Sean Harris Chats Up The Legendary Jeff Loomis

Sean Harris

It is fun for someone like me to see Sean Harris, the winner of our writer’s contest, enjoy the perks that come with being a music writer. He’s been seeing shows, interviewing bands, and having a great time, generally speaking. He’s not jaded by it all, which is refreshing, considering my stance on things. He’s back again with some more prose for you. Enjoy.

Hey there GunShyAssassins! Hope you’re not too bored of me yet. A few days after my Anthrax and Exodus experience, I had the honor to interview one of the world’s greatest musicians. It’s not everyday that a talent like this comes around and is able to shred the guitar in ways that shouldn’t be humanly possible. 

My good friend Jeremy and I took the trek down to the ghetto (a.k.a. Hastings Street in Vancouver). If you’ve ever been down there, you’ll know what I’m talking about. 

I was unaffected. I was interviewing Jeff Loomis and nothing could pull me down from cloud nine. Not even the dude in crutches behind the Rickshaw Theater who offered me crack, could break my musical “high.” Not even malaria-infested mosquitoes or AIDS-carrying pigeons could take me down a peg. 

Jeff Loomis, as you may have guessed, is rather modest. Alright, very modest. OK, INSANELY modest. I asked him how it felt to be the greatest guitarist on Earth and what did he retort?

“I don’t think that’s necessarily true but thanks for saying that.”

Not true? Fuck off!

I was lucky enough to have a photo pass through Jeff’s 45-minute set and every time I looked back at the fans, what did I see? Moshing and circle pits? Not at all. Just a room full of people, in awe, jaws on the floor, not even able to comprehend the sheer face melting they were seeing.

It was like Woodstock 1969 and Jimi Hendrix was on stage except everyone WASN’T on acid. Well this is downtown Vancouver so I figure a few people were seeing purple elephants but nonetheless, pure shredding. I have never seen anyone live be that talented at guitar before and I’ve seen Zakk Wylde perform four times. 

I thought I’d try something different with my interview and get some fan input. Thus I came up with a segment called “Mysterious Multiple Choice.” 

Basically I would get fans of Jeff to submit what they thought would be interesting multiple choice questions. What I got was more than “mysterious.”

“If Randy Rhodes came back from the dead and appeared in front of you what would you do? 

A. Bow down and say “We’re not worthy”

B. Put him on your shoulder and give him a piggy back ride

C. Challenge him to a blindfolded guitar duel

Jeff’s answer? 

“C. Although I think some people have too much time on their hands.”

I’m hoping to make this segment a staple as people have been telling me that these weird ass questions sets my interviews apart from others. Let’s just hope that people don’t think that I’m doing the “Hastings Shuffle” in my interviews because I did a line of crack that was offered to me by a dude in crutches. 


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