I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Broderick a couple of weeks ago. He was doing a guitar workshop at Replay Guitar Exchange here in Tampa.
First let me just say this – Broderick is one extremely cool dude. Super humble and down to earth. And in my opinion, he’s one of the greatest guitar players on the planet.
Broderick at Replay Guitar Exchange
This was on a Friday, November 18th. I got VIP tickets at Replay Guitar Exchange so we could have comfortable seating and meet Chris (we were a bit late but got to meet him and talk a little after the show).
Upon arrival, it was a bunch of us just sitting around chatting and eyeing up all the nice guitars on the wall. The lights started to dim and Chris took the stage as the room full of diehard fans applauded.
Chris had a nice mix of playing some of the songs from his band Act of Defiance (he played to backing tracks) and engaging in the audience. There were a ton of questions coming from people and we got to learn a lot about Broderick’s life and musical background. I think it’s quite amazing that he has a degree is classical guitar music performance (one of the most difficult styles of music to play). He talked about his younger years of playing piano and the violin, shared his preferred gear, and gave us a ton of tips in becoming better musicians and guitar players.
I also want to add that Chris spoke of his love for music theory and how he applies it to his songwriting. Theory is something I never bothered with as I started playing by ear and didn’t think I’d need it. However, after listening to Broderick, I’m encouraged to dive into it for the first time.
About Chris Broderick
Here’s a little background if you don’t know who Chris is. He was the lead guitarist for a band called Jag Panzer. He also toured some with the band Nevermore (with Jeff Loomis).
In 2008 Broderick joined Megadeth after receiving a call from Dave Mustaine. I actually saw them live in 2009 on their End Game tour. In 2014, Chris (and Shawn Drover, Megadeth’s drummer at the time) left Megadeth and started his own band Act of Defiance. There’s probably a lot of blanks to fill in, but that’s a high level overview.
I’ve actually been following Chris since his days with Jag Panzer. About 12 years ago, I started getting more into melodic metal bands like Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, and Evergrey. Jag Panzer was somewhat along those lines. Right away, I was intrigued by Broderick’s playing.
The first time I saw Chris was with Megadeth in 2009 on their End Game tour at the Hard Rock in Orlando. I believe this was Chris’ first album with Megadeth.
I only got to chat with Chris for a few minutes as it was after the show. But as I mentioned earlier, he’s a cool, down to earth dude. It was an honor to meet him in person and chat a little. I hope to see his band Act of Defiance live if they play in or near Tampa.
Lastly, I want to give props to the folks at Replay Guitar Exchange. This is ‘THE’ music store in the Tampa Bay and surrounding area. These guys are great and if you recall, I had played at a fundraiser event that I got to Replay sponsored a couple of weeks prior to this event. You can check out the video I made for that here.
Keep it Metal,