I grew up in Yucaipa, California. However, I have spent most of my adult life in Riverside, California, so I consider this my hometown.
The first song you learned how to play:
"Goodbye to Romance" by Ozzy Osbourne.. I learned the bass part. I went to the US Festival in Devore back in ‘83 and was very excited to watch him perform. Oh yeah. That’s what I said. We 15 year olds came home feeling like we could be rock stars too and so we sat down to learn how to play that song.
First album you ever owned:
The first album I ever owned was given to me by my oldest brother. KISS "Destroyer" literally got me into rock and roll. The first album I ever purchased with my own hard-stolen cash would be "Shout At The Devil," by Motley Crue-who incidentally did their very first stadium concert at the US Festival 1983 of all places! I was glad to be there...a skinny 15 year old with a giant bottle of water in one hand and a soggy Ozzy poster in the other.
What's the name of your first band?
Dreem….Dave, Rob, Ed H., Mike and I started a band and used the first letter of everybody's name to come up with the band name....we thought we would conquer the world….we played in our high school gymnasium for all of our friends the night before graduation. It was not a paying gig. We only walked away with our high school diplomas. Given what our performance must have sounded like, we are lucky we even walked away with that. That would prove to be our one and only show. Ahhh...Dreem small, I always say.
Where was your first gig?
I got to travel to Europe the summer before my freshman year to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The high school jazz band needed another trombone player, and I was the lucky person in the right place at that time.
Desert Island Discs:
Led Zeppelin -Led Zeppelin
Beatles- Greatest Hits
Eagles Greatest Hits
Sade’s Greatest Hits
What's your rig?
I am currenly using a DW Collector’s Series with a 22” bassdrum, 12” and 14” toms, with Zyldian K cymbals. I am also into vintage, so for live performance, I’m playing around with a giant Slingerland kit with a 26” bassdrum, 14” and 16” toms. These sets couldn’t be more different...new vs. old….small vs. titanic.
Who is your favorite Villain?
Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter. I was very drawn to his sophistication in juxtaposition with his nasty eating habits. I myself eat like a prince, but I’m dumb as a doornail!