Kudos from a Soundman
to the Stars
I found the Slash/replica article [“The
Legend of Slash’s Appetite for Destruction
Les Paul,” October 2010] to be very interest-
ing. I own a couple replicas myself. I think
the reaction will be interesting to see. Great
mag—I even subscribed. Out on tour with
the Dukes of September (featuring Donald
Fagen, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs,
backed by the Steely Dan band).
Nitebob [soundman for Iggy and the
Stooges, New York Dolls, and Aerosmith]
New York City (via Facebook)
More Bass Stuff, Por Favor!
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In last month’s “The Legend of Slash’s
Appetite for Destruction Les Paul” feature,
we left off a photo credit on p. 140-141.
The photo of the three LP replicas was taken
by Rick Gould. Sorry, Rick!
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