The Cure : A menos de un mes en Perú, entérate quien es su guitarrista

Falta menos de un mes para que The Cure toque por primera vez en Perú. Si bien ellos hacen tours y sacan discos desde finales de los 70’s no importa que aterricen recién por estos lares en 2013.

Me parece que la formación está muy buena y las canciones parecen como para  un farewell tour : Varios hits radiales para la masa  …

No he leído hasta ahora que destaquen en medio alguno al guitarrista que lo acompaña a esta gira a Robert Smith. Su nombre es  Reeves Gabrels y su trayectoria  la pongo más abajo (copy and paste de Wikipedia por motivos de tiempo)

Una cosa puedo asegurar ya que lo pude ver a Reeves en vivo hace unos años, es el mejor guitarrista que The Cure ha tenido en sus filas y de lejos ..


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Reeves Gabrels en la carátula de Guitar Player y con qué título …

Reeves Gabrels

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Reeves Gabrels
Reeves Gabrels.jpg
Reeves Gabrels on 9 August 2008
Background information
Born June 4, 1956 (age 56)
New York CityNew York
United States
Genres Rock
Occupations Musiciansongwriter
Instruments Guitarvocals
Associated acts

Reeves Gabrels (born June 4, 1956) is an American guitarist, “one of the most daring rock-guitar improvisers since Jimi Hendrix – an opinion some players formed during his dozen years collaborating with British singer David Bowie.” [1] Best known for his long partnership with Bowie, with whom he worked regularly from 1987 to 1999, Gabrels also built an active performing and recording career before, during and since, working both independently and in collaboration with musicians worldwide. He has lived in New York, Boston, London and Los Angeles, and since 2006 he has been based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gabrels’ songs and improvisations defy genre, ranging from “hard-hitting blues rock to 21st century electronica,” to quote Guitar World’scharacterization of Ulysses, an album from 2000.[2] He is recognized for virtuosity and versatility, a guitar player who can “explore sonic extremes with a great, adaptive intuition for what each song needs most.” [3]

In 2012 he joined The Cure for their summer tour and will be with the band again in Spring 2013 for their eight night tour of Latin America.

Reeves Gabrels was born in Staten Island, New York in June 1956. His mother was a typist and his father worked on tugboats in New York Harbor. Gabrels started playing guitar at age 13, and the following year (1971) his father arranged for lessons with the father’s friend and contemporary Turk Van Lake, who lived in the neighborhood. Van Lake (1918–2002) was a professional musician who had played with Benny Goodman and others.[4]Early life and education

After high school, Gabrels attended the Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts in New York City but continued to play guitar. Through some session musician work he met noted jazz guitarist John Scofield,[5] from whom he took a lesson or two. Gabrels moved to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music, which he left several credits short of a degree in 1981.


Gabrels had an active performing career in Boston before and after his professional association with David Bowie began in the late 1980s. During the 1980s and early 1990s Gabrels was a member of such Boston bands as The Dark, Life on Earth, The Atom Said, Rubber Rodeo, The Bentmen and Modern Farmer. Modern Farmer (Gabrels, Jamie Rubin, David Hull, and Billy Beard) issued a self-titled record on Victory/Universal in 1993.

David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels met in 1987 during a Bowie tour for which Sara Terry, Gabrels’ then-wife, worked as publicist. Gabrels later (1989–1993) joined forces with Bowie and the Sales brothers (drummer Hunt Sales and bass player Tony Sales) in the rock band Tin Machine. Later, Gabrels became an essential part of Bowie’s nineties sound, most notably on Outside (1995), Earthling (1997), and ‘hours…’ (1999), the latter two of which he co-produced. “Dead Man Walking,” a Bowie/Gabrels song from Earthling, was nominated for a Grammy award. Gabrels and Bowie also created the soundtrack to the computer gameOmikron: The Nomad Soul in 1999 for the game’s French publisher. Gabrels ended his professional association with Bowie in late 1999.

Independently, Gabrels maintained a wide-ranging career as composer/songwriter, performer/producer and musical collaborator. Recordings by Reeves Gabrels include The Sacred Squall of Now (Rounder/Upstart, 1995); Ulysses (Della Notte) (Emagine, 2000); Live, Late, Loud (Myth Music, 2003); and Rockonica (Myth Music/Favored Nations/Sony, 2005). Ulysses was nominated for a Yahoo! Internet Award in 1999 as a then-pathbreaking Internet release, before becoming available the following year on CD. Gary OldmanDavid Bowie, and Frank Black appear as vocalists, the latter two with co-writing credits as well.

Gabrels has written soundtracks for films including David Sutherland’s The Farmer’s Wife (premiered on PBS September, 1998)[6] and for PBS productions, and collaborated with Public Enemyon the song “Go Cat Go” for the Spike Lee film He Got Game (soundtrack, Def Jam, 1998). He wrote the “club music” portions of the soundtrack for the video game Deus Ex.[7]

Slide guitarist David Tronzo and Reeves Gabrels made a virtuoso-duo instrumental album, Night in Amnesia, issued by Rounder Records in 1995. Gabrels also worked with Robert Smith of The Cure during the 1990s, collaborating on The Cure’s track “Wrong Number” and “A Sign From God” (as COGASM) as well as co-writing the song “Yesterday’s Gone” which Smith sings on Gabrels’ album Ulysses.

Gabrels performs periodically with Club D’Elf, a Boston-based underground dub/jazz/Moroccan/trance/electronica group led by bassist Mike Rivard, and appears on Now I Understand, (Accurate Records, 2006), their first studio recording; the album also features John Medeski & Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood), DJ Logic, Mat Maneri, Duke Levine, Alain Mallet, Mister Rourke, and more. In 2008 German label AFM released New Universal Order by X-World/5, a Heavy metal supergroup made up of guitarists Gabrels and Andy LaRocque, vocalist Nils K. Rue, bass playerMagnus Rosén, and Los Angeles-based drummer Big Swede. In 2009, Gabrels recorded and toured with New York-based punk band Jeebus.

Since 2006, Gabrels has called Nashville, Tennessee home. He plays often at local venues, especially The Family Wash, a popular East Nashville club/restaurant owned by longtime collaborator Jamie Rubin. Several recordings have resulted. “The Magnificent Others” features Rubin’s songs and lead vocals, with Gabrels on lead guitar.[8] “Sonic Mining Company,” aRopeadope Records 2012 release, is made up of improvisations by Reeves Gabrels (guitar), Frank Swart (bass) and Adam Abrashoff (drums). “REEVES GABRELS & HiS iMAGiNARY FR13NDS,” planned for independent release in 2012, combines unusual blues interpretations with new songs by Gabrels. Recording personnel include Reeves Gabrels (guitar, vocals), Kevin Hornback (bass) and Jeff Brown (drums). Reeves was also a part of the odd project “From Nashville to Norway” with two festivals in Gjøvik, Norway 2010-2011.

Gabrels joined The Cure on stage throughout their summer tour of 2012, the set for which includes “Wrong Number” which he collaborated with The Cure on in 1997[9]


Guitars: Gabrels has used different guitars at varied phases in his musical career, selecting instruments to suit the music. He has favored Steinberger guitars, the Parker Fly, and Fernandes Guitars, but also plays Gibson Guitars such as the Les Paul and the Flying V, as well as Fender‘s Stratocaster.

He has often chosen innovative, less well known makers, explaining in interviews that he prefers a guitar without a set history and with which he is free to create sounds of his own imagination.[1]

In 2008, Gabrels began playing Reverend guitars, made by Reverend Musical Instruments of Warren, Michigan. Gabrels and Reverend have collaborated to develop a Reverend Reeves Gabrels Signature Model guitar.[10] There are now several versions, the first featured at the winter 2010 NAMM Show in Los Angeles and the most recent to be released at NAMM in Nashville in 2012.[11]


Tin Machine

  • Tin Machine (1989)
  • Tin Machine II (1991)
  • Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby (1992)

David Bowie

  • Outside (1995)
  • Earthling (1997)
  • ‘hours…’ (1999)

Reeves Gabrels

  • The Sacred Squall of Now (1995)
  • Ulysses (Della Notte) (2000)
  • Rockonica (2005)


2 pensamientos en “The Cure : A menos de un mes en Perú, entérate quien es su guitarrista

  1. Discrepo amigablemente. Si bien Reeves Gabrels puede ser técnicamente mejor guitarrista que todos los otros guitarristas de The Cure, eso no quiere decir necesariamente que ha sido el mejor guitarrista de la banda. Yo creo que ese lugar lo tiene bien ganado Porl Thompson, que estuvo desde el 84 al 93 (época de gloria comercial y creativa de The Cure).

    Es una vieja discusión que tengo con otros patas: ¿si los Beatles hubieran tenido a Jeff Beck en lugar de George Harrison o a Keith Moon en lugar de Ringo, hubiesen sido mejor banda? ¿Hubieran sido más grandes los Stones con Eric Clapton en lugar de Keith Richards? ¿Ser mejor músico (con lo discutible que es definir eso) genera necesariamente mejores canciones o mejores álbumes? Yo creo que no (y por eso muchas veces se da el fracaso de los “supergrupos”). Una banda necesita buenos músicos, claro, pero no sólo es eso. Es la creatividad, los nuevos sonidos, la composición, el feeling, lo que permite que una canción hecha por buenos músicos bien compenetrados pueda ser mejor que una cancion hecha por extraordinarios músicos no crea nada nuevo.

    Y me parece que Gabrels aún no ha aportado nada a The Cure más que respaldo en esta gira. Además, los discos de Bowie en los que participó no son precisamente los mejores del Duque Blanco. Porl Thompson participó en varias de las mejores canciones de The Cure (pese a que el cerebro y el corazón siempre ha sido Robert Smith) y me da pena que no venga con la banda.

    Que Gabrels lo hará bien, no cabe duda, pero no es igual pe’. Yo prefiero ver al firme que al reemplazo por más que sea un virtuoso.


    • Pepe Porl Thomson es un capo como fue Lol en su momento para The Cure, pero Reeves como músico es una bestia ya verás y no lo digo por virtuosismo …..tiene mucho más nervio .Igual entre gustos y colores .Saludos Pepe.


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