Sabato 12 Novembre – Carl Verheyen band + Bettina Schelker
Guitar magazine lo ha inserito tra i “top ten guitarist” al mondo, mentre Classic Rock Magazine tra i cento migliori chitarristi di tutti i tempi. Stiamo parlando del guitar hero Carl Verheyen, per anni chitarrista dei Supertramp, che nel corso della sua lunga e fortunata carriera ha collaborato con artisti del calibro di B.B. King, Little Richard, Josè Feliciano, Bee Gees, Christina Aguilera, Belinda Carlisle, Cher e Dolly Parton. Con la band che porta il suo nome ha inciso una quindicina di dischi e ha firmato numerose colonne sonore per grandi produzioni hollywoodiane
(citazione di Gabriele Antonucci)
Chitarra: Carl Verheyen (Supretramp)
Basso: Dave Marotta (B.Bacharach,G. Vannelli, P. Collins, Manhattan Transfer
Batteria: John Mader (Stu Hamm, Jeff Berlin, and Billy Sheehan)
“One of the Top 10 Guitar Players in the World” Guitar Magazine
“One of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time” Classic Rock Magazine
Carl Verheyen is a critically-acclaimed, Grammy�-nominated musician, vocalist, songwriter,
arranger, producer and educator with 12 CDs, two live DVDs and two books released worldwide. As
a member of the rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic
fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As both a solo artist and as the creative force behind the Carl
Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless
talents across a wide array of musical genres. Carl is commonly regarded as a tone master and
guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction.
Verheyen has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for nearly 40 years, playing on
hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl was heard by 67,000,000 people
as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards�, and was featured in the 2013 film
documentary about the history of the electric guitar, Turn It UP!
Verheyen has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of
numerous articles. A prolific writer, Carl’s book Studio City is a compilation of all the columns he
wrote for Guitar Magazine between 1996 and 1999. Formerly he wrote a monthly column for
Chitarre , Italy’s #1 guitar publication. He currently writes a monthly column for Guitar Player
magazine, plus blogs regularly for his own site.
On the educational front, Verheyen has produced two instructional videos called Intervallic Rock
Guitar and Forward Motion for Alfred Publishing, as well as an acclaimed master class for TrueFire.
He also has a book/CD detailing his unique “intervallic” style called Improvising without Scales .
Carl regularly gives master classes at USC, Los Angeles Music Academy and Musicians Institute in
Hollywood, and is in demand for clinics worldwide.
Working closely with Dean Markley USA, Carl developed a line of signature strings for the electric
guitar that perfectly balance the tremolo bridge of the Fender Stratocaster� and Strat�-type
guitars: the Carl Verheyen “Balanced Bridge” Helix� string set (.009 .012 .016 .026 .037 .046).
Carl also proudly helped design the LsL Instruments CV Special and CV Studio guitars. Based on
the same platform as the CV Special, the CV Studio is fitted with Carl’s own unique version of
Seymour Duncan’s patented Stack Plus hum-canceling pickup, custom-voiced for Carl and
impervious to 60-cycle hum.
“I believe electric guitar tone is a never-ending quest. If there is a way to make it sound better, I’m
after it. My best playing always goes hand in hand with that elusive goal of getting the tone right.
On my new CD we’d spend two hours in the studio nailing the sound, and 15 minutes cutting the
Verheyen’s latest release, Mustang Run , is the “guitar album” Carl has wanted to do for many years
featuring five different rhythm sections and a number of amazing guest soloists. It is Verheyen’s first
studio album since 2009’s Trading 8s and he will tour extensively behind the release.
Starting with “Taylor’s Blues,” an up-tempo blues shuffle, the listener is drawn in by the familiar yet
unique take Verheyen has on this age-old form. This is followed by a tone poem, “Julietta and the St.
George,” which begins as a classical acoustic guitar and piano duet that evolves into a funk groove.
Next is a straight-ahead jazz-fusion song called “Fusioneers Disease” featuring Simon Phillips on
Verheyen’s soaring melody on “Last Days of Autumn” calls to mind Jeff Beck’s more sensitive side,
while the deep groove on “Amandola” supports a melody that sticks in the mind long after it’s over.
Says Carl, “There are so many guitar shredder records out there, but if I buy them I tend to listen
once and file them away. I wanted to make a melodic statement on a record that would bear
repeated listening for years to come.”
Being with Supertramp for so many years, Carl has played “Bloody Well Right” 1,000 times or more.
On this, the only vocal tune on the album, he reworks it with a swampy treatment on slide guitar and
fellow Supertramp member John Helliwell on sax.
The music really ramps up as Carl’s ode to coffee drinking called “Riding the Bean” gets underway.
Featuring the amazing Stu Hamm on bass, the song’s outro connects to the title song’s intro via an
impromptu studio jam improvised right on the spot. The haunting melody of “Mustang Run”
features a wild solo outing from electric violinist Jerry Goodman.
Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Johnson, a rhythm section that works for such diverse artists as Allan
Holdsworth and James Taylor is featured on “Fourth Door on the Right.” This up-tempo jazzer also
features saxophonist Bill Evans. On this and every other tune, Carl’s unique brand of improvising is
presented with the gorgeous tones he’s known for. The CD closes with “Spirit of Julia,” a soulbaring
blues lament in the style of Ray Charles’ deepest church-inspired hymns, bringing us full
circle back to the bluesy language that began the record.
Dave Marotta was born into a musical family in Monterey California. His father was a musician
and owned the premiere music store ABC Music on the Central Coast. From the age of 5, Dave
played classical guitar and studied with the many fine musicians that frequented his dads’ music
store. At age 12 he attended the Monterey Pop Festival and was drawn to the bass playing of Noel
Redding from Jimi Hendrix’ band. Shortly thereafter Dave picked up a bass from his dad’s store and
has been playin bass since that time.
Upon completeing two years of music studies at Monterey Peninsula College , Dave moved to Los
Angeles where he has been a fixture in the LA Studio scene performing on records , movies, jingles,
televison production and touring and recording with artists such as Colbie Caillat , the Mark-
Almond Band, Burt Bacharach,Gino Vannelli, Phill Collins, Carl Verheyen, Manhattan Transfer,
Bruce Hornsby, David Benoit,and many others.
Dave is actively involved in music production as well as contracting musicians for recording
Dave also conducts bass seminars and music workshops for colleges, music schools , and musical
Dave plays and is an avid supporter of Musicman basses , Ernie Ball strings , and Markbass bass
Recent projects have included working on Colbie Callaits’ debut platinum selling album ” Coco” on
Universal-Republic, the movie “What Happens In Vegas” the Wild Hogs Movie, Kenny Loggins “
How About Now ” release , and recently reuniting with renowned guitarist Carl Verheyen for a
European tour in May and Los Angeles performances on August 22nd at the Baked Potato.
Dave recently performed as a guest bassist for the “Band From TV” featuring actresses
Terri Hatcher, Bonnie Somerfield, and actors Greg Grunberg and James Denton .
Dave will also be co-producing Carl’s new cd which will start production in July and will perform
on an instructional DVD with Carl and drummer Chad Wackerman.
John has worked with grammy award winning artists Patti Austin, Steve Miller,
Booker T, Pat Benatar, and The Family Stone. John completed three tours
with BX3 featuring Stu Hamm, Jeff Berlin, and Billy Sheehan. You can
hear John play with Joe Satriani on Stu Hamm’s new release “Just Outside of Normal”.
John performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl last summer
with Pee Ellis and Fred Wesley from the James Brown band. John toured with Pee
Wee, Maceo Parker, Vusi Mahlasela and Chiek Lo last fall.
Other: Drums for “Wicked”, “The Lion King”, “RENT”, and “Mama Mia”.