Earlier this week, engineer Kevin Shirley sent fans into a frenzy when he blogged about his recent recording sessions, name dropping the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Bradley Whitford (of Aerosmith). To be fair, who wouldn’t have a cardiac arrest with a line up like that? Them Crooken Vultures, what?
In his online blog, Caveman’s Diary, Shirley wrote on Monday, “There are some really cool things coming up – in December I get to record one of guitars great legends! And I’ve recorded Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Eric Clapton, John Petrucci, Joe Bonamassa, Brad Whitford, Neal Schon, Maiden’s Three Amigos amongst many others, and I am really excited!” But then he goes on to write below, “I am off to the studio to assemble the master for the next Supagroup album (not-to-be-confused with…)”, and then there was a .gif of a Thanksgiving turkey.
Naturally, this speculative post turned online media on its head, and therefore several outlets reported of the new supergroup. Shirley wrote back last night, however, insisting that all the reports were based on an “inaccurate internet rumor” and that “There’s no supergroup planned with fifty guitarists recording, I’m sorry.” But then he goes on to write, “But, as I said before, news when I can. The “supergroup” is just a four piece, and we have an exploratory recording session early next year.”
So, what the hell should we make out of this? Let’s just say Shirley’s probably covering his own ass, but let’s also be somewhat cynical and think, “Well, if it happens, I’ll have to see it to believe it.” It’s not like we don’t have plenty of other god-made supergroups around, already.
But yeah, this would be pretty ballsy.