• Airbag live in Gothenburg

    OK, I usually don’t do this. Gilmourish.Com is after all a David Gilmour tribute but I thought perhaps you’d like to see a clip of Airbag’s latest show in Gothenburg, Sweden this saturday… Obviously there’s a lot of Gilmourizing going on!

    This is actually the first time I used the Reeves Custom 50 on a live show – been borrowing Mesa, Fenders lately. In combo with my old Sound City cab loaded with Weber Thames it performed incredibly well… even on this rather small stage. For the past year or so I’ve mainly been using a Fender CIJ ’65 reissue Strat modified with EMG DG20 pickups. I think I’m more into rosewood at the moment and this neck with the binding and all just melts in my palm. Not so sure about the DG20 but they kind of adds that warm humbucker tone I use in a studio setting and still sounds pretty much like a Strat. Check out my review here.

    The pedal board has changed a bit lately too. I once swore I’d never ditch the Coloursound Power Boost and the AnalogMan Sun Face but I have. Not that I don’t like them anymore but they’re a bit redundant for my Airbag tones. I mainly use the BK Tube Driver (now back with the 12AX7 tube) with a Dunlop RotoVibe and Boss DD2 for this song. On the solo between the first chorus and second verse I add a Fulltone OCD for a bit more bite and the main solo at the end of the song is Vox wah wah > TD > BYOC LB triangle > Boss DD2 > TRex Replica. The very last solo is Gollmer Composus > Fulltone OCD > Boss DD2.

    We’re working on the followup to our debut album Identity and are aiming for an early 2011 release although it’s a bit too early to tell. Check out our website airbagsound.com and join our Facebook page for the latest news, more clips and stuff from the ongoing studio sessions.

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42 Responsesso far.

  1. Kelton Gomes says:

    But you use them at the same time?

    [Sometimes yes. On some songs I want a fast slap back for a reverb kind of effect and a long delay at around 500ms. I mostly use the Replica for wet echo repeats similar to David’s Binson and the DD2 for solo etc that requires a more clean pristine tone. – Bjorn]

  2. Kelton Gomes says:

    Bjorn, what is the intention of stacking the DD2 with the Replica after it?

    [None… Just the way I placed them at first :) – Bjorn]

  3. Angel Quiñones says:

    Wow brother I like your sound a LOT, by the way I sense a big BIT of MARILLION on your band, and PLEASE, post some more videos.

    [Thanks! Yeah, we’re all Marillion fans and Rothery has always been one of my fav players :) – Bjorn]

  4. Kevin Long says:

    Love the song, Bjorn, and your playing is excellent! Nice tone, very tasteful soloing. It would be fun to see you all live… Coming to the states anytime soon? ;-)

    [Thanks! No plans yet but hopefully sometime soon! – Bjorn]

  5. Brandon says:

    Hey man, you guys sound great! I loved your first album and your guitar tone was beautiful. I really like the 65 reissue strat, and your effects were top notch. Can’t wait for your next album. Thanks for the post!

    [Thank you Brandon! Yeah, that ’65 reissue has a very nice guitar indeed :) Cheers! – Bjorn]

  6. Christophe says:

    Hey Bjorn – heard it and went directly to Amazon to order the album. I loved it. Fantastic ! …and please go back to work, I can’t wait the next one !!!

    [Thanks a lot for your support Christophe! – Bjorn]

  7. Andrew says:

    This is your website, I say you should promote your stuff more often (without downplaying any of the stuff about good ol’ Mr. Gilmour, of course).

    Colours was easily my favorite song on the album, and this was a beautiful performance. With that solo you’ve become my favorite contemporary guitarist. I patiently wait for more on the next album.

    [Thanks a lot for your kind words Andrew! – Bjorn]

  8. bruno sallès says:

    hello Bjorn
    very glad to see an airbag perform at live.
    lovely song and seems to be a very good gig.
    i like very much your guitar approach.sounds brilliant.gilmour influences are still there and a self made touch that is sweet and very emotional.
    the greatest touch…
    thanks for sharin’ with us this special moment and keep on playin’!!!
    see you soon Bjorn and take care.

    [Thanks for your kind words Bruno! – Bjorn]

  9. small axe says:

    Great tune and site. Gilmour info is incredible. Just purchased an Ash Strat, trying to figure out if I want the dg20 or duncan-fender combo. I had a Powerhouse Strat but wasn’t crazy about the active pickups. Keep up the great playing and post another song or two.

    [Thanks! – Bjorn]

  10. Jean-Francois says:

    Great playing ! Nice song ! Obviously lot of Floyd influences here :)
    I prefer the tone on the first solo than the one with wha. A little bit “confused” with the other guitarist sound (E-bow isn’t it ?), but maybe the camera-recorder sound is not faithfully to the original gig sound :)

    I agree withe the “less is more” thing, and minimalist playing instead of many notes, but you could have played an epic lyric solo at the end with high notes in the C-numb/Time/Money style, I’m sure it would fit the song :) And I’m sure you would do a great job too :)

    Anyway, it’s incontestable that you know how to make sound a guitar :)
    keep playing great music !

    [Thanks for your kind words Jean-Francois! Yes, that’s an E-Bow he’s using. The camera didn’t quite make it justice. – Bjorn]

  11. Kristoffer says:

    Hey Björn!

    Great reading this post. I was actually there and saw the gig live. Since I live in Gothenburg I knew I had to go so I brought my girlfriend and my sister with me. We all agreed that your gig was the highlight of the evening. I really think your music made an even bigger impression live than on the recording, though Airbag has been playing on Spotify since the gig.

    I did notice the new pedals on your pedalboard and I meant to comment here but I guess I forgot. It did sound really great though. All in all the sound was really good at the gig (which is hinted at by the youtube video, though it was much better in real life). You seemed annoyed at the monitoring of your guitar but the sound out at the crowd was really really good. The only problem was the strange feedback that appeared three times at the gig (though the last time it made this theremin-like thing which was rather cool but unintentional).

    The only thing I would remark is that you should use the harmony vocals more. It sounds really good when you do it and I would like to hear more of it.

    All in all, great gig and a nice evening!

    [Thanks a lot Kristoffer! I had some problems with too much guitar in the front monitor and it was difficult to hear what I played. The soundguy was a jerk and didn’t have control at all so I had to tell him 3-4 times to turn it down. Got some feedback and my ears are still ringing… but it doesn’t matter. Great evening all together! – Bjorn]

  12. Dave says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Glad to see a glimpse of Airbag and welcome its anytime in my opinion. I am in the US so I can’t exactly come see you play. When do we get to see clips of your floyd tribute?
    Is there anyway you could give us all a taste of an Airbag Backing track. I would love to play along to your excellent music. I am sure others would appreciate it as well. Love your site!


    [Thanks Dave! We’re focusing on Airbag at the moment so it’s been awhile since we’ve done any Floyd tribute. We plan on releasing some Airbag backingtracks soon so stay tuned. – Bjorn]

  13. Manny says:

    Dear Bjorn,
    your playing style and the way you stand on stage remind me of another great: Steve Rothery.

    [He he! I take that as a compliment! I’m a great fan of Rothery :) Bjorn]

  14. Kit Rae says:


    Some killer tones there. Very nice. I like the minimalist style of playing you do in Airbag. Not over the top, not too many notes. Just the right amount in the right places.

    [Thanks Kit! Less is more… right? – Bjorn]

  15. Henrique says:

    This song is very cool… once I downloaded 4 songs from the Airbag and they are really nice.

    Great performance.

    [Cheers Henrique! – Bjorn]

  16. Brad says:

    Finally some great video of you guys live! loved it. One of my favorite songs too. I can’t wait for the new release. Any chance ‘homesick’ will be on that one?

    [Well, I can’t tell you that now :) – Bjorn]

  17. Michael says:

    I love the tone at 3:00
    Beautiful !

    [Thanks! That Rotovibe is great! – Bjorn]

  18. ruodi says:

    “Not sure if everyone agrees that I’m as good as Gilmour but I’m flattered nonetheless :) – Bjorn”

    Maybe not as good as the YOUNG Gilmour, okay …

    But, fact is: Wow, I´m still flying.

    [LOL! – Bjorn]

  19. Drew MacKenzie says:

    naaailed iiit!!!! love the bends.

    [Cheers Drew! – Bjorn]

  20. Thomas says:

    Excellent song Bjorn. 1:50 – 3:30 is awesome! My favorite part.

    [Thanks Thomas! – Bjorn]

  21. Michel says:

    Bjorn, don’t be so modest! Your playing is a tribute to Gilmour in itself. Great tone, great playing as always. I am not a tone fanatic, but your attention for detail is excellent.

    [Cheers Michel! – Bjorn]

  22. Eric Nyberg says:

    Beautiful song, my favorite on Identity.

    [Thanks Eric! – Bjorn]

  23. Quentin says:

    Absolutely amazing sound! Love the tone!Love the solos!
    And love your work on the best site on the net!
    Beautiful Music :)

    [Thanks for your kind words Quentin. – Bjorn]

  24. Luciano says:

    Very good, indeed, Bjorn!

    Great song, great band, great tone, great guitar playing!

    If only there were more bands like Airbag, these days…

    Talking about gear, I do love my Roto Vibe. Very useful and versatile. At least to my taste. Both for vibe and for phaser tones. I find myself using it much more than my Small Stone and Soul Vibe. But, as a matter of fact, unfortunately, I have not been playing a lot, lately.

    You could post a picture of the current pedalboard.

    Going off-topic, have you ever tested the Tube Works Real Tube Overdrive (the black one, with 5 knobs)? I have found one for a more or less reasonable price, but haven’t made my mind yet about buying it…

    I have read here (http://home.comcast.net/~jroscoe/bkbutler.html) that BK Butler considered the black one superior, in some ways, than the original Tube Driver. That’s a curious statement, considering he is currently producing the 4 knob version (with or without the Bias option) instead of the suposed better 5 knob one… Maybe because of all the David Gilmour fans our here…

    Cheers and long live Airbag!!


    [Thanks! Yeah, I love the Rotovibe. Not a typical Gilmour effect but works very well for my Airbag tones. It’s been a while since I tried the Tube Works pedal but I think it was quite good. Of all the Tube Driver versions, including the Chandler, I still prefer the current BK though. – Bjorn]

  25. Steve says:

    Love to see you guys”in the flesh” in the states:)

  26. newswede says:

    Fantastic clip! I have to say, I’m ashamed that I didn’t know you were coming to Göteborg! I would have been there in a second if I’d known. Next time. Next time!

    [I’m sure we’ll be visting Sweden soon! Join our Facebook page for the latest news :) – Bjorn]

  27. Seb says:

    Awesome sounds for a wonderful song. Good to see Airbag in High Definition. Keep on rockin’ on a Gilmourized World!

    [Cheers! – Bjorn]

  28. Hugo says:

    Great to see you playing your own stuff Bjorn. Its encouraging to see how you guys have managed to do Floyd and have your own project, its also one of my goals right now with my band.

    Maybe that could be a good set of articles Bjorn: how you manage to work, have a tribute floyd band and your own band. Its kind of tricky to accomplish that.

    Great song, I can hear influences of Marillion there. Cheers!

    [You can ask our wives and girlfriends how or if we do manage :) Cheers! – Bjorn]

  29. ruodi says:

    A gilmourist comes of age: Uses his DG-20 pickguard again though Gilmour doesn´t uses his any more! Maybe the first piece of a new-born musical life-style: Retro avant-garde! And that´s what I´ve always said: Who needs Gilmour, when you have Bjorn Riis? The fact that Bjorn isn´t enough “toff” for communicating with all of us doesn´t mean that he isn´t an ethereal shining light on stage! Also, it´s good to see the old fellows Asle Tostrup and Bjorn Riis together on stage again! Were they ever divided? I don´t think so.

    The music is exactly what I was after, when I was 10-15 years younger: A 70´s band playing sort of the first shyly forerunner of “On an Island”. The guitar playing a mix of Marillion and the late Gilmour, the singing a meddle of Anekdoten (from Sweden) and A-HA.

    … I´ve enjoyed it!

    [Thanks a lot Roudi! Not sure if everyone agrees that I’m as good as Gilmour but I’m flattered nonetheless :) – Bjorn]

  30. Franck says:

    Great pleasure to see you playing live.
    I am in France and I have probably no chance to see you soon.
    What a hell accurate playing and band cohesion !

    [Thank you Franck! – Bjorn]

  31. Nic says:


    Thanks for posting this! You’ve turned a lot of us on to Airbag just as much as you have to the wonderful world of Gilmourizing….

    I’m shocked you removed the Coloursound! It also sounds like the BD-2 and the OCD mad the live board, eh? And for the RotoVibe, may I ask what happened to the Sixties Vibe (as a SV owner, I can’t imagine anything else toping it… unless you needed the pedal doe speed control).

    GREAT video! Colours is one of my personal favorites (Steal My Soul may be the #1)!

    What I don’t think a lot of us realize is while your specific gear page may say one thing, you probably trade in and out a lot with the set-up of your board (and did I hear you were borrowing Mesa’s?)

    I’d love to hear more about what you’re messing around with now that may not be reflected on the MY Gear section of the site (like the Mesa???). Photos are always welcome!

    Thanks again for posting!

    [Well, my AIrbag sounds are quite different to what I’m using with the Floyd tribute. I mean, I still use a Strat and most of the same pedals but I need something a bit different. The Sixties Vibe is still my favourite UniVibe but the Rotovibe produce a slightly different sound… more phaser than a UniVibe so they can’t really be compared I think. The BD2 hasn’t been on the board for a while. I’m using the Tube Driver and OCD for overdrives and a BYOC Large Beaver triangle Muff clone for leads. I’ve been borrowing amps mostly when we’re playing outside Oslo and Norway. – Bjorn]

  32. Well done guys….Its just great to see and hear….
    And much better than the last two David efforts….
    Keep it up and play more….
    The OCD is welded to my pedal board.It is just so versatile.

    [Thanks! I agree with you on the OCD. Incredible pedal! – Bjorn]

  33. Michael says:

    I have to say Bjorn that was truely beautiful. I`m really digging your band and your guitar work was phonominal, (although it always is.) Good luck on your second album. Cheers!!

    [Thanks Michael! – Bjorn]

  34. Lorne says:

    I have often wondered why we don’t see *more* of your Airbag-related posts, Bjorn. You are still keeping things related to your gear and setup and how this may be different/same as Mr. G’s. I look to your site as not only one that is dedicated to the guitar tones of Pink Floyd but also how another fellow Gilmour fanatic goes about on his own tone quest. Compare & contrast are helpful! Always an enjoyable read (and listen, too). Thanks, Bjorn. All the best w/Airbag.
    – Lorne

    [Thanks Lorne! I’ll keep that in mind for future posts. – Bjorn]

  35. Chris says:

    Excellent, it sounds pretty good!

    [Thanks Chris! – Bjorn]

  36. MobiusR says:

    I see that your getting your own sound now. Im a big fan of your Airbag work and keep up and surprise me again with the next airbag album


    [We’ll do our best :) – Bjorn]

  37. Sean says:

    A perfect tasteful use of effects. One of these days when I go for a new amp, I’m most definitely going to look into Reeves. The DG-20s sound great too. Any sources on finding those things for cheaper than the $350 they typically charge for them?

    [I’d check EBay… – Bjorn]

  38. Great song. Beautiful guitar sound and playing. Well, great overall sound as well :-) Like a mixture of Porcupine Tree/Marillion/Pink Floyd. And that is some mixture! :-) I live in Gothenburg but missed your gig, didn’t know you were coming :-( Looking forward to your album. Keep it up. Great site and great playing Björn.

    [Thanks! Too bad you couldn’t make it. Join our Facebook page for the latest news etc :) – Bjorn]

  39. Dave A says:

    Looks and sounds like you had a great show,the olny reason I didn,t make it was because I was on holiday otherwise I would have come to see you all again.I sure there will be more times in the future.Keep it up guys its great to see you doing so well.All the best lads.

    [Thanks Dave! Hope you had a great holiday :) – Bjorn]

  40. syd says:

    Remember when you were very proud of your gilmour sound out of your boss fuzz pedal and the fx processor? LOL.

    [Ha ha! Yeah… and I still have those things lying around. I don’t think my sounds have changed that much though. Still using the same kind of effects but of course I always try to find something better. – Bjorn]

  41. Good to see you live, even for You Tube.
    Congratulations, is a excellent job!

    [Thank you! – Bjorn]

  42. Bjorn –

    Man, even though this is a Gilmour page, you just go ahead and post as much Airbag stuff as you want as far as I’m concerned. I mean, after all, one of the ways this page can be really helpful is to try and show how all of us can get great Gilmour tones on our own projects – and Airbag is one of the greatest all time examples of how that can be done. I can’t wait for the new album to be done! Good luck with the rest of it.


    [Thanks for your kind words Brandon! – Bjorn]