Favorite bands :
Where to start? (In NO particular order!) The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Who, Pete Townshend, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Genesis, Phil Collins, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Lenny Kravitz, Matthew Sweet, Heart, Juliana Hatfield, The Police, Sting, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Sheryl Crow, Eagles, Kiss, Joe Jackson, The Replacements, Paul Westerberg, and a lot more I'm forgetting right now...
And since there's no "Favorite Drummers" section on the profile (which makes sense since this is a guitar site) here goes:
10. Sheila E.
9. Vinnie Colaiuta
8. Peter Criss
7. Ringo Starr
6. Mick Fleetwood
5. Liberty DeVito
4. Keith Moon
3. Phil Collins
2. Stewart Copeland
1. John Bonham
Favorite guitarists :
MY Top 10 Guitarists at this point in time:
10. Paul Westerberg
As the former leader of The Replacements, he took the band from angst-ridden punk to sloppy but well-crafted rock. As a solo artist, he’s still relatively unknown but has a killer sound you can pick out anywhere.
9. Juliana Hatfield
Another relatively unknown artist, this Massachusetts music school graduate may strike you as just another indie rock chick, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find good musicianship all around. She plays almost all the guitars herself and comes up with some good stuff.
8. Nancy Wilson
It’s a common misconception that Nancy sat around playing rhythm. Not so! Nancy and her sister Ann, making up the “heart” of Heart, have done more for rock music that people care to admit. I love Nancy’s playing, especially her acoustic work on songs like “Dog & Butterfly”, “Crazy On You”, and many others.
7. Don Felder
Were it not for The Eagles, we might not have known of Don Felder. He’s done some great work with The Eagles, giving them a definite harder sound, along with Joe Walsh. Hotel California is an amazing album with a great solo at the end, but I still think his solo on the song “One Of These Nights” from the album of the same name is my favorite. I love the fuzz on that one.
People hardly ever think of guitars when they think of Prince and that’s unfortunate. If you’ve ever seen the guy play live, as I have, you’ll know what I know - the man is simply amazing. He defined his own sound over a period of many years and I urge you to take another close look at his guitar playing.
5. Pete Townshend
The man behind The Who and many great solo albums. It’s not like the guy plays crazy leads all day but the way he plays guitar in general is unique and inspiring. He’s a talented songwriter and almost never disappoints. I mean, who can deny that songs like “Won’t Get Fooled Again” get you on your feet, swinging your arm like a windmill?
4. Andy Summers
The Police will always be one of my favorite bands and you’d be hard pressed to find another guy who plays guitar like Andy Summers. His craftiness certainly was instrumental in making that band what it was and giving it the unique sound it had.
3. The Edge
The Edge of U2 was always different, experimental, influential and yet somehow made music that appealed to everyone. It’s almost as if he doesn’t play the guitar as a guitar but some new instument he picked up for the first time and is constantly experimenting with. His use of effects and delay is so mesmerizing and unique, it’s hard to reproduce live and is often studied and discussed in fan circles.
2. Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin is and will always be one of the best rock bands - ever. It’s just a fact. Their influence and presence is universal. This is mostly due to the memorable licks and songwriting of Jimmy Page. Not many people could make a guitar sing the way he did on those Zep albums. From hard rocking riffs to acoustic softness, the man is a legend.
1. Lindsey Buckingham
You may think I’m crazy for listing him as my favorite, but I’m sorry - the man is truly amazing. All you need to do (besides listen to any Fleetwood Mac album he’s on) is check out a few clips of him soloing from the DVDs “Fleetwood Mac Live in Boston” or “The Dance” and you’ll be moved. If not, go see a doctor because you might be dead.
Watching the guy fingerpick will leave you breathless. He never uses a pick and it always looks like he’s doing nothing, but these intense sounds come out. Seeing him do “Big Love” on guitar will leave you asking yourself how the hell he did that (and sing at the same time). It literally sounds like there are three guitars going - a little guitar symphony if you will.
Check out his lengthy live solos on songs like “I’m So Afraid” or “Go Your Own Way” and you’ll see that there is and never will be another Lindsey Buckingham. It’s just that simple. Genius. Genius. Genius.
Favorite bassists :
My main influences as a bass player are Paul McCartney and Sting.
10. Graham Maby
9. Chris Squire
8. Gene Simmons
7. Mike Rutherford
6. John Entwhistle
5. John McVie
4. James Jamerson
3. John Paul Jones
2. Paul McCartney
Favorite books :
I enjoy all kinds of books but like non-fiction more for some reason. I like horror and sci-fi and a lot of classic lit. Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, etc.
Favorite tv :
The News, 24, VH1 Classic, ...and not much else.
Favorite movies :
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Godfather, etc...
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Northern New Jersey. Music has been a strong influence in my life as far back as I can remember. I grew up on 70's rock and 80's pop and have been in several bands, initially playing drums but then moving up in front of the mic and writing my own material.