video was filmed in New York City just before the Mind's Eye
CD was released. When we were recording Mind's Eye, Tommy
Aldridge was getting ready to do an instructional video for
Hot Licks® Video. He took a few of the tunes that we had
recorded along with him and played them for Hot Licks President,
Arlen Roth. Arlen liked the tracks and gave me a call to see
if I would be interested in doing a video.
The story of making this video is something that I will never
forget. I was scheduled to film on a Saturday. A drummer was
in to film his video on Friday, and did not quite finish everything,
and so he had to come back in to finish up on Saturday morning.
I ended up waiting around for him to finish for SEVEN HOURS!
He finally finished at 6:30 p.m.
We now had a big problem in that I was returning home on this
evening, and the last train home out of New York City was
leaving at 8:30 p.m. So, Arlen and I sat down for about five
minutes trying to decide whether we should go for it or forget
it and reschedule. At one point we had decided to reschedule,
but then we decided to go for it. We had to leave at 8 p.m.
to get to the train station on time which meant that we would
have around 1 hour and 15 minutes to do an hour-long video!
What were we thinking? We had to be crazy to try this.
Luckily, as usual, I had come extremely prepared and well
rehearsed. The first 55 minutes of the video is totally live
with absolutely no stops. NO EXAGGERATION! About 55 minutes
into the taping, I made a mistake, and we had to stop once
and continue for the last 5 minutes. The entire video was
done with one stop. There was a big clock on the wall, and
if you watch the video, you can see me looking over at the
clock a few times.
I had done an hour-long video in one hour and five minutes.
We immediately left the film studio and hurried to the train
station where I got on my train as it was leaving. Amazingly,
we had pulled it off.
This video was Hot Licks' biggest seller for years. I have
gotton so much positive feedback from players about this,
that it astonishes me. I am really glad that I could be an
inspiration to so many guitarists.