The Paladins live at Lantaarn Venster Rotterdam

Posted by Dee-Ann On May - 29 - 2017443 views

Last year the Paladins visited Lantaarn Venster Rotterdam, but the gig was cancelled due to a leaking swimmingpool just above the venue. “Water was dripping on the electrical system” Dave recalls. The trio has been working on a new album. It has been a while since the previous album was out. During rehearsals some time ago, Dave was getting a powerdrink for Thomas. Thomas played a great sounding surf riff on the guitar. So the instrumental “Powershake” was born. While talking about all kinds of topics, new songs kept on rolling about those topics too. So that’s why this album is a bit different than the ones before. The song: “Who sold the water to the waterman”, is about the dry spell they had couple of years ago in the San Diego area. Farms could not grow their crops without water, and a farmer who had a pipeline of water running underneath his house, could not use it because it belonged to another man who claimed to be the owner of that water.

Dave took out a custom built Fender guitar. Thomas found the guitar neck in a pawn shop in Dallas Texas, which was a bit longer than a regular guitar neck. He bought it for Dave and when he showed it to the Fender company, they were surprised. It came from a prototype 1967 guitar. They asked if they could use it to build a new guitar. He agreed. Instead they build a bass guitar. When they asked him to come over to receive this first new model, Dave declined. He wanted a guitar. So they handed it over to Pete Townsend.

Dave and Thomas were full of fun stories during the show and ofcourse as always the audience was blown away by their great perfomance and the typical Paladins guitar sound of Dave Gonzalez. Songs of their new album “New World” sounded more mature but still Paladins. The crowd sang like a big choir on Keep on loving me “Whoooa yeah!”

New World would be released only on vinyl but unfortunately, the moment they traveled to Europe, the small factory which presses vinyl records for years couldn’t deliver on time, so they brought the cd version to Europe to be sold by Thomas’ girlfriend in the lobby.

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