The Great Kat Redux....
Safe to say, if my email is any indication, you're still very much
When the people speak and all that
(psst, it's called "demokratis")... In any event, I heard ya'. Besides
me digging on Poland, I've never gotten quite the emails like I did
since this morning's Great Kat post: One of which was a terrific honor,
as it was from the Mistress of Shred herself
She went to f**king Juilliard, how's the garage treating you?! BTW: If
you hate this picture, you hate freedom...
So, for those of you curious, the
Great Kat is not only alive, but quite well, and still shredding...
I made light of her accomplishments this morning, but I think we should
prolly take a second to think about this...when "Worship..." came out,
in the height of the '80s, chick guitarists were viewed as a novelty,
expecially speed/shred guitarists...that is, unless they were men.
If you were a guy in the late '80s, you were hailed as a genius of blaze
Yes, Yngwie Malmsteen, we get it...you're fast...
O you found, (and found and found) yourself prominently featured on the
cover of guitar magazines...
Psst, Joe Satriani, octopus tapping is still gimmicky....
However, the lasses fared worst, and none of the two above shred icons
were ever able to capture the raw, balls-in-your face of both metal and
virtuosity that the Great Kat was able to deliver....
Chirp. Chirp. Chirp.
But, for those interested, when the rubber met the road, the Great Kat
Ummm, yea...50 seconds into it and your mental fingers should probably
I have to admit it, I'm kind of prejudiced here: by my politics (which
are decidedly feminist), and by my past as a professional musician
(signed and touring and everything), and as a guitarist (20 years and
humming) and as a classical aficionado (I'd totally give Beethoven a
non-gay blowjob). That still doesn't change the fact that the guitar
world, the classical world, and the boys-only metal world owed her more
than we gave.
That said, let's give back --and get back-- to the balls-out NYC speed
metal scene, and who the all-time reigning messiah is...
Fuck, still can't hit 1/20th of these notes...nor can you... Bow down
So, for those of you eager to rightfully give up your notions of free
will and freedom, there's hope...Kat is still willing to accept you as
slaves to the guitarists' ultimate wet dream: