Blue Monday

Nobody does Hendrix like Eric Gales, as this clip shows: “Resurrection” and “Paralyzed” might as well be outtakes from Electric Ladyland, instead of lead-off cuts on Gales’ first and second albums. That’s older brother Eugene Gales on bass and vocals, but Eric owns the stage during the instrumental breaks. A highlight of Gales’ shows has long been his apocalyptic cover version of the Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” but I haven’t been able to find a clip.

In this 2007 clip, Gales drops the Stevie Ray Vaughan haberdashery for the Huxtable look. We’ll give him points for nostalgia:

Though Gales plays his Strat upside down, just like You Know Who, he is not left-handed. Eugene Gales, who is left handed, taught him how to play and Gales never modified the technique.

Here is a clip from the 2008 Experience Hendrix tribute tour, playing “Waterfall” with Eric Johnson:

Unfortunately, Gales is currently doing time on drug and weapons charges:

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One thought on “Blue Monday

  1. mikeb302000 says:

    Wonderful fascinating post and videos. I hadn’t heard of him. I loved some of the things he said in the iwterview. I hope he can stay out.

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