Much longer than I can remember...But I've been told that I was formally trained in piano from ages 5 to 8. Then at 12 years old, I taught myself to play guitar by playing along with recordings of my favorite bands. From 12-17 years old I practiced between 4 and 8 hours a day, every day. I skipped out of school to go and jam, then I'd hang out in the local guitar shop, and quickly became a major nuisance. By 18 I started playing live, touring, recording.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Prism at The Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC. It was a life-altering experience, for sure.
What gear do you use?
ESP LTD Viper, Jay Turser Explorer, Gibson Les Paul Studio, Washburn & some other crappy beater acoustics, Marshalls, Peavey. My fave axe was my 1967 Gibson Flying V (RIP)
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tony Iommi, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Angus Young, Robin Trower, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Frank Zappa, Keith Richards, Mick Mars, Kirk Hammett, Alex Lifeson, Richie Blackmore, Gary Holt, BB King, Pete Willis, Billy Gibbons.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Electric Shovel - Hard Rock/Metal
(I have been in a few other bands, but they simply don't matter, because they no longer exist)
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Electric Shovel. - I am, at long last, a member of one of my top 5 favorite bands.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Thousands (or more) depending on how much truth serum I have unwittingly ingested.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?