Styles and Similarities:
"This guitar player was working with Coyote when I was in San Diego," explains Rory. "He was an awesome blues player. I asked him to show me how to bend strings like he did. He tried to show me, but somehow we weren't getting anywhere. So he says to me, 'go get a B.B. King record. Let him teach you.'"
"I got the album, Live at Cook County Jail, by B.B. King. I'm not saying I sound like B.B. King, but he did teach me how to bend notes better."
Rory's main guitar for this album was a 1984 Tobacco Sunburst Fender Stratocaster. "This bass builder in Hollywood was working on Tom's Rickenbacker. He had boxes of knobs and controls. I stumbled on this one control that does something really creepy with my guitar's tone sound. When you turn it all the way up it gives a kind of bass boost that makes my guitar really fat and smooth and distorted like Jimi Hendrix. Then when you back it off it starts to sound like an alien space ship taking off," smiles our Alien enthusiast.
"I use this guitar tone control to thin
out my bass pickup on my strat and also to thicken my treble pickup. It's
cool what you can do with just one little knob. I'm not ready to move
up to programmable special effects yet."