I started playing guitar in 1976, inspired by lots of great 50's and 60's rock & roll.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Just a guess, but I think it was in 1976 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. The headliner was America, with Poco as the support group.
What gear do you use?
I mainly play Les Pauls and a Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion, although I break out a Strat on occasion. Amplification is Marshall, baby! Bunches of effects, including an old MXR flanger and a Boss OC-2, but the T-Rex wah gets the most use.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Good tips from other musicians, and general comradeship!
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Who says I'm grown up? rotflmao.....but, about my influences (if you really wanna know). Whether you've been playing 6 months or 60 years, whether some armchair critic thinks you're great or thinks you suck, whether you've toured the world or have only toured your basement, whether you've sold 10 million records or none at all --- if you strap on your guitar and play the sonofabitch like you MEAN it, then you're an influence of mine. Some of the (rock-oriented) pros whom I have admired include Pat Travers, Bernie Torme, Robin Trower, Tony Iommi, Gary Moore, Leslie West, Ted Nugent, Bill Nelson, and Ronnie Montrose. Don't get me wrong, I can't PLAY like any of them.....I can only play like me. LOL
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I play guitar in Race The Rat. Loud, gritty hard rock that your mother will likely disapprove of. We play shows like Godzilla played Tokyo (rotflmao).
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
My maternal grandfather....the man played a mean banjo and tenor guitar back in the 20's and 30's.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Opening a show for King Diamond in Washington, DC back in the 80's was pretty memorable. He was a pretty cool guy!
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Probably something by lutenist Catherine Liddell. Her performances never fail to move me.