Interview with guitarist Angus Clark of Trans-Siberian Orchestra / DareDevil Squadron / Kitaro / Rock of Ages
Name: Angus Clark
Place of birth: New York
Favorite album of all time? "The Wall" by Pink Floyd
What is the first CD or LP you ever bought? "Leftoverture" by Kansas on LP.
A guitar: First Guitar: Yamaha classical guitar. First Electric Guitar: Aria Pro II Main Guitar Now: Gibson Flying V
Favorite musician: David Gilmour of Pink Floyd
Favorite band or group: Black Sabbath
As you describe yourself: Hard Rock guitarist, songwriter, producer.
Angus, what are your most recently completed projects and what are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a new DareDevil Squadron album, we have four songs mixed and are finishing up solos and vocals for another 5. I also just recorded a guitar track for a new album by keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij.
Almost everyone has a song that is special, you would like to reveal what is your song special and why?
I have many, but the first one that comes to mind is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd because I like everything about it, the melody, the lyrics, the production, the guitar solos, everything. Another is "Snowblind" by Black Sabbath for similar reasons. Finally "Catch the Rainbow" from Rainbow on Stage by Rainbow, each musician is so amazing and they play together so incredibly well, plus the guitar solo and sound are so good.
What has been the most exciting moment of your career thus far and also during the current tour?
Every time I go on stage in front of a crowd is exciting. The largest crowd I ever played to was 75,000 people at RFK Stadium for a Tibetan Freedom Concert. That was amazing. During the most recent TSO tour we had an incredible time playing in Kansas City, it was doubly exciting because we had to use a special stage for the show that was just a bit different than what we used on the rest of the tour. Not a big difference for the audience, but a big difference for us.
Can you tell us a little bit about of Rock of Ages on Broadway?
Rock of Ages on Broadway is a great show, funny to watch and fun to play. I subbed on both guitar chairs regularly for almost its entire 5 year run on Broadway. It is a musical comedy set in LA in the 1980s and the music is all hits from that time, woven into the story line. The band is on stage rocking out for the entire show and it was a great band so we always had a great time doing the show.
What is next for you with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, any new albums, or tours?
The TSO will be playing the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany this year, it's very exciting to be a part of and we are all looking forward to it.
To end the interview, a phrase you want to leave…
Go forth and create! Thanks for reading!