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Ron Heathman is a big fan of fresh-roasted coffee. He played guitar in the Supersuckers for 21 years and graduated from Santa Rita High School a long time ago. He is currently working at Sparkroot Coffee Bar + Fare in downtown Tucson.

What was the first concert you attended?

Heart and Firefall at the Tucson Convention Center, in 1977, I believe. Mom took me. It was awesome.

What are you listening to these days?

At this moment, nothing, but in general, I am listening to Psychedelic Soul by the Temptations a lot. That and the last Black Keys record.

What was the first album you owned?

Alice Cooper's Welcome to My Nightmare. It was on 8-track.

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

Anything with blatant Auto-Tuning in it. That crap hits my ears ugly!

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

I would love to have seen Jimi Hendrix when he first arrived in England—if only to see the look on Eric Clapton's face.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

I would say ABBA, but I don't feel guilty about that anymore. "Toxic" by Britney Spears. I love that song.

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

I do not want a funeral, but I suppose "Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin would be appropriate.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

The Replacements! I first heard them on Virgin Vinyl hosted by Jonathan L. I haven't been the same since.

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

Exile on Main St.

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