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Kenny G & Megadeth

Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM by User 0 Comments
Kenny G & Megadeth

You know him as nothing but a ‘G’ thang, but he also happens to be a pilot, golfer, stock-picker and, well, huge in China. Smooth-jazz maestro Kenny G has returned with the bossa nova-themed Brazilian Nights, his first studio album since 2010’s Heart and Soul. Can the long-locked saxophonist who has sold 75 million albums and chilled out another 75 million dental offices also compose punchlines to a few Awkward Questions? Let’s get a reed on the situation.

Why go by the name “Kenny G”? Was “K Gorelick” not moving enough units? 
The problem was that they didn’t know if it was pronounced like gorilla or garlic—I mean, people were thinking they were going to have to buy some sort of grocery item when they said my name. Kenny G is a lot smoother. 

You were an early investor in Starbucks. Was that just to ensure placement of your albums? 
Absolutely. That’s where you want your record—at the counter at Starbucks. My Christmas album Miracleswas actually the very first CD that Starbucks sold…. I think it goes best with a Frappuccino. It’s soothing and also sweet. 

You’ve been ranked by Golf Digest as the no. 1 musician golfer. How stiff is the competition in that category? Or is Alice Cooper just not that intimidating in knickers without his makeup? 
The competition is stiff, but the shaft on my driver is stiffer. And I think Alice Cooper is about a 5 or 6 handicap without makeup—but with makeup, he might give Tiger Woods a scare. 

Would you consider coming out with a line of underwear called the Kenny G-String? 
The truth is I used to sell G-strings at my concerts when I first started. They were for women, not for men. They had my name right in the sweet spot.

Were they a big seller?
They weren’t, actually. In China, your song “Going Home” is piped into public places to let everyone know that it’s time to leave. 

When you play concerts there, do you screw with the audience sometimes and open with “Going Home”? 
It has to be the last song. Or it’s the first encore, and you rarely get a second encore after “Going Home.” There’s four people left that might want to hear more—but those would be the rebels. 

Given that China doesn’t pay you royalties and you hold a degree in accounting, could you tell us how much they owe you? 
Oh, let’s see. I think probably $30 or 40 million? It could be five times that much…. With China you just have to enjoy what they have to offer. 

Ever just cut out the middle step and perform in an elevator? 
I was on a cruise ship once and the elevators were clear, and people that were going up and down were watching me play. It was weird for me to play to an elevator as opposed to being played in an elevator.

Using a technique called circular breathing, you set a record for sustaining an E-flat for more than 45 minutes. Why did you stop? 
At that point it’s just boredom, right? I didn’t want to stop but what happened was that a little bit of spit got in the way of my reed and the mouthpiece and then the sound stuttered. And then the Guinness [World Records] people said, “That’s it! That’s it! You didn’t hold it anymore!” And they called it. I could’ve probably gone another 20, 30 minutes. I want to see if I can get a bunch of companies to sponsor me, to say, “I’ll give him a thousand dollars a minute,” and then see how much money I can make for a charity if I can hold it for an hour. It’s really hard to do for that long. You can’t swallow for an hour. Just think about walking around and not swallowing.

What other records would you like to break? 
I’d like to physically break the first record I made, because on the cover I look like Richard Simmons jumping off a trampoline mid-air doing some sort of a twist. It’s not a flattering shot.

Read the full article at EW.com

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