Yeah, I only do these when the mood strikes. I can't help it.
- What was the first band you saw in concert?
Styx, on the tour for their concept album "Kilroy Was here."
- Who is your favorite artist/band now?
My friends who've done this all have very definitive answers, but I'm afraid I can't muster one. For a long time it was the Electric Light Orchestra, then the Alan Parsons Project, then Renaissance, a nominally "progressive rock" band that often sounded more like a classical ensemble. Over the last few years it's been harder to nail down, as I've had a lot of alternative stuff leaking into my playlist--not "alternative rock," which when it comes down to it is just another mainstream radio format, but stuff that only gets airplay on stations like Tampa's WMNF: folk rock, progressive pop, alt country. Out of my old standbys, Alan Parsons holds up the best; out of new favorites, Grey Eye Glances and October Project. To throw a kink into all that, my favorite singer-songwriter is Rosanne Cash. And to throw an even worse kink in--
- What's your favorite song?
The ones I keep coming back to are "Am I Here Yet" by Billie Myers and "Good Girls Go To Heaven" by Pandora's Box. Yes, this is the one that was redone by Meat Loaf on Bat Out Of Hell II. Yes, it's a pointless song, but God, it's catchy, particularly in this version--as are several of the songs on the one Pandora's Box CD that was released. (The one most people will have heard of was covered in a slightly watered-down version by Celine Dion, "It's All Coming Back to me Now.") Out of the groups I mentioned in the last question, though, it'd be Alan Parsons' "La Sagrada Familia" and Grey Eye Glances' "Chills."
- If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Piano. (Which I used to be able to play, but haven't really tried for years. Technically, I could say that I'd want to play the synthesizer--if I got another keyboard, it'd likely be for MIDI input. But it'd likely be a full 88 keys.)
- If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?
I was going to say "I have no idea," but that's not true. It'd probably be Jim Steinman, writer-producer of the aforementioned "Good Girls" song (and the only songs by Meat Loaf anyone's heard of, along with Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart," Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" and a couple Sisters of Mercy tunes--you can't say the man isn't eclectic). Why? Because the man is obviously a full-bore fruit loop and would probably be really entertaining.
Incidentally, Gen, I've heard of Chagall Guevara. :)