Bird of Paradise.
(photo credit: courtesy)
It’s been a staple among the most-played oldies on the radio in Israel for the past 25 years, even though most people haven’t heard of its writer and performer. But on March 27 at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, lovers of the spacey 1983 guitar ballad “Bird of Paradise” can revel in a live performance by the Smoky White Blues Project.
White, who has been a member of both Pink Floyd’s touring band for The Wall and a regular guitarist with Roger Waters on various tours, follows a long line of British guitarists – like Peter Green and Eric Clapton – who are steeped in the black blues tradition.
In addition to releasing many solo releases over the years, White was
also a member of British rockers Thin Lizzy in the late 1970s and early
’80s. One of his most memorable appearances, though, took place during
Waters’s performance of The Wall
Berlin in 1990 following the collapse of the Berlin Wall, in which he
played the solo in ‘Comfortably Numb’ atop the eighty foot wall.
While White may be obscure now, fans who attend his show next month will likely be talking about him for days after.