Favorite bands :
Older bands: Classic bands I grew up with Beatles, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Cream etc. Late 70's early 80's metal Judas Priest, Iron Maiden etc. (especially Priest)
Favorite guitarists :
Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Eric johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Eric clapton.
Favorite bassists :
Favorite books :
Anything by Clive Cussler
Favorite movies :
Blues Brothers, The Commitments, Maltese Falcon
I have now officially passed into my sixties and have been playing in bands since I was 15 so my experience has passed through many different "music-of-the-moment" styles. I have played both full time professionally (for about 10 years) and now part time and I am still a regular week-end warrior and play jobs consistently almost every week end.
I have an extensive studio background as both a player and engineer and have my own home studio (both computer based and standalone DAW digital 24 track) and alone with the digital gear I still own a ton of analog reel-to-reel decks, mixing boards and analog rack equipment.
I love a lot of different types of different music (except rap and any hardcore metal where I can't understand the screaming-your-lungs-out low pitched lyrics and constantly pounding double kick drums). Sorry, just not my thing. My choices in metal are "old school" metal. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Manowar etc. with a little Misfits and Ramones thrown in for the craziness.
As far as playing gigs, I have a partner who is a singer and drummer and we play just about any type of music from classic rock to light jazz. If the gig pays well and looks like fun, we will probably do it. I have always found being open to many different styles just improves your playing abilities and ear training. I think if I limited my playing to only one style of music I would be bored. My goal is to never stop learning to play better. Not faster (donвЂ™t care about shredding speed), not louder (been there way too often), just better and more open to other types of music.