Billy Price

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Billy Price

Billy Price is a veteran local musician who has played guitar and bass in a number of bands, including the Apocalyptics and the Red Switch. (Full disclosure: I was also a member of said bands). These days, Price is a family man, but he remains highly regarded by local musicians and fans.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Spin Doctors with Screaming Trees and Soul Asylum.

What are you listening to these days?

Classic rock, Motown-era R&B, and '90s gangsta rap. Mostly on Pandora.

What was the first album you owned?

I bought a pirated copy of Kool Moe Dee's Knowledge Is King on cassette at the swap meet.

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

I think it's called screamo, but I call it CookieMonster rock.

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

James Brown and the Famous Flames.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Hard Rock Zombies (the movie).

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

Is that a threat?

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Smashing Pumpkins. I had already begun playing guitar, but (it was while listening to the band) that I noticed all the different instruments playing separate parts to make the song. It pretty much changed the way I listened to music from that point on.

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

Marvin Gaye, What's Going On.


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