The Magic Carpet ride held in Spring Grove, IL this past Sunday, August 29, was a charity event for Children of Fallen Riders. There were close to 500 bikers participating and what a great way to launch the riders when Tallan Latz played the Star Spangled Banner. I am sure if Jimi Hendrix was alive he would of been proud and amazed like I was. This young talented guitar player is truly amazing, but what’s even more impressive, is how he handles himself. He is a very mature young man.
When I asked Tallan what inspired him to play, he replied;
“If Joe Satriani can play like that, so can a kid.”
I was floored, because Joe Satriani is my favorite guitarist and I had the privilege seeing Satriani play in concert 9 times.
Tallan Latz performing at the Harley-Davidson Museum-Milwaukee on April 23, 2010 for the “Guitars for Vets” benefit.
Tallan Latz one day will be mentioned in the same sentence of Guitar virtuosos like; Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen and Robert Petrucci.
I would like to thank Tim Adkins and Susie Kleiner at Leathers 4 U and Carpets 4 U for organizing this great event. I would also like to thank Franco for taking my wife on the bike ride. It was a great event with awesome people, music, and for a great cause!
Note: I recorded Tallan playing the Star Spangled Banner at the Magic Carpet Ride with my iPhone, but the sound wasn’t good so I opted to use Tallan Latz performing at the Harley-Davidson Museum-Milwaukee on April 23, 2010 for the “Guitars for Vets” benefit.
I can’t wait until next year!