Friday, July 24, 2009

The world's largest pedalboard


Well, he did it! Last week we told you about Jaux King and his plan to nab Guinness World Records glory by building and operating the world's largest pedal board. And Wednesday night, during a pre-Summer NAMM bash in downtown Nashville, King and his partner, Aljon Go, pulled it off.

The pedalboard consisted of 142 different pedals, 13 loaded pedal boards and truckload of guitar cable. The device performed as expected, without any glitches or noise problems, before a crowd of approximately 300 invited industry professionals.

"The night was a smashing success," says Jaux King, one of the founders of "We had a little bit of noise when we first fired it up last night, and it was a little worrisome. But we were able to reconfigure a few things and it all worked great. It actually sounded as good as my little setup at home. We had two noise suppressors in the chain and they made all the difference."

King is hoping to get the pedalboard sanctioned by officials from Guinness. "Obviously, I have a ton of witnesses," he says. "There's a series of applications that we have to submit. But the good thing is, we're pretty much doing our own thing here. I heard about a guy who was trying to just turn on a bunch of pedals, but that's kind of bogus. Ours is a fully mounted consistent pedal board. Nobody's ever tried something like that before."

Now that he's achieved one goal, King says he's already thinking big about next year. "We're already working on breaking our own record," he says. "We have an undisclosed goal in mind. Suffice to say, it's going to be ridiculously bigger than this year's board."

Blink-182 Play First Night Of Reunion Tour


If any Blink-182 fans attending the opening show of the band’s tour had been wondering whether the band had matured during their five-year breakup, they quickly had their answer. After the group’s second song, “Feeling This,” guitarist Tom DeLonge announced, apropos of nothing, “Motherfuck fuck shit.”

“Good point,” agreed bassist Mark Hoppus.

Playing the Joint at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas last night, the band played 22 vintage Blink-182 songs in an hour and a half, seasoning the set with plenty of wisecracks. Hoppus congratulated the crowd at being present at the first real Blink-182 concert in five years—and then, following that thought to its logical conclusion, announced that the audiences at all the other shows on this tour could “suck it.”

The especially good news: Travis Barker, who nearly died in a plane crash last September, is not only up and around, but remains a beast on the drums. He attacked his kit like it had insulted his mother—and for an encore, did a show-stopping solo to a hip-hop track while spinning around on a giant turntable. (In larger venues than the 4,000-person capacity Joint, Barker’s drum riser will also have a rigging system that allows it to levitate during his solo.)

The set list was mostly drawn from the band’s last three albums (Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, and Blink-182), and ranged from the pop-punk of “All the Small Things” to moodier material such as “Always.” The audience moshed and crowd-surfed like it was 1999, and shouted enthusiastically, if somewhat inchoately, at the stage. “We need
an elected representative to speak for you,” suggested Hoppus. “When you all speak at once, it gets jumbled.”

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