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Lisa Healey

Lisa Healey is a Boston native who moved to Tucson seven years ago. A desk jockey by day, at night, she can be found at live music venues around town taking photos of bands and musicians.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Rush at the Providence Civic Center in 1981. I was there to see the opener, a local Boston band named the Fools who I adored, and didn't know much about Rush. After that, I became a big Rush fan.

What are you listening to these days?

Alabama Shakes, First Aid Kit, Of Monsters and Men (playing at Rialto soon!), and Julia Nunes. I've got musical ADD, so it's constantly changing.

What was the first album you owned?

I saved up and bought the Carpenters' Close to You. That was the start of my love affair with covers. I would repeatedly play the version of "Help!" on that album, then the Beatles' version on my portable record player. As a 7-year-old, I was fascinated that a girl and a boy could sing the same song.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love but you just don't get?

I can appreciate the musicianship and the showmanship, but I just don't get Gogol Bordello and the whole gypsy-music thing.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I would like to see the Clash at Plush on a night when there are less than 100 people in attendance, and all are dancing.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Seventies soft rock—Bread, John Denver, Carly Simon, Seals and Crofts, etc.

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

The version of "What a Wonderful World" by Nick Cave with Shane MacGowan.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

The Cure. I had never been able to sustain a liking to any one band for more than one album until I heard them in my late teens/early 20s.

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

The Clash, London Calling. The music and the cover photo make it a true classic.

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