Thursday, January 29, 2015

Phil X on being a Hired Gun

Phil X is part of an upcoming documentary about session musicians called Hired Gun. He was interviewed about it for the Double Stop Podcast, and here's what he had to say about filling in with Bon Jovi:

"When you're a hired gun, your level of creative input is limited. Even when I toured with Bon Jovi, I couldn't be Richie, because I'm not. But I couldn't really be me, so I became this guy in the middle somewhere that was between the two. And I delivered that guy every night.
"When I did the first 13 shows with Bon Jovi in 2011, on Sunday night I played in St Louis, it was the last show. Jon asked me to sing the second verse of Wanted Dead Or Alive and it was in front of 20,000 people. When I came home on Friday, I played at The Roxy with The Drills. And to me it was as exciting – 200 people, my songs, doing my thing, with people in the front freaking out."

Listen to the full podcast episode (Phil X interview starts at about 20:42).

The documentary sounds like it would be really cool (and something I'd want to watch whether Phil was in it or not). Will you be checking it out?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Cassadee Pope covers Bed of Roses

I didn't actually know who Cassadee Pope was when this video landed in my inbox. Thanks to Google, I now know she's a country singer-songwriter, having previously been the lead singer of pop punk band Hey Monday and the 2012 winner of the US version of The Voice.

Anyway, this cover of Bon Jovi's classic ballad "Bed of Roses" was posted to Cassadee's YouTube channel at the end of last year.

Cassadee Pope - Bed of Roses (Live)

What do you think?