Melodic Lightning: EDWARD BOX!

Today's Elevenses Throws Eleven Quick Questions At 'Melodic Lightning' Edward Box!

Edward Box was born and raised in Cumbria on a diet of British and LA metal. At the age of 14 he discovered the joys of Van Halen and embarked on an odyssey that has seen many highs and lows. He is currently promoting 'Tyranny of Minority', his first album of vocal songs with his metal band VENDETTA and plays Kimbolton Town Hall on 15th March 2008.

In 2002 he signed to Lion Music and released his first album of instrumental material Plectrumhead. This gained excellent reviews and in 2006 an inspired Ed created a follow up, Moonfudge, which went on to be very well received in the guitar community.

So what’s your drink of choice at 11am in the morning?

Your common garden variety coffee. I don’t waste my hard earned cash on frappacino lattee mocas or whatever it is that arsey people drink! That’s the way it goes in modern society though, we will always try and think of some way to sell snow to Eskimos.

Which song/album really made you want to play guitar?

I had a guitar for a few years when I was young but just before my fourteenth birthday I heard Unchained by Van Halen and I knew I had to take up the axe again. It is the greatest riff by one of the greats and it doesn’t get better than that.

Who’s the world’s greatest guitarist?

That’s a purely subjective question as there are many genres and styles but I think Hendrix and Van Halen are the most influential. Malmsteen has incredible command of the instrument and then someone like Allan Holdsworth defies all logic and is simply beyond unique. There you go - I told you it was subjective!

Who’s the world’s most underrated guitarist?

Jake E Lee! In the media it is always Randy this and Zakk that. Take a look at Ozzy’s Bark at the Moon concert from Salt Lake City and tell me that he is not the superior player and performer. People place too much stock in myth and reputation. Personally I just like the hard facts and in this instance the facts speak for themselves.

So what are you up to at the moment?

I’m getting ready for a gig that my band Vendetta are doing at the Carling Academy in Newcastle and wrapping up my teaching for the year. This has been one of the most testing years of my life but hopefully a lot of hard work has paid off. (Note: Interview Date December 2007)

What was the last gig you went to (as a member of the audience)?
Who would be in your dream line-up?

Heaven and Hell at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. Without a doubt one of my five best gigs of all time. The songs that the band have in its repertoire are without peer in the metal genre. Apart from the mighty Priest and Scorps of course!

Vocals: Rob Halford

Guitar: George Lynch

Guitar: Rudolph Schenker

Bass: Geezer Butler

Drums: Mike Portnoy

I don’t know what the band’s name could be but how’s about 'Fist of Armageddon?' They would slay the metal masses!

How many guitars do your own and which one is ‘your precious’?

I own five guitars and my precious is a salmon pink 1950’s re-issue Fender Strat. I’ve had it longer than any guitar I’ve ever had. The only draw back is that it doesn’t look metal!

What’s the last great album that you bought (or were given)?

The last really great album I bought was Humanity Hour 1 by the Scorpions. It has such a great collection of songs and the production and the performances are first rate. It fills me with joy to see that one of my favourite bands have cast of the shackles of the 90’s and got back to the business of being one of the greatest and biggest rock/metal bands of all time. Incendiary.

Do you suffer from stage fright?

In a word no but the build up to any gig is always enormously stressful for me and in truth I much prefer to be stuck in a recording studio, grinding away at my music. This is the environment that I am most happy and fulfilled in. Gigs are satisfying at the end, if they’ve gone well, but all that goes before I can frankly do without.

So what’s your drink of choice at 11pm in the evening?

It used to be wine or beer but with taking more care of my voice I tend to have a hot chocolate. That’s me - a sad old bastard!

(Interview Date - December 2007)