We go over the semi-filling, arena-rocking loads of gear that John Shanks, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald brought on the road to support This House Is Not for Sale.

Intro

PG’s Chris Kies spent some quality time with John Shanks, Phil X, and Hugh McDonald before their sold-out show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The trio prove they travel heavy with plenty of instruments, detail their signal chains, and Phil X (above) even challenges Kies to an arm-wrestling match.

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