Ex-Danger Danger guitarist Andy Timmons has busy 2019 with Asia tour, solo album and new project
Former Danger Danger guitarist Andy Timmons was recently interviewed by Andrew Catania for All That Shreds.
Timmons was asked about his future plans for 2019 to which he replied: “We have a tour booked for Asia in April and hopefully be back in the states by summer. I’m working on a new Andy Timmons Band album here and there with my bass player Mike Daane. I’m not working on a deadline. When we have something special enough to put, we will. I also started working on another project where I’ll be doing the vocals and instruments again as time permits.”
In terms of how he has evolved as a musician, Timmons opined (with slight edits): “It’s fuller circle than you might think because if you look back on my Ear X-Tacy record, which came out in 94, there was a lot of that was recorded and started before I joined Danger Danger.
My first instrumental track, which is on that record was recorded in 1988 called It’s Getting Better. It’s already in that genre of what [Steve] Vai, [Joe] Satriani and a little Yngwie influence what those guys were doing at the peak of the shred guitar movement. It was those recordings that got me the Danger Danger gig. I just wasn’t confident in what I was doing in that field. This just out of my usual humble humility. I thought I’ll never be that level of player and here’s this chance to join this band.
To be honest. And some people know the story. When I was offered the Danger Danger gig. I was also offered the Tower of Power gig, which is, for those that don’t know, a very influential kind of funk rock group from Oakland, California. My capabilities could have gone either way. I’d already studied quite a bit of Jazz if Miles Davis called, I could’ve taken that gig. There was definitely a different animal in the hairband genre than the typical guitar player that might’ve been playing in that field. That’s not to downplay any player that was doing it. I came to it with a completely different depth of knowledge of guitar music already at that point. So, what happened after that point is that I just continued.
Some of my stuff might have been in that genre or something that was going back to more of the jazz thing. I equally enjoyed all of it. I listened back to the stuff that I did in Danger Danger and I’m really proud of it because I think there are some really nice melodic rock and rock and roll and guitar playing.
It’s an evolution. It’s a natural growth that if you’re really dedicated to your instrument, and I’ve always been, I’ve always been in this for the strictly for the music, I love the art of music, guitar playing and I just want to keep getting better.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Andy Timmons at All That Shreds.
Andy Timmons playing David Bowie‘s cover “Heroes”:
A tribute to two of my heroes, David Bowie and Mick Ronson (end solo). A nod at the fade-out to Tom Scholz (another great influence!).