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Steve Shell is the lead guitarist and vocalist of Shell Shock, voted Best Cover Band in the 2006 Tucson Area Music Awards. Active in the Tucson music scene for the past 20 years, Shell believes that the main goal of a bar band is to entertain people. Always appreciative of fan support, he and the band believe it's the crowd that makes it magical.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Technically speaking, the first concert was probably the Nutcracker Suite, because my parents took me to it every year when I was growing up. (They both played in the symphony.) However, the first rock concert was the Guess Who, Canned Heat and the James Gang up at Big Sur in Tempe in the early '70s.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Motley Crue, Dr. Feelgood; Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, No Quarter; Eric Johnson, Ah Via Musicom; Faster Pussycat, Wake Me When It's Over; Joe Satriani; Marilyn Manson, Lest We Forget: The Best of ...; Lou Reed, Rock N Roll Animal.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

More than 400 albums and maybe 50 CDs.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

None at all.

What was the first album you owned?

Meet the Beatles.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

It might be one of our band's songs that my cousin and I wrote, which I sing. It is called "I Ride Alone" and has Harley-Davidson-based lyrics set to the music of "I Drink Alone" by George Thorogood.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Probably that I enjoy listening to others play more than actually playing myself.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Probably the Beatles. I was taking classical guitar lessons from my mother for most of my early years. Then I heard the Beatles. That did it. ... The only other musicians who changed my life would have to be my parents. Both were really good, professional, classical musicians. They are the reason why I tell people that I "play in a band" rather than telling them that I am a musician.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Maybe the original Woodstock album.

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