CHRIS THAYER
Hometown:
Riverside, CA

The first song you learned how to play:
I'm not sure, but I do remember the first song that made me fall in love with playing the guitar. "Over the Hills and Far Away," by Led Zeppelin. That opening riff is so cool, but surprisingly simple. I figured if I could do that, I could actually learn to play.

First album you ever owned:
There are two, actually. My dad gave me a copy of Led Zeppelin II, and I got a copy of KISS Alive!

What's the name of your first band?
Voice of Reality. Though my friends and I had a "band" called "Sonic Fury". I was lead tennis racquet player.

Where was your first gig?
We played in the banquet room at a Lamppost Pizza. It was PACKED. (all 30 people)

Desert Island Discs:
Jim Croce- "Photographs and Memories"
Robert Cray- "Cookin' In Mobile"
The Allman Bros. Band- "Live at Fillmore East"
Muddy Waters- "Hard Again"
Jimi Hendrix- "Are You Experienced?"

What's your rig?
For slide I'm using a John 5 model Squire Telecaster, stock. Otherwise I'm using an Ash American Standard Tele. I run them through a Tim pedal and a Nocturne Brain Ubangi Stomp. I also use a Crybaby Wah Wah, and Boss Delay, Octave and Compressor pedals. For amps, I use primarily Fender Blues Jr's or a Blues Deluxe Reissue. 


Who is your favorite Villain?
Scar from the Lion King. Here's a guy who is basically disabled, and STILL gets all those fools to do his bidding, because he is so damn manipulative.

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