PEAVEY INT’L. HEADQUARTERS — On the proverbial road to rock stardom, 12 Stones has endured triumphs and hardships of biblical proportions, from signing a record deal in less than 12 months of existence to landing huge concert tours with major artists, only to have them canceled or postponed for months on end.
Maybe they’re soothsayers; after all, throughout the bible, Jesus challenged the endurance of his 12 apostles. The name 12 Stones refers to that bit of trivia, and while many journalists hang on that religious symbolism, it’s not important to understanding the band’s music. 12 Stones is simply a positive hard rock band with a hopeful message.
And as it turns out, nice guys do win. By rejecting the negativity popularized by mainstream rock acts over the past decade, they’ve sold nearly a half-million albums in the United States alone. Of course, months upon months of hard touring with megastars Creed and 3 Doors Down helped, as did vocalist Paul McCoy’s turn on the Evanescence hit “Bring Me to Life.”
“Paul did the Evanescence song between tours, and a few months later that album [Fallen] had already sold in the millions,” says Weaver. “We’ve had people come up and say, ‘I got the Evanescence album and heard of 12 Stones through that. It’s helped.”
Many of the songs on 12 Stones’ just-released second album, ‘Potter’s Field,’ originated with Weaver and McCoy and benefited from an array of studio guitar amplifiers. When it came time to translate the album to a live setting, however, Weaver turned to the new Peavey JSX amp, co-designed by legend Joe Satriani.
“The JSX supports what I do well, although it doesn’t sound exactly like the album,” he says. “I’ve always had a tendency to do things differently live than on a record. I like the JSX’s two distorted channels, especially if I’m doing an intro that’s distorted. I’ll just use the crunch channel for the intro, then switch to the ultra channel when the song kicks in.
“I also really like the JSX’s clean channel. It blows away anything (other companies) could ever dream of having on their amps. And the mids and highs just scream. I have it sounding just the way I like it. It covers all the bases.”
Fellow 12 Stones guitarist Greg Trammell plays through Peavey Triple XXX heads and cabs, while bassist Aaron Hill plays through a Pro 500 bass amp head, GPS 2600 power amp and Pro 810 bass cabinets.
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