Sometimes all it takes is some luck and a good break. Nobody joining Madonna onstage Thursday night at Ramat Gan Stadium for the debut of her MDNA world tour will attest to that more than her guitarist Monte Pittman.
Pittman already had oodles of a third ingredient - talent - when in 1999 at age 24, he left his home in Longview, Texas to pursue a music career in Los Angeles. Like many struggling musicians, he ended up making ends meet by first working in a guitar store and later giving private guitar lessons.
'It was hard to leave my home and everybody I grew up with, but I thought I would try to make it and just come home if it didn’t work out,' recalled Pittman last week in a phone call from New York where he was participating in exhaustive rehearsals for the tour.
'What I discovered though is that every time I got to the point where I thought it wasn’t going to work out and I’d have to quit, something amazing happened.'
The pivotal amazing development occurred when a novice who had just received a guitar as a gift from his girlfriend approached him about giving lessons. The novice was filmmaker Guy Ritchie, and the girlfriend was Madonna.
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