Win Tickets ($70): Paul Gilbert – Behold Electric Guitar Tour @ Aladdin Theater | American Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Paul Gilbert – Behold Electric Guitar Tour @ Aladdin Theater on June 30. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, June 24.


From our sponsors:
Paul Gilbert – Behold Electric Guitar Tour
June 30, 2019
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $30 ADV, $35 Doors | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, Oregon 97202

It’s a question every artist has to grapple with: If you’re not pushing yourself creatively, how can you grow? And that’s exactly what acclaimed guitar maestro Paul Gilbert tackles with fervor on his new solo album, I Can Destroy, coming out May 27 via Ear Music / Edel. “One thing I’ve always struggled with as a writer is I don’t think I’ve written a lot of songs that make it easy on the improviser,” the consummate soulful shredder admits. “Coming from a heavy rock background, that’s been a real challenge. But I worked really hard to rework all my fingerings so I could emphasize different tones the way my ear hears them. I’m still working on it, but that was a major step forward for me as a guitar player — to be able to get that sound on purpose, rather than by accident.”

It’s no accident that Destroy cuts a wide swath of styles and textures, from the full-frontal assault of “Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal” to the jazz-blues lament of “One Woman Too Many” (which also features Gilbert’s patented four-pick Makita drill-bit riffery) to the radio-friendly balladeering of “Love We Had” to the smoking-hot gut/heart punch of “I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You),” the latter track’s title a playful reference to the ubiquitous #1 hit Gilbert enjoyed as part of his gig as lead guitarist for the still-going-strong Mr. Big.

Gilbert knew that Destroy producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Bonamassa), whom he previously collaborated with on Mr. Big’s 2011 release What If, would push him to do his best from the get-go. “One thing I knew about working with Kevin as a solo artist is that there weren’t going to be that many overdubs on the record — not that many takes, and not many fixes,” Gilbert reports. “As a

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14 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Paul Gilbert – Behold Electric Guitar Tour @ Aladdin Theater | American Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

  1. David June 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm #

    Wow, the legend that is Paul Gilbert! One of the main reasons most of us wanted to learn to shred!! Was never able to see him live with Mr. Big, but this promises to be a great show! Thanks for the chance, PDXPipeline!!

  2. BRIAN J CLAMENT June 11, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

    One of my favorite guitar heroes that I’ve yet to see. Worshipped Mr Big when I was a teen learning to play back in the early nineties. My buddy Mike and I are overdue for a scorching hot shredfest of a bro date so do us a favor and pick me

  3. BRIAN J CLAMENT June 11, 2019 at 4:58 pm #

    Paul Gilbert is one of my guitar heroes I’ve never gotten to see. Used to worship Mr Big when I was learning to play back in the early 90’s. My buddy Mike and I are way overdue for a smokin hot shredfest to-date so do us a favor and throw us a couple tix.

  4. Michael June 11, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

    Paul Gilbert is a GUITAR GOD. I have been a fan since I bought the cassette of “Street Lethal” from his band Racer X. The title track and “Loud and Clear” off that tape just rip. I have always wanted to see him in concert and to be able to see him at The Aladdin Theater in such an intimate setting would just make my day.

  5. Roger June 17, 2019 at 7:45 am #

    Mr Gilbert is an amazing player. A living guitar playing legend. ‘ve loved all of his work from Mr Big to Yellow Matter Custard to his awesome solo work. Thank you for the chance to see him play in person.

  6. Jerome Couture June 18, 2019 at 1:20 am #

    I was at the concert Friday Night in San Francisco in 1981 when Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucía had their acoustic guitar shred-fest while I was attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying guitar. In October I will see the Hendrix Experience at the Schnitzer and look forward to studying Satriani, Eric Johnson and other greats close up. I think seeing Paul Gilbert would complete the trifecta and give me new technical advice for all my guitar students!

  7. Pierre Rija June 18, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

    Awesome, the former lead guitarist of Mr Big and performing at the Aladdin! That was a wonderful time of my life when I was rockin’ to Mr. Big. and I crave the memories that only Rock and Metal can bring out. Should I bring CD for Paul Gilbert to autograph?

  8. Pierre Rija June 18, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

    My comment didn’t log last try, but since I really want to see Paul Gilbert and reminisce about the great times I spent listening to Mr. Big. Only Rock and Metal can inspire those great feelings.

  9. Elizabeth June 18, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    Great player, I would love to see this!

  10. Mike June 18, 2019 at 7:59 pm #

    Had the chance to see him in his final performance with Racer X at “The Troub” before he left for Mr. Big and Scott Travis left for Priest. What a talent!

  11. Joseph Ripplinger June 19, 2019 at 7:01 am #

    I had heard of Racer X long ago but never listened to him, if I won tickets I would take my Brother for his Birthday Thanks

  12. Tara Keitz June 20, 2019 at 7:34 pm #

    This will be an AMAZING show, please pick me!

  13. Christian Jorgensen June 23, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    This is a Racer X song called Scarified… *shreds out a sick solo*
    Take it away Marcooooooo!

  14. Mike S. June 24, 2019 at 11:58 am #

    This would be an awesome concert, to be able to see such a great guitar player up close in an intimate venue like The Aladdin Theater would be so cool. Plus free tickets leaves some extra cash to spend at The Lamp before the show.

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