I started playing guitar when I was 10 years old. My mother told me I would be popular at parties.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
Like-minded musicians that could trade ideas and collaborate as well as interact with The Online Music Industry as it stands now. Creating links to these people would be invaluable.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
In late 1970 I hitchhiked to Edmonton to see Rod Stewart on his Gasoline Alley tour with Savoy Brown. Both Kim Simmonds and Ronnie Wood blew me away! When I saw Deep Purple on their 1972 tour that became Made In Japan, that clinched it!
What gear do you use?
I have a Yamaha FG180 dreadnaut and a Harmony Master f-hole archtop for acoustics and my main squeeze The White Queen (Queenie for short), a custom made Strat with a rosewood neck, a Fender pickup from a 1963 Strat on the neck position and a Seymour Duncan on the bridge position. Everything sraight-wired a la Eddie Van Halen. My amp is a Peavey Classic 50 and I use a BOSS GT10 for sound shaping.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
My two biggest influences growing up were The Yardbirds/Cream melting pot and Deep Purple when I heard Ritchie Blackmore for the first time.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Over the period from 1972 until now I have been in many different lineups, the most visible being The Vigil from 1980 to 1982. I am currently involved in a recording duo named VIGIL - ANTE, a Hard Rock/ Prog Metal project that was birthed in the fall of 2008 with drummer Cory Weinberger, We'd been in a couple of recording line-ups and this proved to forge a creative bond that has been made whole by the creation of VIGIL-ANTE.
I play all guitars, bass, write the lyrics and do the vocals. Cory does drums & percussion, all recording processes and some keyboard for effect You can follow us at:
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Either Ritchie Blackmore or Jimmy Page. Between the two of them they cover just about every style that I'm interested in.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
The largest was 3500 people at an outdoor show in Medicine Hat in the summer of 1982. We Rocked Them! The smallest... memory has kindly forgotten it. Couldn't say.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Deep Purple In Rock. I first heard it when it came out and was totally blown away by Ritchie!