I love a good meme and I love a good music meme even more. I have discovered yet another one while prowling cyberspace so without further ado, let’s get going.
1. Which bands/artist do you own the most albums by?
That’s easy – Rush. Given that the band is very soon celebrating their 40th anniversary, and they have been my favourite band since 1981, it’s kind of obvious really. In total I have nineteen albums by the band, including live recordings. Let’s hope they continue to make superb music for a while yet.
I am currently have iTunes on shuffle on my desk top and the song that has just finished is Here Is The News by Electric Light Orchestra, a classic from the early 1980’s.
3. What’s in your CD player right now?
The song I am currently listening to is Every Day Is Exactly The Same by Nine Inch Nails:
So the album is With Teeth (by the same band of course).
4. What was the last show you attended?
The last gig I went to was Within Temptation at the Manchester Apollo, earlier this year. For those of you who haven’t heard of them, they are a symphonic metal band from Holland.
5. What was the greatest show you’ve ever been to?
I think that would have to be Rammstein, a highly controversial German industrial metal band who sing almost exclusively in German yet are massively popular among the metal loving English speaking world. The show was incredible, full of fire, fun and a massive audience of English people all singing in German – myself included.
6. What’s the worst show you’ve ever been to?
That’s easy – Cher. My ex-wife persuaded me against my better judgement to drive all the way to the Birmingham NEC in the late 1980’s to see this so-called superstar. The support was fairly dreadful but Cher simply took the piss in terms of value for money. I was used to seeing the feature artist on stage for at least an hour and a half. Sher came on and sang a few songs, changed her costume every five minutes and played for just over an hour. The best bit of the concert was when she disappeared for five minutes and left her dancers to show their art to a fairly good rock instrumental – but even that was ruined by a big screen showing us all how great Cher was at singing and acting. At the time it was the most expensive gig I had been to, which is another reason why I hated it.
7. What’s the most musically involved you have ever been?
I guess that means taking part in a musical act of some kind. I have played a trombone in the school orchestra at Walsall Town Hall in front of an appreciative audience of parents and teachers and also played in a brass group in the school hall in front of a similar bunch of people, including a stand up solo to the Floral Dance. How embarrassing.
8. What show are you looking forward to?
I have three concerts lined up in the next few months but the one I am looking forward to most is Steel Panther, a kind of extreme version of Spinal Tap who take the piss out of 1980’s heavy metal. They are extremely rude and offensive but hilarious.
9. What is your favorite band shirt?
I don’t buy band shirts anymore because, quite frankly, they are a complete waste of money. The last one I bought was Guns’n’Roses way back in the early 1990’s, so I’ll select that one.
10. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
I think my current favourite is a guy called Steven Wilson, a progressive rock genius who is the main songwriter and driving force behind Porcupine Tree. He has recently released his third solo album called The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories) which is one of the best albums I have heard for years. I would like to spend a day watching him at work.
11. Who is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback?
I would like Led Zeppelin to go into the studio one more time, with Jason Bonham replacing his father John on the drums, and record an album in the same style as their very first album.
A particular favourite is Dazed and Confused and if they could reproduce a bluesy masterpiece like this I would be absolutely delighted.
12. Who is one band/artist you’ve never seen live but always wanted to?
Again that has to be either Steven Wilson as a solo artist or with his band Porcupine Tree. He toured last year and played in Manchester but sadly, I was in Muscat so I couldn’t go.
13. Name four or more flawless albums:
I have a lot of flawless albums - but these immediately leap to mind.
AC/DC – Back in Black
Air – Pocket Symphony
Dream Theater – Metropolis Part II: Scenes from a Memory
Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Joe Satriani – The Extremist
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet
Queensrÿche – Operation Mindcrime
Rammstein – Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories)
Within Temptation – The Unforgiving
14. How many music related videos/DVDs do you own?
I own a couple of Rush DVD’s, and ones by Alice Cooper, Roger Waters and Nine Inch Nails.
15. How many concerts/shows have you been to, total?
I’ve been to so many over the years that I simply cannot remember. I would say well over a hundred.
16. Who have you seen the most live?
Bizarrely, the band I have seen most is Thunder, a British rock band from the 1990’s who still tour occasionally. They play good old British rock music that is totally inoffensive and extreme fun. In fact I have actually met the guys when my mate managed to wangle a couple of tickets to the after show party.
Here is a sample of their work:
18. What was your last musical “phase” before you wisened up?
To be honest, I love music from all the phases I have passed through – including 1970’s disco. See next question.
19. What’s your “guilty pleasure” that you hate to admit to liking?
I know – I shouldn’t like this but I do and I can’t help it. it takes me back to a time when I loved bopping away with all the other kids at the school disco in the 1970’s.
I present to you, Daft Punk with Get Lucky – and I love this song and I don't mind admitting it.