Last year I was contacted by a guy at A&M Studios in regards to a producer who was looking for an Optigan. Apparently, Bruce Fairbairn (80’s glam-metal guru whose extensive credits include Aerosmith, Van Halen, The Scorpions, Poison, Loverboy, etc. etc.) had recently encountered our little Temperite friend during a session with The Wallflowers and, of course, he became so enamored of it that he just had to have one of his own.
When I finally met up with him in LA, he was in the middle of a session with the original KISS lineup, who were working on their reunion album at the time. Bruce totally dug the Optigan and bought it on the spot. As I was about to make him promise to get the thing on the KISS album, he beat me to the punch and suggested it himself!!! But alas, even though the new album was titled “Psycho Circus,” I gave it a good listen at a used CD store and could not find any trace of that Optigan anywhere!! I guess I’ll just keep my eyes open for future Fairbairn productions!!