61 oracle items tagged as jonny
January 28, 2015 / submitted by Tom , United States of America
Q.  I stumbled across a video from 2005 in Toronto of an acoustic session of Chris and Jonny for the radio station The Edge. In it a man said he was being charged with a felony for blocking the sidewalk without a permit. Could you elaborate or explain what happened that day?

If memory serves me correctly, when the guys played at The Edge, so many people turned up that the pavement became inaccessible - that was what the felony related to. I seem to recall the studio had a glass front so people outside could see in and the crowd didn't move once the first few were let in to the session.
Oh and as if by magic, I found the video clip of it.

December 16, 2014 / submitted by Chris, United States of America
Q.  Is this movie actually happening? As a Coldplay/Foo Fighters fan, I would absolutely love it!!

Not so much "happening" as "happened"! This is very old news - going back as far as 2002.
I've answered questions about it before in 2009, 2012 & 2013.

November 27, 2014 / submitted by George, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I have a statement and a question in one; the end of Another's Arms (final chorus) is the best bit of guitar I've ever heard from Jonny. I've listened to every album countless times and seen the guys live and that is without doubt his best bit of work ever... try and let him know ;)
I was wondering - what is favourite work of Jonny's ever?

Over to Matt:
"Jon's a modest fellow but I remember a moment at the Bakery some time ago, after someone had instigated a 'what's your favourite riff you've ever been involved with' game, which resulted in the following memorable exchange*:

ME: 'Easy. What To Do About Headlice - The Duty Prefects, 1980'

JONNY: 'Probably The Scientist'

BRIAN ENO: 'Well, I suppose Heroes was pretty good!'


Mine? That's tough. Quite often something will just happen one night that blows you away. But I never get bored of him playing Clocks. And as you say, Another's Arms is pretty good!"

*Jonny may of course have a new fave since this chat.

November 27, 2014 / submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle :)
Who is behind Jonny here?

I don't recognise him. I asked Matt McGinn:
Mystery bloke! No idea.

November 26, 2014 / submitted by Jonathan, United States of America
Q.  What amp is it that Jonny is using on this Ghost Stories tour? It's different from his dual DeVilles.

Well spotted - we went a bit minimal on this run cos of the smaller venues. Jonny's onstage amp is a vintage Silvertone Twin Twelve but most of what you're hearing is a Kemper Amp Profiler, set to a custom patch. MMcG.

November 26, 2014 / submitted by Peter, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Almighty Oracle,
What effect pedals are used by Jonny while playing Life in Technicolor live? I've been trying to work this out for ages!

Don't confuse the intro riff with a guitar, it isn't! It's a Hammered Dulcimer which doesn't mean you can only play it after a few beers. The rest of it is done through a Homebrew Power Screamer pedal and a TC2290 Delay. MMcG.

November 25, 2014 / submitted by Chris, United Kingdom
Q.  To my dearest, beloved Oracle,
What effect/amp settings are used on Strawberry Swing?

Thanks, Chris.

Matt: The main effect you can hear on this riff of Jonny's is a Boss DD5 Delay pedal on the reverse setting. A long Eventide reverb comes in for the big chords in the middle. It's a while back and my notes are buried but I'm pretty sure he recorded it on a Fender Jazzmaster then reverted to a Thinline Tele for gigs.
Amp wise, the recorded sound is most likely a Fender Pro Reverb on a fairly clean setting; live on the Viva tour we used two Fender 2x12 Hot Rod Devilles in stereo but the settings have changed a lot since. Plus we've had the amps modified (Celestion Vintage Speakers, less sensitive Volume pots).

November 25, 2014 / submitted by Andrea, Peru
Q.  Could you please tell me all the names that Jonny have give to his guitars.

Matt: OK, er...right. Sunny, Blacky, Browny, Sunny B, Bluey, Old Gibby, Reddy, Punky, Starry, Foamy, Jazzy A, Jazzy long have you got?! Lots of them don't have a name too. It's a big list!

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November 24, 2014 / submitted by Luc, Netherlands
Q.  O mighty Oracle,
Do you know the settings that Jonny uses during Violet Hill? I'm in a band and were thinking about covering it.
My idea...

Basically you need a Les Paul Deluxe - or somethingsimilar withhumbuckers - and a ton of overdrive. We used a vintage Rat pedal, then put in some delay on the choruses. The tuning isimportant too - thebottom string goes right down to a C# so you'll need a big fat one - about a .058 - or it'll just flap in the breeze. The rest of the guitar goesdown a semitone from concert pitch. We had the whole thing set up specially just for the one song but you might not need to go to thoselengths! A lot of the recorded version was done with a Roland GR500 Guitar Synth from about 1978 which was so temperamental itonly worked about twice; we both refused to take it on the road as a result, and at gigs we just turned the Rat up really loud and used an Electro Harmonix Micro Pog pedal for the solo.