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Thursday, October 31, 2002

Tim Reynolds expresses anti-war viewpoint at Marrz
By Chelsea Marti

When Jason Ruth, general manager for Marrz Theater heard that Tim Reynolds would be in the area on his "Chaos View" tour, he began networking to get the guitar guru to play at Marrz.

"Wilmington has basically been without the ability to bring in such artists as Tim Reynolds," Ruth said. But now that he has Reynolds booked, Ruth said he anticipates anywhere from 500-800 people in attendance for the Nov. 2 show.

Reynolds' appearance at Marrz Theatre downtown will be in continuation of his tour. His newest album, Chaos View, was released this past September. With his musical influences ranging from Marilyn Manson to Alice in Chains, and most recently to the Deftones and Fear Factory, Reynolds is on a constant search for an original sound. As a guitar connoisseur, Reynolds' has played with numerous artists and bands, including Greg Howard, OM Trio (who recently played at Paleo Sun), Shannon Worrell and the Stix and Stones.

The majority of music fans, however, recognize Reynolds for his previous collaborations with Dave Matthews. Reynolds lived in Charlottesville, VA, for 17 years, where Matthews also resides. The two met at a club that Reynolds frequently played and became friends.

In 1999 Reynolds and Matthews went on tour together, and a live album, Live at Luther College, documented this venture. This is the album that finally seemed to push Tim Reynolds into the spotlight. But Reynolds is much more than a star. According to him, it's not about fame. He is about leaving someone inspired by his sounds, even if for one fleeting moment.

Also according to Reynolds, collaboration with Dave Matthews has given him much appreciated exposure. But he is an artist who does not stick with one genre. Reynolds asserts that he hopes fans will not attend his shows in anticipation of hearing Dave Matthews Band-like music. He considers it disrespectful to "copy" a person's musical sound.

"People might expect one thing and get another thing," Reynolds said from his Santa Fe, N.M. home.

Reynolds strives to push musical boundaries and is constantly trying new things, improvising as he goes. His "Chaos View" tour is most definitely something new for Reynolds. The show will be a multimedia presentation, with Reynolds playing mostly electric guitar sprinkled with acoustic guitar, drum programming and sequence and sampling.

"Chaos View" will be presenting more than Reynolds' guitar capabilities. His very evident views on politics and social justice issues will be represented through flashing fractal images, ranging from 'outer space' imagery to militarism and propaganda. Reynolds will be "jamming out," as he says, in front of the presentation. The flashing presentation idea was something his wife thought of, and it has evolved into a very important asset to the "Chaos View" tour. Reynolds hopes to express his anti-war view through the photographs and images presented throughout this tour.

His sentiments about politics and war have evolved since he's had his own children. "Don't kill people because it makes them want to kill you," Reynolds said.

Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and can be obtained at Schoolkids Records, Manifest Discs and Tapes or at the Marrz box office.

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