Have you ever heard the Speed Racer porno remix?" and immediately after she said 'porn' I was like "Eh?". She got more detail about it, and Im like "That sounds like fun... I should download this." Well I went home and looked up Speed Racer porno remix on Napster (we remember those good days dont we?). Instead of finding what I was looking for, a bunch of other bands came up, including Racer X - Detroit Rock City. Now at this point, I was particularly bored and I decided to download the song because I wanted to see how close bands could immitate KISS (I was a pretty big KISS fan at this point). I listened to it and I was like "Thats pretty cool, this Racer X does a pretty good job of playing Detroit Rock City." A few nights later, after listening to KISS' version of Detroit Rock City and Racer X's, I decided to download a few more RX songs. "Viking Kong? The title sounds cool..." so I decided to download it. THE INSTANT I heard the harmony guitars in Viking Kong, I fell in instant love with it. I began doing my Racer X research from there...

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About 10 years ago (or more??) I was listening to my local radio station there was a metal show for only 2 hours every week,. The DJ was also a drummer (Ernst van Ee???) who was a big fan of Scott and played Scot's drum solo very often one day he played Loud & Clear of EV1,.. I was hooked since then :!: :D

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I started listening to them after a guitar teacher told me that I should study Paul Gilbert from Mr. Big. I had remembered that my very first CD was Mr. Bigs Lean Into It! After I did a search on PG I discovered Racer X! It expanded my horizons from Van Halen!

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mines pretty much the same as josh.... I was into hammet, maiden, priest, Satriani, yngwie, kiss, iommi, page, hendrix(and still am) but he said "dude u gotta hear this, it's called "superheroes" by Racer X...it's like JUdas Priest, only waay better (then he said something about Scott and Priest, but it didn't really catch on till later) and I was blown away. went out and bought Superheroes and SOD immediatly, followed soon by Second heat and TD...then by all of paul single albums, and a few Mr Big...life has never ben better brothers!!!

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Way back in a galaxy far far away, I was in a music store called Birdland Records in Va Beach. I came across an album called RacerX. I looked at it and it said featuring Paul Gilbert. Being young and cocky I was like who the hell is this egotistical homosexual that has to be featured. I put the album back and started to look some more. After a while the featuring Paul Gilbert popped back in my brain, if hes being featured he has to be good. Needless to say I bought the RacerX album. I got the album home and threw it on the turntable. I dont actually recall blurting out holy fucking shit like my mom said I did but I must have cause the next thing I knew I was being battered with a fly swatter. After seeing Pauls I am Satan scooter and the ass whippin I got that day I most definately agree! Take Care..........Guv


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MaTT wrote:
i retired my yngwie cd's for good



Just don't eat them. Yngwie tried.

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Guvrmentcheese wrote:
Way back in a galaxy far far away, I was in a music store called Birdland Records in Va Beach.



You live in Scott Travis country...

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I saw Paul's Intense Rock video and thought he was a hottie. Oh and a pretty good guitar player too :oops:

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So it's 1987 and I'm a sophomore biochemistry major at UCLA. I'm flipping through the March issue of Guitar World and there's a feature called "L.A.'s New Breed" and there's a full page picture of Paul (with full-on Aqua-Net big hair). I vaguely remembered reading his profile in Mike Varney's spotlight column in Guitar Player Magazine a few years before this. So I'm thinking, I gotta check this guy out. So I get a BAM magazine and see that Racer X is playing at the Troubadour. So I go to the show and my jaw hit the floor when Paul played his first solo. I went to ever Racer X show I could (including both nights at the Country Club when Extreme Volume was recorded) until Paul left to join Mr. Big.


Incidently, if anyone is interested, the copy that went with Paul's picture was as follows -

PAUL GILBERT
Racer X


Paul Gilbert, a native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, demonstrates an expansive technique, at times bodering on overkill, garnered from his days as student - and teacher - at the Musicians Institute (formerly G.I.T.). His B.C. Rich Mockingbird screams out sweeping arpeggios combined with right-hand tapping. The performance is an impressive example of modern-day guitar methodology - very fast. Gilbert took top gun honors in KLOS' "Guitar Wars" contest. He cites Ted Nugent, Jimmy Page, Billy Sheehan and Edward Van Halen as past and present stylistic influences but leans more towards the Gary Moore/Angus Young school of aggressive guitar tone and humbucking pickups wired in parallel. "Before Van Halen, I thought you couldn't get any hotter than Jimmy Page. And then somebody comes along and expands all the boundaries and you think, 'Why didn't I think of that?' And hopefully I will."


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