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VINNIE MOORE Reflects On New Album: “I Don’t Want to Be Pigeonholed As One Type of Player Stylistically, I Get Bored Of Doing The Same Type Of Music Over and Over Again”

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“Soul Shifter” is the 9th solo album from acclaimed guitarist Vinnie Moore, considered one of the originators of shred guitar. Besides eight influential solo albums, and six albums and a live DVD as a member of rock royalty legends UFO, Moore has made countless album guest appearances, and has even recorded the soundtrack for a Pepsi TV commercial. He’s been a member of Alice Cooper‘s band and was opening act for RUSH on their “Roll The Bones” tour with his own band. His solo and UFO recordings as well as live performances have amassed rave reviews all around the globe from both fans and music press, catapulting him into guitar icon distinction. He has been an inspiration for fans and guitarists worldwide.

Moore‘s new album features guest appearances by legendary artists Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNEQUIET RIOT) and Jordan Rudess (DREAM THEATER), with Richie Monica on drums, Michael Bean (bassist from Vinnie‘s “Time Odyssey” album), John Cassidy (keyboards) and John Pessoni (drums). Vinnie pays homage to his influences on this album that is a perfect follow up to 2015’s “Aerial Visions”, incorporating elements of funk, jazz  blues, in a very interesting mix. Songs like “Brother Carlos” that he wrote that as a tribute to Carlos Santana or “Heard You Were Gone” written about the late CEO of Dean Guitars Elliott Rubinson who was also a member of Vinnie’s touring band. “Soul Shifter” has what you’d expect from Vinnie Moore, awesome vibrato, great tone, and one of the best guitarists out there today, and it will be out October 9, 2019 on his label Mind’s Eye Music.

Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf had a very colorful conversation with Moore, where they touched upon several subjects: being a member of UFO for more than 15 years, opening for Rush, how “Soul Shifter” came to form, what guitars were used in the recording of the record and much more. As usual listen to their talk below and remember to subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.

 Slideshow images courtesy of Wendy Steenmans , Steve Amaon, Saint Louis College Of Music, Gary Cooper and Houdi Netsounds

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