Tag: Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela Y Hans Zimmer on Pirates 4 Soundtrack

The Pirates of the Caribbean went stale after the first film, but new music by Rodrigo Y Gabriela is welcome in any form.

Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, The Dark Knight, Inception & Gladiator) scored the latest Pirates installment. Zimmer made the wise decision to bring RyG into the studio to record some of the tracks for the film, and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously, few things excite me more than Rodrigo Y Gabriela recordings.

Check out RyG perform The Pirate That Should Not Be backed by an orchestra:

I’m not buying a ticket for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but I already purchased the soundtrack to get my hands on five new Rodrigo Y Gabriela recordings.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Soundtrack (Amazon [CD] [MP3]) (iTunes)

Rodrigo y Gabriela at Radio City Music Hall Review

It’s no secret that Rodrigo y Gabriela are one of my favorite musical acts. I love pretty much everything I have heard them do.

(If you don’t know who they are, read this, then come back)

When I saw them perform at Terminal 5 last September, I was blown away by their live act. That being said, their latest performance at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall, was an order of magnitude better than their Terminal 5 performance.

Improvements in the Act

Back in September, their latest album 11:11 had just been released, and they were playing the songs exactly as they were recorded. This time around, they expanded on those songs adding new intros, solos, and harmonies; all of which were stunning.

The second big difference in their performance was their energy. Gabriela spent most of the show seated at Terminal 5. I attributed that to the complexity of her guitar work. This time around, she was standing almost the entire time. I am assuming that this indicates a heightened level of comfort with the music earned after months of constant touring and performance. Her stronger stage presence was an added bonus.

The third improvement was the stage lighting. Their setup was so dynamic and beautiful. It added a lot of ambiance to the music. I don’t remember this level of lighting complexity at Terminal 5.


There is so much I could rave about this show, but I am going to focus on the moments that were special for me. Usually, I am ecstatic when a concert has one truly special moment, this one had four of them.

Alex Skolnick shreds on Atman

The Alex Skolnick Trio opened the show. Unfortunately I missed all but the two songs of the opener, but what I heard was superb (the next time the play in my area, I will be there). Skolnick came back to join RyG on the song Atman; which he had recorded in the studio with them.

Atman’s climax is an electric guitar solo performed by Skolnick, a heavy metal veteran from the band Testament. During the solo, the rest of his trio ran out to fill in additional bass and percussion. The result was exception.

If RyG and the Alex Skolnick Trio recorded a full album together, I think I would be in heaven.

Intro played with purple stage lighting

They played a new intro to a song and it was so beautiful that it made me weep. The stage was lite purple, and it looked like the lighting was coming up from the floor. I wish I knew the song so I could scourer YouTube and try to find a video.

Gabriela’s solo

Both Rodrigo and Gabriela are wonderful guitarists, but I find myself watching Gabriela play far more often because there are a lot of guitarists who shred in harmonic minor scales like Rodrigo. That’s not to take away from what he does, but Gabriela’s playing is something that I haven’t seen anyone else do.

Her solo in the middle of the show gave me goosebumps. It was both technically incredible, and the melody was marvelous. When she finished, she received one of the biggest standing ovation of the evening, and it was well deserved. If she didn’t start playing again after about a minute, I think the ovation would have continued for a long time.

Rob Trujillo joins in on Orion

Rob Trujillo, the bassist from Metallica joined RyG for two songs. The second was a cover of Metallica’s tribute to their deceased original bassist, Cliff Burton. The trio killed on this song, and I was grinning from ear to ear the entire time; it was a very special moment in honor of one of my favorite bassists.

I knew Trujillo was good, but I never realized how good he was because the bass is so poorly mixed on Metallica’s last album Death Magnetic, and their previous album/ Trujillo’s debut, St. Anger is an assault on my senses.

Wrap up

If Rodrigo y Gabriela are playing in your neighborhood, get off your ass and go see them.

Concert Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela Blew My Mind

I wrote about them last year <“Rodrigo Y Gabriela” – The Most Badass Guitarists You’ve Never Heard of>, and last night, I finally saw them live… they blew away my lofty expectations.

Hearing their percussive, metal influenced classical guitar harmonies on album is one thing… seeing them do all of this crazy stuff live is a whole different experience.

Last night’s show at Terminal 5 in Manhattan was their first show since releasing their excellent new album 11:11 (Yet another thing I ran out of time to write about. I’m going to skip an individual review post and just say that it’s excellent. You should listen to it). Gabriela explained that it was only supposed to take them six months to make their last CD but they recorded it and re-recorded it a few times until it was to their liking. She described it as being a lot like “Spinal Tap,” which cracked me up.

They played a brilliant mix of stuff from their first & second studio albums and a few things from their latest live album. They killed with each and every track. I clapped and danced my geeky ass off all night; it was one of the most fun and energetic performances that I ever had the honor of seeing.

Probably the most emotional moment of the show for me was when they played Metallica’s Orion. Orion was written in honor of Cliff Burton, Metallica’s bassist who died when the band’s tour bus got into an accident in Europe. Metallica basically never performs the song live, but Rodrigo y Gabriela play it essentially note-for-note, daring listeners who claim they “don’t like metal” to reevaluate that judgment. I can think of no better tribute for the late Mr. Burton.

This is kind of a discombobulated review (mostly because I am beyond exhausted), but my point is listen to Rodrigo y Gabriela (albums). If they are playing near you, do yourself a favor and go see them (tour schedule).