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About ptglidden

  • Birthday 05/15/1967

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  • Your real name
    Preston Glidden

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  • Location:
    Renton, WA, USA

About You

  • Favourite Food
    Asian, all types
  • Favourite Animal
  • Favourite Beverage
  • Favourite Colour
  • Favourite Place
    Olympic National Park, WA, USA
  • Countries Visited
    USA, Canada, Mexico
  • Do You Drink Alcohol
  • Do You Smoke
  • Do You Have Pets
  • Do You Play An Instrument


  • How Did You Discover Nightwish
    See my first post for the story
  • How Many Times Seen Live?
    None yet. Hopefully soon!
  • Most Prized Nightwish Item
    Copy of Showtime, Storytime
  • Best Live Song
  • Favourite Album
  • Favourite Song
    There are so many!
  • Favourite Music Video
    Ghost Love Score, Live in Buenos Aires
  • Favourite DVD
    Showtime, Storytime

General Music

  • Favourite Music Video
    Within Temptation, Black Symphony
  • Favourite Drummer
    Neal Peart
  • Favourite Singer
    Jimmy Barnes
  • Favourite Guitarist
    Gary Moore
  • Favourite Bassist
    Victor Wooten
  • Favourite Pianist/Keyboard Player
    Tuomas Holopainen
  • Favourite Non NW Song?
    Depends on my mood
  • Favourite Composer?
  • Favourite Band/Artist?


  • Favourite Movie(s)
    Blues Brothers
  • Favourite TV Show(s)/Series
    Babylon 5
  1. ptglidden

    World Tour EFMB 2015/2016

    No Seattle. I was really hoping to see them on this tour, and cannot afford to travel to the other cities.
  2. ptglidden

    World Tour EFMB 2015/2016

    Re: touring with Epica or other bands: I remember back in the '80s when Iron Maiden and the Scorpions did a dual-headliner tour of the USA. Both bands were huge at the time - Blackout was Scorpions latest album, and Number of the Beast was Iron Maiden's latest. The bands alternated nights as to who was the headliner. Iron Maiden headlined the gig in Seattle, and Scorpions headlined Portland. That was an awesome tour, and one of my favorite concerts ever. Epica or Within Temptation and Nightwish could do something similar. It would be awesome. All three together would be legendary.
  3. ptglidden

    Diablo Swing Orchestra

    DSO is new to me, but they sound very cool. Love the swing, opera, folk, and Latin influences. I'm going to have to check out more from them! Thanks for introducing me to them, Magnus!
  4. ptglidden

    Sad music that makes you cry...

    After Forever - Lonely. There have been points in my life where I could have written this song myself.
  5. ptglidden

    Classical music

    Paganini's Violin Concerto no. 4 is a favorite of mine.
  6. ptglidden

    Tarja Turunen pt. II

    Floor has already sung a Final Fantasy tune.
  7. ptglidden

    Within Temptation

    I know that pyro looks spectacular. But incidents like that are why I am not a big fan of pyro on stage, especially in areas where the band stands. I have seen too many near misses with pyro, and have nearly been burned myself. Pyro should be banned in very small venues. Remember The Station fire where so many were killed? It nearly happened at one gig where I was doing the lighting. The band's pyro tech caught the ceiling on fire, just like at The Station. Fortunately, a stagehand was quick with a fire extinguisher and managed to put out the fire before it spread. I'm so glad Sharon wasn't hurt, and Robert was paying attention. That could have been very bad.
  8. ptglidden

    Nightwish Off Topic

    If a reunion-type gig happens at all, it will probably be when they are near the end of their careers. The Scorpions have had some gigs incorporating former band members such as Uli Jon Roth over the last few years. When folks get older, there is more desire to end old feuds and rekindle friendships. I had a serious health scare a couple of years ago, ever since then I have had the desire to end any bad feelings I have with people and reconnect with old friends - just in case I don't have another chance.
  9. ptglidden

    Anette Olzon

    But we're talking about people that have worked together more than once, right? Artists who know each other and have performed together again! You can't say that a band that has just come together can get away with that little preparation. While it is certainly easier if a band has played together for a while, for professionals on Anette's level it should most certainly be doable. I have seen it done many times. It is very difficult, but for major league musicians, far from impossible.
  10. ptglidden

    Anette Olzon

    I'm sorry, but three rehearsals is no excuse. I ran sound professionally for a number of years. The professionals I have worked with often required no more than a single run-through before playing live or in the studio. I have personally played bass for a band where I didn't even meet the rest of the band until ten minutes before hitting the stage. I practiced off a demo tape and a song list and was ready to go. What others have said about covering mistakes is also true. Mistakes happen, but if you know what you are doing, most people at a show will not even notice you played a bad note, or sang a wrong lyric. The most impressive band I have ever seen live is BB King's band. If you are going to play with him, you have to be on your toes. Based on the feel of the audience, he will change the tempo or key of the song as it is being played. He will also point to you, and you will have to improvise an 8-bar solo on the spot. If you see him live, you will never hear a song played the same way twice. He and his band are awesome. Don't get me wrong, rehearsals are important, and if you can put in more rehearsal time, do it. But if you are a true professional, you can get by without rehearsals if you have to. I want Annette to be successful. But in order for her to do so, both Annette and her band need to be better prepared before their next show.
  11. ptglidden


    I have done live concert sound since 1982, and there is no way Simone is lip-synching. Harvest and Imagineer are right. Nearly every singer I know that has an above-average dynamic range pulls the mic away during the louder notes to prevent feedback or an excessive change in volume. I have seen Floor do it during songs as well. Sometimes it drives me crazy when a singer is inconsistent about it or does it excessively, as it makes me have to stare at them while riding the fader. Sometimes we have to use a limiter to smooth things out, but that can rob a song of its natural dynamic range. It's better for the knob-twister to be on the ball.
  12. ptglidden

    Your all time favourite song?

    My personal favorite is INXS and Jimmy Barnes' cover of the Easybeats' Good Times. I can't help but dance when I listen to it. [media] [/media]
  13. Perhaps some people are overreacting a little bit, but their reaction reinforces the essential point - Anette's behavior is very counterproductive to her future career. Her main potential market for her solo album, at least at first, is among Nightwish fans. Few others have heard of her. Alienating NW fans by associating herself with Floor haters and other negative commenters is a bad idea. She's been out of the band for a while now. She should talk about her solo career, and not the past. Her feelings (justified or not) about the band are immaterial at this point. It's time for her to move on.
  14. ptglidden


    Part 2 of the album documentary. I'm really looking forward to the new record! [media] [/media]
  15. Where is her PR/management during all this? If they are at all competent, they will tell her to stop talking about Nightwish. She isn't hurting the band at all, if that's her intention. She is only making herself look bad. Her management and the record company should point out to her that her biggest potential market is among Nightwish fans. Alienating NW fans by badmouthing the band and Floor makes no sense.