In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett promised the Concrete and Gold world tour would be unpredictable, and they certainly delivered in Austin, Texas when they plucked Yayo Sanchez — aka The Kiss Guy — up on stage during “Monkey Wrench”. When Dave Grohl handed over his guitar, Sanchez not only kept up with the band, he delivered a guitar solo so spellbinding, Grohl forgot the words to his own song.
While Sanchez’s synergy with the band appears to be magic, it’s actually the result of hard work. In media interviews after the event, he admitted he watched the band’s performance intensely and then practiced like hell. Sanchez is clearly the type of musician Dave Grohl loves — he’s been honing his craft and playing basement, garage and club gigs while looking for his big break. And that’s the way it should be.
A few years ago, Grohl lamented that televised singing competitions were a detriment to the vitality of the next generation of musicians. In an interview with Delta Sky magazine, he said “Oh, okay, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight (f-bomb) hours with 800 people at a convention centre and then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not (f-bomb) good enough.’ Can you imagine?” He then offered his own advice to musicians like Sanchez, “Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy an old (f-bomb) drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll (f-bomb) start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana.”
Sanchez isn’t wasting his moment in the spotlight — he’s amassing fans on social media and promoting at least one song that he already has in the can — “Mothership” — and yes, it’s just as epic as one can imagine.
Sanchez could very well follow in the path of Dave Grohl, Slash, Nuno Bettencort, Eddie Van Halen, Ace Frehley, Joan Jett and other rock legends — if he gets his shot. You can support him buy buying his track on iTunes or Amazon and catapulting it to the top of the charts where it belongs.