TOLEDO, Ohio — Veteran roadie Rick Bedford lived out his lifelong dream last week of tuning a guitar in front of a sold out audience of rabid fans, sources confirmed.
Due to a novice soundboard operator and an untimely tuner malfunction, Bedford reportedly got off to a shaky start, but the pitch-perfect veteran maintained his composure on the big stage.
“I’ve always been anxious, but tonight was especially nerve-wracking. A couple wisecrackers yelled, ‘Freebird!’ That always throws me off my game, but instead of losing my cool, I slipped into a quick Pearl Jam riff,” said Bedford. “I heard one dude in the crowd yell, ‘Woo!’ The joy that brought him reminded me why I do this.”
Fans noted Bedford’s diverse musical taste throughout the 10-minute sound check.
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“Normally, a roadie will just use a pedal tuner, and the audience never gets to really see a glimpse into his musical background,” said attendee Maria Sherman. “But he tuned one guitar and hit the audience with a Slayer riff, and totally mixed it up with the next guitar and a lick from Guns ‘N’ Roses.”
Before exiting the stage, Bedford used the mic check to announce he would be releasing his first album, Slow Dancing In A Burning Tune, early next year. The album will reportedly consist of the opening riffs of 37 John Mayer songs.
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