Jude Gold About the Educator

THE JUDE GOLD INTERVIEW:




JUDE, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING GUITAR?
Man, I don't know. It's been at least 17 or 18 ... weeks. Ha!




WHAT'S THE MOST BIZARRE GIG YOU'VE EVER PLAYED?
That'd probably be the head cutting duel I had with none other than SPINAL TAP's David St. Hubbins [actor Michael McKean] at San Francisco's Moscone Center. We bloodied that stage, but both had a great time.




....AND THE MOST CHALLENGING?
Playing electric guitar and bass with the Oakland Symphony -- which should've been a piece of cake 'cause I WROTE some of the music! By the way, there is no more amazing sound than sitting in the middle of a world-class orchestra.




HAVE YOU PLAYED ON ANY RECORDINGS YOU REALLY CAN'T PLAY FOR YOUR MOTHER?
Actually yes. I played a wild solo on 2 Live Crew's "When We Get Them Hoes, We Let --" you know what, I can't even say the rest of that song's name.




WHAT'S NEW?
Well, I just toured Asia with BX3, the bass extravaganza that features bass legends STU HAMM, JEFF BERLIN, and BILLY SHEEHAN. Drummer JOHN MADER and myself back each of them for a set, and then all three bassists come onstage with us at once. It's a raging show.




WHERE DID YOU LEARN TO SLAP GUITARS LIKE THAT?
Probably from the fact that when I first turned on the radio as a kid, funk groups like Earth Wind & Fire, Lakeside, Heatwave, The Jacksons, Kool & The Gang ruled the airwaves and I loved that music and still do. Do that slap shit on a baritone guitar through a Marshall and you can have some fun.




WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE GUITARIST OF ALL TIME?
I recently met Nile Rodgers, which was a total thrill, because his licks on "Le Freak (C'est Chic)" and "Good Times" are what first inspired me to play electric guitar when I was still in the fourth grade. It's either him or Eddie Van Halen for me. And hundreds of other genius players.




DID YOU EVER PLAY WITH JERRY GARCIA?
No, but for three years I toured and recorded with JGB, which, during my time in the band, featured four original members of the JERRY GARCIA BAND, including Jerry's star of the Hammond B3, Melvin Seals.




HAVE YOU PERFORMED WITH ANY OTHER BAY AREA GREATS?
A few -- Merl Saunders, Eric Martin, David Grisman, and others. I played with EDDIE MONEY at the 2000 Bammy Awards, and it was a total time warp -- when that curtain went up and we launched into "Two Tickets to Paradise," everybody on the floor jumped up from their seats and swarmed the stage.




WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST BIG GIG?
Opening for Joe Satriani at the San Jose Civic in '96 with ZENNER -- when I walked in that arena for soundcheck and saw that huge floor and all those empty seats, there were some big ol' butterflies in my stomach. I love that adrenaline rush.




DID YOU EVER STUDY MUSIC FORMALLY?
I have a bachelor's in music from UC Berkeley -- go Bears! -- but, I also got an education at night playing in the Bay Area club scene.




HOW'D YOU GET YOUR FIRST NAME?
A few weeks before I was born, I visited my mom in a dream and told her my name was Jude. She went with it.




WHAT ARE THOSE WILD GUITARS YOU PLAY WITH THE 'TUNING FORK'-SHAPED HEADSTOCKS?
Those are MJ GUITARS, built by Mark Johnson in Montana. You can check 'em out at http://www.mjguitar.com/


IT MUST BE COOL BEING AN EDITOR AT A GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE.
Guitarists always say that to me, and, well, they're absolutely right. It's exciting, because Guitar Player is Grand Central Station for all things guitar. But it's a lot of work getting those trains to run on time.




DO YOU HAVE A SOLO ALBUM OUT?
Okay, okay, I'll record a solo album. Soon, I promise. Stop nagging.