Hundreds of fans in Japan were recently treated to a rare meeting of rock royalty, as the legendary Warren DeMartini and Jake E. Lee came together for a series of clinics in Osaka and Tokyo.
In each location, DeMartini and Lee participated in two clinics per day – one for area dealers and one for fans.
During the clinics, DeMartini and Lee shared stories from their days living in a house together in Los Angeles, writing some of their bigger riffs – such as DeMartini’s “Round and Round” with RATT and Lee’s “Bark at the Moon” with Ozzy Osbourne – under the same roof.
Then, as a special treat, the guitarists demonstrated what being that room would have sounded like, playing both songs at the same time.
Check out more pictures from the event here.
The legendary Warren DeMartini is slated to head to Japan soon with former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee to attend a series of meet-and-greets with fans.
The duo actually share a long history together, as Lee was briefly a guitarist in RATT and his departure opened the door for DeMartini to join the band.
As DeMartini gears up to hop across the pond, Charvel.com caught up with him to talk about the sold-out events and his relationship with Lee.
Charvel.com: What can you tell us about the clinics? Have you done this before?
DeMartini: I’m very excited to spend a few days with my old pal Jake E. Lee. I’ve done one clinic in Japan way back during our first or second visit there sot this is almost a first for me. We haven’t worked out what we’re going to do yet, but I think we’re going to be talking a lot about our Charvel guitars and our history with the brand. And of course, we’re going to play.
Charvel.com: How did you first get involved with Charvel?
DeMartini: I kind of happened onto it by accident. I was visiting Grover [Jackson] one day, and he was making several necks based on a classical guitar template. They were very wide and thin, and I really liked the feel of them. He made some for me, and I had those put on the Crossed Sword … and pretty much everything I was experimenting with at the time. I’ve got three or four guitars that have that template. That was the guitar I recorded “Lay It Down” with and “You’re In Love.” By then, I had a good collection of amps, and those guitars were all part of the sound back then. It was a great find, and they still sound great. I have the original within reach. (more…)