Nov 8, 2013 4:02 PM by Dan Shadwell

Santa Maria resident and rock musician, Terry Lawless, reflects on world tour with Pink

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to jam with some of the biggest rock bands in the world?
There's a Central Coast resident who can tell you, because that's his regular gig.
Terry Lawless enjoys playing keyboards for U2 (and other instruments as well), and coming home to Santa Maria. Currently, he's on tour with Pink.
He has--excuse the expression--a rock star resume. Over the years, he's played with Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Foreigner, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Bonnie Raitt, U2, and now Pink.
I caught up with him on a recent hiatus and he shared some perspectives about the current, record-breaking tour that's as much spectacle as concert. Here's part one of our conversation:
"Well, she is an ex-gymnast," Lawless says, referring to Pink, "... and she hooked up with some Cirque Du Soleil people. So, the show... a big portion of it is in the air now."
Lawless shakes his head. "I don't know how she does all this physical stuff and still sings. You get a lot of breath in some of the tunes, but she's going to put on a performance for you that you'll never forget."
That tour has sold more than 600-thousand tickets so far, in 18 sold-out shows in Australia alone.
Lawless is contractually barred from revealing details, but he says Pink is a real pro--a top notch artist with a great sense of humor.
"She is really funny," he explains, smiling himself.
"Again, I can't say a lot, but I think a lot of the hard-edge thing was part of her career molding at the time--the kind of songs that she has--because she jokes about, 'this was back when I was punk' and 'this was back when I was R&B' and you know what? She is just a great talent and a great singer and there isn't enough you can say about the enthusiasm she has."
Lawless is self-deprecating about his role with the groups he assists, but those artists continue to seek his help. Whether he's performing arena concerts or working smaller venues, he says he owes his success to listening and focusing on the musicians around him.
"Rather than me trying to be a great player, I try to make them the best players they're ever going to be... and that's why I work a lot. It doesn't matter if I do that on the local level, if I do that on the international level. It's all the same. I just want to make them sound as good as they're ever going to be and when I'm not there, I'm going to want them to say, 'Dang! I wish Lawless was here!,' you know?"



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