Dave Paiz is the host of Bat Country Radio, a scorching two-hour romp of metal, punk and rock that airs from 2 to 4 a.m., Saturday mornings, on KXCI FM 91.3. He can often be found at the Loft Cinema, where he holds court as the facilities manager.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Kiss. Phoenix. 1979. My mom bought me a ticket for my 13th birthday, and my life was forever changed. Almost got trampled when the crowd forced the doors open a few hours early, and ended up in front of Gene for "God of Thunder." I actually used to bring fake blood to school and re-enact his infamous blood-spitting routine during recess.
What are you listening to these days?
Mostly late-'80s Rush, and the latest from Puscifer, Wild Flag, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, Mark Lanegan, and Peter Murphy.
What was the first album you owned?
Back in '77, I collected a small mountain of bottles and cans and sacrificed many hours of pinball to buy Kiss' Alive II.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Pretty much any kind of music behind those maddening displays of vibrating vehicular vapidity that continue to plague our fair city.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Current: Faith No More. Defunct: Wall-era Pink Floyd.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Being a recovering Texan, I do loves me some Waylon and Willie on occasion.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"The Long Road" by Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, immediately followed by the Dropkick Murphys' "Going Out in Style."
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Philosophically, Rush, because they opened my mind to a universe of intellectual possibilities. Musically, Jane's Addiction, for broadening my myopic focus on metal to include punk, goth, industrial and other stuff I'd probably never have listened to otherwise.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?