In this Dream Tour segment, the progressive metal guitarist, Adieu, reveals who he would want on his ultimate tour lineup.


In this Dream Tour segment, the progressive metal guitarist, Adieu, reveals who he would want on his ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.

I have too many tour lineups in my head so I’ll try to keep this as short as possible. First off would be Frank Zappa. Seeing the Baby Snakes DVD in high school and trying to learn the Black Page led me down the Spotify iceberg of usual suspects associated with the Zappa band including Steve Vai, Chad Wackerman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Keneally, etc. The extremely high level of musicianship, never taking themselves too seriously, and blending so many genres together had a huge impact on me.
Next would definitely be Thundercat. I feel that there’s this Zappa influence in his music as well: mixing humor with absurd technical ability/not being afraid to write about anything he wants (i.e. his cat, dragon ball z, anime, being drunk). What I enjoyed most was how he completely changed the arrangements during the live show to make each track almost an entirely different song with just a three-piece. That was really inspiring to see.
The third would be Nine Inch Nails. Not only was the concert flawless, but the lighting, production, sound design, and energy of the band was something that I would love to be around and learn more about. It was also my first time seeing a band run the entire set from a laptop during the show. This influenced me to start viewing the computer/studio as a compositional tool rather than just relying on guitar, and was quite an important moment for me before discovering newer bands that had a similar approach.
Fourth would be Allan Holdsworth. I remember having the Atavachron vinyl around the house from when I was a kid, not understanding anything I heard and I still feel the same many years later no matter how much I transcribe the music or learn it on guitar. To be able to be around that and see it every night on stage would be amazing.
The next part of this might sound like a shameless plug, but I swear it’s not 😉. I would love to be able to tour with everyone that has recorded on my previous releases; EP/singles. Connor Green, Diego Tejeida, Tom Monda, Yas Nomura, Bumblefoot, Ichika, Anthony Barone. Since we did all these recordings remotely and because everyone lives so far apart, it would be sick to hear it live someday.

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