Ok, ok. I'll come clean. I love playing melodic heavy rock. My
idea of musical heaven is somewhere between Rainbow, Magnum and
Vixen, with a sneaky leavening of Fairport Convention when no-one is
looking. And Phoenix let me arrange our stuff. Happy Mike.
Just look for the guy stage right playing the graunchy riffs and
screaming lead breaks, while trying to conduct with arm waves, nods
and the pointy end of a white electric guitar. That's me.
What the rest of Phoenix thinks:
- Tim: I've never heard a duff song by Mike, although he assures
me that this is because he is a bit of a perfectionist and is
selective about performing (or not ) stuff that he isn't happy
with. A seriously talented guitarist of the widdly-squeeee school,
a multi-instrumentalist on more than just the ones he's happy to
list above and a whizz of an arranger, Mike is REALLY easy to get
on with and is more than happy to show you how to play all his
songs. Just like he did with Phil....
- Annie: This man plays lead guitar breaks I would like to
marry. Sadly I think Anne already beat me to it. And naming your
instruments isn't weird, Mike. It's normal, isn't it? Mike? Mike?
- Anne: Well I married him, didn't I!
- Lissa: Mike is a lot of fun, and very talented, and it's all
his fault! His enthusiasm sometimes gets the better of him, but
now there's five of us to sit on him as necessary. And I can
always drown him out if I really want to.
- Phil: Of course naming your stringed instruments isn't wierd.
It's simple necessity when one has 11 of them in the house. Of
course that might be considered wierd...
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