Bob Spencer
Bob Spencer.

Skyhooks legend Bob Spencer talks Melbourne Guitar Show

The 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show is just weeks away and what better time to catch up with one of Australia’s most renowned guitarists, Bob Spencer.

It all goes down on the weekend of August 6 and 7, and Spencer heads the lineup along with Kevin Borich, Teramaze, The Delusion, Geoff Achison, Dean Ray, Wayne Jones and more.

Spencer, known for his work with Skyhooks and the Angels, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1998 and now runs his own band coaching business.

He’s also working on his first solo album.

Spencer told Music Insight the solo recording process was going well, “though not having anyone to argue with is a little odd”.

The album was successfully funded through crowdsourcing platform Pozible and Spencer said it was a great way to go – “though it’s not for the faint hearted and a lot of preparation is required before you dive in and commit.”

He said he was looking forward to being part of the Melbourne Guitar Show.

“I think it will be a terrific opportunity to check out recent innovations, meet up with my peers and chat with inquisitive players,” he said.

“I hope to offer points of view that are often neglected by most guitarists.” 

 Spencer said it was “critical” that musicians get together to share knowledge and skills.

“Music is a shared experience – it doesn’t live off by itself somewhere in the distance,” he said.

“I sincerely believe that it’s up to each and every one of us to help anyone who wants to be involved, to the benefit of all.

“This sharing is one of the things that will guide music into the future and will then benefit the younger generation in particular.

“Society needs music and music needs society. A society bereft of music is a poor one, in my opinion.”

The Melbourne Guitar Show takes place at Caulfield Racecourse on August 6 and 7 from 10am to 6pm. Tickets can be purchased via Australian Musician.




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