Nine Questions

Tucson native and rabid Wildcats basketball fan Lance Laber has worked for 25 years in a variety of capacities at the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, where he is currently executive director. From 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, April 20, the gallery will host an opening reception for a new exhibition, Desert Blooms, which marks the first public viewing of a series of vivid watercolors painted by the artist Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia. The exhibition continues through Sept. 9. Head to for more information.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Doors at Hi Corbett Field, in 1967 or '68. It was great.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Roy Orbison, Mystery Girl; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Soul to Soul; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, self-titled first album.

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

Oh, God, I don't know. 300? Not too many, considering how long I've been listening to music.

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

I don't. I'm too technologically challenged.

What was the first album you owned?

Meet the Beatles. I was a kid--I guess it was 1964--when they came on The Ed Sullivan Show. That changed everybody's life. The Beatles came to town, and that was it. I probably bought that album 50 times; you'd scratch it up or wear it out, then go buy another one.

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

"Roadhouse Blues" by The Doors. It's just good rock 'n' roll, and you've got to make everybody feel good at a funeral. Probably not that many people would be crying anyway.

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

Probably David Bowie. Or James Brown. I guess I don't have anything that's too guilty.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

The Beatles and the Stones--just starting to listen to rock 'n' roll at a tender age. It just became part of everybody's life. It kind of shaped how my generation viewed the world; it was the beginning of the counterculture.

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

Can I name two? Let It Bleed and Abbey Road.