Paul McCartney guitarist Rusty Anderson, who's been busy recently with recent live gigs at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to help stir up excitement for McCartney's upcoming “New” album, said in an interview Sept. 27 he's glad to be able to take time out to introduce a new guitar and support his favorite cause.
He and his band Rusty Anderson Afternoon will be performing at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at a launch party in Los Angeles for a new Gibson Signature guitar replica with his name on it. The show will double as a benefit for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a favorite charity.
“It's a historic guitar,” he says of the new replica. ”I have an original 1959 natural (blonde) 335. In a way, it's truer to that than previous historic models. But there are some differences. The main thing about the guitar is that it's light. It's wood, so every one's going to be slightly different weight. But overall, they're a lot lighter than all the other 335s. They got really heavy in the '70s and they started doing it better later, but they could never get it down to that '50s weight in guitar. And the weight's really important because it helps the guitar resonate more in the center block. And that's something you can't change. Once the guitar is made in the center block, weight is committed, that's it. That's the essence of the guitar. And so these are a little lighter and that makes a big difference.”
And there another reason to keep it lighter, he said.
“If you're a pro player, you play a bunch of gigs night after night. It starts to wear on your shoulder.”
He also said the guitar has several improvements. “The pickups sound great. They're dialed in. It's just a nice take on that old '59 guitar. And we've been working on it for a few years. And then we were with Paul and we did a gig in Memphis and I stopped by the Gibson factory there and we spent a few days going over stuff and that really made a big difference, too. I could really see what was going on.”
Anderson said the guitar is a limited run instrument available where Gibsons are sold. But, he said, “they've already sold a bunch of them. They haven't really announced it and it's already started selling.”
He says the Natural Resources Defense Council has been a favorite charity of his for years.
“I've been giving money to them for a long time. They're my favorite charity and the reason is they seem to be the most real deal solid environmental cause. They work on oil companies drilling in Alaska, the Keystone pipe line and trying to get the Navy to keep from shattering the eardrums of whales with their sonar.”
Their website calls the group, which counts Robert Redford as one of their supporters, “the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.”
“It's a really great cause and something I figure that affects everybody,” Anderson says. His group, Rusty Anderson Afternoon, had great success with its current single, "Effortless," which reached number 1 on Sirius Radio's "20 on 20."
Anderson called the Hollywood Boulevard show for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week “amazing.” “I looked out in my own home town down Hollywood Boulevard, which I've seen a million times, filled up with people and it just sounded really cool on stage.” He said it was unique with “people above you on rooftops and beside you and underneath you. It's really a trip.”
He said the band hadn't played a set of that length in a while “so it was kind of really fun to really rip through a set of those songs and some new tunes. Playing the new tunes is fun.”
He said more promotional shows for McCartney's “New” album are planned for “big cities, sort of quick random things like that,” but he didn't have any details. “They're still formulating them,” he said.
The band goes to Japan in November, but he says no other tour shows are set yet.
- Event listing: http://rustyanderson.eventbrite.com/
- Rusty Anderson website: http://www.rustyanderson.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rustyandersonmusic?ref=br_tf
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/rustyanderson1
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