Rock guitarist George Lynch will perform Thursday in Augusta.
The band Lynch Mob, with Lynch and former members of the heavy metal group Dokken, will appear at a meet and greet at Rock Bottom Music on Broad Street at 6 p.m., followed by a concert at Coyotes Night Club for patrons 21 and older.
Lynch is one of the most recognizable names in the guitar world, said Jonathan Karow, the owner of Rock Bottom Music and organizer of the event. He compares Lynch to other guitar greats, such as Eddie Van Halen and Jimmy Page. This is the first time that Lynch has played in the Augusta-Aiken area, Karow said.
“A lot of people are coming in saying that George Lynch is the reason why they started playing guitar. People are driving long distances to see this show,” Karow said.
Lynch’s career has spanned more than 30 years with tours across the world. He has recorded more than 20 albums, and in the 1980s, he reached No. 1 on MTV and radio charts with the band Dokken, featuring frontman Don Dokken. Lynch has also achieved success with his own band Lynch Mob and endorses some of the world’s finest guitars and equipment, he said.
The ESP Guitar Co. offers six George Lynch model guitars. In addition, Randall Amplifiers offers the George Lynch “Lynch Box,” high-end guitar amplifiers custom-designed to Lynch’s guitar tones and specifications, he said.
Lynch said he is flattered by his fans’ admiration.
“To me, I was just a guy that had my heroes, and I’m just emulating them. I learned from the masters and did my thing with it,” Lynch said. “It’s nice that I’m in the mix and that I’m recognized. I appreciate that.”
Some of the artists Lynch admires include Jimi Hendrix and The Four Horsemen. He grew up listening to flamenco, classical and blues music, and also the Beatles, he said.
Lynch Mob is working on a new album with a tentative release date of early summer. Lynch also recently completed a project with the band Dokken, minus the lead singer, that will be released this fall.
He plans to tour with Lynch Mob this summer, followed by a tour with members of Dokken in the fall.