I had the great fortune to see one of my favorite guitar players perform yesterday at a clinic here in Chicago…the very elusive and talented Andy Timmons. As a teen in the 80’s, I was very influenced by the heavy metal scene and Andy was in the band Danger Danger. However, I didn’t hear any of his music until about five years ago. He’s put out a few solo instrumental albums and plays in Olivia Newton-John’s band. I guess you can say he’s a virtuoso guitar player with a combination of amazing technical prowess and a magically melodic tone.
In person, I found Andy to be very down to earth and a very humorous storyteller as he talked about the craft of songwriting and musical influences. Afterward, he spent time taking pictures, talking and signing CDs.
The video below was for a song called “Gone,” which was written on 9/11/01.
For more information about Andy, check out his website here. For additional videos…
Andy seizes the day here.
Andy and Steve Vai play a tribute to Michael Jackson here.
Andy plays with Olivia Newton-John here.